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Joker 2 First Story Details Reportedly Reveal Arkham Asylum Plot



The first story details for Joker 2 have emerged, teasing that Arkham Asylum will reportedly play an important role in the upcoming sequel.

The first story details have emerged for Joker 2, with the plot reportedly involving Arkham Asylum. Upon its release in 2019, Joker became a massive hit, introducing audiences to a darker and more gritty take on the iconic Batman supervillain. With Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Joker proving popular (and winning him an Oscar), and with the film vastly exceeding box office expectations, it didn’t take long before a sequel was announced, set to reunite Phoenix with Joker writer/director Todd Phillips.

Sporting the working title of Joker: Folie à Deux, the Joker sequel has already generated buzz due to teases about the film that have emerged online, including the fact that it could be a musical. Lady Gaga is also reportedly in talks to join in the film in the role of Harley Quinn. The first Joker ends with Phoenix’s Joker locked up in Arkham Asylum, receiving treatment for his mental illness. In the moments before the credits roll, however, it’s suggested that Joker kills the doctor treating him before running off and being chased by guards, leaving many to wonder how Joker 2‘s story will address his incarceration.


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Now, per a new report from The Wrap, it’s said that Joker 2‘s story will supposedly heavily involve Arkham Asylum. Specific details regarding the location’s role in the story remain unknown, but the plot is said to take place extensively within the walls of the iconic Gotham City psychiatric facility. While it’s unclear how soon after the events of the first film Joker: Folie a Deux will take place, the new development suggests that Phoenix’s character does not immediately escape after killing his therapist.

Much remains unknown about the highly-anticipated sequel, but Arkham Asylum has been an important part of Batman and Joker stories for decades and is known for housing an array of dangerous criminals. The facility was first introduced in a run of Batman comics back in 1974 and has since appeared in numerous live-action and animated adaptations, as well as video games. In Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the facility eventually comes to house Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow and, it’s assumed, Heath Ledger’s Joker.

While still unconfirmed, it’s possible that Phoenix’s Joker and Gaga’s Quinn meet and develop a relationship while in Arkham. In most iterations of the character, Harley Quinn starts off as Joker’s therapist at Arkham, so the setting could provide a perfect way to introduce her. Although it’s still unclear how exactly Arkham Asylum will feature into Joker 2, fans of the character’s source material are sure to be excited about the prospect of the film further exploring a new take on the iconic Gotham City location.

Source: The Wrap

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Robert Downey Jr. Thoughtfully Weighs In On Superhero Movie Debate



Robert Downey Jr. chimes in on the superhero movies debate. The actor kicked off the MCU in 2008 by portraying Tony Stark in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and went on to play the role for 11 years, essentially becoming the face of Marvel’s franchise. That was until he ended his comic book movie stint in Avengers: Endgame, in which Stark died by sacrificing his life to defeat Thanos. More than three years since his final outing as Iron Man, Downey has been busy venturing out in his career, trying new roles and even producing projects with his wife, Susan Downey. But he will forever be associated with the MCU, hence why it’s interesting to get his take on the ongoing conversation about the impact of superhero movies on the filmmaking industry.


Speaking with Deadline while promoting his documentary, Sr., Downey offers his two cents on the comic book movie debate. Instead of zeroing in on criticism lobbied at the films that he was once a big part of, the actor opts to promulgate unity. He also addresses Quentin Tarantino’s dig against MCU actors, saying that movie-making is a collaborative endeavor, and all people involved in creating them are equally important. Read Downey’s full quote below:

I think our opinions on these matters say a lot about us. I think that we are in a time and place that I unwittingly contributed to, where IP has taken precedence over principle and personality. But it’s a double-edged sword. A piece of IP is only as good as the human talent you get to represent it, and you can have some great IP even if it’s coming from an auteur or a national treasure of a writer-director, and if you don’t have the right kind of artist playing that role, you’ll never know how good it could have been.

I think that creatively it is a waste of time to be at war with ourselves. I think this is a time when everything is so much more fragmented now that I think you have this kind of bifurcation. Throwing stones one way or another… and I’ve had my reactions in the past when people said things that I felt were discrediting my integrity… I go, “You know what? Let’s just get over it. We’re all a community. There’s enough room for everything,” and thank God for Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water. That’s all I have to say. We need the big stuff to make room for films like Armageddon Time.

I’m not talking about trickle-down entertainment. I’m just saying that things are always changing and I’m at a place in my life where I’ve now gone back to back, working with Chris Nolan on what was an exceptionally transformational experience for me; having been in pre-production post and bringing Sr. to market; and the next thing I’m doing is a series with my Mrs. and the director Park Chan-wook, based on a Pulitzer book called The Sympathizer. It’s already a transformative, literally playing five different roles experience for me. So, I would just say, before we cast aspersions on each other — undergo your own renaissance and see if it doesn’t change your mind a little bit.

Reinvent yourself before you decide that somebody else doesn’t know what they’re doing or that something is keeping you from doing your best, or that something is better than something else. You know, we’re in this age now where Favreau said it best: We used to try to make waves in a lake, and now we’re just trying to catch people’s attention as things are moving by quickly in a stream. I think that’ll change again, but this is just where we’re at. And to accept it and be grateful that you get to participate is the right place to start.

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Why The Superhero Movie Debate Won’t Go Away

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In 2019, legendary director Martin Scorsese made his controversial comment dubbing the MCU “not cinema,” equating the franchise’s blockbusters to entertaining rollercoaster rides as opposed to artistic experiences. His criticism was backed up by fellow Italian-American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, with a string of other directors coming out to also criticize both Marvel Studios’ franchise and the superhero genre’s prevalence in general. Since then, the conversation has sporadically continued over the last few years, prompting people involved in these films to address the ongoing conversation. Unfortunately, this debate will likely not die down anytime soon. If anything, it may even get worse.

This is due to the superhero movie sandbox not just continuing to be a major force, but set to expand over the next few years. Marvel Studios has just wrapped up Phase 4 with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but in around two months, they are set to kick off Phase 5 with Ant-Man 3, which Kevin Feige dubbed the peak of the MCU. Beyond that, the franchise has a confirmed film and tV slate that will run until 2026, with more projects to come until 2032. Meanwhile, the DCU is also getting the ball rolling once again with new co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, who also have long-term release plans for the franchise.

All in all, Downey’s final point is important. While the MCU and comic book films dominate Hollywood today, there will come a time when things change, and a different type of story will resonate more with people. Until then, the best everyone can do is make sure to give space for all kinds of movies to exist, because creating a bigger wedge between people will only make things worse for everyone.

Source: Deadline

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Indiana Jones 5 Gets Classic Poster Design In New Fan Art



A new piece of fan art gives Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny a classic poster design in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s original films.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny gets an old-school poster design thanks to an impressive new piece of fan art. The fifth film in the franchise will see Harrison Ford’s next outing as the famed archeologist is expected to be the actor’s last. With original franchise director Steven Spielberg serving only as an executive producer this time around, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny sees Logan and Ford V Ferrari director James Mangold take the reins as Ford’s titular hero faces off against Nazis in the 1960s. In addition to Ford, the upcoming film features performances from John Rhys-Davies, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, and Toby Jones.


Following the recent release of the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer, a new piece of fan art from artist C. Wilby (via IJ Adventure Outpost) gives the movie a classic poster design reminiscent of Spielberg’s original Drew Struzan illustrated entries in the franchise. The art unites Ford with Mikkelsen, Waller-Bridge, and Rhys-Davies in a hand-drawn style that also incorporates elements from the trailer. Check out the impressive fan art below:

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How Indiana Jones 5 Can Return To The Franchise’s Roots

Indy holding his whip and looking worried in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Although the franchise remains beloved, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is something of a disappointment for many fans. The movie is considered to have gone too far in some regards, including an over-reliance on CGI, far-fetched set pieces, and the introduction of science-fiction elements like aliens. Despite now being decades old, the three original Indiana Jones movies still hold up remarkably well today because they predominately feature believable action scenes in addition to the more restrained and mysterious fantastical elements that the franchise is now known for. If Mangold’s upcoming fifth entry can recapture this balance, the film will already be well on its way to feeling like a classic adventure.

Plot specifics for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are still under wraps, but the film is confirmed to take place predominately in 1969. While this would make Ford’s hero not too far off from the actor’s real-life age, the upcoming film is also expected to feature several flashback sequences. As was shown off in the movie’s first trailer, these sequences will see Ford’s Indiana Jones de-aged to look just like he did around the time of the original three movies. Although the act of de-aging the character may seem, on the surface, to further disconnect Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny from the franchise’s roots, the film can now create a full-circle arc for Ford’s character, thus potentially allowing the film to work in concert with Spielberg’s original three movies.

Many questions remain about Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but many fans are evidently hoping for a course correction after the divisive 2008 entry. Mangold’s film has the difficult task of accounting for Ford’s advanced age, but if it manages to recapture the more grounded feeling of Spielberg’s original Indiana Jones movies it could end up serving as a worthy farewell to an iconic character. With a release date not set until next June, it will likely be a while before fans are treated to an additional trailer that sheds more light on the film’s story.

Source: C. Wilby (via IJ Adventure Outpost/ Twitter)

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Champions Trailer Showcases Woody Harrelson’s Basketball Comeback



Focus Features dropped a trailer for the new sports comedy Champions which marks Woody Harrelson’s basketball comeback & a Farelly brothers’ reunion.

Focus Features has released a trailer for the new Woody Harrelson led sports comedy film, Champions. The new movie follows Marcus Marakovich (Harrelson), a former minor league basketball coach who gets himself into trouble. Marcus is ordered by the court to coach a team of players with intellectual disabilities as community service. Although reluctant and initially doubtful about this team, he soon learns that they could become champions in their own right.


Champions reunites Bobby Farelly, who serves as director, Peter Farrelly, and Harrelson for the first time since the 1996 Kingpin, another sports comedy. The Farelly brothers are longtime producing partners, creating acclaimed comedies including Me, Myself, And Irene, Dumb & Dumber, and There’s Something About Mary. Harrelson not only stars in Champions but serves as an executive producer as well.

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Woody Harrelson’s History With Sports Movies Long Precedes Champions

Champions Woody Harrelson

The Champions trailer shows Marcus’ downfall from lauded coach to a laughingstock in the sports world, culminating in being sentenced to coaching a team of adults with intellectual disabilities as community service after he rear-ends a police car. Marcus sees little potential in this team, believing them to be uncoachable, but it seems he may have to confront his own shortcomings as a coach before he can truly lead this team. Marcus begins to form connections with the team and Alex, the sister of one of his players, leading to a victory streak. While his success starts to gain attention, potentially leading to another shot at coaching in the NBA, Marcus focuses on leading his team to victory at the regional tournament.

Harrelson has an illustrious film career, including key roles in Star Wars: A Solo Story and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. His career began in the sports comedy genre with the 1986 Wildcats. Champions will feature Harrelson’s return to basketball after starring in White Men Can’t Jump and Semi-Pro, though this time he’ll be acting as a coach rather than a player. Harrelson has shown an impressive ability to infuse comedy, heart, and gruff charm into a mentorship role with films like Edge Of Seventeen and Kingpin.

Harrelson is in top form in the Champions trailer, which demonstrates his chemistry with both veteran actors and newcomers alike. The Champions trailer is full of comedy and heart with a cast that includes not only Harrelson but comedy greats Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, and the hilarious Kaitlin Olson. Champions is written by Mark Rizzo and based on a screenplay by Javier Fesser and David Marqués.

Champions is only in theaters on March 24.

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