Weekly Ketchup: James Spader Is Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plus, casting news for Matt Damon, Aaron Paul, Idris Elba, and a James Brown biopic.

This week's Ketchup includes movie development news about a musical biopic (James Brown and Get On Up), a robotic super villain (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), reboots of Dracula and Scooby-Doo, and a whole bunch of Matt Damon stories (and non-stories).


This Week's Top Story

JAMES SPADER CAST AS TITLE CHARACTER IN THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

We still don't know who will be playing Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (though it could just be Damion Poitier and a whole bunch of CGI again). We do however now know who will be the title villain in the May 1, 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And who would have guessed this, but the movie's going to be a (partial) Less Than Zero reunion, because James Spader has been cast as Ultron. These days, Spader mostly focuses on TV work, but in his 1980s-1990s film career included roles in Mannequin, Wall Street, Stargate, and sex, lies and videotape. Now that James Spader has been introduced, who exactly is this Ultron character? From what we've heard, even if one knows who/what Ultron is in the comic books (an evil metal robot with a fiery anthropomorphic grin), that might not necessarily be what he/it will be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We do, however, have a few hints: First off, there's the possibility that Ultron will be a disembodied voice, ala the Iron Man version of "Jarvis" (he's a portly British butler in the comics). There was also a reference to LMDs in The Avengers, so there's a chance that this evil robot version of Ultron will look like... James Spader. Those human-looking robots prefer being called "androids," but come on, everyone will still call them robots. It's sort of like the Trekkie/Trekker... thing. Voice in a can, flesh covered metal skeleton, or a full on metal robot just like the comics, we don't know, but whatever form he takes, he will be played by Steff from Pretty in Pink. That's really going to happen.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 AFTER SUCCESSES OF 42 AND THE BUTLER, UNIVERSAL FAST TRACKS THE JAMES BROWN BIOPIC

There is talk in Hollywood of a "new Universal Pictures," one that's energized by the recent addition of Legendary Pictures (more about that later). That image was certainly supported this week by the speed with which Universal Pictures announced the long-planned James Brown biopic. It all started on Monday with the news that Chadwick Boseman will follow his depiction of Jackie Robinson in 42 with playing the Godfather of Soul. If the greenlighting of this biopic is (at least somewhat) a reaction to the recent successes of 42 and Lee Daniels' The Butler, the choice of director is also connected to a recent box office hit with a large African American cast. The James Brown biopic (which we just learned today will be called Get On Up) will be directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) from a script by Jez and John Henry Butterworth (brothers and cowriters of Fair Game). For two of the (currently unknown) supporting roles, Universal and/or Tate Taylor are reportedly talking to two actresses who costarred together in The Help: Viola Davis (Oscar nominated for her role) and Octavia Spencer (an Oscar winner for her role). If Octavia Spencer signs on to costar in Get On Up, it will be the... let's just call it the "umpteenth" time she's worked with Tate Taylor (check this list out at IMDb). Universal Pictures has scheduled Get On Up for next year's awards season on October 17, 2014.


#2 THIS WEEK IN WHO MATT DAMON WON'T BE: ROBIN OR JASON BOURNE (ANYTIME SOON)

First, there was Batfleck. Then, there were all the stories either about movies that Ben Affleck won't direct, or about how he will still direct one movie (Dennis Lehane's Live By Night) in between his (possibly many) upcoming Batman roles. Someone who sort of got caught up in all of this whirlwind of speculation is Ben Affleck's longtime movie buddy, Matt Damon. People seem to forget that Affleck and Damon aren't Abbott and Costello. Anyway, it's already gotten to the point where Matt Damon has to clarify that he won't be playing Robin. If one wants to really get into the speculation game, however, it is rather interesting how specific (and academic) Damon's debunking was. Damon was clearly never going to be cast as Bruce Wayne's young ward, but what about any one of several other supporting roles in Batman's life (Jim Gordon, Lucius Fox, Alfred, the Joker, the Riddler, etc). There's also speculation out there about a superhero role for Matt Damon in Warner Bros' 2017 project Justice League (like maybe Aquaman or Green Arrow?). Anyway, all of this talk about rumored projects for Damon leads us to the other news this week, which is that there were stories online that he and director Paul Greengrass might be reuniting soon for another Bourne movie. Well, Universal Pictures quickly debunked that story. The studio is continuing to develop the next Bourne movie for Jeremy Renner.


#3 THIS WEEK IN WHAT MATT DAMON WILL DO: INTERSTELLAR AND THE FOREIGNER

All of that preceding text was devoted to what Matt Damon won't be doing, but there was also a fair amount of news this week pointing the opposite direction. Matt Damon will be going to Iceland for two weeks to film a small role in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Interstellar. And we also learned this week that the premise of Interstellar might revolve around (get ready for this one)... corn. Christopher Nolan is lucky he's a critical darling, because there's certain foods (ham and cheese are two others) that are just inherently bad mojo for movie types. Matt Damon has also apparently chosen his directorial debut (which was almost last year's Promised Land, FYI), which will be called The Foreigner (AKA A Murder Foretold). The Foreigner will be adapted by screenwriter Chris Terrio, who previously worked with Ben Affleck on (and won an Oscar for) last year's Argo. You can read the New Yorker story that inspired The Foreigner here, but for those who want a short cut: it's a tale of tropical assassination and conspiracy all set in and around the jungles of Guatemala. It's not yet known if Matt Damon will also star in The Foreigner.


#4 IDRIS ELBA TO STAR IN MOVIE PREQUEL TO THE HIT BBC SERIES LUTHER

First off, this columnist should acknowledge that talk of this movie has been online for quite some time. The reason it's finally getting covered by the Weekly Ketchup is that we now know for sure that this movie is a "movie movie" and not, say, a TV movie. Okay, here's the actual story: the hit BBC crime drama series Luther will follow up its third (and final) series (what we in the USA call a season) with a feature film that will serve as a prequel to the three series. And yes, Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Prometheus) will be starring in the movie like he does in the TV show.




#5 JESSE PINKMAN GETS BIBLICAL IN RIDLEY SCOTT'S EXODUS

We, the viewing public, are still waiting for the final episodes of Breaking Bad to air, but for the show's two stars, their careers are clearly moving onto their respective next phases. Bryan Cranston's got Godzilla in 2014, and rumors about playing Lex Luthor (did we mention that? Yeah, that was a thing this week too) in the Man of Steel sequel. Aaron Paul, AKA Jesse Pinkman, has the videogame adaptation Need for Speed coming out on March 14, 2014, and this week, the news broke that Aaron Paul is taking on a significant Biblical figure. Paul is in talks with 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions to costar in Ridley Scott's Exodus as Hebrew slave Joshua to Christian Bale's Moses. Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro have also signed to play the parents of Egyptian pharoah Ramses II, to be played by Joel Edgerton (that would make Turturro Ramses I). Filming of Exodus is starting soon in Spain and Morocco (subbing for turbulent Egypt), with 20th Century Fox already scheduling the movie for release on December 12, 2014, the same release date as Disney and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland.


#6 ONG-BAK STAR TONY JAA IS THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE EVER GROWING FAST & FURIOUS FRANCHISE

When entertainment/film writers try to figure out the secrets to the success of the Fast and Furious franchise, they invariably hit upon the multiculturalism of the cast of the six movies (and counting). That notion was supported this week by the announcement that Thai action star Tony Jaa, of the popular Ong Bak trilogy, will be making his Hollywood (and English language) debut as a costar in Fast & Furious 7. The movie is still being written, but Universal is apparently confident that the production can be shot and finished quickly, as the movie is already scheduled for release on July 11, 2014 (a date Fast & Furious 7 has to itself, in between Maleficent on 7/2/14 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on 7/18/14). Tony Jaa is not the only new addition for Fast & Furious 7, as Jason Statham is already confirmed as the film's main villain (after appearing in the end credits of Fast and Furious 6). (Last minute breaking news! Kurt Russell is also in talks for a role in Fast & Furious 7.)


#7 ZOINKS! SCOOBY-DOO TO GET REBOOTED AS AN ANIMATED MOVIE

This coming March will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which was the sequel to the 2002 hit live action/CGI adaptation of the popular 1970s Saturday morning cartoon show(s). That upcoming landmark is illuminated because it just means that enough time has passed for Warner Bros to start thinking about what to do next with Scooby-Doo. And the answer is going to be a new animated Scooby-Doo movie. Certain questions aren't answered (like whether it will be traditionally animated), but that might just be because there's a presumption concerning certain types of "animated" projects these days that "duh, of course" it's going to be CGI. There really isn't much else known about this new Scooby-Doo movie yet, but let's address something that people will probably be quick to question in the comments: Why is the idea of a new animated Scooby-Doo listed under Fresh Developments (way at the bottom, it's worth pointing out)? There's a reason why Scooby-Doo is a cultural icon that is so ingrained in the minds of people of a certain age/generation that it's become a storytelling code. Sure, the animation wasn't great, but the various forms that Scooby-Doo took in the 1970s and 1980s (and a tiny sliver of the 1960s) had some sort of undeniable impact. This writer would love to think that maybe someday a new animated movie could recapture... whatever that was. Let's file this in the same "possibly misguided optimism" category as the November 6, 2015 CGI version of Peanuts.


#8 WHAT SWEET MUSIC THEY MAKE (?): THIS WEEK IN NEWS ABOUT THE DRACULA REBOOT

In addition to a series of stories about the James Brown biopic (see above), Universal Pictures also devoted much of their attention this week to the upcoming reboot of one of the most famous of their Universal Monsters: Dracula. First of all, in what might read as somewhat "inside baseball" studio talk, Legendary Entertainment (The Dark Knight, 300, The Hangover) has chosen Dracula as their first coproduction under their new deal with Universal Pictures. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans) has been cast as the new Dracula, which is expected to be an origin story (rather than, say, a direct adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel). The new film will mark the directorial debut of Gary Shore (who directed a short film called The Draft in 2006). The second story for Dracula this week is that Universal Pictures has shifted the release date back a bit to October 3, 2014, to position Dracula as a more traditional "Halloween" monster/horror movie (versus the former "summer" release date of August 8, 2014). Legendary is also considering joining in on Jurassic Park IV, but there's no deal to announce just yet. (It's worth noting, just to avoid confusion, that Legendary still has three movies coming out through Warner Bros: 300: Rise of an Empire, the reboot of Godzilla, and Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak). We're calling this one a borderline Fresh Development to give the new director the benefit of the doubt. What do you think, commenters? Will the new Dracula suck?

Rotten Idea of the Week

#1 THE DIRECTOR OF NOW YOU SEE ME WILL RETURN FOR THE SEQUEL

Maybe this was a slow movie news week (it really was, being just before Labor Day), or the impending start of fall festival season is inspiring producers and studios to greenlight "good movies" (shock! gasp!). Whatever the reason, there really weren't that many stories this week that are obviously "rotten ideas." And so, we return to a movie that was a Rotten Idea a few weeks ago... by default. Anyway, what many writers will write about this one is an acknowledgement that Now You See Me (currently the #17 domestic box office movie of 2013) was a bigger hit than many people realize. Now You See Me has done better domestically than, say, Epic, Pacific Rim, White House Down (or Olympus Has Fallen) or The Hangover Part III. And so, Lionsgate is developing a sequel to the magician-heist movie. The news this week is that the director will once again be Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans and the first two Transporter movies). Leterrier's direction of Now You See Me earned the film an RT Rating of 49%. Will the possibly titled Now You Don't do any better?

For more Weekly Ketchup columns by Greg Dean Schmitz, check out the WK archive, and you can contact GDS via Facebook.

Comments

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Top Story:

This just keeps getting more interesting & exiting as it fills in.

Fresh:

1. I had no interesting the other films mentioned here, but once I read JAMES BROWN I was all hyped! Love this guy's music, & I'm so looking forward to this production as much as that musical Marvin Gaye movie!

2. How is this fresh? Not that I hate Damon on anything (he's one of my all time favorite actors), but this doesn't seem like anything that should be placed so high up on this list. And as far as his superhero roles for Justic League, my vote goes for him as Green Arrow of the two.

3. Yawnville.

4. More Yawnville.

5. Ridley Scott is all I need to read on this. Looking forward to this project as I have yet to see Scott make a terrible film (yes, that includes Prometheus, which was fantastic, & suck it those who say otherwise).

6. The Jason Statham part of this was the only interesting thing to read.

7. Um, DUH, of course it will be CG animated! That's all any animation company cares about (save for Ghibli). Nonetheless I'm not looking so much forward to this unless it's story is as dark, & interesting as the other straight to DVD animated movies or Mystery Inc.

8. Like most of the fucktards in this page, they will most likely say this Dracula will suck over the excuses of "Because it's a remake" or "It doesn't need to be remade!" (which can easily contradict their bullshit). Other than that, I am so looking forward to this; we haven't gotten any good recent adaptions of Dracula since Bram Stoker's Dracula from Cappola, & that animated Batman vs. Dracula movie. (And Dracula 3000 was the WORST vampire film to ever be released alongside Bloodrayne).

Rotten:

1. Didn't see the first one, don't care for this.

Aug 30 - 05:18 PM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Ridley Scott is a has been. Ever since Hannibal his films became shit.

Aug 30 - 08:59 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Go troll somewhere else.

Aug 30 - 09:42 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Last time I check Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut, duh!) came after Hannibal.

Aug 30 - 09:45 PM

Zach Spiers

Zach Spiers

Um...Prometheus? If you think that movie sucked then you're a pedophile.

Sep 4 - 04:25 PM

Owen Bragg

Owen Bragg

And what I have learned has blown my mind.My friends sister has been making 78$ a day.Shocking but true.See more at.== > w瓀瓀.B璦瓂񬅟.c璷璵

Sep 5 - 05:54 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The Marvin Gaye movie would have to be NC-17 or unrrated.

Aug 30 - 11:43 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

So-so week

Top Story: I love that Marvel throw complete curve balls with their casting (Vin Diesel is a tree! Bradley Cooper is a raccoon!). None of their casting decisions have ever disappointed me (Aside from the fact that Edward Norton dropped the Hulk role), and I firmly believe James Spader will do a bag-up job.

Fresh
No. 1: Cool, James Brown was a musician that it seems would make for a good biopic (Especially for Oscar-bait), so I look forward to this one, though it wouldn't set my world on fire.

No. 2: C'mon, the derogatory comments about Matt Damon playing Robin, just 'cause some people don't like his friend getting cast in a role I think he's perfect for is unnecessary. I never saw Bourne Legacy, but I like Jeremy Renner, so hopefully the sequel goes down better.

No. 3: Interstellar will hopefully be as entertaining as the (I'm sorry) slightly overrated Inception, though I'm expecting something of a higher quality, now that Nolan has left the Bat-franchise, and what with the November release date, it's certainly aiming for some Oscar love.

No. 4: I really should check Luther out. I know Elba is a great actor, and he was probably the best part of Pacific Rim, acting-wise.

No. 5: This is interesting though the cast seems oddly white. I'm glad Paul is getting work after Breaking Bad, because he is a great actor, and deserves to remain relevant.

No. 6: It is unstoppable. Nothing can stop the Fast Franchise anymore.

No. 7: Unless they plan on making it a traditionally animated, I can see this turning out less than spectacularly. I'm not a CG hater or anything, but Scooby Doo seems like something that should best be pulled off in traditional artwork. If it's written by wither the writers of Mystery Inc. or Zombie Island, I'll be very pleased.

No. 8: This is interesting. It seems Universal are getting their groove back, and if it leads to more classical Horror films, all the better.

Rotten
No. 1: Eh, I never saw the first one, though it didn't look awful, just kinda bland and mindless (I want so much better for Jesse Eisenberg), so the news of a sequel is pretty eh.

Aug 30 - 05:47 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I'll take another Fast movie over another Seltzer & Friedberg 'movie' film any day.

And I thought I was the only person who appreciated Zombie Island. Nice to see someone else who does as well!

Aug 30 - 06:14 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

*Tips hat* Zombie Island is one of the few movies I would classify as a "childhood" movie. I wasn't into films until my teenage years, so no films really provoke nostalgia in me, other than Zombie Island, and Spider-Man/Spider-Man 2.
And yeah, Friedberg and Seltzer need to stop making movies, period.

Aug 30 - 06:33 PM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Slightly overrated Inception? Or massively.

Aug 30 - 08:57 PM

Ramzi Kibbi

Ramzi Kibbi

Try Intellectual movie deserving every last fucking inch of praise it got

Aug 31 - 09:28 AM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

It would merit the praise if it had been marketed as a thrilling, fun popcorn film. Instead, people were told that it was a super intellectual film, with so much depth and gravitas. in truth, the film is blandly-written, and not as smart as it thinks it is. Case in point: The ending is definitely in the real world, and people who debate that obviously don't pay enough attention.

Aug 31 - 10:50 AM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Intellectual? I bet you think Chris Angel can really fly.

Aug 31 - 01:09 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually think Inception deserves credit for not being too confusing. The film had to first set up its world and then take place on four different dream levels, each one moving at a different time speed. In the wrong hands it could have become a bloated mess. I think it speaks of Nolan's skill that he was able to make it surprisingly easy to follow all the different characters on all the different dream levels without making you feel completely lost.

Aug 31 - 03:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The themes of Inception are very intellectual, but fortunately not necessary to enjoying the film. If you want to find them, there are some very subversive points in the film about the allure and control of fantasy vs. reality, especially in terms of human relationships (Mal's purpose in the film was to highlight this), and it makes some potentially disturbing critiques of our ability to be conscious of our perceptions of these fantasies/realities. Nolan is a very good writer on the meta-level. It's a shame all the fanboys reduce the psychology of his Batman films into simple and boring good/evil (literally "two-face) morality without noting the use of myth and subconsciousness.

Sep 2 - 11:20 AM

Susan Stanton

Elizabeth Anthony

TOP STORY: LOL THE STARGATE MORON?? ANUS!
#1 DARKIES? ANUS!
#2 FRESH! THE LESS DAMON THE BETTER!
#3 ANUS! ANUS! ANUS! DAMON IS A GIANT WALKING ANUS!
#4 PACIFIC RIM WAS ANUS!
#5 RIDLEY SCOTT MADE PROMETHEUS! HE IS DEAD TO ME! ANUS!
#6 THEY'RE MAKING ANOTHER ONE!?!?!?! ANUS!
#7 HOW IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?!?! ANUS!
#8 REMAKES ARE ANUS!

#1 ANUS! ANUS! ANUS!

Aug 30 - 05:55 PM

Lord Tutweiller

Lord Diego John Tutweiller of Trolldonia

You pretty much nailed it, lol.

Aug 30 - 06:14 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

This is why Rotten Tomatoes needs an upvote button, folks.

Aug 30 - 06:31 PM

Matthew A.

Matthew Anderson

Caps lock, enrage!

Aug 30 - 06:56 PM

Lord Tutweiller

Lord Diego John Tutweiller of Trolldonia

You pretty much nailed it, lol.

Aug 30 - 06:14 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I'll take another Fast movie over another Seltzer & Friedberg 'movie' film any day.

And I thought I was the only person who appreciated Zombie Island. Nice to see someone else who does as well!

Aug 30 - 06:14 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

*Tips hat* Zombie Island is one of the few movies I would classify as a "childhood" movie. I wasn't into films until my teenage years, so no films really provoke nostalgia in me, other than Zombie Island, and Spider-Man/Spider-Man 2.
And yeah, Friedberg and Seltzer need to stop making movies, period.

Aug 30 - 06:33 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

This is why Rotten Tomatoes needs an upvote button, folks.

Aug 30 - 06:31 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

*Tips hat* Zombie Island is one of the few movies I would classify as a "childhood" movie. I wasn't into films until my teenage years, so no films really provoke nostalgia in me, other than Zombie Island, and Spider-Man/Spider-Man 2.
And yeah, Friedberg and Seltzer need to stop making movies, period.

Aug 30 - 06:33 PM

Geraldo Gallardo Trujillo

Geraldo Gallardo Trujillo

Tony Jaa in F&F7? The saga is really getting better now!

Aug 30 - 06:41 PM

Maineutral R.

Maineutral Reviewer

Tony Jaa in Fast & Furious 7 and Matt Damon might return as Bourne, also James as Ultron...we're getting good.

Aug 30 - 06:43 PM

Bradly Martin

Bradly Martin

JAMES SPADER AS ULTRON, I AM OUTRAGED!!! no..no not really. It just feels like Marvel casting is about who would work for the role and not an embarrasingly awkward studio decision who could care less about the Project and more about the Money...Yeah thats a knock on WB and DC.

Jesse Pickmin in a Moses film? Let my People Go! BITCH!
or for those at there that know who Joshua is. KEEP WALKING ROUND THIS WALL, BITCH!

Aug 30 - 06:49 PM

Matthew A.

Matthew Anderson

Caps lock, enrage!

Aug 30 - 06:56 PM

Matthew A.

Matthew Anderson

James Spader as Ultron sounds very interesting.
As a Scooby-Doo fan, I'm gonna put myself in the "cautiously optimistic," category. I love Scooby, but I'm still wondering how the transition to CGI will work. It also needs a good story, as well.
Everything else was less interesting for me.

Aug 30 - 07:02 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Top: I wasn't even aware that Ultron needed an actor but I guess Spader works.

3. Interstellar is getting quite interesting.

Aug 30 - 07:34 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

At the very least, he'd need a voice actor, and even then, mainstream movies (Read: Not the Power Rangers) usually go for actors that can voice and physically play the character. Whether or not Spader will play a physical incarnation of Ultron, or if he will be a disembodied God-voice (Like Jarvis) gone crazy remains to be seen.

Aug 31 - 12:55 PM

Cinema-Maniac

Caesar Mendez

I'm excited for Tony Jaa to make his English debut in Fast & Furious 7 but I worry his role will be small with limited dialogue. The same way it was with Joe Taslim in Furious 6. Although any movie that has Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, and Dwayne Johnson in the same film has me sold on seeing it in theater.

As for Interstellar I'm not as hyped to see it as I was with "The Dark Knight Rises", but am convince it could be his masterpiece. Don't get me wrong I know many consider "The Dark Knight" Nolan masterpiece, but in my book it's a solid 7.

The writing is mostly what bugs me relying to much on making every non villain character idiots including Batman and forgiveness in logic gap that went against the realistic portrayal it was going for. Although the ending in "The Dark Knight" does explain why Bruce hung up Batman duty for eight years. I would too if I did something that stupid.

Aug 30 - 08:36 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

My overall problem with The Dark Knight Trilogy is that it didn't feel like Batman, per say. The films were totally brilliant, but a lot of what Bruce did (Especially hanging up the cape, and letting Ra's die) are essentially betrayals of character.

Aug 31 - 10:52 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What version? Batman has been around for Decades and each artistic rendition is never the same. "I'm not gonna kill you Ra's, but I'm not going to save you" was a brilliant chilling line. You know I'm not actually gonna argue your point though because I feel like that if the writing is great, or fun that I tend to forgive a lot of things. I really liked Tom Hardy as Bane a lot in Rises and he didn't have much of anything to live up to but he still brought his A game. Anne Hathaway too, great performance but Bale and Nolan seemed to play it as if they were forced into it like neither of them cared much. After seeing Bale's reaction to remembering Heath Ledger it wouldn't surprise me if he didn't want to do a third movie at all. The Dark Knight Rises really is a complicated entertaining mess and I think a lot of it had to do with who brought there A game and who didn't.

Aug 31 - 01:31 PM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

I agree with complicated, entertaining mess. That pretty much sums it up for me. I suppose the Batman I love can be summed up in Year One. There's a bit where he tries to hold one crim from falling off a balcony, while two others attack him, because he can't let him die. Thinking about it, if Batman has no weight on his conscious about letting villains die, why did he save Joker in Dark Knight after he falls out the window?

Sep 1 - 03:00 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Because he's the one who tossed Joker of the edge. If he had died that would have made it a direct murder and would have proved Joker's point that Batman could be corrupted.

Sep 2 - 04:39 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Year One is fantastic. I love the original Graphic novel and the Gordon parts played by Brian Cranston in the DVD animated version are spectacular. The Story of Batman in the DVD however didn't translate to well but that might be on the count of my Kevin Conroy biased.

Sep 3 - 02:10 PM

Rodrigo y.

Rodrigo yiyo

"tropical assassination and conspiracy all set in and around the jungles of Guatemala" Typical ignorant american

Aug 30 - 08:39 PM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Slightly overrated Inception? Or massively.

Aug 30 - 08:57 PM

Ramzi Kibbi

Ramzi Kibbi

Try Intellectual movie deserving every last fucking inch of praise it got

Aug 31 - 09:28 AM

Wyatt Person

Wyatt Person

It would merit the praise if it had been marketed as a thrilling, fun popcorn film. Instead, people were told that it was a super intellectual film, with so much depth and gravitas. in truth, the film is blandly-written, and not as smart as it thinks it is. Case in point: The ending is definitely in the real world, and people who debate that obviously don't pay enough attention.

Aug 31 - 10:50 AM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Intellectual? I bet you think Chris Angel can really fly.

Aug 31 - 01:09 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually think Inception deserves credit for not being too confusing. The film had to first set up its world and then take place on four different dream levels, each one moving at a different time speed. In the wrong hands it could have become a bloated mess. I think it speaks of Nolan's skill that he was able to make it surprisingly easy to follow all the different characters on all the different dream levels without making you feel completely lost.

Aug 31 - 03:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The themes of Inception are very intellectual, but fortunately not necessary to enjoying the film. If you want to find them, there are some very subversive points in the film about the allure and control of fantasy vs. reality, especially in terms of human relationships (Mal's purpose in the film was to highlight this), and it makes some potentially disturbing critiques of our ability to be conscious of our perceptions of these fantasies/realities. Nolan is a very good writer on the meta-level. It's a shame all the fanboys reduce the psychology of his Batman films into simple and boring good/evil (literally "two-face) morality without noting the use of myth and subconsciousness.

Sep 2 - 11:20 AM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

Ridley Scott is a has been. Ever since Hannibal his films became shit.

Aug 30 - 08:59 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Go troll somewhere else.

Aug 30 - 09:42 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Last time I check Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut, duh!) came after Hannibal.

Aug 30 - 09:45 PM

Zach Spiers

Zach Spiers

Um...Prometheus? If you think that movie sucked then you're a pedophile.

Sep 4 - 04:25 PM

Owen Bragg

Owen Bragg

And what I have learned has blown my mind.My friends sister has been making 78$ a day.Shocking but true.See more at.== > w瓀瓀.B璦瓂񬅟.c璷璵

Sep 5 - 05:54 AM

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Transcendence is a Sci-Fi Snooze

Total Recall
Total Recall

Johnny Depp's Best Movies

24 Frames
24 Frames

Picture gallery of movie bears

Good Friday
Good Friday

50 movie posters gallery

Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile