Let’s go back to Wonder Man , a Marvel Studios series that promises to be a satire of Hollywood: well,
Discussing Film claims that James Ponsoldt will direct some episodes, or at least is in talks to do so. It also seems that the production of the show will begin next March.
Ponsoldt is best known as a director of The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour and The Circle , but has also worked frequently on the small screen, directing installments of Parenthood, Shameless, Master of None, Sorry For Your Loss and Shrinking .
Yahya Abdul Mateen II (formerly Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe and Dr. Manhattan in the Watchmen series ) will play Simon Williams , an actor and stuntman who gains superpowers when his body is infused with ion energy: this, at least, is the his genesis in the comics, but we don’t know if the character’s origins will remain the same. Ben Kingsley will return as Trevor Slattery , while Bob Odenkirk is rumored to be playing Neal Saroyan , Simon ‘s manager. Other rumors claim that Courteney Cox will also bein an unspecified role.
Destin Daniel Cretton , former director of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings , will executive produce the series, and could also direct one or more episodes. It is scheduled for release on Disney+ . We will keep you posted.
Who is Wonder Man?
Simon Williams was created by Stan Lee (texts), Don Heck (drawings) and Jack Kirby (sketches) on Avengers (vol. 1) n° 9 in 1964. Son of two war industry tycoons, he becomes Wonder Man when the Baron Zemo transforms him into a being of ionic energy, giving him superhuman strength and speed, invulnerability and energy manipulation. Zemo then infiltrates the ranks of the Avengers as an emissary of him, but later Wonder Manhe frees himself from the influence of the supervillain and really enters the team, from which he leaves only momentarily to pursue an acting career. His brother Eric is another foe of the Avengers , known as the Grim Reaper .
The cut cameo
The introduction of Simon Williams in the Marvel Cinematic Universe should have taken place a few years ago: Nathan Fillion in fact lent his face to the character for some fake movie posters that should have appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 , but his “cameo” was cut.