It feels like a lifetime ago when I was sharing updates of a movie from a comic-con but here we are. This week Cinemacon is taking place and there have been a whole bunch of exciting developments. So, let’s get to the movie news of the week.
The Greta Gerwig-helmed Barbie film starring Margot Robbie as Barbie, Ryan Gosling as Ken, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Emma Mackey, Alexandra Shipp, Issa Rae, and so many other actors has released its first official image. Here it is.
This is an amazing picture for only one reason: the car. It looks like an actual Barbie car brought to life and that alone is shocking. Now, is Margot Robbie giving me Barbie vibes? She’s blond, she’s pretty, but I’m not quite sure yet. We’ll see.
Apparently will be dropping on the same day as Oppenheimer next year, July 23.
The Batman is officially getting a sequel with Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves returning! While this isn’t necessarily surprising it is nice to hear.
A little over two months ago I watched one of the greatest superhero movies I’ve ever seen in theaters. It was, of course, The Batman. From the first minute to the last the film gripped me and never let go. The dank, darkness of Gotham’s world sucked me in and for nearly three hours I was riveted by the journey “Vengeance” had to take to officially become “The Batman.”
It was mind-blowing, intense, horrifying, romantic, stirring, basically everything you’d want a Batman origin story to be but there’s always that question. Was the movie really that good or was it heavily aided by IMAX? Well, I can confirm that The Batman really is that good.
This morning I logged into my HBO Max account and revisited my favorite film of the year so far, a movie so beautiful in its storytelling and visuals that it’s like a feast for a cinema lover. This is no regular superhero film. It is an experience. A moody reimagining of a character we know so well it’s almost shocking a director found a new way to tell this hero’s story.
Yesterday Matt Reeves, out of the blue, dropped the official five-minute-long deleted scene featuring none other than Barry Keoghan’s take on the Joker and it was fascinating, to say the least. Here it is.
After watching the scene it was obvious why it had, in fact, been deleted, and yet it’s one of the greatest deleted scenes I’ve seen in a while.
I know. The Batman just came out two weeks ago so I shouldn’t be worrying too much about the lack of announcements for a spinoff or a comic book series featuring Kravitz’s iteration of Catwoman…and yet…I’m getting fidgety. Why? Well, I just saw this on Twitter today.
And suddenly I’m getting Finn erasure flashbacks all over again.
Finn, next to Rey, was the most important character in the Sequel Trilogy when The Force Awakens first came out. I mean, he was a stormtrooper who turned good! And there was the possibility of him having the Force too? What isn’t more fascinating than that?!
Instead of continuing to broaden his storyline through novels and a comic book series they gave the spotlight to Poe Dameron who suddenly became far more important than Finn ever would be. He got a 31-issue comic series, a novel detailing his story before he joined the Resistance, and when The Rise of Skywalker came out, he was larger than Finn on the poster, cementing the notion that he was more important than Finn.
Meanwhile, Finn only got two comic books:
The left one was a standalone issue which came out in 2019. That’s four years after The Force Awakens! And then the issue on the right also came out in 2019 but as you can see Finn is now placed behind Poe Dameron because Lucasfilm slowly but surely diminished Finn’s place in the storyline.
It feels like the same thing is happening to Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman.
So, I saw The Batman in IMAX for the second time yesterday and it’s official, I love this movie. It’s dark (literally), gloomy, intense, mysterious, oddly romantic, and piercing to the very soul.
Surprisingly, this movie is at its best in its first twenty minutes and last twenty minutes. The film’s opening is shockingly fantastic; from the gruesome murder scene that actually makes The Riddler incredibly scary to Pattinson’s ICONIC debut as this decade’s newest iteration of Batman, the movie starts with a bang.
And then the ending is just as moving. Batman is now looked upon as an official hero of Gotham. The Riddler, now in Arkham Hospital, is cooking up a “comeback story” with The Joker. And Selina Kyle and Batman have to part ways despite having incredibly strong feelings for one another. The final shot makes me giddy just thinking about the sequel.
And then there’s the rest of the movie which happens to be a heck of a mystery/thriller with some of the most beautiful shots I have EVER seen in a film, period. There’s so much to love about this film; the perfectly choreographed action scenes (particularly the car chase and the hallway fight), SELINA KYLE, the brooding music, Pattinson’s totally emo take on Batman and Bruce Wayne, the way he uses his eyes in every scene. Oh, I could go on and on about this fantastic film but there is one major problem with this movie: The Riddler.
The Batman was a really good movie, far better than I could’ve possibly expected, becoming my second favorite Batman movie of all time.
And now I’m going to see it again this weekend. I’m actually really excited about it because the film had so much going on. Every frame was fascinating, each act was exciting to watch, and yes, that car chase scene is going to be really fun to see again in IMAX.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.