Director Matt Reeves has confirmed a small but interesting detail from one of the sequences in his hit film The Batman. The scene features the outskirts of Gotham’s Iceberg Lounge where anyone who looks closely can see Paul Dano’s Riddler in plain sight.
The scene is a part of the film’s mise-en-scène, which adds details to a major sequence later in the film, making Reeves’ The Batman furthermore thorough and accounts for Reeves’ methodical direction.
The scene, pointed out by @ajrascals, was shared by Ryan Unicomb on his Twitter feed (see below) and came on-screen at 31:55 during the film’s run. It features the outskirts of the city club, Iceberg Lounge, a Penguin-owned facility. On the left of the scene’s frame, is an apartment building, wherein, a person is lurking through his window, scanning the outer area. The tweet figured that the said person is none other than Paul Dano’s Riddler. Ryan also asked Matt Reeves for his response on this theory, which the director confirmed to be 100% true.
Confirming this detail, Matt Reeves added detail to his vision for the DC Comics story while also proving that he indeed had tried to surpass previous Batman films in terms of setting, tone, and production design. The scene featured right at almost the beginning of the film also brings a later sequence full circle, explaining that sudden shock it brought to the audience.
*Spoilers for The Batman ahead*
In the later part of the film, Batman and Gordon, with the help of Selina, discovers that the informer running Gotham PD and administration on his fingers is none other than Carmine Falcone. It unravels that Falcone has for years used Thomas Wayne’s trust fund for the city’s renewal to launder money after his death and has bought off almost everyone in the administration.
When Falcone is arrested, Riddler shoots him from a nearby apartment window, only to later surrender, considering his work complete. From the new detail, it’s clear that Riddler has been keeping tabs on people going in and out of the lounge. Earlier in the film, Batman also discovers several pictures of officials from the court, the mayor’s office, and the police department frequenting the lounge, all of which were taken by Riddler. The detail also brings full circle those moments where Riddler had spied on them. The apartment apparently gave Riddler full access to the main entrance of the lounge, giving him chance to take snaps of several corrupt officials, some of whom he murders in the film.
It has been a practice for directors like Reeves to leave such minute details to make their films wholesome and leave no gaps or loopholes for the audience to point out. There are several more Easter eggs in The Batman that have been discovered, while many more are under hunt. With the film now available on streaming for HBO Max, the hunt will gain momentum.
The Batman debuted on HBO Max on April 18th, after a successful $700M+ collection at the worldwide box-office, and can now be viewed directly by all subscribers. It will release on Blu-ray with additional special features and deleted scenes next month.
Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2022
2022 has already been an impressive year for horror movies, with Scream and Texas Chainsaw Massacre starting off the year. Luckily, there are still several interesting features to come.
Last year was also a great year for the horror genre. 2021 saw movies like M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the Fear Street trilogy and the Candyman remake.
This year will also see a few remakes and sequels, like the long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 and the remake of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, which was originally released on screen in 1979, and is based on the book of the same name. There will also be another installment of the popular Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead Rise.
There will be a lot of new, original material this year to get excited about. Like Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which is a psychological thriller about 1950s suburbia, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. Or David Slade’s Dark Harvest, which is based on the novel of the same name by Norman Partridge.
While several of these highly anticipated horror flicks are set to release during the fall – fittingly around Halloween – now is a great time to get excited for what’s to come and read about some of the most anticipated horror movies to hit the screens in 2022.
The Black Phone is about a 13-year-old boy (Mason Thames) who gets kidnapped by a sinister masked killer (Ethan Hawke), and is kept in a soundproof basement. There’s a disconnected phone on the wall in the basement that starts to ring and connects the boy with the voices of the killer’s previous victims, who want to help him escape.
The movie will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) with co-writing from screenwriter and film critic C. Robert Cargill, and is based on a short story by Joe Hill; Stephen King’s son. Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will be producing.
The Black Phone will have its theatrical release on June 24th, and just from the trailer alone, it looks like bona fide nightmare fuel.
The horror/drama Men is about a young woman (Jessie Buckley) who ventures out into the English countryside for some self-care and personal time, when she discovers something, or someone, in the woods is stalking her. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) wrote and directed the movie, with A24 (Midsommar, Hereditary) aiding in production.
The trailer depicts a very creepy, unsettling plot that looks ripe with twists, turns, and depth that’s recognizable with A24 productions. The theatrical release for Men is set for May 20.
Halloween Ends is the thirteenth and seemingly the last installment in the Halloween franchise, created by horror master John Carpenter. It follows the 2018 reboot Halloween and the 2021 sequel Halloween Kills, and will be directed by David Gordon Green, who was also responsible for the other two films in the reboot trilogy.
Halloween Ends will pick up where Halloween Kills left off and put Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers against each other for a final showdown. Jason Blum is on board for production and the movie will feature writers who worked on the recent prequels, like Danny McBride.
Michael Myers has been terrorizing audiences since the debut of the original Halloween in 1978. Several sequels and reboots have been released over the years – some better than others. Viewers will have to wait until Halloween Ends’ theatrical release on October 14 to see how – and if – the franchise comes to an end.
‘Salem’s Lot is one of Stephen King’s most notable classics. It was adapted on screen once before in 1979, and received rave reviews from critics, labeling it one of the best King adaptations. Later in 1987, the sequel, A Return to ‘Salem’s Lot debuted, but really didn’t live up to the original.
The horror classic about Ben Mears (Lewis Pullman), a writer who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot and finds it slowly overcome with vampires, is being remade and directed by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun). Well-known horror director James Wan, (The Conjuring, Inisidious), is also coming on as a producer.
The theatrical release for ‘Salem’s Lot is set for September 9. There have yet to be any trailers or sneak peeks released for the movie, but Wan and Dauberman are aiming to keep the remake as close to the original book as possible.
NOPE is the latest movie from acclaimed director Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out). It’s about a couple of caretakers at a horse ranch in California that encounter some kind of strange presence that affects animal and human behaviors. Maybe it’s aliens or some other strange supernatural force. It’s unclear, and the trailer is just as ambiguous as the title itself. However, knowing what Peele is capable of from his past works puts NOPE at the top of the list for summer must-sees. NOPE also has a star-studded cast including Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria).
The theatrical release is set for July 22.
The Major Prop Katey Sagal Took From The Set Of Sons Of Anarchy
Throughout “Sons of Anarchy,” Gemma shows that she’s not one to be messed with. She’s fiercely protective of her son Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and the outlaw motorcycle club that her late husband John Teller started. If something or someone threatens either of these things, Gemma has no problem deceiving — and even killing — to ensure their survival.
Gemma’s dark, edgy wardrobe accurately reflects her personality, from her black, heeled boots to her oversized sunglasses. But one article of clothing, one that is with Gemma from the beginning, pulls the look together –- a leather jacket.
It was this item that Katey Sagal wanted to keep from her time on set. She said in an interview with People, “In the pilot, they made her a brown leather coat, so I took that coat because it was her first piece of wardrobe and it really helped to form the character.”
Although Theo Rossi thought Sagal’s husband, “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, would take home the club table, Sagal wasn’t having it. She said, “Paris [Barclay, an executive producer] said it should go in the Smithsonian. I don’t know where it goes, but it’s not coming to our house.”