Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.
This week, Bill Maher sparked controversy after being a jerk about the passing of Stan Lee. To clarify, he wasn’t insulting Stan Lee, so much as he was insulting everyone else – commenting on how he’s disappointed in this society we live in, where we hold comic-books and their creators in such high regard. He even went so far as to say said society’s ‘dumb’ nature is what leads to people like Donald Trump being elected President. Maher later explained that he’d never read a comic-book, but clearly holds an air of superiority on the subject, looking at both the medium and its audience as childish, and remains oblivious to why many find Lee’s works important. It’s a shame when a death of a cherished icon leads to such negative comments from someone who is rather ignorant on the subject. It’s also a shame that someone can make some mean-spirited comments and they’re the most interesting thing to happen in a news cycle. But such is life.
Lion King wins big with new teaser trailer
On a slightly more up-beat note, the trailer for the upcoming Lion King live-action remake hit the internet this week, showcasing the fantastic CGI that was previously on display in director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, with the dulcet tones of a James Earl Jones reminding us of the nature of being King of Pride Rock:
I for one still cannot get over how great of a cast that is. Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé and the aforementioned James Earl Jones. Those are all insanely good gets, and if this film has even a fraction of the heart of The Jungle Book then we’re in for a great watching experience.
So it makes sense that this trailer has become the second most viewed trailer in an initial 24 hour time-span, losing only to the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. With 224.6 million views, it’s clear that anticipation for this movie is high.
Lion King roars into cinemas on July 19th 2019.
LEGO Movie trailer explores the dangers of letting siblings play with your toys
On the topic of trailers, this week also saw a new trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. This time around, Emmet and the gang are faced with the threat of alien invasion as in the real world, Finn’s (the kid who owns all the LEGO) younger sister has been allowed to play in the basement with his LEGO toys:
Alongside the various returning characters from the first movie, The Second Part also features Tiffany Haddish (is it just me or is she everywhere these days? – not that that’s a problem) and a second role for Chris Pratt, as alongside Emmet Brickowski, Pratt also plays Rex Dangervest, a space-faring archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer – a nod to Pratt’s various roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Magnificent Seven and Jurrassic World. Former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, while still writers and producers of the project, have handed over directing duties to Mike Mitchell (Sky High). Considering how great the first film was, we can only hope that The Second Part sticks the landing.
The LEGO Movie 2 clicks into cinemas on February 8th 2019.
Move over Batman v Superman, there’s a new longer title in the DC Universe
Rounding out this weekly news round-up is the revelation that Birds of Prey, the upcoming female-focused DC movie, will not actually be called ‘Birds of Prey‘. Or rather, it will, but it has a pretty lengthy subtitle.
The movie, due for release in 2020, is based on the comic-book that features a generally female-only team of crime-fighters, most of whom share ties with Batman in some way. The movie version, while still remaining partially true to the comics with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell playing BoP mainstays Huntress and Black Canary, respectively, will also see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn front and centre, something very evident from the new title.
Earlier this week, a picture of the script was tweeted out from those involved, showcasing the new title as Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which suggests that the movie will, in part, focus on Harley severing ties with the Joker (Jared Leto – as of yet unconfirmed to appear). The film will reportedly see a Gotham where Batman has been conspicuously absent for the past two years, leading Harley and her new superhero friends to team-up and bring down the villainous Black Mask (played by Ewan McGreggor).