The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII, reports that Warner Bros. are worried about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Deadpool breaking more box office records and much, much more…
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is 34 days from release. Arguably the two biggest names in comic book mythology on the silver screen together for the first time ever. Excited? Not enough, apparently.
There are reports that Warner Bros., the studio behind the movie, is “starting to get scared” about the film’s release. People aren’t as into Batman and Superman fighting an orc as much as they had hoped. Apparently, the film will “have to make a billion dollars for people to keep their jobs.”Snyder could always get work as a Mark Ruffalo look-a-like.
While promoting Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck spoke about approaching past cowl-wearers Christian Bale and George Clooney for advice. Bale said to make sure there’s a zipper in the suit, while Clooney said something “which is not repeatable”. You gotta assume it’s Bat Nipple-related.
Affleck has stressed how his interpretation differs from those past masters…and Clooney. His Batman has “kind of given up”. Much like the higher ups at Warner Bros.At least they’ll have some cool stuff for the vault.
It’s remarkable how, with just over a month left to go – and considering how much footage has been released to promote the film already (check out Jump Cut’s 8 minute+ Batman v Superman SUPER-TRAILER to realise exactly how much) – several actors’ roles are still unknown. Enter a spoilery French magazine article that might have revealed Scoot McNairy, Jena Malone and Callan Mulvey’s characters.
One of the theories as to why Warner Bros. execs are so nervous about BvS is the success of the R rated Deadpool, a very different type of comic book movie that has performed extraordinarily well at the box office – despite Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen’s thoughts on it being “ridiculously overrated”.It’s worth reading Luke’s article for the measured and calm comments section.
And all this for a film that spent 11 years in development hell because 20th Century Fox “didn’t get it”, with a previous character outing in the woeful X-Men Origins: Wolverine that Ryan Renolds felt “blackmailed” into playing. So, just like most trends, Hollywood is going to ride it like I do the rodeo machine at Clapham’s Infernos nightclub – pretty well for the first few seconds, then falling off, spilling my pint down my trousers.We’ve all been there.
Fox’s super producer Simon Kinberg says the inevitable X-Force movie might be rated R! Wolverine 3 has been confirmed as rated R! The ever vocal Facebook page of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has given his thoughts on the bandwagon – Hollywood are going to completely miss the point of this, assume rated R automatically equals $$$, and then overreact when one of these movies eventually underperforms. Luke and I echo his sentiments in this week’s Flickering Myth Podcast. It’s well good and there’s new episodes every Wednesday. You should totally subscribe.
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Head to the next page for that first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII, which huge Marvel character might turn up in Captain America: Civil War, a round-up of the week’s best trailers and more…