Oh wow, what a week we had! Honestly, I mean the news and trailers just kept on coming. So let’s go through some of the best of the best.
So, my last article was uploaded last Sunday, just 3 hours before the Justice Leaguetrailer was released, which was annoying, but on the plus side, we got a Justice League trailer!!! Fans were undeniably happy that Henry Cavill finally got some screen time, even if he was just standing in a field of wheat. The few seconds we saw of him seemed to be a clear nod to Christopher Reeves’ in Superman (1978), where one scene showed Clarke Kent standing in a field of wheat with is mother. Cavill is not only referencing the scene, however with Lois rather than his mother, but his choice of shirt is a clear nod to the wardrobe choices of Superman and Smallville. Despite my rollercoaster of emotions regarding the film itself, I am now very excited for what is in store for us this November.
In obvious news, unless you’ve been in hiding for the past week, we got a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and once again, it broke the internet. It was great seeing Kylo Ren, Rey, Luke, Leia, Captain Phasma, Chewie, Porgs and some weird Crystal Wolves or something like that. But what was bizarre was what director, Rian Johnson, tweeted before the trailer went live. The tweet basically said that we should avoid the trailer if we want to watch the film with an open mind. But the trailer, as far as the internet is aware, hasn’t revealed something it shouldn’t have; Still no clue who Rey’s parents are, no clue whether someone will turn to the dark side and no clue how it will end, which is the main thing. The tweet had since been deleted and Rian tweeted ‘FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID AND WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT!!!’. Which makes me wonder if there was something in the trailer that got removed before it was released. One thing we know for certain, from the trailer, is that whatever Rey’s plan is, Luke doesn’t think it will end how she thinks…
In Universal news, they have been taking a huge step back in order to evaluate their Dark Universe franchise by stopping production of the next instalment, The Bride of Frankenstein. Universal spokesmen have said that nobody wants to move too quickly with the film and they want to make sure it does better than the recent reboot of The Mummy, with Tom Cruise, which failed to impress critics and fans alike. The film was originally intended for a romantic February 14th 2019 release, which seems appropriate. My guess is, if they want to keep the valentine’s novelty release, that the release will be a year later, in 2020. Javier Bardem was signed on to play the monster, with Angelina Jolie as The Bride, though there’s every chance the movie will recast if the postponement is for long. Future Dark Universe films include The Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, and Wolf-Man, which has yet to cast a lead.
More DC news now, from Comic-Con, and it seems that they’ve actually been listening to fans and are going to continue a Constantine TV series. Being a very brief part of the Arrow-verse, making an appearance in Arrow and the next season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, it is a shame that Constantine only ran for one season in 2015. I recently caught up with the series earlier this year, and was shocked when I heard that NBC didn’t want to commission for the next season. Matt Ryan, who plays John Constantine, Master of the Dark Arts, did an amazing portrayal of the character, and Warner Bros clearly made note, seeing the number of cameos and references in the highly rated Arrow franchise he had. But earlier this week we got our first look at a new animated version of the show, full of horror, demons and thankfully, Matt Ryan to voice the character he brought to life, and they’ve done a great job at animating the character to Matt’s persona. The series is set for a pilot run later this year in America, and I can’t wait for it to come to the UK.
Can’t have a perfect week if there’s no Avengers: Infinity War news! Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has said that the upcoming Thor: Ragnorok film will begin a ‘Hulk Trilogy’ storyline that will continue into Infinity War and conclude with the yet untitled Avengers 4. This is very exciting stuff as audiences have wanted to see a lot more of Hulk, without having to make yet another origin film. I think giving Hulk his own ‘side-story’, if you could call it that, is a great idea and I am very much looking forward to it. However, it does then ask the question that if the ‘Hulk Trilogy’ concludes with Avenger 4, what happens to the character after that? We already know that Marvel plan to introduce some new heroes into the spotlight so some of the current ones can take a break, and that Chris Evans’ Captain America was announced a few months ago to be stepping down very soon. So, could it be that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is soon to join him?
Optimus Prime has been ‘cast’, shall we say, in the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off film. The film has been set for a June release next year, but due to there being such little done in production so far, it has been rumoured for a push back to December 2018 instead. With an all new cast including John Cena and Hallie Steinfeld, and new transformers director, Travis Knight, it is very uncertain as to whether the film will fail critics like the previous films. This was previously announced to be a spin-off, so adding Optimus Prime seemed to confuse me a bit, as it might as well just be another Transformers titled film. But I’m even more confused, seeing that the first bit of promo has VI (6) in the background. Right, so is this a spin-off or the sixth instalment in the Transformers films? MAKE YOUR MINDS UP!!!
A bit of animation news now, although not the greatest we’ve had, as it seems that Disney have shelved one of their next films, Gigantic, which will be a take on the famous story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was intended for a 2019 release, which is plenty of time seeing as they are actually a good way through pre-production at this moment in time. No one seems to be 100% certain as to why the film has been put on hold, but hopefully it won’t be for too long as Disney and Pixar have got a good track record to keep hold of.
Lastly, we finally got a first trailer for X-Men New Mutants which was very exciting, but it certainly wasn’t what we were expecting. Let’s get this straight, going by the trailer, it is not going to be your typical X-Men film with an array of powers and a crazy out of this world storyline. This, is going to be a horror. Which I wish I knew before watching the trailer when it was released at 1 o’clock in the morning, because I was terrified. My morning champagne and Rice Krispies went everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, it looks amazing, and I think it’s great that Fox are branching out their options and genre’s for the characters they have, just, no one was really expecting something this scary. I can’t wait to see where this film goes, because it most certainly will bring new audiences to love the X-Men franchise.