Jared Leto Getting A Solo Joker Movie

Do you remember Suicide Squad? Do you remember how terrible it was? (Basically a shit Guardians of the Galaxy) Do you recall the marketing was tailored heavily towards Jared Leto’s take on the Joker? Then we saw very little of him in the movie? Well apparently people want more of the clown despite how awful this particular portrayal was. 

News coming out of Hollywood suggests that a solo movie of the Joker with Leto once again donning the make-up and stupid bling bling clothes is in the works. No plot details of course however Warner Bros. want to expand his story within the current DCEU. This comes months after announcing a joker origin movie which may star Joaquin Phoenix (but it probably won’t even happen so don’t worry!) At the moment, the studio is on the look out for a writer to create an initial script whilst Leto will be taking on the role of Executive Producer. 

This is the latest movie being announced as part of the DCEU, with Wonder Woman 2 due out in November 2019, Aquaman being released in December this year (trailer apparently coming soon), Shazam out in April 2019 plus ANOTHER film for the Joker exploring his relationship with Harley Quinn. I believe Honest Trailers put it best when comparing his performance to that of a cat and Ace Ventura. Do we really want to see more of this? 

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Logan, review

When Hugh Jackman first pitched the idea of Wolverine to his wife, her reaction to a character who can heal and has metal claws wasn’t exactly the most positive. Essentially she thought the character was ridiculous and wouldn’t be particularly successful. At that point neither he or his wife or anyone else would have thought that this would be his most iconic character ever. He’s played Wolverine for 17 years, with the first X-Men film being released in 2000 to huge success. It’s with his final outing as the adamantium clawed animal that he’s made the best X-Men film that there has ever been.

He and James Mangold (director) have teamed up again to create a different look at the comic book genre. Jackman stars as Wolverine in Logan, a film which has a title that’s thought to be a first for a superhero movie: naming it after the main character’s first name. I can’t see us getting a Spider-Man or Batman film being name Peter or Bruce any time soon. With just the name, it felt more personally connected to the title character. It’s who he was before he ever became the Wolverine. The story takes place in 2029, Logan is driving a limousine to make enough money for himself, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Caliban (Stephen Merchant) who are all living by the border. Charles is suffering from seizures in the world’s most powerful brain, which is what Logan is treating with black market medication. Caliban is a mutant GPS tracking system in that he can locate any mutant wherever they are. During an encounter with a mother and her young daughter Laura (aka X23, played by Dafne Keen) Logan is dragged into a situation which leads to Caliban being taken hostage, the mother being killed and he, Charles and the girl going on the run together. They are being hunted down by Dr. Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) and his team which includes Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), a man who appears to know an awful lot about mutants.

Whilst the villains are never fully fleshed out, this ultimately doesn’t matter as it’s about Logan who is worn out, beaten down, weary, he’s drinking a lot more, a shell of the man he used to be. He is no longer healing as quickly as he used to, his claws have become rusty and difficult to use, he is prone to injury a lot easier now. Logan is an old man. He’s got a look as if the weight of the world has come down on him a few times and that there’s not shaking it off. Getting into altercations with those who have special abilities and even those who do not is a tough challenge which he can barely take on. In the opening sequence, which immediately earns it’s 15 rated certificate, he initially struggles to take on a few guys trying to steal from him. He’s shot a few times when finally his rage kicks in and he’s back to his ass kicking former self, with a few swear words thrown in. From here the violence gets ramped up throughout the film but it never feels over the top or unnecessary, it’s what the film needs to be. Wolverine has always been a brutal character so it’s nice to see him get his claws dirty!

Jackman has repeatedly said that this is his final film as Wolverine which he wanted to be the perfect end. On his ninth time around, you could almost forgive him for phoning it in, but this is far from what he does. He has never been better, the raw and visceral performance on display is that of someone who has been through too much to bear. Logan is a man who has been wounded by life time and time again, it’s something you can see in his eyes, the way he shuffles around and at times can hardly even move. Both the emotional and physical side to Jackman’s performance is astonishingly good, how anyone can pull this off after doing it for so many years is just staggering to comprehend. On his seventh time around, Stewart has the perfect balance between sweet old man and going almost senile with his occasional rambling speeches. He brings a heartbreaking performance to someone who has the most powerful brain in the world and can no longer control it, he’s become the dangerous weapon Logan once was, but worse. The trio is completed with Keen, the kick ass young girl Laura with claws in her hands and feet. She’s a feral and precocious character, who’s as vicious as she is angry. Her natural portrayal of a girl who is lost and has no sense of who she is comes across as the most real and genuine performances you would have seen in a long time.

Mangold has created a world which is a very grounded portrayal of superheroes who are struggling to deal with the normality of life. When we see that Logan is looking after an ailing Charles in a few everyday situations it’s in these moments that you realise it’s different to all of the glamorised version we’re use to seeing. The director’s choice of having the western and family themes running throughout, and it being more about its protagonist than the typical good vs. evil story, means that it’s Wolverine as you’ve never seen him. 

Dealing with friends becoming family, ageing, not getting what you want in life and having to deal with things as they come at you, no matter what they are. Hugh Jackman has never been better in anything and it’s such a compliment to the respect he has for Wolverine that not only did he take a pay cut this time, he (politely) refused to do this film in any other way. Pushing it forward with Mangold was a stroke of genius, as they clearly wanted to end it on an emotional high. Jackman’s honest performance feels like the perfect way to say goodbye to his most beloved character.

5 out of 5.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Well, it’s finally here. After that 17 second teaser yesterday, 14 years of being with Sony and a small amount of screen time recently, we’ve now got a full length trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’s home. He’s back. Marvel has control of one of its most popular and most famous characters of all time! We had an incredible glimpse as to what Marvel can do with him in Captain America: Civil War (to the utter joy and delight of fans and critics alike) and now in just a few short months we will see him in his first ever solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Along with the teaser and the trailer, a fresh new image was released which looks very reminiscent of what is thought to be one of the best superhero movies of all time, Spiderman 2. The photo shows Tom Holland as the wall crawler holding his mask as a train whizzes by in the background. This could be a call back to the superbly choreographed fight scene on a train, with Spiderman and Doctor Octopus.

In the trailer we see Holland effortlessly play the painfully awkward teen who only has one friend, trying to get through high school, whilst also wanting to save the world as Mr. Stark tries to protect him by treating him like a kid. All Peter wants to do is prove himself and defeat The Vulture (Michael Keaton) whilst being told to “forget the flying monster guy, there are people who handle this sort of thing”. Of course Peter wants to be one of these people, he wants to be a full time Avenger. Who can blame him? He fits right in and did a good job in Civil War. The trailer ends with a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man together, possibly on their way to fight some crime. An international trailer has also been released with a little bit more of both Holland and Keaton, but not that much. I’ve included that below as well, you lucky spider-loving freaks!

So what do you think? Have we had too much Spider-Man? Are you happy he’s back in the MCU? Is he just getting started?

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Walking Dead, colouring things……..and stuff

The Walking Dead TV show is a gruesome hit with all sorts of zombie fans, but now it seems they are trying to corner the kids market, and why not? Get them started young! They are releasing a brand new colouring book, it’s of The Walking Dead. Weird right?  Well it’s not that odd, Harry Potter have on, there has been a rise in adult colouring books in recent years and there is collection of celebrity faces you can add your unique touch to. They really are a thing of wonder. Plus you get to see recognisable images without the colour you’re used it. Very interesting and of course not for kids!

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The Walking Dead might be the last thing that needed more colour but it works out quite nicely when you think about it. There is still colour in this lifeless world they live in, plenty of blood and guts to add a splash of red and darker red to and you can create your own look as well.

Check out these images, frankly if I had the time and patience I’d love to try these out, they do look like so much fun. There are friends of mine who have been using these adult colouring books lately and they say that it’s a form of therapy. Apparently it’s a very well cornered bit of the market.

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News from Comic Con: The superheroes are still coming.

Comic Con news just in: new Marvel Comic films are on the way, including second installments of Captain America and Thor, both of which have foregone the usual numbers and opted for full titles. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be with us on 4th April 2014, whilst Thor: The Dark World will be out on 8th November 2013. The rest include Ironman 3 which is out on 26th April 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on 1st August 2014 and Ant-Man does not currently have an official date as of yet.

So lots on the way for comic book fans, we’ll see if they can live up to the hype, especially Ant-Man which has had some footage shown at Comic Con. It starts with two agents at the end of a long white corridor, from which we pull back behind an air vent to reveal Ant-Man. Tiny, red and black suit, a mask. Simple. He jumps through the vent, runs along t he corridor and zaps into a normal size. The agents draw their guns. Ant-Man changes back into his small self and leaps into the mouth of one of the agents and knocks him out. He then grabs the tie of the other, flips him through the window and changes back to normal size. He enters an elevator and shrinks back down again.

We’ll see what this holds and how the others do against the magnitude of comic book films that are also in production right now, which includes two more Garfield Spidermans, Man of Steel with Christopher Nolan’s creative input as producer and more from The Avengers. It’s going to be a fun geek-filled few years.

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Iron Man 3 – the first image

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Iron Man and Iron Man 2, I feel, have set the bar high for the next instalment. Not that this image gives us much but we can see Robert Downey Jr. in familiar territory at his workshop and it’s also a chance to get excited so soon after The Avengers for a new Marvel instalment. With this Captain America 2, Thor 2 and The Avengers 2 being announced recently, as well as Mark Ruffalo signing up for 5 more Hulk films, it looks like we can rest easy, the world will be safe for quite some time.