For a more establishment-approved form of high art in a comic book movie, the Academy might not have to wait much longer.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds has seen parts of March’s Logan, and he claims it’ll break the glass ceiling at the Oscars. Luke Owen disagrees. Heavily.
Maybe Reynolds’ Wolverine praising is just his latest tactic in trying to convince Hugh Jackman to make a Deadpool/Wolverine team-up movie. It’s working, as Logan himself has teased not to rule it out.
The latest person to get in on the Expanded Cinematic Universe comic book model is Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld – famed for his teenage boy fantasy, huge gun, bulging muscle superheroes from the 90s – who has announced his own Extreme Cinematic Universe. He’d be unwise to take that same approach for film. Zack Snyder got there first and called it the DC Expanded Universe.
There might be a special cell reserved for Ben Affleck soon. He’s not exactly towing the WB studio line, admitting to The Guardian that if he doesn’t think The Batman script is any good, he might not direct it. Which means if Affleck doesn’t end up in the director’s chair, we’ll all know he actually thinks the film sucks.
Michael Keaton revealed a similar problem this week about why he didn’t reprise his title role in Batman Forever. When asked about the script, he simply answered, “it sucked.”
Jamie Foxx promises the same won’t be true of 2018’s Robin Hood: Origins. “It’s grittier, a more real version,” he says. So like every other reboot ever, then.
One of Foxx’s predecessors in the role, Kevin Costner, has moved onto an even more epic scale – a ten hour Western. While Sylvester Stallone has confirmed The Expendables 4 (with no mention of the previously much talked-about all-female spinoff The ExpendaBelles).
But to play us out, because I’ve only just watched it, here’s an incredible deconstruction of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Mr. Plinkett. Grab a pizza roll and enjoy.
May the Movies be with you.
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