With a Justice League flick in the works, many people have questions about what’s going to be the deal with Batman. Is he going to have connections to Nolan’s series? Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt be involved? Will they reboot the character entirely or stick with what they’ve already got? So many questions, so many rumors and we’ve got the latest for you right here!
According the almighty, all-knowing “inside sources”, JGL will indeed be playing Batman, but he’ll be showing up earlier than Justice League. Apparently, he’ll be making a cameo in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel.
Yes, yes, we know you’ve heard it all and it usually turns out to be rubbish. The thing that’s further fueling the rumor this time around is that neither Nolan nor Snyder will either confirm or deny it. They’re just saying “sorry, can’t talk about it!” and leaving us to guess at what they really mean by that.
So the rumor remains a rumor, albeit a more reliable one that the crap that sometimes spams across the Internet. No doubt Nolan and Snyder are sitting in some back room somewhere, enjoying a glass of fine scotch and laughing their asses off about all the stink this news will cause fanboys and spoiler-lovers.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until Man of Steel hits theaters next year on June 14th.
Let’s get this out of the way: there are going to be a ton of Dark Knight Risesspoilers in this article.
In my view, there was no questioning the skill with which Christopher Nolan ended his Batman trilogy, the only questions surrounded John Blake and whether his discovery of the Batcave signified a true ending or a new beginning.
Following the film, speculation swelled — were we headed for a straight-up reboot or a continuation of the Nolan films and would Joseph Gordon-Levitt return, and if so, would he play Robin, Nightwing, or the Bat-Man?
Well, according to HitFix Film Editor Drew McWeeny’s sources, Warner Bros. has made their decision: they want JGL back, they want him in the cowl, and they want him in The Justice League movie. More than that though, they also — potentially — want him in something else alongside another cast member from the Nolan films. A Man of Steel cameo perhaps? McWeeny was careful to tamp down speculation on a Batman/Superman appearance in Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, but I suppose anything is possible, especially since Nolan is serving as a producer on that project.
As for JGL’s previous statements about fully becoming Batman, he did tell HitFix during the press tour for Lincoln that the right script and a director that he connected with would force him to consider… well, in his words “anything”, but the insinuation was that he was not ready to close the book on playing Batman just yet.
So what about we delicate fanboys and fangirls? The question has to be asked: can we live with someone other than Bruce Wayne serving as Batman? Sure, Dick Grayson wore the cowl just before the switch to the New 52, but Blake’s origin story seems nothing like Grayson’s. If anything, it seems more like Jean Paul Valley’s, though Blake doesn’t seem to be psychotic.
No, what we have with Blake is a character that is independent of the comics with some loose similarities to some characters that are not, and while the purist in me hates the idea of a non-Bruce Wayne Batman leading the Justice League, I am intrigued to see how a Batman without Wayne’s resources and experience would fair on moral compass and street smarts alone. Frankly, I really wanted to see that as a stand-alone Batman film, but I’ll take what I can get and this beats the hell out of yet another reboot in my opinion. Here’s hoping McWeeny is right.
Looper is not a film about futuristic gangsters, strung out hitmen or time travel. It’s a film about human connection and how the absence of it can destroy you.
Writer/director Rian Johnson lets this existential theme play out against a backdrop 30 years into the future where Abe (Jeff Daniels) has traveled back in time to manage a group of hitmen known as Loopers. Because forensics is so advanced in 2074, it became nearly impossible for the mafia to get away with murder but time travel solved all of that. The mob finds its targets, binds them, puts a sack over their heads and sends them 30 years back in time to be killed by Loopers. For 2074, it’s no body, no crime and as far as 2044 is concerned, those people are still alive.
It seems like it all works out pretty well for the Loopers too, who are paid in bars of silver strapped to the backs of each victim. They have fast cars, cool guns, women, drugs. There is one catch though – eventually the Loopers all have to kill their future selves, thus closing their loop. They have 30 years and an untold amount of cash to spend from the time they kill their future to the day when they close their loop and meet their past.
One would think Abe would have a difficult time signing people up for a job that has suicide as a requirement but Abe’s smart about who he chooses to recruit. He chooses people who have nothing to lose, people for whom the draw of instant gratification is irresistible. Abe chooses junkies and abandoned street kids.
He chooses people like Joe, our anti-hero played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. Joe doesn’t understand what it means to be connected to someone. He’s never felt that. His mother sold him to a gang when he was young so that she could buy drugs. Joe’s only salvation came in the form of Abe, who gave him a gun and taught him to kill. At times, Joe tries to find moments of connection, like with a prostitute played by Piper Perabo, but Joe is surrounded by people who are just like him, devoid of connection.
In 2044, Joe is a lost cause and he knows it.
But 2072 Joe, played by Bruce Willis, isn’t a lost cause. He does know what it means to connect to someone. He’s been in love. So when it’s time for him to meet his past, he does everything he can to get back to his future. Old Joe does everything he can to get back to that feeling of connection and he needs his past self to help him do it.
This is where the movie takes a slightly unexpected turn. In 2044, Joe is so devoid of connection that he cannot even identify with himself. He sees his future self as a mere obstacle to his present goals. Joe doesn’t want to help his future incarnation. He wants him dead and he wants his payday.
Now a marked man himself, for failing to close his loop, young Joe chases his future across Kansas all the while being pursued by the mob. And this is where the movie takes a really unexpected turn and ends up at a sugar cane farm managed by Emily Blunt. It’s instinctual to think that her character Sara is there only to inject some romance into the story but her role serves a much deeper purpose. Sara, who lives on the farm with her young son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) , is a mirror image of Joe’s mother. She is struggling to connect with the child she abandoned years before for a life of partying, for a life unconnected.
Cid is more than resistant to Sara’s affection. Joe grows to see himself in this sweet but emotionally wounded little boy and the two bond over a shared history. However, when it is revealed that Sara’s abandonment of her son has had dangerous consequences, Joe wonders if Cid is more like himself than he realized and already beyond saving.
The underlying, and sometimes very overt, theme of connection is truly at the center of the story. The element of time travel is only introduced to open the conversation about human connection and the gangster-like environment provides the catalyst for the story to move forward. The meat of the story is in the philosophical questions raised by the film. What would happen if we lived our lives without feeling connected to someone else? What kind of person would we become? Is it ever possible to recover from that kind of lost human experience or do we forever remain damaged by that void?
The outcome of the film hinges on how young Joe chooses to answer to that question. Throughout the film, Joe never makes the choices you, or his future self, think he’s going to make and that keeps the movie fresh and worth the watch.
Guys, do you realize it’s only nine days until The Dark Knight Rises releases? I know! Holy shit, how time flies. I feel as if it were only yesterday we were trying to decipher grainy video captured on set and today, well, today we’ve got the first, official clip.
Gary Oldman brought this clip with him last night when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. It features himself, as Commissioner Gordon, being questioned by John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) about that fateful night when Harvey Dent died and Gotham last saw Batman. It’s all nostalgic feeling, especially for Gordon, and their short conversation sets the mood for a Batman-less Gotham. Check it out below,
This is most we’ve heard from John Blake and he seems mighty interested in the mysterious Batman. Do you think his curiosity leads him right to the caped crusader, and possible his own Bat suit?
As the ominous date that heralds the release of Christopher Nolan’s last installment in his Batman trilogy approaches, speculation runs rampant as to exactly what part Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be fulfilling in his role as John Blake. Rumors currently range from him being Batman’s successor to Blake being Nolan’s version of Robin to him acting as a Batman stand-in while Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) deals with his own problems.
Speculation is heating up even more due to the release of The Dark Knight Manual, a book detailing some aspects of Nolan’s version of the Batman universe. The book is set up like a collection of props, from sketches and diagrams (including the Batsuit and the Batcave) to case files and top-secret documents. Each of the materials offers a bit of insight into Batman and other characters from the movies.
The most relevant of these materials regarding the John Blake mystery is the collection of files on the Joker, specifically those relating to his speculated identity. One excerpt reads:
“The Joker does not appear to have any connections to Gotham’s crime syndicates, though he knocked over a mob bank. One possible motive for this, which could also explain the clown motif, is the Haley Brothers Circus. The circus was recently in town for a two-month engagement and it was rumored their boss had connections to Sal Maroni. The Joker could be a former Haley Brothers employee with some kind of grudge against the mob.”
Haley Brothers Circus, for those in the know, hosts the acrobatic team of the Flying Graysons, who just happen to be Dick Grayson’s parents (he’s the original Robin, btw).
In addition, there is the fact that Blake is an orphan, just like both Batman and Robin. This puts him in a classic position to fill either role with the same level of motivation that the originals would have.
So, while a little more information is out in the open, there is still no definitive answer to the Blake question. I guess we’ll all have to wait until July 20th to find out for sure. In the meanwhile, have fun guessing and be secure in the knowledge that you’ll probably be dead wrong about the truth of the matter.
With its fantastic cast and mind-bending storyline, Rian Johnson‘s Looper may be one of the most original science fiction tales we’ve seen in the last few years. After only releasing its teaser as well as its initial trailer, people have already begun to have a vested interest in the film.
Guess this means it’s time for TriStar Pictures to release a brand new trailer for us all to enjoy!
Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels, this newly released trailer for Looper will absolutely make you want go out and purchase your ticket RIGHT NOW. Featuring an altered cut that hasn’t yet been seen and brand new footage, you have to watch this trailer (especially if you haven’t been paying attention) and be amazed! Seriously, any film that has the future version of yourself kick the past you in the grapes already has my money.
Here’s a second trailer for Rian Johnson‘s upcoming time travel, sci-fi, action, thriller, Looper. This one finally adds some story to a world where criminals send their hits to past to have them taken out, permanently. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same man, only thirty years apart, this flick looks like a wild adrenaline ride. I only hope the time-travel bits are packaged neatly. If not ,the plot holes could sink the whole picture.
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day they decide to “close the loop”, sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.
I like the premise, a lot actually. And yes, the trailer does give me a much better sense of where the movie is going, but I’m not really sure how Levitt and Willis are meant to be interacting. Are they helping each other but eventually will turn on one another? It’s unclear. And is Looper playing by the time travel rule that if you kill yourself in the past you cease to exist?
What do you guys think of Looper? Does it have the ingredients to be a bona fide sci-fi, action hit?
Check out the new TV clip for director Christopher Nolan’s third installment in the Batman franchise The Dark Knight Rises, there’s plenty there to please. It sets up the players and story line pretty quickly with a few new glimpses at the movie.
The movie hits theaters July 20th and stars: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman.
There’s two things I really like about San Diego Comic Con. 1. Cosplay tits. Everywhere you look there’s giant boobs spilling out of tight costumes. It’s a real feast of flesh (see Power Girl above) 2. Getting a first look at footage from upcoming blockbusters and listening to creatives/performers talk about their films. I dunno if it’s all really worth waiting in line for 4+ hours (oh yes, there’s a lot of waiting. A LOT!), but it’s certainly an exclusive, very personal experience. An involving one to say the least. Speaking of the latter…
While Hollywood studios are still in the process of securing down their convention plans, the run down of panel presentations trickling in thus far are proving SDCC 2012 is gonna be a epic year.
So…who in Hollywood is coming to Comic Con?
Marvel Studios is planning, well… to be marvelous. Some early work from Iron Man 3 will be presented. Word has it they’ll end up officially announcing those two secret film projects in development. Disney will be showing off Wreck-It Ralph and Oz: The Great and Powerful and maybe… just maybe The Lone Ranger.
The good shit just keeps on rolling.
Warner Bros. will bringing along The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. Legendary Pictures will take sloppy seconds to preview Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
That’s kind of it for the meat and potatoes, but the icing on the proverbial con cake would be Sony and Universal Pictures. Sony will be bringing along Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s Premium Rush, Kevin James’ martial-arts comedy Here Comes the Boom, and Will Smith and M. Night Shymalan‘s post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie After Earth. I imagine The Total Recall reboot will probably appear again as well.
Universal hasn’t announced much yet, but it’s suspected they will bring stuff from The Bourne Legacy, Keanu Reeves’ samurai epic 47 Ronin and Dark Horse Comics adaptation of R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds.
I almost forgot. Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate will have a little somethin’, somethin’ in The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and The Expendables 2.
Studios not attending this year’s convention include 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks, and Paramount Pictures. Bummer.
Got a pass for SDCC 2012? Then tell us what films (or Cosplay tits) you’re most looking forward to by sounding off in the comments below.