Superhero Buzz: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Adds Jon Favreau, Plus 'Justice League vs. Suicide Squad' & More

Superhero Buzz: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Adds Jon Favreau, Plus 'Justice League vs. Suicide Squad' & More

Sep 02, 2016

Iron Man 3

Before he helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe by directing Iron Man to great success back in 2008, Jon Favreau was probably better known as an actor, thanks to his performances in movies like Swingers (which he also wrote), Armageddon and Daredevil. Even as his directing career has taken off like crazy, Favreau has continued acting.

Next he'll be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to Variety, reprising his role as Happy Hogan from the Iron Man movies. Happy began as bodyguard and chauffeur for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the first two Iron Man movies and then was promoted to head of security at Stark Industries in Iron Man 3 (top). We already knew Downey would be returning as mentor to Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man, but we'll have to wait to find out what, exactly, Happy will be doing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.

 

Black Lightning

In the world of superhero television shows, Greg Berlanti has become a dominant force. He gained considerable experience working on series like Everwood and Eli Stone, then more recently cowrote the Green Lantern movie. Thereafter he helped develop and produce DC comic properties for the small screen; his slate this fall includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

Now he's working on adapting Black Lightning for TV, per Deadline. In the DC comic books, the African-American hero, also known as Jefferson Pierce, wields his command of lightning-related superpowers to defend his neighborhood from criminals. Berlanti has partnered with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil to produce the series; they are currently pitching it to television networks.

 

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

In theaters this year, we've been comparing and contrasting two DC superhero team-ups: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. In comics this summer, DC's Rebirth event re-launched their line of superhero titles to great success and DC hopes to keep that going with quarterly events.

The first event in December will kick off with Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, reports The Wall Street Journal. The six-issue series will revolve around Batman's desire to put an end to Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. The comic book series is completely independent of the DC movies, but film fans may still want to check them out.

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