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Matt Reeves To Direct ‘The Batman’

A few weeks ago, we got the news that Ben Affleck dropped off as director from ‘The Batman’. Warner Bros. has been looking for a director since then. The director of Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves has signed on to direct according to THR.

The report also states that the studio moved quickly to find a replacement and Reeve’s name shot to the top of the list. Sources tell them that multiple conversations occurred, with the studio and the director meeting in Friday.

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Reeves has proven himself recently with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and we’ll see if he can keep it up this June, but the news is good. It’s rear to hear that Warner Bros. had a name in mind and that he is on board. I really hope that he brings a fresh take on the Batman franchise no finally gets the project off the ground.

I said this in a previous story, but I just hope that Warner Bros. didn’t just look at his work on the Apes franchise and automatically hire him, and they actually have a vision for him. Every upcoming DC movie has had trouble, except Aquaman. All news about this movie has been bad with director troubles and script rewrites, it’s good to hear some promising news after being scared by previous reports.

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I really hope this movie turns out really great along with other DC films.

What do you think of Matt Reeves? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Han Solo Movie Adds ‘Fleabag’ Star For CGI Role

The Han Solo anthology film, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, started shooting recently. We don’t know anything about the plot really, but we do have some of the cast. Alden Ehrenreich is playing a young Han Solo, Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson plays Han’s mentor, and Emilia Clarke is in an unknown role.

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Variety reports that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in talks have a key CGI role in the film. We don’t know who she will be playing, but the report says that her character will be CGI driven and it will be part of the large ensemble on par with Chewbaca and C3PO.

Waller-Bridge is known for her breakout role in the Amazon series Fleabag. It got two Critics Choice Awards nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series.

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I wonder what the role is, I’ve been getting into Star Wars canon and I can’t think of a character that this could be. I do hope that the character doesn’t stand out like certain characters in The Force Awakens

I haven’t seen Fleabag, but I have heard good things about it. Waller-Bridge is supposedly good in the show. So, the. Sat keeps growing for this film and I am getting more excited.

What do you think of the news? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘The Batman’ Gets New Director Frontrunner, Script Rewrite, and Possible 2019 Release Date

After the disappointing news that Ben Affleck would not be directing the solo Batman film, we have been waiting for a director announcement. Recently, we got a shortlist of directors to take over to helm the film. Now we have a possible front runner, complete rewrite, and possible release date.

Forbes is reporting that Matt Reeves might be the front runner for the film.

“Warner Bros. is already speaking to several filmmakers about taking over in the director’s chair — including one of my personal longtime favorites to direct a Batman movie, Matt Reeves, who seems to be the frontrunner — and word is the project will essentially get a fresh start once a new creative team has been put together.”

They also. Say that the script could get a complete rewrite.

“That the script would need more rewrites, particularly with a new director joining the picture, was a given. How extensive the process will be — I’m hearing anything from “major rewrites” to “a completely new script,” including starting from scratch on the story if that’s what it takes — is unclear, not just to us but probably to those involved as well, since the new filmmaker might look at the story and script and decide there’s plenty to salvage that appeals to them. Once the director is in place, more will become clear, but for now Warner Bros. is suffering far more negative perceptions than they need to, simply because of the attempt to slow and control the spread of information.”

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Warner Bros. is aiming for a release date of 2019.

“There’s more than enough talent involved and available to do this, and since we’re likely looking at a release date in 2019 anyway (assuming things get on track now and there aren’t further major delays), there’s no need to rush it. They can spend the next year and several months letting the creative team focus on finding a story and writing a script for The Batman, and still have another year and several months to shoot it and get it ready for release by July 2019.”

This just shows,again, that DC doesn’t know what they’re doing. All these rewrites aren’t good news, this is the second movie in the DCEU to get a complete rewrite. (assuming it is getting one) They’re making these plans then constantly redoing and changing them. I’ve actually lost count of the amount of changes that have been made to the DCEU.

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It’s so hard to have hope at this point, Ben Affleck’s Batman was the me thing that we could all rely on to have hope for this franchise. We already heard that Ben Affleck dropped as director, but now his script is getting rewrites completely. It’s like every hope I have for the property is being put down by all these decisions.

Matt Reeves as a director is cool. I just hope they have some plan for him and what they want him to do. And the release date is so far. For something that went in to production a little less than a year ago, it sure has taken a while for filming to start. 

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I just can’t get on track for this movie. I keep having little silver linings, but Warner Bros. keeps shooting all hopes down. 

This shows how important Wonder Woman and Justice League are. If those fail financially and critically, the. I think the franchise should just end and I think it will. If they are good however, that will get me back in board to a certain extent.

I don’t like being negative, I want to hear good news about these movies, but if you look back, nothing pans out well.

What do you think of the news? Are you scared? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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‘The LEGO NINJAGO Movie’ Trailer Is Released

Before the release of The LEGO Batman Movie, Warner Bros. has released the trailer to the next LEGO movie, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.

Here’s the synopsis from Warner Bros:

“In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.”

The movie stars Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as Garmadon, Dave Franco as Lloyd, Olivia Munn as Lloyd’s mom, Koko, Fred Armisen as Cole, Abbi Jacobson as Nya, Kumail Nanjiani as Jay, Michael Peña as Kai, and Zach Woods as Zane.

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This trailer was actually really fun! It seems like a great third movie to add to the LEGO cinematic universe. I really like that they are going to play with the father/son relationship between Lloyd and Garmadon. As long as they don’t overuse it, it could be really funny.

The animation looks really good, but that’s not really surprising. You kind of expect that from these movies, but that’s not to take away from it. The action looks cool, the hand to hand combat and the robot combat both look impressive for a LEGO animated movie. 

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I’m curious to whether the movie takes place within the universe of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, or not. I personally hope it does, because Warner Bros. has a really good idea with the LEGO movie franchise. 

I really hope this movie is good, I loved The LEGO Movie and I will be seeing, and reviewing, The LEGO Batman Movie and I want this franchise to succeed. 

Also, The LEGO Batman Movie review will be late, because I will be gone from Thursday to Sunday, so it’ll come later along with a John Wick Chapter 2 review. I’ll try and get some posts up while I’m gone.

What did you think of the trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Live Action ‘Aladdin’ Producer Wants A Diverse Cast

Disney announced a live action remake of the Disney classic, Aladdin, in 2016. Since then, fans have been concerned about the ethnicity of the cast and if Disney would white-wash the movie. 

Collider spoke with Dan Lin, the producer of the film, and he gave some good news on the subject.

“Look at me. (Laughs) I mean I’m not a typical guy. Listen I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”

He also added comments about getting newcomers in the lead roles.

“We’re gonna be discovering new people because it’s a real challenge, because not only does an actor have to act, but they really have to have singing chops.”

The film will have to follow up movies like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast. He said this about that.

“Disney’s done an amazing job from Cinderella to now Beauty and the Beast—I saw it last week, the movie’s excellent. So they’ve really raised the bar for these musicals and these animation-to-live-action adaptations, that we have to then raise the bar on Aladdin. I actually think The LEGO Batman Movie’s helped me, because on the first LEGO Movie the bar was so high, and I actually think LEGO Batman’s exceeded that bar. It’s the same challenge with Aladdin—Disney’s done such a good job between Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and then Aladdin will hopefully be the next one up.”

This news sounds good, the best way to do an Aladdin movie is to make the actors Indian. I don’t know why Disney would let do that, but it is great to hear that they are making the film feel a lot more real ( despite it having a genie) and have the setting feel authentic.
Also, finding unknowns is a good idea, because I want to look at someone and say “That’s Aladdin!”, and not think it’s a celebrity.

What do you think of the news? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Netflix Drops Iron Fist Trailer 

After the successes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Netflix’s final Marvel series before The Defenders will be Iron Fist

Netflix dropped the trailer earlier today, and it gives a somewhat promising look at the series. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were all great, and I have been really excited for this series. The trailer was OK. It’s certainly not bad. It just seems like they’re not putting as much effort in it as they could. Now, the trailer was fun, it had a lot of good looking action and humor. But, I just wanted a little more.

The first three series has very good and deep storylines that you could get behind. The trailer makes the series feel like a throwaway filler for Marvel. All that was in the trailer was action and stereotypical comic book movie lines like “become what you’re meant to be” . The story seems a little too traditional. A rich man with a company comes back from the “dead” with special skills, and he fights crime. Remind you of something?

The series could be great for all I know, but I just want a little bit more substance out of a Marvel Netflix TV show, based on their previous work..

What did you think of the trailer?Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Kevin Feige Says That Thanos Is A Main Character In ‘Infinity War’

Kevin Feige spoke at a Guardians of the Galaxy set tour that Thanks will play a big part in Avengers: Infinity War.

“Thanos in Infinity War is – in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.Thanos in Infinity War is – in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.”

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This is good news, if they do it right. Marvel makes great movies, but they all have one common problem, (mostly) they don’t have good villains. Almost none of the Marvel villains are memorable, save for Loki. I really hope that they do it right with Thanos.

He’s been teased for the past 5 years since the post-credits scene in Avengers. It’s great to hear that he’ll finally have his time to shine in the Avengers movie directed by the Russo brothers.

I’m really curious to see their take on it, because they are used to doing more realistic and grounded Marvel movies. It’ll be interesting to see their approach to a more sci-fi theme to a movie.

Feige says that Thanos could be the “main character” of Infinity War, but I think he means that he will have a good bit of time compared to the Hugh cast of the movie. So, don’t expect to see the entire movie from Thanos’s perspective.

What do you think of this news? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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M. Night Shyamalan Teases Split Sequel

If you have not seen Split, do not read any further. This article will be full of spoilers. You have been warned. 

Ok. We all know that the end of Split revealed that it takes place in one of his earlier films, Unbreakable. Now, most of us want too see even more of this world. Well we might get just that.

M. Night Shyamalan tweeted the following:

Now that’s exciting.

He already has a script outline and it’ll be his next movie. I’m an super excited to return to the world of Unbreakable.

Shyamalan was on Josh Horowitz’s podcast, HappySadConfused and he revealed some interesting things. I won’t go into extreme detail, you can listen to it yourself. But, basically he said that the movie will work on its own, similarly to Split. And the biggest thing he revealed was that James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson will all return to the sequel.

I cannot wait to see what Shyamalan has in store for us this time. There’s not much to say because we don’t know anything about the plot yet, which is cool. I am interested to see what David Dunn thinks of Kevin and how he handles that situation. Shyamalan isn’t heavy on action, so it probably won’t be a one on one battle. I have no clue what direction the movie could go.

I’m excited for this movie, but are you excited? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Alicia Vikander Set Photos From Tomb Raider Movie

Last year, Alicia Vikander signed on to star as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movie reboot. She has starred in films like The Danish Girl and Ex Machina. She will play the daughter of a wealthy family, who goes on adventures to search for lost artifacts.

She will star alongside Walton Goggins as the villain Father Mathias Vogel, Daniel Wu as ship captain Lu Ren, and Dominic West as Lara’s father Lord Richard Croft. Norwegian director,  Roar Uthaug will helm the Warner Bros. reboot.

Some photos of Alicia Vikander in action have been circulating the internet.

I do play a lot of video games and I’m a huge fan of them, but video  game movies haven’t had a very good track record so far. This year could have been the year that they came through, but I didn’t like Angry Birds at all, I had no interest in Warcraft, and I heard that Assassin’s Creed was terrible. I can’t believe that we haven’t had a good video game movie so far. I mean, how hard can it be. I just want this movie to be good.

I played the Tomb Raider reboot games and they are awesome. Great story and gameplay, if you haven’t played them, you should. I think a movie based on them is a really good idea. There is a lot of stuff you could do with that. These pictures look good.  Alicia Vikander definitely looks like Lara Croft from the games.

What scares me is that we’ve said all of these things before. Assassin’s Creed seemed like a great idea, we know how that turned out. It also had a great lead actor, Michael Fassbender, and this has Alicia Vikander. So, I’m am cautiously optimistic for this movie. I just really hope it’s good.

What do you think of the news? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tomb Raider releases on March 16, 2018.

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The Batman Has a Rumored Director Shortlist

After Ben Affleck dropped as director from The Batman, Warner Bros. has been looking for a director.

Forbes has reported that several names have been floating around to take over the movie. Those names include George Miller (Mad Max), Matt Reeves ( Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant), Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Arrival), and Matt Ross ( Captain Fantastic). Forbes also says that the studio expects to make an announcement soon, but is not rushing the decision.
If this is real, I like all these directors. This is a good direction it the film. I was actually bummed when I heard Ben Affleck dropped off, but this gets my hopes up again.

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I think my two favorites are George Miller and Gavin O’Connor. George Miller knows how to handle action while maintaining a good storyline. Gavin O’Connor has worked with Ben Affleck before and has proven himself with Warrior as well. Matt Reeves is a close second, I’d be fine with him too.

I’d actually rather Denis Villeneuve stick with his style of slow psychological movies instead of trying Batman, I just don’t think his style would fit. Matt Ross is good, but I do t think his style fits either. However, the same was probably said when Christopher Nolan signed on as director of Batman Begins. So, directors can change their style to fit with a movie.

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Overall, I think that this might prove DC might have a plan with the movie. The fact that they have a shortlist (assuming the rumor is true)  filled with great names is really encouraging. I am more optimistic about the film now.

What do you think of these directors? Which one is your favorite? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Remember, you don’t need an account to comment.