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  3. WARNING! This article contains SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore confirmed Credence Barebone/Aurelius Dumbledore (Ezra Miller) is the new Snape (Alan Rickman) through a very familiar line delivered by Aberforth Dumbledore (Richard Coyle). Fantastic Beasts 3 finally shed light on the Credence being Aurelius Dumbledore plot twist. Indeed, Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) didn't lie, but he was wrong about Aurelius being Albus' brother (and about the Dumbledores abandoning him). In fact, he is Aberforth's long-lost son, and when the two finally reconnect, Aberforth makes Credence's connection to Snape all too clear. Throughout Fantastic Beasts 3, Credence and Aberforth communicate through the latter's magic mirror in Hog's Head Inn. Albus (Jude Law) explains to Newt (Eddie Redmayne) that in 1899, during the same summer that he and Grindelwald formed a relationship, Aberforth fathered a child with a woman from Godric's Hollow. But she was sent away, and the baby was swapped by Leta Lestrange (who was trying to temporarily get rid of her noisy brother Corvus). This is how Aurelius Dumbledore was named Credence and put under the care of tyrannic Mary Lou Barebone. Credence's lack of an identity in Fantastic Beasts tortured him throughout his life, and Grindelwald manipulated him into thinking he was abandoned by his family, using his pain as motivation to kill Albus. At the end of Fantastic Beasts 3, Credence/Aurelius finally learns that Aberforth never meant to abandon him. When he asks his father, "Did you ever think of me?," Aberforth simply replies, "Always." Aberforth's line mirrors Snape's heartbreaking "Always" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and this is not a coincidence. Snape's line, which is revealed to Harry and the viewers after his death, stands as a symbol of his love for Lily Potter and of his undying loyalty to the good side. Snape is thus portrayed as the antihero with a tragic past (his unrequited love for Lily) and a noble heart. In Fantastic Beasts 3, Credence even takes on a Snape-like style, wearing long, dark robes, and shoulder-length hair. Tortured by the Obscurus, his adoptive mother, and his feelings of abandonment, Credence is only manipulated into joining the dark side, abandoning Grindelwald as soon as he learns he has a family. But he reunites with Aberforth as he is dying - Aberforth's line comes at a time as tragic as Snape's, showing Credence's good side at a moment too late. When Credence joins Grindelwald, he does so because Grindelwald is the only one who offers him a sense of belonging. This once again reminds one of Snape, who once joined the Death Eaters as he felt betrayed by his friend Lily and unwelcome everywhere else. Voldemort's manipulative discourse appealed to Snape, even though he was a half-blood wizard (ironically, so was Voldemort). But his allegiance soon changes. When Voldemort kills Snape, he doesn't know that Snape has been working as a double agent for Dumbledore. Grindelwald, whose manipulative skills had earned Credence's allegiance in a similar way, does feel Credence's heart is not with him, so he tries to kill him. However, Albus and Aberforth's spells meet Grindelwald's and save his life. Tragically, even though Credence was saved from Grindelwald's Avada Kedavra, he is dying because of his Obscurus (having survived so long only because of the powerful magic within him). His last scene in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore shows him leaving with Aberforth, finally at peace with himself and the Dumbledore family. It remains to be seen how long he will be able to survive the Obscurus' curse and if the Dumbledore brothers will find a way to prolong his life. However, if he is to mirror Snape's story to the end, it's highly unlikely Credence will outlive his curse and tragedy. Source
  4. Sam Raimi, director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has revealed his favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s not the titular Master of the Mystic Arts. The sequel to Doctor Strange is fast approaching its May 6 release date and is set to potentially mark a groundbreaking shift in the MCU. The story will see Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange on a journey that crosses the boundaries of the multiverse. He'll be joined by old mystical allies such as Wong (Benedict Wong) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), as well as new ones like the dimension-hopping America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). Raimi took the reins as director of the project after the director of the first film, Scott Derrickson, left due to creative differences with Marvel Studios. While Raimi had not directed a feature since 2013, many were delighted with the legendary genre filmmaker’s return, mostly due to his seminal work on the original Spider-Man trilogy. That series, starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, is often credited with laying the groundwork for the comic book movie boom that audiences enjoy today and was vindicated as such when Maguire returned to the role for another multiverse-spanning incident in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Now, in an interview with Moviepilot, Raimi reveals which character in the MCU is his personal favorite and it’s not the star of his upcoming movie. The director was asked a question submitted by a fan who wanted to know which hero who has been part of the expansive cinematic experiment was his personal favorite. While Raimi has been steeped in the world of Doctor Strange for several years now, his answer was Spider-Man. Raimi gave a detailed reason for his choice in the quote below: “I think that Spider-Man has always been my favorite MCU character. Mostly because of the reason that everyone else loves him; he’s identifiable as a human being. He’s got problems, he’s got bad skin, he’s gotta do his homework, he doesn’t have enough money and yet he struggles to do the right thing. He puts everything he’s got; he sacrifices everything to do the right thing and is really somebody you can identify with and look up to. It embodies the thing I love about a great superhero movie which is, 'I could do that, a little part of that could be me.' And if they tell the story right, you leave the theatre saying, 'It will be me.' It seems that Raimi is still loyal to the character he has loved for decades and who brought him huge recognition in the 2000s. The director’s answer encapsulates what many fans cite as their reason for loving the character since his inception in 1962, that being his inherent relatability via personal struggles on top of his extraordinary life as a superhero. Indeed, Raimi’s description is that of the general appeal of Spider-Man and it is worth noting that, while this answer may imply he is speaking about Tom Holland’s web-slinger, Raimi does not mention Holland by name. Considering the director admitted he was something of a novice to the MCU, having only seen 4 films from the series prior to signing on to Doctor Strange 2, it’s possible Raimi may be approaching this question from a more overall perspective of Marvel movies. While fans are yet to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there is already demand for Raimi to do more work in the MCU if he wishes. With Maguire’s recent return, and even a rumored cameo in Doctor Strange 2, the possibility of an official Spider-Man 4 has never been so real. Regardless, this answer is a charming display of Raimi’s love for Spider-Man and his understanding of the character that made his initial Marvel cinematic debut such a rousing success. Source
  5. YouTube channel YourMovieSucksDOTOrg has suggested that the 2019 reboot of The Lion King reused James Earl Jones's dialogue from the original 1994 film, despite the director saying otherwise. Jones reprised the role of Mufasa for the 2019 remake of the classic 1994 animated feature. The remake was directed by Jon Favreau and starred Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen alongside Jones. Following remakes of other Disney animated classics like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, 2019's The Lion King aimed to reimagine the beloved 1994 film in a more grounded, realistic style. Rather than depicting its Pride Lands in a cartoonish, animated style, Favreau's take on the Disney Renaissance classic reimagined the characters of Simba (Glover), Nala (Beyoncé), Timone (Eichner), Pumba (Rogen), and Scar (Ejiofor) with more realistic designs. Despite earning an impressive box office gross, the film was contentious among critics, though The Walt Disney Company is still going forward with a prequel helmed by Barry Jenkins. The Moonlight director's prequel will focus on the younger Mufasa and Scar, but one YouTuber has noticed something peculiar about the 2019 film's portrayal of Mufasa. Posted on his secondary YMS Clips YouTube channel, YourMovieSucksDOTOrg shared a segment from his recent review of the 2019 remake in which he pointed out something interesting about the film's dialogue. In the video, the YouTuber compared the scene in which Mufasa tries to rescue Simba from the Wildebeast stampede to its 1994 counterpart. The YouTuber then cuts to a promotional interview from the film's release, in which Favreau discussed whether he reused older takes in the remake, saying he only used a small sample. The video then cuts back to further comparisons between each film's Mufasa dialogue that seems to confirm the audio was reused. Check out YourMovieSucksDOTOrg's comparison below. The video contains graphic language. While 2019's The Lion King became one of the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time, a number of voices aired their criticisms of the film. Music icon Elton John, who helped compose the original film's music alongside lyricist Tim Rice and composer Hans Zimmer, revealed that he found himself disappointed with how the remake handled its soundtrack. In an interview promoting his memoir, John stated he felt that the movie's soundtrack didn't have the same grasp on audiences that the original film had, admitting that he'd wished that he had involvement in creating the 2019 film's score alongside Zimmer and Pharrell Williams. Though The Lion King had already received criticism for its reimagining, YourMovieSucksDOTOrg's video is sure to make many more raise their eyebrows at the remake. While Favreau revealed that he used a small sample of the score to help amplify a scream, Jones's delivery sounds closer to his original performance, rather than his more recent performances as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With Jenkins teasing the prequel film's story and Aaron Pierre picking up the role of Mufasa from Jones, perhaps the film's follow-up may address the critiques of 2019's The Lion King and stand apart from its 1994 inspirations. Source
  6. Adam Sandler has officially confirmed his reunion with Uncut Gems directors Josh and Benny Safdie (collectively known as the Safdie brothers) on a new film project. Sandler made a name for himself starring in comedies during the '90s and more recently in his straight-to-streaming productions, but his role as the gambling-addicted NYC jeweler Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems proved the actor had the chops to take more dramatic roles. The 2019 crime-thriller was a massive success with critics, and despite being snubbed at the Oscars, Sandler and the Safdie brothers still managed to pick up Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead and Best Director respectively. Rumors were already swirling earlier in April that Sandler was teaming up with the Safdies again to make a new movie that so far has kept all plot and production details under wraps. Sandler himself confirmed exclusively to EW that the rumors were true that he was working on a new movie with the Safdies, but he kept tight-lipped on any further details. What he did do was praise the work ethic of the Safdie brothers, who he claims have been hard at work writing and thinking of new ideas since the success of Uncut Gems. He continued on to give the diplomatic answer that he didn't know what specific details he was allowed to say, but that the new project was "different" and "gonna be very exciting." Read Sandler's full comment below: [The Safdie Brothers are] working hard on it. Their work ethic is bananas. They're always working, always writing, always thinking. I don't know what I can tell you, but it's gonna be very exciting. It's different. But I don't want them to ever say, 'What the hell did you tell him that for?' So I'll just let them talk [about it]. Sandler's upcoming basketball drama Hustle and science-fiction drama Spaceman for Netflix already have the actor on the road to being taken more seriously by the film industry that has largely panned his recent comedies for the streamer. Without any plot details revealed it's hard to speculate what the Safdies have cooked up, but based on their most recent feature films, Good Time and Uncut Gems, it's likely their new film will follow suit with a thrilling tone and high production quality. It's still unknown if they'll also team up with A24 again as the distributor took on their previous two films, but with their recent successes, they probably don't need to worry too much. Hopefully, as time passes, Sandler or the Safdie Brothers will reveal more details about the film and will clue audiences in to whether or not they can expect another Uncut Gems level performance from the one and only Adam Sandler. Source
  7. Donnie Dunagan is the voice behind Bambi, one of Disney’s most iconic films, but he is revealing that the beloved movie was once spurred an onslaught of hateful letters. The spotted young fawn and his forest friends are among some of Disney’s most recognizable characters, even more than half a century after Bambi hit theaters. The film was one of Disney’s earliest animated movies, but its groundbreaking ideology and artistic style helped to solidify the film’s status in cinematic history. The playful innocence of the characters offered a welcome reprieve for Bambi's original audiences. Released in 1942, America was slowly recovering from the devastating impact of The Great Depression, and fears grew concerning the growing war in Europe. Walt Disney was even forced to delay Bambi's theatrical debut due to the attacks on Pearl Harbor. All the while, outbreaks of massive wildfires ravaged large portions of land across America. The catastrophes inspired Walt to take the initiative in bringing awareness to the issues. Following the success of Bambi, Disney addressed the US Forest Service and offered the character to be used as a conservation icon, focusing on preventing forest fires and preserving nature. An agreement was struck between the two entities, but it did not last long. Son of Frankenstein actor and the voice of young Bambi, Donnie Dunagan, recently spoke at Dallas Comic Show. Dunagan divulged that Disney received great backlash for offering use of his character. Read below to see how threats caused Disney to cancel the agreement. “…Bambi was the first film that focused on saving the environment. You remember the fire scene started by the careless person? Disney offered Forest Services Bambi to use as an icon. They bought it; that was actually in the papers. Then, he started getting hate mail. I don’t know if it was from some angry hunter whose little girl said, “Daddy, you can’t kill Bambi!” or someone else. I heard Walt went to Forest Services and said, “We can’t do that one.” I think he had the original idea to use another animal as an icon for Forest Services, a bear.” Dunagan was not specific about what types of threats or condemnation were contained in the letters to Disney, but it is evident that he did not want his character or movie marred by its association with the US Forest Service. Disney's partnership with the government agency was short-lived, only lasting a year before it was pulled. In 1944, almost immediately following Bambi's removal from ads, the iconic deer was replaced by the Forest Service's current mascot, Smokey the Bear. Bambi vividly portrays the causes and dangers of forest fires, and there is also evidence that poachers shot Bambi's mother since the events unfold in the spring, outside of deer season. Because of this, it makes sense that Bambi would be the face of conservation efforts. However, due to the psychological impact the movie has, especially on young viewers, one could see how hunters may feel vilified. Even so, if Dunagan's memory is correct, Disney still found a way to leave a lasting ecological impact without having to sacrifice the perception of his work in the process. Source
  8. Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts has exited Marvel's Fantastic Four movie. When Walt Disney Studios acquired 20th Century Fox several years ago, it soon became clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would reboot Marvel's First Family. A Fantastic Four movie set in the MCU was officially announced before too long. While Marvel Studios has yet to cast anyone to play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/Human Torch, or Ben Grimm/The Thing, it was previously announced that Jon Watts was sticking with the MCU to direct Fantastic Four after completing the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tom Holland. In the time since Watts joined Fantastic Four, he's become an even more in-demand director in Hollywood. He began developing a hitman movie starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney in 2021, but the real big development came once Spider-Man: No Way Home hit theaters. The movie broke box office records right from the start and further illustrated that Marvel Studios had a steady hand at the helm of Fantastic Four. Jon Watts' involvement even led to speculation that Tom Holland's Spider-Man could appear. In a surprising move, Deadline has revealed that Jon Watts is no longer directing Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige confirmed the news of his departure to the outlet. Jon Watts' Fantastic Four exit is amicable, though, as the director is said to be ready to take a break from superhero movies after directing an entire Spider-Man trilogy since production on Spider-Man: Homecoming began in 2016. Statements from Kevin Feige and Jon Watts can be read below: Feige: Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road. Watts: Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life. The announcement that Jon Watts is no longer directing MCU's Fantastic Four movie will certainly come as a surprise to many. Thanks to his work on the Spider-Man trilogy, he proved his ability to direct major blockbusters with big casts and work within the MCU. It also was clear that he had a great working relationship with the Marvel Studios team. While he might not be directing Fantastic Four anymore, it seems that his days working in the MCU might not be totally done. Deadline's report notes that Sony wants him to return for the next Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movie, and Feige's statement is optimistic that they'll work with Watts again at some point. Now that Fantastic Four has lost Jon Watts, though, the project is now left in an uncertain state and in need of a new director. This is sure to be one of the biggest open jobs in Hollywood now, as the chance to reintroduce the Fantastic Four on the big screen should be quite enticing for a variety of creators. Marvel veterans like Peyton Reed or Jon Favreau could get a shot if they're interested, while other known and up-and-coming directors could get their first crack at a superhero movie now. Since Fantastic Four isn't expected to begin filming until sometime in 2023, Marvel Studios has some time to find Watts' replacement. Source
  9. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom may introduce a vital element to the character's supporting circle as the film is rumored to feature the child of Aquaman and Mera. The first Aquaman was a surprise hit for Warner Bros. as it grossed $1 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing DC film of all time. The sequel is set for release on March 17, 2023. Aquaman has a large supporting cast in the comics. While some like Mera and Vulko were featured in the 2018 film, characters like Aqualad and Tula were not. One important character is Arthur Curry Jr., aka Aquababy, who is the son of Aquaman and Mera in the comics. Before Batman and Superman received sons in the comics, Aquaman was one of the first DC superheroes to have a child, as Aqaubaby was introduced in Aquaman #23 in 1965. In 2020 as part of the Future State initiative, DC recently introduced Aquaman and Mera's daughter, Princess Andrina 'Andy' Curry, who goes by the name Aquawoman. According to The Direct, it appears a child may be coming to the throne of Atlantis. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom may feature the son of Aquaman and Mera. No other details have been confirmed, but the site says the child will be a major part of the film. The wording of son does mean the character will be Arthur Curry Jr. and not Adrina Curry, which makes a certain amount of sense as the film was written before the character debuted. This news should be taken with a grain of salt however since Warner Bros. has not confirmed the report. In the comics, Aquababy meets a tragic ending when the young boy is killed by Black Manta. While it is highly unlikely that the DCEU will adapt the storyline directly, as killing a child would easily be the darkest thing in the DCEU, the film will likely draw elements from the storyline. Given that Black Manta is the primary villain of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and that the film will see Arthur Curry team up with his brother Orm, it is likely the storyline will involve going to save Arthur's son and Orm's nephew. Black Manta blames Aquaman for the death of his father, so threatening the King of Atlantis' child is a way to get back at the hero. The addition to Aquaman also raises some questions about Mera's involvement in the story, namely actress Amber Heard. Heard has generated headlines over the past few years regarding her very public lawsuit with ex-husband Johnny Depp. Warner Bros. reportedly almost didn't bring Heard back for the sequel but did due to chemistry with star Jason Momoa. While the actress remains involved in the film, the lack of news on her character, who was such a major part of the first film, does not bode well, especially if her character is set to have a child. This could indicate that she is absent for the main action of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom because she will be serving a B plot, or in place of killing Aquababy, it is Mera who will die in the sequel leaving Arthur to save his son and raise him as a solo father. Source
  10. According to Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, the ending for the upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, changed somewhat during filming. Following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Strange carelessly cast a memory spell to protect Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and inadvertently opened a rift in the multiverse, the sorcerer must enlist the help of Wong, (Benedict Wong), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to keep the universe together. Directed by Sam Raimi, the sequel will feature an expansive cast of characters including variants of MCU heroes as well as cameos from other universes. Kevin Feige and his team of writers famously plan the arcs of their characters ahead of time in phases, with the current MCU slate running up until 2032. But sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a worldwide viral pandemic or the death of an actor, plans must change quickly, resulting in rewrites and reshoots. Even the Avengers: Endgame finale had sections that were reshot due to the fact that principal photography on the film was completed before Avengers: Infinity War was released and adjustments needed to be made. Cumberbatch recently sat down with JOE.ie (via Comic Book) to discuss the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The star explained that the ending was still not set in stone during the initial days of production. Read what Cumberbatch said below. "There's a lot to examine, explain, and kind of absorb. But there is a sort of propulsion by the end, which is kind of great like the last third. Which was very much up in the air when we started shooting in typical Marvel fashion. It really comes together spectacularly." Bruce Campbell, who is rumored to make a cameo appearance in his long-time friend Sam Raimi's upcoming film, has explained that Doctor Strange 2 had extensive reshoots due to Marvel Studios constantly adjusting its overarching storyline with so many projects going at any given time. As future films begin, with months of filming ahead, the stories are likely to change if one interconnected MCU project wraps containing plot elements that directly affect others. Doctor Strange 2 has proven to be no exception as the film had undergone re-shoots well into March of this year. Marvel's upcoming multiverse adventure is shaping up to be one of the defining films of the current MCU phase, introducing new characters and possibly setting up storylines that will continue for the next few years. Due to the overall complexity of the narrative, along with a litany of confirmed and rumored cameos, such as Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter, it is no wonder that the ending was not committed to at the start of production. With its May release date fast approaching, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises to kick off the summer with a fantastical experience. Source
  11. Acclaimed actor Gary Oldman says that he will retire from acting soon. The 64-year-old Oscar winner has mesmerized audiences throughout his career, delivering performances that merit his inclusion among the greatest actors of all time. Having taken on a wide variety of roles throughout his career, Oldman’s talents have enabled him to consistently gain new fans over the years, resulting in one of the most diverse followings of any working actor. For most newer fans of his work, Oldman will forever be recognized as Harry Potter’s godfather, Sirius Black, as well as Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s ridiculously successful Batman trilogy. But beyond these two roles, Oldman’s career stretches all the way back to the early 1980s, when he first received acclaim for his role as Coxy in iconic British filmmaker Mike Leigh’s Meantime. Since those early days of his acting career, Oldman has established himself to such a degree that even today, it’s hard to tell what sort of role he’ll choose next. Few actors still working today can claim a similar status, and although every film Oldman’s starred in hasn’t necessarily been a hit, he’s delivered countless memorable performances. After so many decades of establishing himself as one of the greatest living actors, Oldman has admitted that he likely won’t continue to act much longer. During a recent interview with Deadline, the Harry Potter star talked about his current role on the Apple TV series Slow Horses, in which he plays Jackson Lamb, the head of a British spy agency for spies who haven’t quite made the grade. Oldman spoke about his enjoyment of the role and the series as well as how his time as Lamb would be a fitting way to end his acting career: It’s up to all the big people upstairs and the audience and the obviously the viewership and what Apple what they say. But, yeah, I could see myself playing Jackson for the next how many years, yeah. Absolutely. I mean, for those that love the books and that were Mick Herron devotees as it were, he is already an iconic character. So, if it were to go out with a bang, I mean, retirement is on the horizon. Yeah. I can see it. Side by side of Gary Oldman in Dracula, Fifth Element, and the Dark Knight Though Oldman doesn’t give a specific timeline for his retirement, the fact that he’s admitting that it’s on the horizon will no doubt disappoint fans. Establishing a career as an actor is certainly no easy task, and while there are no shortages of actors working in film today, it is not often that someone of Oldman’s caliber comes along. His retirement from acting would be as much of a blow to cinema as multi-Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis’ decision to call it quits after the release of 2017’s Phantom Thread. Both actors have exhibited uncanny abilities to transform into the characters they’re playing and both will long be remembered for their numerous contributions to cinema. There is one small glimmer of hope for fans of Gary Oldman, however. Though he’s stated that retirement from acting isn’t far off, he hasn’t specified if he has other plans that involve film and television. Having made his directorial debut with 1997’s Nil By Mouth, Oldman hasn’t stepped behind the camera again for a feature film. At present there he’s set to direct Flying Horse, a biopic about photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Whether or not this could lead to more films from the acclaimed actor is anyone’s guess, but it’s a career prospect that fans are sure to relish. Source
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has become the highest-grossing video game film ever at the US box office, surpassing the original Sonic the Hedgehog film's gross. The sequel saw Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, and Tika Sumpter return to reprise their roles from the first film. The series is set to expand into television through Paramount's Paramount+ streaming service. Building upon the success of 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 set out to keep the momentum going. After introducing general audiences to Schwartz's blue speedster and Carrey's over-the-top evil genius Dr. Robotnik, the sequel began to bring more of SEGA's longrunning platformer franchise to the big screen through Colleen O'Shaughnessey's highly intelligent fox Tails and Idris Elba's powerful Knuckles the Echidna, alongside the mysterious Master Emerald and more of Robotnik's nefarious creations. Now, the sequel has surpassed its predecessor's gross, setting a new record for video game movies at the US box office. As reported by Collider, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has earned an impressive $147 million at the domestic box office going into the fourth weekend of its release. Not only has the sequel surpassed Sonic the Hedgehog's $146 million at the domestic box office, but it has also become the highest-grossing video game movie of all time. The previous holder of the title was 2022's Uncharted, which surpassed Sonic the Hedgehog by an estimated fifty thousand dollars with $146,118,043. Despite its success at the domestic box office, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 still has yet to break into the top 10 highest-grossing video game movies internationally, where it is still behind 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog at $291 million, while the predecessor grossed $304 million. Sonic the Hedgehog is growing to become an impressively successful franchise. Despite Carrey stating he intends to retire from acting, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is set to continue in the form of a spin-off TV series following Elba's recently introduced Knuckles, with both Elba and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler returning to work on the series. The sequel also laid the groundwork for future films through a post-credit scene that featured fan-favorite character Shadow the Hedgehog and the GUN organization. Despite Carrey's retirement, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 producers Neal H. Moritz & Toby Ascher have stated that they won't recast Robotnik in any sequel or spin-off series, intentionally leaving the actor an opportunity to return to the role if he wishes. While it initially caused an uproar from fans over its widely-panned redesign of SEGA's iconic character, Sonic the Hedgehog has become a standout franchise. After a strong box-office opening, the sequel has proved that audience interest in the series remains strong, not only securing the franchise's future but also setting itself apart from other video-game movies. With other video game-inspired movies like Sony's Ghost of Tsushima, and Nintendo and Illumination's Mario movie in development, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 may be a trendsetter in the current age of video game adaptations. Source
  13. Michael Keaton gets the Robert Pattinson treatment in a new fan trailer for 1989's Batman set to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” It’s been over three decades, and multiple Caped Crusaders, since Keaton made his debut as Bruce Wayne alongside Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton’s gothic, noir-style film. Long before Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan gave audiences Spider-Man (2002) and Batman Begins (2005), respectively, 1989’s Batman was arguably the first film to take comic book adaptations seriously. Burton’s follow-up, Batman Returns (1992), doubled down on all this, making Keaton's live-action take on the Dark Knight a definitive one. Following in the footsteps of Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, Pattinson recently took up the mantle of Batman in yet another cinematic reboot. Initially, the casting of the former Twilight star drew mixed reactions online. However, the release of The Batman’s first teaser during DC FanDome in 2020, set to “Something in the Way,” seemingly silenced many of the naysayers. Writer/director Matt Reeves’ gritty thriller has since proven itself to be a faithful addition to the franchise and Pattinson a worthy successor to Keaton. Now, an intrepid fan has taken The Batman’s unofficial anthem and applied it to Batman. Thoughtful-Slander on YouTube recently uploaded a Batman trailer but re-edited it in the style of The Batman’s trailer. Mirroring that first teaser, this new trailer is set to that haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.” Check it out below: Pattinson’s reclusive Bruce Wayne is a far cry from Keaton’s playboy, but the former’s “vengeance” and hunt for the Zodiac-killer-esque Riddler (Paul Dano) could not exist without the latter. Reeves’ film avoids the biggest problems of comic book movies of old: tempering of violence and studio interference. In the wake of Burton and Keaton’s exit from the Batman franchise, films like Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997) represent a dramatic shift in tone that turned a lot of people away. While Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy was more than a return to form, Affleck’s tenure has also been plagued by excessive meddling. In many ways, The Batman is a film more in the vein of Batman '89. Of course, Keaton is set to reprise his role in the upcoming DCEU film The Flash—which will also star Affleck as his iteration. With HBO Max’s upcoming Batgirl solo film, and The Batman 2 already confirmed (as well as multiple spinoffs), it remains to be seen which Bat-person will reign supreme. Regardless, there’s certainly nothing in the way of Batman's long, profitable, and historic past, present, and future. Source
  14. Green Lantern director Martin Campbell has reflected on his critically maligned DC outing and has celebrated the film’s one true success. Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as the test pilot Hal Jordan, who is selected to become a member of the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps. Based on a script by Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, the finished screenplay was later rewritten by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix scribe Michael Goldenberg. Taking almost 14 years to develop, high expectations for the film were ultimately let down, with audiences criticizing the film’s writing, poor use of CGI, and departures from the original comic source material. Since its 2011 release, even Reynolds himself has constantly heaped scorn upon the film, even famously making Green Lantern jokes in his two Deadpool outings. Currently, the film holds a dismal 26% critical score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and is noted as being "noisy, overproduced, and thinly written." Bringing in just under $220 million in worldwide box office, it's estimated the film was responsible for a box office loss of up to $75 million. After a decade of receiving little but scorn from critics, audiences, and even the film’s own stars, Campbell has spoken with Screen Rant about one positive to come out of the film. Campbell, whose latest action-thriller film Memory stars Liam Neeson, was reminded that Green Lantern was responsible for introducing Reynolds to his future wife Blake Lively. Check out his full response below: Well, I did! That, of course, is the success of that movie. By the way, both terrific people, honestly. Blake's hilarious. She used to cook little cakes for us every morning on set. She'd bake them herself and bring them onto the set, and Ryan was a terrific guy as well. Reynolds and Lively would eventually go on to marry in September 2012, and the pair currently have three daughters together. While Green Lantern ultimately failed to achieve what Warner Bros. hoped it would, with the studio later scrapping plans for a planned sequel in response to fan backlash, it is great that such a positive still managed to rise from the wreckage of the film. Far from being a major career misstep, the production ultimately brought two of its stars together to become one of Hollywood’s favorite couples. The future of the Green Lantern franchise is also far from being crippled by the legacy of the 2011 flop. While plans for the big screen Green Lantern Corps film set within the DCEU have been stagnating since 2015, Berlanti is producing a HBO Max Green Lantern series, which will focus on the Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott versions of the character. With these facts in mind, perhaps 2011’s Green Lantern film is not as big a failure as some would like to believe. Source
  15. Morbius star Al Madrigal says the Spider-Man spinoff isn't as bad as everyone claims and was weakened by overzealous editors. Morbius was released on April 1, 2022 to overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and audiences, with many taking issue with the screenplay, outdated effects, and flat performances. However, the film still grossed over $150 million at the box office, with the movie coming away profitable after being made on an $83 million dollar budget. Morbius follows Dr. Morbius (Jared Leto) who is afflicted with transgenic vampirism after trying to cure his rare blood disease. The film also stars Matt Smith as Morbius' best friend, who suffers from the same disease, as well as Madrigal as Alberto Rodriguez, an FBI agent hunting Morbius. Despite lackluster reviews and box office receipts, Sony still plans to feature the character in its upcoming Spider-Man shared universe. In an interview with CBM, Madrigal talks about how, in his opinion, the film wasn't as bad as most people claim it is. He says a lot of his scenes, in particular, were left out of the movie, including a fight scene with Smith that was seen in the trailers, as well as some of his comic relief moments. He says that due to COVID, the film was in post-production for a much longer period, with the editors having too much time to meddle with it, making the film worse as a result. Read his quote below: First of all, Morbius: not as bad as everybody is making it out to be. Sure, it had problems and they diced it up quite a bit. I had some hilarious lines that were cut out of that movie. I was very funny...I got butchered in that thing. I think that’s what they did. They just really…because of COVID, they just had so much time to mess with it. They really messed with it. The fact that Morbius was shot in 2019 and didn't see release for three years suggests that COVID wasn't the only factor for the film's long post-production period, with reshoots happening as late as February 2021. Though the film might have been improved with a tighter turnaround, the fact that it kept getting pushed back even before COVID speaks for itself. There have been plenty of films delayed by COVID, but the pandemic itself didn't necessarily make any of those films worse. It's true editing can play a major role in how a film is received, but the best editing in the world can't fix a weak story, flat performances, and outdated effects. There are plenty of thoughts and opinions on why Morbius turned out the way it did, and one of them certainly is the lack of a concrete vision that led to a drawn-out production process. Despite the efforts of actors like Madrigal, Morbius is widely regarded as a weak Spider-Man spinoff, and hopefully, Sony can use it as a learning experience. Source
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