Episode 286: Batgirl cancelled. Bullet Train review

Martyn and Gerrod talk about the recent Batgirl cancellation and pay tributes to David Warner, Bernard Cribbins, Nichelle Nichols and, Pat Caroll. They also review Sony’s new film, Bullet Train.

Bullet Train is a 2022 American action-comedy film starring Brad Pitt, as an assassin who has to deal with enemies while riding a Japanese bullet train. The film is directed by David Leitch and based on a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz that adapts the Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, and Sandra Bullock.

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Trailer-The Batman

A new trailer for The Batman has just been released by Warner Bros. It’s called “The Bat and The Cat,” and it’s our best look yet at the film.

It primarily focuses on Batman and Catwoman, as well as the type of connection they’ll have.
It also includes a lot more of The Riddler, as well as a secret he’ll divulge about the truth of Gotham City, which involves Bruce Wayne!

The trailer is jam-packed with fresh footage, and it looks absolutely fantastic.

Here’s the synopsis:

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”


Nicholas Cage rumoured to play Superman in The Flash

The Flash is shaping up to be one hell of a film. Not only are Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton set to reprise their roles as Batman, but it’s also been rumoured that Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney are set to don the cowl again, to co-star alongside Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen.

FandomWire claims not only has Chris O’Donnell been approached to reprise his role as Robin, but Nicholas Cage has also been approached to play Superman, from the cancelled Tim Burton ‘Superman Lives’.

What’s interesting, is Warner Bros has stopped calling the film series ‘The DCEU’ and the TV stuff ‘The Arrowverse’. It’s all now just part of the ‘DC Multiverse’.



With everything that’s been rumoured about this film so far, I’d say that anything is possible. I’ve always wondered just how Cage would’ve played Kal-El, we got a slight glimpse in Jon Schnepp’s excellent documentary ‘The Death of Superman Lives: What happened?’. Cage even voiced the character in ‘Teen Titans Go to the movies’.

Even if all those actors didn’t want to appear, I’m sure they could repurpose some archive/unused/test footage to tell a compelling story.

Here’s what director Andy Muschietti had to say about the multiverse:

“This movie is a bit of a hinge in the sense that it presents a story that implies a unified universe where all the cinematic iterations that we’ve seen before are valid. It’s inclusive in the sense that it is saying all that you’ve seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse.”

 

Ben Affleck has already co-written a Batman script

Last year, we heard a rumour that Ben Affleck was going to co-write a solo Batman film with legendary DC writer, Geoff Johns. Well, today the Hollywood Reporter has reported that the dynamic duo has completed the first draft and have submitted it to Warner Bros.

THR spoke to Patrick Whitesell (Affleck’s agent) who revealed the following information:

“He’s [Ben Affleck] contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”

It’s no secret that Batman V Superman has received mixed reviews, but Affleck’s Batman has been hailed as “the best Batman we’ve ever seen”. It remains to be seen exactly when Warner Bros. will fit a solo Batman film into their already packed release schedule, but I imagine they’ll find room for it.

Check out Martyn’s vlog about Batman V Superman. It features Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder.

Film Review-Pan

Peter Pan has been adapted numerous times through-out the ages. The timeless tale of the boy who will never age has been told and re-told in multiple different ways.

With this latest adaptation, Warner Brothers have tried to put a fresh spin on J.M Barrie’s material by making it prequel to the tale we know so well. “this isn’t the story you’ve heard before.” A narrator tells us in the opening scene.

When we first meet Peter (Levi Miller), he’s a Artful Dodger-esque 12-year-old living in a London orphanage during the Blitz. The orphanage is run with an Iron fist, by a Catholic nun (Kathy Burke) she’s rude, sadistic and hoarding all the rations.

Every so often, a child or two goes missing in the night, the other boys assume they’ve been evacuate to Canada. Late one night, Peter and some other orphans are appropriated by some pirates and taken away in a flying ship.  

They are taken to Neverland and are introduced to Captain “the pirate that all pirates fear” Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).

  
Neverland isn’t the Picture-esque place we’ve seen before. Blackbeard is a tyrant of a dictator, whom has enslaved the children and put them to work mining Pixium (pixie dust). 

Unfortunately for Blackbeard, Neverland has an ancient prophecy. One day a boy who can fly, will lead an uprising against him. 
Whilst facing execution Peter flies for the first time. But, he’s doubtful about his new abilities and although he wants to believe, he can’t quiet see himself as a hero. Luckily for Peter he has some friends to help him on his way including; James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara).

Joe Wright’s Pan is trying to offer us something new and, for the most part it succeeds. The music choices are inspired, thousands of pirates chanting the lyrics to smells like teen spirit, is chilling and it works so well that it’s amazing nobody has done it before.  

The use of vibrant colours give the film a visual style that will charm and mesmerise kids. The scintillating colours of Neverland are a great contrast from the dark and dank, war-torn London orphanage. 

  
12-year-old Australian, Levi Miller is fantastic as Peter Pan he oozes cheeky charm. I predict big things for him in the future.  

After 15-years of playing Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has a ball playing the villain. Blackbeard is a contradiction within himself, he changes personalities at the drop of a hat-or in this case, wig. 

Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara are great in their roles, but don’t actually have that much to do. Special mention must go to Adeel Akhtar as Mr.Smee. Ahktar manages to perfectly personify the weasel-like Smee.

Kids will love this, adults will want the soundtrack. 

Pan is released in the UK on the 16th of October.