As with most weeks, the biggest news this week was mostly comic book related. But before we dive into those stories (one of which I'm so very excited for) I wanted to highlight on some of the other fascinating movie stuff I saw in the past week. There's really only two really interesting pieces of news to me and one of them I'm kind of sad about. If you consistently read this journal you would know that I was not a big fan of the rumors that Danny Boyle would be directing 'Bond 25'. But those are no longer rumors as he has now confirmed the news and also said the film could start shooting as early this year. I'm glad we are getting more Bond but really sad that Craig is going to go out on a film directed by Boyle. He deserves something more akin to "Skyfall" than another dramatic reinvention. The other piece of news is a doozy that I am very excited for. Taika Waititi's next film will be titled "Jojo Rabbit" and we know what it's about and who the actor/director will play. Here's the synopsis:
"After being severely hurt by a grenade at Hitler youth camp, a prideful and nationalistic ten-year-old boy discovers that his mother is hiding a fifteen-year-old Jewish girl in their house."
The biggest part that interests me is the fact that Waititi will be playing imaginary Hitler. This sounds like a completely off the wall comedy and in a weird way the logical next step for Waititi. I've loved every single movie he has made so far so I'm incredibly excited for what he does with this one.
Now on to the plethora of comic book news that we had this week. I'm just going to start with the small stuff and get bigger. To begin we have some incredible additions to the voice cast of "The Teen Titans Go! to the Movies" as the film has added talent for it's Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. Popular singer/songwriter Halsey will be voicing Wonder Woman (that should be fun), rapper Lil Yachty will be voicing Green Lantern (whoever thought of this deserves a raise), but the most important addition is that of Nic Cage to voice Superman. It's been nearly 20 years in the making but Nic Cage will finally get to don the cape and tights (even if it isn't in the way he thought it would be). The next piece of news is that Spike Lee might get in on the superhero action with an adaptation of "Nightwatch," to be honest I have no idea what "Nightwatch" is about but Spike Lee is reason enough to be somewhat excited. Finally, the last piece of news, this is the big stuff folks so buckle in. Ava DuVernay has signed on to direct a "New Gods" film for WB and DC! I'm so freaking excited for this I can barely contain myself (if you saw my twitter when this was announced, I really couldn't contain myself). I may have found some of "A Wrinkle in Time" disappointing but none of that was due to Ava's brilliant vision, style, and creativity. Seeing what she did with that book and that world gets me so much more excited for this film. Just looking at some of Jack Kirby's panels from "New Gods" and thinking about how Ava will translate them to the screen while making a compelling and interesting story with the diverse and fascinating characters gets me in a tizzy. If you have never seen any of Kirby's art here is some of it for reference:
A lot of the Kirby art from "New Gods" was inspiration for Sakkar in "Thor Ragnarok" if you couldn't tell. But to conclude I'm incredibly excited for this and it might be my most anticipated comic book movie as of right now. Now on to the trailers/poster as there were quite a few this week:
I wanted to start with "Eighth Grade," this poster is whatever but the trailer shows what looks to be an incredibly thoughtful and funny look at what childhood is like in the modern age. Bo Burnham seems to have created an honest and realistic look at the kinds of drama and stress children of today have to go through as early as Eighth Grade. I'm incredibly excited to see this film and see how Bo Burnahm utilizes the medium as a director rather than a writer and actor. Now on to the biggest movie ever of all time, "Avengers Infinity War." I'll start by saying this poster looks pretty cool (even if it is really crowded), but the thing that intrigues me the most is Tony's weird Jesus pose (foreshadowing?). The trailer, on the other hand, was awesome. It was just everything these trailers should be, it had jokes, action, cool shots, and most importantly more Thanos. This trailer has sold me on Thanos and I am now exclusively rooting for him to kill everyone. Go, Thanos! I'm just excited to revisit Wakanda and see my big purple friend kill everyone. Come faster April 27th please and thank you (also my boy Cap looks like a badass so there's also that). Lastly, and most certainly least, we have "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" (excellent name). Honestly, this trailer has nothing that has me in the least bit interested other than Jude Law as Dumbeldore. Everything else just looks whatever and I am not at all invested in it. I couldn't honestly care less, which is a bad sign when you are only at the second film in a planned 5 film saga. But these will still come out and the Harry Potter fanbase will eat them up so it doesn't really matter what I think, these just really aren't for me.
And on that disappointing trailer, I will call it quits for the week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and sees some good movies (Isle of Dogs opens this week)! I'll see you all next week where we will see if Black Panther has a 6th straight week at the top of the box office. In the meantime, enjoy this video that had me laughing for ten minutes straight at one point.
2018 Movies seen: 40