‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson On ‘Toxic Fandom’ & His New Trilogy

Rian Johnson recently discussed the status of his Star Wars trilogy as well as the recent departures of David Benioff, D.B Weiss and Colin Trevorrow.

Ahead of his latest movie Knives Out, Rian Johnson talked about his Star Wars trilogy while also addressing the departures of other directors from Star Wars projects. While Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was an incredibly divisive chapter in the saga, he was given free reign on a trilogy of his own in the universe. However, since the main announcement, there’s barely been a word about Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy.

However in a new interview with Variety, Rian Johnson revealed that he’s still talking about his trilogy with Lucasfilm and that they’ll announce the project when they’re ready. Rian Johnson previously mentioned that his future films in the Star Wars universe will step beyond the classic legacy characters and take a fresh direction. When asked if his next Star Wars film will arrive in 2022, he dismissed the idea saying that unless it’s on the official Star Wars website, fans shouldn’t believe anything they read.

“I’m still talking to Lucasfilm. They haven’t announced anything….  Every single day there’s a new thing. Until it’s up on StarWars.com, don’t believe it.”

The director went on to address the departures of David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Colin Trevorrow from the Star Wars saga, explaining that he can only speak to the positive experience he had when working on The Last Jedi. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were originally meant to helm the next Star Wars trilogy after The Rise of Skywalker but reportedly couldn’t put in the time the franchise need alongside their commitments with Netflix.

“I can’t speak to the experience that anyone else has had. I would caution that other people’s sets are like other people’s marriages. You think you know what’’s going on with them, but the only thing that’s absolutely true is that you’re wrong. I can only speak to my experience, which was an absolute dream from top to bottom, beginning to end. From Kathy [Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy] to Bob Iger to J.J. [Abrams] to all the craftsmen.”

As previously mentioned, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi was met with such a divisive reception when it arrived in theaters that a toxic element in the Star Wars fandom reared its head at the narrative decisions made in the film and particular characters like Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico. Rian Johnson also addressed the rumor that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss left due to the toxic fandom, saying that most of his experience with fans has been positive.

“You always have to contextualize how small a part of the fandom that section is. I’m not talking about people who like or dislike a particular movie. I’m talking about the people who have dedicated themselves to abusing people who are involved in the films. It’s so small, but it gets blown up. Having been in the hurricane for the last two years, I can tell you that 95% of what I get even on Twitter is lovely and thoughtful and engaged, even when people don’t like my movie. Having said that, it’s a problem that every type of fandom is dealing with. It’s almost a byproduct of this system that is the internet.”

Are you still interested in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy? Would you want to see the trilogy explore the Old Republic or something completely different? Let us know in the comments!

Here is the official synopsis for The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.

Source: Variety

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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