Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

CinemaBlend – Man Of Steel’s Faora Revealed In Action Figure Form

CinemaBlend – Man Of Steel’s Amy Adams Performs Classic Lois Lane Moment For Jay Leno

ComicBookMovie – Could We See A Fully CG Character In X-MEN: DOFP? – this article not-so-subtle hints that the Sentinel could be the CGI character and this would make the most sense, if there to do the big, bulky robotic hunters then CGI would probably be the easiest and cheapest route to take

CinemaBlend – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Set Photo Reveals Some Nausea-Inducing Equipment

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Lego Sets Feature Possible Spoilers

BleedingCool – Marvel Increases Market Dominance In January 2013

ComicBookMovie – SPIDER-MAN Test Reel Shows Added Musculature to Tobey Maguire’s Costume

ComicBookMovie – Marvel VFX Exec. VP Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY And More

CBR – How much does Thor’s hammer weigh?

CinemaBlend – Ben Affleck Was Asked To Play Batman In The Justice League Movie?

io9 – Myths About Joss Whedon (That Keep Non-Whedonistas Away)

deviantArt – ai-eye

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mark-miller-empire-onlineWith the success of Avengers, studios started to realize the benefit of having a singular ‘show runner’ as it where to oversee different movies that are all part of the same universe. This makes total sense and I’m all for it. So when Fox said they were putting Mark Miller in charge of their comic book properties I was supportive even though I didn’t know much about him other than I watched the Kick Ass movie.

After the past few months I’ve come to realize that Mark Miller really needs to just stop talking.

Recently he completely ditched the idea of making a Justice League movie.

“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.”

Granted, characters like Wolverine, Rogue and Gambit were created in the 70s, 80s, and 90s (or there abouts if you want to get technical). But the core of the X-Men go back to the 60s. Like there is nothing weird about the time span between the 60s and 90s? Especially when compared to today.

Also, the DC characters have been rebooted several times in the past years in order to make them more ‘current’. Batman especially has shown in the Nolan movies that he is just as modern as any other character and he was created in 1939!

He goes on to say in that same interview:

“The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”

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Five Main Characters – Lord of the Rings had how many?

Five Justice League members are too much but a group of at least five mutants all with their own equally different powers/backgrounds, not to mention DOFP will include old and young versions of said mutants, is okay?

“On the other hand I though the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one [DOFP] I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t feel like it is too many characters.”

So obviously he thinks it can work.

“X-Men in the Nineties was so convoluted in comic-book terms, and Bryan drove a knife through it and make it work [in X-Men 1] and simplified the whole thing.”

So maybe it’s just a 90s thing? Which would be odd since he says that JL won’t work cause it’s so old. Is there like a sweet spot then, a frame of years that only produce good comic book movies? Nope.

Millar then expresses no worries in how the film [Days of Future Past] is being handled, despite the heavy mythology. “I think as long as it’s done right.”

Oh, so not age, just how it’s done? Wouldn’t that apply to Justice League or is it just an X-Men thing? Nope.

“From what I’ve seen [of the Fantastic Four reboot] and from talking to him [director Josh Trank] – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he’s contemporarising it. I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller.”

I'm admittedly bad at math but I count more than five here, even if you take out Sabes and Toad.

I’m admittedly bad at math but I count more than five here, even if you take out Sabes and Toad.

So, Justice League is impossible to handle and contemporarize but X-Men and Fantastic Four are okay?

Oh, in the same article he compares FF to Chronicle and Alien… wha? He can make those kinds of comparisons but it’s impossible to do anything ‘new’ or ‘different’ with Justice League?

But really, the crux of his whole ‘the actual logistics just wouldn’t work’ idea is this: You are a paid creative consultant. If you were working for WB it would be your job to make it work, and you would make it work. That is what you are supposed to be doing and what you should be doing for Fox.

Case in point: Sentinels, the big, bulky, fiscally irresponsible, destined to be considered Transformers rip-off’s, purple robots.

Here he talks about them as being ‘cool’.

“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers.”

Really? So yeah, you can make those robots cool but you can’t figure out how to make Aquaman talk under water? Oh wait, you did.

“Are they gonna talking telepathically?”

Just make sure your actors can emote and can do voice overs and it could work. Or, dunno, take the movie out of the water for most of it? You would think of something cause it’s what you’re paid to do. If, you know, you were being paid by WB, which you’re not, but I’m sure you’d be singing a different tune if you did.

And apparently I’m not the only person who thinks there is something a whole lot dodgy with Miller’s latest comments about WB’s Justice League movie.

Of course, that’s the movie version he’s talking about, as for the comics, well, he knows how he would have done the reboot. Which, yeah, I guess we’ve all had that moment of ‘man, I could do better’, but when you put it with everything else he’s said you can’t help but read it with such an arrogant tone.

Which is made all the more arrogant by this

“I just feel the exciting stuff that’s happening just now is creator owned.”

Umm, that’s kind of the opposite of what is going on with the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies as they are licensed by Fox… you know, the people who are paying you to make sure their movies are good.

But then, Miller’s getting several of his own properties off the ground as movies: Kick-Ass 2, Nemesis, Supercrooks and Superior and Secret Service. Seems like his job as ‘creative consult’ is working out very well for him personally. I’m not gonna begrudge the man getting his comics the film-treatment, but again, with his bashing of everyone else’s works, everything he says is tinted with a hugely arrogant and unattractive tone. Makes you wonder just how much he really cares about the X-Men and FF films.

Especially when he takes credit here and here for The Avengers movie, which, okay, fair enough, he’s happy for them…

“People have suggested we should feel ripped off, but we don’t own these characters. All we did was give them a lick of paint and come up with a story and the visuals. These are Marvel-owned characters and I have my own little empire with Millarworld so I’m genuinely just pleased to see all this on the big screen and wish them nothing but the best with it.”

But that praise is short lived because apparently the Avengers movies aren’t going to go far

“Where I think it’s going to be difficult is once you’ve done that thing of putting all those characters in one film…you know, it’s like having Harry Potter, James Bond and Spider-Man all in one movie. I think what’ll be difficult then is to try and top that because people want to see it get bigger.”

Well, just scrap the X-Men then, cause once you have an ensemble movie that’s it apparently. No one is going to want to see just an individual movie about their favorite super-hero, one of which they might not have realized was awesome until having seen them in Avengers. [note the sarcasm here]

Sorry Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Dr Strange beat you to it.

Sorry Hawkeye, no movie for you! Ant-Man and Dr Strange beat you to it. Story of your life, huh?

Seriously, how many people went back and watched Captain America and Thor after watching Avengers? Does he really think audiences don’t want to see their favorite characters in a more highlighted and individual setting? Tell that to all the Hawkeye fans begging to get him a movie.

Oh, but if you’re X-Men…

“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters.”

Basically, what I’m getting from Mark Miller is that only stuff he is involved in can work… everything else can’t?

I am really excited to see The Wolverine. I’m also waiting anxiously for more information onDays of Future Past because I think it could be epic. But every time Mark opens his mouth I suddenly get an overwhelming sense of dread, and not the cool Judge Dredd kind.

So please, Mark Miller, stop talking, especially if all you are going to say is backhanded compliments that are truly just insults.

3/ Third would have to be Dark Knight Rises. Controversial, I know, but I think this might be my favourite of all the Batman movies. It has its problems, especially Nolan’s reluctance to make Batman himself especially interesting, and the pay off with Bane SO anticlimactic after such a brilliant build up. But it’s got so many good moments and was so incredibly ambitious that I think it clobbers Avengers in terms of pure cinema. Avengers was a very fun popcorn movie with a lot of good jokes, but in terms of actual scale and depth I think Dark Knight rises to the top for Summer 2012 for me.

So, TDKR had a major character that was dull and no pay off but that was apparently better than Avengers.

Considering Miller’s role in upcoming comic book movies and major franchises, he really shouldn’t be going around putting down everyone else’s works just to make his look better. I think someone needs to give him a dictionary and open it to the word ‘tacky’… then let the movies speak for themselves.

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ComicBookMovie – Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN And Marvel Studios; “It’s A Big Effects Movie”
CinemaBlend – Edgar Wright Suggests Ant-Man Could Exist In An Unexpected Genre
“It’s a way of doing a superhero film within another genre. I wanted to tell an origin tale in a slightly different way. It’s part of the Marvel cinematic universe, but it also feels like its own piece.”

ComicBookMovie – THE AVENGERS Will Reunite To Present At The Oscars

ComicBookMovie – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Title And Synopsis Revealed; Colm Feore And Paul Giamatti Join Cast – a more detailed press release

io9 – Concept art shows what Paradise Island would have looked like in David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman

ICv2 – Schanes Stepping Down at Diamond

io9 – HBO hires George R.R. Martin to make all the shows
“HBO has signed George R.R. Martin to a two-year deal which will allow him to continue as co-producer on Game of Thrones, but also let him develop and produce new shows and projects for the network.”

io9 – 10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe

Mr. Dark Knight Returns by ~seniorgoldenspork

 

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Rob Bricken over at io9 has posted another letter and his response, this one about Batman and why we haven’t, and probably won’t ever, see another Batman tv series. I don’t really agree with him completely about the Superman Returns/Smallville thing but he raises some important points. See the post below in its entirety. (I also included another letter he posted about Yoda cause I could.)

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Batshit Crazy

Paul C.: I was wondering why there haven’t been any live-action Batman TV series since the campy ‘60s Adam West Batman. There have been two versions of Superman (Lois & Clark and Smallville) which I assume require more special effects than a Batman show would. There is [Green] Arrow who is essentially Batman, but not the same. There was even that show “The Cape” which was a Batman rip-off and not nearly as interesting. With the success of the recent grittier Nolan Batman films, and our love for police procedurals, couldn’t there be a 60-minute time slot there for a Batman TV show?

There could, but there won’t. Batman is too big for TV. By which I mean that Batman is one of Warner Bros.’ biggest, most lucrative, most reliable movie franchises, and they are absolutely terrified at the idea of somehow screwing up the potential revenue of the Batman movies by making a Batman TV series — either by diluting the public’s desire for Bat-entertainment, confusing the public (two people playing Batmen? My mind cannot comprehend such a thing!), or somehow diminishing Batman’s appeal (by the TV series sucking, which, since it would likely end up being a show on The CW, is a very real possibility).

 I know what you’re going to say — Lois and Clark aired only six years after Superman IV, and Smallville was airing when Superman Returns hit theaters. But the truth is that the Superman movie franchise is not nearly as big as the Batman movies. WB felt okay taking those risks for Superman. The worst Superman movie, Superman IV, made $15 million; Batman and Robin still made $105. Which is why it took WB nearly 30 years to get around to relaunching Superman in theaters, but it only took them eight for Batman.

In reality, the public would like all the Batman it can get. I sincerely doubt anyone would cry foul if two different people played two different versions of Batman on TV and in the movies, and there would especially be no problem if the TV show was a Smallville-esque, Batman: Year One TV series and the movies featured an older, most standard, in-his-prime Batman. What can I say? Hollywood is dumb.

 

That Is Why They Fail

LM: Dear Mr. Postman, I’m a Star Wars fan, but I realized yesterday with the rumor one of the new Star Wars movie was going to be about Yoda is that I don’t want a Yoda movie. Does this make me a bad fan?

Not at all, you just have Yoda fatigue. Same thing as Boba Fett fatigue. It’s a problem many creators create, but that George Lucas is very susceptible to; he learns audiences find such-and-such cool, so he keeps bringing them back until they’ve lost all their appeal.

The other problem is that in the original trilogy Yoda was wise and mysterious, and we could only imagine his power. But in the prequels, he was just as big a doofus as all the other Jedi, and his power was being a green bouncy ball that could hold a lightsaber. Honestly, a little bit of Yoda goes a looong way.

I wouldn’t worry about it, though, because I don’t think it’s true. First of all, half the sites on the internet are claiming they know what Disney is doing, And while AICN certainly gets its scoops, but they’re hardly batting 1.000% rumor-wise. Honestly, I think the waters are so muddied at this point we can’t trust any Star Wars news until Disney genuinely announces it.

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CinemaBlend – What Is The Future Of The Hulk Post-Avengers 2?

CinemaBlend – Captain America: The Winter Soldier To Cast Revenge’s Emily VanCamp As Female Lead

ComicBookMovie – Chris Evans Still Doesn’t Have  His WINTER SOLDIER Script.  Filming Delayed Till June?

CinemaBlend – Star Trek Into Darkness To Be Released Two Days Early

ComicBookMovie – LEGENDARY PICTURES Is  Considering Ending Their Relationship With WARNER BROTHERS – this could mean big problems for a Justice League movie, financial backing it key!

ComicBookMovie – Brian Michael Bendis Talks THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

ComicBookMovie – Mark Millar On KICK-ASS 3, DREDD  And THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

ComicBookMovie – Behind The Scenes Image From THE  WOLVERINE Officially Released

i09 – Batman as Steampunk

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Justice League Movie CastIt’s not been confirmed but the line up for the new Justice League movie Warners Bros has slated for a 2015 will be: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.

This seems likely as while there have been others in the Justice League at various times, these five are perhaps the most notable, which is a good thing seeing as there is no word yet if Henry Cavill and Ryan Reynolds will be reprising their roles as Superman and Green Lantern. We already know Christian Bale will not be reprising his role as Batman as the JL movie will be removed from Nolan’s Batman universe and Batman could be rebooted as early as 2017. So, assuming Cavill and Reynolds are back, then their movies would be the ‘set up’ or ‘phase one’ of the DC Film-Verse which would culminate in the Justice League movie, but three out of five major characters will not have an origin movie.

Good thing these characters are recognizable… but are they really anymore so than the Avengers cast before the ‘Phase One – Avengers Assembled’ films were released:

The Avengers poster by Mondo

The Avengers poster by Mondo

Batman and Superman are basically Iron Man. It could be argued that when Iron Man came out he wasn’t that recognizable beyond people knowing his name but the first movie catapulted his status to that of Bats and Supes. Phase One hadn’t really started yet so that movie counts. When Phase One really got going, you’d have to have been living under a rock not to have heard of Iron Man.

Wonder Woman is pretty much The Hulk. Both had wildly successful tv series, but ever since they’ve had issues with getting a decent movie off the ground and/or getting decent people to play them. They’re fairly recognizable characters though no one can name a single person in these character’s rogue’s gallery or their origin story beyond a few tidbits, unless they were already fans.

Green Lantern is Captain America. You can’t not have heard of these guys if you poked your nose anywhere around the comic-verse, but other than having one crappy movie (Captain America in 1990, Green Lantern in 2011) and being in other character’s animated shows, they haven’t gotten much love outside the comic-verse.

Flash, well, he really is Thor. They are two characters who people have heard of but get confused with other characters (mythology, Flash Gordan, Venom (true story!)). Also, they’re two characters who have had tv shows and movies no one remembers.

As for Black Widow and Hawkeye, they will be represented by whatever little-known-outside-the-comics characters end up getting picked for the supporting cast. They will then see skyrocketed comic book sales, their own solo titles, and possibly their own movie.

But again, only two of these characters (possibly one if they want to strike the tragedy that was Green Lantern off the record) will have introduction/origin movies. Will this help or hinder the effort?

Let’s look at the Phase One movies, here is a breakdown of how much money they made at the box office thanks to Box Office Mojo:

2008Iron Man – 318mil domestic – 585mil total (for comparison)
2008Incredible Hulk – 135mil domestic – 263mil total
2010Iron Man 2 – 312mil domestic – 624 total
2011Captain America – 177mil domestic – 367mil total
2011Thor – 181mil domestic – 449mil total

2012Avengers – 623mil domestic – 1.5billion total

Not only did the individual origin movies not come anywhere near Iron Man (save maybe Thor’s total take), even Iron Man fell into the shadow of the Avengers film itself.

Why is this so? Was Avengers just that much better than all the other movies?

While it was quality, you also have to take into account that Avengers pulled together fans of every single one of those characters. Those who watched Iron Man may not have cared to see Thor. Those who watched Captain American possibly didn’t care about The Incredible Hulk.

So the question now becomes… how are the sequels going to do? How many people who didn’t care about Thor and Loki went out and watched Thor after they watched Avengers? How many of those will be going to see Thor: The Dark World when it comes out? We won’t really know for sure until we see the numbers.

Superman's_Profile_picture by ~Agustinus

Superman’s_Profile_picture by ~Agustinus

How does this affect the Justice League movie?

Avengers may have needed to let you get to know the other characters because it couldn’t rely on the draw of Iron Man and comic readers alone, but Batman and Superman are guaranteed to be a big draw. Not only do they have masses of individual fans (which goes well beyond the comics) who want to see them, but they want to see them interact. No matter the quality of the movie, we can expect to see very large numbers out in mass for opening weekend.

But what if the Justice League movie is terrible?

Then back to the drawing board with no money lost on origin films that went nowhere, but also, like Green Lantern, it might be years before they touch on the character ever again. Though they could go the route of making tv shows like Arrow and Amazon which is in pre-pre-production. They have a lot of options, only a few we’d actually like to see.

But what if the movie is actually really good?

Those who went to go see Bats and Supes are introduced to three other characters that, if they are done right, will basically have the ‘Hawkeye effect’ and people will want to see them in their own movie. This means when WB sinks money into a WW movie with the same actress, in the same universe, then they are guaranteed better returns than if they tried to go solo before Justice League, an idea that they had but seems to have been dropped.

The only issue would be that they couldn’t do prequel movies because that would be annoying, but it would be easy enough to put their origins in there as either a quick 15 minutes at the beginning or parceled throughout the film (as long as it’s done right).

So, is it a smart move by Warner Brothers to work backwards?

They’ve already been accused of trying to ride on the back of the Avengers box office smash… but then Batman and Superman are literally much bigger characters in their own right and could carry a team-up movie with so much ease it should be criminal. The fact they haven’t done it before now should be punished as a capital offence. Maybe it took a kick in the pants for them to get around to it but it was a long time coming.

As for GL, WW, and Flash… I think the fact that Green Lantern made 116mil domestic, half of that on opening weekend before the news came down of its quality, proves that the audience is there for these movies, maybe not 300mil domestic like Iron Man right now, but they are there. But really, as long as they start putting out good films, they will be able to hold against Disney/Marvel, if not surpass them… but with a rash of really bad superhero movies in Green Lantern and Superman Returns, and the retirement of the Nolan-verse Batman movies, they need a shining beacon of ‘yes, yes we can make good movies!’.

Man of Steel logoWe do have Man of Steel coming up later this year, but will that be enough? We were already let down by a Superman movie and so wary eyes are on this film. If it’s a great film then it will definitely help the cause, if it terrible then at least it could be kicked under the rug.

In the end, the Justice League movie is the crux of the entire DC film franchise. Supes and Bats will always have their place on screen but if Justice League fails then it will take everything else down with it. If it succeeds then it is a literal blank check for Warner Bros to bring all our favorite DC characters to life.

So yes, this really is the best move by Warner Bros. Marvel’s Avengers had a fairly blank slate to start with while Justice League has a lot of recent history with most of the characters, either through failed movies or the failure to make a movie. They need a reset button, they need a point to start, and this is it.

Granted, the reset button does look an awful lot like the self destruct button… but that can be entertaining in its own right.

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Entertainment Weekly Online article: 7 Books That Would Make Great TV Shows
I’m reposting a few choice bits here with my thoughts.

#7 Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka

Pitch: A semi-realistic police procedural set in Batman’s hometown.
Upside: It’s the most reliable of TV formats — the big city crime drama — paired with one of the most popular franchises in entertainment history.
Downside
: Batman rights owner Warner Bros. prefers to make Batman films. Even though Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has finished his trilogy, The CW’s entertainment president told me earlier this month that the studio won’t yet permit a TV spinoff. Also, remember Nikki and Paulo on Lost? Viewers like to focus on a story’s most interesting characters, not the background players, so that could be a creative challenge. Still, this CSI: Gotham is worth a shot.
Perfect Home: The CW or Syfy

While a CSI: Gotham would be interesting, having Batman return to his roots as ‘The World’s Greatest Detective’ would probably be a better bet. Batman has already proven he can carry a tv show with the Adam West series, plus that fact that he has such a wonderfully large and memorable rogue’s gallery means you have plenty of room to work to keep things interesting. You’d have to play it smart though, take a few lessons from the Batman: The Animated Series and learn from Arrow’s mistakes.

#5 American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Stephen King

Pitch: Comic series about a notorious outlaw in the Old West who is transformed into the first of a new kind of faster/stronger sunlight-proof vampire who eventually teams with a Hollywood silent movie actress (in this tale, studio moguls are vampires who feed on struggling actresses — nice).
Upside: With an awesome title like American Vampire, I’m amazed this isn’t on my DVR already. Ridiculously easy for a network to market. HBO’s True Blood and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries are modern-day hit vampire shows. A historical tale could be the next step.
Downside: The decades-spanning tale could be too ambitious (read: expensive and complicated) for a TV show.
Perfect Home: AMC

I think the upside is actually the downside. Don’t we have enough vampire stuff in movies and television? Surely we’ll hit the saturation point here any second now. Especially since this sounds a bit like Blade, only old timey.

#2 Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Pitch: The ultra-violent Japanese cult hit has basically the same setup as The Hunger Games, only with lots of guns and without the ’70s glam makeovers.
Upside: Nowadays, it’s tough for a TV show to feel dangerous. The first season of CBS’ Survivor pulled it off. Starz Spartacus, which stretched the boundaries of gore and sex for a cable drama, did it too. And so did AMC’s The Walking Dead — remember that first scene with Rick Grimes shooting a child zombie in her bunny slippers? If executed correctly, Battle Royale would be a must-watch, high-buzz show. With The Hunger Games blowing up the box office with the teen-friendly two-hour version of this concept, there’s room for an R-rated, uncompromising multi-season version. It’s like a reality show where being voted off the island means a character dies; a structure that can be re-set each year. Writers could drizzle in serialized nuggets (such as who is running the games and how to stop them) while previous “winners” could return to the competition (which happened in the book too).
Downside: Do you need to ask? Teen gun-play on TV is radioactive in the wake of Sandy Hook. One could argue that such sensitivities are exactly why this subject is worth candidly exploring in a commercial art medium like television, but that’s one of those intellectual-sounding points that tend to get shouted down during a media frenzy. Still, if I’m making an honest list of a books that could make great TV shows, Battle Royale should be on it. One option: Having “contestants” of all ages and from all walks of life instead of just a high school class arguably has more dramatic potential and will draw a wider audience while making the story less about kids killing kids.
Perfect Home: Starz (The CW recently looked into the rights, but, yeah, not happening).

The simple fact that they can say a plot line involving kids killing other kids “[blew] up the box office with the teen-friendly two-hour version” should make everyone worry. The fact that they want an R-rated blood-soaked version is even worse. Sure, an honest discussion on teen violence and the cause of it is needed, but in a situation like Battle Royale you’re not going to get it because the characters are being forced into killing. Even those kids who want to participate in the games do so for the game/rush/etc aspect which is removed from the realities of every day life. In a Battle Royale tv series there is no room to look at why kids would willingly hurt each other in everyday life.

#1 The Stand by Stephen King

Pitch: Only the greatest post-apocalyptic novel ever written, and one of the most popular. When a super-flu virus kills more than 99 percent of the world’s population an eclectic group of survivors struggle to control the fate of humanity.
Upside: The Stand has all the components for a great pay cable series. There’s compelling end-of-the-world hook, a lengthy narrative, a diverse ensemble cast and beloved source material. Like AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead, the original story would need to be expanded, but there’s enough components in King’s “dark chest of wonders” to support five cable-length seasons (the spread of the flu and survivors coming together in Nebraska and Las Vegas could span the whole first season).
Downside: The Stand was already adapted once (successfully) as a miniseries in 1994. It’s currently in development at Warner Bros. as a feature film (films?). Even King has expressed doubts that this sprawling story will work as a single movie. Here’s a prediction: If CBS’ adaptation of King’s Under the Dome is a hit this summer, The Stand will get a green light  — either as a film or TV show.
Perfect Home: HBO. You don’t need HBO-level sex and language to pull off The Stand, but you do need plenty of money (and HBO has more of it than anybody else). Another network I could imagine wanting this project (though fans probably wouldn’t call it the “perfect” home): Fox.

The 1994 mini-series was indeed fantastic… so can we leave it as a monument and call for a moratorium on post-apocalyptic tv-shows/films? The USA channel is the biggest basic cable channel in the US with top rated and critically acclaimed shows. The secret to their success? “We always go for a blue skies feel” and they “Keep it light.” [Source] Also, the #1 rated tv-series on network television who just reached 25 MILLION viewers? NCIS. A procedural drama that is as light and fun as it is dark and gritty.  Even I can do this math.

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CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Will Get An Early International IMAX 3D Release
Iron Man 3 will following in the footsteps of some of the previously released Marvel films to be given the IMAX treatment as part of its anticipated theatrical release. What’s more, the international IMAX 3D release is scheduled for April 25, which is just over a week ahead of the film’s planned U.S. release in early May.”

CinemaBlend – The Avengers 2: What We Know So Far

ComicBookMovie – Next Solo BATMAN Movie Coming In  2017?

io9 – These Character Names Should be Banned Forever – a rant, but an interesting one

CinemaBlend – A Quarter Of Cloud Atlas Is Chopped By Chinese Censors
Apparently lovemaking is bad but graphic violence isn’t? Still, it’s interesting to note how other countries edit material for a variety of social/political reasons. Even more interesting when it’s been the Chinese box office take that has saved many a movie from failing to turn a profit.

ComicBookMovie – Kevin Bacon Discusses Playing  The Villain In R.I.P.D.

deviantArt:

X-men Stained Glass: Original by ~nenuiel

X-men Stained Glass: Original by ~nenuiel

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CinemaBlend – Captain America’s Toby Jones Says He’s Coming Back For The Winter Soldier
So that means we’re looking at some flashbacks to the first movie but that is to be expected.

ComingSoon.net – Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Iron Man 3
“Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that’s his superpower: he wasn’t born on Asgard, he wasn’t hit by gamma rays, and he doesn’t have the super soldier serum. His power is his brain. It’s fun to put Tony Stark in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it.”

ComicBookMovie – MAN OF STEEL: Jimmy or Jenny?

CinemaBlend – Bruce Willis Coming Back To Sin City For Sequel – Didn’t his character die?

ComicBookMovie – Mark Strong On Why He Thinks  JOHN CARTER Failed; Says He Really Enjoyed The Movie – I enjoyed it too!!

io9 – The Zombieland TV show heads to Amazon.com
First Arrested Development and now Zombieland… behold the future of television, sorta.

GiantFreakingRobot – Rumors Still Floating For Third X-Files Movie, But Will It Ever Actually Get Made?

deviantArt – Art Deco Superhero Movie Posters

BATMAN MOVIE art deco by ~rodolforever

BATMAN MOVIE art deco by ~rodolforever

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CinemaBlend – Superman Was Tougher To Write Than Batman, Says Man of Steel Screenwriter
well, yeah, Batman was already a dark and gritty character, Superman wasn’t, trying to fit him into someone else’s box is just asking for trouble

CinemaBlend – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Won’t Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy
JGL would have been good in Guardians, oh well.

CinemaBlend – Guillermo del Toro Confirms Dark Universe Movie, Talks The DC Cinematic Universe
basically Justice League Dark… cool

i09 – The Justice League sells out in this awesome DC superhero money art

Artwork by Aslan Malik

Artwork by Aslan Malik

Marvel – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes On the Way

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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