Months ago, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates courted controversy among some Harry Potter fans by saying that the movie — despite featuring a young Dumbledore grappling with confronting his now-villainous love interest — would not address author J.K. Rowling’s post-book reveal that Dumbledore is gay. Now he’s walking that back, ever so slightly.
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The casting of Johnny Depp as the big villain of the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been causing consternation from some Harry Potter fans, due to the ongoing allegations of domestic abuse levelled against Depp by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Director David Yates has now spoken about the issue directly after it bubbled up again thanks to the movie's official cast and title reveal, defending Depp in the most awful way possible.
There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it's on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America!), and it very nearly reaches the heights of those stories.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn't out until November 17, but we already have some news about its sequel: Johnny Depp is joining the cast. He'll be a new element in a film which will otherwise have the same director (David Yates), screenwriter (J.K. Rowling) and star (Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander).
Movies need drama. This is a fact. No matter what the genre, if we're always sure of the outcome, nothing matters. In The Legend of Tarzan, there's not a moment where anything is in doubt. No one is superior to Tarzan. He's the unstoppable, unbeatable Terminator of the jungle. He's always going to win, the bad guys are always going to lose, and the audience is never going to care.