Movie Morsels: Batman, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Moana’ & More

After playing cagey last week about the prospect of him directing, co-writing, and starring in a new solo Batman film, Ben Affleck is being more committal about the subject this week. During his promotional tour for his latest directorial effort, Live By Night, Affleck was recently quoted as saying that his Batman film is “good and going”. Those are certainly more assuring words than “we’ll see how it goes”. We still have no arrival date for such a project, but rumor has it that it might film later this year, with an eye for a 2018 release.

In an interview with The Undefeated, actor Sterling K. Brown seemingly announced the casting of actress Phylicia Rashad in Black Panther. Assuming his information is correct, Rashad is the latest in a long line of African-American thespians joining the cast. There’s no word as this time as to what character she might be playing or how large her role might be. Marvel‘s Black Panther begins production soon, ahead of a February 16th, 2018 release.

Walt Disney Animation Studios will re-release their 2016 hit, Moana, back into theaters on January 27th in a “Sing-Along” version. Tje release is expected to span at least 2,000 theaters nationwide. If you couldn’t guess already, the film will display the lyrics to each song as subtitles, with audiences encourage to join in on the musical fun. Moana is slated to hit VOD on February 21st and Blu-ray on March 7th.

Things have been relatively quiet on the Star Trek 4 front since summer. Actor/writer Simon Pegg took to social media awhile back to tease that writing on the project had begun and it was announced months ago that George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) would return in the sequel in some fashion, but that’s basically been it. While at the Golden Globes ceremonies on Sunday, however, Chris Hemsworth spoke to MTV about the project: “I’ve spoken to J.J. Abrams, and he has an amazing pitch on the whole thing.” Short and vague, of course, but still a sign that the project is slowly moving forward.