The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, like the reported Suicide Squad reshoots to lighten its tone following Batman v Superman’s critical reception, has Ewan McGregor met with LucasFilm about an Obi-Wan Star Wars spin-off film?; Ben Affleck has written a script for the Batman solo movie and much, much more…
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is almost as divisive as the movie’s title. ‘Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?’ can now be joined in the pantheon of nerdy debates by, ‘What the hell was going on in that film?!’
Despite crossing half a billion dollars worldwide in its opening week, BvS sits at a mouldy 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even DC superfan Kevin Smith was critical, and he liked Yoda jumping around like sample of greased Flubber in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
Enter Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras, ever the contrarian, to fight for the Snyder side in his article Why Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is worth defending.
Because 152 minutes just isn’t long enough to tell a coherent story, the Batman v Superman R-rated Ultimate Edition will feature half an hour more of deleted scenes. We got our first look at one this week, where Lex Luthor appears to be talking to Megatron from Transformers. Which is quite fitting, as Zack Snyder and Michael Bay are cut from the same CRASH-BANG-WALLOP directing cloth.
Cheer up, Ben Affleck! The actor and director has written a solo Batman movie script according to his talent agency.
And we don’t even have to wait that long for a Batman solo movie. There’s one out next year in a radical revisioning of the character: he’s made of bricks. The LEGO Batman Movie got a second teaser trailer this week.
The ‘no humour’ criticism of Batman v Superman has reportedly led to reshoots of Suicide Squad to lighten its tone. According to Birth.Movies.Death (which isn’t the most reliable source), all of the film’s jokes are in the trailer.
Jared Leto has eloquently spoken about taking on The Joker role in that movie this week, while BvS director Zack Snyder sounded like he just chucked Easter Eggs in because he thought they would be cool when talking about Robin’s defaced suit.
Remember the X-Men? With DC and Marvel taking over cinemas, the franchise – running unbooted since the year 2000 – feels stale. Unless you break the fourth wall, that is. Deadpool became the highest grossing R-rated movie ever this week, continuing its excellent marketing campaign by announcing its ‘VHS’ and ‘LaserDisc’ home entertainment releases.
Despite saying she’s done with Mystique after Apocalypse, Jennifer Lawrence (or ‘J-Law’ to stupid people) recently said she’s “dying to come back”. Probably best to file that under ‘Morning Chat Show TV Fluff’.
With the First Class mutants’ contracts coming to an Apocalyptic end (along with Lawrence, both Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s will also be up), Fox are searching for their next intake. Channing Tatum’s Gambit will have to wait, with production being delayed more times than a Guillermo del Toro Kaiju sequel, and the New Mutants Maisie Williams casting rumour has since been denied.
Head to the next page for Ewan McGregor wanting an Obi Wan Star Wars spin-off movie, Tom Hiddleston’s potential last appearance as Loki in the MCU, very attractive Baywatch images and more…