It feels like the DC Extended Universe’s long-awaited standalone Batman movie has been stuck in development for so long now that it’s questionable as to whether or not the project, which may or may not star Ben Affleck as the titular superhero, will ever see the light of day.
However, in a new, extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves, who signed on to direct The Batman in early 2017 after Affleck stepped away from the director’s chair due to him not being able to “do both jobs to the level they require,” pre-production on the film is very much underway and a script is actively being worked on.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that.”
Reeves added, “[Batman] is supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
As for casting, Reeves says that process “will begin shortly” and that he is starting to put together what he describes as a “battle plan” while taking another pass on the script and “developing conceptual things.”
And, while nothing has been set in stone quite yet, Reeves hopes that audiences will be able to see his vision of a standalone Batman story by as soon as 2021, possibly by late spring or the middle of the summer.
“Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story,” he said in closing.
An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness
One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”
That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.
Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.
I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.
‘Joker’ just won the Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, because of course it did
In its continuing effort to be the most bonkers fucking film festival on the planet, the Venice Film Festival jury has just selected Todd Phillips’ Taxi Driver/King of Comedy riff Joker as the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion award, while convicted rapist Roman Polanski received the second-place Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy.
Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy, the only two women directors who were selected to compete at Venice this year, both went home empty-handed, though Murphy’s Babyteeth star Toby Wallace did pick up the festival’s Young Actor award.
The complete list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners is as follows:
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips
Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski
Silver Lion, Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi
Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane
Special Jury Prize
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco
Special Jury Prize
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez
Marta Nieto; Madre
Sami Bouajila; A Son
Jessica Palud, Revenir
Best Short Film
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq
LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart
Best VR Experience
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro
Best VR Story
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson
Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz
Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty
Deck the halls with…bloody murder? The trailer for Blumhouse’s remake of ‘Black Christmas’ is here
We were pretty jazzed to hear earlier this year that Blumhouse had begun production on a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas and now, just a few months later, we’re pleased to inform you that we have an official trailer for the film to accompany that incredible one-sheet they dropped a few months back.
Imogen Poots stars here as Riley Stone, leader of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters, who are preparing to throw a Christmas party as Hawthorne College quiets down for winter break. However, it isn’t long before one of them disappears at the hands of a black-masked stalker, who begins killing off sorority sisters around the campus one by one.
With the body count at Hawthorne rising, Riley and the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters begin questioning whether they can trust any of the men in their lives, including their own boyfriends, crushes, and professors. “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” the film’s synopsis reads.
As excellent as director Sophia Takal’s update on Black Christmas looks, the trailer does seem to reveal quite a few different plot developments and twists, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, it’s probably best to avoid the trailer for now so you don’t unintentionally ruin anything for yourself.
Black Christmas hits theaters on Friday, December 13, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.