Ötzi the Iceman Is the Star of a New Action Movie

© Martin Rattini for Port-Au-Prince Film /Echofilm
© Martin Rattini for Port-Au-Prince Film /Echofilm

Scientists know a lot about what Ötzi the Iceman was like the day he died 5300 years ago. He had been 40 to 50 years old, he was wearing an outfit of furs and hides, and he had just eaten a meal of venison when he was shot in the back with an arrow and killed. Though the details surrounding earlier parts of his life remain mysterious, that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from bringing the Iceman’s hypothetical story to the big screen, according to Discover.

The new film, titled Der Mann Aus Dem Eis or Iceman, follows Ötzi’s life as it might have played out in the Copper Age. It takes place in the Alps, where Ötzi’s preserved body was discovered in a melting glacier by hikers in 1991. German director Felix Randau pulled some details for the movie from the evidence Ötzi left behind, including his bear-skin hat, goat-leather leggings, copper ax, and dozens of tattoos. For parts of the story and character that needed to be filled in, Randau collaborated with researchers at Italy's South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to make them believable.

In the movie, Ötzi (whose name has been changed to Kelab) stalks the enemy tribe responsible for killing his family. The characters speak a made-up language inspired by Raethic, a language native to the region in Roman and pre-Roman eras. The crew even shot on location in the South Tyrolean Alps, near where Ötzi was uncovered, to achieve an authentic look.

Based on this theme of historical accuracy, you can probably guess how Iceman ends. The title character is hit by an arrow and dies alone in the snowy mountains. Even Ötzi's iconic final resting position, with his left arm extended across his body, has been recreated in the film.

Der Mann Aus Dem Eis hit theaters in Germany last month, and will receive a multi-platform release in the U.S. next spring.

[h/t Discover]

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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