In a world of ever-increasing superhero movies, there are times where the film will not jive 100% with the source material, especially with live action adaptations. As great as our film-making technology has gotten, this is still the world of the fantastical. At times, the films are slated to be more in “the real world” or at least toned down a little. Sometimes the story-line doesn’t mesh 100% completely with what was within the comic. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, due to corporate reasons and film rights issues, not every character could be in the film adaptation of that comic book crossover event. However, the film adaptation uses the “less is more” approach and made one hell of a film that ended up, arguably, better than the source material. Batman v Superman also took liberties with the story-lines it borrowed from to try and make a complete film. That’s just how it goes with adapting and transferring a story from one medium to another.
In animation, there are even more liberties that can be taken in regards to adapting a comic book. For one, the animation visually looks similar to the comic book, as even casual fans find it easier. Instead of comics that are read from page to page, they are viewed in animation form and it’s easier on the eyes. Also with animation, the studios have been doing it for a longer time and thus have more experience in this form of storytelling. We’ve only had “really good” superhero films for the better part of the last decade, while we’ve had really good animation for much longer. Simply put, the studios are better at doing it in animation form. No one has had more practice (and success) than the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. They simply know their source material and have done a stellar job in their direct-to-video films surrounding DC Comics properties. With more than 28 films under their belt, they have gotten very good at what they do.
Which is why their latest adaptation, Batman: The Killing Joke is such a letdown. (more…)
If you like female superheroes then this was a good year at San Diego Comic Con for you because on the one hand Warner Bros. gave us the first Wonder Woman trailer, and on the other Marvel Studios introduced us to Captain Marvel Brie Larson. But come on! We know that there’s been one superheroine that’s been kicking butt since the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for years fans have said that she deserves her own movie. Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow getting the solo spotlight she’s earned is still sadly a long way off, but if Marvel is interested, a director with a proven track record in the MCU might be willing to help make it happen. (more…)
In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, The New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are in talks to produce more Han Solo movies. In what has become the norm in Hollywood, Alden Ehrenreich, the recently confirmed casting choice for young Han Solo, has been quietly signed on for a three film contract, which if it comes to fruition will no doubt make many fans giddy with happiness. (more…)
As those who flocked to San Diego come home, those of us who never left home can finally begin catching up on all those “exclusive” panels from the Con. Listen in on your favorites stars from movies and television talk about their projects and answer (often awkward) questions from the fans. Excitement was in the air, the fandaemonium was palpable.
Check out panels from Aliens 30th Anniversary, Star Trek 50th Anniversary, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and all the hub from Warner Bros and Marvel. All these videos courtesy of our friends at Flicks And The City.
It looks like one of the original stars of Pacific Rim will not be suiting back up for the sequel. It’s being reported that Charlie Hunnam will not be coming back to reprise his role as Raleigh Brackett, who was the main character of the first film. In a way it’s a little disappointing since Hunnam did a decent job in the first film. However, because it’s already known that Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor, John Boyega, has already taken the lead, it’s not really that much of a loss. Thanks for playing Charlie Hunnam.
Due in 2018, The Flash is lined up to be one of the new movie releases written to expand the DC cinematic universe. Joining releases such as Batman V Superman and Man of Steel, it will be accompanied by films including Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg in its broadening of the brand’s blockbuster family. The movie is set in an alternate universe to Grant Gustin’s televised incarnation of the speedster, with Ezra Miller taking up the lightening bolt mantle at the direction of Rick Famuyiwa. (more…)
Just when we thought that Marvel Studios wasn’t going to give us anything new in the ways of casting announcements (aside from the confirmation of the long presumed Black Panther supporting cast, of course), they brought her out! Brie Larson, Academy Award-winning actress for Room, highly-acclaimed for her roles in Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, and will always be remembered for being Scott Pilgrim’s evil ex Envy Adams, was now a Marvel superhero. With the fanfare now having died down, let’s ask Kevin Feige why, after months of speculation, that he and Marvel settled on Larson to fill the boots of Captain Marvel. (more…)
Pokémon GO, released on July 6th this month, has become a phenomenal success; it has become such a large success, in fact, that San Diego Comic-Con staff realized they had a problem on their hands—the panel for the game was originally scheduled for room 25ABC, a small room for less than 500 people. With how popular the mobile app had become, the space given for the panel no longer reflected the interest; SDCC staff decided to bring out the big gun, Hall H. The hall is an actual hangar that can hold thousands and thousands of attendees; this sacred space is usually for panels on the scale of DC and Marvel. The best part? The hall was still filled to capacity, with people pouring out the doors. People wanted the newest info on their precious game… and maybe a chance at a rare catch. (more…)