Going from Twilight to Dark Knight, it’s just been announced that Robert Pattinson is in final negotiations to play the caped crusader in the 2021 project, ‘The Batman’. A fan favourite superhero, Batman has been portrayed by some of the best actors Hollywood has to offer. Most recently, Ben Affleck in the abysmal Justice League adaptations and before that Christian Bale in Nolan’s exquisite Dark Knight Trilogy.
Known best for playing teen heart-throb vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, Robert Pattinson has some big shoes to fill. Not exactly known for his acting chops, Pattinson’s performance will depend upon a solid script and captivating supporting actors.
Whilst many think that it’s a bit too soon for another attempt at a Batman franchise, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. has opted to resurrected the hero after the hit and miss Justice League series. At the helm of the latest project is Matt Reeves, best known for writing and directing the Planet of the Apes trilogy. If this is anything to go by we’re in for action packed, plot driven drama.
Most superhero movies of today fall short when they trade in character arcs for over the top action sequences. Fingers crossed, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have learnt from their recent flops and invest the right amount of time, money and effort it takes to make a film, rather than trying to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Watch Matt Damon and Christian Bale Tell the Story of Ford v Ferrari
The biographical film stars Matt Damon as automotive icon and visionary Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles. After receiving a commission from Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to build from scratch a vehicle that could take down Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in France, Shelby gathers together a team of American engineers and designers.
The story is riddled with challenges and setbacks—fitting, since the film went through many challenges as well. Initially the film had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt attached, with an original screenplay by Jason Keller. The script was based on A.J. Baime’s critically acclaimed Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. That project was ultimately dropped, but the idea popped up again when James Mangold was brought on as the director.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is producing the film under the 20th Century Fox banner.
Despite all these challenges, the film is ready for a November release, and judging from the trailer, should have a broad appeal.
Not only will automotive and racing fans find something to enjoy, but the acting also looks intense and well done, with a strong plot to drive a compelling story.
Why John Wick is the Action Movie Franchise of the Decade
Action flicks are evolving. From The Great Train Robbery—arguably the first action film of all time—to today’s powerhouse franchise starring Keanu Reeves John Wick, it’s safe to say that a lot has changed for the genre. Gone are the days of the camp bad-guys-don’t-look-at-explosions action flicks; today’s action-nuts want something more.
Even with the vast array of gunfights, martial arts, quick quips and quicker car chases that pretty much every action movie offers, there was something missing: authenticity. Something that John Wick offers in spades.
For example, if you haven’t already seen it, here is Keanu Reeves proving he really is John Wick in preparation for the third instalment of the franchise:
It’s a credit to Keanu Reeves who has taken his role in John Wick—a balls-to-the-wall action film—as seriously as Leonardo Dicaprio took his role in The Revenant or perhaps even Daniel Day-Lewis’ methodical performance in There Will Be Blood. And yes, whilst those two dramatic films may exist in a place firmly above the shoulders—being a place designed to elicit delicate and complex emotions from their audiences—they share their similarities with the John Wick franchise.
For one, they all boast a fully-committed leading man which has led them towards critical acclaim, as well as box office success.
That’s not to say we’re ignoring the fact that John Wick is just pure fucking awesomeness— which it definitely is. It’s easy to over-analyse films, ignoring the fact that ‘fun’ is the whole point of an action film. And boy, is JW just that—pure, adrenaline, testosterone-fuelled fun.
For those unfamiliar, John Wick: Chapter One is the story of a man seeking revenge. Specifically, he’s seeking to avenge the murder of his dog, left to him by his late wife. If that wasn’t enough, the same people who killed his pup also took it upon themselves to fuck up his car.
Having dealt out his own unique and ultra-violent justice to those responsible in JW:1, John tries to resume his life of peace in chapter two. But his past isn’t having it and, once again, Mr. Wick finds himself appearing as death incarnate, slaughtering mob bosses and henchmen as easily as he draws breath.
The choreography is completely out of this universe, and you can tell that Keanu and the filmmakers have put a lot of effort into making sure it looks completely real. On top of that, it’s moody, gritty and funny when it needs to be. And, if we’re honest, in a world where we can sometimes take ourselves too seriously—on the internet or otherwise—and where conservatism in new media seems to be rearing its ugly head again, John Wick is a delightfully fun bloodbath, full of what we used to love about action films like Rambo and Predator.
But beyond the incredible fight scenes and skilful editing, there is another reason for the success of the franchise: and his name is Keanu. The man with his own 249k strong subreddit of adoring fans who spend their time worshipping his every action. The man with a squeaky clean record in the media, never having said or done something completely bonkers that has ruined his reputation forever.
That’s right, it’s the man whose love of motorcycles and being nice to his fans who puts bums in seats to see John Wick, time and time again, and more with each new instalment.
We (and I speak collectively has a huge Reeves fan-boy) the fans go to see the movie for not only the content but also to show our support for a male role model who, in this day and age, is a sight for sore eyes—and one we hope will remain a good dude, always.
John Wick is without question, the action movie of the decade. It took an often hackneyed, predictable genre—full of cliches and tropes—and flipped it on its head. John Wick offers a level of world-building quality usually reserved for science fiction and fantasy genres, acting performances more often seen in drama films than in shoot-em-up, and a beating heart in the form of its leading man.
Mortal Kombat Reboot to be Filmed in South Australia
Remember when South Australia launched that tourism campaign with ads featuring Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” and the strong implication that if you went there you would be murdered? Well, now there’s an even MORE exciting reason to head to SA!
South Australian premier Steven Marshall has announced that the reboot of the cinematic masterpiece that is Mortal Kombat will be filmed in Australia’s genteel southern state, and the good people of SA are going absolutely nuts over the news.
The first Mortal Kombat movie was notable for a few things: the appearance of our own Kylie Minogue, being the final film of the great Raul Julia, and being incredibly bad, to name just three. If the new one can clear that movie’s low bar, it could be a smash hit, given how incredibly popular the MK game franchise has been over the years.
Many of us grew up in love with Mortal Kombat’s unique blend of extreme violence and slightly more extreme violence, and it remains one of the most socially acceptable ways of decapitating one’s enemies and pulling out their spines.
Premier Marshall stated that having the production in South Australia would inject AUD$70 million into the local economy, create 580 jobs, and another 1500 roles for extras. He also expressed a hope that Mortal Kombat would be the first of many blockbusters to recognise the unique benefits of filming in Australia’s murder capital. The time may not be far off when we can no longer say that the most commercially accessible film to come out of Adelaide is Snowtown.
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