Robert Pattinson has won the role of the Dark Knight. It has been reported that Warner has approved Pattinson as the star of The Batman, the upcoming DC movie to be directed by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.
According to Deadline, the studio has decided to move forward with Pattinson as Batman after considering him and X-Men star Nicholas Hoult. The news that Pattinson was the front-runner was first reported earlier this month. Deadline states that both actors were impressive contenders, but ultimately the studio went with the former Twilight star. The site also reports that DC is intending to make a trilogy of Batman movies with Pattinson in the lead. An official announcement is expected soon.
Pattinson is best known for his role as Edward in the Twilight series. He also appeared in two Harry Potter movies as Cedric Diggory, and has more recently starred in a series of acclaimed indie movies, such as Good Time, High-Life, and the upcoming The Lighthouse. He is also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s next film, the thriller Tenet, which is now in production.
The Batman hits theaters on June 25, 2021. The movie has been in the works for several years, with Ben Affleck originally set to star and direct it. Affleck stepped down as director in early 2017, and more recently confirmed that he was no longer involved at all, stating that he had “tried to direct a version of it, but couldn’t crack it.”
In a recent interview, Reeves hinted at what fans could expect from the movie. “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”
Larian Studios, the developer behind Divinity: Original Sin and Original Sin 2, has dropped what appears to be a teaser for a new Baldur’s Gate.
The official site has updated with a “III” logo, though the stylized lettering isn’t quite unique enough to necessarily identify it as belonging to Baldur’s Gate. As some savvy Twitter users have pointed out, though, the metadata refers to the image as “BaldursGate_logo_III_retouched.” It’s possible this wasn’t meant to be seen and is something of an inside joke, but it could also mean the studio is bringing Baldur’s Gate back. The timing of this tease could suggest that the studio is preparing a reveal at E3 2019.
The series has been relatively quiet recently. An Enhanced Edition port of the original Baldur’s Gate was released in 2013, and a new expansion was released in 2016, under Atari and the Canadian publisher Beamdog. The last numbered Baldur’s Gate game released in 2000, developed by BioWare.
The Divinity games have gained critical acclaim of their own. GameSpot’s review of Original Sin 2 awarded it a 10/10, which would make the studio a good fit for reviving the classic series.
“From lonely farmhouses through pitched battles with gods in far-flung dimensions, Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the most captivating role-playing games ever made in both its original and Definitive incarnations, with the latter proving that even the most complicated role-players can be ported successfully to gamepad-limited consoles,” Brett Todd wrote. “This immaculately conceived and emotion-wrought fantasy world, topped by brilliant tactical combat, make it one of the finest games of recent years, and it remains an instant classic in the pantheon of RPG greats.”
Netflix is to raise the price of its subscriptions in the UK for the first time since 2017, the company has said. Two of its three membership options will go up in price, with the other remaining the same.
The two options affected are the mid-range standard tariff, which will soon cost £9 per month, having previously cost £8 per month. This popular option allows you to stream HD TV and films to two devices at a time.
The premium option, which currently costs £9 per month and allows you to stream ultra HD content to four devices, will increase to £11 per month, while the basic SD-only package will remain at £6 per month. The new prices will be rolled out over the coming weeks for existing customers, but are effective immediately for new members.
Netflix told BBC News the price hike was necessary “to reflect the significant investments we’ve made in new TV shows and films.” The new prices take Netflix’s standard tariff above the £8 per month Amazon charges for Prime Video, while NowTV ranges from £8 to £34 per month, depending on the type of shows you like to watch. Other UK streaming services are funded by advertising or license fees.
Netflix recently overtook Sky TV as the most popular TV service in the UK. However, things could be shaken up in the coming months: the BBC and ITV plan to launch a joint BritBox service in the UK soon, while Amazon Prime will begin showing live Premier League matches from next season. Apple and Disney also have streaming services in the works.
Netflix’s slate of shows to arrive soon includes Black Mirror Season 5 and The Witcher, which recently finished production.
Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian’s new RPG, The Outer Worlds, seems like it’ll have something new to show at E3 2019. The game’s Twitter account today posted a cryptic message that suggests some kind of E3 announcement/showing is coming up.
“The Board wants to let you know to pay attention to broadcasts from Los Angeles, California, Earth, in the coming weeks for [REDACTED],” reads the message.
It seems that The Outer Worlds is one of the 14 Xbox Game Studios projects that Microsoft will show off at E3 2019. Microsoft acquired Obsidian in 2018.
The Outer Worlds is being published by Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two Interactive’s new indie games label, Private Division, and it’ll be released on Xbox One, as well as PS4 and PC.
The 14 Xbox Game Studios games that Microsoft is bringing to E3 2019 is more first-party titles than the company has ever had at E3.
The PC edition of The Outer Worlds will be released on the Epic Store and Windows Store first, before coming to Steam a year later. Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, who worked on the original Fallout, are heading up the team making The Outer Worlds. The game is showing a lot of promise, and as mentioned, it’s set for release sometime in 2019.
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