Despite all the great news Fox has had about it's X-Men: Apocalypse casting in the past couple months, the franchise is taking a serious blow. Superstar, Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed she will be leaving the series after 2016's trilogy finale. Fox hit the jackpot, bringing her on as the shapeshifting Mystique for X-Men: First Class just before she hit super-stardom in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, but now the actress is moving on.
Apocalypse is the third installment in the young X-Men storyline. Lead by Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult, it will act as a transitional piece as Fox ramps up the franchise to compete with Marvel's Avenger's universe. With a planned Deadpool, Gambit, and another Wolverine spin-off all in the works, Fox is hoping to make an X-Men extended universe that can hold it's own against the Marvel and DC behemoths.
Lawrence's exit is probably best for both parties, allowing the Oscar-winner to pursue different fare, while simultaneously allowing Fox to explore other characters in the X-Men catalogue. Let's just hope the X-Men franchise can survive without her strength in the box office.
The superhero rumor mill is churning again, this time about a nemesis for DC/Warner Brothers Super-Villain team-up The Suicide Squad. Reports are suggesting that True Blood alum, Joe Manganiello will be donning the iconic sword and mask of infamous DC mercenary and assassin, Deathstroke.
Suicide Squad is already a star-studded production. Featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Manganiello/Deathstroke would be joining the best of the best of DC's iconic villains. Rumors are suggesting that Deathstroke would begin the movie as the team's antagonist, but knowing Deathstroke's history, a future team-up is not out of the question.
What do you think? Should Joe Manganiello play Deathstroke?
Star of The Road and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Kodi Smit-McPhee is joining the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse as German teleporter, and iconic team member, Nightcrawler. He's joining Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) as young actors to take on established X-Men characters.
Nightcrawler was aptly played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United (2003). Of course, X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980's, as Charles Xavier is re-opening his school for gifted youngsters.
Russian, metal-skinned X-Men alum, Colossus is coming to 2016's Deadpool. Along with fellow mutant Angel Dust (Gina Carano), Colossus will tie the movie to Fox's over-arcing X-Men franchise. Unfortunately, the man who's played the role since X2 (2003) will not be coming along.
Daniel Cudmore has confirmed via Twitter, that he will be stepping down from the role. Even though he starred in three movies, Cudmore never really got a chance to explore the character. Here's hoping they give Colossus more screen time in the future.
Who do you think should play Colossus?
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant was just announced as the villainous Zebediah Killgrave (The Purple Man) in Marvel's Netflix original AKA Jessica Jones. Starring opposite Krysten Ritter, Tennant's Kilgrave is:
An enigmatic figure from Jessica's past, Kilgrave's reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero's world... After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.In the comics Kilgrave is a former spy who, after being exposed to experimental chemical weapons, can make any lie believable. With that backstory, we can only hope Tennant has the same power.