Holy surprise, Batman! Turns out Warner Bros. really are rushing your solo movie to be out as soon as possible!
If the overuse of exclamation marks doesn’t give it away, I was being Bat-sarcastic with the ‘surprise’ part. Deadshot actor Joe Manganiello has revealed The Batman (or whatever it’s currently called) will be shooting in the spring. Considering Ben Affleck is directing, writing and starring-in the movie, and he’s been filming Justice League, promoting The Accountant and working on his own film Live By Night since the project was announced, its development sounds awfully rushed.STOP MOPING AND START WRITING.
Although Joss Whedon won’t be directing his Wonder Woman film for DC anytime soon, the Rogue One trailer has made him want to helm a Star Wars Anthology movie.
Which is really just a segue to get us from DC to the biggest Star Wars news of the week… the Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition will be released next month!Absolutely huge news.
Oh yeah, and Donald Glover has (finally) been cast as Lando Calrissian in the Young Han Solo movie. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller announced the news in a way only they could:
“We’d like to publicly apologise to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”The hand puppet disguise ain’t gonna cover it.
Non-superhero movie trailers were also released this week, which can be classed in two categories: video game adaptations, and ones starring Amy Adams. They include Assassin’s Creed (which still has the wrong music), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals. Here’s a fun game……guess which ones are Adams’!
Because the major Hollywood studios have realised your childhoods are the best way to make money, Warner Bros. are now working on a Willy Wonka prequel (prepare yourselves for the inevitable ‘dark and gritty origin story’), and Colin Firth has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns.Because he’s the most British thing ever.
But forget prequels, what about sequels!? Director J.A. Bayona has promised Jurassic World 2 (or Jurassic Park 5, depending on your numbering system) will be “darker and scarier”. It raises a question that The Empire Strikes Back first started over 35 years ago: does every second movie need to be the ‘depressing one’?Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, for instance, deals with drug addiction and violent crime.
Elsewhere, Disney are developing a Don Quixote movie (sorry, Terry Gilliam), Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a Captain Planet film (because he can do anything…but hopefully not the episode on AIDS) and Robert Englund has pitched his idea for a Nightmare on Elm Street sequel……but accidentally comes up with Stephen King’s It.
And to play us out, remember how rubbish the Ghostbusters reboot was from a few months ago? Honest Trailers sure does.
May the Movies be with you.
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