Justice League Trailer and Posters

Well, it’s about damn time, Snyder! This week we were annoyingly shown a few 20 second-long teaser trailers which pretty much showed nothing and pissed this film fan off! Now Zack Snyder, DC and Warner Bros. are showing us something with a little bit more depth. We have a Justice League trailer.

From the 2 and half minutes of CGI fuckery, we’re shown almost all of the League with Superman being the notably missing one because he’s “dead”. The team band together a couple of times throughout the trailer which shows that they can work together to bring down an enemy who is already here. Bruce Wayne is trecking somewhere to begin with before we see him and Diana Prince converse regarding the others meaning those he has found to form this team of superheroes. Aquaman, Cyborg then The Flash all appear in their respective introductory sections and, before we see them altogether, we’re given a brief glimpse at a swinging almost flying Batman. The action shown is a lot of fun whilst being given to us very sparingly as to not show much of the story. “What are your superpowers again?” “I’m rich”. Nice little double act from Bruce and Barry Allen. We have our first glimpse at Billy Crudup who is playing Barry’s father Henry Allen, as well as J.K. Simmons looking like a more seasoned Commissioner Gordon.

On a personal note, I think it looks too similar to Batman vs. Superman, which isn’t exactly promising. The problems with Snyder’s previous film make for too long a list to include here but the fact that this is primarily full of CGI makes me wonder where they are going with this film. There are strong parts to this trailer including Aquaman who finally has more than one word to say, as a few bits of comedy thrown in due to complaints that DC is taking itself too seriously. My other problem is that DC is rushing it’s way through it’s films, when you compare them to Marvel well, there’s no comparison at all. Marvel have taken their time building it’s own vast universe, slowly introducing the characters it wants to develop, hardly ever putting a foot wrong. Now, DC want the same thing. What they should have done, in my humble opinion, is basically the same thing. It would have worked out a lot better. Handing the reins to the DCEU mostly to Snyder is a huge mistake considering what failures his previous two DC film were. They had their moments but they were not quite what they needed to be. I’m keeping my hopes low and my fingers crossed, come on DC. You need a decent film.

The posters look pretty dam good, the design in sleek and smooth, showing how tough this team is. However some utter morons have commented that apparently Wonder Woman looks as if she’s peeing. What the fuck is wrong with people?! Anyway, check out the gallery below which includes the logo, each individual and the team altogether. Batman looks as if he wants to wants to get out of there and carry on saving the day, calm down! You’ll get your chance!

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League is out towards the end of this year. It stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, J.K. Simmons, Amy Adams and freaking loads more! The story is set around the start of the Justic League which Bruce Wayne puts together after being inspired by the selfless acts of Superman.

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Matt Reeves Confirmed to Direct The Batman

Finally! The white smoke! Matt Reeves has signed on to direct The Batman which will star Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. After seemingly turning down the job due to a negotiation breakdown, Reeves is now taking over from Affleck, who recently stepped away from directing duties. He sighted that he wouldn’t be able to both direct and star in a Batman film whilst doing the movie the justice (no pun intended) it deserves. 

Reeves says, “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

Ever since Affleck said he’d like to direct and star in a solo Batman movie, the pressure has been on. It’s been painfully unfair on him, the undo demand he appeared to be under from merely mentioning it was shocking. The consistent speculation in the media regarding when it’ll happen, plus always being asked about it despite the fact that he was working on another project at the time, Live by Night.

Affleck released this statement in January, “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Affleck, Reeves and the studio can now focus on production of the movie which feels like it’s been a long time coming. Rumour has it that Chris Terrio has written a script which both Affleck and the studio is happy with. At the moment there is no set release date for The Batman. 
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How The Batman v Superman Teaser Should Have Ended

For those of you who actually got to see the teaser footage of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before it was taken down, I’m sure you would have been just as excited as me. It was brief being a teaser, also very grainy seeing how it wasn’t supposed to be online (well done to the person who somehow filmed that!) and it didn’t tell us much. However whilst it looked very intriguing, I for one am still yet to be convinced that Zack Snyder is the right man for the job. There was something lacking in Man of Steel, it was good but not great. Anyway, the release date of this film has been changed a few times and it currently sits on the timeline at 25th March 2016, so there’s still a lot of waiting for this one.

How The Batman v Superman Teaser Should Have Ended

Not being ones to shy away from the controversial (we were never supposed to see this footage so soon!), the guys at How It Should Have Ended have given us their satirical insight into how they feel the teaser footage should have really ended. I love their work, and this is yet another great creation from them. Check out their personalised version of the title at the end.

You wanna go get some coffee?

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My 100th Post

This is my 100th blog post. It’s been a long road to get to this point but I think it’s been worth it. Recently I’ve started to follow more and more bloggers on WordPress as well as Twitter and it’s one hell of a community. There are some really wonderful film blogs out there, some very alternative ones, some interesting mainstream ones, those which cover classic films, the ones who love the indies. I urge you to check them out, here’s a few links to some really good ones I’ve seen.

http://letsstartwiththisone.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lukesfilmblog.com/

http://mrmarakai.wordpress.com/

http://legallybod.wordpress.com/

http://adashofcinema.com/

http://emptyscreens.com/

http://moviewise.wordpress.com/

I have done a lot too, been to so many things, events, cinemas, just had a great time since I started this blog. I’ve been to the London Film Festival twice (first time getting to meet Marion Cotillard and then meeting Ralph Fiennes), visited the brilliant and gorgeous Aubin Cinema, returned to the IMAX twice in one year (once for the Dark Knight Rises and once for Gravity), finally made it to the Rooftop Cinema Club in Shoreditch, been to the Harry Potter World at the Warner Brother Studios in Watford, watched countless films, bought countless DVDs (my collection recently surpassed 400), went to my very first film marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema, went to the awful Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, got to go to the James Bond in Motion exhibition, Sundance London’s first and second year and the VFX Festival which I didn’t even know existed until a few weeks before I went.  Here’s a few photos from the past two years

For this post, I wanted to include something a bit random and special. Vue Cinemas have kindly provided me with a link to this make-up tutorial to create a high street look similar to that of Angelina Jolie’s in Disney’s new film, Maleficent. A really good video tutorial with the talented Marcos Gurgel who has worked on several diverse projects including The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing, and on titles such as Radio Times, Sunday Times and OK! magazine. He has recently worked on shows during London and Paris Fashion weeks. Have a look below

I also wanted to include a few other images which I’ve seen recently, it’s a mix of all odds and sods, some new films, posters, random images of actors and the Batman exhibition opening in LA. Fingers crossed they bring that here.

As for the future of this blog, don’t worry this isn’t where I will sign off for good. In fact not a tall. I’ve got plenty of ideas coming up including an online film festival, visiting more unusual cinemas, going to more film festivals in London and around the country, interviews with those who are up and coming in the movie industry, once again staying up for the Oscars and just so much more I don’t want to tell you about just yet!

Thanks for reading and as ever, Keep. It. Reel

Batman vs. Superman – official images and sad Batman.

Movie marathon: the survival guide.

On Friday night myself and 3 friends made our way down to the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square for the Ultimate Batman Movie Marathon. I’ve never done one of these before but I’ve always wanted to. It really sounded like fun, pushing your sitting down skills to the very limit, holding your bladder until it almost bursts, getting to watch some great old and new films in a row and spending time in my favourite cinema. What could be better?!

The opportunity finally came up on Friday to attend the Batman marathon which started at 8.30pm Friday and ended at around 10.30am the next day.  Quite a feat in front of me. I want to stay and I need to stay. Some throws down a challenge like this and you have to do it. Especially if you’re self-confessed film geek such as myself.

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Before you embark on something like this, you need to prepare in some way. There’s is a lot to think of and only after completing this did I realise what you should and should not do before, during and after a movie marathon. So here are my very own hints and tips for surviving the long hours you will spend staring at the big screen.

1. Fatty food for films.

I met my friends at 7.30pm and we went for a few drinks and Chinese food. Good start!  The food was a very good idea but maybe not Chinese. Maybe something more filling like pizza for example. It helps you last without spending too much on movie food. Plus it tastes  better! Oh I love Chinese food…moving on!

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2. Shit before you sit.

I always stick to this no matter how long the film is. Something I hate is someone getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of a film. You may miss vital parts, they make noise when they leave and come back in and you can avoid all of this by going before the film! I know this isn’t everyone’s view, it’s just me, I’m just saying it’s annoying! In other words shit before you sit.

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3. As soon as you’re free, pee!

Having said all of that, you can always go in between the films. The Prince Charles Cinema give you a good 5 – 10 minutes in between which helps for buying snacks, going for a smoke or just finally letting it all out! With Batman, there were 6 films so plenty of time in between, just hope you get the same kind of deal!

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During the Batman marathon, my breakfast included a large coke and a big bag of Maltesers. Not a bad way to start my Saturday. Although maybe popcorn would have been a better idea…

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4. Move it, move it!

You’re sitting there. Only getting up for a few minutes at a time. A few hours at a time of being in the same position. It’s hard, no matter your age I promise. I once sat crossed-legged for 4 hours straight without getting up, I’m 28. It hurt. I kicked my legs out a lot in the final hour. What a feeling! Anyway, get up and move when you can. You may not need the toilet, be a smoker or want to eat or drink but get those legs moving. Shake your fat ass if you have to. I did! I did it a lot, it was great! If you don’t? Your legs go stiff, your knees hurt, have fun with that. MOVE IT MOVE IT!

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5. Walk of fame

I left the cinema at 10.50am the next day and I walked to the station. I felt great! I felt like I have truly achieved something. Some may say a waste of time. I say no! It was an amazing feeling. I grinned all the way to the station. I was called a dirty stop out but how can this be? Besides the fact that I didnt shower or brush my teeth, I was totally clean, I swear! But what a great way to start my weekend. It will leave you with a great feeling , no matter what. You may be tired, you may have ruined your diet, but honestly, so what? You’ve just watched some great films, with some great friends (unless they do what my mate did and leave EARLY. Poor effort), a perfect night out and you won’t feel hungover the next day.

SO there you have it, my experience and learnings from my first ever movie marathon. From what I know now, this will not be my last. Follow these rules and you’ll survive the night, you will go home a hero.