doddleDIGEST: More Star Wars Streaming, Batfleck is Done, and a Marvel Retirement

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

I like writing themes into these digests and this one will be Disney vs. Warner Bros. The major fight is, of course, Warner Bros. owns DC Comics, while Disney owns Marvel. So, I’ll throw some Star Wars in there as well, because I can. So what can you expect from this week’s digest? Well how about a few rumored Star Wars series, some major actors retiring from both Marvel and DC films and an update to the cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad?

Gwyneth Paltrow Retires as Pepper Potts

To all things, an end. Marvel has been pumping out movies for a decade and some of the actors that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been around for a long time. Incredibly long, by most movie franchise standards. Iron Man kicked off the shared universe so it’s no surprise that Gwyneth Paltrow has announced she’ll be retiring from her role as Pepper Potts after Avengers: Endgame. Here’s what she told Variety:

I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point. I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friends with [Iron Man director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first Iron Man and then to watch how important it has become to the fans.

This of course leads to questions of what happens to Robert Downey Jr. With Paltrow on her way out, it feels like Iron Man will be retiring the suit(s) as well.

Ben Affleck Out as Batman

Paltrow isn’t the only one who is retiring from the superhero game. Over on the Worlds of DC / DCEU side, Ben Affleck has confirmed he’s hanging up Batman’s cowl. Here’s what he said on Jimmy Kimmel (via SyFy Wire):

Yeah … I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version — couldn’t crack it. And so, I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it, they got some really good people, so I’m excited.

Matt Reeves was tapped by Warner Bros. to helm The Batman and it was recently reported that he would be hiring a new actor to play the role— so Affleck’s departure isn’t that much of a surprise. However, with Warners making DC Comics based films that exist outside of the shared universe, it could have been that Reeves’ film would be made concurrently in the same way as Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie. Moreover, word is Jared Leto is also out as The Joker as well, I’m not sure where that leaves us.

Margot Robbie Might be in The Suicide Squad

With recent news that James Gunn will probably be directing The Suicide Squad and that it will be an in-universe reboot, most people (including me) expected a brand new cast but that might not be the case.

Forbes has updated their initial reporting with sources that claim Margot Robbie will be back as the scene stealing Harley Quinn. If she’s back for Gunn’s relaunch, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Will Smith might also be back as well as Deadshot since it won’t be an all new team.

Obi Wan, Lando, and Qi’Ra Star Wars TV Series Rumored

The House of Mouse is pulling out all the stops for their Disney+ streaming service, with big Marvel and Star Wars television series’ planned. Now, we’re hearing Disney is churning out not one, but THREE new Star Wars series!

We Got This Covered is reporting that Disney is developing two spinoff TV series based on Solo: A Star Wars Story. One would star Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and the other would feature Qi’Ra played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Honestly, I would love to see how Lando gets from where he was in Solo to owning his own floating city in The Empire Strikes Back. Qi’Ra also had a great cliffhanger at the end of Solo when it turned out she was working for Darth Maul.

Finally, Star Wars News Net is hearing that an Obi-Wan Kenobi television series starring Ewan McGregor is also being developed. A Kenobi film has long been rumored, but with the disappointment Solo suffered at the box-office, the standalone Star Wars Story films seem to have been put on hold.

I’m not sure how much story Lucasfilm can squeeze out of a Jedi hermit living on Tatooine, but I love McGregor in the role of Obi-Wan. Besides, there’s no reason to believe Kenobi spent his entire exile on the desert planet.

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