Nintendo 64 Classic May Be in the Works

Nintendo is on a serious upswing. The Wii U was a pretty big failure, but they have really managed to turn things around over the last year. The Nintendo Switch has surpassed expectations and they found themselves a very nice way to recycle their old designs with their “classic” consoles. Could a Nintendo 64 be the next console to get a classic edition? Signs point to yes.

As reported by Nintendo Wire, Nintendo recently filed a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for a rather crude but very disntinctive drawing of a Nintendo 64 controller. This may not seem like much, but it indicates that a Nintendo 64 classic edition is probably in the works. These crude, silhouette drawings of controllers appear on Nintendo’s packaging for the respective product. The NES Classic has a similar drawing of the NES controller, so that is why this appears to be the first sign that Nintendo is making what will probably be a very smart move.

Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition late last year and was sold out virtually everywhere upon release. Sadly, Nintendo ended production of them early this year, so if you didn’t get your hands on one, it’s going to be a pricey endeavor now. Amazon currently has them listed for $252, which is much higher than the original list price. Nintendo also recently announced an SNES Classic Edition, which is set for release on September 29 and will retail for $80. Each console comes loaded with tons of games right on it, so they are very desirable for those who enjoy classic Nintendo games.

There isn’t much information to go on, so it is tough to say what would be included on the Nintendo 64 Classic Edition. Though, there are a lot of very beloved games for the system and we can safely assume Star Fox 64 and Mario Kart would wind up on there. As for the price? We can guess it would probably retail for less than $100, as has been the case with both the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition.

The Nintendo 64 debuted in 1996 and remains one of the most beloved consoles that the company has ever released. It is also one of their best selling consoles, having moved more than 32 million units before being discontinued in 2003. With the console now more than twenty-years-old, there is a lot of Nintendo nostalgia for it and that is something Nintendo could capitalize on in a big way.

For now, we are just going to have to wait and see how this shakes out. But Nintendo would probably be guaranteed to turn a nice profit with a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition and there is no reason for them not to do it. You can check out the sketch of the N64 controller that was patented for yourself below.


Harley Quinn Vs. the Joker Movie Is Happening at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a Suicide Squad spin-off that would pit the Jared Leto’s Joker up against Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The news comes at an interesting time for the DCEU as they are about to launch the latest trailer for Justice League at Comic-Con as well as the pretty heavy rumors swirling that Ben Affleck will not put on the Batsuit again after Justice League. Regardless, we expect more news to come down after Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con.

The news comes to us via Screen Rant and they say that the project is set within the DCEU and it will not affect the release of Suicide Squad 2, which should be comforting to the handful of people that enjoyed the first movie. In addition Gotham City Sirens is also still on the release schedule. Screen Rant says that “the project is described as a spin-off and Geoff Johns is set to produce.” Any other information is unclear at the moment, but as previously mentioned; we may get some more information regarding the spin-off this weekend at the Warner Bros. panel.

It is important to note that nothing has officially been announced at this time, but the project of a Harley Quinn Vs. The Joker spin-off does sound pretty exciting, especially for fans who were upset that Jared Leto’s Joker was barely in Suicide Squad after being used heavily in all of the trailers and television spots prior to the movie hitting theaters. Or it can be seen as a bad idea for those DC fans that were not fond of Leto’s portrayal of one of the most legendary villains in history, it all depends on what side of the fence you’re on. The news does come after rumors were circulating that Leto could be involved with Gotham City Sirens and it is very likely that the actor signed a multiple picture deal when he originally signed on for Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad grossed over $700 million at the box office despite the poor reviews that it received from critics and fans alike. But one thing that has been almost certain is that Leto would return to the fold at some point and Harley Quinn vs. Joker spin-off seems like the perfect vehicle to do so. In addition, Leto has spent some time over the past year teasing the return of Joker over his social media leading many to believe that he wasn’t through playing the villain just yet.

So where would the Harley Quinn vs. Joker spin-off fit in? Before or after the Suicide Squad sequel? At this time the answer to that question is unclear, but clarification should come soon enough. It should also be taken into consideration that DC has a habit of jumping the gun when announcing new projects and this is still an unconfirmed rumor at the moment. It was recently announced that Shazam! will be the next DC movie to begin production in February of 2018 and a sequel to the insanely popular Wonder Woman is expected to be announced this weekend as well. This also follows today’s news that Ben Affleck may not be Batman anymore, which hints there may be some big changes in store for the DCEU.


Channing Tatum Wanted for Van Helsing Reboot

Universal’s Dark Universe got off to a very rocky start. The Mummy kicked off this interconnected cinematic universe of monster movies, but the movie was a major bomb, both critically and financially. But the studio is pressing ahead and has their eyes on yet another big star for a key role. It looks like they want Channing Tatum to star in their planned reboot of Van Helsing.

The Hollywood Reporter recently ran a major breakdown of franchise movies and how they performed at the summer box office, as well as giving a quick look at the future of those franchises. In the case of Dark Universe, The Mummy didn’t scare Universal enough to make them abandon their plans. They are still going after big name talent and, as such, they have their sights set on Channing Tatum for Van Helsing. Here’s what THR had to say about it.

“Convinced Tom Cruise saved Mummy from being a bigger flop, the studio is betting on names, prepping an offer to Angelina Jolie for Bride of Frankenstein (slated for release on Feb. 14, 2019) and polishing the script for Van Helsing, aimed for Channing Tatum. Johnny Depp is attached to star in The Invisible Man.”

Bride of Frankenstein, which is the only other Dark Universe movie that has locked down an official release date, isn’t coming out for another year and a half. That will give some time to wash away the bad taste left behind by The Mummy and will help them rethink their strategy a bit. But they feel the one part of their strategy that is working is going for big movie stars. Angelina Jolie has been rumored for Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein for a very long time and it sounds like they are going to try and make it official soon.

As for Channing Tatum, he no doubt has the skills to pull of something like a Van Helsing reboot, which doesn’t currently have a director attached. He is no stranger to franchises, having done the 21 Jump Street Movies and, utilizing a different skill set, the Magic Mike movies. He is also still attached to play Gambit in the X-Men franchise as well as his role in the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service. Getting someone as likable as Channing Tatum to play such a big character, who was previously portrayed by Hugh Jackman, would seem to be a step in the right direction. At least on paper.

Dark Universe also has Javier Bardem attached to the reboot of Frankenstein and they are also working on a Creature From the Black Lagoon reboot, as well as new takes on Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other big names that the studio reportedly wants include Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. They are certainly aiming high, we can say that much. It’s just a matter of if they can find an opening in Channing Tatum’s busy schedule to make it happen, but this feels like something that could definitely become a reality.


Watch Netflix’s Death Note Panel from San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is here, ladies and gentleman. Thousands upon thousands of people have descended upon San Diego in order to get a first look at some of the biggest movies and TV shows coming your way in the near future. Netflix has been investing heavily in high-profile movies lately and they decided to bring their highly-anticipated adaptation of Death Note to the big event.

If you couldn’t make it San Diego Comic-Con this year, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Over on the MovieWeb YouTube page you can check out all of the highlights from Netflix’s Death Note panel. Director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) was on hand to present some brand new footage and discuss his adaptation of the incredibly popular and beloved manga. Despite the controversy surrounding this particular adaptation, given the setting change and changes to some of the characters, this is one that lots of fans really looking forward to.

Terry Crews (The Expendables) was on hand to moderate the Netflix panel for Death Note, bringing his usual charm and high level of energy to it. During the panel, a brand new clip from the Death Note movie was premiered, which gave us our best look yet at the tone and feel of the movie, which is set to arrive on the streaming service August 25. The Death Note clip features Light writing down the name of his first victim and gives us a great look at Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, which is the one aspect of this movie that has seemed to be universally pleasing so far.

Death Note stars Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega), Shea Whigham (Agent Carter}, and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. So far, he seems to be the saving grace of this adaptation, even from those who aren’t thrilled with some of the other aspects. Death Note is Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook that holds a great power. If the owner writes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. With his new abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems fit.

It was also announced at the panel that Death Note was going to screen for the very first time, which got fans very excited. So we should be getting our first reactions to the full movie very soon. I the meantime, you can check out the highlights from the Death Note panel for yourself below, along with the Death Note clip and character posters. Be sure to keep an eye out for all of our other San Diego Comic-Con 2017 coverage this weekend.

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Ben Affleck May Be Out as Batman in More DC Movies

Warner Bros. is reportedly working on plans to “usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully.” Ben Affleck is set to appear at Comic-Con this weekend to promote the DCEU’s upcoming Justice League movie and unveil a new trailer, but there could be trouble underneath the surface for the future of Affleck’s portrayal of the Dark Knight. The news comes after The Batman director Matt Reeves revealed that he had thrown out Affleck’s original script and was starting from scratch.

A source close to the project has told The Hollywood Reporter that “the studio is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s Batman gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.” It is important to take any information that comes from a “source” with a grain of salt, but with all of the events surrounding The Batman in the past year, this does seem quite plausible.

Though it has been reported in the past that Warner Bros.’ Toby Emmerich has said that “Ben is our Batman” and that they intend to “keep him in the cowl as long as we can.” Even Matt Reeves has said in the past that he intends to keep Ben Affleck as his Batman. But as far as anybody knows, the movie still does not have an official release date and is still currently being rewritten by Reeves, which could mean that it could be a while before we see anybody jumping into the Batsuit. Fans have joked that by the time the movie gets into production that Affleck may be better suited for Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, a fair assumption since Reeves has reportedly set his sights on his very own Batman trilogy, an idea that makes sense after coming to the project after the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

There is a whole bunch of different ways that Warner Bros. can approach the subject of replacing Affleck. They could keep him in the Justice League franchise while hiring somebody new to takeover the standalone movies, which could be interesting, but seems unlikely according to the DCEU’s current model. Another route would be to go the way of the 1990′s Batman that just changed actors and have a fresh face in Justice League as well. Maybe The Batman gets shelved for the unforeseeable future or at least until Justice League is finished. We know that Shazam! will be the next DC project to go into production.

Again, nothing has been officially confirmed about Ben Affleck leaving The Batman or his replacement. But the rumor does seem to be following a pattern for the project, which started back when Affleck stepped down from director. All of this news comes just as things were starting to look up for the project as Reeves has teased bringing back the detective element to Batman while also stating that he wants fans to get inside the head of the Caped Crusader. We may possibly get some Batman news at Comic-Con this weekend, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.


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