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We Should've Got David Hayter's 2003 Take Of Watchmen Instead Of Zack Snyder's

Jorah Mormont as Nite Owl = gold.

Between the 10th anniversary of Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen, the Doomsday Clock comic series, and Damon Lindelof’s continuation on HBO, we’ve been getting quite a lot of Watchmen content lately. Sensing that the train is running hot, David Hayter (writer of the first two X-Men films) decided to drop some never-before-seen test footage from his 2003 stab at the iconic comic book series.

And folks, it is some serious stuff.

Starring Iain Glen as Nite Owl and Ray Stevenson as Rorschach, the clip depicts the first conversation we see of the two characters. It’s only four minutes long and is clearly ripped from some ancient VHS that was left on a shelf for too long… and yet it is just awesome.

No disrespect to Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, who played the hell out of Nite Owl and Rorschach respectively in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation, but Glen and Stevenson’s refined takes on the characters in David Hayter’s take just works better.

There’s a distinct pulpy feel to the proceedings but without any of that dreary grimdark flair Snyder likes to splash everything with. If those four minutes aren’t enough to make you wish for Hayter’s take on Watchmen over Snyder’s, then his follow-up tweets on what his movie might’ve been will change your mind.

The writer/director acknowledged Glen’s great performance and revealed that not only would his take have been set in modern times, Stevenson only came onboard when Daniel Craig “bailed” last minute.

But perhaps the most interesting Watchmen tidbit from Hayter was him wanting Denzel Washington for the role of Dr. Manhattan. If there was someone who could sell a glowing blue god who likes walking around naked while sprouting monologues about the folly of man, it’s definitely Denzel.

But as history tells us, David Hayter’s 2003 version of Watchmen never got off the ground and we wouldn’t get that long-awaited film adaptation until Zack Snyder came into the picture years later.

While it was an absolute shame to miss out what was shaping up to be a very interesting take on Watchmen, it seems like history is making up for it by giving us the HBO continuation, which has been stuffed full of great moments, like Laurie Blake’s giant blue dildo, Jeremy Irons playing a manic Adrian Veidt and the brilliant “remixed” origin story of Hooded Justice.

Move Over Henry Cavill, Michael B. Jordan Is The Superman We Want

Just do it, DC.

For all the success DC have had with its slate of superhero films, the one hero they’ve yet to successfully crack has been Superman. Henry Cavill may be visually perfect for the part but his films haven’t exactly set the world alight. Now word on the street is that another even more charismatic chap is being eyed for the role: Michael B. Jordan.

Super.

According to a big breakdown on the future of DC’s movie slate from Variety, the suits at Warner Bros. have been trying to figure out a way to make Superman palatable to fickle audiences these days and they’ve chatted to both J.J. Abrams (who signed a big deal with the studio) and Michael B. Jordan to help make it a reality.

The most interesting tidbit however is Jordan reportedly pitched the suits his “vision” for Superman. But despite interest from both parties, don’t expect Michael B. Jordan to be the new Man of Steel any time soon.

Variety reports that Jordan’s schedule is filled up with projects and filming on a Superman flick won’t happen for a few years so expect nothing sooner than a 2023 release at the earliest should he join the DC universe. It may a while away but this is only a good thing as it’ll allow the filmmakers to get the material into working shape before beginning production. We don’t want another Batman V Superman and Justice League situation here.

Good things come to those who wait (hopefully).

It’s all just talk at the moment but let’s say the gears are turning and Michael B. Jordan is indeed in the frame for Superman, then he’s definitely the perfect replacement for Henry Cavill.

He’s a great actor, buff as all hell, has charisma spilling out of his pockets, and would look fantastic wearing a red cape with a big “S” on it. Plus it would be fantastic to see someone other than a white bloke play Superman for a change.

Even more importantly is Jordan’s self-confessed love for comic books and knowledge of the character, While no one exactly knows what he pitched to Warner Bros. regarding his vision for Superman, we can hazard a guess based on some previous comments that his idea is to play the character of Calvin Ellis (who is basically a Superman from another alternative universe) rather than Clark Kent.

So where does this leave Henry Cavill if Michael B. Jordan does eventually become Superman? Well there are two possibilities that we can see. The first is Jordan straight up replaces Cavill, who probably won’t be too happy about that given how he’s still keen to keep the role (despite admitting his Superman films were crap).

The second possibility is both Cavill and Jordan get to play Superman, which wouldn’t be too farfetched if Warner Bros. buys into the whole multi-verse idea and having multiple versions of the character.

For now though, there are no Superman projects in the works as far as we know so we’re just going to have to make do with fantasies and fanart of Michael B. Jordan wearing the red cape for the time being.

You Missed The Chance To Buy A Legit 'Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker' Script On EBay

It's what happens when someone tells you the odds.

The folks behind Star Wars have made secret-keeping and leak prevention into something of an art form ever since Disney took over the franchise. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear from J.J. Abrams himself that not only did someone manage to lose a Rise of Skywalker script, it even appeared on eBay for everyone to bid on.

Chatting about this heart-rate raising moment on Good Morning America, the director said one of his stars – he wouldn’t name who – left their Rise of Skywalker script “under their bed” and it was found by the cleaner, who gave it to a Star Wars-loving friend – who then promptly put it up on eBay.

Now before you go scouring eBay for this Rise of Skywalker script, Abrams said Disney caught wind of it and quickly got it back before Star Wars nerds parted with their life savings in an attempt to gain access to this treasure chest of secrets before the film’s December 20 release date.

While some folks would’ve been wary of getting their hands on the script for fear of spoilers, the temptation of the Dark Side might’ve been too great given how Rise of Skywalker is the grand conclusion of everything (until the new films arrive in 2022). Plus there’s the interesting tidbit of how Abrams picked George Lucas’ brain for ideas on how to end the Sequel Trilogy, which makes things even more intriguing.

But alas, we’re starting to delve into ‘what if” territory now so let’s just give props to Disney for somehow containing the leak and maintaining its reputation for being the Fort Knox of spoilers.

This just leaves one remaining question about this weird little Rise of Skywalker story: who was the one who left their script for the cleaner to find?

Presumably it’s one of the leading stars since they’re likely the only ones who have access to the script. We can only assume that they had to have a very uncomfortable chat with J.J. Abrams and their Disney bosses about losing such an important item.

If we were to hazard a guess, our money is on either John Boyega or Oscar Isaac because we can’t really see Daisy Ridley or Adam Driver being so careless.

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