Nightwing Movie Coming From Chris McKay

Will the movie be in Lego form?

Warner Bros. is working on another DC movie based on the character of Nightwing.

THR is reporting Chris McKay from the recent The Lego Batman Movie is in negotiations to direct the film, and Bill Duboque ( The Accountant) is writing the script.

In case you didn’t know, Nightwing is Dick Grayson, introduced in Detective Comics  in 1940. He was a part of his family acrobatic team, “The Flying Graysons”, who were murdered. Bruce Wayne then adopted him and trained him to help him fight crime as Robin. McKay

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directed a version of Robin in The Lego Batman Movie (review coming soon). That version was a little more comedic than the version I hope they’ll go for in this movie. Nightwing is an aged up version of Robin who was leader of the Teen Titans in the 80’s.

I said in an article earlier that one of the problems with the DCEU is that they make decisions constantly without a plan in mind. I would be saying that now if I weren’t such a fan of Nightwing.

Nightwing is one of my favorite DC heroes. He’s like Batman but funny, to put it simply. I think it’s awesome to expand on the bat family in this cinematic universe. We know that Jason Todd was killed by Joker in this universe. That begs the question to whether this Nightwing already exists in the universe, or if it’ll be an origin story. They could take the comic book route and say Jason Todd was the second robin. In the comics, when Jason Todd took over as Robin, Dick Grayson became Nightwing.

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This could all be explored in the solo Batman movie, and it probably will. I can’t imagine them completely ignoring the fact that they showed a dead Robin suit in Baman v Superman. This gets me excited that Warner Bros. will explore the bat family more. Batman could even show up this movie. Whether it’s Ben Affleck or not is still being decided.

In the end, as much as I know DC is just saying these things to make us like them, this news gets me excited to see a live-action Nightwing movie.

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Matt Reeves Officially Directing ‘The Batman’

Fool me once…

The solo Batman movie development has been a bumpy road up to this point. First Ben Affleck left as director from The Batman. Then, the Chris Terrio rewrote the script, and supposedly got a complete rewrite after that. After that Matt Reeves was the top choice to direct, days later he left the project. Now, he is officially signed on to direct the picture.

Warner Bros. made an official press release stating that Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. He released the following statement:

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

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WB President and Chief Content Officer Tony Emmerich added:

“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”

What is interesting is that Ben Affleck isn’t mentioned anywhere in these statements. Various outlets have reached out to Warner Bros. and have been told the press release was designed to focus on Reeves and that Ben Affleck is definitely still in. Joe Manganiello wasn’t in this either. He is supposed to play Deathstroke in the film.

This news makes me very happy because of all the bad news this movie s getting. I would be more happy if Ben Affleck was mentioned, but I will take promising news where I can get it. Matt Reeves can definitely handle this movie. He jumped into a franchise when he directed  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and succeeded. We’ll see what he does with War for the Planet of the Apes this summer. As long as he stays on and we don’t get any too bad reports about the movie, I will be looking forward to it.

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I wonder what brought him back, since talks stopped about a week ago. It could have been money (which I hope wasn’t the case), or WB could have come around and agreed on creative ideas. Reeves did say in his statement that he is a fan of Batman which is promising. I like how he describes the movie as epic and emotional, he makes it sound like a really good film. I’m really excited to see this movie finally happen.

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Shooting Begins on Han Solo Spin-Off Film

Han Solo is shooting first

The Han Solo spin-off film began principal photography a few weeks ago, and now they have started shooting officially.

StarWars.com announced that shooting began yesterday at Pinewood Studios, London. They also released this photo.

They put out the following synopsis:

The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

The photo didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. It’s nice to see that Chewbacca will be in the movie, I hope we see how they met. Lando was in the synopsis, so he might play a significant part in the film. Seeing the Millennium Falcon is reassuring that it’ll go back to young Harrison Ford and his smuggling days.

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‘Hidden Figures’ Movie Review

A good January movie?

Hidden Figures is about three African-American female mathematicians Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who were a significant part of the NASA Space Program’s challenge of putting a man in space. The film also features Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, the director of the Space Task Group.

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I really loved Hidden Figures. I’m really surprised this story isn’t taught in school. These women played a very integral role in getting John Glenn to space. It’s really important for young girls to know this story. Taraji P. Henson plays Ketherine Goble Johnson, and she is the main character in the film. She was great in this role. I loved the way she kept proving everybody wrong with her math skills. She has a scene in the film when she’s finally done with all some racial issues, and she has that scene where she gives a big speech. That usually doesn’t work for me since it’s so overdone, but I thought it was really great in the movie.

Janelle Monáe was also really great in the movie. I thought she and Taraji P. Henson were the standouts in the film. Her character wants to be an engineer, but certain restrictions are placed so she cannot achieve that. And, that was another aspect of the film I liked. The constant struggle of trying to fight past the barriers society places in front of them. There’s a line in the movie when Mary Jackson says, “Every time we get a chance to get ahead, they move the finish line. Every time.” That really came through for me, I loved seeing them move past their set backs and succeed I their careers.

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Octavia Spencer plays Dorothy Vaughn, who wants to be supervisor of the colored computer group, but is not able to do so. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and while she was great, I don’t think she was better than Janelle Monáe. I don’t mean to discredit her, but I just thought that Monáe gave a more powerful performance. She really stood out in a scene in court, and she has to address the judge. That scene alone, I thought, stole the film. Getting back to Octavia Spencer, I liked how her character had a bit of sass to her, for lack of a better term. Dorothy Vaughn was the character that leads the group through racial issues specifically. I’d say her character was the most fun to watch. Also, she has the best line in the film.

Kevin Costner played the director of the Space Task Group, and he was awesome. His character was one of my favorites because he’s not really a jerk, he’s just following the rules, but when he needs to, he takes charge and makes changes. He was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory is plays Paul Stafford in this film, which was a surprise for me. His character is a jerk. He works in the same place that Katherine Johnson works, and he makes sure that she cannot do her job efficiently. His character was a little unnecessary for me, he didn’t really impact the film. Jim Parsons was fine in the role, but I just didn’t see much need for his character. He did have some good moments to set up good scenes for Taraji P. Henson to work with, and gives her one of the best lines in the movie. Kirsten Dunst is in the movie, and her character is an antagonist of sorts to Octavia Spencers’s character, and I thought that aspect worked very well. It represented the person who thinks they’re not doing anything wrong, but really is.

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The film doesn’t beat you over the head with its messages. It shows you instead of telling you what it has on its mind. Also, the soundtrack is amazing. Of course, the Hans Zimmer parts are very well done, but I didn’t know Pharrell Williams did some cool songs for the movie. His songs added a sense of fun to the movie to underline the seriousness and racism of the film.

I had one flaw of the film, and that was the romance aspect. Each character has their love interest, Mahershsla Ali shows up as Colonel Jim Johnson, to be Katherine Johnson’s love interest. Aldis Hoodge plays Levi Jackson, husband of Mary Jackson. Every time they switched to the personal lives and the romantic scenes, I just wanted to get back to NASA. It wasn’t completely unbearable, everybody does their job and gives a good performance. Also, you kind of have to have that stuff so the characters aren’t too bland. It just made me want to see the main story more. the film is 2 hours and 7 minutes with credits, it could have been a little shorter.

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In the end, this film was amazing! It teaches a story that you wouldn’t know if it weren’t for this film. I would definitely suggest you see this film if you haven’t already. Please go see it.

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Rating: A


Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali

Donald Glover and James Earl Jones to Star in Live-Action ‘The Lion King’

Disney has been doing live-action remakes of many classic Disney films lately with Cinderella, TheJungle  Book, and Pete’s Dragon. A few months ago we got news that Jon Favreau would be directing a “live-action” remake of The Lion King. 

Favreau tweeted that Donal Glover would star as Simba, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa again.

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I really loved The Jungle Book, it was a really fun movie with groundbreaking CGI effects. I also am excited to see what Disney brings with the new Beauty andthe  Beast remake. We all know the The Lion King is one of the best animated films of all time, and getting a remake in the right hands if promising. This casting is great.

Donald Glover as Simba is a great idea, I am excited to hear his voice. James Earl Jones was kind of a surprise to me, I thought they might distance themselves from the original a little bit, and get new actors. But, getting him back is a brilliant idea. I really couldn’t think of anyone better.

Do you like the casting? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Matt Reeves Leaves ‘The Batman’

The solo Batman film has gone through a lot of changes over the past month. Ben Affleck isn’t directing, the script is getting a complete rewrite, and Matt Reeves was in talks to direct. That is no longer the case.

THR reports that negotiations have stopped between Warner Bros. and Reeves. Their source says that talks could resume “when heads cool”. The studio is still committed to make this movie happen. 

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The Batman Movie was out only last hope for the DCEU, and now it has just gone downhill. If I hear one more bad thing about this movie, I will have lost hope forever. I would say that about this news, but the report states that heads have to cool down. That means there might just be some disagreements with the studio and Reeves. But, knowing the studio’s track record so far, I don’t think that’ll happen.
I think all this points to one thing: Warner Bros. I think that they are talking to directors and trying to meddle with their ideas and push them around. We’ve seen it happen before with Suicide Squad, and them hiring a trailer company to edit the movie. I hate pointing fingers at people, but all the evidence end up here. Warner Bros needs to take a step back and look at the mess they’ve created, then try and straighten things out.

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Is Mater In ‘Cars 3’?

Larry The Cable Guy might have hinted that Mater will appear in Cars 3.

The Cars 3 teaser and the extended look both were surprising. Not just because of their tone, but their lack of Mater. 

At Larry The Cable Guy’s website the Cars 3 trailer is featured on the home page. Of course, this doesn’t confirm that Mater will be in the film, he could just be supporting his previous cast members. But, it makes sense that he would be in the movie. He was in the first two, and Mater seems to sell toys. ( which is the only reason Pixar makes these movies)

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I didn’t like either of the Cars movies. I think they’re a huge step down from movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Inside Out. The trailers got me intrigued because of their darker take. Now that Mater might be in it, which I kind of expected, I’m less excited. 
Mater has to be one of the worst parts of the Cars franchise, and one of the worst in Pixar as a whole. Mater being in the film doesn’t help anything. He’s just there to make stupid jokes so the six year olds in the audience will laugh. 

Anyways, I’m glad I found this piece of information so I could share it with you all. Even if it was bad news!

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