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With the film celebrating its fourth year anniversary, there are a lot of things we’re finding out about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though Lex Luthor is considered one of the weaker elements of the film, there is an interesting Easter Egg that’s been spotted about him, and director Zack Snyder confirms this.
A fan had pointed out that, Henry Cavill’s Superman has not done his iconic pose from the comics where Superman has his hands akimbo. And while Superman has never done that, one other character has done it the classic pose frequently in BvS—Lex Luthor.
Now, I don’t know if he’s saying the post is true or he’s just agreeing with me that it’s interesting??♂️ pic.twitter.com/Q6evbzuucy
— James I. Lex (@ImperiousLex) March 30, 2020
It’s definitely an interesting take, and even Snyder’s approval is kind of feels like an afterthought. Then again, for all the supposed ‘mess’ that the movie is, there’s a lot of intent when it came to artistic choices. Probably one of the most interesting is that Luthor’s theme is that of Superman’s, but it’s played backwards and distorted.
I’ll admit Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex isn’t one of my favorite versions, and it feels like the DCEU has kind of burned down his character before he can do some real damage. Then again, I’m always interested to see what Snyder had planned for him, especially since it was said that Luthor was supposed to have a bigger part in Justice League.
We don’t know when we’ll eventually get a Snyder Cut, but WB would be doing the internet a huge favor if they ever gave it the greenlight. For now, we wait for the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on Aug. 14.
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With a release date set for July 2021, it looked like Spider-Man 3 was set to start shooting long after the Coronavirus Outbreak had been handled. But now it looks like the film will have to be delayed as well.
As per The British Film Institute, even more productions have been hit by the virus, and we now have delays for films like The Little Mermaid remake as well as Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man solo movie.
Though the production has been delayed, it looks like pre-production is still proceeding remotely. Seamus Garvey, who TheDirect suspects to be working on the third Spider-Man film, had this to say about the delay, “For the past week I’ve been in a strange cinematographic limbo, not knowing if I’ll be able to shoot it or not… There is a significant amount of prep that can be done remotely, and we’ve been having daily meetings: work is progressing, and it has to. The film will happen, eventually."
This pandemic has really thrown a wrench into studios plans, effectively delaying films and their production schedules. It’s worth noting that besides Spider-Man, Holland was supposed to be working on the Uncharted film as Nathan Drake. For now, it looks like Sony will have to figure out Holland’s anew thanks to the delays that have been brought by the virus. If you ask me, there’s no way they’re going to prioritize Uncharted over Spider-Man, so maybe Holland will have to wait a bit longer before he gets to dress up as Drake.
For now, it looks like Spider-Man 3 is still keeping its original release date. It’s slated to hit theaters on July 16, 2021.
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No other musician probably has the same connection to science fiction like David Bowie does, so it would make sense that Ziggy Stardust would have had some kind of homage in a Star Wars film. What’s great is, some concept art from The Rise of Skywalker actually reveals a Bowie-inspired pilot dubbed Star Man.
Check it out:
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Costume concept art for background crowd pilots, The Star Man Pilot. 2018 pic.twitter.com/SbqsJxxsuu
— Calum Alexander Watt (@CalumAWatt) March 31, 2020
Besides the thin frame, we also have a hairstyle similar to Bowie’s in the cover of Aladdin Sane. They even managed to make an homage to the facepaint, replacing the thunderbolt on his face to that of the moon.
Though they didn’t end up bringing this pilot into the film, I can imagine that they could add him in a future Star Wars project. I mean, the way Star Wars is expanding, there’s always room for a Bowie-inspired alien somewhere in the background.
For now, Lucasfilm is taking a break from the franchise, with the next box office movie set to come out in 2022. Personally, I thought the idea for one film a year was pretty neat, but after the underperformance of Solo (and the BTS problems of Rogue One), Lucasfilm has opted to go back and re-evaluate their approach to the franchise. For now, the Disney+ series looks great, but personally, I always think that Star Wars deserves the spectacle of a theatrical release.
At least, that’s just my opinion.
Though the next movie may be a while, you can catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker now available on digital and Blu-Ray/DVD.
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Lucasfilm had just recently released The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and with the book comes some interesting concept art of things that could have been in the film. One piece of vehicle art featured a giant tank that would have been shaped like BB-8.
This comes from io9:
Exclusive: The Rise of Skywalker could've given us a giant tank shaped like BB-8 https://t.co/tBSPnLVEMu pic.twitter.com/PatLLw3Fi8
— io9 (@io9) March 31, 2020
Basically the tank functions like BB-8 with the giant ball of a body, and instead of a head, we have a gunner compartment where a pilot can sit. It’s a pretty fun concept, but I don’t see a place in the film where this could have appeared, seeing that there weren’t any significant land battles.
The release of the book is likely to lead to some more revelations about the film and what we would’ve got. Just seeing Rey in a costume besides the white version of her robes is interesting. I really wish we saw her in an outfit that just wasn’t her Force Awakens garb washed with bleach.
For now, Star Wars has gone into a hiatus, with the next movie aiming to release in 2022. Despite the delay, we should still get a lot of other material on Disney+. The second season of The Mandalorian is still coming to Disney+, and we’re still getting the spinoffs centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as Cassian Andor.
The second season of The Mandalorian is set to release this October on Disney+. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on digital and Blu-Ray/DVD.
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Though movies are being cancelled left and right, TV manages to trudge along as planned. Disney+ is currently going through the last season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and we have a new clip from the upcoming episode Dangerous Debt.
Here’s the official description:
After being imprisoned by the Pykes, Ahsoka Tano and the Martez sisters manage a daring escape of their stronghold. Together they flee through the city to their ship, desperate to evade the Pyke forces in pursuit in “Dangerous Debt,” an all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
With the first part of the season following the clones with the Bad Batch, we’re now focusing on the final part of Ahsoka’s storyline. While I personally would have loved Ahsoka to be back with the main conflict with Anakin and the other Jedi, I guess this arc still has its moments. While this next episode could be the last of this story with the Martez sisters, it’s possible that we could still be with them one more time for the next episode Together Again.
With a lot of hype building up to this season, everyone is expecting The Clone Wars to end with a bang. Though we know how things end with the Clone Wars generally, fans are hoping to get another scope at Revenge of the Sith, revealing what happened to other characters during the events of the first movie.
For now, Dangerous Debt is set to come out on Disney+ this Friday, April 3.
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With April Fools on the horizon, Screen Junkies has decided to release an Honest Trailer for one of the most talked about films to never come to screen—Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League.
Check it out:
From the studio who’s so cheap they won’t even pay off critics like Marvel clearly does and the director single-handedly keeping Vero relevant comes the most incredible alternate version of a film since Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the Butthole Cut of Cats—combined.
While the trailer does list down a few things that were rumored to be in the Snyder Cut, they’ve gone ahead and added a lot of other silly inclusions that would have made Justice League, ‘the greatest comic book movie ever made.’
This isn’t the first time that Honest Trailers has pulled off a make-believe trailer for a film that hasn’t released. They also did the same thing with Half-Life 3, giving us an Honest Trailer about ‘the greatest game ever made’.
For now, fans still manage to keep demanding for the Snyder Cut of Justice League 3 years later. Though there have been calls for alternate cuts of Suicide Squad as well as a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story, #ReleasetheSnyderCut manages to be one of the most active online. Besides being a testament to fan loyalty, I guess it also doesn’t help that Zack Snyder was definitely thrown under the bus, especially after his family tragedy forced him off the project.
We don’t know if WB will eventually release the Snyder Cut of Justice League, but they would be doing the internet a huge favor if they did.
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Besides the third Spider-Man film which was set to come out next year, Sony was gearing up for another Spider-Verse solo movie which was set to release in October 2021. Though we have yet to get a title for that movie, the film has apparently been pulled from its release date.
According to Variety, the Spider-Verse movie which was set to come out on Oct. 8, 2021 is now undated. We have no idea what this movie was supposed to be, but if we follow the rumors around, Sony was said to be working on a Kraven the Hunter spinoff as well as a Black Cat/Silver Sable team-up at one point. It’s also been said that Sony is planning a Spider-Woman movie with Jessica Drew as the main character, so maybe that could have been the untitled project.
Personally, I think if Sony wants to spinoff Spider-Man, they should just focus on other versions of Spidey like they did with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There’s nothing we can do about Venom anymore, but I’m sure there will be an audience that would want a live-action Spider-Gwen or maybe even a full-on Spider-Man Noir film. Then you can just build it up to a live-action Spider-Verse team-up which will bring back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Who wants to watch a solo movie about Kraven the Hunter?
For now, Sony has pushed back the release of Morbius, and the movie is now set to come out March 5, 2021. As for Venom 2, the movie is still keeping its Oct. 2 release date.
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With Ahsoka said to be making her live-action debut in The Mandalorian, there has been a call to also bring in the likes of retired Clone Commander Rex. What’s interesting is, director Dave Filoni could be hinting at Rex’s appearance in The Mandalorian as well.
As pointed out by Nerdist, Filoni had changed his cover photo on Twitter to feature an older Ahsoka as well as another fellow rider who looks a lot like Rex from Rebels. We don’t know what this means for the show, but Filoni did make this change after it was announced that Ahsoka would be appearing in The Mandalorian. There’s no way that Filoni would be out of the loop for that, so him changing his photo could be a hint.
Then again, rather than The Mandalorian, this could be a hint for the Rebels sequel series which is set to come out later in the year. Though we haven’t had a look at the show yet, it’s likely to feature Ahsoka and Rex as well; not to mention returning Ghost crew members like Sabine and Hera.
Personally, I would love to see Rex in The Mandalorian. Temuera Morrison is the right age to play him, and it would be great to see him go head-to-head with an actual Mando. What’s more, there’s also a guess that we could be seeing Boba Fett in the show as well. Having Boba clash into a fellow clone would be a fanboy dream-come-true.
For now, all we can really do is speculate. The Mandalorian 2 is set to debut on Disney+ this October.
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Despite a terrible reception of the first trailer, Sonic the Hedgehog has managed to get good reviews upon release, and is now one of the highest grossing video game films of all time. Due to COVID-19, the movie is finding itself on digital earlier than expected, and you can actually watch the first 8 minutes of the film for free.
Check it out:
The first 8 minutes actually packs a lot of the film; more than I thought it would. Besides giving us the origin of how Sonic finds himself on Earth, we also get an introduction to the setting of Green Hills, and we also get to meet James Marsden’s ‘Donut Lord’. Plus we have some great gags from Sonic including the one where he picks up the turtle as well as the one where he gives us a look around his boy cave.
I have to say, Sonic the Hedgehog was a pretty solid kids’ movie, and I can imagine a lot of kids falling in love with Sonic after the first watch; he’s fun, energetic, and has a lot of great lines. Jim Carrey also has a lot of fun as the villain Dr. Robotnik. Though he’s been working on more mature things lately, it’s great to see him try and do what he does best for a younger audience.
Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend -- a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination.
Sonic the Hedgehog is now available on digital.
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Andrew Jack had played the part of Major Ematt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi; and in the midst of a global pandemic, it looks like he wasn’t able to survive a battle with COVID-19. He was 76-years-old.
According to fellow dialect coach Gabrielle Rogers, Jack had passed away two days after he was diagnosed with Coronavirus. It was said that Jack passed away peacefully and in the presence of his loved ones.
While Jack did do some acting , he was mostly a dialect coach when it came to his work. Behind the scenes, he would help Daisy Ridley and John Boyega when it came to their characters’ accents. He had also provided the voice of Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
And though his role onscreen was only minimal, he does have this great scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where he walks in front of the troops before the clash with the First Order on Crait. Specifically it was Major Ematt’s who made the footsteps that had one soldier taste it and go, “Salt!”
via: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Greg Grunberg also had this to say about Jack’s passing:
Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack pic.twitter.com/VqmmGkxaOF
— GreG GrunberG (@greggrunberg) March 31, 2020
Besides working on Star Wars, Jack had credits as a dialect coach for numerous films, from Goldeneye to Avengers: Endgame. He was even said to have come up with the accents for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Before he died, he was also attached as a coach for Matt Reeves upcoming The Batman.
Jack did have himself a colorful career, and he had done some fantastic work behind the scenes. Good thing he’s now immortalized in Star Wars was Major Ematt.
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