Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

CinemaBlend – Bryan Singer Hints About Peter Dinklage’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past Character
“He’ll be himself. Not that he’ll be playing Peter Dinklage, he’ll be playing this character. It’s not a shy character. He’s just such a phenomenal actor; I’m a huge fan of Peter’s and Game of Thrones. He was my first choice and I was really happy [about the casting]. It’s so funny to talk to him because he does that impeccable accent [on Game of Thrones] and then you talk to him and he’s this guy from New Jersey.”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Teases Return Of  Scott And Jean In X-MEN: DOFP; Hints At Shared Fox Universe
When the site put it to him that a lot of fans would like to see Scott and Jean  return, he teased: “Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can  say. The good news is that we’re all on the same page!”

ComicBookMovie – Bryan Singer Talks About His  Role In X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
“It would be [weird to direct Days of Future Past]  if I didn’t write the story for X-Men: First Class. I wrote the story to that  movie and I produced it and I was instrumental in the casting, in design and  involved in the post-production, so I was part of that movie. I initiated that  movie and originated it so in that way, and worked with Matthew and I was the  one who actually hired Matthew so in a way I feel like I’m not completely  entering someone else’s franchise. I’m entering one that he executed  wonderfully, but one that I was also part of.”

CinemaBlend – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Will Be A Political Thriller

ComicBookMovie – James Gunn Meets With DnA On  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

CinemaBlend – Fantastic Four Reboot Adds Matthew Vaughn To Its Team

CinemaBlend – Stan Lee’s New Project Annihilator Brings Us A Chinese Captain America

ComicBookMovie – Doing Business With Marvel Studios – interesting…

CinemaBlend – Watch The Trailer For The Inspirational Batman Doc Legends Of The Knight

CinemaBlend – Megan Fox Joins Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film – I thought these two didn’t get along?

ComicBookMovie – VIDEO GAMES: ESRB Has Rated  Deadpool the Video Game ‘M’ for Mature – anything less would be criminal

io9 – The 8 Incredibly Gross Powers Superman Doesn’t Even Realize He Has

io9 – Real-life Spidey Sense suit tingles when objects get close

Facebook – New Mandarin poster for Iron Man 3

Twitter – James Mangold shares another The Wolverine behind the scenes photo.

io9 – A mash-up of real-life bad guys with comic supervillains

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ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Role Will Be “Large”
THR also says that Jackman’s role in Days Of Future Past will be “large”, and that he’ll be reunited with many members of the original X-Men cast. He then says that he has yet to read a finished script, and that he has only seen an eight-page synopsis. – I keep saying he will likely be the time traveler, if his role is as ‘large’ as this suggests then that would do it.

CinemaBlend – X-Men: Days Of Future Past Adds Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage – no news who he will play, but Puck seems to be the frontrunner of the speculation

ComicBookMovie – More From Bryan Singer On X-MEN: DOFP; Reveals Richard Nixon Will Be A Character – I already said, if they are doing 1973, no way they couldn’t do the Watergate Scandal.

CinemaBlend – X-Men: Days Of Future Past Will Shoot In 3D, And Bryan Singer Explains His Secrecy
“There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise.”

i09 – The Batman movie reboot isn’t waiting for Justice League anymore

ComicBookMovie – Does A Late Trailer Date For THE WOLVERINE Signal Trouble? – not that it means the movie is of bad quality, just that waiting so long could easily not help in box office returns

Newarama – Marvel Comics’ FULL May 2013 Solicitations

CinemaBlend – Will Captain America: The Winter Soldier Feature Hayley Atwell After All? Winter Soldier will have flashbacks and it makes sense to at least spend a few minutes shoring up that plot line, but I don’t expect it to be more than that, a few minutes.

ComicBookMovie – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Shoot Moves To The Cemetery – who died? there are a few options…

ComicBookMovie – Felicity Jones Confirms Role In Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 – doesn’t say what role, speculation is Felicity could be Felicia… aka Black Cat

ComicBookMovie – Latest THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Production Picture

ComicBookMovie – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Alternate Designs For Peter Parker’s Web-Shooters

ComicBookMovie – Marvel VFX Producer On GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, James Gunn, Rocket Raccoon And Groot
“Production has already started! Completely. It started months ago and we have an entire team in London already – we start shooting in June. Our director [James Gunn] travels next week and it’s going, baby! It’s a fast train to a beautiful place.”

ComicBookMovie – Trailer For Documentary- WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

CinemaBlend – Alice Eve Swears The Star Trek Into Darkness Villain Isn’t Khan

i09 – Can Futurists Change The Future?

io9 – The 7 Greatest Bromances in Space

ComicBookMovie – THOR: THE DARK WORLD Set Report Emphasizes On The Warriors Three And Marauders

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Poster Reveals Rhodey As The Iron Patriot At Last

Rhodey As The Iron Patriot

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ComicBookMovie – First Teaser For THE WOLVERINE Attached To G.I. JOE: RETALIATION – well, that settles it, guess I will be seeing GI Joe 2 in theaters

ComicBookMovie – Nightcrawler: The Latest Mutant Bryan Singer Is Teasing For X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
“I don’t know. We’ll see. You know … we’ll see,” he teased. When pressed a little further he explained, “I don’t want to … sometimes you don’t want to say “yes” or “no” to something that may not be a “yes” or a “no,” or anything. I haven’t decided yet, a few things.”

BleedingCool – How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O’Neil #20

ComicBookMovie – Emily Bett Rickards To Become A Series Regular In ARROW’S Second Season – good, she is one of the brightest points of the show

ComicBookMovie – New Behind The Scenes Photo From MAN OF STEEL – possibly spoilerish

ComicBookMovie – Chloë Moretz Says There’s Romance For Hit-Girl In KICK-ASS 2
“There’s going to get a bit more romance, a much more grown up Mindy Macready. Someone who’s questioning themself and whether they are a villain, assassin or a vigilante and a hero. So there’s a lot of tormented inner self, it’s interesting.”

CinemaBlend – How The Avengers Made A Motion Capture Hulk And Snagged An Oscar Nomination

ComicBookMovie – Marvel Reintroduce Trading Cards For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [comic] Relaunch

CinemaBlend – Lawrence Kasdan Says He Will Start Fresh For His Star Wars Spin-Off Movie

i09 – So… the popularity graph for the name “Bruce” looks just like Batman

Twitter – Maurissa Tancharoen – S.H.I.E.L.D. plot wraps filming, wrap photo below – via CBM

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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)

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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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