Characters popping up across various movies isn’t exclusive to Marvel. DC, just like the ‘Shared Universe’ trick, are getting into the game. The Flash has been confirmed to appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (along with half the other DC roster), and there are rumours that Will Smith’s Deadshot could appear in the unannounced Batman solo movie. Latino Review are the source for the latter, and, unlike the character they’re talking about, rarely ever hit the mark. For the rest of the happenings in the comic book movie world, check out The Week in Spandex.Somehow the week’s best trailer.
Apocalypse wasn’t the only new development in Trailer Town this week; there’s been pre-financial crisis levels of construction there. There was a longer version of Sacha Baron Cohen’s next comedy The Brothers Grimsby (hopefully the movie is better), a visually stunning first look at The Legend of Tarzan (although it has ‘Lone Ranger box office bomb’ written all over it), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel Out of the Shadows (read Flickering Myth’s reaction), Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, and a tantalising 16 second tease for the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. By ‘tantalising’ I mean ‘silent text which is in no way tantalising.’Negotiations can be tough.
Back to that Apocalypse trailer once again, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique was given centre stage. Fox seem keen to cash in on her Hunger Games action movie draw, as do many other projects. Rebecca Ferguson has been confirmed to return in Mission: Impossible 6, The Mummy is looking to cast Sofia Boutella in the title role (which actually makes a lot more sense gender-wise, considering the name), Quentin Tarantino has given an update on Kill Bill 3, and Hunger Games prequels are in development at Lionsgate. Hollywood isn’t quite the “open playing field” William Friedkin says it is (i.e. no sexism or racism), but it’s certainly on the right path.Because ‘ratings’.
We close this week with the 2016 Golden Globe nominations. Carol leads the way with five, with The Big Short, Steve Jobs and The Revenant all tied at four.
The problem with the Golden Globes remains, though – their insistence on having separate categories for ‘Drama’ and ‘Musical/Comedy’.
Thing is, the best stories often contain elements of both.
But I’ve got a solution. Go all in. Go hard, not home. Make the Golden Globes nominations look like my Netflix sub-genre categories: ‘Emotional Independent Dramas for Hopeless Romantics’, ‘Raunchy Mad-Scientist Comedies’, and, my personal favourite, ‘Sentimental Movies about Horses for ages 11 to 12’.
May the Force be prebooked with you.
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