—The Flash hits theaters in 2018 and will star Ezra Miller. The fact that Miller is already attached to a movie that won’t come out for four years means he’ll definitely appear in Justice League 1 and might even get a cameo in BvS: DoJ. A Flash movie would seem to prove beyond all shadow of a doubt that the DC Cinematic Universe will never intersect with the rapidly expanding DC TV Universe—unless Ezra Miller is playing Jay Garrick, and the DC Cinematic Universe is “Earth-One” to the DC TV Universe’s “Earth-Two.” (See here.)
—Aquaman starring Jason Momoa also arrives in 2018, and it will definitely be awesome. (Shut up you guys Aquaman is the best he controls THE OCEANS!!!)
—A Shazammovie hits theaters in 2019. As previously reported, the film will feature Dwayne Johnson as the villainous Black Adam. The film is currently set up at Warner Bros’ sibling studio New Line—check out what New Line president Toby Emmerich told EW about the Shazam movie, which will come out when your 12-year-old niece is applying to college.
—Justice League Part Two will arrive in 2019. Like the first Justice League, it will be directed by Zack Snyder. Feel free to speculate rampantly about the fact that the two Justice League movies are specifically called “Part One” and “Part Two.”
—Cyborg starring Ray Fisher will arrive in 2020, in the midst of a presumably heated presidential election between two candidates who are barely even born yet.
—And a new Green Lantern movie will also arrive in 2020, nine years after the first Green Lantern movie made $220 million worldwide, slightly more than the opening weekend gross of Avengers.
In a fun twist, Warner Bros. also announced that it’s working on two more DC movies—another Superman solo film starring Henry Cavill, and a standalone Batman film starring Ben Affleck. (There’s also a LEGO Batman movie. Baker’s Dozen!) Left off the release calendar: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Sandman and Guillermo Del Toro’s Justice League Dark, two off-mainstream projects that have been in development for awhile.
Trailer - Top Five
Written and directed by Chris Rock. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union. WIth Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah
This got some solid buzz out of the Toronto Film Festival including a bidding war with Paramount paying cool $12 million for the film. Chris Rock films are hit or miss with me but this looks pretty funny and it has Rosario Dawson which is all you need really.
In theater December 12th.
Warner Bros/DC are going in! It could be overkill or it could work. Everything thing is spread over the next 6 years so we’ll have to wait and see. A lot can change in that time but kudos on bump on diversity. Several POC characters and a superhero that will be played by an actor who identifies himself as queer (I love Ezra Miller though). All great things but again all of these films are years away so things can change.
Christopher Nolan takes us deep inside Interstellar—his most ambitious, mind-bending movie yet.
Photo Credit: Martin Schoeller for EW.
Black Girls Talking #35: Reagan Gomez, All Shonda Everything, and MOREWe’re briefly joined by Reagan Gomez who gives us the details on her awesome and much needed webseries. Then it’s onto the discussion which includes the return of Shonda Thursdays (obviously), our new love “How to Get Away With Murder (obviously), Scandal, and Queen Viola’s ***flawless response to that terrible, awful NYT piece. Speaking of news outlets, we discuss the current state of diversity (in some cases lack thereof) at the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Jezebel, and our high hopes for Roxane Gay’s new gig, The Butter. Other topics include National Hero: Charlo Greene, Ramou’s Best Night Ever featuring OPRAH, and a few listener letters (warning: don’t start none won’t be none).References
- Surviving The Dead
- Viola Davis Responds to Being Called ‘Less Classically Beautiful’: ‘You Define You’, The Root
- Latina, at the white, male New York Times: “Why are people thinking it’s OK to say racist sh-t in front of me?”, Salon
- What We’re Doing To Keep Building A Diverse Editorial Operation, Buzzfeed
- Introducing Three New Jezebel Staffers
- Introducing The Butter: Roxane Gay Is Coming To Stay With Us, The Toast
- Melissa Harris Perry’s Black Feminism Syllabus
About 2 weeks ago I got the opportunity to see Whiplash at the New York Film Festival. Following the news from the Sundance Festival I was reading a lot of buzz about this film but it still wasn’t on my list of films to see out of Sundance. Then during the summer the trailer came and I was interested. Part of me glad that I went into this film with little expectations and little knowledge because I was absolutely blown away. The experience of the film is kind you wish you could have with every film.
I see a lot movies but I don’t always walk out with feelings I had after Whiplash. Its a beautifully intense film. You would not really associate a film about jazz drumming with thrill, intensity, or edge of your seat but Whiplash was all of that and then some. Sometimes it felt like a horror film. Ask my BFF who I held hands with too many times or the girl sitting next to me who had her hands to her face for 75% of the film. With spectacular performances from the always awesome JK Simmons and Miles Teller (Am I crushing on him? Maybe?) It’s a film that’s question where the lines are between inspiring and pushing someone to be the best or just breaking them. Whiplash is without a doubt for me one the best films I have seen all year. Do yourself a favor and get to a theater and see it.
Here’s Miranda July being amazing (as always), modeling for Object Without Meaning’s A/W 14 lookbook. She also collaborated on an accompanying video with her husband and fellow sentient art being, Mike Mills. This is basically Art Nerd Christmas for me.
Trailer - Inherent Vice
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Owen Wilson,Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Katherine Waterson.
I love some PTA and it great to finally see him doing a pretty straightforward comedy. Most of his films have always had a nice element of humor in them but this seem to be his first foray in a comedy film and it looks great. It’ll be playing at the New York Film Festival next week and open in theaters December 12th.
Trailer - Mommy
Directed by Xavier Dolan. Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, and Antoine Olivier Pilon.
Dolan is only 25 years old and he has already directed five very solid films. Heartbeats being one of my favorites. Based on the reviews and Jury Prize out of Cannes this might be his strongest film to date.
Xavier Dolan’s motif of character’s back to camera
Laurence Anyways/Heartbeats/I Killed My Mother
I have inadvertently been watching The Chair on Starz because it comes on after the repeat of Outlander (yes, for some reason I watch the Outlander repeat every time). The show is interesting enough but I could never understand why Shane Dawson was a choice. He didn’t seem funny and I found it hard to believe he had the millions of followers on YouTube (he does). Watching the show everything he did with script he was given seemed like a bad idea and don’t understand how anybody went along with it which only proved to me that the people who make films don’t know what the fuck they are doing. I hope everyone behind this garbage (you too Zachary Quinto) feels like a giant ass for going so hard for this low rent basic racist fool.
Black Girls Talking Episode 34 with guest Charla Lauriston
Writer and performer Charla Lauriston came through this episode to hang out and talk about everything and nothing. If you haven’t watched her excellent web series Clench & Release, you’ve probably wasted 3/4 of your life, so do something about that.
I feel good about my life every time there is a new episode.
This past summer saw the premiere of two my favorite new shows (three if you count The Leftovers which I am still unsure of how I really feel about yet) this year. It seems a little dumb to be writing anything about them now since they are both ending soon (Outlander is having a mid-season finale) and we are officially in full swing with the Fall shows of the season. There aren’t a whole lot of new shows premiering this season that really pique my interest except maybe Gotham, Gracepoint, Transparent on Amazon and even a CW show (Jane The Virgin) But I am definitely excited about all my returning shows like Sleepy Hollow. I think this year’s list year end list will include a lot of shows that premiered in the spring/summer like Penny Dreadful or Silicon Valley but we’ll see.
Official Trailer - Girlhood (Bande de filles)
Directed by Céline Sciamma. Starring Karidja Toure, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, and Marietou Toure.
I am a big of Céline Sciamma’s work and this looks excellent. It’s has already been getting great reviews. One can be read here. I spend a lot of time wishing for movies like this to get made. So I get excited every now and then when a film featuring black characters especially black female characters being shown as people with real lives makes an appearance. Absolutely can’t wait for a stateside release. In the meantime check out Sciamma’s other work which is readily available on Netflix.
(via Shadow & Act )