Well, we have some Batman casting news: Robert Pattinson is the next Dark Knight. Thoughts? Yeah, I'm still processing it all, too. It's certainly a conversation starter, so let's start the conversation, and hope for the best. Sorry, Armie Hammer, your Sisyphean quest to be the Bat has come to a close. I also know who the villains are - they're a blast from the past, and frankly the whole thing sounds like a huge disaster, but you never know. In any case, let's lay out everything we now know about The Batman, and start speculating about where all this is going.Read More
The first trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has arrived. There's a lot to unpack here, but what really caught my eye was a younger-looking Robert DeNiro, who is appearing in the Martin Scorsese-produced film, set in the early '80s as an eerily familiar looking late night talk show host. Sadly, this isn't Rupert Pupkin, but the imagery does ring true in this movie about a sad clown, and there are all kinds of Batman Easter eggs, though the movie itself looks like a combination of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's version of the Joker's origin from Batman: The Killing Joke, with just enough differences that this could be an "Elseworlds" kind of story. You can watch for yourself here: https://youtu.be/t433PEQGErc
Also, Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr.! He actually has a birthday present for us - a fun crossword puzzle, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/RobertDowneyJr/status/1113828746891370496
Also, the Angel 20th anniversary reunion rumors persist - the latest cast member to hint at exciting things to come? None other than J. August Richards, aka Charles Gunn!Read More
Oh, Zack Snyder - go home, you’re drunk. Snyder is still sticking with his vision of the DC Universe and championing a Batman who kills (and lies and commits atrocities in tandem with the government), which is frankly shocking. How anyone could create Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Justice League, and not be even a little embarrassed at their incompetence, poor storytelling, and near-universal panning from audiences and critics, and not feel a twinge of regret, is mind-blowing to me. But Snyder let fans have an earful of why superheroes are all monsters, and we should suck it up if we don’t like it. He also gets a little sexual and just generally awful and creepy. Watch the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action, at this video from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DC_Cinematic/comments/b4vrku/other_snyder_on_having_batman_kill_in_bvs/Read More
Kevin Tsujihara is out as Warner Bros. CEO, in the wake of a vile sex scandal involving Brett Ratner, his production partner James Packer, and an actress named Charlotte Kirk. There are no heroes in this tale, although I kind of already thought that Brett Ratner was kind of villainous. Kirk herself has seemingly swept up Neil Marshall, who has devoted his schedule post-Hellboy to booking work for her, and failing that, to create projects for her himself. Love is a funny thing, and love between narcissists is kind of grotesque. This is the same story that resulted in Bryan Singer being removed as director on Red Sonja, so the only ones left to be penalized for their gross behavior are Ratner and Packer. Let's see some consequences for the middle-men, which come to think of it would be a much more fitting name for their production company.
Meanwhile, Ezra Miller is apparently trying to solidify his role as The Flash in the upcoming movie spotlighting the speedster, by writing a dark, unpleasant script that flies in the face of DC's stated mission of a less grim cinematic universe, as evidenced by Aquaman and the upcoming Shazam. So of course the brilliant Miller has partnered with Grant Morrison for a grim and gritty Flash script, and fighting with directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. His deal to produce a script that everyone agrees on expires in May, and I'm willing to bet that we're going to find out about yet another DC re-casting sometime in early June.Read More
Disney made two very smart decisions today: they’ve rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and they’ve returned Danai Gurira to the Avengers: Endgame poster, and this time they included her name along with the rest of the characters, at the top of the poster. These were both very preventable errors, but at least Marvel and Disney are capable of recognizing, and correcting, their mistakes.
If only Arrested Development fared as well. The final episodes of season 5, and probably the last of the series, trickled onto Netflix today and the once-amazing show, which should be thriving in the age of Trump, went out with a whimper.Read More
I've noticed that even my trolls are pretty civil, so I'd like to thank you for that - it's very refreshing in this day and age to have someone disagree with you politely and - better yet - continue to subscribe to your podcast! And so, since even those who disagree with me have heard me out on Captain Marvel being a generally good film and not a threat to white men, here's the video I've referred to on recent episodes. It's from June 2018, and Brie Larson's acceptance speech for the Crystal Award (this is from the Crystal + Lucy Awards), she calls for more diversity among critics, and at no point does she say that she doesn't want men to see her movies, or for that matter even mention Captain Marvel. If this really upsets you, I'd advise therapy: https://variety.com/video/brie-larson-crystal-lucy-awards-critics/
Speaking of Captain Marvel, the character currently known as Shazam is on track to have the highest domestic box office earnings next week, and Pet Sematary should do quite well too, coming in second place: https://variety.com/2019/film/box-office/shazam-box-office-opening-weekend-early-tracking-1203162051/
Also - let's talk about the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame that dropped today: https://youtu.be/TcMBFSGVi1cRead More
The Suicide Squad is shaping up to be as great as Suicide Squad, the original, was terrible. With James Gunn on board and the DC Extended Universe looking to move forward and continue their string of critical and commercial hit movies, the news today is even more exciting. Will Smith is out as Deadshot, which would be a shame - except he’s being replaced with Idris Elba, which immediately raises the excitement level for the Suicide Squad. They deserve a second chance, just as James Gunn does - and there’s a lot of real great story to be mined from the source material. With Gunn directing, Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Elba brining his amazing acting chops to the table as Deadshot, this movie could redeem the Squad, the DCEU, and potentially be one of the best comic movies of the next decade.Read More
Another of my predictions has come true - that’s twice this week. Time to either enroll in the Xavier Institute, or maybe get some training from Scatman Crothers in how to use my gift wisely.
As I suggested would happen on a recent episode of this podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-97-black-panther-and-aquaman-tri), Ben Affleck has officially exited The Batman, Matt Reeves’ cinematic relaunch of the Dark Knight slated for release in 2021.
Deadline reports, and Affleck has confirmed on Twitter, that The Batman will feature a younger Bruce Wayne, and will follow an origin story based on, or similar to, the classic Batman: Year One.Read More
Black Panther took home the SAG Award for outstanding by an ensemble - finally someone I voted for won! Check out Chadwick Boseman’s beautiful acceptance speech here: https://youtu.be/SgASaCn8XXs
Meanwhile Aquaman is officially the highest grossing film of all time, and the start of a bold, exciting new direction for the DC Extended Universe. And speaking of the DCEU, check out this teaser trailer for Birds of Prey: https://youtu.be/ZmolALUrODI
And here's the first trailer for Agents of SHIELD Season 6: https://youtu.be/DrAZA39RiHk
Finally, Bill Maher continues to be irrelevant and begs to be put out to pasture - and did I accidentally curse Rent Live? If so, I apologize.Read More
The reviews are pouring in for Aquaman, in theaters December 21, and unlike the early hot-takes I reported on last week, the praise is not universal. It's largely liked - certainly more than most recent DC Extended Universe offerings - but both The Guardian and IndieWire have similar complaints about the movie, likening it to a watered-down Thor retread. I'm still excited to see it, it's just that the negative reviews were bound to surface once the review embargo was lifted.Read More
I knew DC could pull itself out of its cinematic rut - and based on early reactions from screenings, James Wan's Aquaman - not long ago a punchline - is the movie that will give the DC Extended Universe a much-needed rebirth!
Also, critics are falling over themselves to praise the story, animation and voice acting in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The Guardian in particular is quite, let's say, colorful in their recommendation.Read More
I'm working with an injury tonight, so have a little sympathy! I took a nasty header onto the streets of New York City, but my new iPhone XS is safe thanks to a screen protector - never leave home without one!
What's less clear is what saved the pretty terrible Venom - I was sure it was going to be a bomb, because I'm it's target audience and I hated it! However, the Spider-Man movie which can't mention Spider-Man, the PG-13 movie about a cannibal alien, made back about twice its budget during its opening weekend. This has Sony thinking about prioritizing the Spider-verse movies that have been on the back-burner, like Silver Sable, Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter.Read More
It's day 2 of New York Comic-Con, and my mind has been blown by the Aquaman trailer! See for yourself: https://youtu.be/WaWnLiffxJ4
Meanwhile, my friends are telling me that I've missed the point with Venom: it's so bad, some say, that it's great! As a Gen-Xer, I feel that my camp bonafides are well established - I'm all about enjoying poorly made entertainment for it's flaws, but Venom was just too expensive and well-polished a turd for me to enjoy. Although I'll grant you, there are moments where the editing gets so bad I did have a real belly-laugh. But if I've lost my joie de crap, if I'm missing the fun, if there's something about Venom that I'm missing, please let me know.Read More
Henry Cavill is apparently out as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, and reports are flooding in that Ben Affleck will follow him out the door, leaving someone else to take on the mantle of Batman.Read More