A Week In Movies: Ben is Batman, One Direction deafens London, Disney humanises bears
It's official: Affleck's Dark Knight will take on Cavill's Man of Steel. Also, the One Direction movie premieres, The Mortal Instruments are released, and a trio of trailers promise tears, laughs and some spectacular Alaskan scenery...
This week's biggest story is that Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, opposite Henry Cavill's Clark Kent (aka Superman). There's no word on the plot or the title of the new film, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015. Word has it that the two superheroes will be at odds with each other, setting up some big battles between them. Read all about the epic prospect here.
On Tuesday night, London hosted the world premiere of the new One Direction movie This Is Us, and the screams of pre-pubescent girls could be heard miles away from Leicester Square as the boy band, their manager Simon Cowell and a range of starry guests turned up to walk the red carpet. The film opens next week and you can look at photos from the event here.
This weekend's big releases include another film aimed at teen girls, namely The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the first book in a series about half-angels who battle demons on the shady side of New York. Cast members Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan were in London this week promoting the film. Read our The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review Here.
Also opening next month is the comedy Enough Said, which released a new trailer this week. In one of his final performances, late actor James Gandolfini stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener as a man who inadvertently discovers that the woman he's seeing is a friend of his bitter ex-wife. It looks like a warm, witty exploration of second-chance romance and maybe a fitting tribute to the man, watch the trailer here.
Real-life couple Jeanne Tripplehorn and Leland Orser star in Morning, as a husband and wife struggling to cope with the death of their only child. A new trailer this week reveals a hopeful weepy with a terrific cast that includes Laura Linney, Elliot Gould, Kyle Chandler and Jason Ritter. Written and directed by Orser (best known as Dr Lucien from ER), the film opens in America next month you can watch the trailer here.
And the movie isn't out until April, but Disney will follow-up their Chimpanzee documentary with Bears, which traces a year in the life of two brown bear cubs in Alaska. A new trailer shows Disney's usual approach, giving the creatures human characteristics to generate drama, suspense and emotion. It's also stunningly photographed in breathtaking locations. Watch the trailer for Disney's Bears here.