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‘Indiana Jones 5’ will pick up after ‘Crystal Skull’

Speculation about where Indiana Jones 5 will sit in the franchise timeline has been put to bed with confirmation it will pick up where Indy 4 left off. Will it be another Crystal Skull? Read more after the jump. Continue reading ‘Indiana Jones 5’ will pick up after ‘Crystal Skull’

JJ Abrams Spills Beans on Kylo Ren and the First Order

JJ Abrams gets particular about the Force Awakens baddies, and how the dark side’s changed since Return of the Jedi.

Quick, what was the coolest part of the first Force Awakens teaser trailer? Wrong! The answer is the red cross guard lightsaber wielding sith. I’d also have accepted the huge number of stormtroopers post-rebellion. If you did say the sith or stormtroopers, you probably didn’t say it loud enough.

Everyone was all over that weird-looking saber, but we still didn’t have a name. Then we got a name: Kylo Ren, the helmeted bad ass. But with all the answers came more questions. Fortunately JJ Abrams has a few more bits and pieces for us on the bad guys currently roaming the galaxy.

Empire recently sat down with Abrams for its latest issue, during which the topic of the dark side adjacent enigma came up. And from out of nowhere, the nuggets of knowledge come thick and fast.

First off, the Empire leftovers, known as the First Order, have an intriguing back story. Here’s what Abrams had to say:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

So the First Order looks to be more fan club than faction. Will we see “I Heart Vader” badges or Obi wan effigies flying around. We can only hope.

But that’s not all we learnt! Turns out the reason that Kylo Ren isn’t called Darth Ren as you’d expect is because that dude ain’t no sith! Here’s what Abrams had to say:

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith… He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

Snoke may sound like a Willy Wonka candy cigarette, but he’s even more horrifying. In case you don’t know, Snoke will be motion captured by Andy Serkis, who did a tone poem as the character for the teaser’s voice over.

Check Out the 11 Best Bits of Disney Magic at the D23 Expo

Another year, another peak behind the curtain of the planet’s most beloved and most profitable mouse rights advocacy groups. The D23 Expo was always a promise of shock and awe, given Disney’s more recent acquisitions of Marvel and Star Wars. But even though we expected a lot, there was still more besides to surprise the sailor suits off us! Let’s revisit them shall we? Continue reading Check Out the 11 Best Bits of Disney Magic at the D23 Expo

Could “Star Wars” Celebration Kick Off with Trailer and Poster?

Even if you’re not crazy about the marvel universe or getting psyched about the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron première, you might be just as eager for the release so that you can get a sneaky glimpse of the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s definitely the second most exciting think about the release, but that may not be the only time the trailer is being revealed. It may not even be the earliest time it’s being revealed! Don’t try with me, I hear you cry. Of you’ve got some news then spill it! Will do, threatening readers, will do.

There are rumours coming out of Slashfilm and Collider that something big will be going down at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in mid-point, based mainly on a suggestion by JJ Abrams that the celebration will be starting off in a big way. What could that mean? Well it could be big news, or a big trailer. But in any case, it sounds as though there will be a poster involved!

For every speculation about the upcoming trailer there’s another three about the nature of the Force Awakens poster. Don’t trust my data? I don’t blame you since I just made them up. In any case people are curious. Will it be traditional and take the multi character artistic portrait of the entire movie? Seems unlikely, since that might give too much of the movie away and a lot of it is still under wraps. Perhaps it will be a teaser poster? Not as descriptive but sets a tone and a precedent. Think of the young Anakin Skywalker and his Darth Vader shadow for the Phantom Menace teaser?

In any case, it will be taking pride of place on my wall for the foreseeable future. If the trailer does appear at the celebration then that’s awesome, but even if we just get a look at the poster then I think I could manage. How about you?

The Star Wars Celebration will take place on April 16th.

“Dawn of Justice” Teaser to Premiere with “Mad Max: Fury Road”

If for any bizarre, inconceivable reason you were planning on missing out on the long Mad Max: Fury Road, you may want to rethink your plans. There are reports coming our that the post apocalyptic vehicle vehicle will play host to a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! On a totally unrelated note, it looks as though movie title colons are popular again! Long live the subtitle.

Anyway getting back to the real news, Screenrant is reporting that a teaser trailer for the DC Universe first course is on its way. This follows on from news coming out of Collider that multiple WB insiders were confirming that Dawn of Justice will be the official tease of Mad Max. I wouldn’t blame you for shrugging off this news. There have been Dawn of Justice teaser promises before, with claims that we’d get a taste before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and Jupiter Ascending.

However, the timing for Mad Max makes a whole lot more sense than the other two. By waiting for the Mad Max release, WB will steer clear of the Avengers: Age of Ultron première. This makes sense for two reasons: one, they can avoid their hype being smothered by Marvel madness, and two, they can keep their trailer out of the airspace of The Force Awakens, which has a new trailer attached to Age of Ultron. Now noone’s suggesting that Dawn of Justice won’t be a hot topic whenever the trailer is released, but why run the risk of competition when you don’t have to?

Even though it’s only going to be teaser length, the Dawn of Justice of bound to answer a lot of questions that have been bouncing around the last year or so. Granted we won’t be seeing much plotiness this time around (it’s a word) but purely from a stylistic and atmospheric standpoint we should get a solid idea of what we can expect from the film.

Mad Max: Fury Road will be released this May, while Dawn of Justice will be in theatres March 25th 2016.