Archive for January, 2014

Thomas-Kretschmann-in-Focus-Films-The-Pianist-2002-9THR is reporting that Thomas Kretschmann has been added as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a Hydra leader who has had his own share of run-ins with the Avengers.

Seeing as this movie is already full of A-List actors and characters, I predict that Strucker won’t have much of a role in this film beyond being the link to Hydra for the Maximoff Twins. I doubt he’ll do much more than issue orders, though it would be interesting to see if he’ll be used to greater effect in later films.

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GothamIn the original announcementFox‘s drama Gotham was described as the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly today announced that the series will include all of the classic Batman villains as well as heroes, including young Bruce Wayne. “The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12 years old) until he puts on a cape (in the finale),” he said. Also on tap are the Riddler, Catwoman, the Penguin. “We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said. “It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality.” Reilly also confirmed that Gotham, originally bought with a series commitment, has a greenlighted pilot (Danny Cannon is directing), and is setting up a writers room in mid-February with the full intention to go to series. The series hails from Warner Bros TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller.

via Deadline


PREVIOConstantine NBC Pilot DC ComicsUS, 3:34 PM: It is a big day for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics. On the heels of Fox confirming its Batman drama Gotham is going to series this morning, NBC has greenlighted a pilot for Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is written/executive produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros’ feature DC adaptations. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

John Constantine, who first appeared in 1985 as a recurring character in the horror series The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano. He was portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 feature Constantine and is rumored to be featured in the Justice League Darkfeature Warner Bros has in the works with Guillermo del Toro.

In addition to Gotham, Constantine joins Warner Bros TV/DC’s The Flash at the CW, a spinoff from hit Arrow exec produced by Berlanti, which is shooting a pilot. Goyer has co-written The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. On TV, he is the creator/executive producer of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. Cerone is the creator/executive producer of Canadian drama Motive, which aired on ABC this summer.

via Deadline

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via CinemaBlend

Will Edgar Wright's Ant-Man Have Two Hank Pyms? image
It was exactly one week ago that director Edgar Wright teased us with the idea that his upcoming Marvel Studios film Ant-Man would actually feature more than one character taking on the titular hero’s moniker. Posting a still from the episode “To Steal An Ant-Man” from the animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the director seemed to hint that his movie would include portrayals of both Hank Pym and Scott Lang, the first two characters in the comics to become Ant-Man. Today that was confirmed with the casting of Michael Douglas, who will star opposite Paul Rudd.Exciting as that development is, however, there’s evidence that suggests that there is more to come. Looking at both recent revelations and old, it’s entirely possible that we will soon end up hearing about the casting of a third Ant-Man. No, I don’t mean Eric O’Grady – I’m talking about young Hank Pym.

When the news of Douglas’ casting was announced this afternoon, Wright directed fans through his Twitter account to an interview that he did with SuperHeroHype all the way back in 2006 (just three months after he landed the Ant-Man gig). Discussing his vision for the superhero story, the filmmaker described beginning the movie with a “prologue” set back in the 1960s, following Hank Pym’s early adventures as Ant-Man, and then flashing forward to the present to tell the story of Scott Lang and how “he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.” Douglas will clearly be playing the older version of Pym that ends up taking Rudd’s Lang under his wing, but that means the project still needs an actor to play the character when he was 50 years younger.

In this regard, having Douglas on-board gives them something to shoot for in the casting process. We can probably assume that Wright won’t be going the Tron Legacyroute and create a younger, digital version of the actor, so that means finding someone who could pass for a young Michael Douglas. The veteran star’s age and the director’s hints suggest that the production will be looking for an actor in his 20s who stands about 5’10″ and who has the uncanny ability to switch from affable to intimidating at the drop of a hat. It won’t be an easy search, but there are a lot of young, talented actors out there who could fit the bill.

In addition to giving a full, rich history to the character of Ant-Man, casting a semi-known actor as the young Hank Pym would also open up a very interesting avenue for Marvel Studios. Thanks to Captain America: The First Avenger we’ve seen the 1940s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the 1960s would be entirely new terrain to explore. Twenty some-odd years after both the creation and presumed death of Captain America, where do things stand? How is S.H.I.E.L.D. progressing? What other experiments are going on? It’s yet another way for the comic book studio to expand everything that they’re doing, and we already know how much they love doing that.

Ant-Man will be in theaters on July 31, 2015, which means that production will start up in the first half of this year. Hopefully we’ll hear even more casting news soon.

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Wolverine and the X-Men #39If you know someone who doesn’t understand why prejudice is a bad thing, then make them read this issue.

As hit and miss as WATX has been of late, this latest issue does hit it clearly on the nail without being too preachy. The two ‘fake-mutant’ S.H.I.E.L.D. agents seem to be of different minds. Joey is more open to seeing the mutants as people while his sister, Josephine, seemingly came into the mix believing they were nothing but doomsday weapons waiting to happen and will let nothing change her mind. Both of them interpret the situation through their own view. Where Joey sees nice, if eccentric, people, Josephine sees a blood thirsty army in training.

Is it wrong to be cautious and logical about a situation, not glossing over faults? No, but one must be reasonable when doing so. So Eye-Boy may be practicing shooting when no one is noticing, is that because he wants to be an assassin, if you got to know him then you’d realize he’s not got the disposition for such things. He’s simply trying to understand his mutation better considering he has the best hand-eye coordination ever and target practice is the best training for that.

If you have blind hatred for the ‘thing’ then you never get to know the person.

And there are so many questions that still remain going into the next issue. What are these orphans-turned-agents’ backgrounds that made them this way? Why is Dazzler aka Mystique sending them in to destroy the school? And why is S.H.I.E.L.D. stockpiling Sentinels?

Why is it everything I read right now can only end badly?

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Marvel Knights: X-Men #2Now this is how you do Rogue.

With so much horrible characterization of Rogue coming out of Remender, it’s great to see that someone over at Marvel still understand what makes Rogue tick, it’s just a shame that this is a mini. Not only is Rogue rough and tumble in her fighting but she is understanding and forgiving of someone who may have done something really bad but is obviously suffering and remorseful because of it. No pettiness here, no sir-ee. (Though, honestly, I think the memory was from the other girl, but we’ll see.)

Wolvie, on the other hand, is kinda off his rocker but that must be the point as Rogue is pointing it out for the audience’s benefit. Kitty just seems to be herself which is also good considering she’s not had the best characterization either under Bendis.

Seriously, can we just give Revel his own comic because he obviously know these characters. I guess not being forced to shoe-horn his story into the greater Marvel Universe has allowed him to not feel the need to just ‘make it work’ and actually present these characters as they should be.

As for the story itself, it’s all pretty mysterious what’s going down. There are some weird drugs made by gun-hoarding isolationists and the Sheriff is in on it… this can’t be good, and I can’t wait for more…

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Agent Melinda May - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "A Magical Place"Always trust May, she’s got this.

The second half of the season starts off with giving us the best episode yet. First off, Skye is not the most annoying character ever. She does get a fair amount of screen time but she’s actually being useful and productive rather than just running around whining then suddenly saving the day with her ‘mad hacking skills’. The way she gets what she needs in this episode is interesting and fun. For once I’m not rolling my eyes at her. Ward on the other hand…

But more importantly, in this episode, we learn about Coulson’s death… because he apparently did actually die, but Nick Fury does not take ‘death’ as an answer.

Coulson went through several operations to bring him back to life, seven at the very lease, and the brain surgery scene we saw was only the tip of the iceberg. But here’s the thing, if they took his skull off like that… why isn’t there a scar? There is no way they put the skin back on and completely avoided even the hair growing a little strange… unless they are saying that MCU medicine is just that good? It’s possible, they did bring a man back to life. Or maybe something more sinister is at work. It was pointed out that Let Me Die = LMD and Life Model Decoy = LMD. Coincidence?

There is still a lot more here they aren’t telling us but at least they gave us plenty to keep us satisfied for now.

Hopefully the improved quality of this episode is signs of better things to come in the future, but with the teasers pointing to being more about Skye and her background… ugh.

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via CinemaBlend

Mandarin One ShotWhen we first reported that the next Marvel One-Shot short film might focus on The Mandarin, it was suggested that Sir Ben Kingsley’s character – a drunk, British actor – might have to pay the price for impersonating an actual, powerful villain. It raised hope that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) would have to contend with his rival somewhere down the line. And now Marvel’s sort of confirming this via a sneak peek at the planned short, “All Hail the King.”

EW spoke with Marvel insiders about the short, which will be part of the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray disc. The 14-minute short will follow Kingsley’s character, Trevor, as he’s locked away in a maximum-security prison. It is being viewed as an epilogue to Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, but also a possible set up for Iron Man 4. Says Drew Pearce, who wrote the IM3 screenplay:

“Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization. I think they would be right to be quite angry.”

There has been speculation ever since Iron Man 3 concluded that the bait-and-switch attempted by Marvel was a ruse, and that the real Mandarin was still out there, gathering power and plotting against Stark (and maybe the other members of the Avengers). I wrote, at the time, that I believed Black mishandled Iron Man’s true nemesis. I’m excited by the fact that Marvel might want to make things right in a future Marvel movie. Pearce elaborates:

I think short movies in general, whether they’re Marvel ones or not, you kind of want them to feel like they’re opening you up to a bigger world. Yeah, I definitely think there are – the non-spoiler way for me to say it — by the end of the short, there are definitely a lot of exciting other places that are brought up in it that could then go in the Marvel universe. You know, whether that’s an Iron Man movie or another one going into Phase Two or Three.”

In the short, Kingsley’s character will sit down with a documentary filmmaker (played by Scoot McMairy) to tell his side of the story.

Iron Man 4The documentary reportedly is trying to determine whether The Ten Rings, run by the Mandarin, actually exists. “There’s lots of exposition in lots of different cuts of Iron Man 3 that, in the end, kind of got snubbed out. It’s kind of said in Iron Man 3 but very briefly, Aldrich essentially took a thing that was real, historically real and culturally real, and co-opted it for his own means — essentially co-opting an ancient terrorist concept. What [All Hail the King] does is show that everything in Iron Man 1 [involving the terrorist group] was canon all along any way. We kind of knew The Ten Rings were a real terrorist cell,” Pearce explains.

I’m guessing Marvel wants The Mandarin in play if RDJ agrees to staying in the suit. Or maybe they’re willing to recast Tony Stark down the line, and are keeping options open. Either way, these comments make “All Hail the King” the most anticipated Marvel One-Shot yet. Here are two more exclusive images from EW. Read the piece. It’s pretty informative.

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All Hail the King

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