It’s been announced that Warner Bros and DC are in the very early stages of an origin story for Batman’s signature arch nemesis, The Joker.

Set in the Batman Universe but not attached to any other iteration, the film will be directed by Martin Scorsese. Joining the famed director, are writers Todd Phillips and Scott Silver who scripted The Hangover and 8 Mile respectively.

Joker has been portrayed on-screen before, most memorably by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. and most recently by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Leto is unlikely to play the lead in this film but will reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spin-off. This movie is likely to cast someone younger and possibly unknown.

Nothing has been confirmed on where this will fit into the DC schedule but it will, as always be going up against the titan that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU already has a string of successes but with a director like Scorsese in the driver’s seat, things could get even darker with DC.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr writes, “The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy.”

Do you think this new outlook will give DC what it needs to propel the DCU? Do we need another character taking on such an iconic role as The Joker?




Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin
Director: Tim Johnson
Running Time: 94mins
Cert: U

Home begins with a rather humorous account of an alien race called Boov and their mission to escape their own planet to evade a bigger and scarier race who are trying to capture themfor unknown reasons. Of course they choose earth and when they arrive, they relocate all humans to Happy Human Town and move in around the world happy as pie!

The Boov are adorable creatures whose moods are shown by their ever changing skin colour; blue for sad, red for angry etc and because of this, you feel a connection with them just by looking rather than their very naive way of think which is utterly hilarious. They have no clue, and the fact they think they know everything will tickle you in the best way.

The star of the show is the lovable loser Boov named Oh who takes center stage and immediately captures your attention. He is ridiculously cute and his appeal is further heightened by his naive take on the world as well as the unmistakable voice of Jim Parsons or Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory to all of us. His unlikely friendship with the beautiful and exotic teenager, Tip voiced by Rihanna will make you laugh and cry for the unlikely but dynamic duo and Pig the Cat. They journey around the world brings about a series of emotions that even the smallest of kids will understand.

With the addition of comedic legend Steve Martin and the ever gorgeous Jennifer Lopez as Tip’s mum, Home is a good trip out for the kids.

Despite all the goodness of the above, the film is a bit long (I went with a three year old who decided she’d had enough) and is not necessarily as funny as previous Dreamworks gems like The Croods and How To Train Your Dragon. Other than this, Home is fun and carefree and drives home the importance of family and friendship and doing the right thing. The animation is beautiful, especially with Tip’s lovely curly hair and as mentioned, Oh is just too cute. His misinterpretation of words and Yoda way of speaking are all great aspects that will make this animation a memorable one.



Real life: Captain Pollard and First Mate Shaw

BBC One’s The Whale is a drama detailing the fatal maiden voyage of whaling ship The Essex in 1891. Deemed the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, The Whale is a detailed and authentic view of ship life and how it shaped the lives of the crew involved. Essentially a bildungsroman from the point of view of cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Charles Furness), it demonstrates the brutality of naval exploration and ship life among a culturally diverse crew. The shipmates conflict amongst themselves and moral stand point coupled with male bravado and innate survival instincts, creates a complex narrative that is both engaging and thought provoking.

From the opening scene, narrated by Martin Sheen (playing the elder Thomas Nickerson), The Whale shows the direction it will take with quoted biblical texts and a telling montage of the American flag while referring to America’s exploits of nature and the world. Whether you believe this is the case is another matter but Sheen’s words immediately make you pay attention as he sets the scene for what is to become an exploration of class and social status and the presence or absence of God. Good against evil is just one of the themes that run through the drama as well as moral conflict and human survival. The last ten minutes of the show are unfortunately the best as all of these points come to a head making one question both the characters and yourself. The tension that was built from very early on, although not completely concluded, was still satisfying as it comes to a chilling climax.

Within the first half and hour there is death and mutiny, which is always welcome in a good nautical drama and the characters are clearly set out for you to make any assumptions on who will be the catalyst of the danger clearly simmering amongst the crew. The relationship between real life Captain Pollard (Adam Rayner) and First Mate Shaw (Jonas Armstrong) provides enough tension to keep you seated for ninety minutes as your curiosity for their obvious hatred for each other is increased.

Ultimately, The Whale is a suitable watch for the pending Christmas period with no lengthy pauses or delays in the story but something to discuss with the family, allowing you to question yourself and what you would do in a life threatening situation. A small but effective cast bring the story to life that, although inspired a literary classic, is a poignant mini drama all on its own.

The Whale is on tonight,December 22nd at 9pm on BBC One.

Originally posted on DIY Film