Director Matt Reeves Returns To The Batman!

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Well, here we are again folks it seems. In more crazy Batman news this month, it’s being reported that Mr. Matt Reeves- who at one point was the director that Warner Bros. Studio was looking at most prominently too take over after Ben Affleck stepped down from the project, has now returned and officially signed on after stepping away from the project over a week ago himself. So hopefully you got all that, cause it was exhausting to write . .

Even though this head spin of a story makes many people quite dizzy, this is actually somewhat common place in crazy ole Hollywood. Directors and teams leaves projects, others come in only too have there script or direction not work and then leave themselves.

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This is certainly nothing new at all to Warner Studio’s, as they have endured many a false start or a falling out, when it came to their Batman and Superman franchises over the years, including very recently. Now adding to those Flash, Wonder Woman and Aqua-Man all having a lot of trouble in there respective productions and multiple directors . . .

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Could The Batman Be In Trouble?

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Well it’s certainly been quite a month for Batman fans. First we got the news that Ben Affleck was still not happy with the script and the film had been pushed back from it’s original release date of 2018. Then we got the news that Affleck has officially stepped down from the directors chair, which in turn sparked more controversy and speculation about the state of the DC Film Division at present . .

In the wake of all that, it was then revealed that 39 year old Matt Reeves ( Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ) is on the shortlist as the next director on the project. Although nothing has been set in stone just as yet and Warner’s is still looking to other bigger names as well.

Now according to the latest rumor mill coming from our friend ~( ComicBookCast2 )~ Ben Affleck actually wants out altogether on the Batman project and the DCU. Now this report claims it comes from three distinct insider sources on the film, but as always should be taken with a large grain of salt.

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Where this latest rumor does gain some traction, is that for months now we’ve been hearing of a downward spiral where Affleck hasn’t been very happy with what the studio wants of him and has seemed visibly irritated when talking about the project, especially after his latest Warner’s film bombed at theaters. So only time will tell if this rumor holds any truth for the on & off production . . .

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Did Hugh Jackman Tease Character’s Classic Yellow Suit in the Upcoming Film?

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Well it seems that big-time actor Hugh Jackman took to twitter recently to shake things up & give fans a little something to talk about in the weeks ahead until his final film outing as everyone’s favorite cigar chomping, claw wielding mutant in Logan, due out this March . .

Wolverine first appeared in Bryan Singer’s X-Men back in 2000, to which the team mostly suited up in black leather get-ups. That has largely been the case in subsequent movies too follow. But in a deleted scene from “The Wolverine” the yellow costume was seen in a box that was gifted to Logan as he departed Japan. So could Logan finally be where the suit shows up?

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In the second trailer for Logan, we saw the young mutant X-23, played by Dafne Keen, holding an X-Men comic book. Outside of that being self-referential, it did provide some context that would make the yellow costume showing up in the movie less jarring and seemingly out of place. Since Logan is set in a not-too-distant future where most mutants have disappeared and the landscape is very bleak, a bright yellow superhero costume might not be appropriate.

So finally, here’s what the actor posted on his official Twitter page, featuring something that all X-Men fans can get behind. Given the very subtle way some things are teased these days, it seems possible that this could be a sign that the suit may make an appearance in Logan. If it really is the last time we see his version of Wolverine onscreen, that would be a fun thing to see and would serve as a great bit of fan service . . .

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The 20th Anniversary: Things You May Not Know About 1996’s “the Phantom”

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Over 20 years ago in the summer of 96 there was a fun, little adventure film that made it’s way across silver screen’s about a odd looking jungle man in a purple outfit from the golden age of cinema, who fights for the good of the world and protection of his island home called “the Phantom”.

Although it somewhat failed to completely resonate with a fickle, midish-nineties audience unlike many other moderate too successful period-piece style, comic book films of the day, such as Dick Tracy, the Shadow, the Rocketeer, Tim Burton’s Batman films and the box office smash: Mask of Zorro two years later, among many of the flaws in it’s crafting as a film, it still none the less captured the fun & imagination’s of many young boys and girls of that time, introduced them to a very charming pulp hero from the 1930’s and achieved a sort of cult-like status in the realm of popular culture.

Now on it’s big 20th birthday, test your trivia knowledge as Cinemazone looks back at some fun things you might or might not know about 1996’s “the Phantom”. . .space bar

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Archie’s Riverdale Series Comes To CW Television . . .

transparent_spaceThe CW is very quickly becoming television’s home for all things comic book. In addition to all the other properties on there DC Comics slate as of right now, the network has just announced they’ll be picking up Riverdale, a high school drama based on the classic characters from Archie Comics . . .

After being totally rejected by Fox, the Riverdale pilot quickly became a favorite over at the CW, where the Greg Berlanti-produced show has now been given a full season order. Though featuring famous teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, Riverdale isn’t intended to be an exact adaptation of the long-running Archie Comics.

The new television series is pulling more inspiration from the recent All-New Archie Comics, written by Mark Waid with current artwork from Veronica Fish, the artist also responsible for Riverdale‘s promo artwork ( seen above ) that puts a slightly different spin on our beloved characters of old.

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The Riverdale pilot, and presumably the season to follow, stars newcomer KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhard as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veroinca Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. Also appearing is Ashleigh Murray as Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats), Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews.

Given the controversial new direction of the recent comics and fans mixed response too them, will this new take fly at the CW or ultimately crash and burn? Only time will tell, but we’ll certainly keep you posted as more comes in . .

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Could The Force Awakens’ Maz Kanata Be A Phantom Menace Easter Egg?

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Now if you haven’t seen Disney’s newest entry in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you should definitely turn away now. You still there? Well then okay. So it seems that many talented Star Wars fans have recently found a particular moment in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, where there is a shelf-sized statuette in the likeness of the new Force Awakens character Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o. As many wild theory’s go in the Star Wars universe, particularly right now, it’s actually some worthwhile guesswork & quite entertaining for the moment, if only for the fun need to fill the in the gap of the post-Force Awakens timeline. So let’s take a look and you decide . .

There’s a lighthearted & playful moment in the Phantom Menace when young Anakin brings Padme and Qui-Gon back to his Hutt during a bad sandstorm on Tatooine. He proceeds to spirit Padme off to his room to show her his robot ( relax guys, he’s just a kid in this movie, no funny business yet ). Then a moment later, R2D2 rolls into the youngster’s room to provide some much needed chaperoning, and what does the droid in fact pass by on his way?

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If the above picture isn’t working to well for ya, let us describe the object in question: A small statue alien with an extra-large head ( exact same shape ), with two eye sockets that resemble goggles, and a elongated neck with similar garb. Now in The Force Awakens we meet Maz Kanata in her shrine & general establishment. Han Solo takes Rey and Finn there to find out where the Resistance is, so they can help find Luke Skywalker. We learn Maz Kanata is something like 1,000 years old, definitely old enough to have been aware of the legend of Anakin Skwalker and the Jedi of old, if not part of it in some way. Let us also not forget, she’s the one who has Luke’s family lightsaber in her storage containers.

But could this figurine in The Phantom Menace really mean anything at all? Recycled Star Wars concept art is certainly not unheard of in the saga, and then there’s the fact that her temple is laced with flags from many planets of that particular era, & it does raise one’s eyebrow a bit.

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Another fun thing to note, is that we see her wearing racing type goggles most of the time, ( for no reason that we know of ) much like a desert pod-racer on Tatooine. Might she in fact be a Tatooine desert racer? Perhaps an ancient champion long before the likes of young Skywalker?

So in the end here, we speculate that not only it is entirely possible that Maz Kanata was at the very least modeled after an unused design from an earlier movie, but in fact could have an interesting back story pertaining to it. Unfortunately, until her official past is revealed, it’s anyone’s guess right now . . .

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Wolverine To Appear In Upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse After All?

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Recently during a 20th Century Fox presentation at 2015 Comic Con panel, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer engaged in a somewhat cryptic conversation with actor Hugh Jackman, who still has not been confirmed for this latest installment. While the conversation certainly didn’t confirm a Wolverine cameo yet, it did hint that one may be possible. Journal de Montreal is now reporting that the director is assembling his cast in Montreal early next year for reshoots, and that Hugh Jackman may be on hand . .

It isn’t known what the production may have planned for Jackman’s ultimate appearance in the film, which events are set in the year 1983, ten years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The rehoots are scheduled to take place in early 2016 in two separate Montreal studios for “a few weeks,” according to this report.

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What’s interesting is Josh Helman has been confirmed to return as Col. Stryker in X-Men: Apocalypse. It’s possible this movie could show the origins of William Stryker getting Wolverine to participate in the Weapon X program which gave him his adamantium claws, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Regardless of what Hugh Jackman will be filming, it seems he will be back for his ninth X-Men movie somehow . . .

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Director Talks Mystery In Blade Runner Sequel!

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While doing press for his latest, upcoming film Sicario, director Denis Villeneuve very recently revealed that principal photography on the Blade Runner sequel will begin next summer, although he wouldn’t divulge any specific plot details quite yet. During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmaker revealed that his follow-up will answer the question fans have had for decades: is Rick Deckard ( Harrison Ford ) in fact a “Replicant”? Here’s what he had to say on the subject . .

“Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer that. The thing I must say is that I love a good mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”

The director recently revealed that he was incredibly hesitant to take on this project, which was written by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. He also said that this sci-fi sequel will be “autonomous” to the original, while still maintaining some connection to the sci-fi classic.

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While principal photography will begin next summer, the exact locations have not been determined yet. The project still doesn’t have a release date set at this time, but will most likely hit theaters in 2017, which would coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original. It isn’t exactly known what time period this movie will be set in, but now that a production schedule is in place, hopefully we’ll start learning more details about the anticipated project . . .

Warner Studio’s Untitled Blade Runner Project comes to theaters across the country in 2017.

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Jack Reacher Sequel Gets Release Date!

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It’s now being reported that star Tom Cruise is set to ramp-up yet another of his successful franchise vehicles from Paramount Pictures in the form of the follow-up to 2012’s action / thriller “Jack Reacher”. No title has been officially released as of yet, but the upcoming film is said to be on the fast track by the studio for an October release next fall . .

Jack Reacher 2 reteams the mega-star with Oscar-winner Edward Zwick, who last directed Cruise in the critically acclaimed, “The Last Samurai” over a decade ago. Also joining the cast is Agent Maria Hill herself, Cobie Smulders, in what has been touted as a “more grounded” outing for the eponymous ex-military investigator.

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The upcoming sequel is reported to be based on “Never Go Back” – the 18th Jack Reacher novel written by Lee Child. Jack Reacher 2 finds the investigator caught up in a mystery involving a commanding officer at a Virginia army base ( Smulders ), and a teenager named Samantha, who might, in fact, be Jack Reacher’s daughter. The first Jack Reacher was a mystery / action / thriller involving a convoluted conspiracy, but the sequel is said to be more comparatively straight-forward, with its focus more on Reacher’s relationships with Susan and Samantha.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Entertainment’s untitled Jack Reacher Sequel is officially set to arrive in theaters on October 21, 2016 . .

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Disney’s Tron #3 Sequel Canceled!

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In case some were not aware, it has been confirmed by Walt Disney Pictures that their upcoming Scifi sequel, “Tron 3” has now officially been canceled by the studio. This shocking announcement comes on the cusp of it’s post production moving forward as the movie was said too be on the fast-track by the studio for an upcoming 2017 release date. Word is that the fledgling project was scrapped after Tommorrowland failed to bring the response & acclaim the studio was looking for at the box office and with it’s fans . .

Disney Pictures being the reactive and by-the-number’s studio they are, a sequel to “Tron: Legacy” was never really a sure-fire bet to begin with. The movie landed soft in theaters in 2010, and while it did eventually gross $400 million worldwide, the film cost near $200 million to make. Take in normal theater cost and other normal expenses and that’s not a very good sign that a follow up film will indeed happen.

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Also the film’s original star Garrett Hedlund hasn’t really become that much of a major Hollywood presence in the ensuing five years since the movie’s release, as his original casting by the studio was an investment in his upcoming stardom.

While ‘Tron: Legacy’ was decently received and has its fans, is the general moviegoing public dying for a sequel? That’s certainly a very debatable question . .

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