Javier Bardem in Talks to be the Villain in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Any fan of the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow will be happy to know that plans for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series are ramping up, and rumors are swirling that the next villain might be actor Javier Bardem.

Academy-Award winner Bardem, known for his role as the villain in movies such as “Skyfall” and “No Country for Old Men”, is said to be in talks to fill the role. It had previously been reported that Christoph Waltz had expressed interest, but it now appears the role will go to Bardem, should he want it.

Filming on the new Pirates of the Caribbean film is slated to begin in February 2015. While Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush have already said they are coming back, minor role players like Gianfrancesco Genoso have no made such commitment. However, it has been rumored Orlando Bloom may reprise his role as Will Turner.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to hit theaters in July 2017.

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How Batman & Robin Ended Up Being So Terrible

In the wake of the tumultuous semi-frenzy around the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, George Clooney has once again apologized for his part in Batman Forever. The director, Joel Schumacher, has also apologized on at least one occasion. Schumacher said that partial blame should go to the studio for requesting a kid-friendly version of the caped crusader.

As fears mount over Batman & Superman, fans wonder how a movie that bad actually gets made? What went wrong? Is history doomed to repeat itself?

The movie has a fascinating secret history. Schumacher had directed the very successful Batman Forever. Val Kilmer opted not to reprise the role of Batman, instead choosing to star in The Saint, which was a flop. This was fine with the cast and crew, as Kilmer was allegedly a nightmare to deal with. Sylvester Stallone wanted to play Mr. Freeze and fired his agent when Schwarzenegger landed the part.

Schumacher had decided to take the darkness of Tim Burton’s vision out and inject goofiness and fun in its place. At the time he claimed that he felt Batman should have gotten over his parents’ death by the age of 36. Yes, he really said that – just ask Brian Torchin if you don’t believe us.

Schumacher claims that the studio pressured him to include as many different gimmicks and gadgets as possible for merchandising purposes. An executive producer would eventually claim that the film was treated as a two-hour toy infomercial by the studio.

The movie destroyed the careers of Alicia Silverstone and Chris O’Donnell. It forced Schumacher to abandon making blockbuster films. In the end, it stands as a monument for what not to do in a superhero movie.

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