Marvel’s Black Panther just got its first trailer during Game Four of the NBA Finals.
The trailer starts out with a conversation between Andy Serkis playing Ulysses Klaue from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross who was introduced in Captain America: Civil War.
Klaue asks Ross what he knows about Wakanda. OSS responds that it’s a third world country. Klaue tells him that everything he knows is a front, and that it is really a highly technologically advanced civilization.
We then see a scene with a group looking around in the woods. They look up and see Black Panther in the trees, and he uses his powers to take them out. The rest of the trailer is mostly various shots of the movie with some good music behind it.
The first takeaway from the trailer, for me, was how amazing Wakanda looks. It looks very high tech and sleek. I really love the design. Stylistically the movie looks pleasing. People say that it looks the same as most Marvel movies, but I would disagree due to the use of costumes and sets with it being set in Africa.The action looks stellar so far, and Michael B. Jordan’s character looks really cool. If you look close, you can see a shot of him fighting.
My only complaint with the trailer was the last scene where Black Panther jumps over the car. The scene didn’t looks finished, therefore taking away some of the awe of the scene. But, they have plenty of time to fix that.
Overall, now I’m even more excited to see Black Panther. He was set up very well as a character in Civil War, and I hope this movie does a good job of continuing his story.
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Variety reports Cavill will play “a right hand man to the head of Cruise’s unit.” The rest of the cast will be returning with Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jeremy Renner.
I’m excited to see what Henry Cavill brings to this franchise. I’d like to see him be in things not involving Superman. This might allow him to show off some talent outside of the DCEU. I’m also glad that Christopher McQuarrie is returning. (I know that’s been announced, I just didn’t have a site then)
In an interview with Collider, the producer, David Ellison, revealed filming will start April 10th in Paris, London, and New Zealand. He was then asked what big stunt they had planned for this movie and he provided this response:
“We’re thrilled. Chris is back, obviously, writing and directing after Rogue Nation. We could not be more excited about the character Henry Cavill’s going to play. And I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
He also provided some thoughts on Tom Cruise doing his own stunts:
“It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience. Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive [visual] effects, he said the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”
He couldn’t say where the stunt was in the movie, but he did tell about some behind the scenes debate over the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol.
“I cannot say for M:I 6, but on Rogue Nation it was a conversation that was ongoing about whether or not it was in the opening or the middle of the movie. Obviously in Ghost Protocol there was a lot of conversation about should the Burj be at the end of the movie? Because it was obviously the biggest stunt in the film, and it really was just story drives everything. That’s the amazing thing about working with somebody who’s talented as Chris McQuarrie, who is a brilliant, brilliant screenwriter as well as a director, is story drives every single decision.”
It’s exciting to hear that Tom Cruise will be marking another epic stunt scene. It’ll be hard to beat the opening scene in Rogue Nation, but I believe Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise can do it.
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Warner Bros. is bringing back one of the best action movies of all time, The Matrix.
THR reports that Warner Bros. is starting to develop a revival of The Matrix. Zak Penn is in talks to write the script. The studio is also looking at Michael B. Jordan to star in the movie.
The original report states that the new movie will be a reboot. They also say that Warner Bros. might be looking to make side stories like what the Star Wars franchise is doing with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Zak Penn tweeted to clear everything up:
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.
First off, I’m glad it’s not a reboot. I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Keanu Reeves being Neo. I don’t think a Morpheus prequel is really needed, but there are cool things that you can do with that concept. As long as they don’t ruin all of the mystery behind the original movie, I would be fine with it.
Would you watch another Matrix movie? Do you want a reboot or a continuation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
If you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I’ve been really busy, and I had a hard time getting posts out. Now, everything is cleared up and I will be posting again.
I noticed that I got a few new followers while I was gone. Welcome to those new followers and I hope you stay! A Logan review should be going out soon. I know it’s a little late, but I need some practice. My site will be up to a better schedule this coming week. See ya!
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
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.
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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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.”
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali
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.
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.
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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.
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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