Dominique Williams Arrested & Charged With Aggravated Sodomy of Jasmine Eiland

The man who appeared to sexually assault Jasmine Eiland on Facebook Live has reportedly been arrested and charged with aggravated sodomy.

According to Fameolous, Dominique Williams was booked Tuesday (Jan. 29) for the crime and is awaiting his court date.

Online court records confirmed Williams was booked in the Fulton County Jail and is currently being held without bond.

A few days after the incident went viral on social media, Williams spoke with Fameolous and told a totally different account of what appeared in the video.

“She got me in this video looking like I really did something to her. She has messages between her and her friends saying that she wasn’t raped,” he said. “But, she’s not coming out and saying that she wasn’t raped. She didn’t come out and say that she was raped either. These folks are running with it like she was actually raped.”

“Nothing happened to this girl,” Williams said. “She went to the hospital and got a rape kit. I don’t know if I can say this on record, but I’m pretty blessed and I’m 6’4” and she’s short. At no point, did I bend down and try to put anything in her. There were lots of people around! Lots of people around.”

Williams also said that Jasmine was doing all of this to get back at her ex-husband.

“I guess they were going through something,” he said. “So, she’s doing all of that mess on social media to get back at her ex-husband. And now the sh** done went viral and got my name all in it and people got video of her dancing with several other people before me!”

In the part of the clip that appears to show Eiland being raped and begging for help, Williams said he was actually helping her off the floor.

“I simply helped that girl!” he said. “I was trying to help her off the floor and she’s doing all of that, ‘Help me’—all that extra stuff for no f***ing reason!”

Williams has retained the services of an attorney who released a statement proclaiming her client’s innocence.

Attorney Shequel Ross said that it was a “consensual dance” (in the beginning) and since the police weren’t called as soon as the alleged violation happened, and since Eiland participated in a twerk contest with no panties, Williams should be given the benefit of the doubt.

“I think the evidence will show otherwise… that this was not a rape,” she said.

Reports of Williams’ arrest comes nearly a week after Eiland reportedly attempted suicide.

“I have no service in the hospital, but she’s okay y’all, she responsive now,” a family member wrote on Facebook. “She has a 2nd chance at life but she still saying she doen’t wanna be here so can THE WHOLE FB just keep y’all negativity & other bs [to] y’all self please. My cousin need his wife & Jasmine Eiland needs to be here with her babies…”

L. Chris Stewart, an attorney hired to conduct an independent investigation on the matter, also gave an update regarding his client’s mental state:

#jasmineeiland is alive, despite the rumors. She will get through this. How some people can harass a woman whom they watch get assaulted on video is mind boggling. But that’s between them and God. We will get justice.

Meanwhile, an attorney not related to the case, posted a video from a bystander on Instagram appearing to show the moment Jasmine Eiland was allegedly raped.

Attorney Joshua E. Palmer wrote: “For all the skeptics. Video shows #jasmineeiland clearly passed out when the suspect appears to spit on his hand and you see the rest smh. He then carries her passed out body into another room. The video in the other room is too horrific and graphic for Ig. But you saw it. He must be stopped! Where the f@*¢ was security?!?”

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Florida Rapper Jayo Sama Shot Dead in Palm Beach County: He Was 22 Years Old

Jayo Sama, an up and coming rapper from Florida, was shot and killed in West Palm Beach County on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. He was just 22 years old.

Sama’s death was confirmed via an Instagram post from Sama’s close friend, 12 Honcho, who wrote: “F**k Palm Beach F**k Florida RIP My Lil N***a I Can’t Lose Anymore ….. RIP JAY O!!!!!”

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Honcho added that he regularly told Sama—a native of Fort Myers, Florida who grew up in Lake Park, just north of West Palm Beach—to leave Florida because “the hate is so real” there.

Jayo Sama (real name: Jonas Joseph) first gained notoriety with his December 2016 song “Intro” and his star continued to rise with the release of his June 2018 mixtape Zumb Freestyle with rapper Soldier Kidd.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Sama was found dead Sunday (Jan. 27) as a passenger inside of a car in the 72000 block of 72nd Way, not too far away from Palm Beach Lakes High School.

The Palm Beach Post noted in their report that it’s likely that the driver of the car Sama was in drove a half-mile from 45th Street and Haverhill Road before falling unconscious.

Sama was then rushed to a hospital where he was reportedly pronounced dead. By the time detectives arrived, according to WPBF, the driver had fled the scene.

Detectives are still trying to figure out what happened that night.

Asked in a 2018 interview about the rampant violence in Palm Beach, Jayo Sama said that there were too many young people trying to join gangs in the city.

Sama said that growing up, he spent every day looking over his shoulder, adding that he has had more than one friend who had succumbed to gun violence in the city.

A little over a month before his death, Sama released a new video for his song “You Sleep,” which The Fader described as a clip paying a “tribute to fallen loved ones.”

Sama told The Fader that the song was originally written in 2016.

“I came up with the song while I was incarcerated back in 2016,” he said. “I kept harmonizing the hook in my head over and over. When I got out, I had, to make the beat.”

Sama shared via Instagram on December 8th that his girlfriend, Sofia Veronica, was pregnant with a son.

“God answered my prayers,” he wrote on a photo taken at the couple’s gender reveal photo. “It’s a boy!! #BabyOsama.”

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On her own page, Veronica posted about the gender reveal:

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When news of Sama’s death went public, Veronica shared a heartbreaking series of photos of the couple together.

The caption described Sama’s death as being “so painful it feels like a thousand knives going through your heart.” Veronica added: “Y’all think y’all know jay. But y’all didn’t. Y’all think you know how I feel but you don’t.” Veronica said that she and Sama were supposed to move in together in the next few days.

Veronica ended the post saying: “RIP to a man who never let me down. Who loved me HARD and let me know every night. Who fed me when I had nothing. Who held me when I had no one. Who came home when he said he would. Who held my belly every night and told me how we were going to be the next big thing. You think you know how it feels ? YOU don’t. I love you fly high baby.”

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Jeannie Mai Says She & Young Jeezy Are “Having a Good Time Together” Without Labels

When Malika Haqq posted a photo showing her with her “couple friends”—including she and her own boyfriend, O.T. Genesis, Trey Songz & Lori Harvey, and Jeannie Mai & Young Jeezy—folks naturally wanted to know what was really going on between Mai and Jeezy, because out of the three pairs, they were the only ones we weren’t already privy to.

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Now, Jeannie Mai is responding to the speculation. On Monday’s (Jan. 28) episode of The Real, Mai, 40, said that while she’s been spending a lot of quality time with Young Jeezy (real name: Jay Wayne Jenkins), she can’t officially say they’re a couple because they haven’t labeled their relationship just yet.

“You guys know that I’m multi-dating right?” Mai said to her The Real co-hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry and Adrienne Bailon after the latter questioned her about her relationship status with the 41-year-old rapper.

“Jeezy and I hang out,” Mai continued. “He’s very special to me, so we don’t really have a label to define what it is we’re doing. We’re just having a good time together.”

Mai also let it be known that she is in no rush to settle down or make it “official” with anyone at this moment.

Real fam you know I always keep it a little too real at this table,” she said. “I promise you that when there is that one special boo, you will be the first to know from me.”

Rumors of Jeannie Mai and Young Jeezy’s relationship comes a year after Mai and her estranged husband, Freddy Harteis, split after 10 years of marriage.

Though Mai and Marteis initially said their divorce was amicable, things took a dark turn between the couple when their divorce proceedings started to become official.

Mai said in October 2018 that if she could turn back time, she would have never married Marteis. “Knowing what I know now about who I married, I wouldn’t have married him,” she said, holding backs tears, on an episode of The Real.

“It f***ing sucks. It’s terrible,” she told The Breakfast Club at the time. “You wake up with a rock in your heart and you feel like you can’t really make it through the day because it’s just so heavy. Especially when finances get involved. Especially when people change.”

Mai noted that she felt as though her and Harteis’ divorce “turned when, I would say, when money got involved, and ego.” She said: “This is where you learn how things change. People say money changes people. So does ego and so does social media. And so does the press. I think that all of that mixed in between— you really gotta keep yourself grounded.”

She continued: “One thing he always said, and I love this quote and I really believe it, my ex said, ‘You don’t truly know a person until they don’t get what they want. That’s when they show you who they are.’ You wouldn’t think that the person you were married to and were with for 10 years and taught you the quote would be the best number one example to prove it.”

That being said, it’s easy to understand why Jeannie Mai is taking things slow with Young Jeezy. She just wants to have some fun and doesn’t want to involve her emotions at the moment, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Blac Chyna Allegedly Choked & Slammed Against Wall by Boyfriend Kid Buu During “Violent” Fight in Hawaii

Blac Chyna and her new boyfriend Kidd Buu got into a huge fight while on vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii over the weekend, TMZ reports.

According to the gossip site, the couple was staying at the Ritz-Carlton where they allegedly got into a heated argument that turned physical after Chyna accused Kid Buu of cheating.

Sources say that Chyna allegedly scratched Kid Buu and he responded by repeatedly slamming her against a wall and choking her. Someone called 911 and paramedics, as well as police, arrived at the scene. Chyna was not taken to the hospital, and no one was seriously injured, TMZ reported.

Kid Buu later took to Instagram to seemingly address the incident, writing: “I wish I could travel time and erase the day that I met you. #GetBackMyWastedTime.”

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Blac Chyna was in the news earlier this month over reports that the LAPD paid a visit to her home after receiving a call claiming that she was getting drunk and neglecting her two-year-old daughter Dream Kardashian.

Prior to that, Chyna reportedly got into an altercation with her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian’s new girlfriend Alexis Skyy.

Apparently, the altercation between Chyna and Buu could have prevented if Chyna had adhered to her custody arrangement with Rob Kardashian.

According to TMZ, Rob was getting ready to drop Dream off Saturday (Jan. 26) with Chyna, but he couldn’t get in touch with her or her nanny, who is the usual third party when they do custody exchanges.

Rob eventually realized where Chyna was once Kid Buu started posting videos of him and Chyna on social media “hanging out.”

From TMZ:

Our sources tell us Rob was not given any type of warning Chyna would be unavailable to care for Dream, and he was pissed … not because he had to care for their kid longer, but because she was missing crucial Mommy time.

Whew, chile! The mess!

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Zachary Levi’s Marvel Missteps Paved the Way for His Role in Shazam!

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It’s always interesting to play “what if?” with regards to superhero casting. If John Krasinski hadn’t lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans, would he have ever delved into directing with A Quiet Place? Would the MCU have been as successful with Tom Cruise front and center as Tony Stark instead of Robert Downey Jr.? And would Tom Hiddleston’s casting as Thor instead of Loki deprived us of Chris Hemsworth’s dreamy biceps forever? (Nightmare scenario.)

Zachary Levi is about to experience his own “what if” moment with upcoming release of Shazam! To be honest, a Shazam movie was always low on my list of superhero films I wanted to see, but I have been relentlessly charmed by the previews for the wacky kids comedy, and for Levi’s Big-esque performance.

But Levi’s turn as the titular character almost didn’t come to pass, thanks to his previous experience with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Levi first joined the MCU in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World as Fandral, one of the Warriors Three. Levi took over for Josh Dallas, who originated the role but couldn’t reprise it due to commitments to ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Unfortunately for all involved, the Warriors Three and Lady Sif remained under-served throughout the Thor series, which is a shame because they are characters with plenty of potential. Thor: Ragnarok saw Cate Blanchett’s Hela kill off the Warriors Three, and the Russos later confirmed that Lady Sif (who didn’t appear in Ragnarok thanks to Jaimie Alexander’s Blindspot shooting schedule) had been dusted in the Snapture.

But Fandral’s death may have paved the way for Levi to take on the Shazam mantle. In an interview with io9 he said, “Let’s say Fandral was still alive and let’s say they tapped me to be in Avengers … I’d probably be sitting in Atlanta for three months doing almost nothing and then they’d be, ‘Okay, now we’re ready for you. You guys go in,’ And then we’d get killed then. The way it all worked out is exactly the way it was supposed to.”

Dying in Ragnarok freed up Levi’s schedule, but it was another miss with Marvel that affected him as well. Levi was apparently a frontrunner to play Star-Lord in The Guardians of the Galaxy after Chris Pratt passed on the project. “I wanted it so bad,” said Levi, who thought that his desperation for the role ruined his chances once Pratt came back into play.

It turned out that being less interested in Shazam helped him seal the deal with the DCEU. “[After Star-Lord] there was definitely a strange thing of, ‘Wow. When you are not holding on to something so tightly, if it’s not something you’re dying and dying for, but you can have an unbiased, somewhat clear idea of what you are trying to go after and know that you are just being you, you are bringing your essence … Ultimately, that’s what I think got me this job.”

What do you think of Zachary Levi as Shazam? Would he have made a good Peter Quill?

(via io9, image: Warner Bros.)

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Twitter Helps Monica Lewinsky Decide What to Binge-Watch Next

Monica Lewinsky asks Twitter what she should binge-watch next

It’s surreal and delightful to be scrolling through Twitter and see that Mia Farrow is at that very moment recommending that Monica Lewinsky check out The OA and The Handmaid‘s Tale.

Sure, Twitter can be a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but every now and then it has a lighter side, and you remember one of the cooler things about it: influential people of all stripes are just a text box away. (And they’re just like us!)

Monica Lewinsky asked her followers for suggestions on binge-watching, which was well-timed—I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. It felt as though I’d watched most of the shows people have been buzzing about, but the responses on Lewinsky’s thread provided some great suggestions for what to watch next.

Lewinsky has thousands of responses at this point. The overwhelming consensus seems to cluster around shows that are either new or have recent new seasons on Netflix. Your Mary Sue staff has also spent a good deal of time consuming said titles like The Good Place, Schitt’s Creek, Grace & Frankie, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Killing Eve, The Americans, Derry Girls, YOU, Peaky Blinders, and The Magicians, all of which we give a big thumbs up.

Mia Farrow dropped by with her recommendations, as you do:

These selections have a very British bent, but also we agree:

Per Britannia, Lewinsky is already onboard with Broadchurch:

Turns out there are quite a few shows mentioned that I haven’t tried myself, but seeing so much positive opinion line up is promising, so I may look into Dr. Foster, Gypsy, Letter Kenny, and Ozark.

In the realm of older shows that keep popping up, some fantastic standards leap out: Battlestar Galactica, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Veep, Brooklyn 99, Friday Night Lights.

There are also pitches for brand new and forthcoming shows:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found a few properties herein to check out, like Travelers and The Staircase. What do you think is missing from these replies? I’d throw in Bojack Horseman, because it is imminently watchable and quite possibly the best show on “television,” and it lends itself to binge watching. Just try and keep yourself to one episode. Somehow I haven’t seen The Great British Baking Show mentioned, but it’s the original comfort food that can sustain us all through winter.

I love positive Twitter threads like Lewinsky’s: everyone happily advocating for something that they’ve enjoyed, keen to share the love. Tell us what you’ve adored watching or are considering trying out in the comments.

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Russian Doll Is Fun, Witty, and the Perfect Show to Enjoy on Groundhog Day

Natasha Lyonne in Netflix's Russian Doll.

There are Netflix shows that master the art of the binge-watcher, and Russian Doll is one of them. A show centered around Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and her seemingly endless loop of death, the show is a poignant look at how we view our past mistakes, connections to those around us, and the power of the desire to survive.

Created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, the show is best described as Groundhog Day meets every snarky comedy you love with your whole heart. Nadia is brash, sassy, and hides her pain behind her selfish mask, though it’s through her actions towards a homeless man she continually runs into (Horse) and how she actively makes sure he’s okay—along with Ruth, the woman who helped raise her, and her friends—that prove that Nadia is more open than she lets on.

While, yes, she lives the same day over and over again, Lyonne, Headland, and company have managed to make each new death and journey that Nadia has to go on interesting and worthwhile. We’re not stuck in the same rut as Nadia. With each new day, we get a new glimpse into her life and what she has been through to get her to her career as a coder for a video game company, and to her group of interesting artist friends living in the East Village of New York City.

There is an air about Nadia that’s typically only allowed to surround male characters, heavy into her sarcasm and her chosen career, but there is never a moment where she is questioned about her status because she is a woman. Maybe that’s because she has bigger things to worry about (like why she keeps dying and ending up back at her birthday party), or maybe it is because the show is created by a team of exceptionally talented women who know how women can exist in these spaces without making it about the fact that they’re women.

It’s a breath of fresh air in a completely morbid way. We’re watching as Nadia continues to die these horrific deaths, but it’s wonderful because the show is unapologetically female in a way we don’t often get to see. While Nadia is understandably cold at times, there is a warmth that comes to the show in the form of Alan, played by Charlie Barnett. A wonderful man who is stuck reliving the worst day of his life, he also dies continually alongside Nadia, and the two have to join together to figure out how they can stop it, having not known each other before all this started happening, even though they were practically neighbors.

From Natasha Lyonne’s amazing performance as Nadia to Barnett’s sweet take on Alan, the show is packed with talent, wonderfully intriguing dialogue, and a plot that you couldn’t figure out even if  you tried.

Filled with twists and turns you never see coming, Russian Doll manages to always keep you on your toes and give you a perfect show to binge watch. The show manages to have heart, be clever, and be something completely original in 2019—definitely worth the watch.

Russian Doll hits Netflix this February 1st, right before we find out if Punxsutawney Phil is freeing us from winter or keeping us stuck in a loop for the next eternity, just like Nadia.

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We Talked to Supergirl’s Nicole Maines About the Show Getting Trans Representation Right

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From the announcement last year that Supergirl would add Dreamer, the first trans superhero on TV, to their roster, all eyes have been on the show to see how they handled the character. The casting of actress and activist Nicole Maines showed Supergirl was serious about getting things right.

Throughout this season, we’ve come to know and love Nia Nal, the slightly narcoleptic cub reporter that Kara Danvers mentors, who happens to be trans.

We’re at a turning point for trans representation in media right now. There is increasing pushback to casting cis actors in trans roles, most recently with Diego Luna in Berlin, I Love You, but the political firestorm around trans issues is showing no signs of stopping, with the Supreme Court recently allowing the trans military ban to go into effect.

In this climate, it’s such a refreshing and affirming thing to see how Supergirl is using and exploring the character of Nia, and they way they’ve worked with Maines to create an accurate but also inspiring trans portrayal. We were on set back in November during the filming of last Sunday’s pivotal episode for Nia, and talked to Maines and crew about her role and more.

After coming out as trans to James in an early episode of the season, to share her perspective on why CatCo should push back against the anti-alien sentiment that has taken hold, Nia’s trans identity has been mainly a non-issue. This has actually been great to see, because Nia is not defined solely by being trans, any more than she is defined by her youth, or the fact she’s a half-alien.

“Nia’s transness is a big part of her identity,” Maines said, noting this was something she deeply identified with as a trans woman. “It’s not our only defining feature but it is a defining feature … Not every episode or every Nia storyline is focusing on her transness which I like.”

But in last Sunday’s episode, “Blood Memory,” Nia and her identity were at the forefront. Still hurting over removing her identity as Supergirl from Alex’s mind, Kara joined Nia for a weekend trip to Nia’s home town. Nia was born in a haven for alien-human coexistence called Parthas, where her mother met her human father after a dream led her there.

Nia shared with Kara that she wasn’t expecting to receive the dream powers, even though they were a legacy of her family, because they were passed down from mother to daughter, and in the process, she came out as trans to Kara.

In Parthas, Nia was forced to deal with the fact that her cis sister, Maeve, had been expecting to receive the dreamer powers, and then she failed to interpret a dream to have enough warning for her mother’s death. In this way, as Maines shared, Nia’s “transness plays a really big bit part in her powers … Now we have her superheroism directly tie into her transness.” Nia is not just a hero who is trans; she is a hero because she’s trans.

The choice to have Nia’s powers transferred from mother to daughter was a beautiful story element, and allowed for soulful and difficult scenes with Nia’s family. Nia was destined to be a daughter and a hero. This is who she is, and even though her sister is upset by the outcome, Nia’s parents are supportive and loving to her. So is Kara, who chose to come out herself this episode, revealing she’s Supergirl to show Nia she can truly relate to being the sister with powers, and her faith that sisterly love will overcome the obstacles between Nia and her sister, as well as Kara and Alex.

Maines, who has been an activist far longer than an actress, brings so much to Nia, and it’s clear that the she and the writers consulted on the best way to tell this story. “My acting and activism go hand in hand, and they really support one another,” Maines shared, “and so to be able to bring attention to the current political climate and current issues … I feel really really lucky to be able to bring my experience with activism into my acting.”

I was certainly impressed by Maines’ talent and composure, and I wasn’t alone. Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, agrees: “I have to say, I’m so impressed by Nicole Maines. Her poise. She’s so wise beyond her years. She is just an amazing human. I feel like me, as Melissa, I’m learning from Nicole.”

The introduction of Nia is one of several elements of Supergirl this season meant as a direct commentary and response to what’s happening in our real world. Kara and co. are up against their most insidious enemies yet, because the enemy can’t just be defeated with a punch.

“She’s embodying what I think a lot of Americans feel right now, that helplessness and a really very hopeful and optimistic soul being tried, that her feelings of hope and positivity are waning and she has to really grasp exactly what she believes in to overcome it,” Benoist shared. “I think fear, more than anything—Agent Liberty is our big bad of the season, but fear as an entity is more of our villain this season.” Bringing a trans hero to the forefront, who is overcoming her own fears and doubts, is a great way to fight that enemy.

It also can’t be ignored that Nia has a romantic subplot going on, as she continues to flirt with Brainy (Jesse Rath), with often hilarious results. “I feel like talking to a wall is easier than flirting with brainy!” Maines laughed, but the very fact that Brainaic 5, who was a love interest for Supergirl in the comics, has his attentions focused on Nia is quietly revolutionary.

It matters to viewers not just to see Nia as a heroic woman, but a woman worthy of romantic attention and love, even if it may be from the most awkward 12th level intellect this side of the galaxy. As fellow outsiders, Nia and Brainy connect, and that also helps Nia to be a hero for persecuted aliens, as both a half alien and a trans woman. “I think it’s really really valuable to be using her experience as a member of another marginalized community to help lift up and support another marginalized community.”

One person seeing a huge amount of support is Maines herself: “The response from young folks and especially young trans folks who are seeing themselves as superheroes for the first time … that has been so heartwarming. It’s really good. It makes me really happy. I have a hard time kind of finding the words for it cause it’s just good.”

And Nia’s story is only beginning. Next week, we’ll finally see her suited up and fighting alongside Kara, and it’s more than fans could even dream of.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 8:00 pm on The CW.

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Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls. Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.

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The Batman Will Finally Let Movie Batman Live Up to “the World’s Greatest Detective

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We’ve seen a lot of different takes on Batman in movies over the years. There’s been the hyper-dramatic, stylized Burton and Schumacher takes, the gritty Nolan version, and the DCEU’s cynical take. Matt Reeves will be the next director to take a crack at the Bat’s legacy, with a film set in the DCEU timeline. A majority of details is being kept under wraps until the film goes into production, but Reeves took the time to speak with The Hollywood Reporter about his Bat-vision.

Reeves said of the film,

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

He’s right: Most Batman films aren’t detective stories but stories about Batman facing off against one or two particular opponents and their plan to destroy Gotham. Even The Dark Knight, which was a more traditional cops and criminals story, focused more on the Batman vs. the Joker, with Gordon, Harvey Dent, and everyone else serving the B-plot of bringing down a variety of crime families. Batman v. Superman and Justice League saw Batman’s focus on saving the world, rather than anything else.

From what I remember, the animated TV show would feature a little more detecting on Batman’s part at times. Games like Arkham Asylum required a little detecting as well, even if combat tended to drive them, but Reeves is right: Batman is supposed to be the world’s greatest detective. He should do some more detecting.

While I hope they come up with an original story, it would be nice if they drew from The Long Halloween or another noir-inspired Bat-story for inspiration. The Court of Owls is also an arc that hasn’t been tapped cinematically. Given the pushback against Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker, it would be great to have another villain take center stage, preferably one who hasn’t been used too frequently.

But also, please include Catwoman, just because she’s amazing.

Having this Batman film be more of a detective noir than a regular “hero fights bad guy with plans of mass terror” film would help the DCEU continue the trend of telling unique stories with its solo adventures. Just as Patty Jenkins and James Wan brought their unique sensibilities and different types of stories to their solo ventures in Wonder Woman and Aquaman, Reeves going a unique route for The Batman could help right the DCEU’s course with the character and find critical and commercial success—not to mention make yet another Batman movie worthwhile.

Audiences like familiar characters but new stories, and this sounds like a fresh take.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Warner Bros)

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Things We Saw Today: Richard E. Grant Got a Response to His Barbara Streisand Teen Fan Letter Almost 50 Years Later

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Every awards season has its issues, but this year, being mired in celebrations of alleged sexual predators and white savior nonsense, seems especially bleak. Of course, there are bright spots, too. For example:

Personally, the brightest ray of sunshine I’m finding this awards season is in Richard E. Grant, who’s getting a lot of much-deserved love for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Grant is a three-decade-plus veteran of the acting industry, and this is his first Oscar nomination. And I absolutely love that he is in no way trying to play it cool.

Since Grant isn’t one to play it cool in the face of fame, he also totally geeked out in front of Barbara Streisand’s house yesterday, sharing a picture and writing “Asked Security for permission & he replied ‘It’s a public road, but thanks for asking.’ Wrote her this letter when I was 14. My wife is very understanding!”

The letter he mentions was an invitation to Streisand from 14-year-old Grant to stay at their family’s estate in South Africa. Grant had “read in the paper you were feeling very tired and pressurized by your fame and failed romance with Mr. Ryan O’Neal” and wanted to offer her a secluded vacation. Like any good teenage theatre geek, he ends with a Shakespeare quote. It’s all just too adorable.

But then, amazingly, Barabara Streisand replied.

And Grant’s reaction was beautiful.

It took 48 years, but his reaction is worth the wait.

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  • Amazon’s Hanna series has a trailer and the first episode will air this weekend after the Super Bowl! (via Collider)

What did you all see out there on this unbelievably freezing day?

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