Movie News gives you EXCLUSIVE access to MOVIES, FILM & TELEVISION with an Attitude! View Upcoming Movie Trailers & Clips, Insider TV & Movie News, the BEST Movie Reviews, Interviews and Contests…Join our Film Community! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:58:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Creepy Steve Carell: Moody Pictures from Awards Season Heavy 'Foxcatcher' Creepy Steve Carell: Moody Pictures from Awards Season Heavy 'Foxcatcher'

Six new stills demonstrate how unnervingly effective Steve Carell is in Foxcatcher, even when you can't hear his strange speech patterns.

Bennett Miller's acclaimed drama has is already an awards season favorite on the festival circuit, and no single element of Foxcatcher has received more praise or attention than Carell, who abandons his familiar comedic persona, instead playing an unknowable nightmare of a man.

Like Miller's last two narrative features, Moneyball and Capote, this one is based on a true story, one that plays like quiet, slow burn horror onscreen.

The film tells the story Mark Schultz, a former Olympic wrestler who receives an invite from the fabulously wealthy, undeniably weird John du Pont to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics on du Pont's massive estate. 

Both men are driven to achieve sporting glory: du Pont for some weird, Oedipal reasons and Mark, to escape the shadow of his celebrated and popular older brother Dave.  Before long, the relationship between Mark and du Pont gets weird and self-destructive, which isn't helped when Dave begins coaching du Pont's wrestling team.

Carell plays kajillionaire du Pont and his performance has been heaped with accolades since Foxcatcher premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.  Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo play the other central roles as Mark and Dave Shultz and while neither role is as flashy as Carell's, both actors reportedly do great work.  Tatum continues to prove he's more than a set of abs, showing off some serious acting chops.

These photos, courtesy of Entertain This and Sony Pictures Classics, show all three leads acting their asses off.

Foxcatcher, which also stars Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave, is Miller's longtime passion project.  The film was originally going to arrive during last year's awards season, but Miller continued fine-tuning the story in editing. 

Based on the reviews from Cannes and Toronto, it sounds like Miller's extra time editing paid off handsomely.

Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 15th.

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:28:52 +0000
'The Conjuring 2' Pushed Back to 2016, James Wan Returning to Direct 'The Conjuring 2' Pushed Back to 2016,  James Wan Returning to Direct

Fear not, James Wan is coming back to the horror genre.

After dabbling in automotive action with next year's Fast & Furious 7, the director is returning to oversee a sequel to his 2013 hit The Conjuring.

Wan made a big impression and kicked off a seven-film franchise with Saw in 2004, after which he was behind the scary doll movie Dead Silence and the revenge thriller Death Sentence.  In 2010, he once again made low-low budget horror oh-so profitable with Insidious.

He stepped in to direct the seventh Fast & Furious adventure after Justin Lin opted against returning.  The sequel was initially scheduled to open in the summer of 2014, but after Paul Walker's tragic death last November, production stopped for months while Wan and Universal Pictures figured out how to finish Fast & Furious 7, ultimately enlisting Walker's brothers to help "retire" his character, Brian O'Connor.

Universal has an option on Wan to direct Fast & Furious 8, but it sounds like the studio might be on the lookout for another helmer, since Wan just signed up to direct The Conjuring 2.

After Fast 7 opens in April 2015, Wan will be ready to shoot The Conjuring sequel in the summer.

New Line/Warner Bros. has been cooking up a sequel since even before The Conjuring grossed $318 million.  Originally, New Line staked out a October 23, 2015, but just yesterday shifted the sequel to an unspecified date in 2016.  The move was pretty clearly made in order to work with Wan's schedule.

Additionally, the director's new arrangement with WB subsidiary New Line encompasses a first look deal through his Atomic Monster production company.  The idea is to develop lower budget science fiction, horror, and even comedy movies for the studio, according to Deadline.

The Conjuring represents a proper horror franchise at this point.  The spinoff Annabelle, which Wan produced but didn't direct, has earned a whopping $166 million worldwide despite nobody actually enjoying the scary doll movie.

Wan's sequel will chronicle another adventure of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the husband and wife paranormal investigators played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

“We had a great experience with James on The Conjuring, and we give him a lot of credit for that movie working so well,” said New Line president/COO Toby Emmerich. “He worked on the screenplay and came to the table with very inventive things that were not in the script and cast it fantastically well. Add to that his work in producing Annabelle, and he is one of the masters of the genre and we’re happy to have him. You go through the list of possible directors of The Conjuring sequel, and his is the name you stop at, which is why we tried so hard to make this work.”

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:38:59 +0000
Watch Pixar's 'Monsters U' Short 'Party Central' Online For Free Watch Pixar's 'Monsters U' Short 'Party Central' Online For Free

If you want to watch all six minutes of the latest Pixar short film Party Central on your iPhone or iPad, then Disney Movies Anywhere has a deal for you.

A spinoff from last year's Monsters University, Party Central debuted earlier this year, playing before screenings of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted when the sequel hit theaters in March.

This short brings back the lovable nerdlingers of Oozma Kappa, who reunite with Mike and Sully to turn a ho-hum fizzler of a social gathering into a rager of a party filled with out-of-control shenanigans and non-stop partying.

Both John Goodman and Billy Crystal return to voice their beloved Monsters Inc. characters in the short, which sort of makes up for the fact the 2014 is the first year in a while without a feature film from Pixar Animation Studios.

We have an excerpt from Party Central to entice you, but to watch the full short film absolutely free of charge, you're going to have to head over to Disney Movies Anywhere and sign up.

If these forty seconds whetted your appetite to see the boys of Oozma Kappa making like Andrew W.K., then again, just head over to Disney Movies Anywhere to watch the whole shebang.

The short is directed by Kelsey Mann, who was a story supervisor on Monsters University and contributed to the great animated series The Critic many moons ago.

With Walt Disney Animation trotting out Big Hero 6 in just weeks, it's easy to forget, but Monsters University was the last Pixar movie to play in theaters.

There's an alternate universe where a new Pixar movie did open in theaters over the summer. 

The Good Dinosaur was scheduled to open on May 30, 2014, but just about a year ago, Pixar removed director Bob PetersonThe Up co-director got kicked to the curb last August, and Disney subsequently rescheduled The Good Dinosaur for November 25, 2015.  Even now, an official replacement director hasn't been announced.  At this point, it's believed that co-director Peter Sohn is working extensively with the Pixar Brain Trust to overhaul the story. 

Now both Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur will arrive within a few months of each other in 2015.

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:56:33 +0000
'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox Says the Marvel Hero is "Addicted" to Fighting Crime 'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox Says the Marvel Hero is

The star of the eagerly anticipated Daredevil Netflix series says that the show is "darker than anything I've ever seen Marvel do before."

Charlie Cox, a British actor best known for Stardust and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, picks up Matt Murdock's cane to play the finest lawyer and blind vigilante in Hell's Kitchen.

The street-level superhero was previously played by Ben Affleck more than a decade ago, but the new Daredevil series finds Marvel taking control of the character, using him as the first hero to lead his own thirteen-episode streaming series.  Daredevil is set to be followed by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders, an Avengers-style miniseries that teams up all four characters.

"It's great fun, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility,” Cox told THR's Heat Vision at the premiere of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biographical movie in which he plays a supporting role.

"I wasn't really aware of how vast the comic book world was until I became part of the Marvel universe," he continued. "I went to Comic Con last week, and it's really important to a lot of people. It really is. I'm having a great time.”

"I've read comics after comics after comics — I've never read so many comics in my life, and we're finding moments from the comics to reference in the show," said Cox. "We're trying to make a show that's new and much, much darker than anything I've ever seen Marvel do before.”

That darkness and how it applies to Murdock's call to heroism defines the series.  "The concept that he can't stop. He's going out and he's taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn't know if he can stop,” the actor explained.

"He might be addicted to it," Cox concluded with a smile.

The actor's thoughts on Daredevil very much jive with showrunner Steven DeKnight's comments at New York Comic-Con, where he explained, “I always approach it that there are no heroes or villains.  It’s just people making different choices.  And what I love about this show is the moral grey area that is inherent in Daredevil.  He’s a lawyer by day and vigilante by night.  Those two things do not mesh and it’s a constant struggle for Matt Murdoch and often times, he crosses the line.”

NYCC gave Marvel TV the perfect opportunity to reveal the first two images of Cox in character, one of him as a charming Matt Murdock and another of him sporting a proto-Daredevil ninja costume.

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:49 +0000
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' TV Spot and All-Star Soundtrack Listing 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' TV Spot and All-Star Soundtrack Listing

Panem may be a dystopian nightmare that's about the explode in a vicious, all-out war, but at least the music is good, right?

Lionsgate has unleashed a spine-tingling new TV spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, coinciding with the the unveiling of the full soundtrack listing for the penultimate Suzanne Collins adaptation.

Last week, a teaser designed to move pre-sale tickets when they go on sale October 29th took Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) home to District 12, which was bombed into oblivion after the big events at the end of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

That emotional almost-clip was a meditative trip compared to this TV spot, which is every shade of intense, catching us up on the status of Katniss's love trianle and emphasizing that the games are over; it's time for our heroine to sling arrows in a for-realsies war in which a whole lot of people are bound to die on both sides.

Katniss, now in the rebel-controlled secret District 13, is reunited with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), who designs particularly nasty weapons for the revolution.  Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), meanwhile, is still in the clutches of President Snow (Donald Sutherland), eagerly using the former Tribute as a propaganda mouthpiece.

“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss,” director Francis Lawrence said over the summer.  “Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”

The final novel in Suzanne Collins's trilogy is making for two movies.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I opens this November 21st, then the fourth film finishes off the story one year later in theaters.

Lawrence, now the highest-grossing action heroine in movie history (not adjusted for inflation), is joined by the aforementioned actors and fellow returning Hunger Games vets Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, and Donald Sutherland.

Julianne Moore leads the Mockingjay newcomers as President Alma Coin, with Natalie Dormer as Cressida.

Anywho, last week's tease made memorable use of Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat," the first single from the official soundtrack, which goes on sale November 17th.

Thanks to Pitchfork, the list of all fourteen tracks on the first Mockingjay soundtrack is now available for your perusal:

01 Stromae: Meltdown [ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim]
02 Chvrches: Dead Air
03 Tove Lo: Scream My Name
04 Charli XCX: Kingdom [ft. Simon Bon]
05 Various Artists: Track 5
06 Raury: Lost Souls
07 Lorde: Yellow Flicker Beat
08 Tinashé: The Leap
09 Bat for Lashes: Plan the Escape
10 Grace Jones: Original Beast
11 Lorde: Flicker (Kanye West Rework)
12 XOV: Animal
13 The Chemical Brothers: This Is Not a Game [ft. Miguel]
14 Lorde: Ladder Song

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:48:56 +0000
DC's 'Suicide Squad' Director David Ayer Asks "Does a Movie Really Need Good Guys?" DC's 'Suicide Squad' Director David Ayer Asks

David Ayer's WWII action-drama Fury claimed a pretty hefty victory at the box office in its debut.

The writer-director is wasting no time snapping to work on his next film, tackling Suicide Squad, a DC Comics adaptation.

Ayer has released three movies since 2012, following up the intense cop drama End of Watch with Sabotage and FuryThe internet first caught a whiff of the Training Day screenwriter's potential involvement in Suicide Squad a month ago, but Ayer dismissed the smell as nothing more than a rumor.

When Warner Bros. served up a steaming plate full of huge comic book movie announcements all at once last week, the studio revealed that Suicide Squad will be the first DC film out of the gate after 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

So now Ayer's free to comment on writing and directing the bad guy team-up for an August 15, 2016 release date.  He and Warners are thinking big with Suicide Squad, so big that bona fide movie stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy are this close to signing up to star.

Obviously a franchise superhero movie is a change of pace for the thoroughly R-rated, hyper-masculine auteur, but he tells Empire that Suicide Squad scratches an itch he developed on his biggest movie date.

Fury whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation,” Ayer says. “You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money.”

In the comic, a group of convicted villains are recruited by the government to participate in high dangerous top secret missions in exchange for a shot at redemption.  The cinematic line-up is expected to include Deadshot, Vixen, and Harkness.

“I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains," he says. "Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’”

Ayer won't be the only filmmaker asking that question via a big studio event movie in 2016: Drew Goddard is directing Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six, currently scheduled to open in November 2016, a few months after Suicide Squad beats it to the supervillain-ensemble punch.

“I love the passion [comic-book fans] have for these characters and these worlds," says Ayer. "I think there’s something incredible about the comic genre and technology has finally caught up with pen and ink to render these fantastic worlds in a way that feels believable and visceral to audiences. It’s a secular religion in that regards. The mythology that these characters represent – the idea of them as fallen gods on Earth – is intriguing to me. I can’t wait to start exploring those corridors.”

After more than a decade of superhero derring-do at the multiplex, audiences are ready ready for blockbusters that upend the conventions of the subgenre.  Ayer's a fascinating choice to do it, and Suicide Squad sounds like a real opportunity for Warner Bros. to distinguish its DC movies from those of Marvel Studios.  This nascent DC universe is rumored to be joke-free, and Ayer is can make a grim, grown-up comic book movie in the style that the studio is pursuing.

Movie News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:12:45 +0000
Pippin Is Singing 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Out Over 'The Battle of The Five Armies' Credits Pippin Is Singing 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Out Over 'The Battle of The Five Armies' Credits

Billy Boyd isn't appearing in any of the three Hobbit movies, but his voice is very much a part of the final installment.

The actor, who played Pippin Took in The Lord of the Rings, is recording a song to be featured in the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

As lovable Halfling Pippin, Boyd sang the affecting little ditty "Edge of Night" aka "Steward of Gondor" in Return of the King, memorably lacing that cross-cutting between Denethor stuffing his face and Faramir leading Gondor's forces to their doom with some real mournful sadness.

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit co-writer Philippa Boyens adapted that song from "A Walking Song," a poem by J.R.R TolkienHoward Shore, the composer for all six Middle Earth movies (and original Saturday Night Live bandleader), scored the song, with Boyd providing the vocals.  If it's especially fresh in your memory, that may be because "Edge of Night" was used in the teaser trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies.

That won't be Boyd's biggest contribution to the climactic entry in the jumbo-sized Hobbit trilogy.  He's singing a song titled "The Last Goodbye" as an outro for the movie formerly known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Not only is the Scottish actor/voice of Seed of Chucky isn't just singing this time, either.  Hitfix discovered the existence of "The Last Goodbye" on a Warner Bros. "For Your Consideration" site that credits Boyd as a writer on the song, along with Boyens and series co-writer Fran Walsh.  Shore isn't included, so Boyd, a musician who fronts the band Beecake, may very well be providing the musical accompaniment as well.

Every movie in both of the Tolkien-based trilogies have featured an original song over the end credits, staring with Enya's "May It Be" for The Fellowship of the RingAnnie Lennox's "Into the West," which played out Return of the King, won an Oscar, and Warner Bros. must be hoping that Boyd's song can repeat history for the The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's end credits rolled by to the sounds of "Song of the Lonely Mountain" and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug closed to "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran.

As we approach the December 17, 2014 release, WB is warming up the hype machine to ensure that everybody in the world knows that The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies represents the last time they'll see a Middle Earth epic directed by Peter JacksonThe studio has been dropping character posters like hotcakes, and a full theatrical trailer can't be far off.

Movie News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:56:07 +0000
Don't Expect 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Footage Any Time Soon Don't Expect 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Footage Any Time Soon

You may have forgotten that there's a Fantastic Four movie scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2015.

It might have slipped your mind because 20th Century Fox has yet to reveal an official trailer, photo, synopsis, or anything, even though the Fantastic Four reboot wrapped up principal photography more than two months ago.

According to producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg, Fox is taking great care in reintroducing The Fantastic Four, and that's precisely why it might be awhile before we see a substantial look at the movie.

By all accounts, Chronicle director Josh Trank has whipped up a very, very different take on Marvel's First Family.  Recent leaked photos of Dr. Doom imply just how big the stylistic changes are, and you can bet dollars to donuts that costuming surprises are secondary to the overall tonal and story differences in Trank's approach compared to the shambling mid-2000s FF movies directed by Tim Story.

While Trank has been very much behind the curtain for months now, Kinberg has been the public face of Fantastic Four.  In fact, he's been the public face of Fox's Marvel properties as he hammers out the X-Men: Apocalypse story with Bryan Singer, Dan Harris, and Michael Dougherty.

During an interview promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray, Comic Book asked Kinberg if he knows when Fantastic Four footage might premiere.

“I don’t, actually,” Kinberg answered.

“We’re putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a different tonality and vibe from those other films, we want to make sure that the first thing we put out really expresses the voice of the movie, and isn’t compromised by not having visual effects ready, or anything like that," he said.

“I don’t actually know when it’s coming out, but I’ve seen all the footage from the movie. I was there for pretty much the whole shoot. It is a very different film from the others, and one that I think is very different from other superhero movies," he continued. "It’s a very emotional, character-driven, more grounded film than I think people are anticipating.”

So for now, our best look at Fantastic Four continues to be a candid picture Kate Mara tweeted when production finished in Baton Rouge over the summer.

Mara plays Sue Storm in the reboot, with Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm.  Toby Kebbell, meanwhile, faces off against them as the new Victor Von Doom.

Fox has already scheduled a Fantastic Four sequel for June 2017.  Persistent rumors and common sense suggest that the studio intends to create a Marvel Studios-style shared universe out of its Marvel properties, eventually combining X-Men and Fantastic Four in a team-up movie.

"We want to tell stories in a larger way, the way that Marvel has, creating a tapestry of multiple movies that can stand alone but feel that they are part of something larger," Kinberg told IAR Managing Editor in an exclusive interview earlier this month.

"I have said this before but the challenge in doing an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover is that they take place in different dimensions. In the Fantastic Four universe there is no acknowledgement of a world of mutants or that a stadium dropped on the White House in 1973," he explained to IAR. "In the X-Men world there is no real talk about public super heroes like in the Fantastic Four. It has challenges. We have seen comic books do it. As a fan of those franchises, and as a fan of the crossovers in the comics, I would like to see it but for now we are very focused on the individual movies."

Movie News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:04:04 +0000
James Cameron Explains How a T-800 Looks Old in 'Terminator: Genisys' James Cameron Explains How a T-800 Looks Old in 'Terminator: Genisys'

The last time Arnold Schwarzenegger actually played a Terminator, he was pushing 60, but 2003's T3: Rise of the Machines still managed to keep the T-800's aging on this side of disbelief.

In next summer's Terminator: Genisys, however, audiences will be looking at a robot played by a 67-year-old actor. 

Arnold's still in good shape for an almost-septuagenarian, but no amount of pumping can disguise that Schwarzenegger has more miles on him now than he did in 1984 or 1981.

Unofficial photos from the New Orleans set back in May made it clear that Genisys isn't trying to duck the aging issue, as this T-800 sports salt-and-pepper hair.

"The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger himself explained in March. "It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."

James Cameron, the man who created the Terminator franchise then upped its blockbuster ante with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, recently elaborated on the idea behind a cybernetic organism growing older, and he may have given away a major plot point of Genisys in the process.

“I wasn’t interested in producing it or working on it actively, but I did want to put in a good word for Arnold,” Cameron told Deadline of Genisys at a screening commemorating The Terminator's thirtieth anniversary.

"I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age," said Cameron. "You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.”

Terminator: Genisys isn't quite a reboot, nor is it completely a sequel according to Jai Courtney, the A Good Day to Die Hard actor who plays the new Kyle Reese in the quasi-re-sequel. 

The rumor has long been that Genisys, like 2009's Star Trek, uses time travel to reset the continuity, effectively rejiggering the series while trying not to completely alienate longtime fans.  It only makes sense, then, that Schwarzenegger is the "Spock Prime" figure whose shenanigans in the circuits of time lead to a different timeline.  And a different timeline is pretty clearly in the offering, since Courtney and Emilia Clarke play young Reese and Sarah Connor, while Jason Clarke plays an adult John Connor.

Cameron's comments indicate that in the new movie directed by Alan Taylor, a T-800 may have missed the mark when hopping back from the future and stuck around.

Whether that's actually the case or not, Genisys is intended to kickstart a trilogy of Terminator movies, with the second and third installments already scheduled to open in May 2017 and June 2018.

What does Cameron think of these new Terminator movies? 

"It’s not my problem, that’s the beauty of it,” the Avatar director said. “It’s like being a grandparent and the kids come over then you can send them back. I think the chain’s been broken by the films in between. When I walked away from it I had to do it with the sense that I can’t invest in this emotionally anymore. If it’s not good, it doesn’t really bother me personally.”

Movie News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:06:58 +0000
Jason Momoa Finally Discusses Starring in 'Aquaman' and 'Justice League' Jason Momoa Finally Discusses Starring in 'Aquaman' and 'Justice League'

Jason Momoa said he "doesn't even want to be quoted on this shit," but when the actor playing Aquaman in multiple DC Comics movies finally confirms that he's starring in Aquaman and Justice League, quotations are inevitable.

At the Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta over the weekend, Momoa commented for the first time on his casting as Arthur Curry, discussing in some detail the status of his various DC movies as the King of Atlantis.

Way back in June, word of Momoa's involvement broke with word that the beefy actor, who played Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, would appear in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, setting up Aquaman as a heavy hitter in Justice League and beyond.  For four months, Warner Bros. tried to keep the aqua-cat in the water-bag, offering no comment.

Last week, however, Warners Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara dropped a newsbomb, announcing pretty much the entire DC slate from now through 2020, including Aquaman, which hits theaters on July 27, 2018, wedged between Justice League: Part One in November 2017 and The Flash in March 2018.

So with all the previously-secretive DC plans out in the open, Momoa was able to comment on the role for the first time during a panel in Atlanta.  According to Comic Book Movie, he opened up about keeping quiet for months, saying, “Listen, I was asked to play it.  You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet.  You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes.  I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”

Momoa can't really go spilling a bunch of beans on Aquaman just yet, though, mostly because he doesn't actually know all that much about Curry's solo movie. 

Playfully discussing how Southern food is wreaking havoc on his physique, Momoa revealed, “I don’t even know when we’re shooting yet, but it will be like 2016 or 2017, so there’s plenty of time.”

“I don't know the director.  I know about as much as you guys know," he said. "I know the Justice League will come first.  That’s really what we’re going to focus on.  I’m not sure if it will be [set] prior to Justice League or post.  I don’t know too much about it.  It will probably be where he came from.  It will probably be his whole origin story I would think … I mean I don’t even want to get quoted on this s***.  So I know we’re going to do Justice League first.”

On the subject of possible sparks between Aquaman and a possible love interest, Momoa said, “I don’t think there will be a romance any time soon in Justice League.  I think we’re going to be kicking some ass.  But I don’t know for sure, because there’s no script yet.”

Chris Terrio, the Oscar-winning Argo writer who rewrote David S. Goyer's initial Batman v Superman screenplay, is currently hammering out the Justice League: Part One script.  Zack Snyder's 2016 team-up pits Henry Cavill's Superman against Ben Affleck's Batman, while also introducing Momoa's Aquaman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg, and Ezra Miller's Flash.

“I really wish I could say something, but I don’t even know," Momoa continued. "I found out some of the characters that are in Justice League that are cast that I didn’t know.  So you found out when I found out.   And that stuff is pretty tight-lipped so I don’t have anything to give.”

The actor, who also starred in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian, is a Hawaii native who studying marine biology, is uniquely qualified to play Arthur Curry, but he also brings something different to the traditionally blond, white-as-Wonder-Bread superhero. 

“The greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character," he explained.  "And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives.”

“My family are some of the greatest water men on earth.  I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them," he said.  "But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian.  And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it.  It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe.  I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it.  And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”

The studio is reportedly cooking up two separate Aquaman screenplays, one by Will Beall and one by Kurt Johnstad, in an effort to find the right approach to Momoa's standalone movie in 2018.

Well before then, though, we'll be introduced to Aquaman in his live action cinematic debut when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits on March 25, 2016.

Movie News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:19:54 +0000