The normal mix of facts, figures and trailers in the latest Movie News Round-Up.
Despite the critical mauling that the meeting of these two heroes received, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was still able to bring in a huge box office during its opening weekend and has taken the top spot for a second week although there was a sharp decline in overall numbers. Its worldwide takings have now hit $680 million although industry experts have stated that the film would need to pass the $1 billion mark to be seen as a hit and to make profit, due to the $250 million production cost and funds spent on marketing.
Ben Affleck’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman has received plenty of praise in spite of the poor overall reviews and the initial backlash he faced when he was announced in the roll. Confirmation has come from his agent that Affleck has actually written a Batman movie although his busy schedule, including appearing in other DC movies, means that even if given the greenlight by Warner Bros. it may be a while before we see a solo Batman outing.
Musings… is definetly in favour of Affleck bringing his version of the Dark Knight to the screen in a solo film, preferrably with him directing as well. He was a highlight in Batman V Superman and given his status as a fan of the comic books it would be interesting to see what interpretation he would deliver. Batman is known in the comics as the world’s greatest detective yet this has hardly been seen on screen- could a character driven detective movie that happens to feature superheroes work? Given the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a thriller that happened to feature superheroes, the answer is a firm yes.
As much as Musings… likes Affleck and the general reception to his performance has been positive, the chuckle-inducing video below has to be seen. Affleck’s reaction to the reception of the film is playfully mocked with the inclusion of a classic song, which is probably funnier given how well his portrayal of Batman has gone down with the general public and critics.
Cheer up Ben; you were great!
Meanwhile DC’s next film, Suicide Squad, is reportedly going back for reshoots in response to the negative reaction of Batman V Superman’s dark tones. Apparently a few more lighter, comedic moments will be added to the film about a group of villains forced to work for the government. Suicide Squad will land in August this year.
Former Batman Michael Keaton has enjoyed a very successful comeback over the last year or so with multiple award nominations and wins for his roles in Birdman and as part of the Oscar winning Spotlight ensemble. Keaton’s next project, due for release in August in the US (but with no confirmed UK release yet), is titled The Founder. Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a salesman who bought a small restaurant and turned it into the worldwide fast food giant McDonalds. No trailer yet but a rather snazzy poster;
Robin Wright, star of the excellent House of Cards, has been added to the Blade Runner sequel in an undisclosed role. The much anticiapted (and somewhat feared) sequel will see original star Harrison Ford return as Deckard in a world where replicants can pass as real people.
Oscar Isaac will be teaming up with his Ex Machina director Alex Garland for Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s book which is the first part of his Southern Reach trilogy. VanderMeer’s sci-fi book chronicles an expedition into a mysterious, remote and sealed-off zone known as Area X. Isaac, who will next be seen as the title villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, joins an impressive cast that includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Todriguez. Filming is due to start soon but no release date has been set.
Just a quickie from Deadpool; the movie is now officially the most successful R-rated film of all time, having taken a global box office of $750 million. Previously the record was held by The Matrix Reloaded at $742 million.
The Baywatch movie is well in to production and headline star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been tweeting a few images. The picture below shows the main cast; from left to right we have Jon Bass, Alexandra Daddario, Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera and Zac Efron.
David Hasselhoff is also due to appear in this Seth Gordon comedy adaptation which has been described as ‘Avengers meets Anchorman’. Currently the movie is scheduled for a May 2017 opening.
Back to Batman, but this time it’s the family-friendly version made out of Lego. Although not due to land until 2017, The LEGO Batman Movie has given us two wonderful teasers. Catch them below;
Musings…loves a bit of Shane Black, writer of Lethal Weapon and writer/director of Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. So it’s a pleasure to see the latest trailer for upcoming comedy/mystery/action film The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, appear online. It also appears below these words;
Reene Zellwegger is returning to one of her most recognisable roles in Bridget Jones’s Baby, which will probably feature a baby and will pop out in September. As always, here’s a trailer;
Swiss Army Man is due out this summer and stars Paul Dano as Hank, a man marooned on an island who finds a corpse washed up on the beach and uses it as a tool to get back to the mainland. The corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe, turns out to be not entirely dead in this bizarre comedy drama. Check out the trailer below;
And finally…Mel Gibson is back in Blood Father, playing an ex-con who reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
In Memory of…
Patty Duke, Oscar winning star of The Miracle Worker and advocate of mental health issues, passed away due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine on Tuesday 29th March. Patty lived an interesting yet troubled life which included her parents struggles with depression and alcoholism, being gifted to her talent agents and subsequently exploited by them at the age of 8 and her own struggles with addiction. As she matured she was able to use her own experiences to become a strong spokesperson for mental health issues and a firm believer in acting unions, becoming the head of the Screen Actors Guild between 1985 and 1988.
Her most famous roles were as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker which earned her an Oscar win at the age of 16 (the youngest recipient at that time) and her work on television, including her own eponymous sho which was awarded with multiple Emmy nominations and wins. She is survived by husband Michael Pearce, actor sons Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin, adopted son Kevin Pearce and three grandchildren.