With Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice just over 7 months away. Zack Snyder has ramped up his campaign to bring DC into the light once again. Recently, Empire Magazine who is known for getting exclusive photos and stories on upcoming block busters, recently released its images from the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: DOJ.’
The feature released in Empire Magazine had an interview with movie set designer Patrick Tatopoulos. He spoke a bit about his inspiration for the design of The Batmobile, Batwing and the BatCave. He claims his inspiration came from the upcoming Justice League which isn’t set to hit theaters till 2017. Justice League won’t even begin filming until next year. So What does this mean for BvS..?
In an interview with Empire, Patrick Tatopoulos has this to say:
With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing.
He went on to say:
We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for whats next.
Tatopoulos explains that:
“He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking,” He adds. “Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car.”
Tatopoulos goes on further to say:
“There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.”
With all that being said, it makes you wonder what exactly DC has planned for the Justice League. Director Zack Snyder even mentioned that they originally had a plan for the Justice League, and all the other movies are just there to set that up.
Snyder went on further to mention that the DCCU is like a sandbox that has boundaries, but everyone is able to play in that sandbox. In other words other directors of DC properties will have room to play with the style and tone of their perspective projects, but will still need to be mindful of what the overall goal is for DC and the Justice League.
I mean come on, he brought the curl back!!
Triangle of Sadness | Movie Review | Cannes Film Festival 2022
The last time Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund was in Cannes he went home with the Palme D’or for his satire on the pretentious world of art culture; The Square – that was back in 2017. Now 5 years later he has returned to the croisette to debut his shape-related follow-up; Triangle of Sadness which has caused the most noticeable slice of fanfare in the festival lineup this year. Östlund’s new film received an 8 minute standing ovation after its gala screening – the longest (and loudest) of the festival thus far. Might he be looking at back-to-back Palmes? We shall find out in a few days time.
At first upon hearing the title of this film I presumed the “triangle of sadness” might refer to a love triangle within the narrative. However, as explained in the opening scene when model Carl (Harris Dickinson) is practicing his catwalk for a panel of casting agents. The triangle actually refers to a triangular patch of skin between a persons eyebrows and across the bridge of their nose – which Carl can’t seem to relax. They mutter that the twenty-something might need botox.
Knowing his best days as a model are in the rear view mirror, Carl and his fellow catwalk model girlfriend Yaya (Charlbi Dean) hatch a plan to travel the world as a pair of super-hot influencers. They see their relationship as transactional. A means to boost each others followings so that when their expiration date arrives on their youth, they can live off the earnings and sponsorship deals they acquire off of Instagram. They’re given a free trip aboard a luxury yacht which brings us to act 2 appropriately titled “the yacht”.
That’s as far as I’m going to go into detail regarding the plot because anything else would be spoiling it. But let’s just say from here on out the remainder of the film is wild.
Triangle of Sadness is definitely a less-you-know-the-better prior to going into but it is a rapturous delight. I laughed so hard it actually hurt. Marketing for this film has been very scarce (and for good reason), what happens on board the yacht can only be described as pandemonium. It’s best to just go into this one and let the madness unfold.
Östlund has always been a filmmaker who likes to make his audience squirm. The Square was jam-packed with deliciously awkward scenes which see typically privileged characters being subjected to uncomfortable circumstances. And he’s brought the same serrated satirical wit to Triangle of Sadness.
There’s so many brilliantly awkward scenes in Triangle. In fact the opening act is simply one long argument between the Carl and Yaya about who should pick up the cheque at a restaurant. It’s a humorous unpacking of societal expectations when it comes to gender roles. And when it comes to the subject of money, class and wealth – Östlund leaves no stone unturned.
There’s numerous pointed little scenes onboard the yacht which highlight the tone-deafness of it’s predominantly white and exceedingly wealthy guests. One snobby passenger isn’t happy with the cleanliness of the ships sails – despite the fact its a motorised yacht which has no sails. There’s a very telling shot where Vicki Berlin’s head steward is getting her team of Aryan crew members to stomp and clap like a New Zealand rugby team. Screaming to “always say yes” in hopes of a receiving a generous tip. Östlund then immediately cuts to the deck below where the ship labourers are cramped into one room and all have brown skin.
With its jabs at the privileged, Triangle of Sadness is in many ways a companion piece to Östlund’s The Square but when it comes to the comedy he’s really cranked it up a notch in Triangle. This time he’s gone more raucous. There’s an entire set piece that revolves around projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea – which I found thigh-slappingly funny. Normally I find toilet humour a bit cheap but the way that Östlund gradually builds to this audacious set piece is a masterful display of set up and payoff. And because Östlund’s script is so biting and sharp, when it does come to the gross-out stuff it feels truly earned.
Triangle satirises class, white privilege, the fashion and modelling industries, influencer culture, gender politics and the super rich. It’s not saying anything that we don’t already know but it’s very much in on the joke.
There’s a recurring theme in the film that everybody is equal but this sentiment is often hilariously juxtaposed by the ships crazy-rich guests which highlights that while they see themselves as equal – some are clearly more equal than others.
The performances are wickedly fun to watch. Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean make a wonderfully vacuous pair of self-absorbed influencers. There’s also fantastic work from many of the ships characters such as Zlatko Buric who plays a Russian philanthropist who made his millions in fertiliser and got dubbed “the king of shit”. He has a marvellous scene with the ships boozed-up captain played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson. And Dolly De Leon also gets a memorable part as the ships toilet manager Abigail.
As for negatives; the film will probably be a bit too long for some at two hours and thirty minutes but Östlund’s screenplay is such a joyous laugh-a-minute ride that it can be easily forgiven. At times its a little self-indulgent and a couple sequences go on a fraction longer than they need too. There’s a few minor scenes that could’ve been taking out easily without the film losing its message – such as a scene about engagement rings and another where a character finds some aftershave.
Triangle of Sadness is tremendous follow-up for Ruben Östluand. It’s off-the-rails but in the most entertaining way imaginable. A probing satire about the elite 1% which will have you howling at the cinema. Make sure to catch it in cinema surrounded by others.
Triangle of Sadness premiered in competition at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Stay up to date with Luke’s coverage from the Cannes Film Festival via Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and TikTok @lukehearfield
Gotham Knights Official Nightwing & Red Hood Gameplay Reveal; Pre-Orders Available Today
Warner Bros. Games and DC today revealed the first official gameplay of Nightwing and Red Hood in Gotham Knights, the upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG in development by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. Narrated by Game Director Geoff Ellenor, the new video debuts an extended look at both playable characters as they bring justice to Gotham City’s criminal element, while also investigating clues around the mysterious Court of Owls. In this gameplay walkthrough, each hero’s distinct fighting style and open-world traversal abilities are on full display, from Nightwing’s unique acrobatic combat and aerial glider to Red Hood’stwin firearm skills and powerful leaping capability.
Gotham Knights is scheduled to launch worldwide on Oct. 25, 2022. Please note, to provide players with the best possible gameplay experience, the game will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC and will not be available for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles.
Starting today, Gotham Knights will be available for pre-order on all launch platforms via the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam and Epic Games Store. Players can pre-order the Gotham Knights Standard Edition. The Gotham Knights Deluxe Edition can be pre-ordered, including the base game and Visionary Pack downloadable content (DLC) with exclusive gear, cosmetics, Beyond Suitstyle character skins inspired by the Batman Beyond animated series and more. The Gotham Knights Collector’s Edition can be pre-ordered, featuring the Deluxe Edition, augmented reality collectable pin, 16-page media book, exclusive Gotham City map, four-character statue diorama and more. Additionally, pre-orders will receive the 233 Kustom Batcycle Skin at launch, based on the vehicle’s first appearance in DC’s Detective Comics #233.
For more information on how pre-order Gotham Knights, visit GothamKnightsGame.com.
Gotham Knights features the Batman Family as players step into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, a new guard of trained DC Super Heroes who must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death. From solving mysteries that connect the darkest chapters in the city’s history to defeating notorious villains in epic confrontations, players will confront an array of challenges as they evolve into their own version of the Dark Knight.
Alongside the gameplay reveal WB Games UK has released several new stills, which you can view below.
Disney+ Releases Brand-New Trailer & Key Art For “Obi-Wan Kenobi”
“You can’t run, Obi-Wan, you can’t escape him!”
Today, to kick off Star Wars Day, Disney+ released a brand-new trailer and key art for “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” offering a riveting look at the highly anticipated limited series. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, May 27, with the first two episodes. Following the premiere, the series will stream weekly on Wednesdays, until the finale on Wednesday, June 22.
The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Alongside the release of the official trailer, Disney+ has released a new poster.
The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.
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