How Much Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Made On Opening Night

That’s from 3,321 locations, Box Office Mojo reported, and marks the tenth largest preview gross for an animated feature. That $3.5 million tops the $2.2 million Thursday previews for The LEGO Batman Movie, and the $1.4 million in previews for Big Hero 6.

The Spider-Verse debut also beat Sing‘s pre-Christmas preview of $1.7 million in 2016, with that film ultimately making $634M worldwide. It’s especially impressive for Spider-Verse, Deadline noted, since it’s opening when kids are still in school for — in some cases — another week before Christmas.

However, the Spider-Verse opening is just shy of the $3.8 million Ralph Breaks the Internet brought in from Tuesday previews back in November. That film went on to have a $55.7M three-day opening weekend. Spider-Verse also compares well to the $3.6 million in previews for TRON: Legacy, which opened to $44 million.

Fandango reported that Spider-Verse pre-sales were far ahead of The LEGO Ninjago Movie at the same point in time, and that film opened to $20.4 million and made $123M worldwide in 2017.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was initially projected to make between $28 million to $35 million opening weekend. That was later adjusted slightly up to between $30 million and $35 million. Sony is still predicting $30 million — better to have projected too low than too high — and there are box office prognosticators who see the film reaching $40 million or above.

It has to help that reviews for the first foray into the Spider-Verse are extremely positive. Pity Mortal Engines that it is not enjoying anything close to the same success. That film only made $675,000 from 2,600 locations in Thursday previews, which was just ahead of the $475,000 in previews for The 5th Wave. Considering Mortal Engines reportedly cost more than Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this is a huge disappointment for the Mortal Engines team.

The Spider-Verse is off to a great start, but we’ll have to wait until Sunday’s numbers to come in to see the opening weekend box office report. There are so many factors in play when it comes to people heading out to see a movie over the weekend, especially in the winter when lousy weather is always a potential hazard.

Here’s what else is still in theaters in 2018, and what to schedule your cinema life around in 2019.

First Downton Abbey Trailer Is Winsome And Grand

For a long time the possibility of a Downton Abbey movie seemed like wishful thinking. However, several months ago the project was officially announced, along with the fact it would be getting a theatrical release. Now, we have our first look at the upcoming movie and you can take a look below.

The first look at Downton Abbey the movie has a lot of the same touches of the original TV series, with a look at the bell pulley system the household uses and plenty of shots of the upstairs versus the downstairs worlds. The grand house is front and center in this first look, as the movie seems to be keeping the basic plot of the flick under wraps. What’s maybe most fun about the first trailer is its cheeky confidence.

“You are cordially invited,” the trailer reads, “to the motion picture event of the year.”

That’s pretty brazen, considering 2019 has a slew of high profile movies coming, not least of which are Jumanji 3 and Star Wars Episode IX (full list of releases), although I’m not sure there’s a ton of audience crossover between the people who love Downton Abbey and the people who geek out over Star Wars canon. I could be wrong though. Regardless, I appreciate the brash confidence.

What we do see in the trailer includes maids opening up and readying rooms, a special letter being signed, a scene that looks to be a sort of parade or maybe a coronation (depending on what year the movie will visit), and a lone motorcyclist heading to Downton. The flick started filming about three months ago and it’s nice there’s any footage together for it already.

Jurassic World 3 Won’t Have Dinosaurs Attacking Cities, According To Colin Trevorrow

Although Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom wasn’t the first time we’ve seen a dinosaur run rampant away from an island within the Jurassic Park franchise, the difference this time around is that the dinosaurs who escaped can’t be re-captured. They’re now running/flying across the United States mainland, and humans will need to get used to coexist with these prehistoric creatures. But for those of you who’ve wondered if Jurassic World 3 will see dinosaurs attacking cities, director Colin Trevorrow has nixed that idea, saying:

Colin Trevorrow has a point. The dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park universe operate just like any other wild animal, meaning they wouldn’t coordinate to attack humanity. Survival is their primary directive; it’s not like they’re consciously banding together to kill humans for the hell of it.

Plus, while it was a major status quo change to have all those dinosaurs be freed from the Lockwood estate at the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it’s not like thousands of them are now on the loose. At most, there might be a few hundred of them, and that number will certainly increase if they reproduce or, as has happened so many times before, scientists artificially create more of them, but it’s not like there’s a plentiful population of dinosaurs. The chances of running into one are slim.

Looking at this situation through that lens, Colin Trevorrow’s comments about Jurassic World 3 to Jurassic Outpost make sense. Sure it might be cool to think about a t-rex wreaking havoc on a city (which is what went down in The Lost World: Jurassic Park), but these creatures aren’t Godzilla or the movie monsters we watch terrorize cities. Most of these dinosaurs are definitely dangerous, but Colin Trevorrow seems to be framing them as smaller threats for Jurassic World 3.

No specific plot details for Jurassic World 3 have been divulged yet, but along with not showing dinosaurs attacking heavily populated areas, Colin Trevorrow previously noted that unlike the previous Jurassic World movies, the threequel will not feature any hybrid dinosaurs. Bryce Dallas Howard has also said that Jurassic World 3 is intended to “bring the entire saga together,” although if the movie makes anywhere near the kind of money that its predecessors have, I suspect Universal won’t want to retire the franchise just yet.

Jurassic World 3 rampages into theaters on June 11, 2021, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. For now, you can find out what’s hitting the silver screen next year by looking through our 2019 release schedule.

Andy Serkis Wishes Snoke Survived Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A lot of people have well-formed feelings and opinions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and that includes the people who acted in Rian Johnson’s movie. When asked about Snoke’s ending in the movie recently, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle director and The Last Jedi actor Andy Serkis revealed he was surprised about the Snoke outcome and does have feelings about wishing the character had stuck around. He said:

I would imagine being a part of something as iconic as Star Wars would be appealing to a large chunk of actors, especially when they have meaty scenes to work with, as Andy Serkis did, especially opposite Daisy Ridley on set. A movie like that can raise an actor or actresses’ profile very quickly and we saw this happen with John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and with Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Of course, Andy Serkis is a seasoned actor who is very popular for any sort of major motion capture work. Star Wars is not the first major franchise he has been involved in, having come up in the motion capture world through the Peter Jackson camp. After playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series of movies, he also played King Kong and had a main role in the Planet of the Apes franchise reboot.

Still, of course getting to stick around for more than one movie and flesh out a character—especially one that has such an aura of mystery around him as Snoke. With Episode IX expected to wrap up the current trilogy, it would have been interesting to see more of Snoke, but that wasn’t the direction Rian Johnson wanted to go in.

If course, Andy Serkis’ “who knows?” comment to Total Film is seemingly a nod at the fact Lucasfilm is always looking for new and unusual Star Wars projects, like prequels. Or perhaps Snoke could make a comeback in Episode IX, as the rumor mill has been fond of bandying about. Clearly there are still a lot of questions the fanbase would love to have answered about Supreme Leader Snoke and maybe there will be the opportunity at some point.

Andy Serkis is a man who understands how to play a character who dies in a movie. In fact it happened not once, but three times in his recent movies: War For The Planet Of The Apes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther. He’s previously talked about how difficult it was to say goodbye to Caesar in War For The Planet Of The Apes, also noting about Snoke at the time:

We’ll have to wait and see if we learn more about Supreme Leader Snoke when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019. In the meantime, you can check out Netflix’s Mowgli: Welcome to the Jungle this weekend, or take a look at what all is coming up with our full movies schedule.

Jason Momoa Says Henry Cavill Isn’t Quitting Superman

There’s been a lot of mystery regarding Henry Cavill‘s future as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, particularly after it was reported back in September that the actor was leaving the franchise behind. However, according to Cavill’s DCEU costar Jason Momoa, a.k.a. the cinematic Aquaman, Cavill has no plans to hang up the red cape and ‘S’ crest anytime soon. As Momoa put it:

Just to be clear, we have no idea just how much insider knowledge Jason Momoa about Henry Cavill’s future with the DCEU, let alone his discussions with Warner Bros. Maybe Cavill did decide to clue Momoa in on his future Superman plans, or maybe Momoa is just being overly optimistic about Cavill coming back for another round of Superman shenanigans. In any case, Momoa made it clear while speaking with ET at the Aquaman premiere at the Hollywood TCL Chinese Theatre Wednesday night that as far as he’s concerned, Cavill isn’t done with Superman by a long shot.

While Man of Steel 2 has barely seen any progress during its years-long development, Henry Cavill playing Superman again across the entire DCEU was called into question when a rumor came out that Warner Bros and DC were trying to get the actor to cameo in Shazam!, but those talks broke down due to scheduling conflicts because he was working on Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

That said, supposedly this paved the way for Cavill to leave the DCEU behind, though that still has yet to be officially confirmed. Warner Bros later responded that while it has a “great relationship” with Cavill, it hadn’t made any decisions “regarding any upcoming Superman films.” Henry Cavill’s Instagram video didn’t help with clearing up this matter.

Aside from another report coming out a month later claiming that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are done with the DCEU, we haven’t received any major updates regarding this Superman matter, though if Jason Momoa is to be believed, this is no longer an issue. That said, Amy Adams did recently state that she thinks her time as Lois Lane might be over, which, if true, could mean that either the Superman mythos is being set aside within the DCEU or that it might go through a revamp that leads to new actors playing these characters.

It’s worth noting that Henry Cavill did recently sign on to Netflix’s The Witcher series, so even if there wasn’t any uncertainty about him reprising Superman, he’s busy for the foreseeable future. Still, while Jason Momoa’s statement might provide some comfort to DCEU/Cavill Superman fans, it would be nice if some official clarification would arrive soon one way or the other.

It remains to be seen when or even if Henry Cavill will play Superman again, but you can catch Jason Momoa reprising Arthur Curry when Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21. If you’re curious about what other DC movies are coming down the pipeline, look through our handy guide.

To 3D Or Not To 3D – Buy The Right Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Ticket

Spider-Man is back in theaters, but this time it’s a whole new ballgame. Unlike Spidey’s previous cinematic adventures, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film that focuses on the story of Miles Morales and a ragtag group of Spider-People from across the multiverse. What the movie does have common with other Spider-Man films is that it comes with a 3D showing

If you’d like, you can read CinemaBlend’s official review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but this review is solely based on the 3D technology. This Spidey film has lots of fun with other dimensions, but does it conquer the almighty third dimension? Without further ado, let’s swing right into it and see if this 3D made our Spider Senses tingle or if it left us hanging by a thread. (You know, because of spiders and webs and stuff.)

Animation just lends itself better to 3D than most live-action movies and if you combine that with the high-flying action of a superhero movie, then you’ve got a recipe for success. I can’t think of a superhero better suited to 3D than Spider-Man. He’s an incredibly mobile character, swinging above the most famous city in the world. There are lots of things to show off in a 3D space, and when used properly, the technology can generate films that make you feel like you are right there flying through New York City with the Web-Head.

You can tell that a lot of planning and effort when into the 3D of Spider-Verse. This isn’t something that the directors and tech team just slapped onto the film. There are lots of great visuals to behold, and the 3D adds lots of depth between the characters and their surroundings. If there is a downside, it’s that there are some spots where it’s apparent there wasn’t much 3D going on, but it hardly outweighs the rest of the scenes that are using 3D at its full capacity.

Probably the most famous aspect of 3D is the idea that images from the screen leap out at the audience. Oddly, Spider-Verse doesn’t utilize this trick often or at least not in an obvious way. While there are scenes where debris will bounce off the screen, it was usually too fast or subtle to have an impact. However, the movie does have some clever uses with a splatter effect that hits the “camera,” such as the juice from Peter Parker’s burger or Miles Morales’ spray paint hitting the corner of the screen.

For a movie that works so hard to emulate a 2D comic book, there is an incredible amount of 3D depth on display. The many buildings and long streets of New York City seem like they go on forever, while even the hallways in Miles’ high school seem to stretch on for miles (or maybe that’s just how high school feels.) The beyond the window effect really shines in the climactic third act, where some really trippy and thrilling visuals take place. I won’t spoil them here, but they were awesome and the 3D helped add a suitable amount of chaos as it balanced many effects at once.

Brightness in 3D can be tricky. The tinted 3D glasses naturally make things darker, and a good amount of it depends on how well your movie theater is taking care of its 3D projection. At least for me, I felt my showing could have been a little brighter. Spider-Verse is a very colorful movie, and I was hoping to see those visuals pop a bit more than they did. I certainly never had trouble seeing what was happening, but New York City boasts so much neon lighting that it could have stood to blast off of the screen more.

A great way to test how good the 3D is in the film is to be counterproductive and take off your glasses. If there’s a lot of blur on the screen, that means there’s a lot of 3D present on the screen. Spider-Verse has many scenes with a healthy level of blur plastered over the whole screen. However, there were a few that didn’t seem to have any 3D at all. These scenes were mostly tight close-ups of character’s faces.

It’s easy to get a little sick during a 3D film, especially one with so much fast-paced action, but Spider-Verse isn’t too difficult to follow. Even during some of the most complex and busy action scenes with multiple Spider-People at once swinging around, I was able to keep up with the action. That being said, there were some moments in the film where things were moving too quickly for the image to remain solid, but it was never distracting.

When all is said and done, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a great experience in 3D. It’s extremely well put together with action that is easy to follow as Miles and the crew leap and swing through the concrete jungle. Overall, the 3D conversion holds up really well. There are some minor hiccups with brightness, but if you know a theater that has a good 3D projector, than Spider-Verse in 3D is well worth the price of admission.

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Into The Spider-Verse End Credits Scene: Who That Is And Why It’s Important

Nowadays, it feels weird when a superhero movie that doesn’t have a mid/end credits scene attached, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doesn’t count itself among this bunch. Following behind Sony’s collaboration with Marvel Studios to have Tom Holland’s Spider-Man hang out in the MCU, as well the studio using Venom to kick off a Spider-Man-less cinematic universe, Into the Spider-Verse is a more family-friendly offering, though certainly not lacking in action and excitement. Oh, and it’s also already been confirmed it won’t be a standalone tale.

It’s been announced that both a direct sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a female-centric spinoff are in the works. It’s hard to say when we’ll see either of these projects, but Into the Spider-Verse‘s end credits scene did subtly set the stage for the sequel through a character who’s been a part of the Spider-Man mythos for several decades. Read on to find out who this individual is, what they did in the end credits scene and why they’re important not just in the comics, but to the future of the Into the Spider-Verse film series.

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are ahead! Proceed at your own discretion.

Featuring six Spider-heroes is a hell of a way to kick off a new superhero franchise, seven if you count the Peter Parker Spider-Man from Miles Morales‘ universe (voiced by Chris Pine) who was killed by Kingpin early into the movie. But Into the Spider-Verse‘s final minute had one last hero to introduce after a touching tribute to both Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the creators of Spider-Man. Enter Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac.

Over in Nueva York, a female hologram clues Miguel on some of the events that went down in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with monitors in the background showing off all the Spider-people we met in the main story. Miguel claims he was only gone for a couple hours, but he missed a lot. Fortunately, the multiverse is still intact, and as the camera pans back to fully show Spider-Man 2099, we see him putting on a wrist device that, according to the hologram, will allow him to travel through the multiverse and ideally keep him from glitching out, which is what happened to all the Spider-heroes visiting Miles’ universe. When asked where he wants to go first, Miguel answers “The beginning.”

Cut to Earth-67, a.k.a. the Earth where the 1960s animated Spider-Man TV series takes place. Even if you never watched that show, its theme song has been an ear worm for decades, and nowadays it’s gained a new following thanks to screenshots being used as meme material. Arguably the most famous of these memes is the ‘Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man’ still, and that’s just the situation Miguel O’Hara finds himself in upon arriving on Earth-67. Spider-Man 2099 tries to recruit Spider-Man 67 for some kind of mission, but the two instead just get into an argumentative pointing match as a cop and J. Jonah Jameson watch nearby.

So that’s our introduction to Miguel O’Hara on the big screen, but who exactly is he? Well, as his superhero moniker suggests, Miguel hails from the year 2099, and although it’s labeled as Earth-928 within the Marvel multiverse, it’s also considered to be a possible future for the main 616 universe. Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi in 1992, Miguel became the head of the genetics program Alchemax, where he was tasked with creating super-soldiers for the megacorporation.

However, when Miguel decided he wanted to leave Alchemax, he was tricked by the CEO, Tyler Stone, into taking an addictive drug called Rapture that only Alchemax was allowed to distribute, so if Miguel moved on as he intended, he would be sold out to the police. Not wanting to be blackmailed, Miguel remembered that his own genetic code was saved within one of Alchemax’s machines, so he could use it to free himself from Rapture’s grip.

But because this machine had been sabotaged by one of Miguel’s subordinates, it ended up making his genetic code 50% spider. And following the rules of comic book science, that resulted in Miguel gaining Spider-Man-like powers, albeit with some differences, like having enhanced vision and hearing instead of a spider-sense, and his hands and feet having spider-talons.

As one would expect, Miguel became Spider-Man 2099, and while he originally wanted to cure his strange condition, he soon embraced being a superhero and took the fight to all the gigantic, sinister corporations who were hurting the people, including Alchemax. Of course, since this is the future, this meant that Miguel also fought futuristic adaptations of classic Marvel villains. Eventually he met the original Spider-Man, and in the recent past, they reunited when Miguel was stranded in the present (i.e. nearly 100 years in the past for him). Outside of the comics, Miguel’s most prominent media appearances have been in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, as well as the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time video games.

As far as why Spider-Man 2099 was included in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller told CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg that even though Miguel O’Hara didn’t fit within the main story, he’s an interesting enough character that they wanted to highlight him. Miller explained:

We wanted to get 2099 in there because he’s such a cool character, and he didn’t fit into the story that we were telling around Miles. But we wanted to have him there to sort of open up the world even farther, and was the the easiest choice to have that guy because he is so cool and also funny and also a great actor. And he has Central American heritage, and he sounds like a guy from New York. You’ve got to have a flaw somewhere! He was so up for anything out of that one too. So we were so lucky to get to work with some of these people.

Co-director Peter Ramsey also clarified to Eric that the entire Spider-Man 2099 scene was a “very late addition” to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but he and the other creative minds wanted it to look and feel different from the rest of the movie. Co-director and writer Rodney Rothman added:

We knew we wanted to do a coda scene, and we knew we wanted to try to do one in our own style that would be distinctive. We wanted it to hopefully be as distinctive as the rest of the movie was trying to be. We liked taking a serious, badass futuristic Spider-Man, and then putting him in his nightmare.

So what does Spider-Man 2099’s appearance in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse mean for the future of this franchise? Well, aside from Miguel being another cool character to highlight whose chances of ever appearing in a live action movie were slim, it also looks like he’ll be one of the principal characters in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While the Spider-heroes in the first movie were being exposed to the multiverse for the first time, it seems like Miguel and his holographic companion (possibly a version of either Dana D’Angelo or Xina Kwan, two of Miguel’s romantic interests in the comics) were already familiar with parallel realities before the Kingpin of Miles’ universe activated the super collider.

To that end, if Spider-Man 2099 will indeed be one of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2‘s co-leads, it stands to reason that he’ll eventually find his way to Miles Morales’ universe and recruit him for this mission that’s underway. What exactly this mission entails is unclear (one logical guess is preventing all of the realities from fracturing), but I’m guessing that rather than the action being set on Miles’ home turf again, it’ll see the teen hero traveling to other universes. Maybe he’ll reunite with some or all of the Spider-heroes from Into the Spider-Verse, or maybe there will be an all-new lineup accompanying Miles and Miguel, but if the filmmakers felt it was so important to feature Spider-Man 2099 in a coda scene, there’s a strong chance that he’ll get more time in the limelight in the coming years.

If you haven’t already, be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and stay tuned to any updates about the sequel or spinoff. As for movies on the way, look through our 2019 release schedule.

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James Bond Is An Alcoholic, According To New Study

“Shaken, not stirred” is James Bond‘s catchphrase for a reason — the suave British Secret Service is a bit too fond of the drink. But is Agent 007 an alcoholic? Public health researchers have taken the time to study all 24 Bond films and have declared Bond a severe alcoholic.

Bond may have been too busy over the years driving fast cars and taking down seemingly insurmountable villains to stop and take care of his health, but the academics over at the University of Otago in New Zealand are here to call him and his employer MI6 out for what they have concluded is a chronic alcohol use disorder.

Per The Telegraph‘s report of research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, there is strong evidence pointing to James Bond suffering from a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the sever end of the spectrum. He has apparently sipped a drink 109 times throughout the course of the film series, with an average of 4.5 drinks in each film.

After enjoying a classy martini, the sophisticated secret service agent also engages in “risky” behavior such as badass fight sequences, high-speed driving and extreme physical efforts. Sure it looks cool on screen, but its characteristic of some serious alcoholism on Bond’s part.

According to the study, Daniel Craig’s Bond exemplified the extreme for the character’s alcoholism in 2008’s Quantum of Solace when he seemed to have 24 drinks, which would have put him at potentially fatal blood alcohol levels.

The study points a finger at 007’s employer MI6, who needs to “redefine Bond’s job to reduce his stress levels,” along with condemning M for often offering him a drink in the workplace. The researchers also suggested that MI6 offer more support for Bond in the field, and a stronger team approach so his job doesn’t weigh so heavily on him.

We’re all on the same page that James Bond is a fictional character, right?

James Bond is an iconic character that millions have watched mix martini-sipping with getting a day’s work done, so it does make sense for public health researches to study his behavior and identify it for what it is. Agent 007 is a character long looked up to by audiences, so this analysis proving that his actions detail one of a severe alcoholic is good information to keep in the back of one’s head next time we watch the character.

The next Bond film is currently in early development, with Daniel Craig reprising the role for the last time before potentially a new face takes up the mantle. Director of Maniac and Season one of True Detective, Cary Fukunaga is helming the project that began with Craig’s Bond in Casino Royale in 2006.

Maybe the character will think twice now that he’s been briefed about his alcohol disorder… but then again the man has stayed relatively the same age on screen since the ’60s so he might just say “live and let die” or “tomorrow never dies”, “die another day?”

Looks Like DC’s Batman Movie Is Finally Coming Together

Aquaman is about to come out, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed, Birds of Prey has a release date, a new title and a cast; the DCEU is moving along. And yet we are all still waiting to see what is going on with Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. The questions about the film are many and news about the project is scarce, but it appears that DC’s Batman movie is finally coming together, at least according to one reporter.

We should note upfront that this is not confirmed by the studio, but if it is true it’s a sign that things are progressing with DC’s long-awaited Batman movie. The director of the film, Matt Reeves, is also writing the script. Based on the tweet from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, the rewrites on that script are due by year’s end, which is mere weeks away.

Assuming Matt Reeves meets that deadline, we’ll be one step closer to this film becoming a reality. At that point things will hopefully start coming together and moving toward pre-production so that we can finally see Batman back on the big screen.

Back in September, the same reporter said that Warner Bros. loved Matt Reeves’ first draft of his Batman script and that the film was being eyed to start production next summer. With the revisions on that script due by the end of the year, things would seemingly be on track for The Batman or whatever it winds up being called to go before cameras sometime next year.

If Warner Bros. is satisfied with Matt Reeves’ revisions and good to go on the script, hopefully that would mean the first half of next year would also bring casting news and some details about the film itself.

Matt Reeves has spoken in very broad strokes about what he is looking to do with his interpretation of the Dark Knight, from emphasizing the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the character to focusing on his often overlooked skills (on the big screen at least) as the world’s greatest detective.

Of course more than what this Batman movie will be, the question on everyone’s mind is who will don the cowl in Matt Reeves’ film and beyond in the DCEU? All signs point to Ben Affleck being out of the DCEU (along with Henry Cavill), so Matt Reeves’ movie will presumably give the character an entirely fresh start with a new actor as Bruce Wayne.

It’s perhaps cynical to say, but the best thing about this news is that it isn’t bad news. The DCEU seems to be in a state of constant flux, unable to find its footing on solid ground. While actors are leaving the franchise and movies are getting delayed, Matt Reeves has been quietly plugging away at his Batman script. Things seem to be beginning to turn around with Aquaman and Shazam! and if anything has the power to make everything right, it’s a great Batman movie.

Keep an eye on our guide for all the latest from the DCEU and check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see the biggest movies coming to theaters next year.

More Details On The New Songs In Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

Disney fans, if the spoonful of nostalgia in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is your cup of tea, you can expect a super sweet serving of it come 2019. Between Disney remakes for Dumbo and The Lion King is a new live-action Aladdin. The new Prince Ali Ababwa himself, Mena Massoud, looks to be excited about the film’s music. Here’s what he said:

Mena Massoud is right, you really can’t go wrong with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote our favorite musicals in the past couple of years: La La Land and The Greatest Showman, along with the Broadway favorite Dear Evan Hansen. Those guys are on fire, and on Aladdin they also collaborated with the original animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, for the remake.

The actor confidently commented on the new songs in Aladdin to Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the GQ Men of the Year party. The upcoming film seems to take note from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, which primarily used the original songs, but did feature some additional songs exclusive to the movie. While Alan Menken and his frequent collaborator Tim Rice returned to write the lyrics for songs such as “Evermore” in the live-action remake, Aladdin is calling upon the songwriters of the hour to pack some more songs in the film.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul previously have said that they worked on two songs for Aladdin: one a song for Naomi Scott’s Jasmine and the other a new duet between Jasmine and Aladdin. The song that Mena Massoud called “empowering for women” is likely Jasmine’s solo moment, which is something notably absent from the original. On the original, Jasmine did have a song called “To Be Free,” but it was cut from the film.

It’s about time for the Arabic Disney Princess to get her own song, and another duet between Aladdin and Jasmine is a clever idea to add depth to the pair’s relationship in the remake. The songwriting pair also contributed to adding a new verse to the film’s opener “Arabian Nights.”

Other than these couple of new songs, it looks like Aladdin will revive all your favorite songs from the 1992 film, such as “A Whole New World” and “One Jump Ahead.” The film also stars Will Smith as Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as Sultan, along with new characters played by Nasim Pedrad and Numan Acar. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, best known for Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Snatch.

Will the new songs and the originals work well together to bring the Arabian Night to life again? These wishes may be granted when Aladdin rides into theaters on May 24, 2019.