‘Plastic Man’ Movie in Development at Warner Bros., DC

Warner Bros. and DC Films are in early development on “Plastic Man,” a movie based on DC Comics’ quirky character who debuted in 1941. Amanda Idoko, who wrote the upcoming Allison Janney-Laura Dern-starrer “Breaking News in Yuba…

Warner Bros. and DC Films are in early development on “Plastic Man,” a movie based on DC Comics’ quirky character who debuted in 1941. Amanda Idoko, who wrote the upcoming Allison Janney-Laura Dern-starrer “Breaking News in Yuba County,” has been hired to write “Plastic Man.” Bob Shaye, the co-founder of New Line Cinema, will executive produce. No […]

Warner Bros and DC to Develop ‘Plastic Man’ Movie

Warner Bros. and DC keep expanding their superhero slate as they are actively developing a “Plastic Man” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Rising screenwriter Amanda Idoko has been tapped to write the comedic action-adventure script.

Former New Line co-founder Bob Shaye will executive produce. DC President Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong are overseeing for the studio.

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“Plastic Man” was created by cartoonist Jack Cole for Quality Comics in 1941 and was later acquired by DC Comics. The character’s true identity is Patrick “Eel” O’Brian and the character was one of the first superheroes to incorporate humor into mainstream action storytelling.

“Plastic Man” has been published in several solo series and has interacted with other DC superheroes such as Batman. He was even a member of the Justice League at one point.

Idoko was a staff writer on ABC comedy “The Mayor” about a hip-hop artist who wins a city election. Idoko made the Blacklist with “Breaking News in Yuba County,” which has Allison Janney and Laura Dern set to star. Tate Taylor will direct the film which is scheduled to go into production in 2019.

Idoko is repped by WME.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Warner Bros. and DC keep expanding their superhero slate as they are actively developing a “Plastic Man” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Rising screenwriter Amanda Idoko has been tapped to write the comedic action-adventure script.

Former New Line co-founder Bob Shaye will executive produce. DC President Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong are overseeing for the studio.

“Plastic Man” was created by cartoonist Jack Cole for Quality Comics in 1941 and was later acquired by DC Comics. The character’s true identity is Patrick “Eel” O’Brian and the character was one of the first superheroes to incorporate humor into mainstream action storytelling.

“Plastic Man” has been published in several solo series and has interacted with other DC superheroes such as Batman. He was even a member of the Justice League at one point.

Idoko was a staff writer on ABC comedy “The Mayor” about a hip-hop artist who wins a city election. Idoko made the Blacklist with “Breaking News in Yuba County,” which has Allison Janney and Laura Dern set to star. Tate Taylor will direct the film which is scheduled to go into production in 2019.

Idoko is repped by WME.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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‘Plastic Man’ In Early Development At Warner Bros.

Deadline has confirmed that Amanda Idoko is adapting the Quality Comics’ superhero Plastic Man for an upcoming Warner Bros./DC feature, which does not yet have a director nor a green light.
Jack Cole created the character in 1941, and DC absorbed…

Deadline has confirmed that Amanda Idoko is adapting the Quality Comics’ superhero Plastic Man for an upcoming Warner Bros./DC feature, which does not yet have a director nor a green light. Jack Cole created the character in 1941, and DC absorbed the brand in 1956. Plastic Man was a member of the Justice League and had a Saturday morning TV series that ran from 1979 to 1981. Plastic Man is Patrick "Eel" O'Brian, who was originally a crook. When a heist goes sideways, he…

‘Aquaman’ Dives Into China With $25M Friday For Record Warner Bros & December Bow

Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman took his first strokes in China today, grossing an estimated $24.6M (RMB 169.5M). The studio has been pulling out the stops locally as the Middle Kingdom is launching the Jason Momoa-starrer two weeks…

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‘Friends’ Likely to Stream on WarnerMedia’s New Service Too

Monday was a rollercoaster ride for “Friends” fans, as it initially appeared that the classic NBC comedy would be removed from Netflix on Jan. 1. The streaming giant later quelled subscribers’ fears, announcing that “Friends” will stick around through 2019.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well.

“That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said Tuesday morning of the must-see TV sitcom. “Well, [Netflix] re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means ‘Friends’ could go on to our platform as well.”

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“That’s content that we would definitely want on our platform, and it’s obviously very important to Netflix as well,” Stephenson tacked on to the “Friends” conversation a few minutes later. “So, it’s kind of a logical situation. Is is necessary that it be exclusive to WarnerMedia on their product? No, it’s not necessary — it’s just important that we have the content.”

Stephenson was the Tuesday morning keynote speaker at the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos spoke at UBS on Monday, which is where he initially squashed the deepest fears of “Friends” bingers.

Sarandos and the Holiday Armadillo were there for you, because you’re there for them too (-oo-oo):

The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018

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Monday was a rollercoaster ride for “Friends” fans, as it initially appeared that the classic NBC comedy would be removed from Netflix on Jan. 1. The streaming giant later quelled subscribers’ fears, announcing that “Friends” will stick around through 2019.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well.

“That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said Tuesday morning of the must-see TV sitcom. “Well, [Netflix] re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means ‘Friends’ could go on to our platform as well.”

“That’s content that we would definitely want on our platform, and it’s obviously very important to Netflix as well,” Stephenson tacked on to the “Friends” conversation a few minutes later. “So, it’s kind of a logical situation. Is is necessary that it be exclusive to WarnerMedia on their product? No, it’s not necessary — it’s just important that we have the content.”

Stephenson was the Tuesday morning keynote speaker at the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos spoke at UBS on Monday, which is where he initially squashed the deepest fears of “Friends” bingers.

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‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix — For Now

After an internet uproar over the possibility that “Friends” is leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming giant may be negotiating a renewal to keep the sitcom. Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers …

After an internet uproar over the possibility that “Friends” is leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming giant may be negotiating a renewal to keep the sitcom. Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers spied a notice on Netflix’s page for the show indicating it would […]

‘Friends’ Will Leave Netflix in January After 4 Years

“Friends” won’t be there for much longer for Netflix subscribers.

The Warner Bros. produced comedy will be leaving the streaming service when the year turns over on Jan. 1, 2019, according to the show’s page on Netflix, which is exactly four years to the date when the former NBC comedy was originally made available. That means that fans of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Chandler and Joey have less than a month to watch all 230 episodes of the series.

“Friends” was one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions in 2014, when the streamer first announced that all 10 seasons would become available. But as the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix’s model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions.

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One of the new entrants in the streaming space next year will be Warner Bros.’ parent company, WarnerMedia, which will launch its own branded streaming platform at the end of 2019. Last week, AT&T said that the WarnerMedia-branded platform will launch with three levels of service.

The service will offer an “entry-level movie-focused” package, a “premium service” with original programming and blockbuster movies and a third service that bundles content from the first two, plus a library of WarnerMedia and licensed content. Pricing for the tiers was not specified. The company says that the upcoming SVOD service is intended to complement WarnerMedia’s existing businesses while providing data and analytics to help with their decision in creating future products.

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“Friends” won’t be there for much longer for Netflix subscribers.

The Warner Bros. produced comedy will be leaving the streaming service when the year turns over on Jan. 1, 2019, according to the show’s page on Netflix, which is exactly four years to the date when the former NBC comedy was originally made available. That means that fans of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Chandler and Joey have less than a month to watch all 230 episodes of the series.

“Friends” was one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions in 2014, when the streamer first announced that all 10 seasons would become available. But as the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix’s model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions.

One of the new entrants in the streaming space next year will be Warner Bros.’ parent company, WarnerMedia, which will launch its own branded streaming platform at the end of 2019. Last week, AT&T said that the WarnerMedia-branded platform will launch with three levels of service.

The service will offer an “entry-level movie-focused” package, a “premium service” with original programming and blockbuster movies and a third service that bundles content from the first two, plus a library of WarnerMedia and licensed content. Pricing for the tiers was not specified. The company says that the upcoming SVOD service is intended to complement WarnerMedia’s existing businesses while providing data and analytics to help with their decision in creating future products.

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‘Blue Beetle’ Movie in the Works at DC, Warner Bros.

DC and Warner Bros. are developing the superhero movie “Blue Beetle,” based on the Mexican-American comic book character Jaime Reyes. The studio has tapped Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote Universal’s “Scarface” remake, to…

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‘Stargirl’: Yvette Monreal & Christopher James Baker Set As Regulars In DC Universe Series

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Based on t…

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Jaime Reyes ‘Blue Beetle’ Latino Superhero Movie in Development at DC and Warner Bros (Exclusive)

DC and Warner Bros. are developing their first Latino superhero movie about Jaime Reyes, aka the “Blue Beetle,” individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively tells TheWrap.
Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote Univer…

DC and Warner Bros. are developing their first Latino superhero movie about Jaime Reyes, aka the “Blue Beetle,” individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively tells TheWrap.

Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote Universal’s “Scarface,” has been tapped to write the screenplay. Dunnet-Alocer also wrote the upcoming “Miss Bala” remake for Sony.

Zev Foreman is executive producing for Warner Bros.

In the comics, Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes is the third character to assume the mantle of the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, the character made his first appearance in the comics in 2006’s “Infinite Crisis” #5. His own monthly series debuted two months later with “Blue Beetle” #1 in May 2006.

Jaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle scarab on the way home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab home, curious as to what it might be. That night, the scarab came alive, and grafted itself to the base of Jaime’s spine, and provided him with a suit of extraterrestrial armor which can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings and shields.

While DC has had Latino characters in its universe, (Jay Hernandez as El Diablo in “Suicide Squad,” and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya in the soon to be filming “Birds of Prey”), this will be the first stand-alone title to feature a Latino lead.

According to the MPAA, in 2017, Hispanic/Latino audiences had the highest per-capita attendance at the movies, going to the movie an average of 4.5 times a year. Latinos make up 18 percent of the population, and they buy 24 percent of the movie tickets sold in the United States. It is also worth noting, superhero movies tend to draw the most diverse audiences as Latinos made up 22 percent of the audience for “Wonder Woman” and 21 percent of the audience for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Dunnet-Alcocer is represented by WME and Michael Schenkman at Bloom Hergott.

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Warner Bros Chairman Toby Emmerich to Receive 2019 PGA Milestone Award

Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s 2019 Milestone Award, the Guild announced Wednesday.
Emmerich will receive the award at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 1…

Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s 2019 Milestone Award, the Guild announced Wednesday.

Emmerich will receive the award at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

“Toby Emmerich is one of the most respected studio executives,” said Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, Presidents of the PGA. “He continues to deliver high-quality films in a variety of genres and attract some of the finest up-and-coming and veteran directors, as well as producers, and talent to create them. Under his leadership, Warner Bros. Picture Group had a record-breaking year in 2017 with hits including ‘Dunkirk,’ and continues to dominate this year’s box office with critical and commercial, but non-formula, hits such as ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ and ‘A Star Is Born.’ He embraces filmmakers and filmmaking, which is why we are honored to be able to recognize him this year with the Milestone Award.”

Emmerich added, “The Producers Guild knows better than most that studio filmmaking is an intensely collaborative art-form, and more often than not it is the producer who initiates, enables and protects great Hollywood movies/ I’ve been lucky to work with and learn from many great producers throughout my career and want to thank the members of PGA for recognizing me, and the contributions of our teams at Warner Bros. and New Line, with this honor.”

The PGA’s Milestone Award is the Guild’s most prestigious honor which recognized an individual (or a team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Previous honorees include Clint Eastwood, Jim Gianopulos, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing, Steven Spielberg and Donna Langley.

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‘Aquaman’ Wins Rave Early Reactions: ‘Most Ambitious DC Film to Date’

Just over a year since the mixed critical and audience reception for “Justice League,” fans of the Warner Bros.’ DC-verse are looking for James Wan’s “Aquaman” to get the series back on track. And based on the first round of social media reactions on Monday, their wish might be granted.

“Aquaman” received its first screening at a Warner Bros. press event Nov. 14, and critics and reporters who attended have been at high tide since the social media embargo lifted earlier Monday. Many are even hailing the film as equal to — or possibly better than — last year’s “Wonder Woman,” which was one of the top films of summer 2017 with $821 million grossed worldwide.

“‘Aquaman’ is the most ambitious DC film to date,” tweeted Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “A big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opinion, is the true star – he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it.”

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“‘Aquaman’ is a big, fun, wild ride,” writes io9’s Germain Lussier. “It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie.”

/Film’s Peter Sciretta described the film as “like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way. It’s at its best when it’s having fun and not taking itself too seriously. Black Manta is great villain that comic book fans will love. Some truly spectacular one shots and good action.”

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The film sees “Justice League” star Jason Momoa’s future king of Atlantis join fellow Atlantean warrior Mera (Amber Heard) to stop his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) from unleashing a war on humanity. At the same time, he must also stop a threat from the surface world in the form of arch-nemesis Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

Official tracking estimates for “Aquaman” are not due until this Thursday, but analysts who spoke with TheWrap say the film is likely to give the domestic box office its first $100 million-plus opening since “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” way back in June.

“Aquaman” hits theaters December 21. See more reactions below.

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“Short & sweet reaction to ‘Aquaman’ is that I loved it. It’s a comic book movie through & through with great action, iconic moments & visual spectacle to spare. Momoa makes the character his own & Wan honors the traditional aspects, but elevates it to the modern era. It’s a blast.” — Paul Shirey, JoBlo

“Against all odds, I really dug ‘Aquaman,’  which offers thrills chills and a whole lotta adventure for the whole family! Also the president of the United States is a demonstrably evil racist and there appears to be nothing we can do about that! See it on the biggest screen possible.” — Scott Wampler, Birth.Movies.Death.

“‘Aquaman’ is a breathtakingly beautiful, weird, badass, FUN idea of a modern superhero fantasy and makes zero apologies. Second half’s one cheer/laugh after another. Imagine ’80s Schwarzenegger starring in ‘Hideo Kojima’s AVATAR’ and you’re most of the way there.” — Andrew Dyce, ScreenRant

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“Aquaman” received its first screening at a Warner Bros. press event Nov. 14, and critics and reporters who attended have been at high tide since the social media embargo lifted earlier Monday. Many are even hailing the film as equal to — or possibly better than — last year’s “Wonder Woman,” which was one of the top films of summer 2017 with $821 million grossed worldwide.

“‘Aquaman’ is the most ambitious DC film to date,” tweeted Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “A big, sprawling visual spectacle that is gorgeous, crazy, stuffed with terrific action, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opinion, is the true star – he elevates the material, makes it entertaining and conquers it.”

“‘Aquaman’ is a big, fun, wild ride,” writes io9’s Germain Lussier. “It’s unabashedly melodramatic and over the top with the largest, most ambitious sense of scale imaginable. Parts of it are kind of bad but they are not the majority and, oddly, still fit in with the cartoony tone. 2nd best DCU movie.”

/Film’s Peter Sciretta described the film as “like a Marvel phase one movie, in a good way. It’s at its best when it’s having fun and not taking itself too seriously. Black Manta is great villain that comic book fans will love. Some truly spectacular one shots and good action.”

The film sees “Justice League” star Jason Momoa’s future king of Atlantis join fellow Atlantean warrior Mera (Amber Heard) to stop his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) from unleashing a war on humanity. At the same time, he must also stop a threat from the surface world in the form of arch-nemesis Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

Official tracking estimates for “Aquaman” are not due until this Thursday, but analysts who spoke with TheWrap say the film is likely to give the domestic box office its first $100 million-plus opening since “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” way back in June.

“Aquaman” hits theaters December 21. See more reactions below.

“Short & sweet reaction to ‘ is that I loved it. It’s a comic book movie through & through with great action, iconic moments & visual spectacle to spare. Momoa makes the character his own & Wan honors the traditional aspects, but elevates it to the modern era. It’s a blast.” — Paul Shirey, JoBlo

“Against all odds, I really dug ‘  which offers thrills chills and a whole lotta adventure for the whole family! Also the president of the United States is a demonstrably evil racist and there appears to be nothing we can do about that! See it on the biggest screen possible.” — Scott Wampler, Birth.Movies.Death.

“‘Aquaman’ is a breathtakingly beautiful, weird, badass, FUN idea of a modern superhero fantasy and makes zero apologies. Second half’s one cheer/laugh after another. Imagine ’80s Schwarzenegger starring in ‘Hideo Kojima’s AVATAR’ and you’re most of the way there.” — Andrew Dyce, ScreenRant

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Margot Robbie Shares Full ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Title

Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

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“Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best known for writing and directing her feature debut “Dead Pigs,” which took home the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year. Yan would be the third female filmmaker to join the DC universe with this film. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.

As TheWrap first reported, Christina Hodson wrote the “Birds of Prey” spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC Films. Hodson is also writing “Batgirl” for DC.

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Also, as TheWrap first reported, Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya and Ewan McGregor is set to play Gotham City mob boss and Batman foe Black Mask.

“Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)” will be released on Feb. 7, 2020 via Warner Bros.

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Margot Robbie has debuted the full title to “Birds of Prey,” her upcoming superheroine girl gang movie from Warner Bros. and DC.

The actress/producer made shared it on her Instagram on Tuesday. The full title is: “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn).”

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Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best known for writing and directing her feature debut “Dead Pigs,” which took home the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year. Yan would be the third female filmmaker to join the DC universe with this film. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.

As TheWrap first reported, Christina Hodson wrote the “Birds of Prey” spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC Films. Hodson is also writing “Batgirl” for DC.

Also, as TheWrap first reported, Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya and Ewan McGregor is set to play Gotham City mob boss and Batman foe Black Mask.

“Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)” will be released on Feb. 7, 2020 via Warner Bros.

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‘Aquaman’ First Day Ticket Sales Robust: Atom Hits 24-Hour Record; DC Superhero Pic Beating ‘Venom’ On Fandango

The last three Christmases have been about Star Wars at the box office, and Warner Bros. is looking for DC to leave its mark, starting with Aquaman this year.
The James Wan-directed Dec. 21 release, is Atom Tickets’ top advance ticket seller ever…

The last three Christmases have been about Star Wars at the box office, and Warner Bros. is looking for DC to leave its mark, starting with Aquaman this year. The James Wan-directed Dec. 21 release, is Atom Tickets’ top advance ticket seller ever in its first 24 hours, beating the previous 24-hour ticket sales record set by Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. Atom’s first day sales include those sold for the Amazon Prime/Warner Bros. advance screening partnership…

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Snatches $74M Overseas, Hits $100M WW Through Friday

SATURDAY UPDATE: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald took in $43M at the international box office on Friday, casting spells in 79 markets, 24 of which were added yesterday. The Warner Bros sequel/spinoff is currently running 14% higher than Fan…

SATURDAY UPDATE: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald took in $43M at the international box office on Friday, casting spells in 79 markets, 24 of which were added yesterday. The Warner Bros sequel/spinoff is currently running 14% higher than Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them at the same point in play and in like-for-likes. The offshore cume through Friday is $74.3M and while there's been an ease in domestic projections, the global running tally through…

Studios Expected to Push for Early Home Release in 2019 (EXCLUSIVE)

Hollywood may want to brace itself for another epic fight. At least two major studios — Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures — are expected to reignite discussions about early video-on-demand, sources tell Variety, a move that could lead to …

Hollywood may want to brace itself for another epic fight. At least two major studios — Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures — are expected to reignite discussions about early video-on-demand, sources tell Variety, a move that could lead to a protracted standoff with theater chains. For the past decade, no issue has incited bigger battles […]

‘Supergirl’: Jon Cryer Cast as DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor

“Supergirl” has found its Lex Luthor, and it’s someone who is already familiar with the family.

Former “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer has been cast in the recurring role of the iconic DC Comics villain on The CW drama; he’ll make his debut on the 15th episode. It’s a return to the Luthor family for Cryer, who had previously played Lex’s nephew, Lenny Luthor, in the 1987 film, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.”

Cryer’s Luthor will not appear in the network’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover between “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

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“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor,” said “Supergirl” executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. “Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in ‘Superman IV’ brings an added layer of legacy to his casting.  We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the ‘Supergirl’ family.”

Luthor is known in both the comics and on screen as the arch-nemesis of Superman, who is played by Tyler Hoechlin on The CW series. In “Supergirl,” Luthor has already been incarcerated and his half-sister, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), is running LuthorCorp, though she has rebranded it as L-Corp.

Lex Luthor was famously portrayed by Gene Hackman in Richard Donner’s 1978 “Superman” opposite Christopher Reeve and also in its sequels, “Superman II” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.” Kevin Spacey took over the role in Bryan Singer’s 2006 version, “Superman Returns,” which starred Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel. Most recently, Jesse Eisenberg portrayed the villain in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and also had a cameo in “Justice League.”

Also Read: ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Shares Photo With Ruby Rose as Batwoman (Photo)

On TV, Michael Rosenbaum played Luthor on the “Superman” prequel series “Smallville,” which aired on The CW and its predecessor The WB.

Cryer recently wrapped production on the film “Big Time Adolescence” opposite Pete Davidson.

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“Supergirl” has found its Lex Luthor, and it’s someone who is already familiar with the family.

Former “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer has been cast in the recurring role of the iconic DC Comics villain on The CW drama; he’ll make his debut on the 15th episode. It’s a return to the Luthor family for Cryer, who had previously played Lex’s nephew, Lenny Luthor, in the 1987 film, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.”

Cryer’s Luthor will not appear in the network’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover between “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor,” said “Supergirl” executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. “Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in ‘Superman IV’ brings an added layer of legacy to his casting.  We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the ‘Supergirl’ family.”

Luthor is known in both the comics and on screen as the arch-nemesis of Superman, who is played by Tyler Hoechlin on The CW series. In “Supergirl,” Luthor has already been incarcerated and his half-sister, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), is running LuthorCorp, though she has rebranded it as L-Corp.

Lex Luthor was famously portrayed by Gene Hackman in Richard Donner’s 1978 “Superman” opposite Christopher Reeve and also in its sequels, “Superman II” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.” Kevin Spacey took over the role in Bryan Singer’s 2006 version, “Superman Returns,” which starred Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel. Most recently, Jesse Eisenberg portrayed the villain in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and also had a cameo in “Justice League.”

On TV, Michael Rosenbaum played Luthor on the “Superman” prequel series “Smallville,” which aired on The CW and its predecessor The WB.

Cryer recently wrapped production on the film “Big Time Adolescence” opposite Pete Davidson.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros.’ second film in the spinoff from the Harry Potter movies, earned $9.1 million at the box office from Thursday previews on. It will open wide on over 4,000 screens this weekend.

The sequel is currently projected to open in the high $60 million range, with estimates topping out at $73 million from independent trackers, but it beat the Thursday total of the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from 2016, which earned $8.75 million in Thursday previews on its way to earning $74.4 million in its opening weekend.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the original story that’s part of a five-film prequel in the magical universe. Eddie Redmayne stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp as the film’s villain. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” has just a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so unlike the original film, it will be working to overcome tepid reviews.

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Both Paramount’s “Instant Family,” starring Mark Wahlberg, and Fox’s thriller “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, are also opening wide this weekend.

“Instant Family” brought in $550,000 on Thursday night. Paramount is projecting an opening in the mid-teens to as high as $20 million when it opens on approximately 3,258 screens domestically. Comparatively, Wahlberg’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” which also opened in early November last year, earned $1.5 million in Thursday previews and would open to $29.6 million.

In the family comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne and directed by Sean Anders, the two play a couple of new parents of three adopted children. The film has a 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

More to come…

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“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros.’ second film in the spinoff from the Harry Potter movies, earned $9.1 million at the box office from Thursday previews on. It will open wide on over 4,000 screens this weekend.

The sequel is currently projected to open in the high $60 million range, with estimates topping out at $73 million from independent trackers, but it beat the Thursday total of the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from 2016, which earned $8.75 million in Thursday previews on its way to earning $74.4 million in its opening weekend.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the original story that’s part of a five-film prequel in the magical universe. Eddie Redmayne stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp as the film’s villain. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” has just a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so unlike the original film, it will be working to overcome tepid reviews.

Both Paramount’s “Instant Family,” starring Mark Wahlberg, and Fox’s thriller “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, are also opening wide this weekend.

“Instant Family” brought in $550,000 on Thursday night. Paramount is projecting an opening in the mid-teens to as high as $20 million when it opens on approximately 3,258 screens domestically. Comparatively, Wahlberg’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” which also opened in early November last year, earned $1.5 million in Thursday previews and would open to $29.6 million.

In the family comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne and directed by Sean Anders, the two play a couple of new parents of three adopted children. The film has a 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

More to come…

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Stealing $7M+ In Thursday Night Previews – Early Read

EXCLUSIVE: After grossing $10.1M in ten offshore markets off 9K screens, Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is eyeing an estimated Thursday night of $7M-$7.5M at approximately 3,300 locations that started showtimes at 5PM, …

EXCLUSIVE: After grossing $10.1M in ten offshore markets off 9K screens, Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is eyeing an estimated Thursday night of $7M-$7.5M at approximately 3,300 locations that started showtimes at 5PM, per Deadline sources. These figures do not come from Warner Bros. As we always footnote, this estimate could go higher or lower, and west coast shows just started an hour and 15 minutes ago. Two years ago at this time, Fantastic Be…