Robert Pattinson Has Been Cast As Our New Dark Knight In Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'

If you would've told me ten years ago that Robert Pattinson would be playing The Batman, I'd probably have a bigger meltdown than I did when they announced Spider-Man 4 was canceled. But a lot can change in ten years. Since then, we've seen Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy come to a close, Ben Affleck go through hell when he was cast but still get to play the character in our first Justice League movie, and see the whole cycle begin again. And while all that craziness was going on with Batman on the big screen, Robert Pattinson was quietly shedding away his Twilight image and becoming a very respectable actor. When fans first suggested his name for Batman it as much criticism as one would expect, but those who have seen his work in movies like High Life and Good Time know what he's really capable of. 

While Variety (A very trust worthy source) has stood by their initial announcement that Pattinson has already been cast, its worth noting Deadline and THR claim that still isn't the case. Deadline has stated Pattinson is the frontrunner, but has some competition from X-Men: Dark Phoenix star Nicholas Hoult. THR reiterates Pattinson is the frontrunner, but has added that not only is the role still up for grabs, but apparently Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) are still in the running alongside Pattinson and Hoult. With all these conflicting reports its hard to tell right now which one is the most accurate, but it seems most sites are sticking to Pattinson being a lock for the role.
Like I stated above, most of these names have all been rumored and suggested by fans for months now, so there hasn't been a choice that's been out of left field. Hammer has had his name rumored for just about every DC role at this point, and there was even a false report a few months ago that Reeves had cast him. Taylor-Johnson and Hoult on the other hand both have their fair share of experience with superhero roles, but with their time in those parts now having come to an end their schedules are more than clear. With the current future of DCEU still up in the air, and Henry Cavill's return to the role of Superman not seeming likely, its possibly we could see any of these three actors names come up as replacements now that they're obviously on Warner Bros. radar. 
But funnily enough, Pattinson seems like just the type of actor Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) would want. We know the movie probably will have little connection to the DC universe in the way Affleck's did, and will be a more detective style Batman story like we've never seen before on screen. There was also of course the emphasis to go for a younger Batman, specifically when the 46 year old Affleck left the project completely. Reeves wanted an actor between the 26-33 range to show us a young Bruce Wayne, and at 33, Pattinson just makes the cut. Pattinson's next project will coincidentally be a role in Christopher Nolan next film, the man who brought us arguably the best Batman movies of all time. If he approves of Pattinson enough to cast him as one of his leads, fans of The Dark Knight trilogy should be confident in this casting choice.
So what do you think of Robert Pattinson as Batman? Would you have preferred one of the other actors on the shortlist? Let us know below!

First Trailer For 'IT: Chapter Two' Unites The Adult Loser Club For One Final Stand Against Pennywise

The 2017 adaption of Stephen King's book IT caught audiences by surprise, and became a blockbuster film in the horror genre. Riding off the success of Stranger Things, the movie played off the young group of kids as they tried to survive against Pennywise the Clown. But any fans of the book knew what was coming next, and director Andy Muschietti's decision to have the movie only focus on the kid versions of the Losers Club left the door open for a very interesting sequel. Just like in the book, IT: Chapter Two will see the group reunited as adult and returning to their small town of Derry to once again face the evil clown now that he has made his return.

Below is the first trailer for IT: Chapter Two:
The scene in the trailer focuses on the adult Beverly Marsh (Played by Jessica Chastain) returning to her childhood home which is now seemingly owned by an older lady. Of course this lady isn't what she initially appears, and sure enough she may very well be Pennywise in disguise or another creature he's controlling. We all see an photo reminiscent of The Shining of a human Pennywise (Played by Bill Skarsgard), who this older woman claims to be a decedent of. This scene was the very same one shown to audiences at Cinema Con a few months ago, and certainly sets a scarier and creepier tone than the first movie. One of the main complaints with that film is that it leaned more toward a coming of age movie than horror at times, with only a few really bringing the scares.
We then get several shots of the adults reuniting, minus Andy Bean's adult version of Stanley who we know meets a fatal end early in the story of the book. We see horror go-to-man James McAvoy as the adult Bill who seems to still harbor feelings for Beverly, as well as Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, James Ransone as Eddie, Jay Ryan as Ben, and Bill Hader as Richie. We also see callbacks to the first film such as when Beverly finds the love letter Ben anonymously wrote to her when they were kids, so its possible those story threads may also be explored further in the film.
To the delight of movie goers, it seems that the movie will also be bringing by the young cast (Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff) we all fell in love with from the first movie. There's several shots of the young Losers Club in the trailer, so its likely that Muschietti and co. have added in some new story elements and flashbacks from that time period after seeing how good of a reception they got in the first movie. Its hard to tell just how much we'll be seeing of them yet, but we do know the adult version of group will still be the central focus of this film's story. 
So what did you think of the trailer for IT: Chapter Two? Are you happy we'll get to see more of the young cast? Let us know below!

'Game of Thrones' Star Richard Madden Joins Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' As Ikaris

Now that we're over ten years into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and DC has had their own set of comic book movies, there aren't too many leading men in Hollywood who haven't played a superhero. Richard Madden who made a name for himself as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones seemed to be one of the biggest names still on that list, but you can now cross him off. The actor is reportedly in talks to star alongside Angelina Jolie in Marvel's Phase 4 film The Eternals, as the lead character of Ikaris. With two big names on board and a lot of momentum coming off Avengers: Endgame's success, it seems the studio is expecting big things from their Eternals adaption.

Madden's name has been tossed around for superhero roles for some time now, but things have escalated thanks to his recent work on the action series Bodyguard. Fans had suggested his name for the candidacy of playing Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeve's The Batman, but it seems that is off the table now that Marvel has snatched him up. Marvel similarly did the same thing back when Jake Gyllenhaal's name was suggest for Reeves' Batman, and they ended up casting him as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy before it ended up in the hands of James Gunn, The Eternals is much smaller property that even some comic book fans (Including myself) aren't well versed on. We do know Angelina Jolie is most likely playing Sersi opposite Madden's Ikaris, and the two have a romantic relationship in the comics. They also have disputes in the comics over their relationship with humans, as Sersi thinks highly of them and wants to live amongst them while Ikaris does not. The Eternals are powerful beings in the comics created by the god like creators known as Celestials, which were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Theres a lot of question marks about what Marvel has planned for Phase 4 right now other than Eternals and the Black Widow solo movie. Its hard to tell if The Eternals will have anything to do with the events of Endgame, but given how big of a deal it was there must be some sort of explanation for their absence. Its possible they could be introduced from and alternate reality or time, and idea the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has already teased with Mysterio not being from our world. Its possible many other beings have come to our world through damage caused by Endgame, which is also the way fans believe the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be introduced in the future.
So what do you think of Richard Madden joining the MCU? Would you rather have seen him saved for another role? Let us know below!

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer Gives Fans A Spoiler Filled Look At A Post 'Endgame' MCU

With Avengers: Endgame now having been out for two weeks and the amount of box office records it has broken, you'd think pretty much everyone that wants to see the movie has. The Russo Brothers have still been big on not letting any spoilers leak online from fans who have already seen the movie, but revealed that ban would be lifted this Monday. Well now we know why. Marvel has released an all new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will be the first post Endgame film in the MCU. Those who have seen the movie know just how much it has changed the landscape of things, and has left us all wondering what the future holds for this series of movies. Well this trailer definitely answers some of those questions.

Below is the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home:
So unlike the last trailer for Far From Home which held back on anything post Endgame, this trailers makes it pretty clear Peter has been affected by the lose of Tony Stark. With Iron Man no longer around there seems to be a big void left for a new hero to step up, and we also know Steve Rogers is no longer active in this universe but that isn't brought up in the trailer. We see many memorials for Iron Man throughout the movie that were obviously made by people grateful for his sacrifice to defeat Thanos and bring everyone back from The Snap. We also get many parallels between Peter and Tony is this trailer, including his banter and mentorship from Nick Fury and Happy Hogan, and even some shots of him using what appears to be tech he left behind for Peter.
Speaking of mentors, we see that Mysterio is someone Spider-Man may see as a new fellow hero he can look up to and team up with in the same way he did with Iron Man. We also know the two are well aware of each others secret identities, and even share a deep conversation in a bar about regular life problems. But probably the biggest reveal from the trailer is that Mysterio is actually from another dimension, which officially opens up the idea that the multi-verse exists in the MCU. This apparently happened as a repercussion of The Avengers traveled to alternate universes and timelines in Endgame, and caused a hole in Mysterio's universe that led to the arrival of Beck and The Elementals.
This is a very big reveal for MCU fans, as this opens up the possibilities to several different universes and versions of characters existing and being able to crossover into the main timeline. This could be a set up for future events such as the arrival of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, or even realities with different Spider-Mans which we recently saw in Sony's Spider-Verse animated movie. Now fans are still quick to not trust Mysterio's character who is a villain in the comics, and there is the possibility he's lying that he's from another universe to gain the trust of Peter, Maria Hill, and Fury. There's also the idea there may be two versions of Mysterio, one who is bad in our timeline and the good one who we see brought in by Fury. Whether Mysterio is lying or not there definitely may be more to this than meets the eye, but it seems the multiverse is a real thing either way.
So what did you think of the new trailer from Far From Home? Are you excited to finally see the multiverse in the MCU? Let us know below!

Trailer For 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Has Luke Remind Us No One Is Ever Really Gone

Regardless of how you feel about the direction the new Star Wars trilogy has taken, there's still no denying the excitement of watching a trailer for the next installment. After some divisive twists were made in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams is now back at the helm for the last installment of the trilogy he helped create. We had no idea what the ninth episode would be about other than a few unconfirmed leaks, but we now have our first footage and title for the movie thanks to Star Wars Celebration. With Disney planning on taking a hiatus from Star Wars movies following the release of Episode XI, it seems they really want to end the Skywalker Saga on a high note.

Below is the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Before we even get into the actual trailer, the title of the movie itself seems to be a lot less broad than some of the previous ones. Having said that its still completely open to interpretation, as its hard to tell which Skywalker the title is referring to. We know Luke will be featured in the movie despite meeting his end in Last Jedi as he has new lines of dialogue to Rey in the trailer, but this will most likely be in the form of a force ghost. It could also be referring to Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo, who himself is technically a Skywalker and could finally receive his redemption. And then there is of course the possibility Rey is a Skywalker after all, despite the scene in Last Jedi saying otherwise.
The trailer itself doesn't give too much away in terms of plot, but we do know the trio of Poe, Rey, and Finn will finally all be together on a mission this time around rather than scattered. J.J. Abrams has confirmed a significant amount of time has passed since Last Jedi when The Rise of Skywalker starts off, and we see Kylo Ren has had time to repair his helmet. Carrie Fisher is seen in the trailer despite her passing two years ago, and we know footage is being used from deleted scene from the previous two movies to continue Leia's story arc here. We also get our first look at the return of Lando alongside Chewie in the Millennium Falcon, but its still unknown how he will factor into the plot and how they run into him in the first place. 
But probably the biggest reveal of the entire trailer is the laugh at the end, which belongs to none other than The Emperor himself Palpatine. As Star Wars fans will remember, Palpatine was featured heavily in the prequels and original trilogy, but had seemingly met his end in Return of the Jedi. Well it looks like that wasn't the case, as the voiceover by Luke about how "no one is ever really gone" seems to fit perfectly with this. We also see the gang looking at the remnants of the Deathstar, which could be the original one where The Emperor died. Its certainly a surprising reveal as many of us had believed Snoke would be taking the place of The Emperor as the larger evil behind the curtain, but that went out the window after his death in Last Jedi. Ian McDiarmid made an appearance at Star Wars Celebration to even confirm his return to the role, so its just a matter of how he's going to pull it off.
So what did you think of the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker? Do you like the title? Are you happy to see Palpatine return? Let us know below!

First Trailer For Joaquin Phoenix And Todd Phillips' Take On 'Joker' Teases A Scorsese-Esque Tragedy

As DC is excited to release its family friendly film Shazam! this weekend, its hard to believe the same studio is bringing us a project as dark as Todd Phillip's Joker later this year. The studio has made it clear this film has no relation to their current cinematic universe, and have promised a dark character piece set in the 1980s. With set photos already dropping of method actor Joaquin Phoenix in his full Joker make-up, fans have already been quick to move on from Jared Leto's infamous take on the Clown Prince of Crime as they look forward to this new film. The trailer delivers on everything we've expected, and may even already have some viewers talking Oscar buzz.

Below is the first trailer for Joker:
The trailer makes it very clear that this isn't your average comic book movie, and is mostly stripped of any big action scenes. The movie will instead focus on the demise of Phoenix's character Arthur Fleck into the Joker, and the things that happen to him that make him reach that breaking point. The origin story of the Joker is one that has been shrouded in mystery for years, but this one seems to be taking some beats from the comics. Like in The Killing Joke comic, Fleck will be a failed stand-up comedian here. This also might come full circle when we see him on stage behind a curtain for a talk show hosted by De Niro's character, where he finally gets the fame he wanted from actually becoming Joker.
Phillips and Phoenix both look to making Joker a much more sympathetic character here, which is a drastic departure from the maniac we're used to seeing on screen. The story will apparently explore Fleck's relationship with his obviously sick mother (Played by Frances Conroy) who seems to be his motivation through his daily hardships in telling him to always put on a "happy face". Phoenix performance already looks like one to keep any eye on for when award season comes around, but of course that all depends on how good the movie is. In this trailer alone we're able to see him play the nice guy struggling with mental illness with some creepy undertones, and then a much more confident man under the makeup once he's transformed into Joker. 
The trailer alone has already drawn a lot of comparisons to Scorsese's past films including Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and The King of Comedy. While Phillips is directing, Scorsese is still involved with the project as a producer and his influence shows. There's several references Batman fans will take notice of including Thomas Wayne on a TV screen condoning Joker's actions and the apparent chaos he has caused by inspiring copy cat clowns. Joker seems to have strong feelings towards the rich going off what he has written in his diary, so its likely Wayne is one of his targets given his high status and that he's running for Mayor of Gotham. We actually even see Fleck pre-Joker interact with a young Bruce Wayne at what appears to be the gates of Wayne Manor, so this may be a sign Fleck is stalking Thomas Wayne earlier in the story.
So what did you think of the Joker trailer? Do you think the movie looks like an Oscar contender? Let us know below!