The Monday Roundup, July 22nd

The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

With the San Diego Comic -Con taking place over the weekend there is plenty of news to cover. As so much has been announced, I will try and sum up the best bits for you.

  • By far the biggest news to come out of comic-con was that the next movie in the DC cinematic universe will be a Superman/Batman crossover, which will land in 2015. Zack Snyder made the announcement by bringing out Man Of Steel actor Harry Lennix who read the following passage from The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel: “”I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come. In all your private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you.” Apart from a new logo and that the principal cast from Man Of Steel will all return, we have no other information at this moment in time. Obviously there will be a new Batman cast, and its likely the two superheroes will form an uneasy alliance over the course of the movie.
  • DC also announced that The Flash will get his own standalone movie in 2016, which will be swiftly followed by a Justice League movie in 2017.
  • Not to be outdone, Marvel also announced their plans for the next Avengers movie, which is to be titled Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Ultron is described as the classic Avengers villain, someone who they have fought time and again over the years. It was also announced today that while the new Avengers movie will borrow the title from the graphic novel of the same name, it will not be based solely on that storyline, and they will pick and choose the bits they need to make the movie.
  • Also announced was the news that Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man will not appear in the movie. Many fans assumed he would have a big role in the movie, as he is the man who actually creates Ultron. However, Joss Whedon has said that Ultron will have a different origin story in the movie, so things will be changed up slightly. Where this leaves Thanos, teased at the end of the first Avengers, is anyone’s guess at this moment in time.
  • Preparation on the X-Force movie is well under way, with director Jeff Wadlow announcing he has the story worked out & is 20 pages into his draft, and if he wasn’t out promoting Kick-Ass 2 he would be further into it.
  • Away from the comic-con, there was a runaway winner at the US box office with new horror movie The Conjuring taking in just over $41million. Despicable Me 2 dropped to second place taking another $25 million. Whilst Ryan Reynolds had something of a poor weekend, having two movies bomb on their opening weekend. Animated children’s film Turbo took $21 million, while R.I.P.D which also stars Jeff Bridges took a measly $12 million. Do audiences really not like Ryan Reynolds?

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

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A bit of mindless fun is good for the soul I believe, and you can’t get much more mindless than GI Joe: Retaliation. Set up and left for dead, the Joe’s have to go underground to clear their name and battle the evil Zartan. It was never going to be high art, but if you can suspend your disbelief and leave your brain elsewhere, then you might find you enjoy this for what it is.

TV pick of the week

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300. ITV2, Sunday July 28th at 9PM.

I’m pretty sure there has never been a film more manly and testosterone filled than 300. The film that made Gerard Butler a household name is directed by Zack Snyder and is based upon the graphic novel written by Frank Miller. It’s gory, it’s brutal, it’s pulpy and man it’s a great film. Worth staying in for.

Cinema pick of the week

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The Wolverine opens this Friday, with special preview screenings on Thursday and has the weekend to itself to take all the money. The Wolverine has come out to mostly positive reviews so far and promises to be a hundred times better than its predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It will also feature a direct tie-in to next years X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Fingers (claws?) crossed for this one.

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