We haven’t really gotten a good look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman from this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan’s closing chapter of his brilliant Bat-Trilogy. From the few glimpses of her in the teaser trailer, and some blurry location shots taken by Pittsburghians, I’ve had my doubts as to whether Anne could ever hope to compete with Michelle Pfieffer (who we all know is the BEST Catwoman) as Selina Kyle.
But judging from this image (finally with ears!), released today by Warner Bros., it looks like Anne is going to have more than just Dark Knights rising. I’ve wondered how Catwoman would figure into the ultra-serious Nolanverse of Batman, and this just seems like a perfect fit … in more ways than one. Love the boots. Meow.
When writer/director J.J. Abrams – hot off 2009’s reboot of Star Trek – told us that his next film was going to be an homage to the early films of Steven Spielberg, circa late 70s/early 80s, that sounded pretty damn promising … especially to those of us who grew up during this period, and for whom a new Spielberg film was truly an event. Add to this the fact that Spielberg himself would be producing said film, and one has reason to get excited.
Paramount’s official synopsis for this film reads as follows: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
While a teaser trailer was released last year, it didn’t really give anyone what to expect from this movie. That all changed with the release of the Official Trailer.
Check it out and tell me if this doesn’t feel like something which would would have been coming soon to a theater near you … 25 or 30 years ago. Thankfully we do not need a time machine to enjoy this – we just have to wait until June.
Say what you will about director Zack Snyder (this being the internet, most of you will), the guy has flair to spare, and certainly knows how to pick stories suited to his … visually arresting sensibilities. From 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake to 300 to Watchmen to Legend of the Guardians, the guy knows his way around visceral material. Though his work is often divisive (Watchmen alone was either a love it or hate it affair – I loved it), it is hard to deny the guy’s talent. Now that he has been handed the reins of the next Superman movie (2012’s tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel), we’ll see if he can succeed in making Supes relevant again in ways that Bryan Singer couldn’t.*
Now comes the first full length trailer for Snyder’s next film Sucker Punch. And it looks pretty damn ass-kickingly cool.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls – the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) – to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey – if they succeed – will set them free.
Check out the trailer embedded below, or click on over to Apple Trailers and watch it in HD.
From the look of this, Snyder has taken everything he learned on Watchmen and taken it to the next level. Though some are annoyed by his trademark stylings (speeding up and slowing down action sequences, breathtaking CGI landscapes), I find them kind of cool. Can’t wait to see what he does with Superman.
Sucker Punch opens March 25th, 2011.
* For the record, I really liked and admired Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, but will be the first to admit that its strength was also its weakness: it was too reverential to Richard Donner’s 1978 classic. I love that movie too, but whilst paying homage, treat that stuff like Brylcream: a little dab’ll do ya. Then again, even Smallville has successfully embraced much of Donner’s mythology – the crystalline Fortress of Solitude, the occasional use of John William’s iconic Superman march. No, I think Superman Returns’ ultimate failure (if making damn near $400 million worldwide is a failure) was the misguided “Lex Luthor real estate scheme.” I mean … really? Again?
20th Century Fox revealed the teaser trailer for director James Cameron‘s loooooong-awaited Avatar today, and it is nothing less than a wonder to behold. This looks and feels like a Cameron movie, and boy has it been awhile since we’ve seen one of those. A dozen years since Titanic, 15 since True Lies, 18 since Terminator 2 … you get the idea.
While the Apple site officially hosting the trailer crashed this morning, I have the link to the French version which is just as splendiferous. Cop a gander here and let me know what you think.
Avatar opens in December and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.
UPDATE — Apple seems to have resolved their problems, and their Avatar page is now active again. I also found an HD embed version — check it out below. This movie looks absolutely awesome. Can’t wait for it in IMAX 3-D.
Now that Watchmen has come and gone (can’t wait for that Ultimate Cut DVD), and Star Trek is still boldly going where no Trek film has gone before (over $350 million worldwide and climbing), I’m left here in the middle of 2009 with not much to look forward to save James Cameron‘s Avatar in December. Transformers 2? I’ll see it, but my expectations are for more of the same. Although I must add here that the trailers for Zombieland and 2012 are, surprisingly, a wonder to behold.
However, after seeing the trailer for the Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, I must say I am impressed. Some have criticized the trailer as being filled with far more Hollywood bombast than Arthur Conan Doyle ever intended for his cloaked sleuth, but I must disagree. Holmes, despite assumptions birthed by the 14 film adaptations starring Basil Rathbone in the 1940s, was, in addition to being a brilliant detective, also a chemist, violin player, swordsman, and boxer. This new adaptation looks to bring much visceral energy to the proceedings — certainly more than we’ve ever seen from previously stuffy and stodgy portrayals.
As some have noted, Downey does not wear Holmes’ traditional deerstalker in this. Yet purists will note that said headgear was entirely an invention of the film adaptations — Doyle never mentioned it. But this is a quibble. If Ritchie’s film can add at least as much intelligence and deductive reasoning as it looks to have heart-pounding thrills, this is bound to be one of the surprise hits of 2009. (Those who think these two attributes are mutually exclusive should check out Michael Crichton’s 1979 Victorian thriller The Great Train Robbery, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland, posted in its entirety on this site.)
If this movie lives up to the promise of its trailer, Robert Downey Jr. may well have another franchise to attend to inbetween his stints as Iron Man. Considering what horrors he had to come through to get to this incredible second act of his career, he is also becoming an inspiration to millions. Go Robert.
At the E3 gamers expo hosted by G4, über-director James Cameron (Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, Titanic) talked at length about his upcoming film Avatar (his first since that little boat movie in 1997). While much of his discourse covers the interrelation of the film to the simultaneously created video game, this is the most forthcoming Cameron has been regarding the plot and details of this 14-years-in-the-making film.
AVATAR PRODUCTION ART
James Cameron has always been a visionary director whose BIG FILMS invariably contained up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge technology. Given what Cameron tells us here about the plot and making-of this long-awaited movie (filmed with a revolutionary, Cameron-invented 3-D process), it looks like the stage is set for him to WOW us again.
If you hadn’t already heard … a workprint of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was leaked online last week. Roger Friedman, film critic for Fox News, has recieved much (deserved) flak for posting a review. Yes, his review was positive, but those DVD ads we’ve all seen are correct: PIRACY IS STEALING.
Having said that, I have still decided to post the movie in its entirety below. Let the debate begin. Have at it.