Today’s roundup is action-packed: Aquaman meets his movie nemesis, a political cartoonist wages war with the Pulitzer judges, and a certain movie soundtrack violently teleports us back to 1996. Enjoy, it’s your Daily Blunt!
Brad Pitt is eager to get back to his self-appointed humanitarian mission of global zombie eradication, but the “World War Z” sequel has been stuck in limbo for so long that the real zombie apocalypse could happen before we find out what’s next for Pitt’s character from the original 2013 film. Will David Fincher come to his friend’s rescue? The director is notoriously sequel-averse, but perhaps the opportunity to collaborate with a buddy will win him over. In the meantime it sounds like Pitt’s pursuing him pretty ardently, and who could resist that kind of attention? If Fincher manages to walk away from “World War Z II,” he’s officially schmooze-proof.
Aquaman may only end up getting one whole movie to himself, so they might as well bring out the big guns: the hero’s arch-nemesis Black Manta has been officially named as his opponent in the upcoming “Aquaman” film. Here’s some interesting trivia: of all DC’s villains, Manta has one of the most strangely sympathetic origin stories, alternately an orphaned child whose autism goes woefully mistreated in Arkham Asylum, or a victim of kidnapping and sexual abuse at sea. The comics have had a great time coming up with various explanations for Black Manta and his mission — which one will the film choose?
It’s one of the greatest trolling stories ever told: Pat Oliphant, seeking to expose the ridiculous standards by which political cartoons were awarded the Pulitzer Prize, engineered a cartoon he felt was so cheaply manipulative that it was sure to catch the judges’ eye — and it did, capturing the 1967 award. The Columbia Journalism Review has the whole sordid story, also chronicling the rest of Oliphant’s long and diverse career. As for that coveted award: “Oliphant’s response to his prize was to never again enter his work and to use his status as a past winner to criticize the Pulitzer selection process well into the future.”
The AV Club has spent all week revisiting the glory days of 1996, that fertile pop-culture period that occurred two whole decades ago. Today’s focus is on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet adaptation, which the site’s reviewer believes perfectly captured the great awkward phase that was ’96. Or in her own words: “Butthole Surfers and Kym Mazelle shouldn’t work together, but they do. As a mixtape, the ‘Romeo + Juliet’ soundtrack was phenomenally successful, ultimately going triple platinum.” Go forth and revisit, you may be surprised by what you don’t remember.