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Why so serious, Barry? A recent interview with British GQ has revealed that the audition video that British actor Barry Keoghan created for Matt Reeves has been online for years. But we've only discovered it just now! In Matt Reeves' The Batman movie from earlier this year (still one of our favorites), the final scene at Arkham Asylum reveals another prisoner in another nearby cell close to Paul Dano's The Riddler. He has green hair and a big, scary smile - though his name is never revealed in that final scene. We all know it was The Joker, a teaser for things to come much like how Batman Begins ends with a Joker card hint as well. The talented young actor Barry Keoghan stars in the role, appearing on screen for less than five minutes (along with this deleted scene). How did he get the gig? Well, Keoghan has revealed his audition video - shot in a hallway by DP Angie Sciulli. With make-up and a top hat + cane costume, he casually strolls down the hallway and then back - with just a bit of blood on his face. You can check it out below. Don't forget to smile.
"We're here to negotiate your peaceful surrender." "I'm not peaceful, nor do I surrender." Warner Bros has revealed the second official trailer for the Black Adam movie, a Shazam series spin-off focusing on the origins of this DC Comics' anti-hero. This epic final trailer takes out all the humor from the last trailer, and overloads on flashy superhero VFX and explosive action. Dwayne Johnson stars as Black Adam, an anti-hero from Kahndaq who was imprisoned for 5,000 years after he gained God-like powers. He will become the archenemy of the superhero Shazam, also seen in another movie, and shares his powers from the ancient wizard of the same name. Other DC characters, including the Justice Society of America (JSA), appear in this movie trying to take him down. The cast includes Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate with his golden helmet, Marwan Kenzari and Bodhi Sabongui. This does finally look like it might be a solid anti-hero movie - balancing the team of "good guys" versus the intensity of Black Adam not taking shit from anyone.
"The world needed a hero… instead, it got me." Well at least he's badass! Another Hall H Comic-Con special preview trailer to watch now. Warner Bros showed off this short sizzle reel for Black Adam, the Shazam series spin-off focusing on the origins of this DC Comics' anti-hero. It seems that this will connect directly with the Shazam! Fury of the Gods movie - which will open just a few months after this. Dwayne Johnson stars as Black Adam, an anti-hero from Kahndaq who was imprisoned for 5,000 years after he gained God-like powers. He will become the archenemy of the superhero Shazam, also seen in another movie, and shares his powers from the ancient wizard of the same name. Other DC characters, including the Justice Society of America (JSA), appear in this movie trying to take him down. The cast includes Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, plus Marwan Kenzari and Bodhi Sabongui. This is a better look than the first trailer, I just hope they really let him loose as the anti-hero main character and don't restrain his intensity too much.
"Your world will not survive this!" Warner Bros unveiled in Comic-Con's Saturday Hall H the official trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the superhero sequel arriving in theaters this December. It was moved up from a 2023 release to land in theaters during the holiday season, which might be the best bet for this one. From New Line Cinema comes Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word "SHAZAM!," is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam, played again by Zachary Levi. In this next one he will confront Hespera & Kalypso, daughters of the Greek god Atlas, while introducing us to an entire Shazam! family of (young) heroes. In addition to Levi, the new cast features Helen Mirren as Hespera, Lucy Liu as Kalypso, Rachel Zegler, Meagan Good, Grace Fulton, and Marta Milans; along with Djimon Hounsou, Asher Angel, and Jack Dylan Grazer returning from the first one. So far so good, this is a solid trailer with some good bits from Levi as he figures out his place in the world of superheroes. And the big bad creature is a dragon? Cool let's see how this goes.
"My vision has shown me the future. You have two choices: you can be the destroyer of this world, or you can be its savior." Warner Bros has revealed the first official trailer for Black Adam, the Shazam series spin-off focusing on the origins of this anti-hero from DC Comics. Dwayne Johnson stars as Black Adam, an anti-hero from Kahndaq who was imprisoned for 5,000 years after he gained God-like powers. He will become the archenemy of the superhero Shazam, and shares his powers from the ancient wizard of the same name. Other DC characters, including the Justice Society of America (JSA), appear in this movie, too. The cast includes Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, plus Marwan Kenzari and Bodhi Sabongui. This looks pretty badass so far, I have to say that much. I'm glad to see Dwayne Johnson playing an anti-hero and not the most lovable softie this time. As for the rest of it, this does look like every other modern superhero movie, with a big buff dude being chased around by all those who do not like him. Worth a look.
"We're just a bunch of shelter pets, but we're stronger than you think." Warner Bros has revealed a new official trailer for the DC League of Super-Pets movie, also known as DC Super Pets. It's based on a real spin-off comic series that first launched in 1962, created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan, all about the pets of famous DC superheroes. We've already featured numerous trailers for this so far, it actually looks better than expected, with some funny pet humor to go along with all the superhero jokes. Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped. Kevin Hart voices Ace, with Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor. This is going to be fun! Yeah it seems mainly made for kids, but it also looks like adults might enjoy this movie, too.
"How come Batman doesn't dance anymore?" Ahahah this is great! Corridor has whipped up this ingenious creation remixing footage from The Batman movie with characters from the original 60s Batman TV show starring Adam West. It's even better than you think! It's so good my only complaint is that there is not enough footage. More more more…! This Batman video is created and uploaded by Corridor Crew (aka Corridor Digital), a professional YouTube channel of video creators and artists. We also featured their "VFX artists make the Up balloon house for real" video last year. This is one of their best so far! This also features Burt Ward as Robin and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin in addition to West's vintage Batman gaffing it up. I think my favorite parts in this are the jumping in the dark scene and the Bat-copter getaway. Enjoy.
"I wish I could say I'm making a difference, but I don't know." Is he making a positive difference or making everything worse? I've seen Matt Reeves' dark, gritty Gotham City noir thriller The Batman three times already. I've been thinking plenty about the movie over the last few weeks, but specifically about the plot, all three hours of it. What does it mean, what is the script trying to say? What is it really getting at? It's a story about the first years of DC's iconic superhero Batman, yes, but it's also deeper than that. By the third time I watched, there were a few key scenes that really stuck out to me that I didn't necessarily pick up on the first times around. On the surface, The Batman is about his "early years" in Gotham City as he's figuring himself out, trying to make sense of the crime in Gotham City, and whether or not he's helping stop all the crime as a masked vigilante. Similar to The Daily Bugle always hating Spider-Man, at the start most of the city seems to be against him, seeing him as a menace more than a hero. Which is an important lesson for him to learn.
"He's a nobody, wants to be somebody." Now what do we have here, Mr. Batman? Warner Bros has decided to release a sneaky deleted scene from The Batman some three weeks after the movie opened in theaters worldwide. The scene in question involves a certain green-haired, iconic Gotham City villain, portrayed by Barry Keoghan in this next Batman series. It's not so much of a spoiler because The Joker (!!) isn't really a part of The Batman movie. There's a scene at the very end of the movie with him, but you never see his face and it's more of a final nightcap than it is a setup. This scene, however, was cut from the movie but involves a more intriguing conversation between The Batman, played by Robert Pattinson, and his tricky Gotham nemesis The Joker. Director Matt Reeves wrote on Twitter: "Riddle me this… the less of them you have, the more one is worth…" It's an excellent scene between these two, as Joker is getting into Batman's head with all these truths that even Bruce Wayne doesn't like to admit are true. "You two have so much in common…"
"That better be a licensed toy or I will freak! out!" Ahahaha this is a fun trailer. Warner Bros has debuted a new 60-second Batman trailer for the DC League of Super-Pets movie, also known as DC Super Pets. It's based on a real spin-off comic series that first launched in 1962, created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan, all about the pets of famous DC superheroes. This trailer focuses on Batman and his pooch "Ace the Bat-Hound", who originally appeared in the comics in 1955 in Batman #92. Now isn't that something! This new trailer is obviously timed with the release of The Batman movie - which kids can't see, but they can wait for this! Kevin Hart voices Ace, and Keanu Reeves voices Bruce Wayne. This reminds me of how spot on the humor was in the The Lego Batman Movie. The rest of the Super-Pets voice cast also includes Dwayne Johnson, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, and Marc Maron as Lex Luthor. The more they show, the better this looks! I've got a very good feeling about it.
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." That final line of dialogue from 1974's Chinatown summarizes the film's theme incredibly succinctly. Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson), a private detective, is investigating a series of crimes that unravel the level of high corruption prevalent in Los Angeles. The investigation leads Gittes down a deflating and tragic path, as he eventually realizes there's simply nothing he can do to curb the pervasion of corruption in his own city. Matt Reeves' new Gotham City noir, The Batman, has a similar thematic throughline, even if the ending is a bit more optimistic. What it shares with Chinatown, and other street-level, grounded crime films of the 1970's, is a singular and clear vision. The Batman is a triumph of an auteur's artistic vision, a film that feels deeply personal amidst the occasionally bland and dispassionate studio blockbusters that Warner Bros (and other Hollywood studios) has been known to churn out as of late.
At the start of this new Batman movie, Bruce Wayne's voiceover talks about how his identity as the Batman has made criminals in Gotham City more fearful. They think he's lurking in the shadows, hiding down alleys, waiting to take them out. The very first reveal of "The Batman" in this movie has him literally walking out of the shadows, emerging from the pitch-black darkness to confront a group of hoodlums attacking a man on a subway platform. The darkness that permeates Gotham City is present in every frame of The Batman, it's unavoidable, a lesson that Batman comes to learn. This is the ultimate gritty, grimy Gotham City noir movie - easily the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight (read my old review). It's so incredibly dark that it's almost hard to see what's going on at times, but that's a feature not a bug. Matt Reeves has created one of the darkest Batman movies yet, both in tone and visual style, and it's an exhilarating big screen experience.