New trailers out this week

On top of the trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 this week (you can find that review here), we got a few more trailers for movies coming this year and next year. I thought id take some time to sit down, check out these trailers, and see what we’re in for.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

So, for those of you who don’t know, there has been for a few years now, an other Spider-Man. In an alternate universe, the ‘Ultimate Universe’, Miles Morales was bitten by the same species of mutated spider as Peter Parker but refused the call to be a super hero, that was until Peter Parker died and the world needed a new Spider-Man. From the trailer it looks like a lot of that is being changed but it looks like Sony Pictures is going full alternate universe on us! (Unless this movie doesn’t make the money they were expecting and they abandon the idea completely). The trailer gives off a modern, comic-book-like art style that features a lot of weird background effects that make it look like it should be in 3-D (it’s not, I used all the varieties of 3-D glasses I have) which is a little off-putting. Besides the background the animation looks awesome! Now to the story, in this version, Peter Parker isn’t dead, he instead takes Miles under his webby-wing and teaches him how to use his powers. There’s a shot towards the end where we also meet Spider-Gwen (usually from another alternate universe where Gwen Stacy is bitten by the spider) who could also be from this universe or they are actually pushing forward with many different universes and many different Spider-People. (I really hope Peter Porker shows up at some point.) I’m really looking forward to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse when it comes out towards the end of this year.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Yeah, original name for a movie right? This trailer did not do anything for me. It felt like a bit that could have been tacked on to the end of the first LEGO movie. We find ourselves ‘a lifetime’ from the events of The LEGO Movie in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max inspired Bricksburg, where everyone has become grittier and gruffer except for Emmet, who still thinks ‘everything is awesome’. The character’s lives are interrupted by an alien robot bringing Beastie Boys beats. The robot kidnaps Wyldstyle, Batman and a bunch of other characters from the first film and transports them to the Sis-Star System (a reference to the addition of the real-world boy’s sister being included in the LEGO room seen previously). Nothing looks that new or different, it certainly doesn’t have me as excited as the trailers for the first film.

Bumblebee

THIS CHRISTMAS… (Oh god here we go.) EVERY ADVENTURE… (Please don’t say ‘has a beginning’.) HAS A BEGINNING… (Great…)

That’s right everybody, your favourite Transformer (which is apparently Bumblebee) is back! But this time, it’s an origin story! The only thing that jumped out at me is that there might only be two Transformers, and they are well coloured so we might be able to differentiate between robots this time! I think the jet in the trailer might Starscream who was one of my favourites when I was a kid so that’s cool. I can only hope and assume it’s going to be better than the utter waste of time that was Transformers: The Last Knight (Reviewed Here). Hailee Steinfeld might bring a decent human character and a bit of heart to the movie but I wouldn’t start handing out the awards just yet, the Transformers films have a history of producing good trailers and terrible films.

Mortal Engines

This one was interesting… When it says from the filmmakers of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit they mean producers and screenwriters – Peter Jackson is not directing this film. Christian Rivers, the director has been Jackson’s protégé since he was 17. He has worked in all sorts of departments (primarily special effects) and this is his first film directing by himself, not a massive undertaking at all… So I was expecting a LOTR sort of feel. Instead, I was given flashbacks to (shudder) The Matrix sequels and (shuddering intensifies) Jupiter Ascending. Maybe this film will turn out alright but the trailer has lowered my expectations.


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Ben Affleck to star as Batman in second Man of Steel

Actor/Director/Academy Award Winner, Ben Affleck has been cast as the next screen version of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the sequel to Man of Steel.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.” – Greg Silverman (WB President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production)

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” Zack Snyder (Director of both Man of Steel and its sequel)

“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.” Sue Kroll (WB President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution)

This will not be Ben Affleck’s first time as a costume clad superhero, he starred as Daredevil in the 2003 film. So we can already get the feel for what he will look like under the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight. Very little is known about the direction that the film will take other than the appearance of Batman. What we do know is that the untitled sequel will be written by David S. Goyer who was one of the key writers in the Nolan Batman trilogy… so if anyone can write a good adventure for the caped crusader it’ll be him!

Argo – Review

Set in the late 1970s Argo is based on the true story of a CIA operation that freed six diplomats from Iran during a revolt against the American embassy. The operation? Well to create a completely fake film production and disguise the six staff as members of the film crew.

Ben Affleck stars (as Tony Mendez) and directs in this film that recreates the now declassified ‘Hollywood option’. It stars Bryan Cranston as Tony’s CIA supervisor, Jack O’Donnell and John Goodman and Alan Arkin as the Hollywood contacts, John Chambers and Lester Siegel. Tate Donovan (as Robert Anders), Clea DuVall (as Cora Amburn-Lijek), Chirstopher Denham (as Mark Lijek), Scoot McNairy (as Joseph Stafford), Kerry Bishé (as Kathleen Stafford) and Rory Cochrane (as Lee Schatz) round out the cast as the six ‘houseguests’ who are protected by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor, played by Victor Garber.

The film is funny, insightful and suspenseful. I found myself very interested in the story despite the six ‘houseguests’ being more or less uninteresting maybe even whiny. The American stationed side of the operation (including the team at Hollywood) was much more interesting. Hell, even the Canadian ambassador was a better character. Now I understand that the portrayal is probably true to story but maybe just a little more vigour in the acting would have made it better.

Acting aside, this film is definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Such an interesting story that until I heard about the film being made I had never heard of (Ah the life of a young person ay?). Affleck successfully directs this film. He pulls off the suspense expected from the story but successfully adds some humor and a few light-hearted moments to make this a very enjoyable mix of emotions.

I recommend this film for anyone who is keen to learn a little about American history, the CIA an maybe even the film industry (just a little).

Argo: Above Average

Batman Returns – Review

PART TWO: Batman Returns

Directed By: Tim Burton

Written By: Sam Hamm and Daniel Waters

Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michael Gough and Michelle Phiffer

Gross: $282,800,000 (Worldwide)

Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: 19th June 1992 (Australia)

Runtime: 126 min

Batman Returns is more dark, more whimsical and more cartoon like than its predecessor, despite this it is a very good quality movie and definitely worth watching unlike some of the other Batman movies. Danny DeVito plays a very unusual Penguin but a perfect character for the movie. The Penguin plans to make his presence in Gotham City known and masks his true intentions to rule the city with heroic acts that make the city fall in love with him. Meanwhile Media Mogul, Max Shreck’s assistant is murdered and is resurrected by cats and becomes a feline vigilante who brings her own form of justice to Gotham City.

This movie gets closer to the unrealistic and campy form of Batman and unfortunately is probably a reason and the penultimate push that sent the Batman series spiralling in to a world of… wait for it… Joel Schumacher (shudders). Another thing that could have something to do with the downward turn of this movie is Catwoman. To be honest she looked like a character that didn’t really need to be there and again it was a hark back to the 1960’s show where two villains would team up to take down the caped crusader. Her whole existence in the movie seemed, to be honest, a side plot. The imagery in this film is brilliant as Tim Burton turns Gotham City in to his world, a mix of film noir and german expressionism (which are some of my favourite genres and movements) which suits Burton’s Batman so well. Acting is rather alright with the show stolen by Danny DeVito and to an extent, Michael Keaton, who hangs up his cape at the end of this movie to make room for Val Kilmer (but more about him later). Michelle Phiffer… ehh… she was ok and well how could you not love Christopher Walkin? There is just something about him that makes you like him even though he plays the weak Max Shreck.

Batman Returns: Above Average

Batman – Review

PART ONE: Batman

Directed By: Tim Burton

Written By: Bob Kane, Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren

Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Michael Gough and Kim Basinger

Gross: $411,348,924 (Worldwide)

Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: 31st August 1989 (Australia)

Runtime: 126 min

Batman is such a fantastic movie. It was the first movie with a truly gritty Batman. Long gone were the days of Adam West and Burt Ward on the screens as the dynamic duo. Tim Burton, then famous for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Frankenweenie, was asked to direct a Batman movie by Warner Bros. after the success of the comic books “The Dark Knight Returns” and “The Killing Joke”. Batman got the green light in 1988 after the success of Beetlejuice.

The Batman terrorises the criminal world as a mysterious vigilante until one fateful night when a member of a crime syndicate, Jack Napier is transformed in to the insane Joker, who plots to rule Gotham City. Batman reveals him self to Gotham City during battles between the Joker and the legend of the Dark Knight is born. Meanwhile, millionaire Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne courts photographer Vicki Vale, however both lives cross thanks to the Joker’s interventions.

This movie had just the right amount of darkness as well as a little humour and campy-ness that harks back to the sixty’s adventures of the caped crusader. All in all, this film is really good and masterfully made. It has served as a base for many, maybe even all Batman movies since.

Batman: Above Average