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Zack Snyder releases photo of real Batmobile

- September 11th, 2014

Turns out Zack Snyder was just as unimpressed with the photo of the “real” Batmobile circling the web.

After much deliberation (and assumed countless emergency PR meetings), Snyder has decided to release an official photo of the “actual” Batmobile.

My oh my, is it an improvement…kind of.

Snyder may be trying to play off that the cars are different, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear they’re one in the same.

The spoiler, hood design, and side details are all identical, and while the side profile may be hidden from view in Snyder’s promo photo, it’s clear that it still curves inward rather violently around the middle.

The only difference is that unlike in the previously “leaked” photos, Snyder’s official Batmobile is menacing down to the last nut and bolt on the carbon fiber chassis.

Layer upon layer of military style pieces are surrounded by an aggressive number of weapon choices, including the turret sitting front and center.

As far as ornament hoods go, it’s certainly going to take a lot more maintenance than your average Mercedes.

Snyder’s Batmobile isn’t so much a vehicle as it is a naval ship on wheels.

It’s clear from the image that Snyder has decided to approach the prized car with a military aesthetic, unlike Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) who used a much more fantastical design.

While it’s difficult to gauge whether or not the arc from Nolan’s infamous Batmobile will be sported on Snyder’s, it certainly looks a little squarer.

One negative quality this Batmobile certainly has to offer is the ridiculous spoiler its armed with.

It just seems superfluous at this point, situated behind the other mechanized add-ons.

Regardless, the official Batmobile is a menacing beast that I for one am still a little hesitant to see flying down the streets of…Gotham? Snyder hasn’t officially announced if Gotham will play a part in the film, but I can’t imagine any kind of Batman film that doesn’t at least include a reference to the legendary, crime filled city.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled release on March 25, 2016.

This is the new Batmobile…and it sucks

- September 10th, 2014

Gazing upon the new Batmobile Zack Snyder is going to use in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the only word that comes to mind is “yawn.”

Granted, it’s covered in dirt (probably from a chase sequence), but the first leaked image of Bruce Wayne’s elegant vehicle conjures up lackluster and unoriginal qualities.

We’ve seen this style of Batmobile, and pretty recently too. Christopher Nolan’s Batmobile featured the same arc toward the back of the car and military appearance.

Except while Nolan’s had a sense of stylistic flare to the rugged edges of the car, Snyder’s feels like a cross between a concept vehicle you’d see on display at an auto show and an older Lamborghini model.

Warner Bros. Studios and Snyder have yet to comment on the leaked photos, but if these are authentic (and it looks like they are) fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for the movie that’s set to release in 2016.

We could have another Man of Steel level dud on our hands, folks.

‘Star Wars 7′ shocker: Millennium Falcon spotted from the sky

- September 10th, 2014

So you never know what you’ll see when you’re out flying a plane near the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The film is currently filming in England and Matthew Myatt from the Airbourne Aviation flying club was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing fighter from the sky.

In the image below, you can see the Falcon under construction and an X-Wing fighter under what looks like a tarp. Both of them appear to be built to scale.

Director J.J. Abrams is reportedly using more traditional effects in the upcoming instalment and relying less on the CG effects of Episode I: The Phantom Menace and its sequels. In an recent Girls in Hoodies podcast, Rian Johnson, who will helm Episode VIII said that there was a lot of “practical building for this one.”

 

A video was posted just a few hours after the photo made its rounds on the internet, showing off more of the secretive set.

In interview with my colleague Steve Tilley at TIFF his week, Abrams’ pal Simon Pegg talked about his recent set visit, saying that the film looks fantastic. “I cannot tell you a single thing,” he added. “People sometimes criticize J. J. for how protective he is of his stuff, which I find baffling because all he’s doing is trying to protect the audience experience.”

Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Watch James Franco fail miserably with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ adaptation

- August 29th, 2014

James Franco managed to desecrate William Faulkner, and now he’s taking on William Shakespeare.

Franco unveiled his latest piece de resistance, a five minute short film based on Shakespeare’s famous and beloved play Romeo and Juliet, on VICE Friday afternoon.

The Gothic video transitions jaggedly from black and white to colour, inducing a sense of nausea and dread for whatever the rest of the video is about to show.

It’s easy to pick out his influences for the video, from Harmony Korine and Larry Clark (Kids) to Melina Matsoukas and Terry Gilliam.

It’s practically terrestrial, but even its other worldly vibe does little in making this stinking piece of preposterous pretentious poppycock anything more than that.

Franco explains in his VICE piece the themes of Romeo and Juliet are far grander than love (which isn’t necessarily wrong), and uses his view of intimacy between young lovers to examine the concept of humanity itself.

“Shakespeare takes the story of ill-fated lovers and uses it to open the box of human existence, to show us that the connections between humans are more elevated than the automatic copulation of animals or the pollination of flowers because of the poetry pricked by the emotions of intimacy,” Franco writes.

He further explains that Romeo and Juliet should be seen through modern day obstacles that couples, like Kim and Kanye he suggests, have to deal with consistently.

“Even Kim and Kanye, who seem happy and made for each other, have the looming specter of the public eye and the media putting pressure on their not-so-private lives,” he says. “If they shut themselves off from cameras and attention—if they stopped giving us salacious glimpses of their beautiful, outrageous lives and we stopped demanding those glimpses—theirs would be a very different love.”

While comparing Shakespeare’s groundbreaking story of Romeo and Juliet to the it couple of the past decade may seem sacrilegious, it’s nowhere near as rancid as the soundtrack Franco uses to instil some kind of tragic emotion in his viewers.

Crafted by Franco’s own band that he formed with NYU mates, Daddy, it almost plays as an electronic ode to Ian Curtis and Joy Division’s alternative and depressive sound from the ‘80s.

Even that good-natured attempt, however, comes off sounding just as pretentious and over the top as its visual partner.

The most fun someone could have with this video is by starting a stopwatch and seeing how long they could get through without tossing their headphones and giving up in anguish.

Good luck to the best of you.

First photo of Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

- August 19th, 2014

Marvel has begun production on Ant-Man – the first film in its Phase Three slate of films.

The superhero film starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (AKA Ant-Man) will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta. Marvel tweeted out the first official image early Tuesday.

Ant-Man will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron when it opens July 17, 2015, taking over that date from DC’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Michael Douglas appears as Lang’s mentor Dr. Hank Pym, with Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, John Slattery and T.I. co-starring. Corey Stoll stars as the main villain, Yellowjacket.

The film has had a bit of a tumultuous history. Previous writer-director Edgar Wright exited over script changes and was replaced by Peyton Reed – the man who brought us Yes Man and The Break-Up. Not exactly a great sign for what is presumably Marvel’s next tentpole franchise, but considering two of the guys behind Community successfully helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I’m game for anything.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

ant-man test footage