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Halloween 2018 Sequel is Reportedly in Development at Blumhouse

Prior to the film’s release, speculation abounds that Blumhouse is already gearing up for a sequel to 2018’s Halloween movie. The movie, due out this month, completely resets the timeline. As fans of the series know, the original was quickly followed up by a sequel – and then things began to get complicated. So this time around, they’re mostly ignoring the other sequels and starting from where things left off in the original (with subtle references to the now non-canon flicks).

First announced in 2016, the “reinvention” was directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride, who worked together on comedic films such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Green and McBride, along with producer Jason Blum, have spoken at length about the movie, discussing the choice to change up the continuity as well as the way they decided upon the title. The return of original star Jamie Lee Curtis to the project, coupled with the positive reactions out of TIFF, have sparked discussions of an immediate follow-up. Now, rumors are flying that the sequel is a go.

Related: Blumhouse Will Make A Sequel To Halloween 2018 If It Performs Well

Bloody Disgusting reports that things are already underway for another Halloween 3 (since this year’s installment is a sequel to the first movie). The outlet cites unnamed sources who believe that Green and McBride will not be on board this time around, despite previously hinting that they wanted to keep things going. What’s more, the outlet speculates that, if Blumhouse kicks things into gear, this sequel could hit theaters just a year after its predecessor – just in time for the 2019 Halloween season.

As the outlet notes, this wouldn’t be unusual for Blumhouse. The production company put out its first major hit, Paranormal Activity, in 2009, and a sequel, prequel, or spinoff was released nearly every year after that (save for 2013) from 2010–2015. If Halloween is successful (as the box office predictions indicate it will be), it would make sense to keep the ball rolling and churn out another hit as soon as possible.

Of course, that all depends on what happens in the still-to-be-released 2018 film. Laurie Strode is back, and she’s tougher than ever before. Having spent 40 years waiting for the day that Michael Myers returned, it seems unlikely that she’ll be taken down. John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the original, has given the 2018 movie his seal of approval and even composed the score. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of another Blumhouse hit, as long as they can get a solid writing and directing time solved.

More: Halloween Director Explains The Reason Behind 2018 Movie’s Title

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2018-10-05 03:10:53 – Becca Bleznak

Aquaman Early Screening Reactions Compare It To A Phase 1 MCU Film



Warner Bros. has screened James Wan’s Aquaman movie for early test audiences and the first reactions have begun to surface, indicating the DC Comics film is good – but not great. The studio launched their current DC franchise in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, introducing a new take on Superman. However, the cinematic world opened up immensely in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which officially introduced Batman and Wonder Woman and offered glimpses of The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. Now, Arthur Curry aka. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is getting his own solo movie when the eponymous film opens in theaters later this year.

Aquaman will be the first DC movie released by Warner Bros. since Justice League, and it joins a franchise that hasn’t always performed well with critics or at the box office. While Man of Steel was successful enough, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad both received mixed-to-negative reviews; Justice League received middling reviews, but wasn’t the massive box office hit many were expecting. Wonder Woman is the only unequivocal hit of the series, but fans are looking to Aquaman to hopefully repeat the success of Patty Jenkins’ DC film. Now, the first screening reactions to Aquaman have surfaced and they offer some insight into what fans can expect.

Related: Aquaman’s Comic-Con Footage is WAY Better Than The Trailer

Following an early test screening held in San Fernando Valley, California, second-hand reactions showed up on Twitter – meaning reactions seemingly not from folks in attendance of the movie itself, but from those who talked to people who attended the screening. Omega Underground’s Christopher Marc, The GWW’s KC Walsh and Collider’s Steven Weintraub posted impressions from the Aquaman screening to Twitter; see their tweets below.

The early reactions to Aquaman aren’t overwhelmingly positive, with the good-but-not-great distinction. And DC movie fans who have enjoyed how Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman differentiated themselves from Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe may be disappointed by the comparison. It’s unclear from the reactions what about Aquaman is similar to Marvel’s early movies, though it could be that Wan’s film works as an origin story for Arthur Curry. Nevertheless, these reactions skew toward the middle on a scale of positive to negative.

Of course, since these reactions are coming from test screenings, Warner Bros. and Wan may make some changes to their cut of Aquaman based on what viewers said afterward. Studios typically use test audiences to gauge reactions before finalizing their film, and can make changes to improve a movie based on feedback from those audiences. Perhaps Wan will make some changes to Aquaman that will evoke different reactions at upcoming screenings, so these early impressions of the movie may not necessarily indicate what DC fans can expect. While they do reveal the current cut of Aquaman may be good (not great), the movie is still four months away from its release date and Warner Bros. has time to tweak the film. Fans will get to see the final product when Aquaman hits theaters in December.

Next: Fall 2018 Movie Preview: The 30 Films to See

Source: Christopher Marc, KC Walsh, Steven Weintraub





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Batfleck: The Internet’s Craziest Reactions To Ben Affleck’s Casting 5 Years Ago



It’s been five years since Ben Affleck joined DC Films’ shared universe (unofficially titled the DC Extended Universe) as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman – and we’re now looking back at the craziest reactions to his casting. Affleck made his debut as the iconic DC superhero in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and then he briefly reprised his role later that year in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, before making his latest appearance in 2017’s Justice League.

While all three movies were critically panned, many people have praised Affleck’s depiction of Batman (and Bruce Wayne, for that matter), while many other people have lamented it. At the moment, there’s a lot of uncertainty regarding the actor’s role in the ongoing shared universe as the Caped Crusader. Affleck still has one more DC movie on his contract, which may or may not be for Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie. If it’s not, then he could potentially appear in The Flash movie, but even that seems unlikely as the studio is reportedly moving away from the Flashpoint story arc.

Related: Screen Rant’s Thoughts On Ben Affleck’s Batman

Nevertheless, with one cameo and two main roles down, Affleck has had time to prove himself as the Dark Knight (based on the scripts he was given). While there are plenty of people who truly laud his portrayal of the character, it didn’t start out that way back in 2013, when he was first cast as Batman in the follow-up movie to Snyder’s Man of Steel.

General Outrage Over Ben Affleck as Batman

Needless to say, there were a variety of reactions to Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman, many of which were just general outrage. Of course, people picked apart Affleck’s acting career, his accent, his body, and more, the vast majority of social media users who opposed Warner Bros.’ decision expressed anger, shock, and disbelief. And it wasn’t just from the general public either, quite a few professional journalists got involved as well. Here’s one example (Source: @JillPantozzi):

What’s interesting – but not so surprising, all things considered – is that the official Twitter account for Comedy Central also chimed in on the news, saying that casting Affleck as Batman is something that only the Joker would come up with… but as a distraction. Take a look (Source: @ComedyCentral):

Since Warner Bros. ultimately cast Affleck in the role, quite a few people called out the studio for incompetence and recommended that they, perhaps, pick up a comic book every once in a while. At the time, they were still known as the studio that had just completed producing Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which should’ve given them at least some clout in the matter. (Source: @BrianLynch, @ChaseMit)

There Were Plenty Of Ben Affleck Body Shamers

When it comes to playing a superhero like Batman, being able to physically embody the characters is just as important as getting the gravitas down. Affleck’s towering height helped him in that regard, and there’s no doubt he spent a lot of time training to not only play Batman but also look like Batman. That much can be seen on display in Batman V Superman. But long before the movie came out, one of the first things his detractors did when he was cast in the role was body-shame him. (Source: @IbrahimMuqsit, @GeorgeWarnock, @AnjunaMiami)

Some people specifically pointed out Affleck’s chin as the reason he shouldn’t play Batman, especially since that’s one of the few facial features they would see while he’s in the Batsuit. Interestingly, other people used the chin as a reason for why Affleck should play Batman. (Source: @OnlyOneLuff)

Related: Wonder Woman: The Craziest Reactions To Gal Gadot’s Casting

Ben Affleck’s Filmography & Acting Skills Weren’t Up to Par

Immediate reactions to Affleck’s casting as Batman, of course, drew comparisons to his portrayal of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil. Over the years, several actors have managed to play multiple superheroes and/or roles in rival comic book movies. For instance, Chris Evans played both Johnny Storm and Captain America, and Ryan Reynolds played both Green Lantern and Deadpool. While some actors have been given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to superhero redemption, Affleck wasn’t awarded the same courtesy by his vocal detractors. (Source: @benshapiro, @jarpad)

Even though Affleck had, by this point, starred in several acclaimed films as well as directed an Oscar-winning movie, he was still being judged on a relatively small timeframe from the early 2000s, particularly his involvement in Gigli – which is considered one of the worst movies ever made, not to mention one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. No matter how much time passes and how much Affleck tries to redeem himself, it appears that film may follow him around for the rest of his career. At least, it did come back to haunt him when he joined the DCEU.

Nobody Wanted a Batman With a Boston Accent

Bruce Wayne/Batman has been played by numerous actors over the years, each with different accents – but a Batman with a Boston accent was taking things a bit too far, apparently. And what’s interesting about that is Affleck’s accent isn’t even prominent. Everyone’s okay with Englishmen playing Batman (Christian Bale) and Superman (Henry Cavill), but someone from Boston playing Batman was an automatic no-go. (Source: @kissmycassidy)

To conclude things, a Change.org petition even launched, demanding WB remove Ben Affleck as Batman because his acting skills weren’t “even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne,” not to mention there was the idea that he wasn’t “intimidating enough” for the role, to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. Given Batman’s not-so-subtle introduction in Batman V Superman, it’s fair to say Affleck had that part down from the get-go. But, after all this time, the question remains, is Ben Affleck a good Bruce Wayne and a good Batman?

More: What’s Going On With Ben Affleck’s Batman?





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