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You may have heard that Warner Bros. has introduced a new policy to their future DC Comics universe, summed up in two simple words (that, we assumed, were delivered while yelling and slamming one’s hand on a table): “No Jokes.” That’s what Drew McWeeny says, over at Hitfix. Warner and DC are looking at the success of stuff like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, and the abysmal failure of Ryan Reynolds’ goofy Green Lantern, and making an executive decision. Two rights + one wrong = stop that laughing. From now on, all future DC Comics movies will be grim and dark and gritty and gritty and serious and dark: watching any future DC film will be like chewing a mouthful of gravel while your dad says you were an accident that he never loved. You may have then heard a few other sources call foul on this report. Forbes »
- Adam Bellotto
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
When Total Film caught up with Jesse Eisenberg to discuss his new drama Night Moves and, more importantly, his role as Lex Luthor in the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 30-year-old actor revealed he does not read comics nor has he seen any comic book movies. In fact, when Tf mentioned how Heath Ledger reinvented the Joker and tapped into modern-day fears of terrorism in The Dark Knight, Eisenberg could only reply, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." However, after he had landed the villain role in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, the actor did look through stacks of comics and he also watched "that movie with Gene Hackman," referring to one of Christopher Reeve's early Superman movies. "My father always cautions me against thinking of something as a means to some other end, because then its irresponsible to the 'means' thing," explained Jesse Eisenberg, »
We got a new poster earlier in the week, and now Sony has dropped another trailer for Foxcatcher, the upcoming biographical drama starring Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers); check it out below…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his »
- Gary Collinson
In an interview with Total Film, Jesse Eisenberg talked a bit about his Lex Luthor role in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and revealed something very interesting; apparently the actor hadn't seen any comic book movies before he joined the Zack Snyder film. When Eisenberg was told about Heath Ledger's take on the Joker and how the character was used in The Dark Knight, his response was, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." The actor »
- Jesse Giroux
Jason Fabok has been one of the most exciting artists in DC's line-up, mostly sticking with Bat-related titles for the past four years. Well, that's set to change. The Batman Eternal and Batman: The Dark Knight artist will become the ongoing artist on writer Geoff Johns' Justice League starting with issue #36, replacing Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Buzzfeed spoke to the artist, who shared his excitement of taking on the project. "To have the opportunity to draw the next chapter in [Johns'] Justice League saga is an extreme joy and overwhelming to consider," he said. "I’ve always dreamed of drawing Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Lex Luthor, Aquaman and the myriad of super-villains that comprise the Justice League books. Geoff has such an awesome story crafted and I can’t wait for fans to see what he has in store in the coming months. It’s going to get epic! »
If you thought "Man of Steel" was a bit dour and lacking a sense of humor, it turns out there may have been a reason for that.
Hitfix has reported that according to multiple sources, there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development. That mandate is just two simple, direct words: "No jokes."
Wrtier Drew McWeeny says: "Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point. 'No Jokes'." Others have since weighed in and claim their sources have heard the same.
In comics form, DC has generally been seen as the serious, grim brother to Marvel's more unabashedly fun personality - a trait that has carried over to the movies with films like "The Dark Knight »
- Garth Franklin
Drew McWeeny at HitFix is reporting that no fewer than five sources have told him that Warner Bros. has a strict “No jokes” rule for all DC superhero movies in development. McWeeny posits that the rule is likely a reaction to the failure of Green Lantern, a terrible movie that was chock-full of jokes. It seems likely that the huge success of the very, very serious Dark Knight Trilogy also played a role in the formulation of the No Jokes rule, but I think they have learned the wrong lesson from their failures and successes.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy took itself very seriously, exploring fear and pain and chaos. Batman Begins was an exciting departure from the lighter, brighter superhero movies we were used to, and the sequels plunged us even deeper into the darkness. The Dark Knight was probably the best, most important superhero movie that has ever been made, »
- Mily Dunbar
Tentpole movies get kind of a rough ride in terms of public perception. In the realm of cinematic releases, the term has become synonymous with the Big Bad Movie Studios sucking all the air out of the box office, and suffocating smaller, independent fare. They are associated with a bland, focus-group tested, homogenized type of filmmaking that blindly draws in the masses and force-feeds them pointless narrative junk food. Everything that’s wrong with the modern film industry can be blamed on the over-inflated budgets of the tentpole movie – isn’t that right?
Well, not really. First of all, tentpole movies serve a purpose. In theory, it is the job of a tentpole movie to hold up, balance out and support the financial performance of a studio in any given year. The tentpole movie is supposed to give the smaller productions breathing space by giving the studio the financial confidence »
- Sarah Myles
"Why so serious?" Is the popular refrain floating around as the rumor about Warner Bros.' 'No Joke' rule rapidly spreads across the Internet. According to a report at Hit Fix, The studio doesn't want any funny business in its impending slate of DC Comics superhero movies, a mandate that began with Man of Steel in 2013 and will continue on as WB sets up Justice League.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be a completely serious affair according to this new report, so don't expect to see Jesse Eisenberg hamming it up as Lex Luthor. It won't be anywhere close to what Gene Hackman did in the 1978 Superman. This has struck some as ludicrous, due to the sometimes colorful and humorous tone of the comic books. And this comes just as Marvel is making a name for itself with its equal measure of laughs and action in most of its movies. »
The new film will "...travel the globe to bring to the screen the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered 'wormhole' to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
"'Interstellar' details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated.
"The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown...".
"Interstellar" also stars Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
- Michael Stevens
According to HitFix, Warner Bros. is taking an odd approach when it comes to humor in their comic book movies. Whereas Marvel encourages it and often finds clever ways to insert humor and provide laughs for the audience, apparently Warner Bros. is asking their writers to refrain from putting any humor at all in their DC Comics adaptations.
As it is, Warner Bros. already takes a more grounded and dramatic approach to their superhero films, so I don’t see why they would need to implement a seemingly random rule like this. I highly doubt that people like Chris Terrio (who’s penning Justice League) is sitting there thinking of witty one-liners for Batman and Superman to spit out.
The other thing that’s interesting to note here is that if the studio really is implementing a no joke policy, then what’s going to happen to some of their lighter characters, »
- Matt Joseph
“Confounding in a good way” is probably a cop-out way to describe a film, but I can think of few other ways to succinctly sum up Pascale Ferran’s Bird People. As you may have deduced from the title, this binary portrait features a supporting character of the avian persuasion, who turns in some of the most seamless VFX work this side of The Wolf of Wall Street. The above video from French special effects company Buf — who also handled The Matrix series, United 93 and The Dark Knight — reveals that nearly every background in the film was transposed onto a green screen. This would seem logical as […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
I like jokes. I think many people like jokes. Jokes are not a fad, and they've been a staple of storytelling for quite some time. They've been a large part of blockbuster movies where people go to have a good time, and part of that good time includes the magic of laughter. There are exceptions, and one of the biggest is The Dark Knight trilogy, which had jokes, but they didn't do much to lighten the mood. Marvel responded by making humor an integral part of their movies, and the studio's been pretty successful so far. But with Warner Bros. planning to build its own interconnected set of superhero films, the studio might be countering in an utterly bizarre manner: by mandating that the new DC supehero movies have "no jokes". Hit the jump for more. [Update: An unlikely source has spoken up to refute this "no joke" mandate: Seth Rogen. More after the jump.] Update: In response to /Film's coverage of this story, Seth Rogen took to Twitter to dispute the report. »
- Matt Goldberg
Hitfix is reporting that many of its sources have confirmed that the new policy at Warner Bros is for all of the studio's future superhero films to not have jokes. While humor can be a good way to alleviate tension, Warner Bros apparently wants nothing in their movies to be funny. It's not clear why such a policy would be in place when Marvel's movies are filled with jokes and consistently do very well at the box office. In fact, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is as far from a serious movie and it's about to set the domestic box office record. It's possible that Warner Bros may want to differentiate itself from Marvel by offering something darker. It worked for "The Dark Knight" trilogy and "Man of Steel." And the studio's "Green Lantern" had Ryan Reynolds cracking jokes every five seconds and that was a big flop. »
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
The one-minute video, which recuts the earlier full promo, shows Matthew McConaughey leaving his family behind to embark on a journey to the far reaches of space.
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon and Michael Caine are all in the supporting cast for the film, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan.
The filmmaker said of his approach to IMAX at this year's CinemaCon: "We shot quite a lot of the film in IMAX, more than we had ever done in the past. »
While Batman is returning to the big screen in 2016′s Man of Steel followup, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, potentially setting up a new Batman series for star Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has already gone down in history by Batman comic writers saying the director “got it right.” The most telling example of this is the at-the-time unusual casting of Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, a performance so memorable and powerful that the actor posthumously won an Academy Award. The Joker’s introduction in The Dark Knight came in the form of a bank heist (shot in IMAX) that the villainous mastermind organized, involving clown masks, a variety of weapons ...
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- Rob Keyes
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters »
We’ve already seen a couple of images of Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice [see here and here], and now we have our first look at Brolin’s Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Benicio Del Toro alongside the duo courtesy of the latest issue of Empire…
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January 30th 2015. Also featuring in the cast are Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
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- Gary Collinson
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