Our new Batman speaks on…Batman action figures. The Marvel vs. DC rivalry is about to get a big bump. Plus updates from Nancy Drew, and more. Spoilers in spaaaaaaace….
Director Matt Reeves has now officially confirmed what we previously reportedâ€”Andy Serkis will play Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman.
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) November 13, 2019
Lopez: Why â€œBatmanâ€?
Pattinson: With â€œBatman,â€ there was something â€” I was very focused on it. It kept coming back into my head.
Lopez: So you sought out the part?
Pattinson: Well, not sought it out directly. But I was interested in it. I donâ€™t know what it is, which happened inside of me, but I was like, â€œI kind of want to do it.â€ I like doing something which an audience doesnâ€™t know that it wants, and try to get it out of them: â€œOh yeah, you want to play Batman.â€
Lopez: Youâ€™re going to be Batman.
Pattinson: And thatâ€™s crazy! Let me tell you something. Whenever I see that little action figure, I still havenâ€™t really got my head around it yet.Â
Deadline reports Juliette Lewis, Grace Van Patten, and Mia Goth are now attached to star in Karen Cinorreâ€™s directorial debut, Mayday, â€œa fantastical female-driven action filmâ€ focusing on â€œa young woman named Ana (Van Patten) who is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins up with a band of female soldiers engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast.â€
Clive Barkerâ€™s Books of Blood
Deadline also reports Andy McQueen, Freda Foh Shen and Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinciâ€™s Inquest/Da Vinciâ€™s City Hall) have joined the cast of Huluâ€™s upcoming Books of Blood movie from director Brannon Braga and producer Seth McFarlane. McQueen will play Steve, â€œa dim hit manâ€ while Shen plays Ellie, â€œa retired RNâ€ and â€œavid gardenerâ€ who lives with her husband, Sam (Campbell) â€œa sturdy, outgoing man whose good humour and seemingly good heart perfectly balance his wifeâ€™s warmth.â€
An oddly soundless behind-the-scenes video featuring George Lucas visiting the set of the Disney+ series has surfaced.
In other intriguing tidbits, in an interview with Variety, Disney chief Alan Horn was asked about doing the reverse of bringing the Marvel movie characters to Disney+ and perhaps making a movie jump from the small screen instead (something previously covered by Kevin Feige).
In response, Horn revealed that a feature based on Disney Plusâ€™ tentpole original series and â€œStar Warsâ€ spinoff â€œThe Mandalorian,â€ for instance, might not be out of the question.
â€œâ€˜The Mandalorianâ€™ is already proving to be a big thing, so if that series proves to be so compelling that we reverse engineer it into a theatrical release, a two-hour film or whatever, O.K.,â€ Horn said.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Speaking of George, in a recent interview with Total Film (via Games Radar), J.J. Abrams revealed he held a meeting with Lucas to discuss the nature of midi-chlorians, the controversial Force-sensitive microbes introduced in The Phantom Menace.
Yes, there were some conversations about Midi-chlorians – he loves his Midi-chlorians. But it was a very helpful thing. Sitting with him is a treat, just to hear him talk, because itâ€™s fucking George Lucas talking about Star Wars. I always feel itâ€™s a gift to hear him talk about that stuff. Because the effect that he had on me at 10 years old is utterly profound.
Blumhouseâ€™s Black Christmas remake has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for â€œviolence, terror, thematic content involving sexual assault, language, sexual material and drinking.â€ Notably, both the 1974 original and its 2006 remake were rated R.
Marvel vs. DC
Anthony and Joe Russo (aka the Russo Brothers) have set up a documentary series to executive produce next for Quibi. Deadline reports, â€œThe series is inspired by Reed Tuckerâ€™s book Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle Between Marvel and DC. The competition between the publishers actually dates back to the FDR years and the publication of Action Comics No. 1 (which introduced Superman and launched DC) and Marvel Comics No. 1 (which introduced Namor the Sub-Mariner), but it was the revolutionary 1960s relaunch of Marvel by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko that gave the rivalry an urgency that transformed the marketplace.â€
The Tomorrow War
Chris McKayâ€™s The Tomorrow War is now scheduled for a December 25, 2020 release date.
The Wrap also reports Amazon has officially ordered the series based on William Gibsonâ€™s time travel novel, The Peripheral, from Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. In the words of a press release, the seriesâ€™ centres on Flynne Fisher, â€œa woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrowâ€™s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her.â€
Production has wrapped on Arrowâ€™s eighth and final season.
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) November 13, 2019
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Shout Factory has announced it will continue its annual Mystery Science Theatre 3000 marathon thisÂ Thanksgiving with â€œsix classic episodesâ€ and brand-new host segments with Crow and Tom Servo.
Star Wars Resistance
A preview for next weekâ€™s episode summarized thusly: â€œWhen Kaz and team arrives on a mysterious planet to buy supplies, they find the outpost has been abandoned and a secret Sith Temple has been raised.â€
Betty and Jughead investigate a murder in the trailer for next weekâ€™s episode of Riverdale, â€œThe Ice Storm.â€
Finally, Nancy Drew holds a seance in the trailer for next weekâ€™s episode, â€œThe Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen.â€.
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