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Regé-Jean Page Seemingly Reacts To Reports That He Was Not Cast as Superman’s Grandfather Because He Is Black

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  • A recent piece from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that actor Regé-Jean Page auditioned to play Superman’s grandfather in a DC series but was turned down after a DC executive said the superhero could not have a Black grandfather. 
  • Page seemingly responded to the article Wednesday, tweeting, “Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then. The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”
  • A representative for the DC executive claimed the report was false and added that they went down a different path because “the lead was expected to invoke a young Henry Cavill.”

Regé-Jean Page Loses DC Role

“Bridgerton” breakout star Regé-Jean Page seemingly responded Wednesday to reports that he lost out on the role of Superman’s grandfather because he is Black.

This week, The Hollywood Reporter published an extensive piece about issues with executives, toxic behavior, and diversity at DC Films. One project discussed was “Krypton,” a series that follows Superman’s grandfather. Multiple sources told the outlet that “the show’s creators were passionate about doing some nontraditional casting.” Before the popular period drama shot him to stardom, Page auditioned for the role. However, those sources claimed that DC Films co-founder Geoff Johns said that “Superman could not have a Black grandfather.”

Johns also allegedly vetoed a proposal to make one of the superhero characters in the show gay.

The news caught the attention of many online, as Page has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors following the success of the Netflix hit “Bridgerton.” In the past several months alone, Page has hosted “Saturday Night Live,” been cast in upcoming blockbusters, and is even rumored to be a contender for the next James Bond.

Many were quick to slam DC for dismissing Page since nothing about superhero shows and films are realistic in the first place.

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Page Addresses News

On Wednesday, Page seemed to address the controversy himself.

“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then,” he wrote. “The clarifications almost hurt more tbh. 

“Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”

He got support from actors like Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the “Justice League” films and has been open about his criticisms of executives at DC. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter‘s piece about the studio largely focused on Fisher and his experiences.

“I feel for you @regejean. If ever you need I’m around,” he tweeted. “Keep flying.”

DC Executive Denies Claims

A representative for Johns denied the allegations in The Hollywood Reporter report with a statement to E! News

“Geoff never said Superman can’t have a Black ancestor or be Black—there have been diverse versions of Superman throughout the comics for decades so he does and can be diverse,” the representative said. 

“However, the expectation for KRYPTON was that it would initially be perceived as a possible prequel to Man of Steel by the fans and the lead was expected to invoke a young Henry Cavill.”

The representative also said that the accusation that Johns did not let creators make a major character part of the LGBTQ community is “categorically false.”

See what others are saying: (E! News) (Los Angeles Times) (Entertainment Weekly)

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Netflix Strikes Deal for Rights To Sony Movies Following Theatrical Releases. Yes, That Includes Spider-Man.

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  • Netflix has secured the exclusive rights to stream Sony films following their theatrical releases, per a reported $1 billion deal between the streaming giant and movie studio. 
  • While the full details of the deal have not yet been officially published, it will begin with Sony’s 2022 slate of films and reportedly last for the following five years.
  • The agreement means Netflix will eventually be granted streaming rights to popular Marvel characters such as Morbius, as well as Venom and Spider-Man once future installments are released. 

Netflix Reach Massive Deal With Sony

Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will grant it exclusive streaming rights to the studio’s theatrical titles.

The terms of the agreement have yet to be officially disclosed, but according to multiple media outlets, Netflix will pay Sony over $1 billion over the course of the next four years. The deal itself is set to begin with Sony’s 2022 slate and will reportedly last five years, with Netflix holding streaming rights to individual films for 18 months. 

Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unclear whether some films will continue to have their release dates pushed back. It’s also unclear how long their theatrical windows will last; however, once released, Netflix will acquire streaming rights to films such as “Uncharted,” “Where the Crawdads Sing,” and “Bullet Train.”

Netflix Will Have Marvel Movies Once More

The deal will also grant Netflix access to a number of Marvel characters still owned by Sony. That includes the film “Morbius,” which is currently set to be released in January of next year.

It will also include future installments of the “Venom” and “Spider-Man” franchises, the latter of which is notable as it’s part of the Dinsey-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outside of 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk,” Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man” films are the only other films set in the MCU that are not on Disney+. 

Prior to Disney+’s launch, Netflix held streaming rights to several MCU films, including “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The shift of those massive blockbusters to another platform was a striking loss for Netflix, and the streaming service is no doubt itching to once again beef up its selection of superhero content.

It’s unclear whether or not the Sony deal will immediately allow Netflix to stream the upcoming films “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” once they leave theaters. That’s because both are currently expected to be released later this year. 

That said, if sequels for these films are announced and can be expected to find their way to Netflix, the streaming giant will be able to acquire the rights to the films’ full library of installments, according to Deadline. Such a deal also exists for Jumanji’s library of movies. 

Sony’s Direct-to-Streaming Titles

Netflix will retain first-look rights to any of Sony’s potential direct-to-streaming titles, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it will acquire those films. Under that part of the deal, Sony still has the right to sell to other streaming platforms. 

While Sony has said it’s considering “a number” of direct-to-streaming releases, as Deadline projected, “in reality [that’s] likely just a couple a year and a minority of the studio’s overall slate.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, however, “Netflix has committed to ordering an undisclosed number of those films.”

See what others are saying: (Deadline) (Wall Street Journal) (IGN)

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Khloe Kardashian Sparks Conversation About Beauty Standards After Unapproved Bikini Photo Circulates Online

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  • Representatives for the Kardashian family are allegedly scrambling to scrub a bikini photo of Khloe from the internet after it quickly spread online over the past several days.
  • Many social media users expressed confusion regarding Khloe’s alleged issue with the image, arguing that there is nothing wrong with how she looks in the photo, which is not nearly as excessively edited as most of the content she posts.
  • A marketing officer for KKW Brands told Page Six the picture was taken “during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” adding that while Khloe looks “beautiful” in it, it is within her right to want it removed.
  • The photo takedowns prompted many to accuse the Kardashian-Jenner family of perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards, though others defended them and said brutal body-shaming likely pressures them into highly editing their images.

Kardashian Team Works To Remove Unapproved Photo 

Khloe Kardashian is reportedly pushing her team to remove a photo of her from the internet that was shared without her approval.

The photo shows Kardashian in a cheetah print bikini standing casually in front of a pool. After seeing it, many social media users argued that the image does not appear to be nearly as photoshopped or airbrushed as most of the other content she shares of herself.

Still, the reality star allegedly does not want the photo up. Tracy Romulus, the chief marketing officer for KKW Brands told Page Six that the picture was not authorized to be published. 

“The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” Romulus said in a statement. 

“Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.”

According to Page Six, copies of the photo have been taken “under legal threats” from the Kardashian team. A source told the outlet that the photo had been lightly edited, but not to the degree most of Kardashian’s pictures are. 

Fans Discuss Unrealistic Beauty Standards Promoted by The Kardashians

Kardashian was a trending topic on Twitter early Wednesday as many discussed the photo and the way the Kardashian-Jenner family has promoted unattainable beauty standards by posting heavily edited photos. Khloe, in particular, has been at the center of some of these conversations within the last year, as fans regularly say the photos she posts of herself always look different. 

“This is the best she’s looked IMO!!!!” one person wrote in reference to the leaked photo. “Stop with the unrealistic beauty standards we know are fake!!!!! We’re sick of seeing them!!!!”

“The Kardashians have body shamed and endorsed diet products for years and I’m supposed to feel sorry for Khloe because a perfectly beautiful unedited pic got dropped on the internet?” one Twitter user said. 

Another person said the photo served as a “stark reminder that social media is a complete lie.” 

Some also went back to a photo Kardashian posted in January on Instagram. The image shows the side of her waist and upper legs covered in sand. While it does look as if the image was likely photoshopped, slight stretch marks can be seen on part of her body. She captioned the picture “I love my stripes.”

Now, people are calling her out in the comments of this post. 

“Where’s the love for your real body that you’re trying to have scrubbed from the internet just because you look normal,” someone wrote. “Sad message to send when you’re claiming all this self love.”

Khloe’s History of Being Body Shamed

Others were more sympathetic and brought up the fact that Kardashian has been brutally body shamed by the public in the past, which is likely why she feels the need to airbrush her photos.

“It would be amazing if Khloe K could embrace that unedited image. But she was literally bullied her entire life for her body and looks,” one person wrote. “Held against the beauty standards of her sisters. You made her not be comfortable with her own body and face. YOU did this to her.

“People have called her the ugly one her entire life and now they’re shocked when she panics over an unedited photo? It’s so sad,” another person said. 

“Any imperfection is a sincere threat to her well-being in her limbic brain and it’s not [her] fault cuz that threat is stemming from a very real place,” another Twitter user added. 

Kardashian has not commented on the controversy yet herself.

See what others are saying: (Page Six) (The Independent) (Cosmopolitan)

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Ray Fisher Reveals More Details About the Toxic Environment Joss Whedon Created on “Justice League” Set

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  • Actor Ray Fisher has opened up about some of the toxic situations he found himself in on the set of the 2017 film “Justice League.”
  • In an interview published Monday by The Hollywood Reporter, Fisher said many of the issues stemmed from white executives telling him how a Black character would act.
  • In one instance, after Fisher voiced concern about some of his character’s scenes, director Joss Whedon reportedly told him, “It feels like I’m taking notes right now, and I don’t like taking notes from anybody — not even Robert Downey Jr.”
  • “I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” Fisher told THR. “I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people.”

Fisher’s Initial Accusations Against Whedon and Others

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Ray Fisher said he had “to explain some of the most basic points of what would be offensive to the Black community” while under Joss Whedon’s leadership on the set 2017’s “Justice League.”

Fisher, who plays the half-man/half-andriod known as Cyborg, previously accused Whedon of creating an abusive and unprofessional work environment after he took the reins from Zack Snyder, who left the project midway through its completion because of his daughter’s death. 

Fisher added that Whedon was enabled by executives Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. He also accused DC Films President Walter Hamada of interfering with misconduct investigations on reshoots. Warner Media has since said it doesn’t believe Hamada interfered.

Meanwhile, a former federal judge who conducted a probe into the company has said that during interviews with more than 80 witnesses, she found “no credible support for claims of racial animus” or racial “insensitivity.”

Fisher Opens Up About What Happened Between Him and Whedon

In his interview with THR, Fisher revealed more details about what life was like for him on the set.

The issues first came when much of Cyborg’s backstory and arc was thrown out the window as Whedon stepped onto the project. In fact, HBO Max’s recent premiere of the 4-hour “Snyder Cut” reveals just how much of Cyborg’s story was clipped from the film’s theatrical release. 

The problems on set grew after Fisher said he had a call with Whedon where he gave several recommendations for handling issues related to Cyborg’s representation. During that call, Fisher claims Whedon dismissed his concerns.

“It feels like I’m taking notes right now, and I don’t like taking notes from anybody — not even Robert Downey Jr,” Whedon said in reference to his work as director of 2012’s “The Avengers.”

As THR noted, other sources have also made similar claims about Whedon’s response to lines that actors Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa questioned during Justice League’sfilming

In another situation, Fisher said executives pressured him to record the line, “Booyah,” which is a catchphrase that was popularized by an animated version of Cyborg on Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans.” 

Fisher said since no one else in the film used a catchphrase, “It seemed weird to have the only Black character say that.”

Ultimately, Fisher recorded the line after continued pressure. As he arrived on set to film the take, he said Whedon mockingly quoted Hamlet at him, saying, “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you.” 

“Joss — don’t,” Fisher replied. “I’m not in the mood.”

Fisher Says Executives Wanted Cyborg to Appear “Servile”

Fisher also said executives found it problematic that Cyborg only smiled twice in the movie and were worried because they couldn’t have “an angry Black man” at the center of the film.

That’s when Johns allegedly told Fisher to play Cyborg more like Quasimodo from The Hunchbach of Notre Dame, rather than like Frankenstein’s monster. In fact, Fisher even said Johns told him to hunch over in a position that he later described as “servile” in his interview with THR.

“I didn’t have any intention of playing him as a jovial, cathedral-cleaning individual,” Fisher told the outlet. 

“It was like he was assuming how Black people would respond rather than taking the advice from the only Black person — as far as I know — with any kind of creative impact on the project,” he added. 

Notably, Johns has also received similar criticism from some coworkers on other projects, though others have since stepped forward to defend him.

“I don’t believe some of these people are fit for positions of leadership,” Fisher ultimately concluded in the interview. “I don’t want them excommunicated from Hollywood, but I don’t think they should be in charge of the hiring and firing of other people. If I can’t get accountability, at least I can make people aware of who they’re dealing with.”

See what others are saying: (The Hollywood Reporter) (Vulture) (Screenrant)

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