Here’s today’s round-up of Entertainment headlines, happy Tuesday!
– According to Collider, it looks like Mark Hamill did indeed land his dream Joker role, as he’s reportedly already recorded his performance for the upcoming Bruce Timm-produced adaptation of The Killing Joke. It’s hard to imagine they would cast anyone opposite him other than Kevin Conroy. This will probably make for a more fitting send-off for the pairing than Arkham Knight did.
Here’s hoping WB finds someone just as iconic for the role in future years. I, for one, really enjoyed John DiMaggio‘s take in Under The Red Hood.
– It seems like Hugh Jackman says it every time a new Wolverine performance comes up, but it seems pretty firm that this next go at Logan will indeed be his last.
Jackman posted the following on Twitter:
My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I’ll read as many as I can. pic.twitter.com/ksA1Gii5tf
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 27, 2015
The “Old Man Logan” storyline, which the new entry will be based on, makes for a nice thematic close for the actor. My question is: how do they fill-in all those Marvel characters in the story they don’t have the rights to? Particularly Hawkeye? Perhaps Wil Yun Lee‘s Harada will return to fill in that now-elderly archer role.
– The latest DC All Access has confirmed the role played by Tao Okamoto, and it’s one pretty familiar to Superman fans: Mercy Graves. Not a big surprise, but it’s nice to see the film include the character, given what a short shrift she’s gotten in all recent Superman live action productions.
– Lastly, Rachel McAdams in a recent interview with the LA Times, has confirmed that she’s in talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch:
McAdams is still up for the biggest Hollywood roles — it just seems to be a matter of whether she wants to take them. She is considering playing the female lead in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch, though she is careful to note, “it’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.” But she’s not a “comic book snob.” (Or a reality TV snob, for that matter: She says she’s been watching this season of “The Bachelorette.”)
Big-name actresses have been taking roles in comic book franchises for years now — Johansson, Natalie Portman. But McAdams is repelled by the idea that she should follow any prescribed path.
“I try to shut out ideas about why you should do things,” McAdams says. “Trying to do good architecture and really designing a career? There’s some attention to be paid to that, but I don’t think it’s everything.”
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