Jon Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay for Solo: A Star Wars Story with his father Lawrence Kasdan is wondering about how the film would’ve performed at the box office if it was released in December instead of Memorial Day Weekend of 2018.
With major blockbusters such as Aquaman, Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns in theaters just in time for Christmas, Kasdan tweeted that he’s wondering about how the film would’ve fared if it were hitting theaters this weekend:
Hard not to wonder how Solo might've faired if it had come out tonight.
— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) December 22, 2018
Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm seemingly established a new normal for when films in the franchise would be hitting theaters. For over 40 years, fans have been accustomed to the films releasing in May, but The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi have all been released in December in their respective years to major box office success, with many other studios competing against Disney feeling a bit weary.
However, despite the tumultuous production on Solo, Disney decided to keep the film in its May 25, 2018 release date. Unfortunately, the film was a massive disappointment at the box office and since its release, many have wondered how differently things would’ve turned out if they instead pushed the film to December much like the previous three Star Wars films.
Obviously, Disney had already scheduled Mary Poppins Returns for that December release date and both Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures have set Aquaman and Bumblebee respectively in December as well, but Lucasfilm’s recent track record with their Star Wars releases have garnered enough power for rival studios to consider switching around their release dates given the predicted box office returns.
In the meantime, Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to move on from 2018, which has been a bit of a bumpy year for Star Wars beyond the disappointing box office performance of Solo. In particular, the fanbase has been significantly polarized following the release of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi and unfortunate stories of toxicity in the fandom have arisen, but it looks like 2019 will be an opportunity to change that narrative for the better.
Lucasfilim will be releasing their next film, Star Wars: Episode IX on December 20, 2019.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton’s The Chief, Diane Guerrero’s Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade’s Cyborg, April Bowlby’s Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer’s Negative Man and Brendan Fraser’s Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking “Next”.
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.