This week its a LOT of DC film news, with a new look at Joaquin Phoenix' Joker, the villain for Harley's new movie is cast, Aquaman is finished and more!
New BTS Picture From Joker
Joker, War Dogs and Hangover director Todd Phillips shared a new look at his Joker, Joaquin Phoenix, in a behind the scenes shot he posted on his Instagram. The picture shows this very 80s, noir inspired take on the character lounging in what might be Thomas Wayne's office (according to rumors), while smoking a cigarette. Smoking isn't something Joker has been known to do in the comics, but to me it really fits with this version of the character, as we have seen him smoke in several other on set photos as well.
Phillip's Joker film is a stand alone project from DC, which has NO ties to the shared DC movies universe and which is set in a early 80s version of Gotham before the death of the Waynes. The movie will also feature Bruce Wayne as a child, but will probably not include Batman at all... which is still my biggest worry about the film. A Joker film without Batman is like a Darth Vader film in a universe without Jedi.
No matter, the director intrigues me and it looks like there is a very artistic vision behind this film, which probably also was the reason an anti blockbuster actor like Phoenix was attracted to it.
Joker lands in cinemas next fall and while I am still pretty worried, I am also undoubtedly excited to see what kind of movie it will turn out to be.
Ben Affleck/Matt Reeves Can't Work Together On Batman
According to insiders who spoke to Revenge of the Fans, WB and DC Films really tried to make the continuation of Ben Affleck's Batman happen, with War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, but it really doesn't seem to work out.
Affleck recently finished a few weeks of live in rehab for his alcohol addiction and apparently had newfound interest in being Batman again afterwards.
Problem is, according to these sources, that Matt Reeves really didn't want to be tied to Affleck's controversial Batman version and instead reboot and cast someone younger. The studio suggested to have Affleck in bookending sequences and make the solo movie a flashback, prequel to Affleck's Batman, but even that was too much of a tie to the recent past of Batman on film for the Apes director. As much as I liked Affleck in BvS, I feel this is the way to go with Batman. A lot of people really liked the Affleck version and the movies he was in (I am among those people), but a lot of people also really disliked them... so it is probably best to reboot.
A full on reboot for Batman has a few really cool perks for batfans, like new designs for everything and a fresh take we haven't seen before. The only remaining question will then be how do they plan to integrate the new, younger Batman into the still ongoing DC universe, with Gal Gadot's WW, Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Margot Robbie's Harley?
Well, we will find out in the coming years.
Reeves was also asked by Indywire about his thoughts on the Batman/Bruce Wayne relationship:
“Gosh, that’s a tough question. I think that it’s interesting, because one of the things that I’ve found interesting, just as we’re working on the story, is looking back at Jekyll and Hyde, and the idea of your shadow-self, and the idea of, we are all multiple things. It’s different aspects of who we are, and I think there are times when maybe the surface of Bruce is not really who he is, but that’s his disguise. There are times when Batman’s the disguise, but there are times when his true essence comes out, because by being veiled, a kind of instinctual side comes out that’s very pure.
It’s not an easy question to answer, in that I think that we are all made up of so many different aspects of ourselves that make the whole. I don’t know if you could ever reduce anyone to one part of what they express. That’s what’s fun about his character, is that there’s a very bright light that shines on his shadow side. The idea of all of that is incredibly exciting. It’s part of what makes it fun for me to work on.”
Really looking forward to what he will do with the character.
Aquaman Post Production Is Finished
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After two years of consuming and devouring my every waking hour, this little indie movie is finally done. It was a monster undertaking. I can’t THANK enough the amazing post team of VFX/editorial/sound for working tirelessly around the clock — crazy long days, 7 days a week, for many many many weeks without a day off — towards making this a unique and beautiful film. Everyone poured their heart and soul into it, and I can’t wait to share this 21st December! In the meantime, I’m gonna go take a really long nap now.
Director James Wan has finally completed the post production work on his first ever superhero movie: Aquaman! Post production work mostly includes scoring, editing, CGI work and everything else you have to do after the actual footage has been shot.
After two years of consuming and devouring my every waking hour, this little indie movie is finally done. It was a monster undertaking.
I can’t THANK enough the amazing post team of VFX/editorial/sound for working tirelessly around the clock — crazy long days, 7 days a week, for many many many weeks without a day off — towards making this a unique and beautiful film.
Everyone poured their heart and soul into it, and I can’t wait to share this 21st December!
I am pretty excited for Aquaman and Wan is a very talented director who has proven himself mainly in the horror realm (Insidious 1 and 2, Conjuring 1 and 2, Saw), so I am very excited how he handles his biggest property yet.
Ewan McGregor is Black Mask in Birds of Prey
After fans fell in love with her version of Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie's return to the DC universe has been eagerly awaited by fans! Now, her follow up movie, described by Robbie as a smaller budget, R rated, super hero girl gang film, "Birds of Prey" will finally go in front of the cameras in early 2019!
The movie will see Harley post break up with the Joker (because Jared Leto is probably still furious of being almost completely out of a movie he shaved his eyebrows for and shot in Canada for over 5 months) trying to protect a young girl from an evil Gotham City gang boss, with the help of vigilantes Black Canary and the Huntress.
Now it has been revealed that the Gotham City gang boss is going to be Black Mask Roman Sionis and he will be portrayed by UK actor Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan from the prequels).
I absolutely adore Black Mask as a character, so I am excited for him to be included in a movie, but I highly doubt a big name actor like McGregor will be willing to hide his face in a black skull mask for 2 and a half hours of movie runtime. Next to that the fact that Squad ended with a Harley and Joker going to Gotham cliffhanger, which will now probably never be addressed now and Leto's Joker also being a non factor going forward in this very confused universe (next to Cavill's Superman and Affleck's Batman, which we will probably also never see again... for some really weird reasons only WB understands), I am not really sure what to expect from this. I loved Margot Harley and I love to get a live action Black Mask, but currently DC Films seem more confused about what they wanna do than ever. I mean... this is Birds of Prey... which is a team led by Batgirl... and in the movie they throw Harley in instead of her? That just seems confused to me. Obviously I am still gonna see it and hope for the best, but I dunno. WE are gonna see in 2020 how it all will turn out!