Everyone, remain calm. Actually, don’t. Patty Jenkins is directing the Wonder Woman sequel, Variety reports. According to sources, Jenkins will rake in somewhere close to $ 8 million for the follow-up film, which will hit theaters in December 2019. Though the filmmaker’s exact pay hasn’t been confirmed, the ballpark estimate makes her the highest paid female director of all time. Frankly, Jenkins deserves all that and more; the film was easily the biggest smash hit of the Summer, coming in at more than $ 800 million in total box office earnings. The fact that Jenkins is so invested in telling Wonder Woman’s story specifically was just the icing on the cake.
Yes, those words are all in the correct order, and it’s not April 1 yet. A Batgirl movie. By Joss Whedon. WHAT TUMBLR USER SOLD THEIR SOUL TO SATAN TO MAKE THIS A REALITY?
According to Variety, Warner Brothers has tapped Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer wizard Joss Whedon to write and direct a direct a standalone movie featuring Barbara Gordon, AKA Batgirl. This would mark the third female-led superhero film in the DC Extended Universe, along with Wonder Woman this June, and the Harley-Quinn starring Gotham City Sirens project Margot Robbie is currently developing with director David Ayer.
To say that my brain is being pulled in completely different directions right now would be the understatement of the century. A movie about Batgirl, one of my all-time favorite superheroines… good! A Batgirl movie that’s being released by the movie studio that, in my opinion, completely messed up Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad… bad!
But it’s being written, directed, and produced by Joss Whedon, whose quippy style is perfect for Barbara Gordon (imagine if Buffy and Willow raised a child together and that’s basically Babs)! Good! Except sometimes, Whedon makes mistakes that are not to his fandom’s liking (Age Of Ultron, season seven of Buffy, the lack of Asian representation in Firefly, Dollhouse) and writes a very particular type of brutalized female survivor (Black Widow in Age Of Ultron, River Tam in Firefly, Dollhouse) that might make some Babs fans nervous given her character’s history… maybe not bad but very disconcerting!
But between this and the Gotham City Sirens movie, Warner Brothers is willing to greenlight more superheroine movies without worrying about the success of Wonder Woman, which means maybe they’ve finally learned that female characters can be viable, bankable movie leads! Extremely good! But except for Wonder Woman, they haven’t given any female directors opportunities to direct those films! So very disappointingly bad!
But… we’re that much closer to a a Bat family! A real honest-to-god Bat family! GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!
Guys. I don’t know. I’m so excited and I’m so scared. If you mess this up, Warner Brothers, you are all dead to me for the rest of time.
Mel Gibson, a person so abhorrent that I refuse to re-watch his movies pre-psycho era, might be helming the Suicide Squad sequel. Before you joke about shitty movie, shitty human garbage director go together, hahahah Leto Joker Fanta, let me remind you that this isn’t about the movie. This is about Gibson’s psychotic, racist, abusive, and anti-semitic behaviors of the past being forgotten. This is also about handing a high profile movie to another sack of dicks instead of to a lovely hatbox full of vaginas.
I have a lot of feelings about this, is what I’m saying.
Deadline is talking about Gibson «reclaiming» his role as actor/director people are cool hiring.
Deadline revealed last month that Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were being courted by Paramount Pictures to star in the sequel to Daddy’s Home, opposite Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Well, the deals have closed, and this is a significant step in Gibson reclaiming his standing in town.
NEAT. CAN WE MAYBE GET ROMAN POLANSKI TO DIRECT IT? COOL. FINE. IT’S JUST FINE.
The Hollywood Reporter is painting this as a comeback celebration as well.
The fact that Gibson, riding high thanks to his Oscar-nominated war movie Hacksaw Ridge, is being courted by Warners marks a remarkable turnaround for the actor-director. His image took a hit in the 2000s after a drunk driving arrest and anti-Semitic comments, and he found himself losing studio work.
How easily Hollywood as a whole forgets the racism and the threats Gibson made to then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva:
«You need a f—ing bat in the side of the head. Alright, how about that? You need a f—ing doctor. You need a f—ing brain transplant. You need a f—ing soul. I need someone who f—ing treats me like a man. You f— my day up. You care about yourself when I have been so f—ing good to you. You’re f—ing trying to destroy me. Shut the f—k up! You should just f—king smile and b—w me because I deserve it! You have no f—king soul. I left my wife because we had no spiritual common ground. You and I have none, zero. You won’t even f—king try. You don’t care. You don’t care. Don’t you dare hang up on me! If you hang up, I’m coming over there. You f—ing c—. You’re in my house. I don’t involve the police in anything because I stand up for myself. I’ll put you in a f—ing rose garden you c—t! You understand that? Because I’m capable of it. You understand that?»
But, you know, THANK HOLLYWOOD JEBUS THAT GIBSON IS GETTING WORK AGAIN. That way he can pay child support for his children with his ex-wife and the child with Grigorieva. Oh, that’s the daughter Grigorieva was holding when Gibson punched her in the face. Allegedly. So glad Gibson is getting another chance, because we don’t have enough old, white dudes who commit violent acts against women and minorities being lauded in our culture.
Hmmm…it’s almost like Warner Bros. doesn’t want another massive flop on their hands. No. That’s definitely not why this is happening. It’s just that Ben Affleck cares so much about Batman and wants to make the best gosh-darn Batman movie he can make. And apparently that means letting someone else do the job.
Ben was rumored to be doing it all for the next Batman movie, The Batman, but Variety says that he’s sticking to co-writing, producing, and acting now. Sources say that Ben’s decision has nothing to do Live By Night flopping. Ben released this statement about not directing The Batman.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”
Warner Bros. released a short statement too saying simply that they support Ben’s decision and are “committed to working with him” on The Batman. Variety says there’s currentlya shortlist for possible directors, but that the only one they know of is Matt Reeves, who directed the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes.
Ben’s Razzie nomination for Batman v Superman was probably a real wake-up call. I know he loves directing, but it’s a good thing that he’s focusing on the acting part of it. If he want’s to avoid another Razzie nomination for The Batman, he’s got to get his ass to some acting classes. Ben’s Batman needs to work on emoting at a level beyond hard staring, intense standing, and grunting like an unfrozen caveman.
Since we’ve elected as our president a man who thinks eliminating gun-free zones would make the world a safer place, while also at some point advancing the idea of guns being allowed in schools and appointing Betsy DeVos, who believes guns are necessary on campus to protect from grizzly bears, it’s worth having a conversation about the need for common sense gun laws. And thanks to Kristen Stewart, we could be having that conversation very soon due to a short film on gun control that Stewart is working on.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Stewart offered plenty of hints that the short film will be a direct response to President Trump. «You don’t have to be a politically involved person to be uber-aware of the fact that very basic humanitarian ideas are being so incredibly trampled on,» Stewart told the Reporter. She also added that her project will «kick ass» and I’m inclined to believe her.
Stewart has never been shy about using her platform and influence for advocacy, and it’s comforting to know she’ll be challenging one of Trump’s most frightening stances, which is promoting and glorifying easy access to firearms. Not only has study after study revealed that more guns seems to always equate more injury and death, regardless if the owner of the firearm is a «good guy,» but women, victims of domestic abuse, and, due to the increasing popularity of school shootings, children, are disproportionately the ones harmed by guns.
The most disturbing fact of all is that often, fatal shootings are performed using guns that are legally purchased often by gunmen with records of violence, domestic abuse, and disturbed behavior, yet gun laws are so lax they’re still able to purchase firearms. It’s ambitious for Stewart to take on such a complicated, uncomfortable issue, and it’s also a risk move under President Trump, who’s already made clear his personal disdain for Stewart. (Evidence in the tweets below).
Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again—just watch. He can do much better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012
Lots of response to my Pattinson/Kristen Stewart reunion. She will cheat again—100 certain—am I ever wrong?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2012
Robert I'm getting a lot of heat for saying you should dump Kristen- but I'm right. If you saw the Miss Universe girls you would reconsider.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2012
Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012
(The president of the United States, everyone.)
Or, hey, maybe K. Stew could care less about gun control and public safety and just wants to exact revenge on Trump for imploring her ex to dump her 5 years ago? Who knows, really. She’s called his 2012 obsession with her «fucking crazy,» and she’s not wrong.
Kristen Stewart’s been giving great, gracefully twitchy interviews this week as she makes the rounds at Sundance promoting her directorial debut Come Swim.