You’d think that Jake Gyllenhaal would be scared off of video game adaptations for good after the disaster that was Prince of Persia, but the actor is giving it another go with a new film based on Tom Clancy’s The Division. He may have a little help from another acclaimed actor, as Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to join the upcoming project, which Gyllenhaal is also producing.
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The Jason Bourne franchise has always operated as a sort of response to the James Bond series. Right as Bond hit one of his lowest and silliest depths in Die Another Day in 2002, The Bourne Identity arrived on the scene as a sort of corrective; serious, dark, morally tortured. The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum followed, and so did 007, whose Casino Royale and especially Quantum of Solace aped the style and tone of Bourne.
With Doctor Strange set to hit theaters in a few months, it seems a bit late in the game to add new cast members, but a new poster for Marvel’s mystical superhero film reveals that that’s most certainly the case. The poster debuted at Comic-Con last weekend, with several people immediately pointing out the curious addition of Benjamin Bratt’s name in the casting credits. But who might he be playing?
A new fan theory has emerged in recent months suggesting that Jared Leto’s version of The Joker in Suicide Squad is actually Jason Todd — a hypothesis that gained a little traction when it was revealed that the Robin suit featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice belonged to Todd. If you subscribe to this particular theory, then David Ayer has some disappointing news for you.
If you’re a regular Elle reader (or if you keep up with sites like Longform), then you’ve probably read or at least recognize the Supermodel Snowpocalypse story from earlier this year. It’s one of the craziest, funniest and weirdest true stories you’ll ever read, made all the more humorous by the fact that the details of the wild and wintry tale were kept from the public since 1977. Thanks to Paul Feig, that story is about to reach a much, much bigger audience.
Captain America: Civil War introduced two more Marvel heroes: Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man, and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther — both of whom will hit the big screen in their own solo films over the next couple of years. We know a little about Spider-Man: Homecoming, but not very much at all about Black Panther, aside from the fact that it has a great cast and director. And thanks to one of those actors, we now have our first plot details for the upcoming film.
Has any one person meant as much to the DC Universe over the past 25 years than Bruce Timm? When the animator and TV producer co-created Batman: The Animated Series with Eric Radomski back in 1992, he and his team at Warner Bros. offered a fresh take on an iconic character, finding a balance between the breezy fun of the ’60s Batman and the darker Dark Knight of the ’70s and ’80s. Timm then went on to co-create one of the more entertaining versions of Superman in another animated series, debuting in 1996; and in 2001 he carried the lessons from those two shows into Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, which together comprise some of the best superhero television ever made.
There were several great new trailers at Comic-Con last weekend, and while it’s hard to choose a clear winner, Wonder Woman comes pretty close. The first full trailer for the iconic hero’s solo film was packed with action and riveting imagery (like watching Gal Gadot pull a sword from the back of her fancy party dress), and gave us a real good look at the movie’s World War I setting. We still have a bit of a wait before Wonder Woman hits theaters, but if that trailer left you wanting more, we do have a new image from the film.
“A bunch of hilarious people have one crazy, drunken night” is a familiar plot, and thanks to last year’s The Night Before, we’ve seen what happens when you put that in the context of holiday spirit — which makes this trailer for Office Christmas Party kind of impressive, considering how amusing it looks despite the fact that it feels like something we’ve seen before (Jillian Bell included).
With a summer movie season as bad as this one, the closer we get to fall festivals, the better. In a little over a month we’ll get our first look at the the fall movie season when the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 8. TIFF is the major fall festival, following Venice and Telluride, that gives us our first glimpse at major awards season players.