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The Next Level Blu-Ray Is Coming This March Jam-Packed with Extras

Jumanji: The Next Level is still playing in theaters, and has remained in the box office top ten since its release this past December, proving to have even bigger legs than The Rise of Skywalker. Now, we have word that the blockbuster hit is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this spring, with the Digital release arriving a few weeks before that. Today, we get a new ‘Travel Jumanji’ video promoting the beloved sequel along with all the special feature details. And there are a lot.

Return to the mysterious and sprawling world of Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Jack Black (Goosebumps), Kevin Hart (Ride Along) and Karen Gillan (Avengers: Endgame) when Jumanji: The Next Level comes to Digital March 3 and 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-rayTM and DVD March 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Helmed once again by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: The Next Level, crossing over $700 million at the global box office, brings the fan-favorites back into the game, along with Jumanji newcomers Awkwafina (The Farewell), Rory McCann (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) with Danny Glover (Sorry to Bother You) and Danny DeVito (Dumbo).

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Jumanji: The Next Level catches up with Spencer (Alex Wolff), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Martha (Morgan Turner) and Bethany (Madison Iseman) three years after their first adventure in Jumanji’s mystical video game world. When Spencer goes missing inside the game ahead of the group’s planned reunion from college, his friends, along with his grandfather (Danny DeVito) and his grandfather’s friend (Danny Glover), once again inhabit the avatars of Dr. Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart), Professor Sheldon Oberon (Jack Black) and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) to rescue him. As they return to Jumanji, they discover that nothing is as they expect. With more action and surprises, the players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape.

The bonus materials for Jumanji: The Next Level include a gag reel, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, in-depth scene breakdowns, a brand new jingle and more! The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD also include a fully interactive collectible map that employs Augmented Reality to bring Jumanji to life via smart phone. The experience provides up to ten minutes of game play and allows users to create their own 8-bit Avatar, navigate a series of mini games and much more!

Jumanji: The Next Level has a runtime of approximately 123 minutes and is rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language. The IMAX® Enhanced 4K Ultra HDTM edition features digitally remastered content presented with High Dynamic Range and DTS:X® audio for a more immersive at-home entertainment experience.

  • • Gag Reel
  • • “Rhys Darby Wants To Jingle”: How do you top Jack Black and Nick Jonas’s unforgettable theme song for the first one?  • Everyone’s favorite Non Player Character, Rhys Darby is ready to take it to the next, next level.
  • • “Body Swapping: Snapping Into Character”: “In the latest Jumanji adventure, the avatar roles are turned on their heads with new characters and hilarious performances.”
  • • “Back Together: Reuniting the Cast”: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black are back and better than ever as they share their excitement to reunite.
  • • “Level Up: Making Jumanji: The Next Level“: From breathtaking scenery, wild adventure, new characters and more- go behind the scenes with the cast and crew as they take Jumanji to the Next Level.
  • • “Scene Breakdown: Ostrich Chase”: Jump in your dune buggy and go inside the epic ostrich chase scene as the filmmakers and visual effects team breakdown the creation of this memorable scene.
  • • “Scene Breakdown: Mandrill Bridges”: Moving rope bridges, giant mandrills and incredible stunt work make the mandrills attack one of the most adrenaline pack parts of this film.  In this scene breakdown, see how they pulled it off.
  • • “Awkwafina Cat Burglar”: To prepare for her roles as pickpocket, Ming Fleetwood, superstar Awkwafina got a little too method behind the scenes.
  • • “NPC Confessions: Jurgen The Brutal”: Being the bad guy isn’t all glory.  Jurgen The Brutal gets real in this candid confessional.
  • • “Grow Up:” Danny DeVito and Danny Glover help Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart get in touch with their inner grumpy old men.
  • • “Telenovela”: Kevin Hart gets lost in translation in this melodramatic promo.
  • • “VFX Pre-Vis: Zeppelin Battle”: Compare the detail of the visual effects pre visualization reel and the final picture breakdown of the thrilling Zeppelin battle.
  • • “VFX Pre-Vis: Ostrich Chase”: Track the progression from pre-visualization to finished scene in a side by side comparison of the ostrich chase.
  • • AR GAME: The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD include a collectible map that is fully interactive, employing Augmented Reality to bring Jumanji to life through a smart phone, allowing users to create their own 8-bit Avatar, navigate a series of mini games and much more! 
  • • “Body Swapping: Snapping Into Character”
  • • “Back Together: Reuniting the Cast”
  • • “Level Up: Making Jumanji: The Next Level
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‘The Eternals’ will be the first MCU film to feature an openly gay couple

Marvel’s forthcoming The Eternals will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include a same-sex kiss, as well as an openly gay couple.

Speaking to NewNowNext, actor Haaz Sleiman discussed his character’s relationship with Phastos. “I’m married to the gay superhero Phastos, played by Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, and we represent a gay family and have a child,” Sleiman explained.

“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be.

“Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point. We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious; we forget to connect on that human part.”

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Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee and Lauren Ridloff of Marvel Studios’ ‘The Eternals’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

It’s not the first time this week that a new MCU film has been linked to increased LGBTQ representation. On Thursday (February 13), Thor: Love And Thunder director Taika Waititi expressed his desire to give Valkyrie a queer storyline in the new film.

A similar storyline was shot for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, but eventually cut from the final edit.

It was then revealed by Valkyrie actor Tessa Thompson last year that her character is bisexual, after she was accused of being a “typical sexless Marvel tomboy”, and Waititi has now said that he would love the chance to bring that side of her character into the new film.

“The IP (intellectual property) is not mine,” Waititi told Variety. “But with the actors, I feel whatever makes them comfortable – whether they feel like there’s a natural choice, or a natural way for that character to go – then I’m pretty supportive. If Tessa wanted to do that, I’m in.”

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Birds of Prey Came from Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor was able to improvise some of Black Mask’s best lines in Birds of Prey. McGregor has been praised for his portrayal of the villain in the team-up movie. Margot Robbie is clearly the lead star in the movie as she plays Harley Quinn, but she has an excellent supporting cast propping her up. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Ella Jay Basco also star in the comic book movie.

When it came down to shooting Birds of Prey, it seems like the attitude was pretty relaxed when it comes to the dialogue. The action scenes were choreographed out perfectly, but the actors were allowed to take liberty with their lines. According to director Cathy Yan, Ewan McGregor especially took advantage of this. She explains.

“He also added lines. I like to work to a point where it’s a real collaboration between the actors, and we’ll have fun on set, and it’s very open. And what was great is that Christina (Hodson) was not precious with the script either and quite supportive of that. So we were just like throwing ideas around. He’ll come up with a line and I’ll go ‘I love that line! Let’s add it in.’ That happened a lot, and he’s just wickedly funny. I also think because he really understood the character, he really got it. He understood the background of the character, the chip on his shoulder, the desire for power the desire of control.”

Ewan McGregor is comfortable as Black Mask in the movie and is perfectly over the top. As for the rest of the cast, they were able to make changes to their dialogue too. Cathy Yan promoted a fun atmosphere on the set, according to Ella Jay Basco. She had this to say about one particular day on the Birds of Prey set.

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“We had this one scene where Margot [Robbie], Jurnee [Smollett-Bell], Rosie [Perez], Mary [Elizabeth Winstead] and I had to improv the majority of it. That entire day we were laughing, making jokes, and having a great time. The director Cathy Yan, told us to do a bunch of silly things that made us smile the whole day. The location was also near a Shake Shack, so in our spare time we just ate burgers, fries, and a bunch of other junk food. That day was super fun and didn’t feel like work at all.”

Birds of Prey is not doing so well at the box office, which is strange since it is doing so well with fans and critics. The studio is hoping that a quick title change for theater chains will help matter, but even that doesn’t appear to be working. Many believe that the movie should have been promoted as a Harley Quinn movie, since the majority of fans wanted to see Margot Robbie back as the villain.

Margot Robbie portrayed Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad and was one of the rare bright spots of the production. While the movie made a killing at the box office, it was torn to shreds by fans and critics, which is pretty much the opposite for Birds of Prey at the moment. Regardless, the studio is hoping that word of mouth advertising will give the movie a slow and steady climb at the box office in the coming months. The interview with Kathy Yan was originally conducted by CinemaBlend.

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Back to the Future 2 Stuntwoman and Husband Killed in Ohio Shootout

Cheryl Toma Sanders and her husband Robert Reed Sanders were shot and killed last weekend. Sanders is best-known for her stunt work on movies such as Thor, Back to the Future 2, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and many more. The shootout happened on the property of a million dollar home near Yellow Springs, Ohio. The property belongs to Sanders’ ex-husband who allegedly fatally shot his former Hollywood stunt woman ex-wife and her current husband for trespassing. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Cheryl and Robert Reed Sanders allegedly ambushed her ex-husband Lindsay Duncan on his property with their own guns. According to the police report, Duncan was able to avoid being shot and acted in self-defense when he killed Cheryl and Robert. The report has listed the incident as “justifiable homicide.” It is believed that Chery and Lindsay had a pretty rocky relationship after their marriage fell apart in 2009 after 10 years together. They had two children together and the incident was allegedly over gaining access to their children’s college funds.

Chery Sanders started her career in martial arts back in the mid 1980s and then moved to Hollywood stunt work, which is when her career flourished. She would often perform stunts that others would turn down, which got her into some trouble on the set of Back to the Future Part II when a stunt went wrong. She fell 20 feet and the bones in her face, right arm, and hand were shattered when she hit the floor. This put a pretty big damper on her career for a few years.

Cheryl Sanders doubled for Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon franchise. She did Kathleen Turner’s stunts in V.I. Warshawski. After the Back to the Future 2 accident, Sanders went into a healthy lifestyle and became a celebrity spokeswoman, while still doing stunt work from time to time. Sanders also did stunt work on Batman & Robin, The Mask, and Charlie’s Angels. Her last stunt job 2015’s Dark Places starring Charlize Theron. Robert Reed Sanders was a licensed in real estate agent in Texas and allegedly had a criminal background, though the police would not elaborate further. The two were spotted on Lindsay Duncan’s property by his camera system. Duncan has previously sued the couple for slander and libel.

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Greene County investigators are still looking further into the shootout and how it happened. While money seems to have been the issue, there seems like there were a lot of other things going on at the same time. Hopefully some more information will come out in the coming weeks. For now, two daughters are now left without their mother after their father fatally shot her and their step dad. That does not sound like a comfortable spot to be in. The shootout news was first reported by the Dayton Daily News.

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No Time to Die NBA All-Star TV Spot Gives James Bond a License to Kill

A new TV spot for No Time to Die has been released. The footage is jam packed with action from the moment it begins and it does not let up. This is the footage that Bond fans have been waiting to see and it should get these fans excited about seeing the movie when it hits theaters in April.

We were recently treated to Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme song for the upcoming sequel and it’s dark and brooding. This footage is the opposite of that and teases some huge action sequences, set to a score that is unmistakably 007-sounding.

Daniel Craig is pulling out all of the stops in the latest No Time to Die TV spot. It’s 30 seconds of craziness including tons of 007 weapons and gadgets, along with some pretty epic vehicles. Craig is definitely going out with a bang this time around as opposed to a whimper. While there have been theories going around that 007 will be killed off during this outing, the new footage does not hint at that. Instead, the iconic character is taking charge and is not leaving behind any witnesses to get their revenge.

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Getting Daniel Craig on board for No Time to Die was not an easy task, but the actor clearly enjoyed his final outing as the character. He has had nothing but positive things to say about the production since it wrapped, which is good since some many things seemed to have went wrong while they were making the movie. For instance, production had to halt after Craig injured his ankle. Whatever the case may be, the movie is on the way and it looks like everything fans have been waiting for.

Daniel Craig once again teams up with Ana de Armas for No Time to Die. The two recently starred in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, which showed off their on-screen chemistry. The two actors basically stole the show in a movie stacked with A-list talent, so it will be interesting to see them on the big screen together again, especially so soon after Knives Out. Johnson is currently working on a sequel which will bring back Craig’s Benoit Blanc to solve another mystery. It doesn’t look like Ana de Armas’ Marta will be returning for the sequel when it hits theaters in the future.

No Time to Die hits theaters on April 10th in North America. However, it will be opening a week earlier in the U.K., so be on the lookout for spoilers around that time. It will probably be best to avoid certain websites and social media platforms around that time to ensure a pleasant, no-spoiled, viewing experience. While we wait for the movie to hit theaters, you can check out the crazy new TV spot above, thanks to the James Bond 007 YouTube channel.

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The Matrix 4 Set Video Teases High Flying Stunt Above Downtown San Francisco

New set videos from The Matrix 4 show off some intense stunt work. It looks like part of the movie might focus on Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) teaching Neo (Keanu Reeves) how to fly. Fans of the franchise were shocked to hear that Lana Wachowski was returning to make another movie and that Reeves and Moss were attached to star in it. They’re joined by Jada Pinkett, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Gross, Jessica Henwick, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II this time around.

It’s tough to see from The Matrix 4 set videos, but it appears to be two stunt doubles for Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss leaping off a building in San Francisco. We have two different angles of the aforementioned footage, one view that is pretty far away, and another that is actually pretty close. The two characters leap of the building, fall for a moment, and then stop in mid-air. They then bolt into the sky. According to people around the set, the video is the crew testing the safety of the stunt.

The stunt looks pretty amazing, even from watching it from footage shot on an iPhone. It appears that Lana Wachowski is going for a more realistic look for the movie, instead of relying purely on CGI to get the job done. The Matrix 4 footage shows the use of wires to create the stunt, which should look great on the big screen. With that being said, the scene in question will more than likely be covered up in CGI. At least the stunt will be real, teasing an interesting plotline.

Laurence Fishburne isn’t returning as Morpheus in The Matrix 4. One big fan theory revolves around Keanu Reeves’ Neo being reborn into the Matrix and having to learn the ropes again. This video could prove that Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity taking on a bit of a Morpheus role this time around. Trinity could be showing Neo how to fly in the Matrix. This obviously has not been confirmed, but it makes the most sense out of the other fan theories floating around. Lana Wachowski has been keeping detail tightly under wraps and we more than likely won’t know what is happening until the movie drops in May 2021.

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Keanu Reeves is not really allowed to speak about The Matrix 4, though he has said that the script is very ambitious. While we don’t know anything about the story just yet, fan are really excited to see what the long-awaited sequel brings to the table. Will it be a worthy addition to the franchise? It’s way too early to even think in those terms, but fans should be happy that the sequel is happening at all, since nobody really believed that would ever happen. You can check out some new stunt work from The Matrix 4 below, thanks to the Is It Worth It YouTube channel.

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Zoe Kravitz Calls Robert Pattinson the Perfect Bruce Wayne

The Batman from director Matt Reeves is now well underway, and following the first look at the Batsuit, actress and The Batman star Zoë Kravitz has been speaking very highly of the man who resides underneath the cape and cowl.

“I’ve never worked with him before, but we’ve been together for the last few weeks, I had a camera test with him and now we’ve been training together and rehearsing together and he’s just a delightful person and such a wonderful, thoughtful actor. I think he’s perfect for the role and it’s going to be such an adventure. I’m excited to have him as my partner in crime and to be there to support each other, because it’s intense. It’s going to be a long shoot and there’s a lot of pressure, and I know he has my back and I have his.”

It sounds like the two are getting on very well, which is great seeing as Zoë Kravitz is playing Batman’s on-and-off love interest and fellow costumed kook, Catwoman. Stating that Robert Pattinson is perfect for the role suggests she has real confidence in him, which will hopefully be up there on the big screen.

The two have been friends for around a decade, but The Batman will mark the first time the pair have worked together in a professional capacity. Zoë Kravitz also spoke about the pressure that certainly comes with the iconic roles of Batman and Catwoman, but she sounds very happy that he is the actor she gets to go on this journey with.

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Zoë Kravitz has been gaining popularity over the last few years, with starring roles in the likes of the Fantastic Beasts movies, as well as small screen outings such as Big Little Lies, even dabbling in the comic book genre with X-Men: First Class and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. She even has some experience playing Catwoman already, having voiced the character in 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie. While what she has to say does not give too much away about audiences can expect from The Batman, she certainly sounds as excited as the rest of us are.

The initial announcement of Robert Pattinson being the man to take on the Batman mantle was met with a lot of derision and criticism, with a lot of fans unable to separate him from his role in the much-maligned Twilight movies. But, Pattinson has worked hard to climb out of the Twilight shadow, having put in great performances in the likes of Good Times, High Life, and the recent psychological horror The Lighthouse.

Hopefully, the confident, positive words of Zoë Kravitz have also gone some way to assuage the worries of said fans.

The Batman stars Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as Riddler, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth alongside Pattinson and Kravitz. The movie is all set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. This comes to us from Variety.

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I Wouldn’t Pass That Up

Batman fever is running hot today, after the reveal of our first official look at Robert Pattinson in the Batsuit he will be wearing for director Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. Well, Batman is far from the only superhero to dress up like a bat and punch bad guys, as we also have a Batgirl movie coming out sometime in the near future.

Though it has not yet been revealed who will be putting on the cape and cowl for that particular comic book caper, rumors abound that it could be 23-year-old actress Kaitlyn Dever, who has now responded to the suggestion.

“I’m not going to deny anything because I would be down. That’s all I’m saying. There’s nothing going on, I’m just reading all this stuff and I wouldn’t pass that up.”

It sounds like she would certainly be more than willing to take on the role if it were to be offered to her. She does in fact state that there is not anything going on at the moment, but perhaps the act of her showing interest will land the part in her lap.

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The actress’ popularity has been growing over the last year or so, with Dever having starred in the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, as well as the hard-hitting Netflix series Unbelievable where she starred opposite Toni Collette. Evidently, she has the acting chops for it as well as being similar in looks to the comic book counterpart, surely Warner Bros. would be stupid not to give her a shot.

The actress was also asked about her thoughts on Robert Pattinson’s casting as Bruce Wayne aka Batman for the upcoming The Batman.

“He’s an amazing actor. Perfect Batman in my opinion.”

The rumors surrounding Dever and her potentially playing Batgirl have been floating around ever since the actress was spotted interacting with The Batman writers Matt Reeves and Mattson Tomlin, so it is a smart idea to speak so highly of the movie’s lead actor. The idea that has been speculated for the Batgirl movie will in some way tie-in to Matt Reeves’ movie, perhaps even with the introduction of Barbara Gordon before she goes on her own solo adventure.

A Batgirl movie has been in the works for years, with Joss Whedon at one point attached to write the script. However, he departed the project back in 2018 stating that he could not get the story quite right and that it was time to give someone else a chance. Since then Birds of Prey and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson has been brought on board to pen the script, but so far we are still awaiting any more updates on the movie.

Other actresses, such as Karen Gillan, have also shown a real interest in being the one to bring Batgirl to life on the big screen, with other names such as Daisy Ridley and Katherine Langford also filling the rumor mill. It remains to be seen who, if any of them, it will be in the end. This comes to us from Variety’s official Twitter account.

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The Batman Bat-Signal Revealed by Commissioner Gordon Actor Jeffrey Wright

We’ve got another new reveal for The Batman in the form of our first look at the new Bat Signal. Jeffrey Wright, who is playing Commissioner Jim Gordon in the movie, shared the image personally following the reveal of Robert Pattinson in the batsuit. The two things certainly go hand-in-hand, as the Bat Signal has always been a sign that Gotham City is in need of the Caped Crusader’s services.

Director Matt Reeves shared a video showcasing test footage of Robert Pattinson in costume as our new Batman which, despite quite a few comparisons to Daredevil, thanks to the red lighting, seemed to be received quite well by fans. Jeffrey Wright decided to get in on the fun as well by retweeting Reeves’ post and sharing an image of the Bat-Signal lighting up the sky over Gotham City. Wright didn’t provide a caption with the photo. Rather, he let the image do the talking. The image is admittedly blurry and doesn’t give us too much information, but we can see a bit of the city skyline blurred out in the background.

One thing of note is that, in this The Batman photo at least, it appears to just be a basic floodlight. There doesn’t seem to be a Batman symbol over the light. Again, it could just be that they’re hiding any juicy reveals for the time being. In any event, when coupled with the costume reveal, it serves as a nice little reminder that, after years of development, this movie is finally on its way, with filming currently underway in the U.K. Warner Bros. originally began developing the project with Ben Affleck, who intended to direct and star in what would have been a very different version. Not only because it would have been connected to the DCEU, but Deathstroke, for example, was set to be the main villain.

Aside from former Twilight star Robert Pattinson as our new Bruce Wayne, the cast also includes Zoe Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Catwoman, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) as Riddler, Colin Farrell (Dumbo) as Penguin, Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro (Transformers) as Carmine Falcone and Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass) as Gil Colson and newcomer Jamie Lawson as Bella Real. Matt Reeves, in addition to directing, also penned the screenplay.

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Plot details largely remain under tight lock and key. It was previously explained by Matt Reeves that the movie will focus more on the character’s skills as a detective in a noir-influenced story. It’s also come to light that we will be seeing Bruce Wayne during his second year as Gotham’s most notorious crimefighter. The Batman is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. Be sure to check out the post from Jeffrey Wright’s Twitter for yourself.

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Call of Duty Movie Indefinitely Delayed by Activision

Activision’s Call of Duty movie has been put on hold indefinitely. The news comes from the movie’s director Stefano Sollima. The director was announced almost exactly two years ago and the project was supposedly going to go into production in early 2019. However, the year came and went without any real updates. Fans of the video game franchise we’re already pretty sure that the movie was never going to happen, and now, unfortunately, it appears they were right.

In a new interview, Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima was asked about Call of Duty. The movie was first announced by Activision back in 2015, so fans were excited to see that Sollima was on board to direct the movie. With that being said, the director now has some bad news. You can read what Sollima had to say about the long-awaited project below.

“Well, the Call of Duty film has remained a bit like this… We wrote the script with Scott Silver (Joker), and let’s say that the idea of ​​expanding the universe, the world of Call of Duty… is no longer (at the moment) an industrial priority of the group, of Activision… So, trivially, it has stood still, which happens quite frequently there in America.”

Stefano Sollima went on to say that the Call of Duty big screen adaptation is now “in limbo,” which doesn’t look good, especially since the project has been in development for at least five years now. Sollima wanted to do something different with the movie to make it stand alone from its video game history. This would have really been the only way to go with this type of movie. He had this to say about his idea back in 2018.

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“I feel that a movie must be completely different as an experience from any video games. So meaning that in order to make a good movie based on a video game, you have to betray the structure. You must ignore the idea that they did a video game. You need to create something that is completely new and a great movie.”

While Stefano Sollima’s ideas for Call of Duty sounded promising, it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to get off the ground. At least not with Sollima attached. The director will more than likely go on to pursue different projects in the near future, unless Activision decides to change their minds about the long-awaited project. Sollima previously expressed interest in working with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy on the movie.

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in a Call of Duty movie directed by Stefano Sollima would have been a pretty big deal. It also would have been quite costly to pull off at that same time, which may or may not be why Activision seems to have gotten cold feet. Hopefully the studio will come out with an official update in the weeks to come. But, for now, it doesn’t look very promising. The interview with Stefano Sollima was originally conducted by Bad Taste.

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