Weekly Round Up: Nolan, Tom, Jerry

Christopher Nolan

Nolan and Tom & Jerry…

Last week I wrote about Robert Pattinson’s rumored involvement in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. I still stand behind that piece of casting, and it’s my personal opinion that Pattinson will do a great job as the Caped Crusader, especially in a younger mold than the one we’ve become used to seeing on screen.

But other than Pattinson’s involvement very little is known about The Batman. What will it be about? Will it be a prequel to the previous iteration played by Ben Affleck? Who will the villains be?

Well, while we still don’t know much in the way of plot or prequel, this week we did learn who the villains will be, and it seems like we’re all in for a shot of Déjà vu, as the main antagonists in The Batman are set to be Catwoman and The Penguin.

Christopher Nolan’s trilogy did reuse some of the villains previously feature in live-action cinematic Batman outings, most notably The Joker, who was played by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s original Batman and Heath Ledger in Nolan’s The Dark Knight, while we saw Jared Leto offer up an… interpretation of the part in Suicide Squad. Catwoman has also been realized on the big screen more than once, in the form of Anne Hathaway in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and in Burton’s Batman sequel Batman Returns, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, alongside Danny DeVito’s iconic turn as The Penguin.

The fact that these two have featured together in the same film before likely doesn’t mean anything beyond a coincidence, and I doubt we can look to Batman Returns as any sort of potential blueprint for what Matt Reeves has to offer, but it is interesting none the less.

As for who will be playing the characters this time around, we don’t know. For my money I’d like to see a younger take on both of them, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see where this goes. As far as I’m concerned there hasn’t been a good Batman movie since The Dark Knight hit theatres in 2008. We all know about the Snyder debacle, but Christopher Nolan’s trilogy closer The Dark Knight Rises was hardly firing on a cylinders, was it?

I’ve enjoyed most of Matt Reeves’ previous movies, so I’m willing to give this one a go.

Speaking of Christopher Nolan, we learned some details about his new movie this week. The film is reportedly going to be called Tenet (which is the same backwards as it is forward, if that means anything), and is apparently being shot in seven different countries across the globe.

The new Nolan film is being described as an action epic, globetrotting adventure, starring BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington, who leads a huge ensemble cast that includes returning Nolan regular Michael Caine, as well as Dunkirk sat Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Clemence Poesy, Arron Taylor-Johnson and, funnily enough, Robert Pattinson.

Other than that we literally know nothing about the new film. Nolan is famous for keeping the details of his films secret right up until release, and he seems in no hurry to change that tradition now.  Despite that, speculation has already begun, with many people believing that the film may, in some way, involve time travel.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really all about when it comes out next year.

In other news, everyone’s favorite comedy sidekick Michael Pena may have been sorely missed from the box-office breaking behemoth that was Avengers: Endgame, but we need not worry too much, as we found out this week that he’s been cast in the live-action Tom & Jerry movie.

Pena will play one of the human leads, alongside Chloe Grace Moretz, who has been cast as a new employee at the Hotel the film will be set in. Pena will be playing the deputy general manager, who is reportedly responsible for bringing in an alley cat named Tom, when the Hotel and its residence are terrorized by a pesky mouse named Jerry.

Now, I fully realize lots of you simply won’t care about this at all, but I’m a massive Tom & Jerry fan, and so this movie fascinates me.

Obviously the titular cat and mouse will be CG creations, but one of the more interesting things about this project is the fact that they will also remain mute, much like they were in the original Warner Bros. cartoons. I’m also incredibly curious about that plot, which seems to exists solely as an excuse to get the animals into their usual opposition positions.

I’ll likely regret saying this, but I’m holding out hope that Tom & Jerry is going to be good. We’ll find out in 2021 when the movie is scheduled for release.

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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