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While promoting his latest film The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn was asked about superhero films. It seems like every director nowadays wants to get involved in the billion-dollar genre. The Drive director previously had expressed interest in making a Wonder Woman movie. Unfortunately, it did not come to fruition for him, but DC will soon be coming out with Wonder Woman next year featuring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. That doesn’t mean that Refn is done with wanting to make female-centered superhero films.

When talking about superhero films, Refn is still very much interested.

“God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity.”

Knowing that Wonder Woman is off the table, Refn was asked what film he would like to tackle.

“What ones are left? You know the one I want to do? I want to make Batgirl. Let’s get Warner working on it.”

With Batgirl reportedly being in a possible Harley Quinn movie, the possibility for her to have her own film exists. Refn has already made The Neon Demon, which features a film with a strong female protagonist, so making a Batgirl film might be a great look for the filmmaker. His visual style of the film could also be a big selling point as the director has a unique style in films such as The Neon Daemon and Drive.

He put it out there, it’s your call Warner Bros.

Source: Business Insider

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Everyone’s doing music for movies these days, although it’s really nothing new, remember Vanilla Ice‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song? That was 25 years ago. Fallout Boy and Missy Elliot took a crack at updating the Ghostbusters theme song and now Rihanna has slipped a track (Sledgehammer) in the new Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. You can check it out in the new trailer below. (more…)

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It’s a Japanese renaissance in Hollywood right now! That is if three live-action movies based on anime and/or manga projects counts as a renaissance. Ghost in the Shell is presently before the cameras, and production on Battle Angel Alita will soon get underway if the intention is to still make its 2018 release date. And yet, what do neither of those movies have? How about a director of Asian ancestry? Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing Ghost, while Robert Rodriguez is working on Alita. Now though, it looks like Warner Bros. is going to shake things up by hiring the Taiwanese-born Justin Lin to helm the long gestating Akira movie. (more…)

Kellan Lutz

A lot of folks out there grew up with The Masters of the Universe as one of their staple cartoons. And though it was originally conceived as little more than a way to sell some toys, the franchise has taken on a life of its own and continues to adapt and adopt into the present day. The latest attempt at bringing the muscle-bound He-Man back into the limelight involves a second attempt at the big screen. Now, it seems as if Sony Pictures may have their eyes on the guy they wish to play the lead – Kellan Lutz. (more…)

Avengers and X-men

With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.

For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.

In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”

Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!

Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.

Source: ComicBook Movie

Netflix

In the past, the streaming giant Netflix has stated that they would not have an “offline” option for their service. Amazon Prime and Comcast gave their customers the option to download shows/movies from their apps to their smartphones/tablets/PCs for offline viewing at later times. Those worries about maxing out on their bandwidth (or just wanted to watch service in an area without Wi-Fi or 3G) had the option to download and view later for their own convenience. However, Netflix was firmly against such an action in the past. Statements like “It’s never going to happen” came from their director of communications Cliff Edwards in 2014 and “I’m just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it’s worth providing that level of complexity,” came from their chief product officer Neil Hunt last year. It looks like Netflix has had a change of heart.

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The long awaited sequel to Independence Day was one of those “I’ll believe when I see it” movies. It’s been talked about for so long, only to pop up when someone asked director Roland Emmerich about it in the midst of making other movies, that it seemed doubtful that the next wave of space invaders would ever arrive. And now, 20 years later, the moment is here. Independence Day: Resurgence fits beautifully in the trend of “re-quels”, a simultaneous sequel and rebooting to turn a franchise that’s stalled out into a comeback success. Sadly though, Independence Day is too in love with its own mythology to make any bold departures from it. (more…)

X Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse will not go down in cinema history as one of Marvel‘s biggest successes. Surrounded by a controversy about whether or not it was appropriate to show Mystique getting throttled in an area struggling with domestic violence, the turnout at the box office was low, to say the least. Many fans felt that there was something lacking character development and that part of the story felt somewhat rushed. Some even felt that Apocalypse’s final downfall happened too conveniently for such an epic villain. (more…)

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Are you one of the many, many Ghostbusters fans that is hoping that Paul Feig’s upcoming entry into the franchise will be his last?  After the initial trailer was released, a trailer that was disliked more than any other trailer in YouTube history, fans of the franchise went into an uproar, slamming the film, the director, and the female cast attached to the project.  In a world in which these armchair critics reign king, this massive shade thrown on the film seems to have had exactly the desired effect.  The new North American tracking figures recently reported by THR seem to back up the almost universal opinion that the Ghostbusters franchise may wind up back in the containment unit after this outing. (more…)

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If you’ve got a Star Trek fan film in the works, you better hope it’s short, sweet and cheap because Paramount and CBS are going to be coming for you otherwise. With the hired goons presumably on standby, the company that owns the rights to Star Trek yesterday announced brand new rules and regulations that are supposed to govern the production fan films made in the franchise’s honor. In the wake of Paramount’s litigious attempts to shut down one project in particular, it seems that the promise of the lawsuit’s imminent end has turned into a pledge to make sure that it never happens again. (more…)