Resident Entertainment https://residententertainment.com.au Always something to read or watch Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:00:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 138582933 Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free https://residententertainment.com.au/avengers-infinity-war-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/avengers-infinity-war-review/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:30:29 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22360 Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free Avengers: Infinity War is the latest film in the Marvel movie franchise to be released and the 19th film released by Marvel taking place in the Marvel cinematic universe. Avengers: Infinity War comes directed by Anthony and Joe Russo who some may know as the directors of Captain […]

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Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest film in the Marvel movie franchise to be released and the 19th film released by Marvel taking place in the Marvel cinematic universe. Avengers: Infinity War comes directed by Anthony and Joe Russo who some may know as the directors of Captain America: Civil War or Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film stars Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. Zoe Saldana and Tom Hiddleston.

Going into this film, I wasn’t sure really if it would be that great. To me, when I watched all of the trailers and saw all of the many ads for it, I felt that it was basically just a film with a massive battle towards the end, with everyone in it and it was going to be some sort of cameo festival. The film has 64 main characters in it according to IMDB and I just didn’t see what the appeal of having something like this was. But nevertheless I went in to see it, being a superhero film fan and all, how could I not?

I came out of the film quite impressed with what they achieved with this addition to the Marvel movie franchise. There’s very little disappointing moments and even though I can clearly tell that it is filled with cameo after cameo of heroes, it somehow worked and it worked well. Nothing felt at all awkward or had out-of-place pacing making some scenes disjointed like I thought it might, they all just sort of fit together and I guess that’s a major credit to the two directors. They certainly paced the film well.

I don’t want to go into too much of the plot at all in this review as I went into this film not really knowing all that much about it so I will be as brief as possible (skip this paragraph if you want to know nothing at all about the story). But basically what’s going on is that there’s a new super villain who has turned up and his name is Thanos (Josh Brolin). His goal is that he basically wants to create a devastating weapon which would put the lives of many people on Earth and the rest of the universe in danger, but the final parts of the weapon are on planet Earth and it’s up to our Avengers to stop him before he can make his weapon. But can they all come together and do it? As superhero films go, this type of plot is nothing new, it’s common in these stories for the villain to be wanting to destroy the world or universe and our heroes need to stop them. So there’s nothing really special with this, but there are some very interesting themes spread deep within this film such as an overpopulation theme and also a focus on death as well as a few others I won’t mention because it’s sort of spoiler territory. But if I could discuss them further, I would just say that it’s the themes under the main plot which make this film an interesting watch and one that would give you quite a lot of discussion points for you and your friends as you come out of seeing it this weekend.

Iron Man - Avengers: Infinity War Review - Spoiler Free

Iron Man – Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

As an action film, Avengers: Infinity War delivers this better than most would this year. The film had action at the centre of its core and I think there are more action sequences in this than any other superhero film I’ve ever seen. Pretty much every single hero in this film gets into at least 1 fight and there are multiple fights happening across the whole Universe. There’s explosions, magic, fist fights, shooting and much more. The CGI is also quite good and I actually really enjoyed Thanos and the way this villain was presented. We’ve had CGI villains in films before, most memorable recently was the one in Justice League, but Thanos was much better done. In the film I was also very impressed with the new look for Iron Man which seems to get better every time I see the character in a new film and Spider-Man’s suit also had the same treatment. Both heroes had quite a few new tricks which made the audience in my cinema gasp as they saw a few of them get revealed.

It’s hard to comment on every performance in this film. But I had a good time watching both Robert Downey Jr. and also Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Infinity War. The two have probably the more interesting characters in the mix and always seem to capture the most attention when either of them are on-screen. I hope to see them in many more films in the future. I also really enjoyed watching Josh Brolin and his performance as Thanos. I’m not too sure how much of the CGI movements were actually Brolin or just animated, but either way he was well presented and the voicing was spot on. Zoe Saldanna who plays Gamora had a lot more screen time than I expected her to get, but she was actually one of the standout actors in the film and delivered a strong emotional performance that I think many will remember for a while after leaving, her character had a lot to do.

Thor with his new best mate Rocket - Avengers: Infinity War Review - Spoiler Free

Thor with his new best mate Rocket – Avengers: Infinity War Review – Spoiler Free

Overall Avengers: Infinity War is an exceptional action film which delivers everything a movie goer could want going in for explosions and special effects. The story is done well considering how many characters they had to fit into this film and things were well paced. The underlying themes and the core messaging within the movie will stay with people for some time after leaving the cinema and give fans a lot to discuss. The actors all do great and are all very impressive, with my favourites in this film being Zoe Saldanna, Josh Brolin, Chirs Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. I’m happy to recommend going to see Avengers: Infinity War, it’s sure to impress many comic book fans and also casual movie goers looking for some fun action at the cinema this weekend.

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Detroit: Become Human Demo Now Available On PS Store https://residententertainment.com.au/detroit-become-human-demo-now-available-on-ps-store/ https://residententertainment.com.au/detroit-become-human-demo-now-available-on-ps-store/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:20:25 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22356 The Detroit: Become Human demo is currently available to download on the PS store. The demo sees you play as one of the central characters in the game who also happens to be an android. I was lucky enough to actually play the section of the game that is now this demo a few months […]

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The Detroit: Become Human demo is currently available to download on the PS store. The demo sees you play as one of the central characters in the game who also happens to be an android. I was lucky enough to actually play the section of the game that is now this demo a few months ago at PlayStation’s Playfest event and wrote about all my thoughts on the game right here. Please take a look. I was very keen on the game back then and am quite excited to try it out when it releases later this May.

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Venom Official Trailer & Poster Revealed https://residententertainment.com.au/venom-official-trailer-poster-revealed/ https://residententertainment.com.au/venom-official-trailer-poster-revealed/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:08:22 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22353 The first official trailer and poster were revealed today for Venom starring Tom Hardy. The film is based on a character from the Spider-Man comic book universe. The Venom Australian release date is October 4, 2018.

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The first official trailer and poster were revealed today for Venom starring Tom Hardy. The film is based on a character from the Spider-Man comic book universe. The Venom Australian release date is October 4, 2018.

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A Quiet Place – New Clip https://residententertainment.com.au/a-quiet-place-new-clip/ https://residententertainment.com.au/a-quiet-place-new-clip/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:54:25 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22350 Take a look at this clip from A Quiet Place, a science fiction/horror film known to rely more on sound than on dialogue and it’s also pretty scary! If you haven’t seen it at the cinema yet, I’m happy to recommend it. You can find my spoiler free review for the film here.

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Take a look at this clip from A Quiet Place, a science fiction/horror film known to rely more on sound than on dialogue and it’s also pretty scary!

If you haven’t seen it at the cinema yet, I’m happy to recommend it. You can find my spoiler free review for the film here.

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Fear The Walking Dead: Another Day In The Diamond Review https://residententertainment.com.au/fear-the-walking-dead-another-day-in-the-diamond-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/fear-the-walking-dead-another-day-in-the-diamond-review/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:40:14 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22331 There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: Another Day In The Diamond Review – Episode Discussion So the second episode of the fourth season for Fear The Walking Dead just aired and this one is almost as big an episode as last week’s premiere because while last week’s premiere focused on mainly just […]

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There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: Another Day In The Diamond Review – Episode Discussion

So the second episode of the fourth season for Fear The Walking Dead just aired and this one is almost as big an episode as last week’s premiere because while last week’s premiere focused on mainly just Morgan coming into the show, this week sees our focus turns back on the main cast from Fear The Walking Dead that we’ve all come to know and love.

It’s been some time since we’ve seen what they’re all up to, but at the end of last week’s episode we saw that our core group seemed to be in some sort of trouble. All we had to go on was that whatever happened to them was bad and that there were “bad people here” but we didn’t really know what. This episode sees time go back a little to before the encounter of our core characters, with Morgan.

When we first see Alicia, Madison, Nick and Victor. Everything seems pretty good for the group, they’re all living together at a baseball stadium and have settled down in a small community. But we are however, introduced to a threat early on for their group. There’s a little girl who we see in this episode who mostly chats with Madison and also quite a bit with Nick. She’s escaped from some bad people and let’s them know where her group was in the past before they were all dead and she escaped.

Madison goes to the young girl’s old camp to investigate with Victor, Alicia and some others. We are shown a town where there’s nothing really there, except for one survivor and a couple of the dead eventually turn up. I found the scene itself, with the characters searching the town to be quite tense. When Victor mentioned that it was missing even the dead, things started to look suspicious and the tension increased. I enjoyed the mystery of what could possibly be in this town. The location was also quite good and all the old buildings and ruins looked great on screen this week. As a viewer I felt that I didn’t really know what was to come from this town and the survivor they found seemed very defensive and she was later brought in to live with Madison and her people. What happened to that place I wondered? What’s the story of the survivor?

As the episode goes on, we see that Nick looks to be not his usual self. At the end of Season 3 we saw him as the central character in the finale and he was the character that looked to be pretty much ready to sacrifice his life on that damn.Nick blew it up with everyone on it in an attempt to save everyone from the bad guys. This is the cliffhanger we were left with, did they all survive that? It looks like they all did survive the damn explosion (except the bad guys), but the aftermath of that explosion is still something that our characters are dealing with. As we see in this episode, Nick is still not past the explosion, to an extent that he can’t even leave his settlement in a car to investigate the music. I’m not sure how long they’ve been living in that baseball stadium, but Nick has been quite quiet there and is mainly concerned with farming and doesn’t go out. This is a big change for the character and I’m interested to see how he develops as this season continues.

The final big thing about this episode was the reveal of what looks to be this season’s main villain. I didn’t really catch his name, other than his group being known as “The Vultures”, but a quick look at IMDB has what I think is this season’s villain played by Don Daro and he’s listed there with the character name “Vulture”, but that may change as we get to know him more. With this week’s tense tone to the whole episode, when the Vultures first appeared I felt a little nervous for our group of characters. We’ve never really seen them settle down for a long time in town before and the failure of Nick to investigate the sound due to his personal issues led to the group getting caught off guard when the Vultures approached.

The Vultures themselves didn’t do all that much to our group at first, they seemed to just camp outside and wait. For what they’re waiting to see I don’t know, but like actual Vultures they’re waiting for something to happen to Madison’s group and they’ll likely feed on the spoils of whatever happens there. The big reveal from the Vulture leader was that the little girl was a spy and the whole time has been sending them info about Madison’s group. It’s a big deal because clearly they trusted the wrong person, although who would doubt a kid in that environment though?

With the episode ending the way it did and a new threat for Madison’s group revealed, I’m very interested to see what’s to come in Fear The Walking Dead season 4. There’s still a bit of a timeline gap between when Madison and her people meet up with Morgan’s group. How Madison is not with the rest of the baseball stadium people is a bit of a mystery. Are they all dead? Have the vultures attacked and it’s only Madison and our main characters alive? I loved this episode and the amount of tense moments that were in it, it was also quite mysterious which made things more tense to watch and the reveal of the main villain was well done. I’m curious about this new Vulture group and what they’re up to, but the mystery of what happens to Madison’s group after this initial confrontation is even more appealing.

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Keeping Track of Every DC Movie In Development https://residententertainment.com.au/keeping-track-of-every-dc-movie-in-development/ https://residententertainment.com.au/keeping-track-of-every-dc-movie-in-development/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:36:56 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=21844 Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box […]

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Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box office king and Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern.

With this superhero craze comes a bevy of new projects from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, Fox’s X-Men universe and Sony’s Spider-Man universe. It’s getting pretty confusing out there so let our guides help you keep track of where each movie — confirmed or rumored — is at right now in its development cycle.

DC has three movies with release dates and supposedly another 20 (!!!) at various points in development.

LAST UPDATED (4/17/18): A director has supposedly been hired for a Birds of Prey movie.

 

Aquaman

LAST UPDATED (4/12/18): Pickups are underway; Set for release on Dec. 21

2014: Writers Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad were supposedly hired in August 2014 to write competing scripts for an Aquaman movie (THR). A couple of months later, Aquaman was officially announced for a 2018 release (Business Wire).

2015: It was reported that Beall and Johnstad were still writing scripts in April and filmmaker James Wan was the frontrunner to direct (THR). Wan was eventually confirmed to direct and look over a script by Johnstad a couple of months later (Deadline). By the end of the year, writer David Leslie Johnson was said to have been brought on to help write (THR).

2016: Beall was apparently brought back on board to write a new script in July, but this time based off a new treatment from Wan and writer Geoff Johns (THR). Pre-production in Australia began by the end of November (Gold Coast Bulletin).

2017: Wan said that filming began in May (Twitter) with Johnson apparently returning for another rewrite around that time (Deadline). Aquaman wrapped production in October (Twitter).

2018: In April, Wan said the movie was undergoing pickups (Twitter).

Shazam!

LAST UPDATED (2/5/18): Filming has begun; Set for release on Apr. 5

2014: Shazam! was said to be in development at Warner Bros. in April (SciFiNow) and Darren Lemke was supposedly hired to write in September (Variety).

2017: Writer Henry Gayden was said to be working on the script in January (THR). In February, David F. Sandberg was said to be in talks to direct from a script by Lemke (Variety). That summer it was reported that the movie would go into production in early 2018 for a 2019 release with Sandberg directing (THR). Pre-production officially began in August (Instagram).

2018: In January, the movie was scheduled for an April 2019 release (Variety). Shazam! began filming in February and is set to wrap in May (Toronto.ca).

Wonder Woman 2

LAST UPDATED (11/13/17): Release date moved up; Set for release on Nov. 1, 2019

2017: Wonder Woman executive producer Geoff Johns said that he and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, were writing the treatment for a sequel in June (Variety). A month later, Wonder Woman 2 was made official at Comic-Con (ScreenRant) and hit with a Dec. 13, 2019 release date a few days afterwards (THR). In September, Jenkins became the highest-paid female director in history when she signed on for the sequel (Variety) and Dave Callaham was said to have been brought on board to help write (THR). However, by the end of the year Disney rescheduled Star Wars: Episode IX for the week after Wonder Woman 2 and Warner Bros. wanted none of that. Wonder Woman 2 moved up to Nov. 1, 2019 (Collider). Tough sh*t to those kids trick-or-treating at my house BECAUSE YOUR BOY IS GOING TO THE HALLOWEEN NIGHT PREMIERE.

Birds of Prey

LAST UPDATED (4/17/18): Director supposedly hired

2016: Christina Hodson was said to have been writing a Birds of Prey movie that would have Margot Robbie producing and reprising her role as Harley Quinn (Wrap).

2018: Cathy Yan was apparently chosen to direct the movie after an “exceptional” presentation to Warner Bros. (Deadline).

Black Adam

LAST UPDATED (4/10/18): Script is done, filming might begin in 2019

2017: New Line Cinema was said they were going to simultaneously develop Shazam! and a Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson (THR). In October, Adam Sztykiel was said to be in negotiations to write the Black Adam movie (Tracking Board).

2018: Johnson said the script is done and if everything goes fine then the movie might start filming in 2019 (Yahoo).

Batgirl

LAST UPDATED (4/9/18): Writer has been hired

2017: Filmmaker Joss Whedon was nearing a deal to write, direct and produce a Batgirl movie in March 2017. At Comic-Con, producer Geoff Johns said Whedon would begin production on the movie in 2018 (YouTube).

2018: After a year of trying, Whedon could not come up with a story for Batgirl and departed the project in February. It was said that Warner Bros. was planning to hire a female filmmaker in his place (Tracking Board). A couple of months later, Christina Hodson was hired to write a script (THR).

Flashpoint

LAST UPDATED (4/3/18): Might get a new title

2014: A Flash movie was confirmed to be released in 2018 starring Ezra Miller (Variety).

2015: In spring 2015, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were said to be working on a story treatment for the Flash movie and might direct (Deadline). By October, it was rumored that Seth Grahame-Smith was in negotiations to direct and write a script from Lord and Miller’s treatment (THR).

2016: After providing a script, Grahame-Smith left the project in April due to creative differences (THR). Rick Famuyiwa was set to direct a few weeks later (THR), but dropped out in October (THR).

2017: Joby Harold was said to be completely rewriting the script (Variety), which was titled Flashpoint at the studio’s Comic-Con presentation (USA Today).

2018: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were confirmed to direct in February (Collider) and the movie was said to be part of the next wave of DC movies (THR). In April, it was reported that the “Flashpoint” title would be dropped (Twitter).

New Gods

LAST UPDATED (3/15/18): Director has been hired

2018: It was reported that Ava DuVernay is directing New Gods for DC (Variety). While DuVernay didn’t confirm anything, she posted a quote on Twitter by New Gods author Jack Kirby the day the news broke (Twitter).

Lobo

LAST UPDATED (2/9/18): Rewrite supposedly on the way, Michael Bay might direct

2012: Brad Payton was hired to direct and work on a script for a Lobo movie (Deadline).

2016: Jason Fuchs was hired to write a script from scratch with Payton still directing (Wrap).

2018: In February, it was rumored that Michael Bay would take the director’s seat. Fuchs is apparently rewriting the script to bring it down from a projected $200 million budget. Apparently, even Michael Bay thought that number was too high (THR).

Nightwing

LAST UPDATED (2/8/18): Script is expected soon

2017: Chris McKay was said to be in negotiations to direct a Nightwing movie from a script by Bull Dubuque in February (THR).

2018: In February, McKay said he expects the script soon (Twitter).

Green Lantern Corps.

LAST UPDATED (1/9/18): Movie is still in the works

2014: A Green Lantern movie was said to be released in 2020 (EW).

2015: At Comic-Con, the movie’s title was revealed to be Green Lantern Corps. (IGN).

2017: In January, it was said that David Goyer and Justin Rhodes were hired to write a script and the studio will try to get a director soon (Deadline).

2018: Goyer said in January that the movie was still in the works (IGN).

Suicide Squad sequel

LAST UPDATED (12/11/17): Filming expected to begin in October 2018

2016: Director David Ayer and star Will Smith were said to be planning to film a Suicide Squad sequel in 2017 (Variety).

2017: Ayer was said to be directing a Gotham City Sirens movie for DC instead so talks were had with other directors including Mel Gibson. Adam Kozad was also apparently in negotiations to write (THR). In July, it was said that Jaume Collet-Serra was the top choice to direct and begin filming by mid-2018 (THR). That fall, Gavin O’Connor was said to have been made the official writer and director (THR) with the movie expected to begin filming in October 2018 (Omega).

Justice League sequel

LAST UPDATED (12/7/17): No “immediate” plans for Snyder to direct another DC movie

2014: Justice League was originally announced as a two-part movie with Justice League Part One set to be released in 2017 and Justice League Part Two in 2019. Both movies were to be directed by Zack Snyder (EW).

2016: In June, Justice League producer Deborah Snyder said they “were only ever planning” one Justice League movie. Sure, Deborah. Have it your way (Vulture). In December, it was said a Justice League sequel would still be directed by Snyder but was being pushed to make way for a standalone Batman movie (THR).

2017: While doing press for Justice League, star J.K. Simmons said a script for a sequel was being written (Cosmic Book News). But in December, it was said there were “no immediate plans for Snyder to direct another DC movie.” Warner Bros. parent company, Time Warner, was said to have not been pleased that Snyder came back after the critical failure of Batman v Superman and were turned off by an early, dark cut of Justice League (Variety).

The Batman

LAST UPDATED (12/7/17): New actor to play Batman?

2014: A solo Batman movie was announced in October 2014 (EW).

2015: In July 2015, it was first rumored that star Ben Affleck would direct the movie himself and co-write with Geoff Johns (Variety).

2016: In February 2016, one of the heads at the agency that represents Affleck confirmed that he wrote a script for a Batman movie (THR). Two months later, the news of Affleck directing was made official at CinemaCon (Variety). Affleck said the movie was probably going to be called The Batman in October (YouTube) and said in December that the script was finishing up and they were expecting to shoot in spring (Variety).

2017: With the movie in prep for the summer, Affleck dropped out of directing to remain a producer and star on the movie. At that same time, it was rumored that Matt Reeves would direct (Variety). A month later in February, Reeves was officially made the director (Deadline). In July, Reeves said he was starting over with a new script (THR). The director might be starting with a new Batman too as it was said in December that Reeves was possibly bringing in a new actor for the part (Variety).

Cyborg

LAST UPDATED (11/6/17): Fisher knows the next movie he will appear as Cyborg in

2014: A Cyborg movie was announced for a 2020 release that will star Ray Fisher (EW).

2017: While doing press for Justice League, Fisher said he knew the next movie he would play Cyborg in. Unfortunately, he didn’t specify which (ComicBook).

Deathstroke

LAST UPDATED (10/26/17): Writer and director supposedly in talks

2017: Gareth Evans is supposedly in talks to write and direct a Deathstroke movie after he impressed the studio with a pitch.

Justice League Dark

LAST UPDATED (10/26/17): Director passed on the opportunity

2013: Guillermo del Toro said he was working on a movie that would bring together some of DC’s supernatural characters like Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Spectre and more. He confirmed he was writing an outline that had a working title of “Dark Universe” and they found a writer (IGN).

2014: A completed script was said to have been sent to Warner Bros. (Forbes).

2015: del Toro was said to be off the project (THR).

2016: Doug Liman was set to direct after del Toro supposedly got sidetracked with other projects (Variety).

2017: In May, it was said that scheduling conflicts booted Liman from the project (Variety), but the movie was still part of the studio’s slate at their Comic-Con presentation in July (USA Today). A month after that, Gerard Johnston was hired to rewrite the script (Deadline). In October, it was reported that Gareth Evans passed on the movie.

Harley Quinn vs. The Joker

LAST UPDATED (9/19/17): Robbie (kind of) confirms the filmmakers’ involvement

2017: A movie that would pit Harley Quinn against The Joker was rumored to be in development in July 2017 with the possible title Harley Quinn vs. The Joker (ScreenRant). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were in negotiations to write and direct a month later with the movie to go into production after a sequel to Suicide Squad. Robbie, who is reuniting with the filmmakers after working with them twice, said how much she loved working with them in September, essentially confirming their involvement (ComingSoon).

The Joker

LAST UPDATED (8/23/17): Director and writers may be set, Martin Scorsese may produce

2017: Todd Phillips was said to be directing a movie that would serve as an origin story for The Joker. He would also be co-writing with Martin Scorsese possibly producing.

Gotham City Sirens

LAST UPDATED (12/13/16): Director and writer have been hired

2016: A Gotham City Sirens movie is rumored to be directed by David Ayer from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Margot Robbie would reprise her role as Harley Quinn and serve as an executive producer (THR).

Deadshot

LAST UPDATED (12/13/16): Studio may develop it

2016: Warner Bros. was supposedly “looking into” a spinoff featuring Will Smith’s Suicide Squad character Deadshot. This project wouldn’t be developed until after a Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens (THR).

Man of Steel sequel

LAST UPDATED (11/5/16): Script is in progress

2014: Another Superman solo movie was announced in October 2014 (EW).

2015: There was a rumor that Warner Bros. was trying to get George Miller to take on directing duties (Digital Spy), but the filmmaker later said that he hopes his next film doesn’t have special effects or a lot of stunts. So, probably not a Superman movie (Digital Spy).

2016: In August, it was said that the movie was in “active development” at Warner Bros. (Wrap). A month later, actor Henry Cavill’s agent confirmed he was working on the standalone movie (Newsweek). However in November, actress Amy Adams said they were still working on a script (YouTube).

Booster Gold

LAST UPDATED (5/12/16): Berlanti not confirmed to direct, script being written

2015: Greg Berlanti was said to be directing a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle team-up movie to be written by Zak Penn (Tracking Board).

2016 Berlanti reconfirmed that a Booster Gold movie was still in development but he said he wasn’t set to direct anything. He said he “probably” would direct and that Zack Stentz was writing the script (THR).

 

The competition rages on:

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe (17 films = $13,511,852,934) – Average: about $794,814,878
  2. X-Men (10 films = $4,996,632,006) – Average: about $499,663,200
  3. DC Extended Universe (5 films = $3,768,298,638) – Average: about $753,659,727

Box office stats from Box Office Mojo.

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Keeping Track of Every X-Men Movie in Development https://residententertainment.com.au/keeping-track-of-every-fox-marvel-movie-in-development/ https://residententertainment.com.au/keeping-track-of-every-fox-marvel-movie-in-development/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:04:26 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=21811 Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box […]

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Those damn moviegoers certainly love their superheroes. Four of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2017, 2016 and 2014 featured superheroes. Three of the top ten in 2013 and 2012 did as well. The last time a superhero movie wasn’t in the year’s top ten was in 2011. That was when Harry Potter was box office king and Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern.

With this superhero craze comes a bevy of new projects from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, Fox’s X-Men universe and Sony’s Spider-Man universe. It’s getting pretty confusing out there so let our guides help you keep track of where each movie — confirmed or rumored — is at right now in its development cycle.

Fox has four X-Men movies with release dates and supposedly another six at various points in development.

LAST UPDATED (4/13/18): Gambit script rewrite, production said to be done by October

 

Deadpool 2

LAST UPDATED (2/10/18): Reshoots are underway; Set for release on May 18

2015: Word first dropped about a Deadpool sequel a few months before the movie came out. In September 2015, producer Simon Kinberg said sequel talks naturally happen with movies like this and they certainly have with Deadpool (Collider).

2016: Deadpool officially announced the sequel himself during his first movie. In the film’s post-credits scene, he talked up a sequel that will feature the character Cable. It was also rumored around that time that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were back on screenplay duty (THR). That was later confirmed in April at CinemaCon along with the return of director Tim Miller and producer and star Ryan Reynolds (Variety). That June, Kinberg said they were optimistic about filming in early 2017 (Collider). That was before Miller left the project in October due to creative differences (Deadline). Reynolds was said to have gotten an immense amount of creative control, and differences between him and Miller arose over tone and casting (The Wrap). So, director David Leitch was hired as a replacement a few weeks later (THR). Reynolds said he was “sad” about Miller’s exit (GQ) and Miller denied those were the specific reasons for his departure (Collider).

2017: Reese kicked off the year by saying Deadpool 2 “will likely set up [an] X-Force [movie]” (Collider). Writer Drew Goddard, who is coincidentally said to be writing and directing X-Force, was then supposedly hired as a writing consultant for Deadpool 2 in February (Collider). A release date was set for June 1, 2018 a couple of months later (THR), and filming began in June (CBR). In October, Reese said that production had wrapped (Twitter).

2018: Deadpool 2 moved its release date up a couple of weeks to May 18 right at the beginning of the year. In February, star Josh Brolin said that reshoots were going on (Instagram), which were later said to involve adding in more of the characters Domino and Cable (Collider).

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

LAST UPDATED (3/27/18): Reshoots on the way; Set for release on Feb. 14

2016: Around the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, the film’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg said the next X-Men film is set in the 90’s although it was unknown if he meant the sequel to Apocalypse or The New Mutants (ComingSoon). Further news didn’t come until November when it was said that Kinberg was writing the next X-Men script with franchise stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in mind even though they haven’t signed on to the movie yet (THR).

2017: In February, star Sophie Turner said the movie was shooting soon (HeyUGuys) while another outlet reported around that time that the movie was called “X-Men: Supernova” and was filming in June (Collider). A couple of weeks after that, it was said that Kinberg would make his directorial debut on the picture and that he finished the screenplay (Collider). Fox would give the movie its official title, Dark Phoenix, in April and slapped the film with a Nov. 2, 2018 release date (THR). Filming began in June with Kinberg confirmed to direct and the principal cast returning (Deadline). In October, Kinberg announced on his Instagram that the movie wrapped production (Instagram).

2018: Dark Phoenix was delayed from Nov. 2, 2018 to Feb. 14 after test screenings indicated further photography was needed and the actors couldn’t come back in time.

Gambit

LAST UPDATED (4/13/18): Script rewrite, production said to be done by October; Set for release on Jun. 7, 2019

2014: Poor Channing Tatum has been cast as the character Gambit since May 2014 (Games Radar). Even then, wheels first didn’t start to turn until October when Josh Zetumer was hired to write a Gambit solo movie (Deadline).

2015: Gambit received an Oct. 7, 2016 release date in January (Variety) and Zetumer handed in his first draft in May (Empire). A month later, Rupert Wyatt was hired to direct (EW) and Tatum’s producing partner said filming would begin in fall 2015 (ScreenRant). And let the hell begin… Wyatt would go on to drop out in September with reasons for the departure including scheduling conflicts and the studio’s problems with Wyatt (THR). In November, Kinberg said they had a new director (Collider) which was later confirmed to be Doug Liman.

2016: In January, filming was said to begin in March in New Orleans (WGNO). However, the film’s release date was pulled from Fox’s schedule in February (Twitter). When March rolled around, Liman was said to be looking at another movie to direct before returning to film Gambit in the fall with a new script (The Wrap). There was a script by July, which Kinberg said was “great” and they hoped to film it in spring 2017 (YouTube). But Liman left the production in August (Variety) and would go on to say to that he never found a connection with the story (Collider).

2017: Kinberg said at the beginning of the year that they hoped to start shooting in early 2018 (Comic Book). Tatum would say in August that the script has been re-written after Deadpool and Logan “kicked the doors down” and opened up the genre for them (HeyUGuys). In October, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct and the film was given a Feb. 14, 2019 release date (EW). By December, the movie was set to film in March 2018 (NOLA).

2018: Verbinski became the third director to depart the project in January citing creative differences (Variety) or scheduling conflicts (Deadline), you can pick whichever generic response you want. That same day, Gambit was pushed to June 7, 2019. In April, Gambit was said to have received a rewrite from Reid Carolin and was expected to begin filming in June to be done by the end of September (Omega).

The New Mutants

LAST UPDATED (3/30/18): Original post-credits scene details; Set for release on Aug. 2, 2019

2014: According to a report from 2016, when The Fault in Our Stars was a hit for Fox in June 2014, director Josh Boone and filmmaker Knate Gwaltney decided to take the chance to jump into the world of X-Men. They made their own comic book from panels of the New Mutants series to detail a potential trilogy of films. This was given to X-Men producer Simon Kinberg who liked it enough to give them a movie (Creative Screenwriting).

2015: Rumors first hit that the film existed in May with Boone as director and co-writer with Gwaltney (Deadline).

2016: Kinberg said they were still working on the script that spring (IGN). In the summer, he said that filming would begin in early 2017 (Collider), but there wasn’t further news until December when Boone said he was ready to go location scouting and they had a release date in mind (Creative Screenwriting).

2017: In April, that release date came to be April 13, 2018 (Rolling Stone). Boone posted on Instagram that the movie began filming in July (Instagram) and wrapped in September (Instagram).

2018: The film’s release date was pushed to Feb. 22, 2019 in January. Word on the street was that Fox wanted to bring out the film’s horror element after the commercial success of horror movies like It and Get Out (The Tracking Board). In February, it was said that reshoots will take place over the summer to add a new character (THR). A month after that, the movie was delayed a further six months to Aug. 2 after it was said at least half of the movie may need to be reshot to include one or more new characters. On top of that, there’s apparently creative differences between Boone, who has already handed in a cut of the movie that he likes, and the studio. Another report said that the movie has gone through about a dozen writers and actor Jon Hamm was originally going to appear in a post credits scene (Tracking Board).

X-Force

LAST UPDATED (4/10/18): Past writer talks why original movie was scrapped

2013: Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow was said to be writing an X-Force movie for Fox with the possibility to direct (THR) although Wadlow said in 2018 that his script was scrapped in favor of a Deadpool solo movie (Collider).

2016: Around the time of Deadpool’s release in February, Deadpool producer and star Ryan Reynolds said an X-Force movie was a priority for him (IGN). A few months later, X-Men producer and director Bryan Singer said Simon Kinberg was working on the script (Fandango).

2017: Fast forward to February and filmmaker Joe Carnahan was reported to have taken the job of director and co-writer of X-Force. Reynolds would be his other co-writer (Comic Book). In September, the rumor turned to filmmaker Drew Goddard as writer and director (Deadline).

2018: X-Force is said to begin filming in October with stars Reynolds and Josh Brolin expected to return (THR).

Doctor Doom

LAST UPDATED (3/22/18): Still being developed, director talks tone

2017: Legion creator Noah Hawley said he was working on a Doctor Doom movie during Legion’s Comic-Con panel. The show’s star, Dan Stevens, is also involved (Bleeding Cool).

2018: In March, Hawley talked about the “political thriller” genre-mixing tone he plans to give to the movie (Observer).

Kitty Pryde

LAST UPDATED (2/27/18): Script is being written

2018: In January, Deadpool director Tim Miller was said to be working on a Kitty Pryde movie that he might direct. A month later, it was reported that Brian Michael Bendis was hired to write (Deadline). A couple of weeks after that, Bendis confirmed that he was working on an X-Men project for Miller, but didn’t mention if it involved Kitty Pryde (THR).

Silver Surfer

LAST UPDATED (2/27/18): Writer has been hired

2018: Comics writer Brian K. Vaughan is supposedly writing a Silver Surfer movie (THR).

Method Man

LAST UPDATED (11/16/17): Script is being written

2017: Allan Heinberg is apparently writing a movie for the X-Men universe that would star James Franco as the character Method Man (Deadline).

X-23

LAST UPDATED (10/24/17): Treatment being written

2017: Logan filmmaker James Mangold and writer Craig Kyle were confirmed to be writing a treatment for a movie starring Laura from Logan.

 

The competition rages on:

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe (17 films = $13,511,852,934) – Average: about $794,814,878
  2. X-Men (10 films = $4,996,632,006) – Average: about $499,663,200
  3. DC Extended Universe (5 films = $3,768,298,638) – Average: about $753,659,727

Box office stats from Box Office Mojo.

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Lucio Buff April 18 2018 PTR Update https://residententertainment.com.au/lucio-buff-april-18-2018-ptr-update/ https://residententertainment.com.au/lucio-buff-april-18-2018-ptr-update/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:50:37 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22313 A big Lucio buff is coming in by the looks of things from the Overwatch PTR update on April 18. Tom Powers, community manager for Overwatch posted some news on the forums regarding changes to characters and one of the big changes coming in is to do with Lucio and it’s a Lucio buff. The […]

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A big Lucio buff is coming in by the looks of things from the Overwatch PTR update on April 18. Tom Powers, community manager for Overwatch posted some news on the forums regarding changes to characters and one of the big changes coming in is to do with Lucio and it’s a Lucio buff.

The Lucio buff changes are as follows

Wall Ride

  • Wall riding is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface
  • Can now go around corners (both outside corners, and inside corners) without having to leave the wall
  • Can now land back on the same wall after leaping away, provided his leap takes him far enough away from the original jumping off point.

Soundwave

  • No longer consumes ammo

Developer Comments: Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map. Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost.”

One of the main reasons this is a big Lucio buff is due to the changes to the wall ride. The ability to go around the corners without having to leave the wall and also the ability to just in general being able to more easily wall ride will allow the character to be a lot more nimble on the battlefield. It will also give Lucio new ways to approach team fights and different positioning capabilities that were maybe just too difficult to pull off before.

There are many Overwatch players, particularly in the lower levels who do have some trouble shooting down a wall riding Lucio as he is, so making him able to stay up there much easier will be a massive buff for the character in the lower tiers of play. In the higher tiers, it should help Lucio mains to stay alive a little longer against players who have much better aim than most.

The changes to Lucio are interesting as the character has maybe not been as popular since the addition of Moira, with all the Moira/Ana team compositions people are running lately. How his pick rate will go after this changes is yet to be seen, but next season (which is soon) we’re also getting Brigitte put into competitive play so the pick rate of Lucio will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

Are you a Lucio main? What do you think of the changes to the character? Will they be enough? Or did they go to far with it?

For more Overwatch news and the latest changes visit our Overwatch archives here.

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Rampage Review https://residententertainment.com.au/rampage-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/rampage-review/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:32:00 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22286 The latest movie to star Dwayne Johnson, Rampage, made its way onto Australian Screens last week. Given the reputation of Dwayne Johnson and his huge success on the Jumanji film at the end of 2017 I went into this movie with decent expectations and was not left wanting. The movie itself is about three separate […]

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The latest movie to star Dwayne Johnson, Rampage, made its way onto Australian Screens last week. Given the reputation of Dwayne Johnson and his huge success on the Jumanji film at the end of 2017 I went into this movie with decent expectations and was not left wanting.

The movie itself is about three separate animals becoming exposed to an experimental and weaponized bio-agent that increases their aggression and size dramatically. Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) finds himself in a desperate race against the United States Government to try and save his friend George, an Albino Gorilla under his care at the local zoo.

Rampage was everything that Hollywood is famous for and continues to follow a lot of the pitfalls that other Giant Monster movies have fallen into in the past, especially American attempts at the Godzilla Franchise. But Brad Peyton, the Director, used the excessive nature of the film and ended up giving it the difference it needed to set it apart from Godzilla and even Pacific Rim. In fact, while doing a little research after the film, I found that the movie itself is loosely based on an Arcade Game of the same title released in 1986. A lot of the plot points have been changed to fit a better narrative but the idea that a film this entertaining can be based on a game give me hope for the future.

Dwayne Johnson continues to steal the screen and put people in seats, regardless of the content of his film and I struggle to think of any film that he has had a part in over the last four years that I have not enjoyed. I even like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island… but I don’t have very good taste sometimes. The support he receives from Naomie Harris (Dr. Kate Caldwell) and Jason Liles (George) helps to make even the corny moments to be entertaining.

The primary “Villains” of the story are overall pretty forgettable, although that is not the fault of Malin Akerman (Clare Wyden) or Jake Lacy (Brett Wyden), instead they act more as a method for the climax of the film rather than being the climax themselves. Without them the whole movie would have never had a story about Giant Animals so while they are important, they are no Darth Vader.

Perhaps the best performance of the whole film was done by Jeffery Dean Morgan who plays Harvey Russel, a government agent that doesn’t do everything by the book. His character plays well against the archetype that Dwayne Johnson often ends up playing and their interactions are as much fun as between Johnson the George.

Overall I think this film is a definite watch. If you were let down by Pacific Rim: Uprising and want Giant Monsters beating on each other and wrecking a city then Rampage is the film for you.

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Fear The Walking Dead: What’s Your Story Review https://residententertainment.com.au/fear-the-walking-dead-whats-your-story-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/fear-the-walking-dead-whats-your-story-review/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:45:38 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22278 There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: What’s Your Story Review – Episode Discussion There Are Also Minor Spoilers Here About The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Regarding Morgan So it’s been some time since Fear The Walking Dead has been on air and it feels a long time since I’ve written about […]

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There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: What’s Your Story Review – Episode Discussion

There Are Also Minor Spoilers Here About The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Regarding Morgan

So it’s been some time since Fear The Walking Dead has been on air and it feels a long time since I’ve written about and reviewed the show, although with Season 3 of Fear The Walking Dead I was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed season 3 and its finale. The Walking Dead also today just ended, with our review for its finale going online just a few hours ago. I don’t usually mention the main show in my Fear reviews because mostly they’re unrelated shows, but Season 4 of Fear is different, it’s the first time there’s a crossover between the two shows, meaning that now they are linked.

It seems that Morgan, who is a character we know quite well from his many appearances in The Walking Dead has now left that show, but instead of being killed off, he’s going on a character development journey which leads him to the set of Fear The Walking Dead. Morgan has been quite a conflicted character of late in The Walking Dead and is struggling with all the lives he has taken during his time with Rick and the war with Negan. The character went from a non violent stance, to a very violent one quite quickly and I think it broke him. A few episodes ago in The Walking Dead, both Rick and Morgan killed a bunch of prisoners, who I thought probably could have been saved and it was kind of a bad thing to do. Rick seems to have gotten over it, but I think this moment has taken a large toll on Morgan, especially as we’ve seen him haunted by one of the prisoners a couple times of late.

So basically with all the heavy burdens on his character, Morgan is seen in this episode of Fear The Walking Dead at the dump by himself which is where his time in The Walking Dead ended. We see a couple cast members from The Walking Dead in this episode, such as Carol, Jesus and also Rick try to persuade Morgan to stay and heal with them. But the man is broken, Morgan is lost and needs to leave and he does. He starts walking, running, driving and killing walkers along the way with his stick. All the way until he encounters new characters and eventually the core group of cast members/characters we all know and love from Fear The Walking Dead.

This episode introduces us to a few new characters, most notably Althea who is played by Maggie Grace and John Dorie who is played by Garret Dillahunt. Both actors do a fine job in their first episode and the two drive a S.W.A.T truck and are I guess a bit like Eugene, Rosita and Abraham were in The Walking Dead. They’re trying to survive and they’re on their way just travelling. There’s some rough moments with Walkers and other humans they encounter, but they eventually all join up together with Morgan and wind up finding Alicia on the road looking injured. It’s a trap though and other Fear The Walking Dead main characters are all there and they’re holding guns. Without saying much more other than that there’s dangerous people around, the episode ends and we get to wait for next week.

I thought that overall the plot of this episode was well done. Fear The Walking Dead is a slower paced show than The Walking Dead is and the story of Morgan getting to the main characters from Fear, I think could have probably been done quicker, but for fans of Morgan and his character it is an important time for the character to develop, which makes me glad that it wasn’t rushed at all. I thought that Lennie James who plays Morgan did a fine job in this episode. There was also a little bit of a different look to the episode, it was almost all black and white, but it kind of wasn’t with little bits of colour all throughout lots of the shots. I guess it was a filter on the episode, but it looked nice. Morgan’s story is meant to be a dark one so maybe why the filter was used, but I guess next week we’ll see the Fear The Walking Dead in full colour again. But for this episode was nicely done.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next week and also finding out what the characters of the show have been up to and how they got to where they were when Morgan found them. Season 3 of Fear ended with quite the cliffhanger and my only disappointment with this episode was that we didn’t really get to see any of that at all in this one as it was all about Morgan. It’s nice, but I want to see what everyone’s been doing. Next week should give us that, so I’m excited to see. But it’s great to see Fear The Walking Dead back on TV.

 

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