The Week in Movie News: ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Teased a Mystery, ‘Dumbo’ and ‘The Nun’ Trailers and More


Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:


 



BIG NEWS


Wonder Woman sequel teases a surprising co-star: We learned Wonder Woman 2 is titled Wonder Woman 1984 and saw some new images from the ’80s-set superhero movie, including one mysteriously featuring Chris Pine as the previously killed-off Steve Trevor. Read more here and check out more Gal Gadot news here.


 



GREAT NEWS


Ewan McGregor is the grown-up Danny Torrance: Ewan McGregor will star in the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep, taking on another iconic movie character for the Shining sequel with his role as the adult Danny Torrance. Read more here.


 



SURPRISING NEWS


James Wan to produce Arachnophobia remake: It’s not that surprising that an Archnophobia remake is in the works, but the people involved are suprisingly an exciting bunch, including original producer Steven Spielberg and Saw director James Wan. Read more here.


 


Lincoln


EXCLUSIVE BUZZ


Ari Aster talks Heriditary‘s most shocking moments: We talked to Hereditary writer/director Ari Aster about the horror movie’s most surprising scenes, biggest twists and that crazy ending. Read the whole — obviously, very spoiler-filled — interview here.


 


Lincoln


COOL CULTURE


The enduring legacy of Jurassic ParkWith this week being the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park and with Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom out in theaters this month, Fandor looks at why the original is still so beloved today. Watch the video below. 



 



MUST-WATCH TRAILERS


Dumbo looks absolutely magical: The first trailer arrived for Tim Burton’s Dumbo, the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic about a flying elephant, and it looks to be a heartwarming family movie. Watch the spot below.



 



The Nun promises another creepy Conjuring spinoff: The first trailer for The Nun, a prequel spinoff of the Conjuring franchise, advertises itself as the darkest installment of the horror cinematic universe. Watch it below.



 



Pick of the Litter offers an adorable puppy dog tale: We shared an exclusive new trailer for Pick of the Litter about puppies being trained to become service animals for the blind, and it looks as cute as that sounds. Watch it below.


‘Captain Marvel’ Nabs Female Composer; Here’s Everything We Know



Update: Pinar Toprak has announced that she will be composing the musical score for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (above) as the titular character. Toprak thus becomes the first woman to score a major superhero movie. Her recent credits include TV’s Krypton and the extremely popular video game Fortnite. See her announcement below.


 



 


(Read our previously-published posts below.)


 


Annette Bening


Update: Annette Bening (above) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel. The film, which is currently in production in and around Los Angeles, will mark the first time that Bening has appeared in a superhero project. 


Her specific role has not yet been revealed, though THR states: “Scientist is said to be in her job description.” Brie Larson stars in the titular role under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. 


(Read our previous post, published on March 26, 2018, for more information about the film below.)


 


Marvel Studios has announced that Captain Marvel, the twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), began production today. The film has been in development since 2013 and cameras are now starting to roll with less than a year until its intended release date. Let’s recap everything we know so far about Marvel’s first female-solo superhero film.


 


Who is Captain Marvel?


 


Captain Marvel has actually been the alter ego for many characters in Marvel Comics over the years. However, this film will be based on the character Carol Danvers, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan. Danvers first appeared as a United States Air Force officer in Marvel Super-Heroes #13, published in March 1968. A decade later she became the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel. She’s a human/Kree hybrid boasting superhuman traits, including flying and energy projection.


 


What is the plot?


 


“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”


 


Who is starring?


 


Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson. Best known for her widely-awarded performance in Room, Larson also starred in Short Term 12,  The Glass Castle and Kong: Skull Island. She was announced as Captain Marvel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. 


 


In speaking with Vanity Fair, Larson had this to say about accepting the biggest role of her blossoming career: “Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.”


 


Who else is in the film?


 


Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising his role as Nick Fury, whom we haven’t seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ll also get to see Clark Gregg on the big screen as Agent Phil Coulson once again. The familiar characters continue with Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou as Korath, both of whom appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, it’s not just a reunion. Jude Law joins the MCU as Mar-Vell, who was actually the first Captain Marvel in the comics. Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch and Algenis Perez Soto also star in to-be-determined roles.


 


Who is directing?


 


Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the writing/directing team behind such films as Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind. This is certainly not the first time Marvel has plucked indie filmmakers to helm one of their big-budget spectacles, but it strikes me as one of the most intriguing choices to date. Boden and Fleck, who are also listed as writers on the film, have primarily made dramas up to this point. I look forward to what they’ll bring to the MCU formula and the superhero genre as a whole.


 


When does it come out?


 


March 8, 2019.

‘Gotti’ Review: A Mobster Biopic That Deserves to Get Whacked

John Travolta, trying earnestly to act his way through a ton of lousy makeup and an even heavier slab of bad screenwriting, plays mafioso John Gotti in this chaotic biopic that jumps all over the place but still fails to manifest a pulse. As the Teflon Don tells us upfront: “This life ends one of two ways: Dead, or in jail. I did both.” Audiences, sentenced to do time with this corpse of a movie, will know the feeling.

Here’s the thing: It didn’t have to be such a botch job. There’s real drama in this tale of the dapper mobster who became a media sensation as he moved from enforcer for New York’s powerful Gambino crime family to its ruthless boss. From his 1992 conviction for five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, illegal gambling, extortion and loansharking to his 2002 death from throat cancer at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, Gotti did a lot of depraved things, but he didn’t do dull. Not so director Kevin Connolly (that’s right, E from Entourage), who blunts every story edge by making a lifeless jumble of the already cut-and-paste script by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. 

Their biggest mistake was putting focus on the wrong Gotti. The source material for the film is the self-published memoir by John Gotti, Jr. (a flailing Spencer Rocco Lofranco), a chip off the old block who agonizes about taking a plea deal to get out of prison. Big Daddy is appalled: “If I robbed a church and had the steeple sticking out of my ass, I’d still say I didn’t do it!” It’s Junior’s rose-colored image of Gotti that we get here. The loving husband to pill-popping wife Victoria (Travolta’s real-life wife Kelly Preston), the proud dad of four who bites his knuckle in agony when a young son is killed by a reckless driver. And everyone who dies at his hand is worthless scum. Are you crying yet? Gotti’s only rival for mob sainthood is Gotti Jr., who the film argues got a raw deal and was justifiably released from prison after four racketeering indictments the courts couldn’t make stick. For a while, I thought I was watching The Sopranos re-imagined as a tearjerker, as if this amateur tour of mobsterland – set in New York but shot in (dear God) Cincinnati – could even touch the artful menace of David Chase’s landmark HBO series.

The sad part is that under more astute guidance (Oscar winner Barry Levinson was once interested in directing), Travolta could have played the hell out of this complex role. He recently demonstrated solid acting chops with his Emmy-nominated turn as lawyer Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson. Even here, there are moments when Travolta – playing Gotti from the age of 30 to his death at 61– busts past the clichés. His prison scene, with what Gotti calls “a tit on his chin” following cancer surgery, has a crude potency. And when the film eases up on the gun violence, Travolta and Preston detail the ups and downs of a marriage dictated by a criminal family business. But fluttering hints of promise can’t save this shitshow. Near the end, the filmmakers offer real footage of testimonials from Gotti neighbors and friends. I’m guessing this is as close as Gotti the movie will ever get to good reviews.

What to Expect From the Future of DC Comic Book Movies


Justice League


While some film franchises like to set up release dates far in advance, DC Entertainment is no longer on that path. Walter Hamada, the relatively new head of DC’s movie production, is against that and other recent Hollywood trends, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The “DC Extended Universe” no longer seems intent on aping Marvel’s design, if it’s even really a crossover mega-franchise anymore. Hamada has no interest in a writers’ room, either. He appears to be into taking new DC Comics adaptations one project at a time. 


Still, there are a lot of DC movies in development, albeit only a few that have definite schedules attached — as far as the public knows, anyway. With this strategy, something could wind up being canceled. But for now, these are the projects we’ve heard about and can anticipate hitting theaters in the near or distant future:


 


Aquaman (December 21, 2018)


The latest news: The one DC movie of 2018 arrives at the very end of the year, and there’s a lot to look forward to here. Fans enjoyed Jason Momoa as the title character in Justice League (top), and director James Wan has offered promising updates along the way. This week, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we got our first look at the movie about the superhero from under the sea.


Below is a new images of Aquaman in action. Head over to EW for more, including one of Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna; another with Patrick Wilson as his nefarious half-brother, King Orm; another with Willem Dafoe as his mentor, Vulko; and another of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villain Black Manta. Amber Heard as Mera also features in a couple of the pics. 


Often, first looks are soon followed by trailers. When will we see one? Rumor has it the spot will drop any day, maybe this week or next. The movie will certainly be represented in the Warner Bros. DC Entertainment presentation at Comic-Con next month. 


 


Shazam! (April 5, 2019)


The latest news: We haven’t seen a trailer yet for Shazam!, which recently finished shooting, but star Zachary Levi recently shared a nice image of himself as the superhero. For the most part, this movie will be a standalone feature, as Shazam is not a character we’ve met before in the DCEU. Check out everything else we know here. 


 


Wonder Woman 1984 (November 1, 2019)


The latest news: Production began on the Wonder Woman sequel this week, and with the announcement of its start came two cryptic images, one of Gal Gadot reprising her role as the title hero and another one teasing the return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, despite his death being shown in the first movie. We also found out the new title, which specifies that this installment will be set in 1984. See everything else we know here. 


 


Batgirl (TBD)


The latest news: Screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) is working on the script for this solo effort about the titular female superhero, but that’s about all we know. Joss Whedon had been attached to write and direct the movie but had to bail for lack of ideas. Check out whatever else we know here.


 


The Batman (TBD)


The latest news: Matt Reeves is writing and directing this solo Batman movie, which now is said to be focused on a younger Caped Crusader, according to THR. Could that mean we’ve seen the end of Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the Dark Knight? Is the villain going to be Penguin? Stay tuned, same Bat internet, same Bat website, for whenever we have more information. 


 



Birds of Prey (TBD)


The latest news: We recently received confirmation that Margot Robbie is reprising her Suicide Squad role as bad girl Harley Quinn for this movie, which might also involve fellow female villain Poison Ivy. Robbie is producing and personally tapped fresh filmmaker Cathy Yan to direct. Hodson was also involved in the script. See everything we know so far here. 


 


Cyborg (TBD)


The latest news: We haven’t heard anything on the once-announced solo Cyborg movie in a while, but supposedly Cyborg will appear in the Flash’s movie, at least, or instead of his own. 


 


The Flash (TBD)


The latest news: According to THR, the solo Flash movie is no longer going to involve “somber themes it had been expected to tackle” and will instead be inspired by Back to the Future. That would imply more of a lighter time-travel angle than just concentrating on the hero’s speed powers. Ezra Miller is set to reprise his role as the title character with Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein at the helm. Is this still the Flashpoint idea that would feature Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg? We’ll have to wait and see. Shooting is to begin in early 2019.


Justice League


 


Green Lantern Corps (TBD)


The latest news: Geoff Johns, who this week announced he’s stepping down as head of DC Entertainment to focus on producing individual projects, is working on the screenplay for this cosmic movie about multiple Green Lanterns. In the past, Hal Jordan was said to be one of them, while the idea for the movie was described as “Lethal Weapon in space.”


 


Man of Steel 2 (TBD)


The latest news: The long awaited sequel to Man of Steel may wind up finally being the introduction of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam into the DC movieverse. But there is nothing set in stone for the return of Superman on the big screen at the moment.


 


Suicide Squad 2 (TBD)


The latest news: Last fall we learned that The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor was on board to helm this sequel, which would follow more DC villains united for a team mission. Johnson’s Black Adam might also be introduced here instead of in Man of Steel 2.


 


Untitled Joker Movie #1 (TBD)


The latest news: Martin Scorsese is producing one movie focused on the iconic Batman villain known as The Joker. The less-expensive (to the tune of only $55 million, according to THR) effort will be a gritty crime film set in the 1980s detailing the character’s origins. The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips is directing and Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as “the clown prince of Gotham.” Shooting is planned to begin this fall.  


 


Untitled Joker Movie #2 (TBD)


The latest news: Earlier this month, we learned that Jared Leto is set to reprise his role in another solo Joker movie. Leto is also producing the spin-off feature. Is this also the one we heard about long ago co-starring Robbie’s Harley Quinn? Check out all we know about the movie here. 

First ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Trailer May Scare You Off the Internet; Here’s Everything We Know


Unfriended: Dark Web


We’ve always suspected that our computers are out to get us! Well, not really, but we’re certainly aware of various real-life dangers that can be more easily facilitated by our personal computers and the global reach of the internet.


Those fears were explored in Unfriended, a chilling suspense story about a group of teenage friends who are haunted by a fellow student who was bullied into committing suicide. Reportedly budgeted at $1 million, the film earned more than $64 million at the box office worldwide.


Now the sequel opens a portal into the dark web, which harbors confidential, sometimes disturbing content that can be shared anonymously. Watch the first Unfriended: Dark Web trailer below, then read onward to learn everything we know about the film.



What’s the plot?


The action unfolds from a computer laptop’s point of view. The computer has been newly acquired by a young programmer who gathers with his friends for a weekly game night over Skype. The programmer shares a secret cache of very disturbing files on the laptop, which upsets everybody. Soon, the previous owner of the laptop makes his online presence known … he wants his computer back. Everyone in the group then comes under attack, with death lurking in every corner. 


Who stars?


Colin Woodell (Unsane), Betty Gabriel (Get Out), Rebecca Rittenhouse (TV’s The Mindy Project), Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio, Savira Windyani and Stephanie Nogueras (TV’s Switched at Birth).


Who directed?


Stephen Susco. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a treatment by original writer Nelson Greaves. This film is Susco’s feature directorial debut, though he is a horror veteran as a writer. He got started with the U.S. versions of The Grudge and The Grudge 2; his other credits include Red, Texas Chainsaw 3D and the upcoming Hell Fest.


When can we see it?


Unfriended: Dark Web will open in theaters everywhere on July 20, 2018.

New Grouchy, Grumpy ‘The Grinch’ Trailer; Here’s Everything We Know


The Grinch


Many people have fond memories of hearing Boris Karloff voice Dr. Seuss’ classic character The Grinch in the animated television show How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Chuck Jones. More recently, Jim Carrey memorably embodied the grouchy character in Ron Howard’s same-titled live-action version in 2000, which won a lot of new Grinch fans.


Now a new animated feature version is heading to theaters. We were teased with a TV spot earlier this year during the Olympics and then the first trailer, but now a new trailer expands on how this version will be distinctive, hinting at the Grinch’s early years in an orphanage, as well as his current activities as a mean fellow doing mean things to unsuspecting people. Oh, and his views on Christmas. 


Watch the new trailer below and then read onward for all we know about The Grinch.



What promises to make this version different?


Illumination Entertainment. They’re the animation company behind the Despicable Me franchise, as well as The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.


The company also has relevant experience as far as bringing beloved childhood characters to life, since they produced Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Their proven track record leads us to conclude that The Grinch is in good hands.


What’s the official synopsis?


Here’s the official run-down of the plot, via Cartoon Brew: “Academy Award-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.


“Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.


“Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?”


Who wrote the screenplay?


Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree; Keeping Up with the Joneses) and Tommy Swerdlow (Cool Runnings, Little Giants).


Who directed?


In February 2013, we heard that Pete Cardeland, well-versed in music videos and TV commercials, would be making his directorial debut with an animated, 3D take on the beloved 1957 book.


Variety reported in June 2016 that Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) would be co-directing the film. More recently, we heard in March 2018 that Cardeland had departed the project. Producer Scott Mosier, best known for producing Kevin Smith’s earlier films, was revealed as co-director with Cheney.


When can we see it?


Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release The Grinch in theaters everywhere on November 9, 2018.


The Grinch

Ewan McGregor to Star in ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know


Ewan McGregor Fargo


Update: Ewan McGregor (above in TV’s Fargo) will star in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety. Based on Stephen King’s novel, the sequel to The Shining will be directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game).


McGregor will play Dan Torrance, the little boy known as Danny in the original film. Now he’s an adult; he’s still dealing with troubling ghosts from his past, but his psychic abilities help him to comfort dying patients at the hospice where he works.


(Read our previously-published post below to learn everything we know about the film.)


 


Some 38 years after it was released in theaters, The Shining (above) remains one of the most admired horror films in history. Now a big-screen adaptation of Doctor Sleep, based on King’s sequel, is on its way to theaters, with a newly-announced release date. What do we know about the upcoming film?


What is the sequel’s story?


First published in 2013, Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance, the grown-up son of Jack and Wendy Torrance in the original, as he deals with troubling ghosts of his past, His psychic abilities have been reawakened, enabling him to comfort dying patients at the hospice where he works. In time, he establishes a telepathic bond with a young girl named Abra Stone, who has her own psychic powers. Together they must confront a frightening group known as the True Knot.


Who will direct?


As we heard in January, Mike Flanagan will write and direct the film. He’s a great choice for the sequel. He first came to attention with Absentia and Oculus, two horror films with distinctive atmospheres of dread. His next two films, Hush and Before I Wake, took basic premises and then shook them up with unexpectedly thrilling results.



His most recent work, however, speaks directly to his qualifications for Doctor Sleep. A sequel that was widely considered to be superior to the original, Ouija: Origin of Evil showed that he could invest a follow-up film with new scares and a fresh perspective. His adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, a novel that revolves around a woman handcuffed to a bed in an isolated cabin after her lover dies, was a nerve-jangling experience.


Most recently, Flanagan has been busy writing and directing The Haunting of Hill House, a series for Netflix based on Shirley Jackson’s classic novel. As to Doctor Sleep, he shared his enthusiasm on social media.


Who might star? 


Let the speculation begin! Flanagan has often worked with young performers in key roles, so it’s likely that Abra will be played either by a newcomer or a less-known actress, whose performance may remain in question until the film is released. The bigger question of course, is Dan Torrance. 


Danny Lloyd was only six years old when he played the role in the original and never pursued an acting career. Even though he left an indelible impression on viewers, the actor who plays the character as a troubled adult will face fewer obstacles than, say, Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. Still, it’s a challenging role; the actor will need to capture Dan’s anger, vulnerability and empathy to be truly effective.


What is the release date?


Warner Bros. will release Doctor Sleep in theaters on January 24, 2020.

‘Tag’ Movie Review: This Manchild Comedy Isn’t Quite ‘It’

Welcome to an R-rated summer funfest … with the substance and staying power of a helium balloon. It’s a trip, at least until the laughing gas sputters and evaporates. Based on a true story (reported in a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal), this comedy foillows a group of fortysomething manchildren who meet up one month out of every year to play the infantile game they’re been obsessing over since First Grade. It’s a competition that revels unashamedly in the male need to compete as a way of expressing a bro bond they’re unable to verbalize – physically tackling each other leaves few emotional bruises. What we’re saying is that Tag has a subtext, but don’t worry: Debuting feature director Jeff Tomsic (Broad City), working from an insert-improv-when-needed script by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen, rarely lets anything force meaning into his cinematic marshmallow.

It’s the actors who carry the day, and their spirit is infectious. Ed Helms plays Hoagie, who takes a custodial job at a firm run by Bob Callahan (Jon Hamm), just so he can tag the CEO when he least expects it. He pounces when the executive is being interviewed by a reporter Rebecca Crosby (Annabelle Wallis); she decides the tag story is way more interesting than Callahan. So the journalist joins them as they criss-cross America to round up the rest of the team. Sable (Hannibal Buress) is in the middle of a therapy session when the gang grabs him. The divorced Chilli (New Girl‘s Jake Johnson) is too stoned to resist. Their target is the fifth player, Jerry (Jeremy Renner) – a fitness guru who hasn’t been tagged since the game began over three decades ago.

The plan is to catch their elusive prey at his wedding on May 31st, the last day before time runs out for the month. “We get Jerry now or we die,” seethes Hoagie. Do these guys have jobs, families or other friends? Well, Hoagie has a wife, Anna (the terrific Isla Fisher), who encourages him to play with an intensity that would be scary if she didn’t nail jokes about her eagerness to change the game’s no-girls-allowed rules. Jerry’s bride-to-be (Leslie Bibb) also proves to be a formidable and sneaky opponent.

And so the gags come tumbling down. It’s great to see Hamm drop his Don Draper brooding to exercise his impressive comic chops; is bantering scenes with the quick-witted Johnson have a bounce that rolls easily over the plot absurdities. Their attempts to reconnect with a girlfriend-that-got away (Rashida Jones) resonate beyond the call of farce duty. Renner, who broke his arms in an on-set accident early in the shoot, shows dexterity to spare, and Buress is a riot just reacting to all this nonsense. But it’s Helms who expertly reveals the reasons for Hoagie’s desperation to tag Jerry and say those crucial two words: “You’re it.

As a
movie, Tag is all over the place, with gags too hit-and-miss to cohere into
anything truly memorable. But the partytime
atmosphere – as if Dodgeball mated with Game Night – might be just what
you’re looking for on a hot summer night. With these actors, there’s no downside
to watching them let it rip.

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Share First Looks at ‘Wonder Woman 1984’; Here’s Everything We Know



Gasps could be heard around the world this morning from Wonder Woman fans seeing Chris Pine in a tracksuit in a new image from the set of Wonder Woman 1984. Not only was it the sound of happiness of seeing Steve Trevor back and also wearing a very becoming outfit but it was also the sound of stunned amazement that Steve Trevor is somehow still alive and has not aged in the sequel. 


Another image shared at the same time on social media features Gal Gadot as the DC superhero, in her Diana Prince alter ego form, standing in front of a bunch of TVs. One of them features a close-up of J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) in Dallas. Another is a screenshot of Christie Brinkley taunting Chevy Chase from National Lampoon’s Vacation


 


 


What do these first photos from the Wonder Woman sequel mean? Besides showcasing the obvious setting of 1984 America as opposed to the original’s location and year of Europe in 1917, that is. Spoiler alert, but Steve Trevor appeared to be dead at the end of last year’s box office sensation. And is that shot of all the televisions a nod to the 1984 fish out of water comedy Splash?


While we can’t answer all the questions posed by the first look images of Wonder Woman 1984, we can detail what is currently officially known about the highly anticipated comic book movie sequel.


Here’s everything we’ve heard so far:


What’s with the time jump? 


Wonder Woman 1984 does indeed take place 67 years after the events of the first Wonder Woman (and 33 years earlier than the bookending scenes of the original). All we can say is that the new movie will be set in 1984, hence the title, and that’s fine for Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, because she’s immortal.


So is Steve Trevor a ghost?


If so, he’s one stylish ghost, but really we have no idea how Chris Pine is reprising his role as Steve, not just seemingly now living but also seemingly as ageless as his superhero sweetheart. Somehow the former World War I pilot has been resurrected for the Reagan era, and for now, Warner Bros. probably has a good reason to keep that reason a secret. 


Do we know anything about the plot?


In this installment, Wonder Woman goes up against the Soviet Union at the peak of the Cold War and specifically dukes it out with the super villain The Cheetah, a former British anthropologist turned animal god. Jenkins has also stated in the past that this movie will be funny to start, then serious in the third act, and it will involve a love story. 


Who else is starring in Wonder Woman 1984?


In addition to Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their roles as Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig will co-star as The Cheetah, while Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) has also been cast as an unknown character. 



Who is directing the sequel?


Patty Jenkins, who helmed the first Wonder Woman (seen above with Gal Gadot), is also directing Wonder Woman 1984, and she’s getting a record-breaking paycheck for her trouble. 


Is she also writing the movie? 


While Jenkins was not a credited writer on Wonder Woman, this time she came up with the idea alongside producer Geoff Johns and co-wrote the script with Johns and The Expendables co-writer David Callaham. 


Are any other major off-screen talents returning? 


While there’s a whole new (albeit mostly familiar) writing team involved, a number of other crew members are back from the first Wonder Woman, including cinematographer Matthew Jensen, costume designer Lindy Hemming and production designer Aline Bonetto. This time there is a new editor, however, as Oscar nominee Richard Pearson (United 93) takes over cutting duties. 


Where is the movie filming? 


As announced at the start of shooting today (June 13, 2018), Wonder Woman 1984 is filming on location in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands. The only shared location is the UK, which might mean a return to the same sound stages in England. The Canary Islands could be taking over from Italy for the hidden sights of Themyscira, while the two U.S. cities hint at some action taking place in the nation’s capital. 


When does the movie come out? 


Wonder Woman 1984 is due in theaters November 1, 2019. 

Watch Exclusive ‘Pick of the Litter’ Trailer


Pick of the Litter


Why are guide dogs for the blind so valuable? “A cane can help, but it’s not as great as a fuzzy face and a wet nose,” says one woman in Pick of the Litter, a film that follows a two-year odyssey as puppies train to become dogs with the ultimate responsibility to protect their blind partners from harm.


Our exclusive trailer focuses on a litter of adorable puppies. They are trained by an army of dedicated individuals to do amazing things in service to humans that may change lives, yet not every puppy will qualify as a guide dog. Understandably, the standards are very high, so only the best of the best — the pick of the litter — will make the cut.


Watch the warm and engaging trailer below. Mark your calendars now to see Pick of the Litter when it opens in theaters on August 31.