You’d think superheroes, with the ability to fly and see through walls and eat whatever they want would be happy folks. But in this year’s DC Comics movies “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” everyone is miserable. Well, here’s some joyful news: “Wonder Woman” will be in a better mood. “There’s a misconception that DC or (parent studio) Warner Bros. has made a conscious decision for all our movies to be darker or edgier,” producer Diane Nelson told Variety. “That’s not the case. Fans of the DC universe know that there are characters, like Batman, who are darker, but there are others like Wonder Woman, who are hopeful, optimistic leaders, and the tone of this film represents that.” Gal Gadot stars as the Amazonian warrior in the movie, due next June.
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Emojis gone wild
Speaking of smiley faces: “Emojimovie: Express Yourself” is coming along with more cast announcements. Sony Pictures had previously announced that comedian T.J. Miller would voice Gene, an emoji in the land of Textopolis with — gasp — multiple expressions. This week we learned that James Corden and Ilana Glazer will voice his buddies who help him on his quest to be “normal.” The so-called “app-venture” is due next August.
The “Jurassic Park” movies were already cautionary tales: Don’t breed dinosaurs! (And don’t be greedy.) Now Colin Trevorrow, who is producing and co-writing “Jurassic World 2,” says the sequel will offer a new message. “The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons,” he told El Mundo. Earlier, Trevorrow had told Wired that in the next installment, more and more moguls will get their hands on dino cloning technology. “What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?” What if?! Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles for the film, rampaging in June 2018.