CULTURE NO MORE MR NICE GUY In 2016, it looks as if it’s good to be bad
FILM Suicide Squad Broken Bones: “I think they were after your new smartwatch, Spock”
BOLDLY GOING INTO THE FUTURE
As Star Trek celebrates 50 years with a new movie, Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy, aka Karl Urban, discusses the franchise’s positive vital signs How has Star Trek survived five decades? There’s excitement and adventure, and it has retained some of the sex appeal and swagger of the original series. But I think the appeal is what it stands for in terms of humanity. Mankind has evolved beyond warring, genocide and persecution, and has joined together to explore space. It’s a very positive vision of the future. That’s one of Star Trek’s rare qualities. Movies usually portray a darker future, as you did in Dredd... Unfortunately, I feel the dystopian future represented in Dredd [Urban played the titular role] is closer to where the human race is currently heading. But I’m not giving up hope. Classic Bones – always the optimist. How essential do you think these characters are to its enduring appeal? I have a deep admiration and respect for what the late, great DeForest Kelley did so successfully for 30 years, so it’s important to me to retain an essence of that. But, at the same time, I very much feel I’ve taken ownership of the character. Talking of changing ownership, action director Justin Lin is now onboard. What has he brought to the captain’s chair? It’s a world that [previous director] JJ Abrams established, and there’s continuity in the visual style, but Justin brings a longstanding love for Star Trek and the characters. He gets the archetypes, understands the complexities, and was able to elevate the material and evolve those relationships to a point where you feel there’s a richness and depth that’s earned. Sounds like it’s in good hands. So, where do you see Star Trek in another 50 years’ time? Damn it, man – I’m an actor, not a fortune teller! Star Trek Beyond is out on July 22. startrekmovie.com
STRANGE NEW WORLDS
After the squabbling among Marvel and DC’s good guys in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, the spotlight now falls on Suicide Squad, about a group of villains recruited to carry out messy missions for the government. In cinemas from August 5. suicidesquad.com
Movies that go where no film has gone before…
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Part of the latest instalment in the franchise was filmed in a new panoramic, triple-screen format called Barco Escape. Find a cinema with the right projection set-up (currently only in the US, Mexico and Belgium) and watch the bridge of the Enterprise under attack in super-immersive widescreen. The Wizard Of Oz (1939) While this wasn’t the first movie to use Technicolor, Dorothy arriving over the rainbow wowed audiences and won over studios sceptical about abandoning black-and-white film. Interstellar (2014) Director Christopher Nolan is a cinema traditionalist, but, to promote his space odyssey, a VR experience was created for Oculus Rift, allowing fans to fly aboard the film’s ship, float in Zero-G, and enter a black hole.
TV Treacherous telly Game of Thrones season six has departed, leaving a trail of blood and treachery. You only need to check the TV listings to see its influence: Vikings and Black Sails embrace that old-world aesthetic, while the BBC’s Peaky Blinders and Netflix’s House Of Cards indulge us in tales of ill-gotten power.
COMIC The Dark Knight III: The Master Race In 1986, Frank Miller’s gritty reinvention of Batman in the comic The Dark Knight Returns shaped the moodier world of superheroes we take now for granted. This third series reminds us why a darker Dark Knight is so compelling.
THE RED BULLETIN