Some hopes and anxieties about Jurassic World: Dominion

[Warning: I’ll be discussing some rumors. These may or may not be spoilers. Not sure you can be spoiled by something that may or may not happen, but I know some people are very averse to even the faintest whiff of possible information about an eagerly anticipated future release.]

My hopes and anxieties are pretty intertwined for Jurassic World: Dominion. For instance, I’d love to see feathered theropods, and I know some will be feathered, but how will that be represented? How will the dinosaurs look? Will there be an explanation explicitly offered as to why some are feathered and others are not?

And I’ve heard that the opening scene shown before F9 was really cool (never saw it myself) but also intermingled dinosaurs from disparate times and regions in what was supposed to be the late Cretaceous. Maybe the feathered dinosaurs will be confined to the past? But either way, is there any explanation offered for a random assortment of dinosaurs in what is supposed to be a legitimate presentation of a prehistoric landscape? I suppose that just reflects my larger anxiety about inaccuracies to come.

In a related vein, I’ve heard rumors that Deinonychus will feature heavily in the new film. If that’s true, why would they double down on treating Deinonychus and Velociraptor as different species? I could always just accept that Velociraptor was really Deinonyhcus antirrhopus, mislabeled as V. antirrhopus (although still an inaccurate version of the animal). If the movie makes clear that they’re distinct, how do we reconcile the film Velociraptor, built more like a large Deinonychus or Utahraptor, with the actual Velociraptor mongoliensis?

It’s just a movie, and movies are art (even when they’re big, dumb, pop art blockbusters), and so we don’t need verisimilitude or accuracy. But I don’t see the reason to eschew reality–dinosaurs were fantastic enough as they actually existed! And given that we only have fossilized remains, there is still plenty to be speculative about, whether providing speculative behavior or feathering or coloration or even creating whole new speculative animals. Deviating from what we actually know about the animals just seems like a big mistake.

On the other hand, there are some things I’m without a doubt and without complication looking forward to. I’ve gone on and on about my excitement for dinosaurs just out and about in the modern world. And I’ll be delighted with the return of beloved characters from Jurassic Park, regardless of their role; the voice acting in Jurassic World: Evolution‘s Return to Jurassic Park was already quite a nice treat. It also sounds like the new movie will be a globe-trotting adventure, and I think that sounds rather fun.

At the end of the day, though, I’ll probably be fine with the movie however it turns out. Still, it would be great to end the Jurassic World trilogy with a bang!

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