Greeting, Movie Morselers! We’re starting this work week off with more superhero films than you can swing Thor’s hammer at, including the latest on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the screen’s next Spider-Man, Tom Holland, and of course, Thor: Ragnarok. Plus, updates on Ghost in the Shell and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Excelsior!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director Zack Snyder has a few new things to say about the pairing of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in advance of the film’s next trailer…
“I want to — we’re working toward Justice League, and I really want to create the — part of the thing I really want to create is the possibility of a world where they could exist together. I think up to this point, it’s been difficult to suggest a world where Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman and others could exist in the same universe. That was one of the things I really wanted to try and get at. Not to mention, the amazing opportunity to bring those characters and have those characters tell an important story, their own story, within the confines of a film.”
As for the film’s new Batmobile, Snyder comments…
“You know it has all the kind of fun stuff. It has the countermeasures — we always talk about the countermeasures because people are like, ‘What the heck is countermeasures?’ You know, if I shot a missile at it, flares would pop out of those holes and stop the missile from hitting it… So that’s fun. It’s got this crazy gun [on the front part of the vehicle]. It’s super-fast. It’s electrified. It can do all the other Bat-car stuff. But the cool thing I liked about it is that it’s a purpose built Batmobile, right? Which is kind of fun to get back to that.”
To further whet your appetite, Total Film has a new still from the movie in its latest issue…
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot star in the March 25, 2016 release.
Marvel’s third Thor solo film will begin pre-production in Queensland in January 2016, with production commencing in June in Australia. Here’s what Louis D’Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios, has to say…
“Queensland offers an amazing and diverse backdrop for Thor: Ragnarok and we are very excited to bring this film to such an incredible locale. Marvel Studios would like to thank the Queensland Government for helping to make this a reality.”
The studio “will film at many locations throughout Queensland, including scenes at Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast.”
Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Jamie Alexander, Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3, 2017.
Actor Tom Holland explains his recent injury on the set of Captain America: Civil War, in which he’ll make his screen debut as Spider-Man…
“It was my own mistake. I basically fell over and bashed my face in front of about two hundred crew members, so not my most heroic moment! It was luckily just before my last shot; they were like, ‘Roll cameras!’, I was getting into position, everything went wrong, and they still did the take anyway. It looks great and they’ll probably just CGI out all the blood, and yeah, I was very lucky.”
Regarding his version of the wallcrawler, whose first solo film produced by Marvel Studios lands on July 28, 2017, and whether he will derive inspiration from previous screen Spider-Men, Holland comments…
“I think it’s impossible not to, they were so great and such real and rich performances and there’s obviously factors I love and I will continue to try and recreate, but I think the most important thing at the moment is making a film which is obviously of the same character but make it a new and exciting movie.”
Ghost in the Shell
Straight Outta Compton is one of 2015’s nicest surprises, so its great to hear its screenwriter will next script the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Jonathan Herman is rewriting the DreamWorks film. Directed by Rupert Sanders, it begins production in New Zealand in early 2016 for a March 31, 2017 release.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Finally today, actor Eddie Redmayne praises Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author J.K. Rowling, whom he met while preparing for his role in the film adaptation…
“When I was prepping, I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough — it’s so encyclopedic of her world — we had an hour together and I sort of asked her about eight hundred questions so that was a lot of my wonderful research.”
Regarding the adaptation’s director, Harry Potter helmer David Yates, Redmayne remarks…
“He’s wonderful. Even though there’s a scale to these films that could be intimidating, he has such a kindness but an absolutely brilliant that it feels very intimate, and he’s got such a wonderful, eclectic cast. Hopefully, it will be good.” [bad grammar quoted directly]
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