So the amount of faith invested in Warner Bros.’ handling of its DC Comics properties can be measured in a thimble, but that’s not to say there’s no hope at all. As Warners gambles on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to establish its own expansive and interconnected universe in one ambitious movie, they also have several follow up projects scheduled for release in 2016 and beyond. One of them, of course, is Wonder Woman, who, as we already know, appears in Batman V. Superman. The solo Wonder Woman film based on the comic about the powerful Amazonian warrior now has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Michelle MacLaren), and a release date (June 2017), but what it still lacks is a script. Good thing then that the studio is reportedly working on six of them. (more…)
We all know that some of the worst movie spoilers end up coming from the very toys that movie ‘s producers are hoping will sell like crazy. This time around, while we are seeing the new and improved Avengers Age of Utron uniforms, there’s nothing that we haven’t seen in the trailer. It’s just a much closer look.
Hot Toys recently revealed its incredible new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron figures at the Toy Soul Convention in Hong Kong. These toys might set you back a pretty penny, but the detail is beyond incredible verging on incredi-balls. Yes, I went there, you might not agree, but once you’ve laid your eyes on these your collector’s soul is going to start beating very fast. (more…)
Over the last few months, Spider-Woman has been the center of much controversy. Comic books and feminism collided when a questionably lewd depiction of Spider-Woman’s butt cheeks were propped front and center on a variant cover of “Spider-Women # 1″. Now, we’re not dredging that story up again, but for the sake of information as it applies to today’s story, here’s the gist of it…
Spider-Women’s curiously thin spandex covered rump and suggestive body positioning was subject to much internet discord; with party lines saying it was a disgrace to women while leaving others to say “you’re making a problem where there isn’t one”. You’d think with all the heat, Marvel would have pulled the issue. They didn’t. Instead, they got cute and simply covered the dimpled derrière by placing the comic books logo affront it. Eh, cheap way of skirting the issue whilst still capitalizing on what was an obvious demand for the infamous book cover.
So, now, Marvel’s Spider-Woman comic continues to carry on. Maybe it’s related to all the recent drama, or maybe it isn’t, but Marvel Comics has revealed a new costume for Spider-Woman (more…)
Evangeline Lilly – who is best know for her performance as Kate on the J.J. Abrams produced ABC sci-fi mystery series Lost – has been steadily building up quite the CV after an initially quite stint when Lost officially went off the air in 2010. Starring in films such as the Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel, and having a prominent role in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy playing elf warrior Tauriel, has no doubt upped her stock in Holywood. Now, with another starring role in Marvel Studios Ant-Man (playing Hank Pym‘s daughter), Lilly is set to grace the big screen again as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in mid July 2015. While promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lilly has been spilling the beans on the storyline of the tightly-lipped Peyton Reed vehicle. (more…)
The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold. (more…)
There’s a story about how the normally jovial and kind-hearted Ian McKellen lost his cool in the first days of filming The Hobbit trilogy when he looked around the set and realized he was acting against a bunch of photos of actors attached to sticks standing in for dwarves. In case you’ve never tried it, acting with a bunch of faces on sticks isn’t easy, as acting against inanimate objects because of modern film technology is sometimes cumbersome to giving a human performance. But what if the character you’re playing isn’t human? Motion capture technology is the method that director Joss Whedon chose to bring the titular villain to life in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and according to Whedon, the outfit and the technology actually helped actor James Spader get in touch with his inner-robot. (more…)
The complaints surrounding the battle between Superman and General Zod at the end of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel have been pretty rife to say the least. During the final confrontation, Superman and Zod battle it out; causing apocalyptic chaos across the city of Metropolis. Hollywood films are fraught with destruction, what makes this any different?, I can here you all asking! Well, fundamentally, it all boils down to the fact that Superman is supposed to be infallible; he has suppose to have a code; a moral duty to prevent individuals from being harmed. Thusly, there doesn’t seem to be any thought for innocent standers-by when Superman throws Zod through a skyscraper, causing a hefty amount of collateral damage. Superman isn’t suppose to kill people, but yet, he does in Man of Steel, and you are about to learn why this is. (more…)
After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves. (more…)
In the comic book version of Marvel’s Civil War, a pretty key part is played by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man; his backing of Tony Stark and the pro-registration movement was the watershed moment in the miniseries when Spidey unmasked as Peter Parker at the end of Civil War #2. When the plot line of the third Captain America was revealed to be based on Civil War, many fans wondered if it was a sign that Spidey might come home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after rumblings over the last several months (confirmed by e-mails released by hackers last week) that Sony was looking at a Spider-Sharing deal with Walt Disney and Marvel Studios. As we know now though, that talk was just talk, and sources inside Marvel are confirming that Captain America: Civil War is now proceeding without Spider-Man. (more…)
In the latest “Stan’s Rants” the man the myth the legend himself had a new topic to talk about. Himself. Which if you’re not actually watching these little nuggets of adorable angry and thoughtful moments from Mr Stan Lee, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Go onto YouTube this second and subscribe to that. Seriously. But since you’re still here I’ll continue for all the people at work who can’t watch the video this second, or those of you in class or something here’s the rundown. (more…)