This week, in the world of movie news, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made its way to the big screen and attracted pretty dismal reviews. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s other Batman – Will Arnett‘s Lego version – starred in his own trailer, as did the returning Bridget Jones and Daisy Ridley spoke out about rumours that she is set to step into Angelina Jolie‘s vest for a Tomb Raider reboot. We also got a first look at Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman movie.
Here’s your weekly movie news round-up…
Lego Batman has arrived
In the same week that Batman v Superman began stinking out multiplexes, The Lego Batman Movie made its first marketing steps with a simply terrific teaser trailer. Will Arnett was arguably the most memorable part of the excellent The Lego Movie and it seems that the character has lost none of its self-referential genius on the path to a solo outing.
With Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novelist Seth Grahame-Smith on script duties, this could be the perfect way to harness the character’s unique appeal in the world of superhero bloat.
The state of the DC Universe…
It’s fair to say that the reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been pretty vicious. At the time of the writing, DC’s superhero smackdown is at a measly 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critical knives were sharpened by the likes of Mark Kermode in the Observer, who dubbed the film an “indecipherable pudding of a movie” and David Jenkins of Little White Lies, who pointed out that it “doesn’t offer a single memorable image or idea”.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly gave audiences a first look at the upcoming solo outing for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, set for next summer. These images certainly promise a world more interesting than the grim cityscapes that have so far been DC’s hallmark.
Bridget Jones’s Baby gets its first trailer
For fans of early Noughties romcoms, Bridget Jones’s Diary is something of a sacred text, with Renee Zellweger’s heroine an instantly iconic figure. With that in mind, her reappearance for belated threequel Bridget Jones’s Baby in a new trailer was a momentous occasion for a certain corner of the cinemagoing audience.
It’s a strange trailer and one that is only sporadically funny. The plot, with Bridget pregnant and only 50% sure of who the father is, screams belated sequel cash-in storyline and Zellweger has really lost her shine since she last donned Bridget’s trademark enormous underwear in 2004. This one could be a huge disappointment.
Daisy Ridley addresses Tomb Raider rumours
It was recently rumoured that Star Wars breakout Daisy Ridley was being considered to step into Angelina Jolie’s shoes for a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Ridley addressed the rumours this week at the Jameson Empire Awards where she acknowledged that “there have been conversations” about her taking on the role.
She did say that these conversations were in the very early stages and that the film didn’t even have a script yet, but it’s clear that she’s open to continuing her ascension to the Hollywood A-list.
Horror spin-off sequel Annabelle 2 nabs a new director
Annabelle was a success for New Line Cinema in 2014, securing more than $250m from a budget of only $6.5m. With a sequel to its predecessor, The Conjuring, in the bag, it’s not much of a surprise to hear that Annabelle 2 is on the horizon.
David Sandberg, who was talent-spotted by The Conjuring director James Wan off the back of his short film Lights Out, has been tapped to direct the sequel. This is a potentially huge horror universe for New Line and it seems like it’s a cash cow they’re happy to milk completely dry.
Do you think Batman v Superman deserved the stinky reviews? Are you more excited for the Wonder Woman movie, or Lego Batman’s solo outing? Would you like to see Daisy Ridley as Lara Croft? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.