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MovieMash: the week in film at a glance


Looking for a quick fix of all the latest breaking news? You've come to the right place. This is MovieMash.

Ben Affleck isn't feeling these Justice League toys

Whilst speculation rages as to whether he'll come back as Batman, one thing is for sure: Affleck really isn't into this whole merchandising game.

Whilst promoting his return as the Dark Knight in DC's Justice League Affleck was obliged to go through the motions and promote his own action figure. But unlike his co-stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher he doesn't seem that keen...

After you've watched the video check out our analysis of the Justice League post-credits scenes.

John Boyega was freaked out by The Last Jedi's porgs

They've already divided the online community, and it seems we're not the only ones to find those porgs a bit unsettling.

Spare a thought for The Last Jedi star John Boyega who had to work with the critters, which resemble a bizarre cross between a penguin and a guinea pig.

"I just remember doing some stuff and seeing a lot of Porgs around," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "And they are interesting, but for me, I had a love/hate relationship with them. They're very, very cute, but when you put them in a bunch, in holes, on the Millennium Falcon, that's when they start to become really, really freaky... They've got real big eyes, all bunched together. There were, like, little tiny ones and little big ones that would just...yeah, it looks like a rash."

We haven't seen any Finn/porg footage yet but in the most recent trailer Chewbacca is glimpsed piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside one of the creatures. In fact, in this new TV spot Chewie even gets physical with one of them – no doubt fulfilling the wishes of many fans.

Joss Whedon had to make Justice League less funny

The ying and yang battle between humour and seriousness in comic book movies has occupied many media headlines in recent weeks. It's all come to a head as a result of Justice League's polarizing reviews, which indicate the central tension between original director Zack Snyder's sombre tone and the levity injected by replacement filmmaker Joss Whedon during the movie's extensive reshoots.

On the latter point actor Holt McCallany, currently wowing in Netflix thriller series Mindhunter, has spilled on Whedon's original opening sequence, which was apparently vetoed by Warner Bros for being too humorous. The actor plays a burglar apprehended by Ben Affleck's Batman at the start of the movie, but the tone of the scene changed drastically at the studio's behest.

"I love Joss Whedon," he tells Men's Fitness. "My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That's how Joss wrote it, and that's how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said 'To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.' I can't tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed."

Why so serious? Tweet us your Justice League thoughts @Cineworld.

Karen Gillan totally hung out with superheroes

The British star will return to our screens next year as blue-skinned Guardians of the Galaxy villain Nebula in Avengers: Infinity War. Gillan reveals that during the filming of Marvel's epic her various co-stars were compelled to hang around the set whilst wearing their famous superhero outfits. She says it made for a funny and odd experience.

"It doesn't get old!" she tells Games Radar. "When they're all fully in costume, sitting around with their coffees, I'm like, 'No! I cannot deal with this!' It's the most surreal thing ever," Gillan said. "Then they will be talking about their costumes in a real practical way: 'The first suit is always tricky, because you're ironing out all the parts that don't feel comfortable...' Giving advice to other superheroes... it was very funny."

What we wouldn't give for some behind the scenes footage of Robert Downey Jr. in full Iron Man gear, chomping down on a cheese sandwich. In the absence of that, here's everything we know about Infinity War so far.