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In news that manages to be surprising and entirely unsurprising all at once, Warner Bros. has revealed that their animated adaptation of the infamous comic Batman: The Killing Joke will be rated R. It’s surprising because Warner Bros.’ library of direct-to-DVD movies set in the DC superhero universe have traditionally been produced with younger audiences in mind. Yet, it’s unsurprising because writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 one-shot is one of the grimmest Batman stories ever created and the last comic you’d want to hand off to the young superhero fan in your life.

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live-action pokemon movie

I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.

In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.

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Steve Alten‘s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror was first published in 1997 and the film adaptation has been in development for almost as long. Every few years, someone commits to a film adaptation of this tale of Man versus Giant Prehistoric Killer Shark and every few years, the whole thing falls apart. Now, nearly twenty years after the initial plans to make this movie, a new batch of names have become associated with the project.

Carcharodon megalodon, meet Jason Statham. Jason Statham, meet Carcharodon megalodon.

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Ready Player One Cast

Hot on the heels of joining Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara yesterday, actor Mark Rylance has added one more collaboration with the iconic director. The Oscar-winner actor will be reuniting with Steven Spielberg for a fourth time with a key role in Ready Player One, the adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s bestselling sci-fi adventure novel of the same name. Find out more about the Ready Player One cast addition after the jump. Read More »

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys should make for a nice breath of fresh air this summer. While there are plenty of huge tentpole movies coming out over the next few months, writer-director Shane Black is offering up something a little different, and hopefully that’ll be enough to convince audiences to see Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe unite in this buddy detective picture.

Below, watch the latest The Nice Guys TV spot, which tries to sell you on the Nice Guys Detective Agency.

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Scooby-Doo reboot

While we’ve known for some time that Warner Bros. had a Scooby-Doo reboot planned for 2018, we learned much more about the project at CinemaCon 2016. One big revelation is that the movie will be titled S.C.O.O.B., and that it’ll launch a whole new wave of potentially interlocking Hanna-Barbera movies. Yes, that’s right — Warner Bros. is planning a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe.  Read More »

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A big portion of the Warner Bros presentation at this year’s movie exhibitor gathering CinemaCon was dedicated to the company’s commitment to the future of the DC movie universe. Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara affirmed they are still on board to release at least 10 DC Comics movie adaptations over the next five years. Additionally, he seemed to confirm rumors that Ben Affleck will be directing a solo Batman movie.

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fantastic beasts and where to find them trailer breakdown

I’m not shy about my love for the Harry Potter books and their film adaptations, which is why Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made my list of most anticipated films of 2016. I’m excited to explore another corner of J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. I’m glad that director David Yates is back. I’m very curious to see how Rowling herself fares in her screenwriting debut. So naturally, I had to go through the new trailer frame-by-frame and collect my thoughts and observations on this still-mysterious movie.

Story details that have already been revealed and idle speculation lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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Suicide Squad Reshoots

Here are the facts. First, Suicide Squad recently underwent a series of reshoots that were reportedly extensive and expensive. Second, reshoots aren’t inherently a bad thing, as they allow filmmakers to make good movies great and pick up shots and moments that they didn’t realize they needed until they were in the editing room. The number of decent movies that go back for reshoots to tighten something up vastly outnumber the movies that go back for reshoots because they’re dumpster fires.

But the Suicide Squad reshoots have been very interesting because of the various whys circulating for their existence. Now, director David Ayer has chimed in, making these already dark waters a little murkier.

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