Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

We’re now only two weeks out from the biggest superhero blockbuster ever, Avengers: Infinity War, and this week, the news came out that the film has already pre-sold more tickets than the last seven Marvel movies combined. Imagine that. More people have already pre-ordered tickets for the nineteenth film in the MCU than they collectively did for Black PantherThor: RagnarokSpider-Man: HomecomingGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Doctor StrangeCaptain America: Civil War and Ant-Man; several of which are big franchises in their own right. That’s insane.

But as much fun as it is to just gush about Marvel movies all day long, there are in fact other things going on in the movie world, such as…

Pennywise gets ready to scare some A-Listers

Bill Skarsgård / IT / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

Ever since IT ended with the tantalising teaser that it was just ‘Chapter One’, audiences have been pondering who would sign on to star in Chapter 2, which is set to see the return of both Pennywise and the ‘Losers Club’, although this time, in their adult years.

While fan speculation has run rampant since the film’s release, there has been little word on who would make up the cast, beyond the fact that fan-favourite Jessica Chastain had indeed been in talks with the studio to play the elder Beverly Marsh (and, according to The Hollywood Reporter is now confirmed).

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Now, we can add two more names to the ‘maybe’ list, as Bill Hader and James McAvoy have been said this past week to be in talks to play Richie Tozier and Bill Denbrough, respectively. It seems like director Andy Muschietti is going all out in his search for a new ‘Losers Club’, and it will be fascinating to see how many more big stars he’ll be able to snag.

News should come fairly soon, as this week also came with the reveal that the film will start shooting this July. With only three months until the cameras roll, we’ll no doubt soon be able to envision the face-off between Pennywise and the returning residents of Derry.

IT: Chapter 2 slashes into cinemas on September 6th 2019.


Batgirl returns

As you’re probably aware, DC’s cinematic universe is a confusing beast. Properties jump in and out of development as the company gains and loses directors with increasing rapidity. However, despite that, Warner Bros. has managed to pump out some enjoyable superhero films as of late, such as the hit Wonder Woman, and (in my opinion anyway) the team-ensemble Justice League.

That last one is key to today’s story, as Justice League reshoot director Joss Whedon was originally meant to be helming and writing a Batgirl movie, which would feature Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara take on her own bat-themed superhero persona. However, the fact that Whedon admitted he had no idea what sort of direction he would take the film in, alongside the various rumours about his sexual misconduct, meant that Batgirl was left without anyone to steer the ship, and the film seemed to be sailing towards obscurity, joining the likes of CyborgGotham City Sirens and the ever-failing Flash movie.

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Now, however, the film has found a new writer in the form of Christina Hodson, the wordsmith behind the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. On top of that, it’s reported that Hodson has also been working on the long-forgotten about Birds of Prey movie, a female ensemble that (in the comics) usually features Batgirl as a lead but (in regards to Warner Bros. current plans) will probably also feature fan-favourite Harley Quinn, because they seem to want to put her in everything.

Whatever characters do or don’t show up, it seems Hodson is the superhero that DC needed, and joins the likes of Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins in the ranks of the DCEU’s growing collection of female creators.

Batgirl was expected to swing into cinemas at some point during 2019.


Debbie Ocean rounds up her Eight in new trailer

Sandra Bullock & Cate Blanchett / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

Although the world has not been kind to those who take a formerly male-led franchise and reinvigorate it with an all-female cast, Warner Bros. is going for it anyway, as this year, Oceans 8 comes to cinemas. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, in a story that sees Debbie Ocean attempting a heist at the MET in New York City after spending the past five years in prison planning said heist. And this week, a new trailer arrived to give us another look at the action:

Interesting take-away for me is that I thought the original plan was to have Debbie Ocean be Danny’s estranged wife, not his sister. Otherwise, this here’s your standard trailer, giving you a taste, but not showing too much, which is something other trailers could learn from.

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Personally, however, I believe the original trailer is much stronger, as it gives more of a sense of the strong cast’s overall group dynamic:

Of course, you can decide for yourself, but the YouTube commentators are not happy.

But then again, when are they?

Ocean’s 8 breaks into cinemas on June 8th 2018.