The Top 5 will take a brief hiatus next week as I’ll be in Austin for MondoCon on Saturday. As someone who has little to no available wall space thanks to its namesake, I’m genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the convention and meet artists like Tim Sale, Francesco Francavilla, Jock, and more. The analogy “like a kid on Christmas” comes to mind, but there’s a solid chance that there will be more alcoholic beverages consumed during my brief stint in Austin than would be appropriate for a child’s Christmas festivities. At any rate, Top 5 and I will return in two short weeks and I’ll likely use the opening paragraph to hit on some of the high points of my MondoCon experience then. This is important because it will not only mean that I enjoyed safe travels but also that my wife let me back in the house in spite of the posters and collectibles that I’ll inevitably bring home.
My prelude to MondoCon out of the way, this week’s installment includes a detailed look at the Batmobile from Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first trailer and poster for Keanu Reeves‘ revenge actioner John Wick, word from Robert Downey Jr. that there are currently no plans for Iron Man 4, a new trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, and all of our TIFF 2014 coverage to date. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Batmobile Revealed
This past week brought us a trio of detailed looks at Ben Affleck’s Batmobile in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: these unofficial set images, this unofficial set video, and this official hi-res image from Zack Snyder courtesy of film set photographer Clay Enos. I’ve stated my concern about the direction Warner Bros. is taking its DC films here before. I should clarify, if I haven’t already, that this concern has nothing to do with Snyder’s eye for design. Like most things he touches, this iteration of the Batmobile looks stellar.
2. First Trailer and Poster for Keanu Reeves’ JOHN WICK
I was cautiously optimistic for Keanu Reeves’ John Wick for all the reasons that Steve mentions in his poster write-up. Then I watched the first trailer for the film and I decided to throw caution to the wind. This looks like a great revenge actioner that I can’t wait to check out for myself. Words of wisdom: you should always just assume that anyone rocking a black turtleneck like Reeves is in the above image is a total badass.
3. IRON MAN 4 Not Currently Planned According to Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. said this week that there are currently no plans for he and Marvel to team-up on a fourth Iron Man film. If this holds, then kudos to both parties for knowing when to go out on top. I say that, but I tend to agree with our Evan Dickson’s assessment that the success of films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s proof that they no longer need to dish out a huge salary to RDJ in order to make a box office hit. As a result, the standalone Iron Man franchise gets the rest it deserves.
4. Julianne Moore Is Nuts in New MAPS TO THE STARS Trailer
I’m not sure why I’d expect anything less with David Cronenberg at the helm, but this latest trailer for his Maps to the Stars is twisted and reminds me that 1) Julianne Moore is a fantastic actress and 2) she scares the hell out of me. This one could go way off the deep end, be an imminently watchable critique of Hollywood, or both.
5. Our TIFF 2014 Coverage
TIFF 2014 is winding down this weekend and we’ve covered the hell out of it the past week and a half. Kudos to everyone in Toronto who worked tirelessly to pump out content from the festival. If you want to look at all of our event coverage to date at a glance, then click here and have at it. If you’re interested in a few of my personal favorites then I recommend Steve’s video interview with Michael Douglas, his video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley, Matt’s Foxcatcher review, Adam’s festival-centric Oscar Beat features, and Phil’s The Theory of Everything review.