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News of Adam Driver's front-runner position for the role of Dick Grayson/Nightwing in Batman vs Superman caused quite a stir. This is mostly because people thought Driver, while clearly physically capable an a strong actor, has a weird face. Not even particularly weird, just not superhero handsome. It turns out comic book fandom is not just tirelessly misogynistic, they're also vapid and hateful when it comes to men.
Over the weekend Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck's hetero life partner Kevin Smith presented a Man of Steel Fan Event, which fielded questions on this year's super blockbuster and deftly dodged most questions about the highly anticipated sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs Superman.
As deft as said dodging was, a few interesting bits of information slipped out, not revealing a good deal about the film (I am not entirely convinced this movie has a finalised script yet but, then again, neither does Star Wars) but helping to give shape to the previously formless sequel.
I have high hopes for Disney's latest animated feature, Frozen, it comes from the same team behind the surprisingly great Tangled and seems to feature many qualities that made their revisionist Rapunzel such a big success.
This new clip highlights a few of those qualities, cute and fun characters and 'song & dance' numbers. Many children won't remember this, growing up during an era of Pixar dominance, but Disney movies used to be packed to the rafters with catchy showtunes. The second golden age of the studios animated features saw some of the most iconic musical pieces of the modern age; from Under The Sea to Be Our Guest to A Whole New World to just about anything from The Lion King, these were movies that were as memorable to the ears as the eyes.
Justin Lin is responsible for four out of six Fast & Furious movies, three of those are my top three of the franchise (psst, the other one is Fast & Furious), and it was with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Lin's strong grasp of action film-making from my favourite action film franchise this year when The Conjuring's James Wan stepped in to replace him for Fast & Furious 7. The big question then remained: What was next for Justin Lin?
If I could level one criticism at The Amazing Spider-Man (only one?! fine!) it would be that a lot of the film is lacking in humour. There is humour, do not mistake me, and when it surfaces the movie comes alive - with Andrew Garfield proving himself a better fit for Spidey's joker sensibilities than Tobey Maguire - but they were in limited supply.
Not content with trying to wedge in the Batman into their Man of Steel sequel, Warner Bros are hell bent on inviting half the DC Universe to the party.
At the conclusion of 2011's rather great X-Men: First Class we are introduced to Magneto, fully formed, delivered with considerable menace and authority by Michael Fassbender. The moment would have landed better, if it were not for his rather awkward looking outfit. All baggy looking, like he had recently rented it from a nearby party supply shop.
X-Men: Day of Future Past leaps forward from the swinging '60s into the gritty '70s, more than enough time for Magneto to find a mutant with the power to tailor better suits, and so he reveals his all-new look.
Star Wars movies come out in May. That's the tradition, at any rate. When Disney announced their purchase of Lucasfilm, they confirmed that Episode VII would arrive in 2015. Conventional thinking dictated that May 2015 would be the release date. As time passed, no concrete news was surfacing on the project, not even a release date.