Quick Hitters - Van Tatum vs The Dark Universe, Tales From The Crypt Is Back In the Vault & Same Kitchen, No Devil?
Van Tatum vs The Dark Universe
Per a report from THR, Universal moving forward with their seemingly doomed reboot of their classic monster movies. In an even more surprising bit of news, the studio is looking at filling the role of Van Helsing in the Dark Universe, with none other than Channing Tatum. Yeah, no shit.
Those that listen to the podcast know that I'm a fan of Channing Tatum's films, at least those that I've seen, so his casting as Van Helsing is not as bad as what it initially seems. Keep in mind that Tatum could be joining two, yes two, genuine Academy Award winners in Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster with a potential third Academy Award winner, Angelina Jolie, rumored to be playing the Bride of Frankenstein so he'll literally be surrounded on all sides by talent.
In ensemble movies like this, Tatum steps his game up, so in no way will he be the weak link of the Universal Monster reboot. That honor currently lies with six time Razzie winner Tom Cruise, who is rumored to return as Nick Morton and Cruise's reign will be challenged by mega-wine lover Johnny Depp, who will be playing the Invisible Man.
Let's face it, Tatum playing Van Helsing is a win-win situation for him. He'll make a ton of money in an already failing franchise, so he'll likely escape blame free if it completely tanks and if the franchise rebounds, he'll look like a diamond. $5 says he signs on the dotted line. I mean, it's not like he'll be playing Gambit anytime soon.
Tales From The Crypt Is Back In the Vault
Looking forward to the M. Night Shyamalan led Tales From The Crypt reboot on TNT? Well, you'd be the only one besides Shyamalan and Turner chief creative officer Kevin Reilly and from the sounds of it, one of them is starting to lose patience.
Reilly recently offered an update on the current status of project, and he sounds less than enthused about the whole legal process of obtaining the rights required for the show to see the light of day.
All lawyers can't be as rad as our beloved announcer, right? Godspeed Crypt Keeper, we'll remember you fondly. Or we can watch every episode of the better version of Tales on every platform and media imaginable.
Same Kitchen, No Devil?
The Man Without Fear is no more.
At The Defenders roundtable at SDCC, Daredevil star Charlie Cox revealed this surprising detail to CinemaBlend, and then he talked about Matt Murdock's decision to hang up the cowl as the masked vigilante is the result of failing miserably while wearing it.
Thanks to all of the Defenders footage, and common sense, Matt suiting back up as Daredevil alongside Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist has always been a foregone conclusion. However, it will be interesting to see how dire circumstances must get to force The Devil of Hell's Kitchen to suit back up and join the fight against The Hand. Only a couple of more weeks until we can binge The Defenders and find out for yourselves.
Marvel's The Defenders will be available on Netflix on August 18.