There is finally some news regarding the long-delayed, much hyped Blade Runner sequel. With returning star Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott involved in a producing capacity and highly respected director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario and upcoming Arrival) at the helm, something special is expected. What we were missing was any title, release date or synopsis. The latter we’ll still have to wait for but it’s just been confirmed that the sequel to the 1982 classic will be called Blade Runner 2049. So no surprises in what year it will be set then (which is 30 years after the original). You can also pencil October 6, 2017 in to your diary for the premier. Pictured above is Villeneuve, Scott, Ford and Ryan Gosling, who takes a leading role in the movie. So, will Ford’s Deckard finally be revealed as a replicant? Will there be any origami? And will we see any electric sheep?
The publicity machine for upcoming Wolverine 3 flick – now titled simply Logan – is beginning to ramp up. Along with the new name and a poster we have the first image released. And it’s not of everyone’s favourite sideburned mutant either. It’s long been known that Patrick Stewart would be reprising his role as Professor X in the film – Hugh Jackman’s last as the titular Logan – and above you can see he’s not exactly looking his best. Taking its cue from the famed “Old Man Logan” comic series, Logan is set in the year 2024 and, as well as Professor X on the back heel, also sees the man with the claws getting on in years himself, with his regenerative powers on the wane and a potential successor at his side. After the frankly terrible first solo outing X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and ok but could be better second try The Wolverine (2013), hopes are high for third time lucky in really delivering a Logan movie to do the character justice. And with a possibly rumoured R-rating, we could be getting just that. Logan opens March 3, 2017.
A few days ago Ben Affleck was quoted as saying that the forthcoming standalone Batman movie could be called simply The Batman, echoing one of the funny books better runs. He stressed this was just a working title and shouldn’t be taken as fact, so naturally the interweb went into meltdown reporting the title as fact. Well, what did you expect? There is currently no script, no shooting schedule and certainly no release date as yet but since when did that stop the fanboys getting excited? And why should it?! Affleck has since backtracked a little:
“I mentioned the other day… it’s been around for a long time, but the movie… there is no Batman movie happening yet, we’re still trying to figure it out, you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, ‘what are you calling it?’ and I had said, like, back when we were promoting another movie, I was like ‘we don’t have a name for it, we’re just going with The Batman or Batman movie’, and I said that, and everyone was like ‘Affleck announces the name of his Batman movie.”
Affleck has surely been around long enough to know you can’t just drop a huge nugget like that and not expect it to gain traction. But for the record, we think The Batman would be an excellent title. And that it should also star William Shatner….
WILLIAM SHATNER TO STAR IN NEW BATMAN MOVIE
We’ll just let that sink in for a moment. Yes, you read it right, but don’t go expecting Ben Affleck and the original Captain Kirk to be sharing the screen anytime soon. A few weeks ago we reported on a new, animated Batman film, due to hit VOD and stores October 11. Clearly pre-sales and general interest is high, for a sequel has already been announced, together with some casting details. The high-camp Batman tv series of the sixties, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, has always had a friendly rivalry with the original Star Trek tv series of the same decade, some fans speculating on who would win in a fight – Batman or Captain Kirk – and now it looks like we’ll sort of get to find out. William Shatner(‘s voice) has been cast as none other than Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and there’s even been some artwork leaked showing how he’ll look:
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders looks a whole heap of fun (although it will likely confuse the hell out of BatFans brought up on the Keaton/Bale/Affleck versions) and we’ll have a review soon. And with Shatner’s forthcoming involvement, the sequel already has our interest. Holy Awesome Casting!
The girl-only heist flick that’s a reboot of sorts of Ocean’s Eleven (2001) has gradually been gaining a cast ever-increasing in both numbers and talent. Already on board we have Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina (yes, that’s a person and not a hashtag) and a rumoured Sarah Paulson. With both Ocean’s Eleven veterans Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney as producers and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) behind the camera, it’s actually shaping up to be potentially good, maybe huge. Now we have a release date, and if you’re keen for the movie we hope you’re also patient, ‘cos you’re gonna have to wait until June 8. 2018. Yep, it looks like having such a talented ensemble means that there’s a lot of downtime between now and the release of the movie; stories said this was presumably to give time for all the cast to get their schedules to come together. I mean, these ladies are busy, right? Well, no, the movie is set to shoot later this month and the reasoning behind that far ahead premier date is that Warner Bros. release slate is already pretty crammed for 2017, and it makes no sense at all to go up in competition against one’s self. Ocean’s Eight will see Danny Ocean’s sister (Sandra Bullock) attempt to steal a necklace from the Met Ball after putting together a ragtime team of misfits to carry out the heist. Sounds good to us. Watch this space.