With Snyder’s Justice League in full production flow (the director shared a behind-the-scenes video of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman this week – whose solo movie has now cast Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master), most DC fans unimpressed by the Extended Universe thus far are placing their hopes on Ben Affleck’s caped shoulders.
Thankfully, he’s taking his time. He wants to make the best screenplay possible first. “I’m a real believer in not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date,” he told the New York Times as a stirring Han Zimmer score began to play in the background. “But rather when you get the right story, the right idea, the right thing, then you make the movie.” The Batman logo suddenly began shining behind him in the press office. “That’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done.” YES, BATMAN! YES! DO BETTER THAN BURTON! DO BETTER THAN NOLAN! MAKE THE BEST BATMAN FILM EVER!
And then you read the headline: WB probably releasing Batman on 27th July, 2018.
Maybe R-Rated is the way to go for the Caped Crusader’s solo movie. But, as Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras points out in his article about more adult-toned superhero films, “those kind of movies don’t result in huge toy sales, meaning we won’t be getting ‘Complicated Relationship Batman with Half Chub action figures’ anytime soon.”
Marvel certainly won’t be taking that path with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, especially with the totally-not-a-marketing-ploy Baby Groot tie-in toy/character. The Russo brothers have yet again teased the Expanded Universe’s next big Avengers social, Infinity War, posting a video of a 3D printer in action. And not just to make movie tie-in Baby Groot merchandise.
Universal are eager to get on the Expanded Universe train with their Classic Monsters properties. First up, Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, whose director has spoken about his multiplex-dominating plans. The key? Cast Russell Crowe in an archetypal overseeing, knowledgeable role.
But who needs expanded universes when you’ve got cars, explosions and a cast full of aesthetically pleasing men and women? Not many, because the first trailer for The Fate of the Furious (we’re going with that title, then?) has broken the record for the most views in its first 24 hours, previously set by last month’s Beauty and the Beast.
Poor Dunkirk never stood a chance. Despite being directed by Christopher Nolan and starring the floppy boyband hair of Harry Styles, its newly released trailer sits at a paltry 11 million views.
Perhaps the reportedly impending Blade Runner 2049 trailer will have more of a chance when it arrives. Although Ryan Gosling has hinted original star Harrison Ford won’t have that big a role.
Elsewhere, Godzilla 2 is now called Godzilla: King of Monsters, and Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has changed its subtitle to ‘Uprising‘; Disney’s live-action Cruella movie now has a director; and the Golden Globe 2017 nominations have been released.
But to play us out, here’s a special holiday message from the Batman we deserve.
May the Movies be with you.
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