Major production companies in the U.S. are halting the release of their films as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Yesterday, Disney led the film sanction as they announced they would not be releasing Pixar’s Turning Red in the invading country. Since then, Warner Bros. and Sony have announced they halted the release of their upcoming films in Russia, including The Batman starring Robert Pattinson and Morbius starring Jared Leto.
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Warner Media is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia,” a WarnerMedia spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”
The Batman was set to debut in Russia on March 3 as part of the film’s global rollout. Other upcoming Warner Bros. releases include Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 14) and DC League of Super-Pets (May 19). It’s not yet been announced if these will be withheld as well.
This morning, Paramount Pictures also joined its peers and announced they would not release the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog sequel or the Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum rom-com The Lost City in Russia.
“As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to pause the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. We stand by all those impacted by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia, and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds,” Paramount said in a statement.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Russia is one of Hollywood’s top global markets, meaning the companies will take a financial blow for this decision. Some features did continue to premiere in Russia over the weekend, including Joe Wright’s Cyrano and Paramount’s The Godfather 50th Anniversary.
The Batman: Could any of us become Gotham’s caped crusader?
With no superpowers to speak of, Batman is often held up as one of comic books’ more realistic heroes. He does not possess super strength, nor can he fly or shoot lasers out of his eyes. He’s just a simple traumatised man with a simple crimefighting dream – and billions of dollars.
In theory, this should make him the easiest superhero to aspire to, but according to neuroscientist and martial arts expert E Paul Zehr, author of Becoming Batman: The Possibility Of A Superhero, the caped crusader is not as ordinary as he looks…
If Batman was real, he would be the greatest athlete who ever lived. “He’s a NASCAR driver, a super strong fighter, an acrobat, skilled in free-climbing and parkour,” says Zehr. “But it’s impossible to be a master of all those things. It’s why a marathon runner looks different to a power lifter – on a physiological level those disciplines are pulling you in different directions.”
According to Zehr, it would take almost 18 years to achieve Batman’s physical aptitude, and he would need to eat at least 4,000 calories a day to maintain it.
But those 18 years would not consist of just working out. Batman does not kill or use guns. It takes a lot of skill and training to fight without fatally injuring people.
“When you’re in a physiologically stressful situation, your motor skills go down,” says Zehr. “Batman has to perform in the most demanding situations possible without the compromised motor skills that would lead to him accidentally killing someone. That takes a lot of work.”
It won’t be the Joker who eventually takes down Batman, but his gruelling collection of injuries. “You’ve got someone who is constantly picking up knocks from fighting,” Zehr explains. “Thousands of small repetitions and stresses can lead to failure.
“He’s probably going to have tendonitis and arthritis. He will pay for his head injuries too. Eventually he’s going to be so depleted by chronic injuries he’s gonna be like an athlete who can’t compete any more.”
But surely his suit would protect him? “Even if you’re shot while wearing Kevlar, that’s still going to break bones.”
By day, he is billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne; by night, he is a man who dresses up as a bat. But when does that leave him time to sleep? “Folks who are habitually sleep-deprived suffer from a reduction of cognitive flexibility,” says Zehr. “Their critical thinking skills are not as good; they have memory issues.”
Batman could take microsleeps, but that would only be a short-term strategy. “All kinds of organ systems, including spinal cord excitability for reflexes, are tied to a circadian cycle based on daylight,” he says. “We’re animals. And as animals, we go to sleep when it’s dark out.”
Being Batman involves more than just punching mentally ill people – it means keeping your identity a secret. This, says Zehr, is difficult not only from a practical perspective, but also a neuroscientific one. “From brain imaging, we know that it’s easier for you to tell the truth. It involves less activity in different places because when you’re lying, you’re thinking about the lie and the thing that’s the truth.
“For somebody like Batman, that becomes a big problem because there’s already so much effort everywhere else. It becomes hugely draining.”
Robert Pattinson’s training for ‘The Batman’ included bodyweight exercises
Robert Pattinson opened up about his training routine for “The Batman” in a recent interview with On Demand Entertainment.
Pattinson said he learned to embrace the process of getting in superhero shape for his comic book movie debut, and said he started to enjoy training once he passed “over the six week mark.”
The 35-year-old actor previously criticized Hollywood for expecting male action stars to transform their body for roles and even joked that he wasn’t going to work out for the movie in an interview with GQ in 2020.
He previously told Healthy For Men that the role helped him embrace fitness, and said he was inspired by Marvel stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth.
“It’s all about pushing boundaries and building up to a point where you know you can do justice to the physicality required,” Pattinson said. “Taking on a full physical transformation as well feels even more exciting.”
To get in shape for the role, Pattinson’s training routine included bodyweight workouts, weight training, and boxing drills.
Pattinson previously said his gym training focused on cardio, bodyweight, and weightlifting circuits, according to Healthy For Men.
The Batman Movie Prequel Revealed Bruce Wayne’s First Police Ally Wasn’t Gordon
The prequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Before the Batman: An Original Movie Novel, revealed Bruce Wayne’s first police ally wasn’t Jim Gordon.
In the Dark Knight’s war on justice after his parents’ deaths, a major cog in this crusade across so many mediums has been Commissioner Jim Gordon. He was the Bat’s first police ally, which was translated to many comics, cartoons, video games and movies.
Gordon, whether he was the top cop or not, always backed the Bat and believed while he bent rules, it was for a good cause. Well, the prequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, titled Before the Batman: An Original Movie Novel, changed things up by giving Bruce Wayne a police ally before Gordon.
Bruce needed help when he realized criminals were using military-grade explosive gels, so he asked Alfred for assistance. The butler then pointed him towards Lieutenant Janice Dure, quickly vouching for her while taking note of Bruce’s constant work on the prototype Bat-mobile.
Bruce first sent Dure evidence of the gel, as well as clues to begin an investigation of her own. His nighttime adventures eventually led him to Dex, an old racing friend who was distributing the gel. Bruce knew something was off, though, so he called Dure secretly and got intel on Dex and her dad, Bennet, who was incarcerated.
Bruce then began his detective mission, going undercover at night and sneaking into the prison during the day, sussing out that Dex was being blackmailed by one of Penguin’s goons, Piggy, to transport and supply the gel around the city. Piggy put Bennet in jail as leverage, so Bruce began working a sting mission. He used Dex as bait and took Piggy down, leaving him in his truck with all the evidence for Dure and the cops to find. Bruce even left Dure a note, grateful she pointed him towards Bennet and unlocked the truth.
And as part of the deal, Dure helped get Bennet exonerated, placing him and Dex towards a new life in Metropolis. It was a well-oiled relationship, and while the novel didn’t reveal where Gordon was since Bruce was comfortable with Dure, he wasn’t needed.
He was so impressed by her, in fact, that he left a Bat-symbol on the note, hinting at what he was becoming. Dure didn’t know Bruce’s identity, but she was left excited and hopeful, inspired by how a citizen stayed in the shadows, fed her info and delivered the case on a silver platter.
Of course, when Dure got full credit on the news and couldn’t hint at external help, Alfred realized what Bruce was up to. He didn’t like Bruce moonlighting as a vigilante or working with former contacts, but he did want to see him safe and happy.
Alfred then reluctantly joined the mission, even though he could tell this was the start of a dangerous partnership between Bruce and the Gotham Police Department.
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