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Joss Whedon Gets Writing Credit For ‘Justice League’

Joss Whedon is officially a writer for the next DC film, Justice League after taking over for Zack Snyder. Earlier this year, Snyder left the film due to family problems, and Joss Whedon took over to direct reshoots and oversee post-production. One of the many questions fans had was who would get credit as director. This question was emphasized when reshoots went on for months, which is much longer than normal, and people started to wonder how much was being reshot by Whedon. Reshoots went on for so long that it got in the way of Henry Cavill shooing Mission Impossible 6, meaning that he had to keep a moustache while shooting which cost Warner Bros. money to digitally remove it. In a press release from WB, Joss Whedon is credited as a writer for the film with Zack Snyder as director.

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I’ve been wondering who would get credit as director since Whedon first stepped in to take up the film. Rumors went around that he was shooting 50% of the film over again, which raised some questions of who’s film it would be. Joss Whedon coming on was a great decision, he has proven that he can handle big budget movies with both Avengers movies. He has also proven that he can focus on characters while making a fun action movie, which are both things that Justice League needs. Since Joss Whedon is a writer, he probably had a big hand in reworking the script.

According to the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) you have to be responsible for 33% of a script to be credited as a writer in the final movie. This means that he had a major part in the script. Joss Whedon as a writer is very promising based on his previous works. It seems like WB is really trying to get this movie right. Despite their track record so far, I have high hopes for Justice League.

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Box Office Report

August 25-27 Box Office Almost Lowest in 16 Years

The box of give this weekend was at the lowest it’s been in 3 years, and almost as low as it was 16 years ago right after the 9/11 attacks.

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This isn’t very surprising based on the lack of new releases. The only two wide releases were Leap!, a small animated movie, and Birth of the Dragon, the Bruce Lee movie without Bruce Lee. There were also other factors pointed out in other articles to consider. The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight probably took up many people’s Saturday nights, and Hurricane Harvey closed down many Texas theaters. 

 The estimated weekend revenue was $65 million, which would be the lowest since September 21-23, 2001 ($59.4 million) after the 9/11 incident. However, Sunday brought it up to $68.9 million which makes it the lowest in three years, with September 5-7, 2014 making $66 million. 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, came in first place in its second weekend, earning $10 million. This makes its total domestic total $39.6 million. Annabelle: Creation held on to the top 5 in its third week, coming in second place with $7.7 million. Its total domestic gross is now $78.2 million. Leap!, the Paris set animated film, started of with a measly $4.7 million in its opening weekend, making it the only opening movie to crack the top 5.

Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, took the fourth place slot in its fourth weekend taking $4.6 million. Steven Soderbergh’s first film out of retirement, Logan Lucky, finished off the top 5 earning $4.2 million in its second weekend. 

  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard-$10 Million
  2. Annabelle: Creation-$7.7 Million 
  3. Leap!-$4.7 Million
  4. Wind River-$4.6 Million
  5. Logan Lucky-$4.2 Million

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This was one of the rare weekends when nothing of relevance came out. All of the movies looked decent at best. The rest of the year looks to have some pretty exciting releases, including It, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and more. While this weekend was terrible, the rest of the year should turn out pretty positive.

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Joker and Harley Quinn Movie In The Works

DC sure seems to love Joker. THR reports that Warner Bros. is working on a DC movie centered on the villains Joker and Harley Quinn. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from Crazy, Stupid, Love, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and This is Us will be directing the movie. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. The film is being described as a “criminal love story”, one insider says it’s  “an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.” This movie will take place in the DCEU, not in the separate DC universe with the Martin Scorsese Joker movie.

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This is the strangest time to reveal this news. Right after they say a Joker movie outside of the extended universe is being made, another Joker movie goes into development. Also, there was a mix up with Matt Reeves claiming that his Batman movie would not take place in the extended universe. This was cleared up on Twitter with Reeves saying it would take place in the DCEU, but this shows how DC doesn’t really have a game plan. If you look at the list of movies they are working on, it just seems like they’re announcing movies just because they’re cool ideas.

  • Justice League
  • Aquaman
  • Shazam!
  • Wonder Woman II
  • Cyborg
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Justice League Dark
  • The Flash: Flashpoint
  • Justice League 2
  • Man of Steel 2
  • Gotham City Sirens
  • Black Adam
  • Nightwing
  • Batgirl
  • The Batman
  • Joker and Harley Quinn Movie
  • Standalone Joker Movie

That’s 17 movies that DC has in development. Granted, Justice League comes out in November, and Aquaman is shooting currently. Also, Shazam! will go into production soon, and Wonder Woman II has a release date. But, that leaves 13 movies that they don’t have dates for, and some no directors for. I just don’t see any direction for the universe at all. Honestly, I would like to see every one of the movies on that list. (except maybe Suicide Squad 2) So, I really want them to figure themselves out. It does seem like The Batman is making progress, but new movies are announced all the time. They just need to slow down, figure out what order they want to release the movies, then work on new projects after they make a few more.

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As for the idea of a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, I like the idea. However, I was not a fan of Jared Leto’s Joker. I appreciated him taking a risk and going really far with the portrayal, but i just didn’t think it was they best way to use the character. On the other hand, I absolutely loved Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. I thought she was the best part of Suicide Squad. The relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn is very tragic, especially in the Animated Series, and it has potential for story. So, sure I do like the idea, I just think they should wait it out before doing any other movies. I’d like to see a game plan for the universe before anything else come out. If they announce a release slate, I’ll be all for these movies, but until then I’m apprehensive about all these movies.

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Martin Scorsese Produced Joker Standalone Movie On The Way

Warner Bros. is developing a standalone DC movie focused on the origin of the Joker based on an article from Deadline. Todd Philips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will direct the film and co-write it with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Jared Leto will not be playing the Joker, and it will not take place within the DCEU. Warner Bros. is planing to use the film to launch a line of DC movies that are unique takes on iconic characters outside of the DCEU. As of now, the film is set in a 1980s Gotham City. Another report says that Martin Scorsese is set to produce the film.

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Fans are pretty upset with this idea. I have to agree with some of the concerns. The way the report states it is that DC is looking to make this a movie based on the origin of the Joker, which I don’t want to see. The Joker works because you don’t know where he came from. No one knows how he became the clown prince of crime. It was handled perfectly in The Dark Knight and the fake stories he made up about how he got his scars. One graphic novel, The Killing Joke, gave him an origin story that wasn’t so in-depth that it ruined the character. If they make a movie focused on Joker in his early years, I would be interested in seeing that. One of the other problems is that DC is just starting their shared universe now.

Right now, DC only has four movies in their shared universe, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. They also only have two movies officially slated to come out, Justice League and Aquaman. Now is not the time to start a separate universe because they’re barely getting this universe back on track after the negative reviews and box office. (Excluding Wonder Woman) I think they should get their supposedly “in development” movies like The Batman, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and Nightwing up and going before they do another universe of movies. The separate universe is similar to a line of DC comics called “Elseworlds”, which is when they do an alternate take on certain characters that are each in their own respective universes. For example, there is a story called Speeding Bullets when Clark Kent lands in Gotham City and becomes Batman. I’m fine with them doing separate movies, I actually think it’s a cool idea, but they should wait a little bit longer.

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This story is certainly interesting. Martin Scorsese being involved is definitely the most surprising thing about it. Even though he’s only producing, he could still have a say in certain elements of the film. The thing we always have to remember is, we don’t know anything until we see the final product. It’s fun to speculate and discuss news stories, but it’s not worth freaking out when the movie isn’t even written yet.

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Top 5 Best Movies of 2017 So Far

Since we’re past halfway through the year, and I never found the time to do my top 5 of the first half of the year. I thought I’d do my top five of the year so far now. I have a couple honorable mentions before we get into the official top five.

Honorable Mention: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the biggest surprises in comic book movie history. They took one of the least popular comic books in Marvel’a history and made an amazing, hilarious, and visually astounding movie. The sequel had big shoes to fill, and it did a good job of doing so. It wasn’t as good as the first, but it certainly was a very fun movie. In my opinion, it was funnier than the first, and the visuals were taken up three more notches. This shows how Marvel continues to impress with their films time and time again.

Honorable Mention: Split

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M. Night Shyamalan has a very fascinating career. At one point, he was being regarded as the next Spielberg, but when he was given more freedom and money he drove that into the ground with his movies that came after Signs. He already proved that he could still make a good movie with The Visit, and he solidified that with Split. Shyamalan showed perfectly how to film suspense. The movie was one of the best suspense thrillers I’ve seen recently. Also, James McAvoy’s performance can’t go unnoticed. He had the rigorous job of playing multiple characters in one movie and did that as well as humanly possible. The year’s not over, but right now he has a spot for a Best Actor nomination in my book. Finally, the twist at the end was one of the best I’ve seen in any film. If you haven’t seen Split, I highly recommend it.

#5: Spider-Man: Homecoming / Wonder Woman 

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This rarely happens to me, but I have a tie for the number five slot between two great comic book movies. Spider-Man: Homecoming was the result of a beautiful marriage between Sony and Marvel. The two studios had very different ideas of the direction to take the movie, and somehow they came to an agreement making this fun movie about a fifteen-year-old kid who gets spider powers. The movie encapsulates what the character should be, especially with Tom Holland in the lead role. He’s the first actor to play Spider-Man that got Peter Parker and Spider-Man completely right. I loved Tobey MacGuire, but Tom Holland brought a whole new level to the role.

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Wonder Woman was the first comic book movie in recent years to have a female lead role, and Gal Gadot played it amazingly. The movie was beautifully shot with every scene and set piece looking vibrant. Along with that, the cast was incredible with names like Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, and Chris Pine. It was a standalone movie so anybody could sit down, knowing nothing about the DCU, and they could enjoy it. Even my mother went to see the movie and loved it. The film was also truly inspirational towards women, especially young girls, to show that even females can be strong. They didn’t hammer you over the head with this idea, it was shown to you on screen by Gal Gadot. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie by now based on the box office, but it will be released on Blu-Ray in September. I highly encourage you to buy it and share it with as many people as possible.

#4: Dunkirk

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When you sit down to watch a Christopher Nolan movie, you expect quality. He has proved himself numerous times in the past 17 years without making a bad movie. This movie doesn’t break that streak. While Nolan has made better movies, this one is really something special. Most war movies take the conventional route and take time to get you acquainted with the characters while they get you immersed in the war itself. This movie doesn’t skip a beat with the battle of Dunkirk. The movie is in the action right when it starts and keeps on that train until the very last shot of the film. It is a purely experiential movie that should be seen on the biggest screen possible. Every moment has you on the edge of your seat. It’s really hard to believe that all of this happened, and when you put yourself into their situations, it enhances the experience to make it even greater. Like I said, it’s not a character based movie, but it does a fantastic job of putting you in the boots of the soldiers on the Dunkirk beach.

#3: War for the Planet of the Apes

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The Planet of the Apes trilogy is one of the best trilogies of all time. Rise was a great revitalization of the franchise, Dawn was a superior sequel, and War was an emotional end to the franchise. The markets itself as a war film, but it is much more than that. It tells the story of Caesar, a war-torn and tough ape, at the height of the dysfunction between the humans and apes. Woody Harrelson plays the leader of a military faction trying to take out all of the apes, and Caesar has to lead his “people” to escape the wrath of the humans. The main driving force of the movie is Andy Serkis as Caesar, who I think is Oscar-worthy in the ape movies, especially in the last two. You can see the character arc throughout the trilogy in his performance if you watch all three movies. Matt Reeves returns to direct the movie and doing it just as well as he did last time. The opening scene in the movie I thought was one of the best in the entire trilogy. Like I said, it’s not a war movie, it is more focused on character and following the apes on this long journey.

#2: Baby Driver

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Edgar Wright is one of the best directors working today. He makes fantastic original movies that are all unique in their own special way. Baby Driver is no exception. Every year, there is at least one movie that connect to on a special level. There are always great movies, but there are also movies that remind me why I love movies. In 2015, it was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, last year it was Sing Street, and this year it was Baby Driver and my #1 choice. Baby Driver is about a young man, Baby, who does get away drives for heists because of a debt he has to pay. On his last job, he runs into some complications and has to protect the love of his life, Deborah. Ansel Elgort does a fantastic job playing Baby. He doesn’t get all that many lines, however he really sold the character. The action scenes are some of the best I’ve seen all year. The opening scene is most likely one of the best car chases in film of all time. The action isn’t cut to shreds to here you can’t tell what’s happening. He uses long takes so you can track every aspect of the scene. The film is cluttered with A-list cast members, including Jon Bernthal, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, and Lily James. I’ve heard some people say that the romance between Lily James’s character and Baby doesn’t work, however I thought the complete opposite. For me, it was very cute and Elgort and James have amazing chemistry. Sure, it might have been a little unrealistic, but it fit in with the tone of the entire movie. The film recently hit $100 million domestically, so if you haven’t seen Baby Driver yet, you need to get on it before it leaves theaters.

#1: Logan

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Logan  is the culmination of 17 years of seeing Hugh Jackman play Wolverine. In the movie, Wolverine is much older. He hides Professor X, who now has a degenerative brain disease. A young mutant girl named Laura comes along, and he has to fight his way through the organization trying to capture this girl. Fox already made a risky comic book movie with Deadpool. It is now the highest grossing R rated movie of all time. This being Hugh Jackman’s last performance as the character brings a lot of pressure to get it right, and James Mangold did just that. Logan was a very different take on a comic book movie. It was more of a drama or western than an action movie. They found a way to make the movie smaller and more contained, which ultimately made the stakes much higher in a way. I have to say, this is Hugh Jackman’s best performance as Logan out of every X-Men movie. He brought a sense of tiredness to the character showing that he just wants to be done playing the hero, and rather just being a guy who wants to get away from the world. Patrick Stewart also gives his best performance in the X-Men movies in this movie. It was disheartening to see where his character ended up after getting older. His brain disease makes him a weapon with him having seizures, which hurts everyone around him. The breakout star was Dafne Keen as Laura. She was just perfectly cast for X-23. It’s difficult to give a good performance when you don’t many lines, but she managed to pull it off. If you get a chance, you should watch her audition tape for the role. It’s very impressive. I don’t want to go on for too long, I’d like to eventually do an entire review for the movie. In short, Logan was a movie that in the long run has the potential to transcend the comic book genre. Now, it’s in my top 10 comic book movies of all time. James Mangold did a phenomenal job directing the film, using colors magnificently. One last thing, the film also looks great in black & white. You can watch it in that format on the blu-ray.

Those are my top 5 movies of the year so far. The year isn’t over yet, so the list will probably change between now and December. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for film.

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Obi Wan Kenobi Spinoff Movie in the Works

It looks like the next Star Wars spinoff will be a much requested one, Obi Wan Kenobi.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote an exclusive article revealing that Lucasfilm is developing the next Star Wars movie that will come out after Episode IX, and it will be focused on the character of Obi Wan Kenobi. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in early talks to direct the film.  The report goes on to say that multiple spinoffs are being considered including a Yoda movie and a Boba Fett movie. No details have been announced about the cast or plot details.

I think we’ve all been asking for this movie. Of all the possible ideas for a spinoff, Obi Wan has probably been one with the highest demand. He has the most story potential. There’s a huge gap between episodes III and IV where we know nothing about what Obi Wan was doing. Ewan McGregor has expressed a lot of interest in coming back to play the character, so it would make sense for him to come back. I’d really love to see him third and so would the rest of the fans. 

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As much as I do want the Obi Wan movie, I would like to see Lucasfilm stray away from character that we already know. The article goes on to say that Boba Fett and Yoda movies are in development. I feel like the Star Wars universe is starting to seem small. If we keep relying on characters that we already know, then there’s less expansion of the world. Star Wars is filled with thousands of possibilities. There are countless planets, alien species, and stories to make movies about. You could tell so many stories that don’t have to do with any of the trilogies and stand in their own. I think there is a certain mentality that people won’t see a Star Wars movie if it doesn’t have familiar characters. I think The Force Awakens proved that wrong because while Han Solo was in the trailers, he was a very small part of them. It shows that the creators are perfectly capable of establishing new character and getting audiences instantly attached to them like Rey and Finn. 

Variety adds in their report that a Jabba the Hutt movie is also being considered. Surprisingly enough, I think this idea has potential if they take it in a certain direction. I wouldn’t want a movie centered around Jabba the Hutt, but if you could make a Star Wars movie based in the underworld, I think that would be something really different and interesting. It could be like a Star Wars gangster movie. Jabba could be in the movie of course, but not the main character. If he is the focus of the movie, I’m not interested. However, if he is a side note it could be really good. Just keep in mind that the Yoda, Boba Fett, and Jabba movies might not even happen. They are just being considered. 

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As far as the Obi Wan news, I think it has a lot of different ways it could go. Depending on where the movie will be set. Like I said, I do want new character in my spinoffs, but Obi wan is one of the only exceptions to get me excited.

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Ben Affleck as Batman and Why I’ve Stopped Caring

In case you didn’t hear, in an interview at Fenway Park, Casey Affleck discussed his brother, Ben Affleck, as Batman. While talking he said, “He’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say.” Now, many people are saying that he was joking when saying this, but that’s not the point today.

Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU has been a rocky journey. If you look at the past of everything that has been said about him and this solo Batman movie, it’s really hard to take anything they say seriously.

  • Ben Affleck is Directing The Batman
  • January 10, 2017 – Ben Affleck says the movie is going well
  • January 30, 2017 – Ben Affleck will not direct The Batman 
  • January 31, 2017 – Matt Reeves is frontrunner to direct
  • February 10, 2017 – Matt Reeves to direct
  • February 17, 2017 – Matt Reeves leaves the project
  • February 23, 2017 – Matt Reeves back on to direct
  • July 21, 2017 – Warner Bros. looking to usher Ben Affleck out of the DCEU
  • July 22, 2017 – Ben Affleck says he loves being Batman at Comic Con
  • August 18, 2017 – Casey Affleck says Ben Affleck will not be in The Batman

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This has gotten to the point where I won’t believe anything that is said until I sit in the theater and see the credits for the movie. I’m just tired of hearing stories every week saying that either Affleck is happy being Batman, that he’s leaving, that he’s staying for one more movie, or that ht’e even doing a whole trilogy. At this point, I just don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved Ben Affleck as Batman. He was my absolute favorite part of Batman v Superman. If it were up to me, I’d have him stay forever in the role. But, with all these rumors and news stories coming out, I just can’t deal with it anymore. Until Ben Affleck or Warner Bros. definitively says that he absolutely will play Batman, I’m not going take the res of these statements with a grain of salt. So, if you want to know what I think of what Casey Affleck said, I guess it could be true. They are brothers so he probably knows certain things about him, but there is a good chance he was joking. I don’t have much to say other than that.

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Sony Sets New Release Dates (‘Silver & Black’,’Sicario 2′)

Sony has set release date for some of their upcoming films in the next two years including Silver & Black and Sicario 2: Soldado.

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Silver & Black, the Spider-Man spin off that takes place out of the MCU, will release around Valentine’s Day on February 8, 2019. It will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and will feature the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. This is only four months after the first spin off,Venom, starring Tom Hardy. 

It’s now confirmed that Anne Hathaway will star in the Barbie movie, which has been pushed to August 8, 2018 from July 29, 2018. The article also notes that Bad Boys for Life has been completely removed from the schedule. It was originally supposedly to come out in November 9, 2018 after many release date pushes. 

Sicario 2: Soldado, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s film in 2015, Sicario, will release on June 29, 2018. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro will return being directed by Stefano Sollima. The article also highlights some smaller movies being released like The Nightgale on January 25, 2019, Homes and Watson, the Seth Rogan and Will Ferrell comedy, on November 9, 2018, and The Rosie Project on May 10, 2019. 

I hope Silver & Black ends up being really good. I’ve said this a thousand times, but I’m not a fan of what Sony is doing with the spinoffs, but Venom is looking promising with the casting. Hopefully both movies can end up succeeding. I’m also really looking forward to the Sicario sequel. The first movie was amazing. It’s not a rewatchable movie, but it is very well made. Denis Villeneuve is the main thing that makes that movie work, however I am open to see what the new director can do.

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Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’

Looks like the one of the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in Sony’s new Spider-Man spinoff movie, Venom

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THR reports that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne, and The Night Of) is in talks to be in Venom, the Solo movie for the Spider-Man villain. The report states that he will not play the villain of the movie, Carnage, who Sony is still looking to cast. The movie will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom and be directed by Ruben Fleischer. 

The Sony movie movie, Venom, has gone through some confusion as to its involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One moment it was separate, then it was in it, then it was separate again. As of now, it will not take place within the Spider-Man: Homecoming universe. It will be a completely separate story focusing on Venom. Riz Ahmed is a great up and coming actor who will be getting lots of work once he builds up his filmography further. Even though I’m not completely satisfied with Sony’s decision to make this movie, this adds a second great cast member and make me a little bit more optimistic about the movie.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ New Photos;Cast Hints at Story

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the highest grossing movies of all time because it belongs to one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. We barely know anything about the sequel, The Last Jedi, but in an interview with EWMark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and Rian Johnson shared some details about he mind sets of the characters in the movie. Especially the Luke and Rey relationship.

Mark Hamill talks about how surprised he was to read the script and see how Luke was portrayed.

“The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films. When I first read it, my jaw dropped. What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon, and I really struggled with this thing.”

Daisy Ridley says that Rey “misses the gruff warmth of Han Solo” and is trying to get Luke to pick himself back up and become the hero she wants him to be.

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“Regardless of everything else, she’s been welcomed. No one ever really turns away from her.  ’Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.’ I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action.'”

Rian Johnson is taking a very different direction for Luke Skywalker than fans expected, according to EW. They say that Star Wars starts with “A long time ago” but doesn’t end with “Happily ever after.”

“The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why he’s on that island. We know that he is not a coward. He’s not just hiding because he’s scared. But we also know that he must know his friends are in danger. He must know the galaxy needs him. And he’s sitting on this island in the middle of nowhere. There had to be an answer. It had to be something where Luke Skywalker believes he’s doing the right thing – and the process of figuring out what that is and unpacking it is the journey for Rey.”

In The Force Awakens, we learned that Luke was training Ben Solo, who later became Kylo Ren. Hamill says Luke feels guilty about that.

“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”

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He also says that every detail about the past isn’t explained.

“There’s massive amounts of backstory that is left to your imagination and I couldn’t do my job without figuring out what that was. Since it’s not really important to the main story as a whole a lot of it is just for my own process. I talked with Rian about it and went into this elaborate scenario of what happened to Luke after the end of the Return of the Jedi.

Along with the interview, EW posted some exclusive photos from the new movie which you can see some of them below.

I haven’t talked about it much on the website, but I am a massive Star Wars fan. I like to read the canon novels, I’m reading the comics, and love most of the movies (not the prequels). I went to Star Wars Celebration this past April and got to watch the trailer for The Last Jedi on the show floor with hundreds of fans. Everybody went crazy throughout the whole thing, but especially when Luke says “It’s time for the Jedi… to end.” There was a mixture of excitement, confusion, and intrigue all throughout the crowd. What Rian Johnson is doing with the movie is fascinating.

He is taking a radically different approach to the character of Luke than what was expected. It looks like we have a guilt stricken Luke Skywalker here because he takes responsibility for Kylo Ren and the First Order. It looks like instead of a direct mentorship between Luke and Rey, like we had in A New Hope with Luke and Ben Kenobi, both characters are going to help each other get to the point that they want each other to be. It’s almost like he wanted to be what Obi Wan was to him to Ben Solo, but couldn’t have that.

I can’t wait to see what Rian Johnson can do with the power of writing and directing a Star Wars movie. He seems to be very confident that this is the right way to tell the eighth chapter in the Star Wars. Lucasfilm has impressed me so far with their Star Wars installments, so I trust them with this one.

What do you think about the news of The Last Jedi? What do you think of the new photos? Are you excited for the movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Star Wars: The Last JediFinn (John Boyega) in a Ski Speeder on Crait
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