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Evidence suggests World of Warcraft movie sequel is in the works

Published: 20/Sep/2020 20:00 Updated: 20/Sep/2020 21:04

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After four long years of waiting, it appears as though Warcraft 2 might be making its way to the big screen soon.

World of Warcraft has captivated players worldwide since 2004. With over 95 million players, it’s grown to be a success of its own. In 2016, that success transitioned from game to movie with Warcraft – a fantasy movie based on the popular MMORPG. Although it was popular among fans with over $200 million in ticket sales in China, it didn’t hit right with critics and nor did it reach an expected $450 million at the box office.

The film was focused on a feud between orcs and humans called the Great War. From blades to arcane spells, Warcraft was filled with non-ending bloodshed and battle. Despite the setting being accurate in-game, this didn’t hit well with critics as they called it “disinteresting and stale” and even went far as saying that it “suffers from the lack of a solid screenplay.”

Despite the bad reviews, Michael Morhaime, former President of Blizzard Entertainment, backed up the movie by stating that “nothing else matters as the movie was made for the fans.” Now with new evidence, Warcraft may be making its second attempt to wow supporters – and hopefully critics, too.

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Warcraft is the highest-grossing game adaptation of all time.

Legendary Pictures already has the next entry in development, according to Daniel Ritchman. Not only that, but casting seems to have already begun to take place as actors and directors have been reportedly eyed.

Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, who has handled various fantasy series and movies like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, might be playing a part in Warcraft 2. Although unsure whether the budget will be bigger this time around, if Jackson is on board, Blizzard Entertainment might not need to worry about bringing in numbers.

Additionally, Chris Pratt has been reportedly shortlisted to star in the sequel, most likely with a lead human role. Although the actor has played more serious roles than fantasy, the studio seeks the actor and awaits signing.

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Warcraft only made $47 million in the USA but reached $391 million around the world.

With all these hints pointing towards a sequel, it questions what the focus will be as WoW‘s storyline is a tome full of history.

We might be seeing a continuation from the first movie with the baby orc named Go’el, turning into the mighty champion, Thrall, and shaping the sequel. We could also see Anduin Lothar, in action with the proceedings of the second war, as he unites all seven human kingdoms under the Kingdom of Lorderon.

The movie plot might even go beyond and revamp Garona’s storyline as it’s not the clearest in-game. Overall, with all these opportunities at hand for Warcraft 2, fans will have to wait a while before the movie trailer releases. But as always, take all rumors with a grain of salt.

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Shazam 2 rumored cast listing teases three unexpected villains

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:20

by Daniel Megarry

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A new casting rumor for Shazam! Fury of the Gods suggests that the upcoming DCEU movie will feature a trio of evil sisters as villains.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a direct sequel to 2019’s superhero blockbuster Shazam!, which followed teenager Billy Batson as he was chosen to be the wizard’s champion, allowing him to transform into the titular adult superhero.

The first movie saw our hero battle to stop the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins, who made for riotous viewing, and fans have since then been left to speculate which villainous characters will cause havoc for Shazam in the sequel.

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Mark Strong and Zachary Levi in Shazam.

But a new rumored cast listing may have given us an early preview of the sequel’s antagonists, as The Illuminerdi reports that Warner Bros. are looking for actors to play “three mysterious sisters” who will all differ in age.

Who could the three sisters be?

The alleged cast listing doesn’t provide much information about the identities of the sisters, but it does offer templates for the characters, suggesting actresses similar to Zendaya for the younger sister, Halle Berry or Eva Green for the middle sister, and Helen Mirren for the older sister.

If true, the casting matches up with a teaser dropped by director David F. Sandberg during an appearance at DC FanDome earlier this year. “I can’t really talk about villains,” he said at the time, “but a lot of people will be surprised. It’s gonna be a little unexpected.”

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Shazam fought the Three Faces of Evil in the DC Comics

It’s thought that the three sisters could be a reimagining of the Three Faces of Evil, a three-headed dragon from the Shazam! comics.

They were known as Terror, Sin and Wickedness, representing evil in its three different forms. But of course, this is all just speculation for now.

When is Shazam 2 coming out?

Like many other blockbuster movies, production on Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been delayed due to the ongoing global health crisis, meaning its original release date of April 1, 2022, has been scrapped.

It’s now expected to hit cinemas until June 2, 2023, with filming starting next year, so fans have a while to wait to see how these rumors eventually play out on the big screen.