New Lego Movie 2 Video Jabs Justice League For Leaving Out Green Lantern

Some superheroes get more respect than others, and longevity usually helps with this. Green Lantern has been part of the DC Comics mythology for decades, but unfortunately for him, Jonah Hill’s version of the Emerald Knight is the black sheep of the Justice League, as we first saw in The Lego Movie. It’s been five years since that story unfolded, and it doesn’t look like Green Lantern’s situation has improved at all, as evidenced by this new TV spot for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Most of the below Lego Movie 2 preview (via Vital Thrills) hits the same beats as the earlier trailers, but there’s a moment where Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg have assembled, possibly to help Batman and the other main protagonists in the sequel. Oh, and Green Lantern is there too, but evidently the other Justice Leaguers don’t care one way or the other if he’s around since they almost took off without him. That’s despite the fact that he’s literally the most illuminated of this superhero team; it’s difficult to lose track of where he is.

But hey, that’s just par for the course for Green Lantern in the Lego Movie-verse. In the first movie, Green Lantern desperately tried to be buddies with Superman, but the Man of Steel, voiced by Channing Tatum, wanted nothing to do with him, even after they and all those other Lego characters were captured by President Business. Green Lantern made out slightly better in The Lego Batman Movie since he was among the many heroes invited to Superman’s party at the Fortress of Solitude, but even then he acknowledged that sometimes he doesn’t get the Kryptonian’s emails for years. Tatum and Hill’s characters may have been a good pair in the Jump Street movies, but in the Lego movies, one is way more enthusiastic about the other, and it’s not reciprocated.

Clearly Green Lantern will keep being the butt of jokes in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, but that’s not what this movie is focused on. Rather, the sequel will reunite us with Emmet Brickowski, Wyldstyle, Batman and the rest of the protagonists from The Lego Movie as they live in Apocalypseburg, the post-apocalyptic landscape previously known as Bricksburg until the Duplo invaded.

As if life wasn’t already hard enough for them, they’ll now have to deal with the Duplo joining forces with General Sweet Mayhem, an alien who kidnaps Wyldstyle for her master, the shapeshifting Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi. Emmet and his friends now have to travel into outer space to rescue Wyldstyle, and along the way they’ll run into plenty of other new faces, like the badass Rex Dangervest.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part assembles itself in theaters on February 8, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. Don’t forget to also learn what else is opening this year in our 2019 release schedule.

Christopher McQuarrie Reveals How To Make A Successful Mission: Impossible Movie

Christopher McQuarrie is responsible for two of the best action movies in recent memory. Specifically, he directed the last two entries in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Making a pair of back to back successful films like that isn’t easy, which would make it seem like McQuarrie has something of a special formula for making Mission: Impossible movies work. In a way, it seems he does. According to McQuarrie, it all comes down to how you treat the audience…

It sounds like a fairly simple philosophy, and yet, actually executing on it is clearly difficult, or every movie would be great. Christopher McQuarrie explains the way he writes to the New York Times. He goes into the process knowing the audience wants him to succeed, we all want to see great movies after all. However, he never lets that knowledge let him take the audience for granted.

There’s a lot of truth in that. Especially when it comes to action movies or genre films. The people in the theater have come because they expect to have a good time. If you’ve come to see the next Mission: Impossible film, then you have an expectation of some pretty impressive practical action highlighting your espionage movie. However, if you expect the audience will just be happy with whatever they get just because it has a Mission: Impossible title at the beginning, then you’ll set yourself up for failure. You still need to do the work to make sure what you produce is something special.

While times have changed, there was clearly a time when these lessons were not heeded by many. Numerous bad movies have been made over the years by people who clearly assumed that simply by sticking a popular name in the title, the audience would come and accept what was provided. That’s taking your audience for granted. Of course, bad movies still happen, but for the most part genre movies have achieved a level of respect that prevents them from being overlooked like that.

Christopher McQuarrie points out that the audience has “seen it all before” which is a telling statement because the Mission: Impossible films have certainly prided themselves on trying to show the audience something they’ve never seen before. In McQ’s most recent film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, that included seeing Tom Cruise HALO jump out of an airplane, something literally no actor had ever done before.

These ideas are certainly valid beyond simply making a Mission: Impossible movie. They work for pretty much any great movie. And once a writer accomplishes them, as McQuarrie says, the audience can be grabbed by the throat, and they’ll go along quite happily.

J.K. Rowling Hinted At Credence’s Crimes Of Grindelwald Twist Years Ago

Warning: The following contains massive SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!

It’s been over a month since Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released, but Potterheads are still reeling from the story’s final twist that saw Gellert Grindelwald reveal to Credence Barebone that he is in fact Aurelius Dumbledore. It was a shocking and confusing revelation for fans that seemed to come out of nowhere. However, it turns out that in true J.K. Rowling fashion, the author and the film’s screenwriter hinted at the twist years ago.

On the “Answers” page of J.K. Rowling’s official website, there is a banner at the top that, amongst other things, shows a copy of Loeb Classical Library’s Marcus Aurelius, which contains what is more commonly referred to as the Roman Emperor’s Meditations. So right at the top of J.K Rowling’s own website, under the page labeled “Answers,” something we are all looking for after the Credence reveal, is the name Aurelius. Take a look:

The name of the fourth, and previously unknown, Dumbledore sibling is right there, plain as day on J.K. Rowling’s website. You have to appreciate the cleverness and how much fun J.K. Rowling is having with the fans by putting it on the “Answers” page too.

This incredible hint isn’t a new addition to J.K. Rowling’s site after the release of Crimes of Grindelwald either. Hypable, which noticed the hint, dug into the site’s source code and found that the image was uploaded all the way back in October of 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film in this pentalogy, where we first met Ezra Miller‘s Credence Barebone, didn’t come out until November of 2016.

That means that J.K. Rowling was throwing out a hint about the second film in the franchise before the first film even came out. That is some truly wild stuff. It’s amazing because despite the fact that it has been out there in plain view for fans to spot for ages, there’s really no way anyone could have known what it meant prior to the reveal in the film.

We thought we knew everything we needed to know about, or at least the number of, Dumbledore siblings. Thus the hint was both obvious and opaque. This is classic J.K. Rowling too. The author planted seeds throughout the early Harry Potter novels that seemed minor or inconsequential at the time, but wound up playing a major part down the line and in the series’ endgame.

While I personally have major reservations about the Credence twist, this hint years ago reinforces the fact that J.K. Rowling has this whole story plotted out in her head, and hopefully it will all pay off in a satisfactory manner in the end.

For those that slept through history class and thought Gladiator would be a good substitute, Marcus Aurelius (played by original Dumbledore actor Richard Harris in the aforementioned film) was a Roman Emperor who ruled the empire from 160 to 180 A.D. Known as The Philosopher, Marcus Aurelius was the last emperor to rule over what is considered the Pax Romana period, which saw peace and stability in the empire.

Marcus Aurelius ruled alongside his adoptive brother Lucius Verus for a period of time before Lucius died. That is particularly interesting considering the reveal about Aurelius and Albus Dumbledore being siblings. One has to wonder if J.K. Rowling was merely taking a historical name for her character because she appreciated the philosopher’s writings and his name, or if she is actually drawing inspiration from his life.

This hint on J.K. Rowling’s website will likely now set off a period of serious investigation for internet sleuths. Scouring Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations for clues about where the Fantastic Beasts story might go seems like one avenue. Another is to look for more signs and symbols on J.K. Rowling’s website. The page where we see the name Aurelius also shows images of a scribbled on paper, a pair of glasses and a pinecone. What does the pinecone mean?!?!

Fortunately, we shouldn’t have to wait until the fifth film to find out some answers to our many questions. J.K. Rowling has hinted that “Answers are given” in Fantastic Beasts 3, so I imagine once that film is released, we can expect to find out plenty of hints that missed over the next two years.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for release on November 20, 2020. For movies hitting a little bit sooner, check out our 2019 release schedule.

Nick Fury’s Infinity War Scene May Have Teased The Return Of Another Marvel Character

Despite being released back in April, moviegoers haven’t stopped debating the wild events of Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers did the impossible by balancing a giant ensemble cast, while providing a story that has both action and character-driven story. And the devastating affect of Thanos’ snap (aka The Decimation) was a plot twist no one saw coming.

Fans were left to watch in horror as Marvel favorites faded into dust. This included Nick Fury and Maria Hill, who briefly appeared in the film’s post-credits scene. One fan has figured out who they were going to see before The Snap, believing it could mean that character is returning in Endgame. And no, it’s not Phil Coulson.

Redditor freezer_face posted about it on the social media site, after re-watching Nick Fury’s brief scene in Infinity War. He and Maria Hill mention going for a meeting with Cameron Klein, a S.H.I.E.L.D agent last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Perhaps he survived The Decimation, and will have a larger role in S.H.I.E.L.D. now that his colleagues have been dusted, and the surviving Avengers are in such dire need of help.

Cameron Klein is played by Aaron Himelstein, and has had two small roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far. He was a S.H.I.E.L.D. technician in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, who was in the control room when Crossbones and his HYDRA agents attempted to gain control. He ultimately stood up against Frank Grillo’s villain, and survived the beloved sequel.

He was also involved in Age of Ultron‘s Battle of Sakovia, and very nearly was killed by the titular villain himself, before being saved by Maria Hill and Nick Fury. And when they left S.H.I.E.L.D., he remained a contact from within the organization. As such, it tracks that Hill and Fury would be trying to make contact during Thanos’ assault and the Battle of Wakanda.

As a reminder, you can check out Infinity War‘s post-credits scene below, complete with the mention of Cameron Klein.

Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and S.H.I.E.L.D. in general have been largely missing in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans (including Samuel L. Jackson) were bummed that Fury was left out of Civil War and Black Panther, so their surprise appearance in Infinity War was a welcomed change. That is, until they turned to dust before being able to grab much screen time. Luckily for fans of Samuel L. Jackson’s cycloptic hero, Fury will return to the MCU in Captain Marvel.

All our questions will be answered when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 25th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this New Year.

Jude Law Is Still Dodging Questions About Captain Marvel Role?

The next big entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels closer than ever now that we’ve crossed the border into 2019, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about Captain Marvel, including the identity of the character being played by Jude Law. When the actor was originally cast it was believed he was playing Mar-Vell, the comic character that held the Captain Marvel moniker prior to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. However, when recently asked if he was playing Captain Marvel, the actor insisted that wasn’t the case. According to Law…

Of course, immediately after saying this, Jude Law makes a joke that the “Marvel Police” might shoot him for saying that. On the one hand, he might be joking about the fact that the one thing we all know, that Brie Larson is playing Captain Marvel, is the sort of thing he could get in trouble for saying. Of course, if Jude Law were playing Mar-Vell, there’s an argument to be made that he is, in fact, playing Captain Marvel, meaning this question is a bit dicier than it might appear.

The question came as part of an “autocomplete interview” with Wired where Jude Law, and his Vox Lux co-star Natalie Portman, answered questions that came up as part of Google autocomplete search results. This means that a not insignificant number of people have apparently searched for the question “Is Jude Law Captain Marvel?” Certainly, while Brie Larson may be playing the title role in the film, there are still enough people who are curious as to how Jude Law’s character fits into the story to ask such a question.

While Jude Law may not be Captain Marvel, it does appear that he is playing Mar-Vell. A slideshow of images recently posted to a Disney website outed Law’s character as Mar-Vell at one point. The title of the image has since been changed to call Law “Leader of the Starforce,” so it appears Marvel still isn’t quite ready to let the cat out of the bag.

Of course, other leaks and rumors have claimed that Law is playing a different role, Yon-Rogg is one potential character that Law might actually be playing, so at this point, it seems we really won’t know for sure until the movie comes out and confirms what’s going on.

What does seem likely is that the simple fact that Jude Law’s role is being held back is important. It probably means that knowing who Jude Law is playing would reveal something about the movie they don’t want us to know. If that’s the case then maybe he isn’t actually playing Mar-Vell after all, as that doesn’t seem like much of a spoiler, but who knows?

Brian May Says No One Thought Bohemian Rhapsody Would Be A Huge Hit

Biopics are a tried and true film genre, especially during the annual awards season. They allow a deep dive into a celebrity’s life, and one lucky actor to attempt to truly immerse themselves in a real-life figure. That was exactly the case for Bohemian Rhapsody and Rami Malek, as Bryan Singer’s movie has had a massively successful run in theaters.

Bohemian Rhapsody just keeps making more money at the box office, and has Awards buzz surrounding it– including early Golden Globe and Screens Actor Guild nominations. But Queen band member Brian May wasn’t always convinced it was going to make so much money. As he recently revealed:

Not even Queen musician himself was sure about the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. But just as the titular song became an unexpected hit, so did the Freddie Mercury biopic. And since it hit theaters before holiday movies started churning out, the project had less competition and more ability to gain momentum through word of mouth.

Brian May’s comments to Newsweek actually make a great deal of sense, if you were following the development and filming of Bohemian Rhapsody. While the project was in production, director Bryan Singer ended up being fired from the project. While he was still credited as the movie’s director, the loss of its director put Bohemian Rhapsody in a precarious position.

Couple that with controversy surrounding the film’s contents, and it seemed the biopic was being set up for a loss. Prior to its release, there was backlash to Bohemian Rhapsody‘s portrayal of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality. Much of the film focuses on his relationship with Mary Austin, keeping his same-sex romantic life largely in the periphery.

When the reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody arrived, they were less than stellar. While some believed this to be the final nail in the film’s coffin, the biopic ended up really resonating with moviegoing audiences. It has since made a ton of money at the box office, with Awards buzz surrounding Bohemian Rhapsody— especially Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury.

Brian May might have originally had some doubts about Bohemian Rhapsody, but those fears seemed to quell once he saw the final project. May have been a vocal proponent of the biopic, including the characterization of Queen’s band members like himself. Plus, May recently released his first new song in decades.

Bohemian Rhapsody is still playing in some theaters. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Black Panther In The Oscars Conversation Shows Trend Toward Movies People Have Actually Seen

Good news for anyone who watches the 2019 Oscars: There’s a solid chance you will have actually seen many of the Best Picture nominees. The Academy Award nominations won’t be announced until January 22, but it already looks like several blockbusters may make the Best Picture cut — including the top-grossing movie of 2018 at the North American box office, Black Panther. That’s good news to folks like Phil Contrino, director of research for the National Association of Theatre Owners, who had this to say:

The Oscars does not often play that tune, as analysts noted to Fortune. Even with the Academy now nominating up to 10 titles a year for Best Picture, a perennial complaint from mainstream viewers is I Haven’t Even Heard Of Most Of These Movies.

Even if a few mainstream hits make the nominee cut, the winner is usually a non-blockbuster — like The Shape of Water last year, Moonlight the year before, and Spotlight the year before that. In 2011, black-and-white silent film The Artist took the win, despite only making a total of $44 million at the domestic box office.

However! The year we just left behind was truly a special one. Not only did the box office hit an all-time record $11.82 billion, a lot of that money was made by blockbusters of high quality. Many of those high-grossing films are expected to compete against each other at the 91st Academy Awards.

Marvel’s Black Panther — which has made $1.3 billion worldwide — is poised to be the first superhero film to be nominated for Oscar’s Best Picture. It could launch a trend that continues into 2019 and beyond, especially since the Academy tabled that idea for a “Popular Film” Oscar category.

If you head over to GoldDerby, they are already deep into Best Picture predictions, with high odds going to A Star Is Born, another mainstream hit which has earned $389 million worldwide to date. Not only is A Star Is Born expected to nab a Best Picture nomination, it’s also eyed for Best Director and Best Actor nods for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Lady Gaga, probably a song win for both, and potentially more.

Black Panther is also on GoldDerby’s nomination list, along with — a bit further down — other blockbusters like Mary Poppins Returns ($175M so far, but it just opened) and Bohemian Rhapsody ($702.5M worldwide so far). Rami Malek is pretty much a lock for a Best Actor nomination, and we’ll have to see if he can seal the deal with a win.

Sure, the Best Picture nominee list will almost certainly also include indie darlings like Roma — which should be earning new fans through Netflix, but we don’t know how many — plus The Favourite and If Beale Street Could Talk. Green Book, BlacKkKlansman, Vice, and First Man are also on the potential nominee list, despite non-blockbuster numbers.

The 2018-2019 nominee list should be a fascinating mix of blockbusters and indies, which is … how it should always be? It depends on any year’s crop of films, of course, but if the Oscars wants to survive in a world where fewer people are watching awards shows, it would help to keep including films people not only watched but also enjoyed.

The 91st Academy Award nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 22. The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24, at 5:00 PM PST on ABC. There’s no host yet, as of this writing, after losing Kevin Hart.

Zac Efron Does Not Recommend Training The Way He Does For Baywatch And Other Movies

Did you see Zac Efron in Baywatch? OK even if you didn’t actually see Baywatch, did you see Zac Efron in the trailers leading up to that movies release? He is fit in that movie. Super, super fit. However, the actor recently revealed he would not suggest his diet and exercise plan when getting really in shape for movies to the average person. According to Efron,

Zac Efron revealed to People that working out that hard really does take a toll on your body, even if he does sometimes look like he’s in the best shape of his life on the big screen.

Luckily, for his next role, Zac Efron is set to play Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. As Ted Bundy, Efron is still pretty fit, but it’s not the sort of gig that should have kept him at the gym at all hours.

Still, a new role in a biopic doesn’t mean that Zac Efron is putting down the weights completely. The actor is pretty active on social media and often shares updates on fitness goals, even partnering with Amazon in the coming year to share fitness products. So, he’s still in the gym on the regular, as evidenced below.

While Efron would not recommend the average person push as hard as he has at various points in his career, in some ways, he does admit the challenge was “fun,” also noting,

So, if you are the type of person who likes to push and push your body, perhaps Zac Efron’s “Olympic” workouts might not be the worst idea after all.

If they are something you’d like to look into, his trainer Patrick Murphy previously revealed Efron did a lot of “stabilizing and balancing” training alongside heavier lifting and power training, at least for Baywatch. So, basically he switched up training a lot and worked out his whole body. But be forewarned: You’re going to have to give up glorious carbs.

Zack Snyder Gave His Blessing To James Wan’s Aquaman

We haven’t heard much from Zack Snyder in the DC Universe since he stepped down as the director of Justice League, but it turns out the man was still very much involved in the next chapter of the DCEU. Zach and Debbie Snyder are listed as producers of Aquaman as they have been for other installments in the DC film universe, but the title doesn’t always mean somebody was directly involved in production. In this case, James Wan has confirmed that once he finished his story for Aquaman, he showed it to both Snyders who gave their approval. According to Wan…

While it appears that Zack and Debbie Snyder saw a very early version of Aquaman, it sounds like it was enough to get the story across to them, and the pair approved of where James Wan was going with the story of Aquaman.

While not specifically stated to Collider, it sounds like this was a bit more than a courtesy for Wan to show his cut of the story to the Snyers. If they had taken issue with the plan in any way, the director would have almost certainly taken any notes into consideration.

When Zack Snyder was first handed the reins of Man of Steel he was largely given control of the DC film universe. He has acted as a producer on every DC film that he did not also direct. However, after stepping down as the director of Justice _League_ following a family tragedy, his exact future with the franchise had been unclear.

Interestingly, Zack Snyder is not currently listed as a producer of the next film in the DC universe, Shazam!, however, he will have that role for Wonder Woman 1984 so while it appears he is still very much involved, he is not overseeing every DC movie.

Fans of the DCEU will likely be glad to know that Zack Snyder is still more than just a producer in name. While Snyder likely won’t be directing anything in the franchise for a while, he’s reportedly involved in helming an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, he hasn’t given up on the DC heroes entirely.

Why Unbreakable Wasn’t Ever Billed As A Comic Book Movie

Before comic book movies became the most popular genre in the filmmaking world, M. Night Shyamalan was already putting his own spin on the genre. 2000’s Unbreakable is one of Shyamalan’s early hits, and was a dark, gritty, and ultra-realistic dive into superheroics with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass. And those two characters are set to return to the silver screen with the crossover film Glass.

Unbreakable is sometimes forgotten within the superhero genre, since the movie is nothing like it peers. M. Night Shyamalan recently spoke about the upcoming release of Glass, and why Unbreakable was never billed as a superhero flick, saying:

While the superhero genre is one that sends moviegoers into a frenzy nowadays, that wasn’t the case back in 2000. And with M. Night Shyamalan becoming a household name with the terrifying Sixth Sense, it stands to reason that the marketing for Unbreakable would focus on the more thriller aspects of the acclaimed drama.

M. Night Shyamalan’s comments to Joe.Ie show how much the film world has changed in the past 18 years. Bryan Singer’s X-Men franchise was starting around the same time as Unbreakable, and superhero movies weren’t proven as viable moneymaking strategy. As such, David Dunn’s superhero origin story wasn’t billed as such. It’s only through seeing the film that the connection to comic books becomes evident.

When Split arrived in theaters in 2016, the marketing seemingly took a page out of Unbreakable‘s book. Billed as a standard psychological thriller, Split told a contained story about James McAvoy’s Kevin, and the myriad personalities that occupied his mind– one of which is a superpowered creature known as The Beast. But the final scene of the film included a cameo by Bruce Willis, revealing it was set in the same universe as Unbreakable.

Glass has been teased a super exciting blockbuster, as the trio James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis’ characters collide in a psychiatric facility under the care of Sarah Paulson’s newcomer Dr. Ellie Staple. But M. Night Shyamalan revealed that most of the film’s contents weren’t included in the trailers, so we should expect the unexpected.

Glass will arrive in theaters on January 18th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.