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?
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.
Keep. It. Reel.
This was such an amazing day, you will honestly feel like a very excited child running around the sets and finding out all about the phenomenon that isn’t going to die any time soon. The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a bold, big and brilliant blend of sets, props, talks, plans, sketches, children, adults, fans, non fans, chocolate frogs, Butterbeer, magic cars, broom sticks and so much more. You need to see it to truly believe, the sets are the real thing from the eight films, featuring Hogwarts, giant chess pieces, the common room, Dumbledore’s office and too many more to mention in a small post.
It’s very hard to describe how much fun it is just to look around and try a few things out. Not only do you see all of the above, there are videos playing with talks from the directors, creators, producers and actors, telling how it was all done which speaks closely to my inner film geek. A truly fascinating land, a must for absolutely everyone.