This Week’s Movie News

Marvel and DC feature heavily in this week’s movie news plus a load of new trailers but first, the return of a whip and a hat…

Indiana Jones

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will return as star and director respectively in a fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise.  The film has yet to receive a full title but Disney (who now own the rights since their acquisition of Lucasfilm) have put forward a release date of July 19, 2019 and franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.  After the lukewarm reaction of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull fans are no doubt going to be wary of another movie starring the ageing adventurer however the recent success of Star Wars and Disney’s handling of the Marvel franchise should provide some hope for Ford’s return to his other iconic character.

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DC 

Writer of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Chris Terrio came on board the DC train at about the same time that Ben Affleck was confirmed for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.  Both had worked together on the multi-award winning Argo and are currently hitting the interview trail ahead of the release of the superhero smash-up.  Terrio has confirmed a few details for Justice League: Part One, which he is currently writing, having stated that he has been looking into ‘red-and blueshifts in physics, Diodorus of Sicily and his account of the war between Amazons and Atlanteans, or deep-sea biology and what kind of life plausibly might be in the Mariana Trench’.  It seems like Terrio is trying to balance the large cast of heroes that Justice League contains but he may have had his fill, given that he has stated that he may not write the second part of DC’s premier team movie.

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Meanwhile a direct-to-video/download animated adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic Batman tale The Killing Joke has confirmed that Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will again voice Batman and the Joker, roles that they first took up in Batman: The Animated Series and have returned to in several animated movies.  The story finds the Joker doing everything he can to drive Police Commissioner Gordon insane while Batman races to catch him before it’s too late.  A simple tale that is gloriously executed on the page with artwork by Brian Bolland, the story also fills in some elements of the Joker’s origins and has huge reprecussions for Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.  This animated tale will appear later this year so enjoy the first still of the movie, courtesy of Mark Hamill himself;

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Trailers

The second full trailer for Captain America: Civil War appeared this week and allowed fans to catch their first glimpse of Spider-Man in action.  Fan reaction online seems fairly positive, although some fans have lamented the understandable decision to show Spider-man rather than wait for the movie itself.  Watch the trailer below and for more info on Spider-Man’s role in the war click here.

As well as the latest trailer some promo images for #teamcap and #teamironman have appeared.  Check them out in the gallery below-

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In A Hologram for the King an American businessman (Tom Hanks) who’s trying to close the deal of a lifetime in Saudi Arabia gets help from a beautiful doctor (Sarita Choudhury) and a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black). The comedy-drama is due for release this Spring.  Check out the trailer below in what could be a nice break from the big budget blockbusters set to dominate this year.

The title animals in Storks, instead of delivering babies, now deliver packages for an internet retailer but when a stork named Junior accidentally produces an unauthorized baby, he must fix the situation in this animated adventure for the kids.  Storks boasts the vocal talents of Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg and is due late this year.

Another new trailer for Finding Dory has landed showing us a little bit more of the actual story this time, which has Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) tracking down her family in this sequel to Finding Nemo.

Another animated movie but definitely not for kids, the adult-themed Sausage Party revolves around a group of sausages coming to terms with their existence.  This comedy is likely to prove hit-and-miss for a lot of viewers and is something of a gamble for Seth Rogen and his usual cohorts which includes James Franco, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd.  Give the trailer a go below;

 

News from the Stars (Trek and Wars)

It’s rare that a whole new character is cast after the bulk of production has finished, yet exactly that has happened with the latest Star Trek film.  Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast as a role apparently high up in the Federation, joining returning stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the next offering from the Star Trek universe, subtitiled Beyond.  Aghdashloo joins the cast for a series of reshoots which, despite being standard production procedure for a film of this size, does create some worry when coupled with the recent negative reception to the trailer.

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Disney boss Bob Iger has confirmed that the Han Solo Star Wars prequel will also feature Chewbacca for those who doubted as much.  No other news yet as the storyline stays under wraps and no castings have been confirmed, although we do know that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) have joined writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Jon Kasdan (er, Lawrence’s son) as the main creative force behind the film.

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In Memory of… 

Sir Kenneth Hugo Adam, known as Ken Adam, passed away on March 10th.  He was a production designer whose work included a large selection of Bond movies as well as classics such as Dr. Strangelove.  His personal background included an escape from Nazi Germany at the age of 13 and being one of the few German-born pilots in the British Royal Air Force during World War II.  A fitting tribute by The Guardian can be found here

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10 thoughts on “This Week’s Movie News

  1. Utterly entertaining and informative as ever…there’s no way I’m watching “Sausage Party”–thanks for the head’s up: I easily could have fallen for the visuals if I hadn’t realized the dark turn it takes 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Yeah an unusual looking movie that isn’t high on my radar. Wouldn’t be surprised to see some angry parents ranting about ‘Sausage Party’ although the trailer clearly indicates it isn’t a children’s film. I like some of Seth Rogen’s films but I’m guessing certain substances were taken to come up with this idea.

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  2. Okay, I need to know this: Aren’t Superman and Batman BOTH good guys? Heroes that save the day? Why and how are they pitting them against each other? Doesn’t make sense.
    The new Tom Hanks movie looks great. I will definitely be watching it.
    The stork movie…meh.
    Another Indiana Jones flick? Are you kidding me? He’s too old, there’s been too many already, and I will not be watching.
    The Sausage movie? I agree with trulyunplugged…too dark, and too much cussing. It looked sorta funny, but I can’t tolerate adult animation with cursing, sexual stuff, etc. It’s why I can’t stand ‘South Park’ or Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network.

    Thanks for sharing another great movie news post. I appreciate all of the trailers you share.

    Best…Melissa 🙂

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    1. Hi Melissa. Thanks for commenting. I love Tom Hanks, think he is great and has adapted his style throughout his many roles- still love watching Big myself. As for the Sausage Party movie, I will reserve judgement but it seems like a very niche market and a risk that won’t pay off.
      Now, Batman and Superman. Excuse me if I go too geeky here- big comic book fan. A tradition of comic book heroes is generally to fight on first meeting due to a misunderstanding- this happened in the Avengers movie when Thor and Iron Man fought. In Batman V Superman this has been taken to the next level. This is the second movie in the new DC universe so forget previous Batman films, however Batman has been around for a number of years in this new universe, operating in the shadows and pretty much being an urban legend. The end of Man of Steel (the first movie in this DC movie universe) saw Superman fight Zod in a brawl which destroyed loads of property and caused multiple deaths. Apparently Bruce Wayne witnessed this and decided that a man with the power of a god is a dangerous thing, based on the idea that if there is a one percent chance of Superman turning on Earth, Superman should be taken out. Hence Batman goes after him. It does appear that there will be a bigger threat throughout the movie which will unite them, which explains why in some images in the trailer they are stood with each other rather than against. The final trailer for the film explains this quite well and shows how Batman is using multiple devices (such as a robotic version of his batsuit) to stand up to Superman.

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      1. Thanks for enlightening me. When you first mentioned the “tradition” of comic book heroes fighting upon first meeting, my first thought was, “Oh, so it’s all about testosterone!”

        Now I did watch the Man of Steel a couple of times, and I really liked it. A lot. The ending did go a little overboard with all of the destruction…I thought they would never stop fighting. So I get the premise of the Batman vs. Superman. But I simply don’t see how Batman could even hurt Superman – even with all of his gadgets, there’s no way. He’s still human. Superman is not, and way stronger. I’m sure that initially Superman will not want to fight, because he’s there to save humanity. He even felt bad about killing General Zod.

        I do think whoever does the casting for these huge movies, made a mistake in casting Ben Affleck. Seriously? But I suppose I should reserve judgement until I see it.

        I appreciate the education. I’m 50 years old, and have never been into comics. Now, my son loves them. I’m sure he could explain all this to me, but he’s busy supporting his family, and I haven’t asked. I find your site entertaining, so I don’t really need to bother him now.

        Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  3. P. S. Oops, I may have spoken too soon. I didn’t realize that you had posted the trailer for Dawn of Justice. It looks really good! Now I can’t wait to see it. And it has Wonder Woman in it! Hurray. I used to love the series when Lynda Carter played the heroine. Glad to see a bit of girl power thrown in! 🙂

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