Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Newsarama – Rogue Returns to GAMBIT at the ‘Worst Possible Moment’
Asmus: In a serious way, I will say that I’ve had more female readers reach out to me over this book than anything else I’ve done. Even more so than Generation Hope, which is a largely female cast. This book really has some very vocal female readers, in a way that proves to me that this is a real audience for comics, and they’re being underserved.
One of those women being our very own Chellerbelle who has been giving Asmus reference assistance!

ComicBookMovie – Did Marc Webb Hint That THE  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel Is Part of the MCU? – everyone wants to rid the Avengers cash cow, but Spider-Man/Sony seem to have the best chance of actually making something work out.

CinemaBlend – James Franco Also Thinks The Amazing Spider-Man Wasn’t Original Enough
“Asked by MTV at Sundance what he thought about The Amazing Spider-Man, Franco didn’t exactly trash it, but he certainly didn’t mince words about the film that he too thought was a little too similar to the original Spider-Man.”

ComicBookMovie – Screenwriter Stu Zicherman On  The Disappointing ELEKTRA
“…it was supposed to be this gigantic movie and then they decide they’re not going  to make an $80M movie they’re going to make a $30M movie, they bring in a  director we didn’t know, you get fired, someone else comes in and rewrites the  entire movie but you still get credit because you wrote the first draft.  Then  you go to the premiere in Las Vegas and 30-seconds into the movie you’re like  oh, [frick].”

Newsarama – MAN OF STEEL Product Licenses Outpacing SUPERMAN RETURNS – a good sign

BleedingCool – Superman And The Law &
ComicBookMovie – DC Has Notes And Sketches For A  Replacement SUPERMAN In Case They Lose The Rights

ComicBookMovie – Empire’s official stills of The Wolverine and Thor: Dark World movies have been released sans text.

ComicBookMovie – J.J Abrams’ “Superman Flyby”  script hits the web – i need to set down and read this sometime

Toy News International – Best of Warner Bros. Superman TV Collection On DVD May 7

ComicBookNews – Robert Downey Jr. Explains How  IRON MAN 3 Utilizes China; Comments On IRON MAN 2 Flaws

ComicBookMovie – Chris Pine Shares His Thoughts  On J.J. Abrams Helming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
Oh, and what are the odds of a cameo for Kirk in Star  Wars? “Now you’re really playing with fire,” he laughed. “I  wouldn’t say that even lightly.”

i09 – 12 Things That Ruined Superman

ComicBookMovie – Stephen Amell On The Success Of  ARROW

CinemaBlend – Read Harrison Ford’s Handwritten Raiders Of The Lost Ark Script Notes

CinemaBlend – Terence Stamp Reflects On The Misery Of Shooting Star Wars The Phantom Menace
“I didn’t rate him that much as a director, really,” he told the magazine. “I didn’t feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn’t interest me and I wouldn’t think I interested him.”

Marvel – Iron Man 3 Gets New Poster & Game Spot Teaser

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Below is the casting call for Days of Future Past courtesy of ComicBookMovie. Fittings starts in mid-February (which isn’t capitalized?) but the actual filming will be April to August, this gives plenty of time for post-production unless there is another  chunk to be filmed later. We can probably expect to see set pics starting in May.

The big thing is that apparently “most of the film takes place in 1973” which is ten/eleven years after First Class. I don’t see a problem with this, they need to move things forward in the timeline and allow them to go farther with the current actors.

A lot of people though, seem to take this as meaning that there will be no JFK assassination ‘magic bullet’ moment. Vaughn originally talked about such a scene when First Class came out as a possible opener for the sequel but seeing as the assassination took place in 1963 people believe this won’t happen. Um, they can still easily do that, if the film mostly takes place in 1973 doesn’t mean they can’t have the movie start in 1963 and do a quick skip to ten years later.

I’m more interested in the fact that this is 1973… what happened in 1973 that would fit with the Days of Future Past idea of changing the future? From Wikipedia:

And that’s just some of the highlights. Seeing as First Class went after the historical event of the Cuban missile Crisis it’s safe to assume that there is a very likely chance DOFP will involve itself either in the Vietnam War or the Watergate Scandal. But the question is, what would have to be changed? Or is more like they have to make sure that everything happens the way ‘we remember it’… i.e. maybe Nixon doesn’t resign or is assassinated in the future and that leads to a mutant apocalypse? Or they could just make something up, a young Senator Kelly or a replacement character?

Only time will tell… but they sure picked an interesting year to play around in…

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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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CinemaBlend – The Wolverine: James Mangold Talks Berserker Rage And Japanese Influence &
ComicBookMovie – More From James Mangold On THE  WOLVERINE 
I’m continuing to have good feelings about this movie, though I’m not sure about the change in the haircut…

BleedingCool – Warners Want Australian Man Of Steel Fans To Commission Some Structural Architecture – I giggled… so hard…

CinemaBlend – Has The Justice League Lineup Been Revealed?

CinemaBlend – January Jones May Not Be Coming Back For X-Men: Days Of Future Past – and I’m okay with this!

BleedingCool – Rob Liefeld Writes Movie About His Career And Rise Of Image, Would Like Christian Bale To Play Todd McFarlane – I met Todd McFarlane years ago and, yeah, Bale would be a great fit, and not because he played Batman.

ComicBookMovie – FAN MADE: Watch The First 2  Episodes Of The DEADPOOL Web-Series – I wonder what Deadpool thinks of this… someone should ask him.

i09 – The 36 Greatest Supervillain Musical Numbers of All Time – warning, has videos embedded, slow load, and I know the words to about half of these songs…

ComicBookMovie – Storyboard Artist Jay Oliva Says  Get Ready For A Lot Of Action In MAN OF STEEL

BleedingCool – Diamond Announces Nominations For 2012 Gem Awards – no love for the X-Men here

BleedingCool – The Week In Kissing (SPOILERS)

Wolverine & the X-Men #24

Wolverine & the X-Men #24

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Slow news day?

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Talks X-MEN: DAYS  OF FUTURE PAST
apparently they will address Xavier’s hair (or lack thereof) in DOFP

ComicBookMovie – THE AVENGERS And TDKR Among The  Most Pirated Films Of 2012

ComicBookMovie – ILM Featurette On THE AVENGERS’  Epic New York Battle

ComicBookMovie – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ Concept  Art Featuring Batman’s High-Tech Knee Brace & EMP Gun

ComicBookMovie – Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool Make-Up Test For X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
*grumble*thatwasnotdeadpool*grumble*

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CinemaBlend – 2012 Declared Biggest Box Office Year On Record
most of that is in part because of some big comic book movies

Collider – Check Out Andy Park’s Concept Art for THE AVENGERS

ComicBookMovie – TWILIGHT Voted The Worst Movie  Of All-Time; SPIDER-MAN 3 And CATWOMAN Not Far Behind

ComicBookMovie – Joss Whedon talks TV and Movies and RDJ talks Iron Man 3.

And this from Marvel:

Happy Holidays from Tony Stark

Happy Holidays from Tony Stark

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Hugh Jackman gave an interview to Parade magazine and, well, here you go:

Give us a little scoop on the film.
You want to get me into trouble, don’t you? [laughs] Okay, the movie takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand. My character is at his lowest. He is supposed to be able to heal himself, but he may encounter someone who has worked out a way to really hurt him. And there is a cameo from one of the past X-Men in it.

There is already a rumor running around that Famke Jansson who played Jean Grey flew to Australia to film a cameo, a rumor which hasn’t been debunked yet by any parties. Could this be misdirection? Could, but not sure how as Jean’s character would make the most sense in regards to how much of an impact it would make on both Wolvie and the storyline of the franchise.

Should be interesting…

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