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Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammar star in Warner Bros. latest animated offering Storks. Read more after the jump.
Andy Samberg has had an insane 12 months. Not only has he hosted The Emmys and finished up another hit season of his Fox series Brooklyn 99, he’s also got two movies coming out over the summer. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping has gotten some pretty solid reviews for a broad comedy. So far it looks like Popstar could be a tent-pole the year comedy-wise, but that’s not enough for Samberg. He’s also starring in Warner Bros.’ animated feature Storks. We’ve only seen a mini-trailer of Storks, which is continuing the tradition of animated movies with single nouns for titles. Now we’ve got a full length trailer of Storks to get our teeth into courtesy of Slashfilm.
The plot sounds broad enough. Storks have moved past delivering babies and are now in the package delivery service (topical). So when Samberg has to get a baby to it’s parents with the help of an orphan girl (Katie Crown), it’s a race against time and being found out.
The trailer itself is varied, and a bit of a mess. It’s 2:30 minutes and they try to cram as many different scenes in as possible. What they forgot to do was thread the quotes and goofy gags together with any common sense. What you end up with is a bit of joke fatigue by the end and a sense that whoever put the trailer together was desperate to showcase as many hooks as possible. It’s hard to imagine how they would have lost out jut sticking to depicting the main story, especially considering how jumbled the final project was. Hopefully the film itself won’t suffer from the same too-eager-to-please joke assault.
Storks has a decent enough cast attached . Along wth Samberg and Crown we’ve got Kelsey Grammar as Samberg’s boss, Key and Peele as wolves and Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell as the parents. Unfortunately a good cast isn’t enough to secure an animated movie’s quality. The Angry Birds Movie was choc full of comedy stars. But that didn’t stop it being slated by critics. Will Storks fair better? Or will it have to rely on Samberg’s live action summer success?
Storks is set for release September 23rd 2016. Watch this space for all the latest Storks movie news.
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After squashing rumours that he was leaving the franchise, James Wan describes the unique world we’ll get to see in Aquaman. Read more after the jump.
After the strongly mixed reviews to Batman v Superman, the DC extended universe’s string of bad press hit a critical mass. Seth Grahame-Taylor made a shock departure as director of The Flash, followed by rumours that James Wan would follow suit and ditch Aquaman. Fortunately Wan was quick to deny the departure rumours before Atlantis themed protests could take place. Since then we haven’t heard much from Wan, but now he’s back with some more positivity about the DCEU and Aquaman in particular.
The news from Screenrant.com is that Wan has made some exciting comments about what we can expect to see in the first big screen solo adventure of the hero of Atlantis. More importantly, he made sure to point out how it will differ from other superhero movies. The news came during a press tour for The Conjuring 2 when Wan answered some questions from Cinemablend:
“One thing I love about the Aquaman world is all the really different, really interesting characters. They are interesting characters, including the villains – I’m not going to tell you which villains I’m going to play with! [laughs] But they’re super cool. They’re very larger than life, but they’re unique.”
The impression we get is that the Aquaman movie will really lean into the “other world” side of things. With new characters and villains galore, it’s likely we’ll be seeing much more of Atlantis than we will of the surface world. Could the film entirely take place underwater?
It’s very rare that we get a superhero movie that takes place entirely in its own space. The double edged sword of a shared movie universe is that so many plots and characters have to be connected at any given time. However, when we have taken a break from the shared comings and goings, it’s been successful. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect example, taking place in an entirely separate part of space with almost all new characters. Thor is a lesser example, since half of the movie still takes place on earth. But the screen time taken up by Asgard really showed what the extensive and exotic Marvel Universe had to offer. Could we see the same for the DC universe with Aquaman.
That wasn’t all Wan had to say about Aquaman. He also did some teasing on the uniqueness of the Aquaman world:
“There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman. There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now, because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.”
This is one of the few times we’ve heard a superhero director point out the exhaustive volume of comicbook movies. It speaks to a serious case of superhero fatigue that’s become a favourite phrase of the Internet of late. But it sounds like Aquaman is designed to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Wan certainly sounds like he’s excited about showing off his underwater world. Hopefully he can help in diversifying the DCEU, which is what will be required to keep it fresh and alive.
Aquaman is set for a release on July 27 2018. Watch this space for all the latest Aquaman movie news.