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Is Robert Pattinson the Next Batman?

The next Batman is Robert Pattinson. Or, at least, he’s at the top of Warner Bros.’ shortlist to fill the role. Whether this is good news, bad news, or even terrible news for Batman or Twilight fans, this is a lot to take in. And it feels like the Batfleck casting all over again (which, by the way, I supported).

Variety reported the shocking news just last night. Sources say that the casting is not yet a done deal, but negotiations are currently taking place.

 

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Pattinson is expected to play a younger Batman in DC’s cinematic universe, and, if cast, he will feature in the prequel-solo film that Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes) is writing and directing.

While Pattinson may never completely leave behind his Twilight fame and notoriety, he admittedly has gone from vampire heartthrob to arthouse star, delivering acclaimed performances in High Life, The Lost City of Z, and Good Time. The actor—who was, of course, a decade younger and less experienced in his Twilight days—will also have a role in Christopher Nolan’s next feature, which will arrive in 2020.

 

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Utilizing Pattinson’s onscreen romance experience wouldn’t be unwelcome either, actually. Given that the upcoming film will bring us back to the caped crusader’s early days, an adaptation of the most underrated Batman story of all time, Mask of the Phantasm, would be a great opportunity to showcase the Batman’s most genuine romance with young love interest Andrea Beaumont while also establishing his origin in the DCEU.

 

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In fact, this would be one of the only acceptable routes for the production to take––especially since Ben Affleck will no longer be delivering a solo film with the epic, aged, and legendary Batman that won fans over. If Pattinson can deliver a follow-up performance that stuns as much as Affleck’s, then the DCEU is in good hands.

The Batman will arrive June 25, 2021.

 

 

 

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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Teaser is Finally Here!

The Watchmen legacy is everlasting and still going strong.

Deadline shared the trailer that HBO just released for the new Watchmen series coming this fall. It’s all sorts of dark, weird, intriguing, epic, and thrilling—everything fans have come to expect from a Watchmen installment.

 

 

We make a return to the alternate history where superheroes are real, gritty, and viewed as outlaws. But we’re now in the present day, as opposed to the tense, Cold War, arms race era setting that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons used as the backdrop for their groundbreaking graphic novel.

The series has not yet been confirmed as either a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation or a modern day remake of the comic book classic. It’s a reasonable bet, though, that the presence of what seems to be an older Ozymandias (played by the legendary Jeremy Irons) and a Rorschach-honoring cult, proves that the series will likely be a sequel of some sort.

 

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This also wouldn’t be the first time that DC Comics has added more narratives to Watchmen’s chronology. Prequels dedicated to the novel’s characters (Before Watchmen) were published only a few years ago. The big-event sequel series, Doomsday Clock, is currently being released chapter by chapter as well. It’s a very good time to be a Watchmen fan one way or another, and it’s only about to get better.

 

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Shazam!

Here’s Our Review & Sneak Peek of ‘SHAZAM!’

Okay, this movie is way better than it had any business being.

I was not expecting a lot, especially after the forever lingering sting of Joss Whedon’s Justice League (Yes, I do believe that Zack Snyder’s film was basically redone), and the seemingly beginner’s-luck-success of James Wan’s epic Aquaman (which I legitimately enjoyed). However, DC has done right with bringing us Director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! 

(Some spoilers ahead)

 

Billy Batson spent his entire childhood searching for his biological mother, and has landed in countless foster homes along the way. His latest detour finds him in the care of a family that he actually grows to love. He will have to protect his new family, and the world, against a villain who wants to steal and abuse the abilities bestowed upon him amidst a centuries old crisis.

 

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Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as Billy Batson/Shazam have an unusually good consistency in their joint performance. Angel nails the angsty yet kind-hearted teen act, while Levi effortlessly portrays an excited version of the same teen who can transform into an alpha-body-builder physique equipped with magical powers at will.

Shazam!’s emotional beats are the kind you’ve come to respect as the only redeemable qualities of DC’s movies. There are moments where the characters’ emotional honesty and vulnerability really stand out among the jokes and punches. For the sake of huge spoilers, I must keep silent, but you will find yourself surprised each time you arrive at the film’s more dramatic moments.

 

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The stakes are simultaneously low and high. It never feels as though the world is in any danger, but the intensity increases as the people that Billy has come to love become more and more at risk. The comedic moments are also so well placed that it never feels as though they stand out unnecessarily. The jokes in general are real good too, and never feel forced.

Now, the key to DC’s recent successes, including Shazam!, are likely due to adapting the comics written by super-star writer, Geoff Johns. Many of Johns’s Aquaman arcs were adapted for James Wan’s film, and the same is true of Shazam! Fortunately for DC, the writer’s comic book contributions are endless, and that means more successful adaptations should be on their way.

 

 

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Warner Bros. Eyeing Muslim Actor for Role of Hawkman

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

 

Okay, I’ll stop quoting Adele – even though Rumor Has It is a great song – but according to  WeGotThisCovered and CosmicBook , DC and Warner Bros are looking for a Muslim actor to star as Hawkman:

Sources close to We Got This Covered can confirm that as has been rumored a few times now, WB is definitely developing a Hawkman movie and apparently, are eyeing a Muslim actor (who wasn’t named), between the age of 30-39, for the lead role. Furthermore, it’s said that Hawkgirl will feature as well, though no details on who may play her were disclosed.

 

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This would be a great win for diversity in the comic book world, as well as for Hollywood over all!

 

For those who don’t read comic books (why don’t you? They have words and pictures! The best of both worlds!) Hawkman is a dude named Carter Hall. Introduced back in 1940, he’s an archaeologist who finds an ancient knife, and upon touching it, he realizes he is the reincarnation of Khufu, the Egyptian Prince which an evil priest named Hath-Set killed with that very knife.

 

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Well, that’s the Golden Age origin. He’s also got a second origin, which basically just adds to his first origin.

Basically Prince Khufu reincarnates himself using alien technology and becomes cursed to be reincarnated countless times – always finding the reincarnated love of his life before being killed by a reincarnated Hath-Set. Who knows how far they are going to dive into his origin?

In fact, who knows anything? Let’s face it: DC movie news is constantly in flux. Remember when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was cast as Black Adam.

 

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For those of you who don’t know Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam since forever ago. Heck, back in August of 2018, Hiram Garcia, president of productions at Seven Bucks Productions, told Collider that, “…I pitched [the character] to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind”.

So Dawyne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam – they just need a movie to put him in. Could this Hawkman movie be it? Or will it go the way of “Rumor has it Michael B Jordan might be Superman” and disappear from our consciousness, making this article obsolete?

 

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Let’s hope not.

 

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Watch Sarah J. Maas Promote Her Amazing Catwoman YA Book in This Adorable Video!

She’s sassy, she’s bold and she’s beautiful. Catwoman, also known as Selina Kyle, made herself center staged in her new novel, authored by Sarah J. Maas. If you’re up for a fresh new perspective on the familiar anti-hero, then check out this new book on the shelves, from the author of the Throne of Glass series. 

 

Catwoman: Soulstealer is one of the third installments in the DC Icons franchise. It centers on Selina Kyle’s return to the slums of Gotham City where she teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc. Batman is on an important mission, putting Batwing in charge and it’s hard not to take advantage of the perfect timing. While Batman is away, this chaotic team of women will play.

 

Check out this cute interview with Sarah J. Maas, author of Catwoman: Soulstealer and dig your claws into this third installment!

 

 

 

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