Yes, DC’s Batgirl Movie Is Still Happening

DC’s live-action universe has had a fascinating life thus far, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Full of peaks and valleys, the still infant franchise is constantly announcing potential projects, while giving no concrete release schedule like Marvel typically does. It’s unclear which of these developing movies will come to fruition, including Batgirl.

When it was announced, the Batgirl movie was going to be helmed by The Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer director Joss Whedon. But Whedon eventually dropped the developing project, claiming he simply didn’t have the right story in mind for the beloved heroine. But it looks like the movie is still moving forward, being written by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson. When asked about its release and development, she recently revealed:

[That’s] above my paygrade. Not something I can speak to. But, yeah, I’m loving writing it, I can say that, it’s a total joy to work on. I love the character. And everyday I’m finding new things to love and get excited about.

It looks like Christina Hodson has been very busy lately, between writing both Birds of Prey and the Batgirl movie. And while the former is going to be hitting theaters first, at least we know Batgirl’s flick is still on its way to theaters.

Christina Hodson’s comments to Comic Book Movie are sure to be a relief to some DC fans, who are hoping for more of the Bat-family in the current live-action universe. Joss Whedon seemed like the perfect director to bring Barbara Gordon into live-action, but his exit seemingly put the project in jeopardy. Plenty of DC projects have fallen to the wayside over the years, and Batgirl seemed like a prime candidate to follow suit.

Luckily, the project is still being developed, and Christina Hodson is handling the screenplay herself. As long as Birds of Prey ends up being a success, it seems like Barbara Gordon will get her own spinoff shortly thereafter. DC may be on the upswing starting with James Wan’s Aquaman, so hopefully the success keeps going with the next few films before Birds of Prey.

The female-centric DC movie is actually titled Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), and will serve as a standalone film, as well as a spinoff for Margot Robie’s Suicide Squad character. The upcoming blockbuster will bring a ton of iconic DC females into live-action, including Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya. All of those femme fatales have already been cast, but the actress who is going to play Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is still a mystery.

It’s possible that Warner Bros. hasn’t landed on someone to play Batgirl, which sense if the Batgirl movie is still in the works. This isn’t a one film deal, as the actress will star in her own spinoff shortly after. Regardless, each casting announcement has been leaked before an official announcement was provided by the studio, so we’ll likely know who is playing Batgirl soon after she’s chosen.

The fate of the Batgirl movie seems largely dependent on the performance of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). While ground work is being laid and Barbara Gordon will make her debut in the universe in that ensemble film, Batgirl might get the can if Birds of Prey does poorly. So the pressure is on for Cathy Yan to deliver a successful blockbuster with her upcoming DC debut.

That being said, Birds of Prey does seem to have a lot going for it. The most obvious weapon it has is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The fan favorite DC villainess made her live-action debut with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and is largely known as the film’s saving grace. Birds of Prey is one of many announced projects starring Quinn, and will introduce her to other Gotham City ladies, as well as Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask.

Birds of Prey will likely take place in Gotham City, which will excite endless DC fans out there. Batman is arguably the most popular comic book character ever, and his locations and supporting characters are beloved. As such, seeing Bat-family members Huntress and Batgirl on the silver screen is enough to put plenty of butts in seats. Add in iconic rogues Black Mask and Harley Quinn, and any respectable Bat-fan will be showing up to theaters when Birds of Prey arrives in 2020.

It should be interesting to see how Batgirl continues to develop, as the project is currently a complete mystery– save for the inclusion of Christina Hodson. The project was originally announced in March of 2017, it seemed like one of the most exciting potential projects the DCEU had cooking. Joss Whedon seemed like an inspired choice as director, given his tenure with strong female characters in Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and his work with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the MCU.

But Joss Whedon dropped the project after failing to craft a compelling enough story, one he thought was worthy of an iconic character like Barbara Gordon. And since then, there’s been no news on that project, as Warner Bros. focuses on other movies like Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, and Birds of Prey. But with Batgirl set to make her debut in the latter, the time has come for DC to commit to her solo movie’s development.

Bringing Batgirl and other members of the Bat-family into the spotlight of the DC Universe is no doubt a way to satiate fans, given how precarious Ben Affleck’s tenure as Batman seems to be. Affleck has long been rumored to be making his way toward the door, and his current focus on substance abuse issues only seems to put the role in more jeopardy. Despite being the thread that connected Justice League with Suicide Squad, there’s no guarantee that Affleck’s version of Batman will return to the silver screen.

With Matt Reeves actively developing The Batman, the timing with Batgirl‘s solo flick and Birds of Prey role is particularly fascinating. Perhaps the new Batgirl will be included in that movie, helping to bring a new Batman actor into the fold. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Batgirl will arrive in the DC Universe when Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

 

How Liza Minnelli Helped Rami Malek Play Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody

Compared to playing a made up character, portraying a real person in a movie always presents a unique challenge. Playing legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who was uniquely talented and with incomparable physicality and stage presence, is something else entirely. To play Freddie in Bohemian Rhapsody Rami Malek knew he had to learn to move like Freddie, and for that he enlisted the help of movement coach Polly Bennett and Liza Minnelli, as he explained:

To become Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek watched all the archive footage of the singer that he could find, but he knew he couldn’t just mimic or impersonate him. To do so would run counter to the spontaneity and creativity of Freddie Mercury. To get himself where he needed to be he had to go deeper and do more.

Instead of just looking at what Freddie did, Rami Malek and his movement coach looked at what inspired Freddie and that meant turning to musical director Bob Fosse’s 1972 film Cabaret and Liza Minnelli. Liza Minnelli won an Oscar for the film where she starred as an entertainer at a club in Berlin and performed multiple musical numbers where she sang and danced.

Freddie Mercury’s movement and footwork on stage was influenced by Liza Minnelli in that film, so Rami Malek focused on her work as Sally Bowles to try and match Freddie Mercury’s elegant footwork on stage.

Rami Malek’s preparation wasn’t just watching Liza Minnelli in Cabaret either. Polly Bennett tried to instill a quintessential Freddieness into the actor, so that in any given scene, on stage or otherwise, he could be Freddie. As he told ScreenDaily, that meant some interesting exercises like performing a Queen song in the style of Shakespeare while pretending to be an 18th century French monarch. Though, I’m not sure whether or not he was supposed to be Marie Antoinette pre or post-beheading.

It sounds like it worked too because his spontaneity and unpredictability in the role kept the cameramen on the film on their toes, never sure what he was going to do next.

Beyond just moving like Freddie, Rami Malek also had to look and talk like the singer and that meant singing lessons, a dialect coach and of course, a false set of teeth to really become the Queen frontman. He also had an intense diet and exercise routine to have the necessary cardio for the performances in the film.

Some of what he did may sound untraditional, but whether it was watching Liza Minnelli or Shakespearean soliloquies that got him there, it is generally agreed that Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury was fantastic and the highlight of Bohemian Rhapsody.

The film has been a huge success too, as the enduring popularity of Queen’s music and Rami Malek’s performance helped propel Bohemian Rhapsody to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

Moviegoers Are Walking Out Of Holmes And Watson

When you think about great comedic pairings, there’s a solid chance that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly come to mind thanks to their team-ups in Adam McKay‘s movies like Step Brothers. So seeing the actors reunite for a comedic take on Sherlock Holmes seemed like a safe bet for guaranteed laughs. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case with Holmes & Watson, because the movie is apparently so bad and unfunny that people are actually walking out. Take a look:

Wow, that is rough. Not only did this Twitter user think that the movie was bad enough to walk out of, but she actually doesn’t want to see the duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly work together again. Holmes & Watson turned her off the pairing entirely! That is definitely not what you want to hear.

Unfortunately, this does not appear to have been an isolated incident as many people have taken to Twitter to complain about Holmes & Watson, with many saying that they walked out it was so bad. Apparently even those who are against walking out of movies felt compelled to here. Check it out:

Yikes. Falling asleep, walking out, and being compared it to another horrible movie isn’t a great look for Holmes & Watson. Most Twitter users posting about these reported walkouts aren’t stuffy critics or those who find this type of comedy beneath them. Instead, they’re fans of the actors and their previous work, simply not finding Holmes & Watson funny.

Many of the people claiming they walked out of the film are also claiming that they weren’t alone and auditoriums playing Holmes & Watson experienced mass exoduses:

A lot of the walkouts Tweets are also accompanied by demands for money back, claims that this is the worst movie ever and comparisons to other near universally condemned films like Waterworld (which is unfairly maligned if you ask me). Claims that people fell asleep were also common:

Of those who couldn’t make it through the film and walked out, it doesn’t appear that many made it very far. There are plenty of tweets that said they walked out anywhere from 15 minutes in to 45 minutes in. Not many moviegoers seemed to make it more than halfway through if they chose to walk out. I suppose they felt they had given it a fair enough shake at that point.

Another person who saw the film went in the opposite direction of those who never want to see Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly together onscreen again, desiring a redemptive opportunity after this debacle.

Holmes & Watson may be one of those instances where audiences and critics are in agreement about a film. The critical reviews for the film are dismal, with it currently sitting at 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Personally I didn’t find the trailer for Holmes & Watson to be funny, and I think many of us were expecting it to be bad. But for the film to not only be a bad movie, but to prompt walkouts from the general public is a feat indeed.

If you’re feeling brave or masochistic, Holmes & Watson is now playing. For all of the movies studios are hoping people don’t walk out of next year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

Kevin Feige Loves How Marvel Fans Reacted To Infinity War’s Ending

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been in a fascinating place, as the massive franchise’s future is largely a mystery. Avengers: Infinity War arrived in April, and brought a devastating ending that no one expected. The bad guy one, with Thanos succeeded in wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. Audiences and Avengers alike were left to watch in horror as countless characters faded to dust before our eyes.

The ending of Infinity War has been discussed countless times in the months following its release, and answers will finally come when Endgame arrives in theaters this coming April. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed how long The Snap had been planned, and how happy he was with the visceral reaction fans had to the sequence, saying:

It looks like Kevin Feige delights in breaking hearts, and the MCU has never had a gut punch quite like Thanos’ finger snap of death (aka The Decimation). And after every Marvel installment resulted in a somewhat happy ending, Feige and The Russo Brothers delighted blowing minds and defying expectations with Infinity War‘s big loss.

Looking back at the last ten years of filmmaking, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has rarely had anything but a happy ending for its blockbusters. Perhaps the most ambiguous ending also came during Phase Three, as Captain America: Civil War ended its titular conflict, but left the Avengers divided. The affects of that movie are still unresolved, as Tony and Cap haven’t met face to face since their final battle with Bucky.

But Avengers: Infinity War pulled no punches, and a ton of characters fell throughout the course of its runtime. Even if you take The Decimation out, Thanos brutally murdered the likes of Heimdell, Loki, Gamora, and Vision. And with half of all living things now wiped out as well, Infinity War isn’t close to a happy ending. That is, unless you’re Thanos.

It should be interesting to see how Avengers: Endgame ultimately turns out. The surviving Avengers are in a precarious position, and need to find a way to reverse The Snap. Captain Marvel will no doubt factor heavily into the story, as well as Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.

Avengers: Endgame will arrive in theaters on April 26th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Halloween Director David Gordon Green Waited A Decade To Film One Kill

Spoilers ahead for Halloween.

The past few years have been great for the horror genre, as new and exciting properties were brought to audiences. Many of the most recent hits, including the Oscar winning Get Out, came to theaters courtesy of Blumhouse Productions. The horror house turned its focus on the classics in 2018, with a new Halloween sequel arriving in time for the titular holiday.

Blumhouse’s Halloween was directed by David Gordon Green, who is perhaps best known for working on comedic projects. But he and writer Danny McBride are super fans of the franchise, and their Halloween was deeply influenced by John Carpenter’s original flick. Green has been open about his affection for Oscar’s death in the film, where the character is impaled by a fence when trying to escape Michael Myers. He’s apparently waited decades for that opportunity, recently saying:

You’ve got to admit, David Gordon Green has some serious follow through. While it may have taken a decade and change, the shot of a victim being impaled by a fence ultimately made it into Halloween. And it’s one of the sequel’s most horrifying moments.

Oscar’s death happens at the start of Halloween‘s third act, where Michael Myers is going on a rampage through Haddonfield in order to kill the Strode women. After Allyson leaves the Halloween dance, Oscar follows her and even tries to make a move or two. The awkwardness of this scene is interrupted by Michael himself, and the two attempt to jump a fence and escape him. Attempt being the key word.

Oscar is stabbed by Michael at the top of the fence, and is pulled down to the sharp spikes impale him. It’s gruesome, and something David Gordon Green has obviously thought about for some time. In fact, it as based off a real life image Green once saw, which never left his head. So when he got the chance to direct Halloween, he had to put that imagery into the bloody sequel.

You can see David Gordon and Danny McBride talk about Halloween’s kills below, courtesy of BD Horror:

This new clip comes from the upcoming home release of Halloween. With the holidays now behind us, Blumhouse is putting out its Halloween sequel for horror fans to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Let’s just hope that Michael doesn’t come knocking, the day we did in that fantastic long shot.

Considering the massive box office performance of Halloween, another sequel seems inevitable. But there hasn’t been any official announcements regarding that idea.

Halloween will arrive digitally on December 28th, and for home purchase on January 15th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

New Dumbo Image Puts Danny Devito In The Spotlight

While the star of the next live-action Disney film will be a flying elephant, a new image shows off some of the movie’s human characters as well. A brand new image of Dumbo has been released which shows the baby elephant and his mother, while Danny DeVito, who plays the ringmaster of the circus looks on. In the background, we also see Colin Farrell, who plays Dumbo’s caretaker, as well as the actors playing his children who befriend the tiny elephant with the big ears. Check it out.

Danny DeVito, whose character is named Max Medici in Dumbo, is pointing back at the elephants in the image shared by Fandango, while everybody else is looking on. Who knows what he’s saying. He probably remarking about the fact that the baby elephant has an absolutely massive pair of ears, which will aid him in being able to fly before it’s all said and done.

Of course, before Dumbo’s ears become a major benefit, they make the little guy something of a joke in the circus, at least in the original animated film. While the new movie is based on that film, and trailers have shown us a few scenes that clearly come from that plot, it’s also clear that the new movie will include a lot of brand new material as well.

The original story of Disney’s Dumbo follows the mute elephant as he’s turned into a clown after being rejected by the other elephants and his mother ends up getting locked up after going after some circus patrons who are abusing Dumbo. Then Dumbo gets drunk and finds himself up a tree, you know, like you do, where it’s discovered he’s capable of flight.

In the animated film, no people actually learn of Dumbo’s abilities until the very end of the movie. However, based on the trailers, it seems that Dumbo will become a star much earlier in the new live-action remake. It’s at that point that Michael Keaton‘s V. A. Vandevere will enter the picture as a man who sees Dumbo as a feature that can be used for financial gain. He convinces Danny DeVito’s Medici of the possibilities. Collin Farrell‘s Holt Farrier, however, will have the elephant’s best interests at heart, and will work to keep Dumbo from being exploited.

Almost all of the human characters are new to the live-action story. While there is a human Ringmaster who makes an appearance, he’s never given a name and he plays no important role in the plot. Other human characters, like the clowns that work with Dumbo, make only brief appearances and are frequently shown in silhouette which separates them that much more from the proper story.

With humans taking so much more prominent roles, it will be interesting to see how much of the new Dumbo actually follows Dumbo. We’ll find out when the new Tim Burton film arrives in 2019.

Halloween Director David Gordon Green Waited Decades To Film One Kill

Spoilers ahead for Halloween.

The past few years have been great for the horror genre, as new and exciting properties were brought to audiences. Many of the most recent hits, including the Oscar winning Get Out, came to theaters courtesy of Blumhouse Productions. The horror house turned its focus on the classics in 2018, with a new Halloween sequel arriving in time for the titular holiday.

Blumhouse’s Halloween was directed by David Gordon Green, who is perhaps best known for working on comedic projects. But he and writer Danny McBride are super fans of the franchise, and their Halloween was deeply influenced by John Carpenter’s original flick. Green has been open about his affection for Oscar’s death in the film, where the character is impaled by a fence when trying to escape Michael Myers. He’s apparently waited decades for that opportunity, recently saying:

You’ve got to admit, David Gordon Green has some serious follow through. While it may have taken a decade and change, the shot of a victim being impaled by a fence ultimately made it into Halloween. And it’s one of the sequel’s most horrifying moments.

Oscar’s death happens at the start of Halloween‘s third act, where Michael Myers is going on a rampage through Haddonfield in order to kill the Strode women. After Allyson leaves the Halloween dance, Oscar follows her and even tries to make a move or two. The awkwardness of this scene is interrupted by Michael himself, and the two attempt to jump a fence and escape him. Attempt being the key word.

Oscar is stabbed by Michael at the top of the fence, and is pulled down to the sharp spikes impale him. It’s gruesome, and something David Gordon Green has obviously thought about for some time. In fact, it as based off a real life image Green once saw, which never left his head. So when he got the chance to direct Halloween, he had to put that imagery into the bloody sequel.

You can see David Gordon and Danny McBride talk about Halloween’s kills below, courtesy of BD Horror:

This new clip comes from the upcoming home release of Halloween. With the holidays now behind us, Blumhouse is putting out its Halloween sequel for horror fans to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Let’s just hope that Michael doesn’t come knocking, the day we did in that fantastic long shot.

Considering the massive box office performance of Halloween, another sequel seems inevitable. But there hasn’t been any official announcements regarding that idea.

Halloween will arrive digitally on December 28th, and for home purchase on January 15th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Aquaman Has A Hilarious Wonder Woman Easter Egg

The following contains spoilers for the post-credits scene of Aquaman.

One of the most fun things about all superhero movies is all of the easter eggs and references that tend to get littered throughout them. With the growing connected universe that both Marvel and DC are building, many references are to other characters that we know, while others are to comic book lore that only fans of the original books will even notice. Aquaman, the newest DC film, is no exception to this rule. It includes a great reference to another popular DC hero, Wonder Woman, though, hilariously, the reference claims the two characters could be an item.

The easter egg was spotted by an eagle-eyed fan and posted to Reddit. It’s seen at the end of the movie, during the post-credits scene, where Black Manta has been rescued and nursed back to health. We learn that the rescuer is Dr. Stephen Shin, played by Randall Park, who is seen throughout the film as something of an Atlantis conspiracy theorist. In the final scene, we see that he’s tacked up a bunch of Aquaman related newspaper headlines to his wall, including one which states “Wonder Woman Nixes Aquaman Dating Rumour.”

It’s a pretty funny headline, as it instantly conjures an image of Wonder Woman being chased by paparazzi and being asked who she’s currently seeing. Somebody with a camera in her face asks her if it’s true that she’s dating Aquaman, and she shouts “no” before jumping into the air to get away from them.

Of course, as the fans on Reddit point out, the headline isn’t only a funny joke. In the Flashpoint comic book alternate timeline, Wonder Woman and Aquaman actually do get together, so perhaps there’s a bit more to this reference.

The last thing we heard officially was that the first movie led by Ezra Miller’s Flash would be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline, though some reports have claimed that’s no longer the case. Either way, this little easter egg is likely meant as an intentional reference to the story. The only question is if this is a hint of something we might eventually see on screen or just something for fans familiar with the comics to enjoy.

Based on the response of the director himself to the joke, it’s probably just for fun.

Why the doctor who is attempting to prove the existence of Atlantis thinks this story is important is also unclear.

Aquaman makes few overt references to the previous DC movies. There’s a brief mention by Mera that Aquaman was involved in the defeat of Steppenwolf during the events of Justice League and that’s about it. The movie itself is pretty self-contained, which may be part of the reason it’s been so successful so far. No previous films are required viewing.

Wonder Woman herself will be back up to bat before too long. While her next starring role, Wonder Woman 1984 was originally set to debut in less than a year, it was recently pushed back to the summer of 2020.

Kevin Feige Affirms Marvel Studio’s Focus On Diversity

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an ever changing place, as the massive franchise recently celebrated a decade of filmmaking. The MCU has changed quite a bit since its inception, growing focused on a variety of characters, and often relying heavily on comedic moments. While the Phase One largely focused on white male characters, the shared universe has become an increasingly diverse place.

Phase Three is the most obvious example of this, as the blockbusters began featuring more people of color, women, and possibly even an LGBT character. Plus, those projects like Black Panther and Ant-Man and The Wasp have proven extremely successful with audiences. Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige recently spoke to the focus on telling inclusive stories in the future, saying:

In addition to giving Marvel audiences the chance to feel seen and represented in the media, diversity in the shared universe is positively affecting the quality of the films. And with the MCU showing no signs of slowing down, new perspective and surprising stories are exactly what Kevin Feige is looking for.

Kevin Feige’s comments to Variety’s Playback podcast show how the head of Marvel Studios is thinking about the MCU through a variety of different lenses. When making creative decisions about the MCU’s future, Feige must weigh what the studio wants with fan expectations, and make a ton of money in the process. And after the insane success of projects like Black Panther, it’s clear that Marvels’ future is bound to be inclusive.

Black Panther was a record-breaking moment in film history, as it featured mostly black talent both in front of and behind the camera. It’s a movie that made a ton of money, while also garnering glowing critical reviews and awards chatter. The residents of Wakanda came back in a major way in Avengers: Infinity War, so smart money says that the MCU is going to feature T’Challa’s world plenty in the post-Endgame world.

Black Panther will presumably return to the MCU when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers Movie Has A Title, And It’s Perfect

Tom Hanks was already the absolute perfect choice to play Fred Rogers in the upcoming biopic about the children’s television host. Now, the official title for the film has been revealed and it’s already giving me that warm feeling that Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood always did. The film, which previously was going under the title You Are My Friend, will be called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The reveal came via an official announcement from Sony Pictures. The title, of course, comes from the first line of the opening theme song of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, the television show that Fred Rogers hosted for more than 30 years. The title of the song “Won’t you be my Neighbor?” wasn’t really available as a title for this movie as it was already used as the title of a documentary film about Fred Rogers that debuted earlier this year.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is still a perfect title because every person who had even a passing connection to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up, and for a show that spent so long on the air, that’s a lot of people, will be familiar with that opening line. The title will instantly make people remember their childhoods. Nostalgia is a powerful motivator and it might very well motivate a lot of people to see this movie.

The new movie will star Tom Hanks in the lead role as the popular TV show host and will co-star Matthew Rhys as Tom Junod, a journalist doing a profile on Rogers. The pair end up becoming friends, with Rogers’ optimistic perspective eventually rubbing off on the jaded reporter.

The only thing we’ve seen of the new movie so far is the promotional image above which shows Tom Hanks dressed as Fred Rogers. While I wouldn’t call him the spitting image of Rogers by any means, he certainly resembles the man enough for the purposes of the film. And really, who else was going to play Fred Rogers in a movie? By all accounts, Tom Hanks is actually as nice a person as he appears to be in his films, making him the perfect person to play the man who, based on what we learned in the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? documentary, actually was the person he appeared to be on television.

Add to that the fact that Tom Hanks is simply one of the best actors alive today, and you have a recipe for a potentially great film about a truly great man.

Unfortunately, the only real news we’ve had from the set of the new movie is that a crew member actually died while filming the new movie. He fell from a balcony, though it appears he may have had a heart attack before the fall.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is set for an October 2019 release.