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James Wan Promises “Uniqueness” in ‘Aquaman’

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.

‘Booster Gold’ Movie in the Works from ‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ Co-Creator

Greg Berlanti has confirmed he’ll be bringing time-traveling show-off Booster Gold to the big screen. Will the style of the TV shows be coming with him? Read more after the jump.  Continue reading ‘Booster Gold’ Movie in the Works from ‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ Co-Creator

Hans Zimmer is retiring from superhero films

Dawn of Justice will be the last superhero movie Hans Zimmer will work on, after composing 5 of them from Batman Begins to Dawn of Justice.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a big place in your heart for Hans Zimmer. Even if you’re not familiar for his landmark 90’s film composing on projects like The Lion King and The Thin Red Line, then you’ll know him for his modern day work. Since 2005 Zimmer has been working consistently on superhero movies Beginning with Batman Begins, the composer worked on the entire Christopher Nolan trilogy. Since then he has put his name to both Man of Steel and the latest instalment in the DCEU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But even though he’s such a household name in comic book shops across the world, the composer may very well be hanging up his cape and tights for good.

The news from the BBC is that Zimmer, who has composed music for over 150 films, will be retiring from the superhero movie business. In an interview with BBC HARDtalk, the composer spoke about how committed he was to the Nolan trilogy, and how much it took out of him:

“I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life.”

This is a fairly eye-opening message from Zimmer, and speaks to how invested he becomes in his work. He also spoke briefly about Dawn of Justice, and the difficulties he had finding inspiration for the DC heavyweight bout:

“This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”

Well the good news is that Hans Zimmer isn’t retiring completely, which is definitely a relief. It will certainly be strange to experience a DC movie without that classic Zimmer sound, but it’s understandable after 5 films and 11 years.

It’s also worth remembering that Zimmer wasn’t the only composer working on Dawn of Justice. Junkie XL, who recently wrote the score for the wickedly successful Deadpool, also contributed some work to the film. You might recognise his guitar work on the parts of the film that focussed on Wonder Woman and the rest of the upcoming Justice League members. The two musicians have worked together before on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Maybe the work between Zimmer and Junkie XL on Dawn of Justice was a DCEU handover of sorts. Could we be hearing Junkie XL’s work on the next Justice League project? We’ll have to wait and see.

God speed Mr Zimmer, we’ll be hearing from you soon. Get it? Because he’s a composer.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in cinemas now. Watch this space for all the latest Hans Zimmer movie news.

It’s the Super Bowl Trailers Bonanza!

Deadpool, The Jungle Book and X-Men: Apocalypse are just a few of the Super Bowl trailers that aired during the big game. Watch them all below.

There is no reason not to be excited about the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if you hate American football or half-time shows or large groups of people wearing matching outfits. That’s only a tiny fraction of what makes the Super Bowl great. A much larger fraction off what makes the Super Bowl great is the Super Bowl trailers! This year saw a stupendous ten big budget movies getting the Super Bowl trailer treatment. Tat doesn’t even include the TV spots for Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Coca Cola’s lavish Marvel-powered ad.

So what are you waiting for? Get to buffering cos you definitely don’t want to miss these! Let’s start wiiiith:

Deadpool TV Spot

Ok, it’s called a TV spot, but really it’s a trailer. It’s just hard to tell because Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth is constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. I’d get used to that if I were you. Watch out for a few new snippets of footage but mostly just enjoy the banter.

Captain America: Civil War

A lot of people were probably hoping to see a bit more of the upcoming Marvel clash of titans, but this 30 second trailer still packs a lot in. Check out Tony Stark’s quick fire Iron Man gauntlet and the full team shots at the end. Delicious… Here’s the first Civil War trailer.

Jason Bourne

All we had to go on was a photo of a lean, mean Matt Damon bare-knuckle boxing. Now we’ve got a full half-minute of footage. It definitely looks like Damon is bringing the grit after his time on Mars in The Martian. How will the latest in the Bourne franchise measure up?

X-Men: Apocalypse

“Let’s go to war”. They picked a good line to sneak into this Super Bowl trailer. The latest footage gives us a better idea of the scope of destruction we can expect, what with the hundreds of missiles firing and all. We’ve already seen Apocalypse increase in size, though. Can you show us anything else he can do?

The Secret Life of Pets

Let’s take a breather from the action and see something a little more relaxed. The latest animated venture from the folks behind Despicable Me looks like it’s got some solid laughs. Still, not even a whiff of a plot to speak of in this trailer.

The Jungle Book

While we’re on the subject of animals, how’s this for a feral treat? Another full length trailer for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book. Not only that, but we finally get to hear Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Christopher Walken lend their voices to the animal characters. A bit more light-hearted than the last trailer, as well.

10 Cloverfield Lane

If you haven’t seen anything about JJ Abrams‘ spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, this is as good a place as any to start. John Goodman acting screwy in a bunker while all hell breaks loose on the surface? I’m sorry but what’s not to like?

Turkish Airlines Batman v Superman TV Spots

We’ve been a bit overloaded with Batman v Superman footage especially with the last spoiler-filled trailer. But these Turkish Airline spots promoting Gotham and Metropolis as must-visit destinations are pretty fantastic.

Gods of Egypt

It’s Clash of the Titans meets 300 but probably not quite as good. Gods of Egypt gets a slightly longer trailer but still fiils it to bursting with luscious CGI and badass monsters. Ok it’s not an Oscar nominee, but still looks like a lot of fun.

Eddie the Eagle

A nice bit of English underdog-ness to cut through all this American action. Taron Egerton play the optimistic ski-jumper and stars alongside Hugh Jackman. Turn down your brightness when you watch this – the 80’s colour palette is intense.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Rule 1 of Nina Turtles Club: Don’t take anything seriously. The trailers for Michael Bay’s reptilian sequel have been following this rule very well so far. A lot of new footage in this one – watch out for our first good look at Krang.

Independence Day: Resurgence

The final of our Super Bowl trailers. There’s a fantastic amount of destruction this time around, including an alien craft vs air force dog fight. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum looking as distinguished as ever.

No a bad set of Super Bowl Trailers. Do yourself a favour and watch them all again. Al of them!