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What’s Next after The Batman? One Fan’s Wish…

11 Mar

The Batman (film) poster.jpgThe war with gangsters is only going to be bloodier in The Batman. This movie is part one to a three film arc because we’re not offered a clean ending. Confirmed news include a spinoff series about The Penguin and Arkham Asylum. There may also be other empires who’ll descend on the power vacuum left behind after a certain Al Capone type meets his untimely death. Gotham City will never find peace. It’s not in the cards. Not even the Mad Hatter has those kinds of grandiose plans, but I’d be beside myself should that be the case!

As for what writer/director Matt Reeves has in mind, it’s safe to say we’ll see more threats from terrorists. It’s not likely the Justice League will help; an accidental entry from a parallel Earth might appear, but that’ll be it. This product is very standalone–much like The Joker–and we’ve always known the hero operates alone.

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The Batman Behind The Masks

5 Mar

The Batman (2022) - IMDb

Spoiler Alert

Matt ReevesThe Batman is a very different beast when compared to other past takes. It doesn’t outdo Nolan’s excellent trilogy and that’ll be a debate amongst diehard fans. He’s no longer that character from long ago where it’s about comic book style aesthetics or terrible one-liners. While I can profess a huge love for Burton’s gothic take, this version is moody, nihilistic and grungy. It’s also neo noir in its cinematographic design.

Robert Pattinson is great as the next iteration, but his appearance may have some wondering if he’s channelling Kurt Cobain. He hasn’t completely shed his moody Twilight persona, but I can buy into the new type of gravitas infecting the reclusive Bruce Wayne; the origins get rewritten. His father was a mayoral candidate for Gotham City and his mom…. Well, is troubled. Nearly everyone knows how their death affected the young boy who would become the bat, but in this case, the discovery of why they were murdered sets him down a slightly different path.

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Could War for the Planet of the Apes Be The End of the Saga?

13 Jul

imageBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
*Spoiler Alert

No previous knowledge is required to get up to speed before War for the Planet of the Apes. This third and possibly final film of the trilogy recaps the essential bits of lore needed to show that life on Earth is bad not only for ape-kind but also the humans. The Simian virus has taken its toll on humanity and it’s an ongoing threat which is evolving before the survivor’s very eyes. Those who are still around have banded together in enclaves and think extermination is key to reclaiming their position in the animal hierarchy.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader and he just wants his tribe to be left alone. They are not at completely at fault for the calamity. However, there are soldiers who think otherwise. Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads a nearby army faction thinking he can do what’s best. Unfortunately, his motives do not jibe with other groups, and he’s considered a renegade. After he killed the wrong apes in a midnight raid, these two leaders are going to face each other head on. Well, that’s if nothing else gets in their way. Both are facing their own demons.

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Examining the Dark before the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, A Movie Review

11 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Planet of the Apes

Those damn dirty apes are at it again. This time, they are going to own the world instead of hide from it in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. When a surviving pocket of humanity not devastated by Simian Flu pandemic needs to reactivate a dam so what’s left of San Francisco can obtain electricity, to see humans and apes clash is inevitable. Strangely, the reason is not necessarily about resource control.

This film series does not need viewers to remember every single detail from its previous film, Rise of … but remembering the key players certainly helps. Rocket the chimpanzee (Terry Notary), returns as Caesar’s right-hand man who is faithful to only him and Maurice the orangutan (Karin Konoval) is the humble monk who is wise to let the conflict play out by not interfering in the inevitable war that’s to come.

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