VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (07/04/2019)

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:
– Zach Snyder’s Army of the Dead finds its star
– The first teaser trailer for Joker drops
– The Endgame gets closers with new footage

From Guarding the Galaxy to mowing down Zombies – Dave Bautista to star in Army of the Dead

Picture courtesy of Gage Skidmore

After both Batman v Superman and Justice League bombed critically, and Zach Snyder’s ties with Warner Bros. ‘Worlds of DC’ were severed, people have been curious to see where the director would wind up next. For months, talk of an adaptation of The Fountainhead – a novel by the controversial writer Ayn Rand, seemed to be in Snyder’s future.

But more recently, it was revealed that before he gets to that, he will be working with Netflix to write and direct a new zombie movie, titled Army of the DeadArmy of the Dead won’t be Snyder’s first foray into zombie movie territory, as the director previously helmed the reboot of Dawn of the Dead in the early 2000s.

As of this week, we now know who will star in Army of the Dead, which is expected to start shooting later this year. Dave Bautista, soon to be appearing in My Spy and fresh out of the James Gunn Guardians controversy will be taking on the lead role in Army. The film will be set during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and sees a man (presumably Bautista) round up a group of mercenaries to pull off a massive heist amidst the chaos.

Army of the Dead shoots onto Netflix in 2020.

 

Joker teaser commands you to ‘put on a happy face’

With Shazam! now in cinemas garnering good reviews, the next DC film on the horizon is Todd Phillips’ Joker. Produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Joaquin Phoenix, the film is an adaptation of the iconic Batman tale ‘The Killing Joke’ and takes influences from Scorsese films such as Taxi DriverRaging Bull and The King of Comedy. Ever since the film was first teased with a small clip of Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck transforming into the iconic comic book character, audiences have been clamouring for more.

And now, finally, they have it:

As you can see from the teaser, the film forgoes the original origin of the Clown Prince of Crime, losing the vat of acid, instead focusing on his degradation at the hands of society. With a heavy emphasis on mental illness, the film looks to be making the villain a more human character and unearth the man behind the madness.

It seems to be a far cry from the comic book fare we’ve been getting in recent years, and so, understandably, reactions to this teaser have been largely positive. But will the film meet that hype?

We’ll find out when…

Joker slashes into cinemas on October 4th 2019.

 

Endgame continues to wow the world pre-release

It’s less than a month until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas, and things are really starting to heat up, as earlier this week, tickets went on sale; an announcement accompanied by a brand new teaser. Unlike prior teases, this one shows a lot more content and gives a bit more of an outline of the plot (although I personally believe, bar two scenes – this footage is all from the first act). So if you’re trying to go in as spoiler-free as possible, maybe tap out of this article now, and I’ll see you next week:

After this reveal, audiences around the world flooded ticket sites, causing several of them to crash. But within six hours, Endgame managed to break to pre-sales record, surpassing the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Furthermore, at CinemaCon even more footage was shown (although this was not revealed to the public), in which the Avengers make a plan of attack, and Captain Marvel revealed that she’s been protecting other planets as a sort-of one-woman Avengers team since the events of her solo film.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas on April 26th 2019.

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