‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Review

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Director: Chris McKay

Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, & John Whittington

Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Mariah Carey, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ellie Kemper and Billy Dee Williams

Synopsis: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

 

*Reviewer Note:  This will be a spoiler free review.*

 

No one knew what to think when The LEGO Movie came out, and then we watched it, everyone (okay not everyone) fell in love with it. Something many agreed was the standout was LEGO Batman, so when it was announced that LEGO Batman would be getting a spinoff, it seemed right and logical. And before you ask, no, you don’t have to watch The LEGO Movie in order to watch The LEGO Batman Movie, in fact, the film stands on its own. So was the gamble worth it? Yes, yes it was.

The LEGO Batman Movie starts off with a pretty lengthy and action-packed opening where Batman (Will Arnett) takes on what looks to be his entire rogues gallery lead by The Joker (Zach Galifianakis). Afterwards, he returns to Wayne Manor on Wayne Island where he essentially lives by himself with the expectation of Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), and lives his life as a lonely man. However, that changes when Jim Gordon retires and his daughter Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) is bought in to be the new commissioner and wants to work with the Batman to finally end crime in Gotham, which of course he doesn’t like. Add on the fact that while be distracted as Bruce Wayne, he unknowingly adopts an orphan in Richard Grayson (Michael Cera), or as the other kids in the orphanage call him, Dick. What follows is Batman bringing Dick into the fold and discovering what it means to work together and be a part of a team.

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While the film may be for kids, there is enough here for hardcore Batman fans. The film really digs deep into the core of the character and what makes him tick. The film makes fun of how long the character’s been around, but at the same time it brings up the obvious questions fans, and non-fans, bring up about him. It never gets to the point that it brings the character down – as it shouldn’t – but just enough to make you really think back and criticize the character and his actions. However, it all wrapped up as a huge love letter to Batman and it works on much a personal and ambitious level, and all done in LEGO form.

The voice cast is pretty spot on with Will Arnett, once again, being the highlight once again. He has this ability to tap into Batman that makes him comes off as both a jerk at times, but also a charming character. Michael Cera is a close second to stealing the show from Arnett as Dick Grayson/Robin as he’s equal parts naïve, adventurous and funny, moreover he’s the perfect opposite to Batman. Ralph Fiennes is pretty spot on as Alfred, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon does the best with what’s she’s given, and is a nice non-villain foil/love interest to Batman.

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Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, which I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sold on when he was casted does a great job. Seeing him be down on the dumps when Batman tells him he’s “fighting around” is both hilarious and a bit heartbreaking in its own way. To go a bit nerdy, hearing Billy Dee Williams voice Two-Face –albeit in a small role – was still cool to hear. The rest of the villain cast don’t really have big moments like Joker, and some other villains Joker recruits – which leads to a fun introduction and funny moments – so I won’t get too much into them. Finally, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return to voice Superman and Green Lantern in a fun cameo appearance.

While I’m sure many will find some things wrong or misplaced with the film, the film lags for a only a bit, The LEGO Batman Movie nows who the audience is. One thing I do love about the film is it stands on its own. Despite one moment in the film, it stands on itself and doesn’t rely on The LEGO Movie to keep it up – not that it really needed it – I mean, come on, it’s LEGO Batman for crying out loud.

All in all, The LEGO Batman Movie is all around fun. Whether you’re a hardcore Batman fan or not the film has just about everything for everybody watching. More importantly, the film knows and understands the character, which makes the film feel like the ultimate love letter, and the perfect one.

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The LEGO Batman Movie

4.5 out of 5

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‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Review

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Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jessie Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Holly Hunter

Synopsis: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

 

 

*Reviewer Note: This will be a spoiler free review.*

*Reviewer Note 2: There is no end-credits scene.*

*Reviewer Note 3: There will be a spoiler discussion released later this week*

 

 

The DC Comics Cinematic Shared Universe is alive! While arguably Man of Steel started this new gritty version of an interconnected universe, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the true start to their shared universe that will lead to Justice League movies. Whether you liked the movie or not, Dawn of Justice does something that many thought they would never see: Batman and Superman on the big screen together. However, is it any good? Are the negative reviews justified? Well, sadly yes, for the most part.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins by giving us a look at the new Bruce Wayne (Affleck). We get a brand new, and beautifully done, retelling of Bruce’s parents getting gunned down. But, we skip ahead in time and see him trying to get to a Wayne Enterprises building in Metropolis during the battle between Superman (Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon) from Man of Steel. As Bruce stands in the wreckage of what was Wayne Enterprises, he sees Superman and Zod fighting off in the distance and his facial expression says it all. He’s powerless at that moment, and wants to get back in the fight.

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We skip ahead in time a little more, as some LexCorp employers find something in the wreckage of one of the fallen Kryptonian ships that could help them fight Superman – if it ever comes to it – a rock of Kryptonite. The Kryptonite of course goes directly to Lex Luthor (Eisenberg), who might also have his own plans for it.

While all this is going on, Senator Finch (Hunter) leads a hearing against Superman and his actions. The brunt of it being that Superman should be accountable for his actions and whether or not he should be put in check. It’s not completely out there, as seen in Man of Steel, but also given the fact that Superman can if he wanted to – as Bruce says at one point – bring everything to the ground. This is what starts also sparks Bruce to don back the suit and become Batman again. If no one else is going to put Superman in check, Batman will. What follows is an eventual fight between our two heroes and the eventual team up with Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gadot) to fight off a creation of Luthor’s doing; Doomsday.

Alright, let’s start off by saying this, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not the perfect movie. However, it’s not a terrible movie either. There are some parts that standout, some that are underdeveloped, some that don’t even make sense or are too ambiguous, and others that just don’t really work – like all movies. But, when it comes to BvS, it’s a little more true. The main thing about the film is that it’s too busy, and with it being too busy, it’s a bit of a mess. I hate to say it, but it suffers a tiny bit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2-syndrome. There’s a point in the movie where it introduces the bigger world, which I’m sure everyone knows – and given the title – where this is leading. But while the introducing the grander world, it comes off underwhelming. Sure I was excited to see the universe expand, but the way it was handled left something to be desired – at least for me.

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Thankfully, the film only spends a handful of minutes on expanding itself and keeps the focus on Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent/Superman. The film takes its time for us to get to know them as much as possible. Although they could have been more developed and given just a tad bit more depth, you know where each of them stand. All Superman does is try to help everyone, but because of what he and Zod did when they battle, he’s still considered dangerous – as he should be in reality – and Bruce aka Batman sees him the same way, and has his own way of bringing justice to Gotham as The Batman. This leads to Clark thinking Batman is a ruthless vigilante that has to be stopped, and Superman might be the only way to do it.

With that ideology for both men, it was bound the two would eventually butt heads. Of course, the two do fight in this, but it takes a long while to get there. When it finally does happen, it’s pretty rough-and-tumble. It’s a bit more brutal than I thought it would be, but I kind of wish it was longer. The movie is long itself, something I try not to be nit-picky about, but BvS could have used some more time on the cutting room floor. Anyway, back to the fight, I think there is enough there for fans, and casual fans, to get a kick out of it. However, the way the fight ends is bound to leave some people, in the most hardcore comic book fan, a bit disappointed and unsatisfied.

However, when it comes to seeing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman team up at the end against Doomsday, no matter if you’re a fan or not, seeing them together is so great. I won’t mention anything from the fight with Doomsday in the review, but to say it gives us a nice preview at what could come with future films.

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So let’s talk a little more on the cast, more specifically the new cast members. Ben Affleck’s Batman is fantastic. He’s a much more brutal Batman than we’ve had on the big screen – his solo fight scene is incredible – but it makes sense for the world the film is set in. He’s a Bruce Wayne that has been doing the hero thing for a while, and he has potentially finally met his match. Everyone complained when Affleck was casted and now many are saying he nailed it. I was always behind Affleck and, yes, he does nail Batman down here. Helping him along the way is his trusted butler Alfred, played by the great Jeremy Irons. Irons’ Alfred is more of a partner-in-crime here as he helps him when the situation calls for it, and knocks on Master Wayne when he can.

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is a great addition to the film. Like Affleck, Gadot’s casting was criticized, even to the point of people saying she wasn’t right because she didn’t have bigger breasts, which is one of the stupidest things I read online when it broke out. And, like Affleck, Gadot is being praised, by many, for her work in the film. Seeing her fully embrace Wonder Woman character is a sight to really see. I know because I’ve seen the movie twice and when she appears in her Wonder Woman costume at the end to help fight Doomsday, both theaters loudly applauded.

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Holly Hunter’s Senator Finch character only appears in the first half of the movie and while her character plays a bit of an antagonist to Superman, you know what she’s doing is for the “greater good.” Scoot McNairy also pops in as someone who was affected by the events in Man of Steel, although Hunter and McNairy, who are great actors, are kind of wasted here in their small roles. Callan Mulvey also appears as a secondary villain, who comic book fans will know more of, but doesn’t really do too much to standout.

Finally, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. You want to talk about being audiences being split on something; Eisenberg’s Luthor is going to be one of them for sure. I, unfortunately, had a kneejerk reaction when Eisenberg was casted, but I knew that Eisenberg probably had what it took to play Luthor. Well, he played of version of Luthor alright. I appreciated that Zack Snyder was going for a new iteration of Luthor, but this new version came off as annoying and a bit unhinged. This is fine for a character if you’re taking him a certain direction, but that wasn’t the case with this Lex Luthor. Something about this Lex just didn’t click with me and his motivations are a bit murky at best. Eisenberg is a find actor, so maybe it was just the script or how Snyder told him to play it, but I wasn’t sold on Luthor.

All in all, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a lot of things going against it. Some things are even bought up that are never fully developed or are left with unsatisfying conclusions. Is that hard to say as a fan that’s been waiting to see two of the biggest superheroes on the big screen together? Hell yes it is. However, despite all of that, there are some great things about the film. Look, might be weird considering this is a review – not that I’m getting paid to do these reviews – but don’t listen to the reviewer out there. If you want to listen to the guy or gal that already saw the movie and you trust their opinions on movies, then okay, but if you had intentions to go watch the movie, than watch it. Some movies are review-proof whether their good or not (I’M LOOKING AT YOU TRANSFORMERS).

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t be for everyone. Yes, it’s a bit tad long, even for a guy that doesn’t like thinking about films runtime, and it has some pacing and timing issues. However, the new players to it all in Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jeremy Irons are great. There is also some interesting and nice twists to see that they put in, but I don’t know how that will come across to everyday movie fans. Is this a good sign for the Justice League movies? Who knows, and some are already saying probably not, but you know what? We’re going to watch it anyway. And a lot fans are liking the film. So, what’s more important, critics or fans?

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

3.5 out of 5

Why Everybody’s Complaining about Ben Affleck Playing Batman is Unnecessary and Getting Old

Thursday night Warner Brothers finally gave us a new Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the form of Ben Affleck! But of course, in no surprise the internet voiced their opinions and they were, well opinionated. Ranging from (mostly) outage, approval, mixed reaction and finally people willing to give Affleck a chance at the Dark Knight himself. So what do I think of Affleck playing Batman? I freaking love it.

 

I’m not just saying this because I like Ben Affleck. I’m saying this because I think he’ll do a good job. Will he be the best Batman? Who knows, even I can admit that. But let’s at least give him the benefit of the doubt and wait until you see some footage of him. And let’s face it, he’s not the worse choice to play one of the most iconic comic book characters still around. Personally, I think one of the reasons people don’t want Affleck in the role is because they have a bitter taste in their mouths with his portrayal of Daredevil and performance in Gigli (I’ll give you that one). Although Daredevil had a lot more problems going for it that wasn’t Affleck.

 

However, Affleck has proven himself to his critics in the recent years with his directorial efforts of Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo; only acting in the last two but they proved that Affleck can, and has also been able to, act. Hell, he won an Academy Award for Argo. Besides Daredevil he’s also played Superman, well sort of. He played George Reeve aka the first Superman on TV in Hollywoodland. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for supporting actor so we know he has no problems playing a troubled soul.

 

So why are we complaining about Affleck playing Batman? He’s a great actor and yes some roles are questionable but what actor hasn’t made those roles. Besides we still don’t know what kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman he will be. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer haven’t said exactly what kind of Batman he will play. We do know it won’t be the same Batman in the Christopher Nolan Trilogy, hell for all we know Affleck could go the corny route (probably won’t but still).

 

Here’s the main reason why all this outrage is a bit premature. This isn’t the first time this has happened! There has been backlash on actors playing Batman before and all popular roles for that matter (Daniel Craig wasn’t welcomed as 007). Michael Keaton wasn’t welcomed and sticking with Batman films Anne Hathaway and Heath Ledger weren’t accepted by fans for playing iconic characters like Catwoman (or Selena Kyle as she was referred to The Dark Knight Rises) or The Joker. But fans came around after they saw their performances, especially with Ledger’s Joker.

 

So why all the hostility? Simple, fanboys will never be happy. But we, everybody else, also don’t like change. Going back off track, look at Doctor Who. We know the Doctor will have to go through a change and when it comes time for it, everyone goes into defensive mode and complains about the actor chosen before we see him play the iconic actor (Matt Smith taking over after David Tennant).

 

So let’s just give Affleck a chance shall we. Don’t judge him until we at least see some footage. I know it might me hard for a lot of you out there but at least try. Because whether you like it or not Affleck has signed on for multiple films as the Caped Crusader.

‘Man of Steel’ Review

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Dir: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen)

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, and Kevin Costner

Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind

 

*Review Note: This is a non-spoiler review as always. It will be hard for me because I want to talk about what makes this movie different.*

 

The long-awaited Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan has finally landed and in short, it’s awesome. Besides being a reboot the film serves as an origin story but also makes some welcoming changes to the origin that we known so well. For example, we find out why the costume is the way it is and what the hell the “S” stands for. But just because Superman is a comic book character it doesn’t mean the movie is a comic book movie. It does take many aspects from the comics but the movie is really almost a drama about alien trying to find his place in our world and dealing with humanity’s reaction to his existence.

Clark wants to be one of us but he knows deep down he can’t. That is until he is forced to choose between his adopted world and his home world when General Zod (Shannon) and fellow Kryptonians come to Earth looking for him.

The flashbacks to Clark’s youth, that are thrown in when appropriate, show us his journey and give us a sense of his inner demons like dealing with bullies and his first exposure to one of his abilities. There great moments in the movie and the actors, Dylan Sprayberry (age 13) and Cooper Timberline (age 9), do a great job making us believe they are struggling with their “curse.”

The other big part is, of course, Superman’s moral character that is formed by his two fathers, Jor-El (Crowe) and Jonathan Kent (Costner). Crowe and Costner stand out in their own way. Both loom large whenever they’re not on screen, and their impact on Clark’s life is deeply felt. He struggles with the advice of both men. Both tell him essentially the same thing but in their own way. And if you’re wondering about Jor-El’s screen-time, let’s just say you’ll be happy.

Of course there is Cavill’s Clark/Kal-El that is a great fit. He has his moments where he outshines everyone else but there are also moments where, even when he’s wearing his Superman outfit, he’s vulnerable. Adams is great as Lois Lane, bringing in her own sense of style to the character but this is not a Lois and Clark story. This is a story about Clark finding his place in the world. For those expecting a lot of heat between this famous comic book couple, you might be slightly disappointed. However, by the end you’ll see how their relationship can definitely be taken farther and in more interesting directions in future films.

Shannon is truly imposing as Zod, and dare I say gives Terrence Stamp a run for his money. Zod isn’t just a crazy villain he, at least in his eyes, sees what he’s doing is right and will do anything for the “good” of his people. The only other villain we have any time with is Antje Traue’s Faora who has many moments and might even walk away as people’s favorite when it comes fight sequence.

The supporting cast includes respectable appearances by Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet’s Perry White, Ayelet Zurer as Lara (Clark/Kal-El’s mother), Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni as U.S. military brass. The other great surprise is composer Hans Zimmer’s score. His score fits so well with the scenes whether it be an action scene or drama-centric. Also, in a nice refreshing step we don’t hear John Williams’ classic score. Some might be disappointed by that but I thought it was a good step in a new direction.

One of the great things we get that we haven’t gotten a lot of in past Superman films is the action. Snyder is known for his action sequence and thankfully he abandons his use of slo-mo and trades it in for fast and brutal action. We’ll have to wait for it but once it starts you don’t want it to stop. Some might feel that the CGI gets in the way of some of the fights but it’s still something truly worth seeing.

All in all, Man of Steel is a great ride that doesn’t disappoint. We do get a new look to Superman, which is great, but we also get a new story that could go in many different directions. Also be on the lookout for some nice Easter Eggs during all the carnage. One of the only things that I have to complain about is it’s a bit lengthy at two and half hours.

Man of Steel

4.5 out of 5

Big News Items for the month of March

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I figured I do something new and I’ve actually wanted to do this for quite a while now but never actually did it. Now I know a lot of movie news items come out every month but I figured I’d take the “big” one and write a little something about them. So after you read them let me know what you think of the idea and if you would like to see more of this at the end of every month or more often, for example every week.

 

In no particular order

(Expect this one) Rumor that Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Zack Snyder would come back for the Justice League/World’s Finest movie

The news items for March really kicked off with the “atomic bomb” of all comic book news items. The rumor was that Nolan would be the man that Warner Brothers wanted to over look the DC Universe and would act as a producer from this point forward. It continued with Bale possibly returning to once again play Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Henry Cavill Man of Steel’s Superman/Clark Kent in the long gestured Justice League of America OR a World’s Finest movie. (For those non-comic book fans, World’s Finest is essentially just Batman and Superman). The last bit was that Zack Snyder would come back as the director of either those two movies and David Goyer (writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel) would likely return as well.

Now obviously this is a HUGE rumor and should only be taken as a grain of salt. But, this came from the Latino Review which has a good track record when it comes to some exclusive comic book news. Would this be cool? For some yes (like me) and some no. Not everybody liked the “dark, gritty and grounded approach” that Christopher Nolan bought into The Dark Knight Trilogy and now into Superman but honesty ask yourself, “Would you want Nolan, who in my mind has a great track record, or somebody new that could possibly mess it up?”

The other thing that people have bought up is if Nolan is willing to almost erase his ending and arc of The Dark Knight Rises in order to bring back Christian Bale? And would WB sign Bale for more than just one movie? Well at this point no one is saying anything and I will only believe it when I see it. WB actually said that the fate of the JLA movie would depend on the success of Man of Steel but that was before WB threw out the script by Will Beall (Gangster Squad).

 

Veronica Mars movie greenlit thanks with help of KickStarter and fans

            Well this is a first. Series creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have always said they would love to do a Veronica Mars movie based off their cult favorite TV show that was canceled after three seasons (all season available on Netflix). But Thomas and Bell asked Warner Brothers, the right holders to Mars, if they could get two million dollars would they greenlight the movie, of course the answered yes. Then Thomas and Bell took to Kickstarter and raised the two million in a record breaking ten hours!

This pleased fans that have been waiting for more Veronica Mars but it also now opened the door for other possible TV shows that ended too early and some creators have even flirted with using Kickstarter like Chuck and Pushing Daises. However don’t hold your breath for a Firefly/Serenity from Joss Whedon because he already said it’s not going to happen since he’s tied up at Marvel for the next two to three years. However he did say it would be a “game changer.” While some will agree with Whedon the other part of all of this is what the people that really “win” in this situation is WB.

The concern is that Kickstarter might be “selling out” since the primary use for Kickstarter is not big studio companies but small independent filmmakers. The fear is that more companies may see the success of Veronica Mars and have fans pay for a chunk of the budget. Fans really don’t get the backend of the box office haul, they will only get the satisfaction of knowing they were responsible (if they gave money toward the Kickstarter) for getting the movie made.

Do I see other companies doing this? Yes. Companies are always looking for a way to spend less money on a project if they can. The main thing here is that we can finally see everybody’s favorite PI come back.

 

Western Drama Jane Got a Gun had some behind the scenes drama

Every once awhile we hear some drama on a movie set. Whether it’s that the project has run into production trouble with the budget or it running behind its shooting schedule. Or it’s just to bad from the beginning (I’m looking at you World War Z). Well apparently it’s happened again and for yet another project I was looking forward to.

Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) was set to direct Jane Got a Gun which see Natalie Portman (who also is a producer) trying to protect her outlaw husband from the gang he betrayed with her ex-lover who still has feelings for her. Ramsay surprisingly didn’t show up the first day of shooting and left her cast and crew hanging. Although the full story as to why she dropped out is yet to come out there are some theories that she had some personal issues that didn’t allow her to take the directors chair.

However, this isn’t the first hit the film took. Originally the outlaw husband was supposed to be played by Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty) and the ex-lover was supposed to be played by Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus). But scheduling conflicts with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fassbender dropped out and left the movie without one of the main three characters. Good news came when Edgerton stepped out of the villain husband role and into the ex-lover role because Jude Law boarded the film to play Portman’s husband. Also, Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) came in as a director for the film.

But, of course the film lost Jude Law too because news reports say he only joined because he wanted to work with Ramsay. Now producers and O’Connor are looking for someone to replace Law and the names there going for, at least at the moment, are Jack Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges.

 

Joss Whedon says Planet Hulk is NOT happening and that he wouldn’t bring back original stars for Star War Episode 7

Joss Whedon has been a busy man this month. He premiered his Shakespeare adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing but of course people can’t help but to ask him questions that involve Marvel and other nerd worthy movies. The first was his denial of the rumored possible storyline for Avengers 2 and possibly Avengers 3 that would have been based on the highly popular comic book Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

I know many fans were giddy at the possibility of this rumor being true but when the man behind Marvel, at least at the moment, came out and said it’s not happening many were disappointed. I from the beginning knew this would be HIGHLY ambitious for Marvel to pull off and the other fact is that those stories feature very little of Bruce Banner that Marvel would really have no need in having Mark Ruffalo which would really suck.

Little bit later in the month, Whedon was asked what he would do if he directed Star War Ep: 7 (which he was rumored to direct when it was first announced) and if he would bring back the original cast of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. His answered surprised some when he said “No.”

Of course there has been multiple stories that Ford, Fisher, and Hamill saying they are in and saying they are out and has lead many fans to voice their opinion if they want them back. I personally wouldn’t mind to see them but only if it was a “passing of the torch” type of scene.

 

Sam Mendes isn’t returning for Bond 24

If you saw Skyfall you know that it was arguably one of the best Bond movies made. It was most likely to the darker tone and more personal/emotion aspects of the James Bond character. But I think the real success is thanks to director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) who was able to capture all of things and make a great Bond movie.

An original story had come out that Mendes was almost set to return but Mendes apparently misjudged his schedule and now won’t be able to return. I understand “scheduling conflicts” in Hollywood, especially if you’re a high profile figure but I’m still upset that Mendes won’t be back in the director’s chair since he did a damn good job with Bond.

Watchmen killed the Bioshock movie

If you’re a video game fan you where probably looking forward to the game adaptation of Bioshock. The movie had a descent track record going for it at first, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, The Lone Ranger) was on board to direct and wanted to make the movie a hard rated R horror movie. This made video gamers happy that it would be keeping in tone with the source material. However, years and years passed and nothing happened. Verbinski eventually left after Universal Studios didn’t take agree with a high budget ($200 Million) R rated horror movie idea.

But now the real story has come out as to why the movie really didn’t happen and it was all thanks to the graphic novel adaptation of Watchmen. Yes, that’s right Alan Moore’s popular graphic novel adaptation killed the chances of seeing a high budget rated R movie.

According to Ken Levine (one of the people behind the game) spoke about this and how Watchmen killed the movie saying “but it didn’t do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R-rated $200 million film.” He went on to say they bought in someone else and he didn’t like the idea and he decided to kill the movie.

It’s actually been a while since I’ve played Bioshock but I do think a Bioshock movie could work if they got the right team behind it and don’t go too far away from the source material.

Colin Trevorrow to direct Jurassic Park 4

With the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park on April 5 for the 20th anniversary, what other kind of news would Jurassic Park fans want? Oh that’s right the news that another movie would be made. Then news came out that newcomer director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) would be directing with the script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

I actually thought Safety Not Guaranteed wasn’t that bad of a movie and I think Trevorrow can do something cool and refreshing. But, I think we all are excited (or somewhat at least) for another JP movie.

 

Dwayne Johnson’s Fast Five/Fast and Furious 6 Hobbs could get own spin-off

That’s right! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed rumors that his character that was introduced in Fast Five, Luke Hobbs, will be getting a spin-off movie. However the question is when? Originally the plan was supposed to be Johnson filming the spin-off in between Fast and Furious 6 and Fast and Furious 7 but it now turns out that Vin Diesel says filming for part 7 will shoot this summer. So it looks like the Hobbs spin-off will now happen after filming of part 7.

Honestly I pretty excited about this. I think it would be cool to see more the Hobbs character go off on his own and catch some other person.

 

Robert Redford joins Captain America: The Winter Solider

Yes you read that right. Robert Redford has joined the cast of a Marvel movie! Saying he likes the idea “of stepping into new territory.” Why make a big deal out of this? Well Redford hasn’t done “Hollywood movie” since Spy Games. He’s been sticking mostly to independent work and directing his own movies, which isn’t a bad thing. This is a huge in the fact that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said Winter Soldier would be more of a “political thriller” which is right up Redford’s ally.

No word yet on who exactly he’s playing besides the fact that he plays somebody that is high up in S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Head of S.H.I.EL.D next to, or above, Nick Fury.

 

Is there still hope for the Deadpool and Venom movies?

Yes believe it or not some are still trying to make a Deadpool. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) who are involved in trying to make both Deadpool and more recently the spin-off Venom movie talked a bit about their vision for those movies and if or when we’ll be able to see those. Of course fans of these two popular comic book characters

            Let’s first talk about Deadpool since it’s been in development for a LONG time. Ryan Reynolds, who played his counter part Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is passionate about the project and has not backed out which is what usually happens when you’re attached to a project for a while. Rhett and Wernick finally said that Fox wasn’t really ready to “pull the trigger” on a Rated R comic book since all other comic book movies are pretty much rated PG-13.

            As for the Venom movie, it almost seems like their no longer involved Wernick said that they did indeed work on the script but “it likely will not become a movie in that form. Too many things have happened in between now and then and different people have been involved, and it’s just likely not to happen in the form that we wrote it, unfortunately”

Which is unfortunate because it sounded like their pitch was a “realistic, grounded, a little more dark take on the character.” Wernick even said “Imagine a symbiote traveling across a city at some point in the movie, jumping from body to body as it goes, and each person that it inhabits ends up becoming really violent and striking someone else and then it jumps to the next person.  There was a really cool sequence like that in there”

I’m actually looking forward to these movies, if they even happen. I like Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and a Venom movie has a lot of potential if they get the right director and actor.

 

Why Will Smith turned down Django Unchained.

If you were a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained imagine what the movie would have been like with Will Smith as Django and not Jaime Foxx. Smith was apparently Tarantino’s first choice for the role but Smith turned it down because “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” That other character Smith was referring to was Christoph Waltz Dr. King Schultz.

Smith did say he liked the movie but it’s not like it erases he’s comments from that. But don’t act surprised here. Actors (especially high profile actors like Smith) have some tendencies of coming in and rewriting an already established script. Without going into spoilers Smith does say something about his character that he thinks he should have done.

When you look at it at as a whole, Django Unchained did really have two co-leads in Foxx’s Django and Waltz’s Schultz. Was Smith being a little ego driven? Maybe but the movie turned out to be pretty good anyway with Foxx’s performance and I don’t know if I could see Smith doing that role the way Foxx did.

 

Does Man of Steel have another familiar villain?

We’ve know for some time now that Michael Shannon will play General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie. However, hardcore Superman fans have wondered if we’ll see another villain that is a common presence in the comics and even in the others movies, Lex Luthor.

Screenwriter David Goyer had suggested that another classic Superman villain would show up but never said who. Ain’t It Cool News reported that Mackenzie Gray, who played a Luthor clone in an episode of Smallville, appears in Man of Steel playing an “ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor” who has a significant role in the story’s endgame.

Of course this isn’t a confirmed report despite it coming from the pretty much reliable Harry Knowles. However, some people are taking his as a “grain of salt” (which they should) but also questioning it since Knowles as been making the public rounds recently. He was featured in a Hollywood Reporter story and Peter Jackson (yes that one!) talked about how much he loved Knowles. Now don’t get me wrong, if Luthor is in the movie in some sort of form okay.

Remember Christopher Nolan is producing the movie and he didn’t bring in Batman’s main nemesis until the second movie. It doesn’t mean he’s doing the same thing here but let’s face it, not having Luthor in a Superman movie in some form would be just a little weird.

 

Roland Emmerich gives Independence Day sequel details

We all remember Emmerich’s 1996 alien invasion movie. About last year Emmerich confirmed that he wanted to move forward with not one but two sequels to Independence Day and it made some fans excited and some fans worried. The movies having a working title of ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 and will apparently take place 20 years after the events of the first film. The events are also set into motion because of a distress call sent back to the aliens home planet from the first film.

Emmerich revealed that the sequel’s story is set into motion when a distress call sent back to the aliens’ home planet from the first film to brings reinforcements, which doesn’t sound that bad. Also, if you’re wondering if Will Smith will return well brace yourself.

The sequels will be a mix of characters from the original film and newcomers, with the primary focus being on the latter: “While there may be some familiar faces in the sequels, Bill Pullman has already confirmed that he is onboard; Will Smith has not, their storylines will focus on a new generation of human heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s Independence Day character.”

Also the movie may have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]”

I don’t know how I feel about about Independence Day movie oh I mean movies. Usually movies that wait a long time to do a sequel usually don’t do so well quality wise, of course there are exceptions. If the material and trailer looks cool I’ll be in.