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Iron Man 3 is the newest film in the Iron Man series and has all familiar cast members return for their roles. The film is led by new director Shane Black who did very well to create an extremely entertaining third film for the Iron Man trilogy. There are many changes made to the film in tone compared to the last two and many things still the same. But this film as an entertainment piece is definitely one to marvel at and enjoy.

The idea behind the story of Iron Man 3 is basically the Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley is causing terror all over America through destruction of buildings and mass bombings. Eventually this captures Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr’s) attention and Iron Man must stop him before everyone he knows is hurt. This is all I can say about the plot without spoiling anything. But for an Iron Man film I found the plot in this one to be much more diverse in both character development of Tony Stark and also the thematic and meaningful themes that the movie tries to portray such as terrorism, bombings, politics and Iron Man’s position in the world. The movie as something of depth had a lot to it, and I think it really made Tony Stark as a character stand out.

If you missed the Avengers I suggest you see it before watching this film as it picks up on the plot endings of that movie more than Iron Man 2’s plot. Tony Stark is struggling a lot as a person in coping with the events after The Avengers. Stark struggles with anxiety issues and must overcome them to be the hero he needs to be. This is affecting his relationship with Pepper and also with his friends as he seems to set up barriers and is avoiding personal contact with those he loves.

It is not only the character depth that makes Iron Man 3 interesting but also the enigmatic nature of the villain known as the Mandarin. Due to the plot’s themes such as terrorism and bombings, the villain is much more realistic and intimidating to watch compared to that of Iron Man 2’s. This movie to me seems more real and current with what’s being reflected in the world at the moment due to its themes.

I won’t go into the plot to much other than what I have mentioned, but I consider it to be a very strong point of the film. The way Iron Man/Tony Stark is portrayed along with the presentation and threatening villain really make this movie stand out. As superhero pieces go, this is very good and very relevant. In saying this, I would also mention though that it is more a film about Tony Stark and his character, his change through the series from the party style playboy he was to where he is now and the expectations of him to be the hero he has built himself to be. Other characters such as Rhodes (Don Cheadle) or Pepper (Gwenyth Paltrow) are there to help him but are not so much the focus, all the attention is very much on Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

In terms of the directing by Shane Black who has only ever directed one movie before this; I wonder where he got all this talent from and why he hasn’t directed any more movies? While Shane Black has written many things such as the Lethal Weapon series. He has only directed one other film before this which was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which was a good movie but not the same in scale that Iron Man 3 was. Directing wise this was something great. There is a different feel slightly to Iron Man 3 in comparison to that of the first two noticeably in the theme music and song choices but also in the camera angles and emphasis on action.

Shane Black did well to simultaneously switch the tone of the film from the comedic, to dramatic, to action based scenes seamlessly for the viewer. Everything was very well focused and camera angles were well positioned to emphasise different characters on screen. Not only this but more; lighting was done well and so to was the special effects. With regards to pacing, Iron Man 3 is quick. At 130 minutes long the movie never really slowed down. No sections in the film felt slow and there was no question of boredom throughout as a viewer. Even in the dramatic/romantic scenes which typically are the slower scenes in the film, the feeling of being slow was not there. Iron Man 3 was a very well directed entertainment film and is likely to be enjoyed by any viewer.

Acting wise Iron Man 3 was exceptionally good. Robert Downry Jr. I think did his best work as Tony Stark during this film. Mixed with the much more interesting character story RDJ had a lot to work with and I thought it really gave RDJ a lot to really make his performance stand out. Gwenyth Paltrow was good in her role, but I think it might of been good if there was just a bit more character inclusion of Pepper Potts as she could have used a bit more screen time, but was good nevertheless. Don Cheadle did well with his role as well, but I guess suffered a bit more in screen time appearance than Pepper did and probably needed a bit more to make his character more memorable.

As for the new cast members, the very threatening Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley was very convincing especially for the first half of the film. His menacing voice really set up the films tone and feel of terrorism which helped to keep the film interesting. Guy Pearce also joined in for his role as Aldrich Killian and was very good I must say for what he was in Iron Man 3 and played a very convincing character.

In terms of the musical score and presence of music Iron Man 3. The film had a mix of both pop music and theatrical music. The theatrical music was good, but sounded a bit like something heard in many superhero movies before, it matched what was going on well but I didn’t feel it was anything interesting. As for the more pop music that was in the film I feel a bit mixed with song choices particularly during the beginning of the film. If anything was to be chosen that made Iron Man 3 different from the other two before it, it was the music. I wouldn’t say the music choices were bad, I would just say they were different. For example Iron Man 1 and 2 had a very heavy ACDC influence on screen in which particularly in Iron Man 2 were very present. In this third film ACDC themes aren’t present and as a fan I felt they were missed.

Special effect and action sequences were many in Iron Man 3. If any person is watching Iron Man 3 just for action, shooting, explosions and building destruction I’m sure they will enjoy Iron Man 3 as it had it all. Iron Man as a unit is tested quite a lot in this film and you bear witness to much destruction from the villains and the hero.

Overall I felt that Iron Man 3 was an exceptionally good entertainment piece. I would say that it was a step above Iron Man 2 in quality of story and had very good character development of Tony Stark. The villains were very well done and provided a very intense film experience for the viewer. The themes were much more interesting in this film I think than other Iron Man films of the past and the acting was easily very impressive. Shane Black as a new director did very well with the movie and were he to make another in this genre, I would see it. Iron Man 3 is a must see film for any fan of the series or anyone wanting a good entertainment experience at the cinema’s.

8.5 out of 10


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  1. Rachel Townsand

    April 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

    great review, I can’t wait to see it tomorrow

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Keeping Track of Every DC Movie In Development



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Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box office king and Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern.

With this superhero craze comes a bevy of new projects from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, Fox’s X-Men universe and Sony’s Spider-Man universe. It’s getting pretty confusing out there so let our guides help you keep track of where each movie — confirmed or rumored — is at right now in its development cycle.

DC has five movies with release dates and supposedly another 20 (!!!) at various points in development.

LAST UPDATED (9/24/18): Birds of Prey movie receives a release date



LAST UPDATED (4/12/18): Pickups are underway; Set for release on Dec. 21

2014: Writers Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad were supposedly hired in August 2014 to write competing scripts for an Aquaman movie (THR). A couple of months later, Aquaman was officially announced for a 2018 release (Business Wire).

2015: It was reported that Beall and Johnstad were still writing scripts in April 2015 and filmmaker James Wan was the frontrunner to direct (THR). Wan was eventually confirmed to direct and was said to be looking over a script by Johnstad a couple of months later (Deadline). By the end of the year, writer David Leslie Johnson was said to have been brought on to help write (THR).

2016: Beall was apparently brought back on board to write a new script in July 2016, but this time based off a new treatment from Wan and writer Geoff Johns (THR). The movie was said to be going into pre-production in Australia by the end of November (Gold Coast Bulletin).

2017: Wan said that filming began in May 2017 (Twitter) and wrapped in October (Twitter).

2018: In April 2018, Wan said the movie was undergoing pickups (Twitter).


LAST UPDATED (5/12/18): Finished production; Set for release on Apr. 5

2014: Shazam! was said to be in development at Warner Bros. in April 2014 (SciFiNow) and Darren Lemke was supposedly hired to write in September (Variety).

2017: Writer Henry Gayden was said to be working on a Shazam! script in January 2017 (THR). In February, David F. Sandberg was said to be in talks to direct a script by Lemke (Variety). That summer it was reported that the movie would go into production in early 2018 for a 2019 release with Sandberg directing (THR). Pre-production officially began in August (Instagram).

2018: In January, the movie was scheduled for an April 2019 release (Variety). Shazam! began filming in February ( and finished production in May (Twitter).


LAST UPDATED (9/24/18): Filming has begun; Set for release Oct. 4, 2019

2017: Todd Phillips was said to be directing and co-writing a movie that would serve as an origin story for The Joker.

2018: It was then reported in June that the movie was expected to film in the fall with a $55 million budget (THR). In July, actor Joaquin Phoenix confirmed his role and Phillips directing (Collider). A couple of weeks later, Warner Bros. officially announced Joker and gave it an October 2019 release date (THR). By September, filming had begun (Instagram).

Wonder Woman 1984

LAST UPDATED (6/13/18): Filming has begun and the movie has been re-titled; Set for release on Nov. 1, 2019

2017: Wonder Woman executive producer Geoff Johns said that he and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, were writing the treatment for a sequel in June (Variety). A month later, the sequel was made official at Comic-Con and given the title “Wonder Woman 2” (ScreenRant). A few days later, the movie received a Dec. 13, 2019 release date (THR). In September, Jenkins became the highest-paid female director in history when she signed on for the sequel (Variety) and Dave Callaham was said to have been brought on board to help write (THR). The movie eventually moved up to Nov. 1, 2019 (Collider) and was in pre-production by the end of November (Bloomberg).

2018: In June, cameras were rolling and the movie was re-titled Wonder Woman 1984.

Birds of Prey

LAST UPDATED (9/24/18) Release date set; Set for release on Feb. 7, 2020

2016: Christina Hodson was said to have been writing a Birds of Prey movie that would have Margot Robbie producing and reprising her role as Harley Quinn (Wrap).

2018: Cathy Yan was rumored to direct in April after delivering a presentation to the studio (Deadline). A month later, Robbie confirmed she has been working with Hodson on a potentially R-rated movie starring DC’s women, which is to be directed by Yan (Collider). In July, Robbie said they will begin shooting in January with an R-rating and a smaller budget compared to DC’s other movies (Flickering Myth). The still-untitled movie was given a February 2020 release date in September (Variety).

Harley Quinn vs. The Joker

LAST UPDATED (9/20/18): A script has been handed in

2017: A movie that would pit Harley Quinn against The Joker was rumored to be in development in July 2017 with the possible title “Harley Quinn vs. The Joker” (ScreenRant). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were said to be in negotiations to write and direct a month later with the movie to go into production after a sequel to Suicide Squad. In September, actress Margot Robbie was asked about the movie and she talked about how much she loved working with the filmmaking duo. She avoids saying if they are actually hired for the project. (ComingSoon).

2018: In September, Ficarra and Requa confirmed that they have written a script, which was well-received by DC. However, they have no idea when the movie will be made (Metro).


LAST UPDATED (9/14/18): Rumored director has received no calls

2018: A Supergirl was reported to be in development with Oren Uziel writing (Deadline). A couple of weeks later, it was rumored that Reed Morano is the studio’s top choice to direct the movie (Geeks WorldWide), but the director confirmed that she has received no calls (Observer).

The Batman

LAST UPDATED (9/13/18): First draft of script reportedly handed in

2014: A solo Batman movie was announced in October 2014 (EW).

2015: In July, it was first rumored that star Ben Affleck would direct the movie himself and co-write with Geoff Johns (Variety).

2016: In February, one of the heads at an agency that represents Affleck confirmed that he wrote a script for a Batman movie (THR). Two months later, the news of Affleck directing was made official at CinemaCon (Variety). Affleck said the movie was probably going to be called The Batman in October (YouTube) and said in December that the script was finishing up and they were expecting to shoot in spring (Variety).

2017: With the movie supposedly in prep for the summer, Affleck dropped out of directing to remain a producer and star on the movie. At that same time, it was rumored that Matt Reeves was among the replacement directors they were looking at (Variety). A month later in February, Reeves was officially made the director (Deadline). In July, Reeves said he was starting over with a new script (THR). The director might be starting with a new Batman too as it was said in December that Reeves was possibly bringing in a new actor for the part (Variety).

2018: It was said that Reeves handed in the first act of the script over Memorial Day weekend about a younger Batman. Affleck was once again said to probably not return (THR). A full draft of the script was reportedly handed in in September (Twitter).


LAST UPDATED (9/12/18): Cavill reportedly done playing Superman

2014: A Superman movie was announced in October 2014 (EW).

2015: There was a rumor that Warner Bros. was trying to get George Miller to take on directing duties (Digital Spy), but the filmmaker later said that he hopes his next film doesn’t have special effects or a lot of stunts. So, probably not a Superman movie (Digital Spy).

2016: In August, it was said that the movie was in “active development” at Warner Bros. (Wrap). A month later, actor Henry Cavill’s agent confirmed he was working on the standalone movie (Newsweek). In November, actress Amy Adams said they were still working on a script (YouTube).

2018: It was reported that Cavill would no longer be playing Superman and might eventually be replaced with Michael B. Jordan (Deadline).

Black Adam

LAST UPDATED (7/9/18): Script is still being worked on, filming might begin late 2019

2017: It was reported that a Shazam movie and a Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson were to be filmed simultaneously (THR). By the end of the year, writer Adam Sztykiel was said to be in negotiations to write a Black Adam movie (Tracking Board).

2018: In April, Johnson said they are working on the script and if everything goes fine then the movie might start filming in 2019 (Yahoo). The actor would later say in July that the script is still being worked on and they will hopefully begin filming towards the end of 2019 (Filmstar).


LAST UPDATED (6/13/18): Reported to begin production in early 2019

2014: A Flash movie was confirmed to be released in 2018 starring Ezra Miller (Variety).

2015: In spring 2015, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were said to be working on a story treatment for the Flash movie and might direct (Deadline). By October, it was rumored that Seth Grahame-Smith was in negotiations to direct and write a script from Lord and Miller’s treatment (THR).

2016: It was then reported that Grahame-Smith left the project after providing a script in April due to creative differences (THR). Rick Famuyiwa was said to have been hired to direct a few weeks later (THR), but dropped out in October (THR).

2017: Joby Harold was said to be completely rewriting the script (Variety), which was titled Flashpoint at the studio’s Comic-Con presentation (USA Today).

2018: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were confirmed to direct in February (Collider). In April, it was reported that the “Flashpoint” title would be dropped (Twitter). It was then said a couple of months later that the movie would go into production in the beginning of 2019 and will be called “The Flash” (THR).

Green Lantern Corps.

LAST UPDATED (6/11/18): Writer officially hired

2014: A Green Lantern movie was said to be released in 2020 (EW).

2015: At Comic-Con, the movie’s title was revealed to be Green Lantern Corps. (IGN).

2017: In January, it was said that David Goyer and Justin Rhodes were hired to write a script and the studio will try to get a director soon (Deadline).

2018: Goyer said in January that the movie was still in the works (IGN). In June, Warner Bros. announced that DC head Geoff Johns is forming a production studio and will be taking on Green Lantern Corps. as a writer and a producer (Warner Bros.).

Suicide Squad 2

LAST UPDATED (6/7/18): Director and writers confirmed

2016: Five months before Suicide Squad came out, it was reported that director David Ayer and star Will Smith were planning to film a sequel in 2017 (Variety).

2017: Ayer was said to be directing a Gotham City Sirens movie instead so talks were had with other directors. Mel Gibson was said to be in early talks and was even “familiarizing himself with the material.” But Warner Bros. was also looking at other directors like Daniel Espinosa (THR). Adam Cozad was also apparently in negotiations to write (THR). In July, it was said that Jaume Collet-Serra was the top choice to direct and begin filming by mid-2018 (THR). A couple of weeks later, the movie was made official at Comic-Con and titled Suicide Squad 2 (USA Today). That fall, Gavin O’Connor was said to have been made the official writer and director (THR) with the movie expected to begin filming in October 2018 (Omega).

2018: Writer Todd Stashwick said he was working on the script and confirmed O’Connor’s involvement (YouTube).

The Joker (Jared Leto)

LAST UPDATED (6/5/18): Leto said to be starring in and executive producing a Joker movie

2018: A Joker movie with Jared Leto executive producing and starring in the lead role is said to be in development.

New Gods

LAST UPDATED (6/3/18): Director confirms her involvement

2018: It was reported that Ava DuVernay is directing a New Gods movie for DC with Kario Salem writing (Deadline). While DuVernay didn’t initially confirm anything, she posted a quote on Twitter by New Gods author Jack Kirby the day the news broke (Twitter) and later made it official (Twitter).


LAST UPDATED (4/9/18): Writer apparently has been hired

2017: Filmmaker Joss Whedon was said to be nearing a deal to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie in March 2017. At Comic-Con, producer Geoff Johns said Whedon would begin production on the movie in 2018 (YouTube).

2018: After a year of trying, Whedon could not come up with a story for Batgirl and departed the project in February. It was said that Warner Bros. was planning to hire a female filmmaker in his place (Tracking Board). A couple of months later, Christina Hodson was said to have been hired to write a script (THR).


LAST UPDATED (2/9/18): Rewrite supposedly on the way, Michael Bay might direct

2012: Brad Payton was apparently hired to direct and work on a script for a Lobo movie (Deadline).

2016: Jason Fuchs was then reported to have been hired to write a script from scratch with Payton still directing (Wrap).

2018: In February, it was rumored that Michael Bay would take the director’s seat. Fuchs is apparently rewriting the script to bring it down from a projected $200 million budget. Apparently, even Michael Bay thought that number was too high (THR).


LAST UPDATED (2/8/18): Script is expected soon

2017: Chris McKay was said to be in negotiations to direct a Nightwing movie from a script by Bull Dubuque (THR).

2018: In February, McKay said he expects the script soon (Twitter).

Justice League sequel

LAST UPDATED (12/7/17): No “immediate” plans for Snyder to direct another DC movie

2014: Justice League was originally announced as a two-part movie with Justice League Part One set to be released in 2017 and Justice League Part Two in 2019. Both movies were to be directed by Zack Snyder (EW).

2016: In June, Justice League producer Deborah Snyder said they “were only ever planning” one Justice League movie. Sure, Deborah. Have it your way (Vulture). In December, it was said a Justice League sequel would still be directed by Snyder but was being pushed to make way for a standalone Batman movie (THR).

2017: While doing press for Justice League, star J.K. Simmons said a script for a sequel was being written (Cosmic Book News). But in December, it was said there were “no immediate plans for Snyder to direct another DC movie.” Warner Bros. parent company, Time Warner, was said to have not been pleased that Snyder came back after the critical failure of Batman v Superman and were turned off by an early, dark cut of Justice League (Variety).


LAST UPDATED (11/6/17): Fisher knows the next movie he will appear as Cyborg in

2014: A Cyborg movie was announced for a 2020 release that will star Ray Fisher (EW).

2017: While doing press for Justice League, Fisher said he knew the next movie he would play Cyborg in. Unfortunately, he didn’t specify which (ComicBook).


LAST UPDATED (10/26/17): Writer and director supposedly in talks

2017: Gareth Evans is supposedly in talks to write and direct a Deathstroke movie after he impressed the studio with a pitch.

Justice League Dark

LAST UPDATED (10/26/17): Director said to have passed on the opportunity

2013: Guillermo del Toro said he was working on a movie that would bring together some of DC’s supernatural characters like Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Spectre and more. He confirmed he was writing an outline that had a working title of “Dark Universe” and they found a writer (IGN).

2014: A completed script was said to have been sent to Warner Bros. (Forbes).

2015: del Toro was said to be off the project (THR).

2016: Doug Liman was said to be directing after del Toro supposedly got sidetracked with other projects (Variety).

2017: In May, it was said that scheduling conflicts booted Liman from the project (Variety), but the movie was still part of the studio’s slate at their Comic-Con presentation in July (USA Today). A month after that, Gerard Johnston was said to have been hired to rewrite the script (Deadline). In October, it was reported that Gareth Evans passed on the movie.

Gotham City Sirens

LAST UPDATED (7/21/17): Filmmaker talks what brought him to project (IGN)

2016: A Gotham City Sirens movie is rumored to be directed by David Ayer from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Margot Robbie would reprise her role as Harley Quinn and serve as an executive producer (THR).

2017: By Comic-Con in July, Ayer was talking about the movie and what brought him to the project (IGN).


LAST UPDATED (12/13/16): Studio may develop it

2016: Warner Bros. was supposedly “looking into” a spinoff featuring Will Smith’s Suicide Squad character Deadshot. This project wouldn’t be developed until after Suicide Squad 2 and a Gotham City Sirens movie (THR).

Booster Gold-Blue Beetle

LAST UPDATED (5/12/16): Berlanti not confirmed to direct, script being written

2015: Greg Berlanti was said to be directing a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle team-up movie to be written by Zak Penn (Tracking Board).

2016 Berlanti reconfirmed that a Booster Gold movie was still in development but he said he wasn’t set to direct anything. He said he “probably” would direct and that Zack Stentz was writing the script (THR).


The competition rages on:

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe (17 films = $13,511,852,934) – Average: about $794,814,878
  2. X-Men (10 films = $4,996,632,006) – Average: about $499,663,200
  3. DC Extended Universe (5 films = $3,768,298,638) – Average: about $753,659,727

Box office stats from Box Office Mojo.

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Keeping Track of Every X-Men Movie in Development



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Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box office king and Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern.

With this superhero craze comes a bevy of new projects from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, Fox’s X-Men universe and Sony’s Spider-Man universe. It’s getting pretty confusing out there so let our guides help you keep track of where each movie — confirmed or rumored — is at right now in its development cycle.

Fox has three X-Men movies with release dates and supposedly another six at various points in development.

LAST UPDATED (5/15/18): Ryan Reynolds says a story is in place for an X-Force movie but no script, confirms Drew Goddard’s involvement


X-Men: Dark Phoenix

LAST UPDATED (3/27/18): Reshoots on the way; Set for release on Feb. 14

2016: Around the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in the summer, the film’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg said the next X-Men film is set in the 90’s although it was unknown if he meant the sequel to Apocalypse or The New Mutants (ComingSoon). Further news didn’t come until November when it was said that Kinberg was writing the next X-Men script with franchise stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in mind even though they haven’t signed on to the movie yet (THR).

2017: In February, star Sophie Turner said the movie was shooting soon (HeyUGuys) while another outlet reported around that time that the movie was called “X-Men: Supernova” and was filming in June (Collider). A couple of weeks after that, it was said that Kinberg would make his directorial debut on the picture and that he finished the screenplay (Collider). Fox would give the movie its official title, Dark Phoenix, in April and slapped the film with a Nov. 2, 2018 release date (THR). Filming began in June with Kinberg confirmed to direct and the principal cast returning (Deadline). In October, Kinberg announced on his Instagram that the movie wrapped production (Instagram).

2018: Dark Phoenix was delayed from Nov. 2, 2018 to Feb. 14 after test screenings indicated further photography was needed and the actors couldn’t come back in time.


LAST UPDATED (4/13/18): Script rewrite, production said to be done by October; Set for release on Jun. 7, 2019

2014: Poor Channing Tatum has been confirmed as the character Gambit since May 2014 (Games Radar). Even then, wheels first didn’t start to turn until October when Josh Zetumer was hired to write a Gambit solo movie (Deadline).

2015: Gambit received an Oct. 7, 2016 release date in January (Variety) and Zetumer handed in his first draft in May (Empire). A month later, Rupert Wyatt was hired to direct (EW) and Tatum’s producing partner said filming would begin in fall 2015 (ScreenRant). And let the hell begin… Wyatt would go on to drop out in September with reasons for the departure including scheduling conflicts and the studio’s problems with Wyatt (THR). In November, Kinberg said they had a new director (Collider), which was later confirmed to be Doug Liman.

2016: In January, filming was said to begin in March in New Orleans (WGNO). However, the film’s release date was said to have been pulled from Fox’s schedule in February (Twitter). When March rolled around, Liman was said to be looking at another movie to direct before returning to film Gambit in the fall with a new script (The Wrap). There was a script by July, which Kinberg said was “great” and they hoped to film it in spring 2017 (YouTube). But Liman left the production in August (Variety) and would go on to say to that he never found a connection with the story (Collider).

2017: Kinberg said at the beginning of the year that they hoped to start shooting in early 2018 (Comic Book). Tatum would say in August that the script has been re-written after Deadpool and Logan “kicked the doors down” and opened up the genre for them (HeyUGuys). In October, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct and the film was given a Feb. 14, 2019 release date (EW). By December, the movie was set to film in March 2018 (NOLA).

2018: Verbinski became the third director to depart the project in January with creative differences (Variety) or scheduling conflicts (Deadline) part of the issue. That same day, Gambit was pushed to June 7, 2019. In April, Gambit was said to have received a rewrite from Reid Carolin and was expected to begin filming in June to be done by the end of September (Omega).

The New Mutants

LAST UPDATED (3/30/18): Original post-credits scene details; Set for release on Aug. 2, 2019

2014: According to a report from 2016, when The Fault in Our Stars was a hit for Fox in June 2014, director Josh Boone and filmmaker Knate Gwaltney decided to take the chance to jump into the world of X-Men. They made their own comic book from panels of the New Mutants series to detail a potential trilogy of films. This was given to X-Men producer Simon Kinberg who liked it enough to give them a movie (Creative Screenwriting).

2015: Rumors first hit that the film existed in May with Boone as director and co-writer with Gwaltney (Deadline).

2016: Kinberg said they were still working on the script that spring (IGN). In the summer, he said that filming would begin in early 2017 (Collider), but there wasn’t further news until December when Boone said he was ready to go location scouting and they had a release date in mind (Creative Screenwriting).

2017: In April, that release date came to be April 13, 2018 (Rolling Stone). Boone posted on Instagram that the movie began filming in July (Instagram) and wrapped in September (Instagram).

2018: The film’s release date was pushed to Feb. 22, 2019 in January. Word on the street was that Fox wanted to bring out the film’s horror element after the commercial success of horror movies like It and Get Out (The Tracking Board). In February, it was said that reshoots will take place over the summer to add a new character (THR). A month after that, the movie was delayed a further six months to Aug. 2 after it was said at least half of the movie may need to be reshot to include one or more new characters. On top of that, there’s apparently creative differences between Boone, who has already handed in a cut of the movie that he likes, and the studio. Another report said that the movie has gone through about a dozen writers and actor Jon Hamm was originally going to appear in a post credits scene (Tracking Board).


LAST UPDATED (5/15/18): Ryan Reynolds says a story is in place but no script, confirms Drew Goddard’s involvement

2013: Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow was said to be writing an X-Force movie for Fox with the possibility to direct (THR) although Wadlow said in 2018 that his script was scrapped in favor of a Deadpool solo movie (Collider).

2016: Around the time of Deadpool’s release in February, Deadpool producer and star Ryan Reynolds said an X-Force movie was a priority for him (IGN). A few months later, X-Men producer and director Bryan Singer said Simon Kinberg was working on the script (Fandango).

2017: Fast forward to February and filmmaker Joe Carnahan was reported to have taken the job of director and co-writer of X-Force. Reynolds would be his other co-writer (Comic Book). In September, the rumor turned to filmmaker Drew Goddard as writer and director (Deadline).

2018: X-Force is said to begin filming in October with stars Reynolds and Josh Brolin expected to return from Deadpool 2 (THR). While doing promotion for Deadpool 2, Reynolds confirmed he will next reprise Deadpool in an X-Force movie (NYT) and Goddard is on board with a story in place. No script yet (Collider).

Doctor Doom

LAST UPDATED (3/22/18): Still being developed, director talks tone

2017: Legion creator Noah Hawley said he was working on a Doctor Doom movie during Legion’s Comic-Con panel. The show’s star, Dan Stevens, is also involved (Bleeding Cool).

2018: In March, Hawley talked about the “political thriller” genre-mixing tone he plans to give to the movie (Observer).

Kitty Pryde

LAST UPDATED (2/27/18): Script is being written

2018: In January, Deadpool director Tim Miller was said to be working on a Kitty Pryde movie that he might direct. A month later, it was reported that Brian Michael Bendis was hired to write (Deadline). A couple of weeks after that, Bendis confirmed that he was working on an X-Men project for Miller, but didn’t mention if it involved Kitty Pryde (THR).

Silver Surfer

LAST UPDATED (2/27/18): Writer has been hired

2018: Comics writer Brian K. Vaughan is supposedly writing a Silver Surfer movie (THR).

Method Man

LAST UPDATED (11/16/17): Script is being written

2017: Allan Heinberg is apparently writing a movie for the X-Men universe that would star James Franco as the character Method Man (Deadline).


LAST UPDATED (10/24/17): Treatment being written

2017: Logan filmmaker James Mangold and writer Craig Kyle were confirmed to be writing a treatment for a movie starring Laura from Logan.


The competition rages on:

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe (17 films = $13,511,852,934) – Average: about $794,814,878
  2. X-Men (10 films = $4,996,632,006) – Average: about $499,663,200
  3. DC Extended Universe (5 films = $3,768,298,638) – Average: about $753,659,727

Box office stats from Box Office Mojo.

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Ryan Reynolds Confirms X-Force Movie is Next for Deadpool, No T.J. Miller



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Ryan Reynolds confirmed he will next reprise Deadpool in an X-Force movie and disgraced actor T.J. Miller will not appear in it.

In a feature on Reynolds for The New York Times on Wednesday, the Deadpool actor wouldn’t comment on Miller. However, he did say that Miller would not appear in Deadpool’s next movie, which the publication notes as “X-Force”.

Miller has faced charges of battery and calling in a bomb threat within the past five months. On top of that, the Emoji Movie and Silicon Valley actor is facing sexual violence accusations from his college days.

As for the X-Force movie, this is the first, official word that an X-Force movie is next up for Deadpool after years of rumors.

Last we heard about a potential X-Force team-up movie was also on Wednesday when a Ryan Reynolds interview was published on YouTube when the actor seemed a bit more clueless about Deadpool’s future. Reynolds said, “I don’t think there will be a ‘Deadpool 3’, I think going forward it would be an X-Force movie.” Not exactly a confirmation, buddy.

The X-Force movie has been rumored since 2013 when Kick-Ass 2 and Truth or Dare filmmaker Jeff Wadlow was supposedly working on it. Around the release of Deadpool in 2016, Reynolds said he wanted to do an X-Force movie and, a couple of months later, disgraced X-Men filmmaker Bryan Singer said a writer was working on it.

That was the last confirmation that an X-Force movie was in development outside of rumors. The latest rumor is that the movie is filming in October from filmmaker Drew Goddard with Reynolds and Deadpool 2 actor Josh Brolin reprising their roles.

The X-Force is a team of superhero characters that exist in the same world as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. The team is featured in marketing for Deadpool 2 and features the foul-mouthed mercenary Deadpool (Reynolds), time-traveling cyber soldier Cable (Brolin), the luck altering Domino (Zazie Beets), electromagnetic field projector Bedlam (Terry Crews), shockwave sender Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), acid spitter Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) and joe schmoe Peter (Rob Delaney). All of those characters are now on the cards for an X-Force movie.

Deadpool 2, the 12th X-Men movie in the franchise’s 18 year history, begins hitting theaters on May 15, according to IMDb.

For updates on all of the X-Men movies in development including The New Mutants and Gambit, click here for our guide.

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