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WB to announce new label for standalone superhero movies

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Essentially owning up to their craptacular failure to emulate Marvel’s cinematic universe, Warner Bros have signified a change in course by replacing plans to focus entirely on a shared universe of DC superhero movies – that are all connected, like “Batman vs Superman vs Bum Stear” – with that of a series of stand alone superhero movies that will be more about the filmmakers involved than the different superheroes featuring in them.

The upcoming “Joker” origin movie, with Todd Phillips at the helm and Martin Scorsese producing, will be the first in a new series of DC comic book movies that will have nothing to do with what’s come before. Instead of linking up to the earlier “Batman”, “Man of Steel”, “Justice League” and what-have-you, this one will primarily fix on the one character and the proposed unique vision of it’s filmmaker.

And it sounds like the long-gestating “Batman” movie that Ben Affleck is/was attached to will likely go the same way – it’ll end up a reboot, unconnected to what’s come before, that offers its director (Matt Reeves) a chance to do whatever the frick he wants … without having to worry about where to insert a reference to the ‘Martha’ moment from “Batman vs Superman” or who to shoe horn in a cameo from The Flash. Like the Chris Nolan films, it’ll probably be a more grounded, grittier take on the character.
The studio are apparently going to announce the name of the new ‘label’ that these movies will fall under soon.
So, in short, yes they’ll be continuing on with their superhero team-up movies, like this year’s “Justice League” and the upcoming “Suicide Squad” sequel, but from hereon out there’ll be a greater focus on quality over quantity. So they say. Stay tuned for the announcement!

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Sonic going back to the workshop; moves to 2020

Paramount to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look

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Coming through on it’s promise to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look, Paramount has delayed the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie until 2020.

After the release of the recent trailer, fans of the SEGA-game freaked on Twitter over the blue animal’s human teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish.” The filmmakers went into immediate damage control, promising punters they’ll fix the look.

The pic, starring Jim Carrey, is now moving from its November 8 release to February 14, 2020 next year so the blue guy looks better for y’all.

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Rocky 7!?

Sylvester Stallone says he has a “great idea” for another “Rocky” film

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While we’ll unlikely see Creed belting his glove again, Sylvester Stallone says Rocky Balboa isn’t out.

The actor  made the revelation today at the Cannes film festival, where his long career and latest ‘Rambo’ film are under the Croisette’s spotlight.

While ‘Sly’ hints that his participation in the “Creed” franchise might be two and out, the 72-year-old says a seventh “Rocky” film could be on the cards.

“I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella who’s in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It would be really phenomenal, really different”.

“It’s like a magician,” he continued. “Once you’ve seen how he does the tricks you’re not impressed any more. It’s the same thing with Rocky. You’ve seen everything, so you’re like, ‘How can it be different?’ That would be different. When you take him and throw him out of the country and he’s in another world. It could work.” he said.

Stallone didn’t say whether it’d be Balboa, who we last saw in 2018’s “Creed II”, training the immigrant.

The actor had intended for 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to be the character’s swansong but returned to the role when the idea for the “Creed” films were presented to him.

Stallone was at Cannes to attend a a 4K restoration screening of his groundbreaking actioner “First Blood” and promote its fourth sequel “Last Blood”, which sees the long-suffering vet going up against cartels in Mexico.

“He goes out there and bad things happen,” Stallone said. “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people are going to get killed.”

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ICYMI : Christopher Nolan’s new film gets title, full cast

The time-traveling international spy movie stars Robert Pattinson, among others

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Warner Bros have announced the title and cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film, due July 17, 2020.
“Tenet”, which has just gone before the cameras, is said to be an action epic that combines the always entertaining elements of international spy missions and time travel.  The man with the megaphone is keeping a tight lid on the plot.
The cast, which includes many Nolan-staples, is headed by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan is shooting in the beautiful IMAX format with some 70mm thrown in for good measure.

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