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Ever since news broke that Robert Pattinson may be DC's new movie Batman, the internet has been aflame with opinions. While the former Twilight actor has had many people defending the decision, it's safe to say the rumored casting has been very polarizing. Sure, Pattinson has done some great things outside of the films he's commonly known for, but is he really Batman material?

Whether he's the right man for the job or not, one thing both sides of this argument should agree on is that now is the best possible time for DC to roll the dice on casting Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. For those who don't quite see that just yet, I'll break down exactly why we shouldn't be yanking our hair out and boycotting just because Edward Cullen may become the Caped Crusader.

Robert Pattinson Would Play Batman During DC's Experimental Phase

After its attempts to replicate what Marvel is doing with the MCU more or less failed, DC has been more focused on creating entertaining standalone movies and have put on less emphasis on making sure they're all a part of a connected universe. While there are downsides and have been some casualties because of this decision, the result has been a more creative and free cinematic universe.

Want to reboot Suicide Squad but still keep Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn? Not a problem. Want to fix up Jason Momoa's character after his initial appearance in Justice League? No problemo. Hell, you can even make a Joker origin movie that's disconnected entirely from the Joker seen only a few years back in Suicide Squad! It sounds like chaos, but really it's similar to what comics have always done.

That is to say DC is throwing a lot of concepts at a dartboard and going with what sticks. The beauty in this process is that it's a win-win for fans, particularly those who doubt Robert Pattinson's abilities as Batman. If he flops, then there's plenty of precedent that DC will drop him and try to take another shot at a Batman movie with another actor down the road, or he'll surprise skeptics and the formerly angry will be happy.

The World Is Hungry For A Solo Batman Film

As of this writing, it's been seven years since The Dark Knight Rises debuted in theaters. The world hasn't waited that long on a standalone Batman movie since the gap between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins, although the wait hasn't been quite as unbearable thanks to Ben Affleck's Batman in DC's ensemble features.

It's not for a lack of trying, as DC tried to get The Batman up and underway during Affleck's tenure, but it never seemed to work out. Instead, audiences were teased with flashes of what Affleck's Batman was capable of, which were packaged in commercially successful, but subpar in the eyes of critics and some fans. The Batman was going to have Affleck's Batman front and center, and it would be a chance for Batman to get the solo screen time fans had only been teased with before.

Now, we finally will get to see Batman in action, only he'll be played by someone else. Sure, it's not as satisfying, but even when considering casting issues, the world will be amped to see another Batman movie even if Robert Pattinson is the new Bruce Wayne. Provided the casting rumor is true, it doesn't seem likely fans will be worked up so much they'll actively boycott his first film and risk an even longer gap between Batman movies.

Robert Pattinson May Be The Perfect Batman For The Batman

Is Robert Pattinson different than past actors that have donned the cowl and cape? That depends on who you ask, but I think many would agree that Pattinson's public perception is different than other actors who have played the role. He's not a name the mainstream would associate with action movies, nor is he necessarily on a short list of actors one would describe as a "badass."

To be fair to Robert Pattinson, neither is another actor who's allegedly in contention for the role, Nicholas Hoult. Hoult's cred for the role of Batman is marginally better in that he's been in X-Men, but both are far more known for their works outside the world of superheroes and action movies. Put simply, it appears physicality will be a part of The Batman, but it doesn't appear to be the main thing Matt Reeves and crew are looking for.

We do know that Matt Reeves' vision for The Batman is a noir-driven story that focuses more on the detective abilities of Batman, and while there will almost certainly be some action, it appears the analytical side of Batman will take center stage. Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult may not be the most obvious choices for Batman to some, but that could be because this won't be the typical Batman movie everyone is used to.

DC Could Have More Than One Batman At The Same Time

Now, is it possible Robert Pattinson could continue to be a polarizing Batman even after one film? Sure, but if there are enough people on board and the box office numbers are in The Batman's favor, there's a good chance the young actor could get another film or two to further line the pockets of producers.

With that being said, is there a rule that there can only be one Batman in cinema at one time? It's never been done, but it's looking like there wil be at least two Bruce Wayne's co-existing provided The Batman doesn't have some yet-to-be-discovered tie-in to Joker. Provided both films are successful and have sequels, DC could potentially have two Batmen co-existing in two different eras.

It's not a novel concept, and while DC has typically been pretty protective of how many versions of its heroes are used throughout its media, that stance has seemingly been relaxed quite a bit as of late. In fact, this Batman may co-exist alongside Lego Batman and Titans' incoming Batman played by Iain Glen. Whether it happens with Joker or some other way, don't be surprised if DC doesn't try for another live-action Batman to share the stage with Robert Pattinson in his own set of movies.

The bottom line is this is the ideal time for DC to take a risk with an actor that the world may be iffy on as Batman, and those upset shouldn't be that worried considering the current era of DC movies. Whether the new Batman is Robert Pattinson or anyone else, let's always remember that the most unlikely of actors can deliver the best performances, and that DC is often quick to pivot when a plan doesn't come together.

Stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on The Batman (which comes out on June 25, 2021) and other big headlines in movies, television and pop culture.

Naturally the main reason one goes to a Godzilla movie is to see the eponymous creature fight other monsters, but it’s also important to have human characters involved to anchor the story. In the MonsterVerse franchise, most of those humans are part of or affiliated with Monarch, which has studied these Titans for nearly three-quarters of a century.

While 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island provided some information on Monarch, this month’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters pulling the curtain back even further on this organization. I recently interviewed King of the Monsters production designer Scott Chambliss, and he explained that Monarch’s headquarters is representative of the clash between man and nature in the movie. Speaking about the inspiration for designing these headquarters, Chambliss said:

Our story boiled down to its most essential archetype is one of man vs. nature, and the Monarch HQ was the perfect environment in which to visually express this. Located deep in the heart of an oceanic mountain miles below the water’s surface, Monarch brought together all the human and technological engineering firepower conceivable to house its monumental and labyrinthine HQ within an utterly hostile environment...one that didn’t even exist until they created the initial negative void itself.

Although Kong: Skull Island’s post-credits scenes showed Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson’s characters being held inside one of Monarch’s interrogation rooms, that’s hardly a good look into the kind of work space the agency’s employees operate in. Fortunately, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will not have that issue, and clearly Monarch is not lacking for funds if it can set up its headquarters within an underwater mountain.

More importantly, though, is how Godzilla: King of the Monsters reflects the core archetype through both the artificial elements making up Monrach’s base and its natural home. Scott Chambliss provided additional details about what to expect from the headquarters, saying:

Within the compound you see evidence of both: the technologically advanced monitoring, scientific, and manufacturing floors expressed in the language of advanced fortified architecture within the larger and very visible raw volcanic rock volume that houses it. This isn’t the kind of metaphoric visualizing that is intended to be showily theatrical. It is instead a presentation of starkly contrasting ingredients- raw, powerful nature and utterly refined human engineering- which is by itself an interpretation of our archetype. I’m very curious to see if this translates into the final film in any meaningful way.

In the present day MonsterVerse, the two main representatives of Monarch have been Ken Watanabe’s Ishiro Serizawa and Sally Hawkins’ Vivienne Graham. Both will be back for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and in addition to meeting some of their other coworkers, we finally get to see the kind of environment they’re in when not doing fieldwork.

Scott Chambliss also confirmed that it was incredibly difficult to put together the Monarch headquarters set. As he put it:

The great volume of Monarch HQ made it by far the most demanding build of our movie. All the scenic and technical arts of set creation were employed here, down to robotic set dressing components. A large number of complicated parts working together comprised our final Monarch HQ world.

It’s hard to say just how much time Godzilla: King of the Monsters is spending inside the Monarch headquarters, and obviously the main draw of this latest MonsterVerse tale is witnessing Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah collide out in the open. Still, considering how little we’ve learned about the organization, it’s cool to see Monarch will have a bigger presence for this third entry.

Along with Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins reprising their roles, Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ main cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, g, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson, David Strathairn and Zhang Ziyi. Michael Dougherty directed and co-wrote the script with Zach Shields.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters rampages into theaters on May 31, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, head to our 2019 release schedule to find out what movies are coming out later in the year.

The question at the heart of Thunder Road and 87Eleven’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, opening courtesy of Summit and Lionsgate next Thursday night, is “Why bother?” That’s not a critical statement, but a thematic acknowledgment that we’re watching a man who probably deserves to die run, fight and kill for his life. You can (and perhaps should) enjoy this third chapter, in what the arguably the best “new” action franchise of the decade, on a purely visceral level. However, the screenplay, courtesy of Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Marc Abrams, doesn’t ignore the pivotal questions. Does John Wick deserve to live? Why does the famed hitman, who came out of retirement to avenge a puppy, continue to fight with so little left for which to live?

Once again directed by Chad Stahelski, this third and not-necessarily-final chapter in the John Wick saga (no spoilers, but it’s not like the world implodes at the end) continues to peel back the layers on our protagonist. The first film offered the easy fantasy of a reformed hitman slaughtering countless men to avenge a dog (and, implicitly, to avenge his wife who had just succumbed to cancer), while the sequel expanded on the worldbuilding while crafting a story where Wick’s targets were less conveniently diabolical and his thus vengeance was less morally absolute. This time out, it’s almost entirely self-defense, as Wick’s reckless actions have put a bounty on his head. Even so, there is collateral damage and cruel judgment awaiting those willing to help our anti-hero.

Courtesy of cinematographer Dan Lausten (who shot John Wick Chapter 2), this is once again a gorgeous-looking motion picture. The film may have cost around $55 million (compared to the $30 million-to-$40 million budgets of the first two), but it looks every bit as polished as the biggest-scaled James Bond or Mission: Impossible movie. This is digital photography at its finest, offering blinding richness and a polished European high-art palette for what is arguably a grindhouse actioner. The mix is intoxicating. The original John Wick distinguished itself from its VOD peers partially by the sheer beauty of Jonathan Sela’s compositions, and that continues here on an even more mouthwatering scale. If you have a trusted IMAX or Dolby Cinema auditorium available next week, spend the money.


If it’s action you crave, well, the first 30 minutes are as relentless and punishing as you can imagine, albeit delivered in a way that emphasizes the choreography and geography over sheer bloodshed. More so than any other film save for maybe Edge of Tomorrow or Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, this film looks and feels like a living video game. That’s not a criticism, as the fluid action sequences benefit from a relative lack of trickery. Evan Schiff’s editing emphasizes, rather than hides, the actual actors and stuntmen performing often insane feats of violence. While there is plenty of gunplay, there is also a bit more variety to the carnage. Along with shootouts, we get knife fights, chase sequences fisticuffs and animal-assisted murder.

There is, especially in the first act, a certain video game sensibility, as John encounters one distinct group of opponents and dispatches them only to run into a different batch of assassins in a different location who must be taken out in a slightly different manner. It’s not quite Double Dragon, but that’s what came to mind. Yes, there is a bit of character work here and there, including a few visits with folks (Angelica Houston and Halle Berry among others) from Wick’s pre-retirement past. Berry shows up in the second act and the big middle-of-the-movie action sequence (involving at least a few dogs) is a triumph of intricate action staging and editing that is a wonder to behold no matter how thin the narrative justification might be.

Aladdin star Naomi Scott has opened up about the differences between tackling a new song and classics like 'A Whole New World' on the live-action remake.

Guy Ritchie's new take on the Disney animation sees Princess Jasmine (Scott) get her own solo number in the form of 'Speechless', written by Disney legend Alan Menken and The Greatest Showman's Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

But it seems tackling Aladdin's standout classic wasn't as daunting as bringing a new song into Aladdin canon.

"I think 'A Whole New World', there's a whimsical feeling and a joyful feeling to it that I think as long as you… it's almost like just enjoying it and going for the ride and you have to just enjoy it. I didn't actually feel as much pressure on that one, funnily enough," Scott told Digital Spy.

"I think that for 'Speechless', I did feel the weight of the message of the song. I think the message is so powerful, the idea that she's not going to go speechless and you do have a voice and you should speak up against injustice.

"Everyone can relate to the idea of being shut down. Did I feel the pressure? I think because it was new, you feel a bit of freedom to really make it your own, there's not someone that's gone before you. Ultimately, I was just really excited to make it feel raw. She's angry in that moment."

While 'Speechless' is new for the remake and adds a different dimension to Princess Jasmine, Scott still wanted to keep what made the character one of her favourite Disney Princesses.

"I think that you always want to get that balance right of honouring what went before, but also keeping it fresh and new. Also, I think it's been 27 years since the original and things have changed and progressed," she explained.

"What I did want to keep is how Princess Jasmine made me feel at eight years old. I wanted to keep that feeling. She was one of my favourite Princesses growing up, genuinely, because I saw myself in her and I could relate to her, she just made me feel empowered. I wanted to keep that feeling, but also make her even more ambitious."

Scott has previously spoken about one of the other major new elements in the remake in the form of Jasmine's handmaiden Dalia.

Former James Bond femme fatale Halle Berry has strong feelings about who should play the next incarnation of the superspy.

Berry played Jinx Johnson in 2002’s “Die Another Day” opposite Pierce Brosnan.

She appeared on the “Today” show Wednesday to reveal which actors she thinks should tackle the role after Daniel Craig.

Berry first suggested that producers take a chance with the role.

“A woman!” she said, quickly adding: “No, just kidding. Queen Latifah!”

Berry then picked two other actors she thought might fit the Bond bill.

“Who should take it? I’d want to see Hugh Jackman or Idris Elba,” she said, emphasizing a preference for Elba. “I would go for him.”

Berry isn’t the only Bond alum who has expressed support for Elba.

In March, Dame Judi Dench ― who played spymaster M in a number of Bond movies until the death of her character in 2012’s “Skyfall” ― said she thought Elba would make “a brilliant Bond.”

 

While John Wick, the grieving master assassin, may not be a very nice guy, actor Keanu Reeves is well known for being a stand-up dude. Notoriously shy, there are lots of stories floating around about nice things he’s done, but hard to get anything on the record, since the actor won’t confirm or deny many of these stories.

So, we sat down with the cast of John Wick 3: Parabellum and asked them to name the nicest thing Keanu Reeves did while on set. The answers ranged from sweet and simple, like Ian McShane revealing that Reeves brought him tea while on set, to Lance Reddick describing a touching moment between the two actors. Halle Berry, who recently joined the franchise, just laughed and revealed that punctuality actually counts for a lot.

John Wick 3: Parabellum hits theaters May 17.

John Wick Has a Surprising Hobby That Got Cut From the Movies, Keanu Reeves Says
When he's not killing assassins, John Wick is doing something quite lovely actually.

Keanu Reeves’ beloved assassin John Wick is a killing machine with a spot for dogs, but the one thing Wick doesn’t seem to have is a hobby. Over the course of three feature films – 2014’s “John Wick,” 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2,” and this summer’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” – Wick has rarely been seen outside of his assassin life. During a recent interview with Uproxx, Reeves made a surprising reveal that Wick’s most passionate hobby was originally included in the first movie but was cut from the theatrical release.

“In the first script they had John Wick described as working with old leather-bound books and book restoration,” Reeves said. “We filmed it. It’s not in the movie, but we filmed it. He had a hobby and a vocation. That’s what he did. Best case, yes, his wife had passed, and that’s what he had decided to do once he got out after the impossible task, that was his vocation.”

Unfortunately for John Wick, the character’s life as an assassin came knocking and he’s spent three movies without anything to do with his secret love of old books. Perhaps the assassin will get back to his book roots in a potential fourth movie. Reeves is not ruling out another “John Wick” sequel, telling Uproxx, “Yeah, knock on wood. Fingers crossed. For me it would just be depending on the story and who’s the director. I love the role, so I’d love to play it.”

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” reunites Reeves with director Chad Stahelski, who has been behind the camera for each “John Wick” installment. “Parabellum” picks up right where the first sequel left off: John Wick is on the run after breaking the assassin code by killing someone in The Continental. With a $14 million bounty on his head, John Wick is forced to go up against the world’s top killers and fight his way out of New York. Joining Reeves for the latest “John Wick” are returning cast members Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne, plus newcomer Halle Berry as an old friend from John’s past.

Lionsgate is releasing “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” in theaters nationwide May 17. Head over to Uproxx to read Reeves’ interview in its entirety.

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