From Dumbo the flying elephant and Lego aliens to the origin story of Batman baddie Joker, here are five movies you should look out for if you are a fan of cartoons.
Disney continues to ransack its back catalogue of classic cartoons and that seems to have yielded fruits as it has put Tim Burton to work on a live-action version of the flappy-eared elephant, with Michael Keaton along for the ride as shifty entertainment mogul VA Vandermere.
Back in 2014, The Lego Movie provided moviemakers and audience all across the world with a lesson in how to give the most unpromising material a sassy, smart-talking makeover. Detective Pikachu is a Pokémon-related movie that has taken the idea to extremes by hiring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool himself, as the voice of the sleuthing incarnation of Pokémon’s squeaking yellow cat thing. Bound to be massive.
Lego Movie 2
It is our hope that everything will remain awesome in the Legoverse for this second helping (Lego Batman, of course, was a spin-off). Emmett, Lucy and co are plunked down in a Blade Runner-type wasteland, where the righteous Lego-ites are being menaced by vile Duplo invaders.
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett are back on this part, with Tiffany Haddish coming on as shape-shifter Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi.
Make it more like Scorsese, they said, and so the man himself was attached to produce this Batman spin-off (until he dropped out, presumably to concentrate on The Irishman).the movie however still has Joaquin Phoenix in it and it is directed by Todd Phillips in what’s being punted as a gritty, street-style origins story for the great bad guy of Gotham City.
The Woman in the Window
Tracy Letts adapts AJ Finn’s bestselling domestic novel about an agoraphobic woman who witnesses one of her neighbours carrying out a violent act. The film is Joe Wright’s first film since Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. This movie also stars Gary Oldman, alongside Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Brian Tyree Henry.