Reject Recap: A New Batman, the Sundance Slate and ‘Homeland’ Piracy

Reject Recap: The Best of Film School Rejects

Welcome to another Reject Recap. Can you believe how fast time is flying by this year? It’s already December, and soon it will be the end of the 2012 (and end of the world?). And it’s been a surprisingly busy time for big movie news and rumors. Who can keep up with all the reports and commentary every day? If you haven’t been able to, we invite you to at least check out the highlights down below.

First, we must give you the weekly reminder to check out our reviews of the new theatrical releases (Killing Them Softly; The Collection; California Solo; What a Man; Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) and interviews with Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik and The Day‘s director and cast, including Dominic Monaghan, Ashley Bell and Shawn Ashmore. This week we also looked at promotional artwork for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and watched trailers for such films as Black Rock and something called Osombie.

Now, check out our biggest and best stories and original content from the past week after the break.

Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Batman in Justice League?

The big news — well, rumor — of the week brought about a lot of discussion, as The Dark Knight Rises co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is said to maybe, possibly, potentially be linking Christopher Nolan‘s Batman films to the planned Justice League film by donning the Caped Crusader’s costume for the superhero team. That means a John Blake Batman rather than Bruce Wayne. Jack commented on the story: “if Warner Bros. wants a tonal and thematic tie to the world Nolan created, then keeping Levitt around is a really smart move. Plus, from a storytelling standpoint, it isn’t such a bad choice, since they already got most of Blake’s origin story out of the way.”

More on Justice League:
Of Course ‘Man of Steel’ Will Begin the Push to ‘Justice League’


What Films Are Playing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival?

SVHS MovieWhile the fanboys had their big story, the festival crowd got some massive news, too, when the major programs of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival were unveiled. First up was the competition slates and NEXT selections, from which Kate had a ton of anticipated titles to highlight, including Shane Carruth‘s long-awaited follow-up to Primer. The next day, we received the list of films in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontiers sections. Kate spotlighted the following: “Some of the most eye-catching of these programming picks include Jeff Nichols’ Mud (Nichols makes his return to Sundance after the success of his 2011 entry, Take Shelter), Pablo Larraín‘s No, Ben Wheatley‘s Sightseers (yes!), Sarah Polley‘s Stories We Tell (the actress and director’s first documentary, which we’ve covered quite often already), everyone’s S-VHS (that’s another big “yes!”), and Jim Mickle‘s English-language remake of We Are What We Are (you know, the family-o-cannibals movie).”


Should All Movies Be Available to Everyone at All Times Now?

Huge DVD CollectionThis week’s biggest discussion not associated with news or rumor is an original response to a media pundit admitting to downloading bootleg TV episodes and saying it’s the distributor’s fault for not releasing them online legitimately. Piracy has long been a hot issue, and Cole offered some insightful commentary this time around: “There are very real, very complicated business-side issues at work here that go beyond one fan wanting something and expecting companies to recognize that need in order to fill it. Fans especially should be intimately aware of these issues, because we will be on the forefront of changing the landscape. Perhaps a radical shift is needed, and maybe it will happen, but it won’t come because someone couldn’t wait two days to watch Homeland.”


Have Any Women Made Oscar-Worthy Films This Year?

Another provocative discussion came this week in a response to The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual director’s round table, which once again featured no women filmmakers. In his latest Oscar column, Daniel shot back with a look at all the great work made by female talents in 2012. Here’s one film he thinks deserves recognition: “there’s one omission from the season that I just don’t understand. Lynn Shelton‘s family and character study, Your Sister’s Sister, is at least as witty and emotionally resonant as Silver Linings Playbook, if not much more so. The cast of Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass might not be as famous as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but that’s not a good enough reason for this excellent work to be sidelined. Out of all of these names, excepting the already Oscar-winning Bigelow, Shelton seemed the most likely to be included in the season. Hopefully, with the film now boosted along a bit by the Gotham Awards and the Indie Spirits, something will stick.”
More awards coverage:
The Academy Will Have a Record 21 Animated Films to Choose From For Oscar
Film Independent Spirit Awards Announces 2013 Nominees, Including ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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