There’s lots of news in the wake of Marvel‘s release of Iron Man 3. Will Robert Downey Jr. be back for more, will there be an Iron Man 4, what other Marvel Superheroes will get a big screen treatment? Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige, recently put a couple of those rumored about which heroes might get a stand alone movie to rest.
When asked by Collider if anyone at Marvel is currently developing or writing a Falcon of War Machine spinoff, Feige simply said:
Now that just means that currently there are no plans for those two heroes, but perhaps as Marvel proceeds through Phase Two and into Phase Three some decisions could be made to bring those two characters to the big screen in their own rights.
Recently, Ms. Marvel, Blade, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther, and The Runaways have script development projects in the works at Marvel Studios. There’s no production dates for these yet, but scripts are being written (Runaways was already scripted by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce), and concept art is in the works.
These would most likely come after the third Avengers movie, and until there is a release date or green-light announcement, keep your expectations grounded. These things have a way of getting side tracked until the real money starts getting pumped into the project.
This week on the supple Bastardcast, your mother lets Jeremy and Jason out of her bed long enough to talk about Free Comic Book Day, Doctorless Who and the Time Lord’s E-Harmony account, the great Marvel vs. DC debate, and the return of four classic Marvel characters to the Disney owned Marvel Movie Universe that will now be completely ignored after being totally abandoned. So, welcome back Matt Murdock!
Also on the show: Fanboys have Fury over Human Torch casting rumor, Ray-J and Brandy (or possibly another pair of siblings) joining the Avengers if “sources” are to be believed, Jim Gaffigan doesn’t care about your toenails and we don’t care about the resulting controversy, and stop, collaborate, and listen as Ziggy Stardust Jr. compares Tom Cruise to Vanilla Ice.
Do you demand more? Alrighty, Jason performs emergency surgery on a couch that may contain a pathway to another dimension, Charlie Day rides a robot like a bronco while it pinata’s the head of a monster with the whooping stick made of 100% boat, and the boys sing an ode to Grand Theft Auto Trevor, patron saint of fucking shit up and wife-beater tees.
All that, vaginal care products, fresh meat for the Hall of Excellence, and the continuing search for Jeremy’s stolen Batman colorforms on this week’s episode of The Bastardcast.
The Bastardcast: Please don’t listen to us while you masturbate.
A long time ago, when Marvel was struggling to survive, let along make superhero movies, they sold the rights to numerous characters to various studios looking to cash in. Jump forward a decade or so and suddenly Marvel Studios is making some pretty successful movies, but those heroes rights that had been sold, remained out of reach, even for a cameo.
Studios often cranked out movies just to retain the rights, just look at Sony and the recent Amazing Spider-man reboot. You know that Marvel would have loved to put a Spider-Man cameo in the Avengers, fans would have loved it too.
Recently, many of the rights for those Marvel heroes have lapsed and returned to Marvel Studios, like the Punisher and Daredevil. Now, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, two more names can now be added to the list of returned rights.
Ghost Rider & Blade
Entertainment Weekly recently interviewed Feige, Here’s what he had to say about the returning hero rights:
Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well-received.
Although Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance grossed $132 million, it was panned by many fans and reviewers and wasn’t a strong return on the film’s investment. Don’t get excited about the rights return yet though, just because these character rights are back, Disney’s not just gonna crank out new movies.
They all have potential, but we’re not going to say ‘We got it back – make it.’
Who knows though, maybe we could see some Midnight Sons on the big screen. The return also opens the door for cameos. No one is sure what Disney will do with the more adult, violent characters like Ghost Rider, the Punisher, or Blade. Many are betting that Disney won’t make movies with “R” ratings.
There’s a market for these films though, and Disney won’t let valuable properties lay around gathering dust and doing nothing. Sooner or later those characters will be used, even if it’s just to resell the rights to another studio willing to make movies with those characters.
05-02-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
A Marvel movie must be coming out soon* because Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is talking a lot about the studio and its various projects.
*Obviously, I know that Iron Man 3 comes out tomorrow. In fact I believe we’ve already posted our review.
So what else is new? Well, Feige talked to Entertainment Weekly about casting next summer’s major Marvel opus, Guardians of the Galaxy. The film stars Chris Pratt as the Guardians’ human leader Star Lord, but what made the Parks & Rec star the winning choice for such a key role? “He’s a hilariously frumpy, doofy guy in Parks and Rec, and he’s an incredibly kickass ripped guy in Zero Dark Thirty and that’s pretty awesome,” says Feige. “He’s going to need that in Guardians. That’s a big range right there.”
And finding that range was no easy task, adds Feige. “We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap. [Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.”
Also not easy, or at least not as easy as it seems, is having chemistry with your co-stars, and that was one of selling points in Guardians‘ next bit of casting when Marvel hired former-WWE champion Dave Bautista to play Drax the Destroyer. “One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome,” says Feige.
In closing, before moving on to other movie news, here’s a new piece of Guardians concept art for you:
In Ant Man news – you heard me – Feige talked about the project’s perpetual state of development hell/suspended animation saying that it was originally intended to be the studio’s follow-up to Iron Man, but now with an expected release date sometime after The Avengers 2, the script will now have to by updated to reflect the expanded state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Frankly, now we have to re-write it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed,” Feige explains. “We’ve talked about various names [to play the lead] over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by. But towards the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar [Wright]. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”
Meanwhile, the movie rights for a number of other Marvel characters such as Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and, of course, Daredevil, have reverted back to Marvel recently, but Feige says don’t expect new Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Daredevil films right away.
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received,” he says. “They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back – make it!'”
Finally, in a recent interview with /Film and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, Feige talked about the nature of trying to keep the details of his projects secret in the era of internet journalism. Here’s the exchange with /Film’s Peter Sciretta:
Peter Sciretta: You’re a very internet-savvy guy and it seems like you’re reading everything… There’s a lot of sites up there reporting leaks or rumors or sometimes even misinformation. I wanted to get your thoughts on “How does Marvel deal with this” in an age when sharing information on the internet is becoming unstoppable.
Kevin Feige: What are you talking about? Latino Review?
Nobody specifically. Really just interested in how Marvel Studios is evolving to handle the internet as a whole…
How would you “punish” them if you were us?
Its an interesting question. I think the only thing you could probably do is exclude them — don’t give them access. Don’t invite them to set visits, to junkets. But I don’t know, info is always going to get out there and someones always going to be posting it.
Here’s what I will say, since X-men one frankly, where a photo was stolen off a wardrobe thing and it was the very first look of Hugh Jackman in costume as him under flourescents… it looked awful. (Laughs) It was just like “Oh, this is the world we are living in. This is the reality.” So we’ve always just accepted it. Spy pictures will leak and we used to try to run ahead and put out a cool picture first. Now if we have a cool picture we will put it out, but if we don’t, that’s okay.
Misinformation… You know, it gets a little annoying when somebody is like “This is what’s happening! This is what Kevin Feige is doing!” It’s annoying when they are right and it’s equally annoying when they are wrong, because everybody passes it. “Planet Hulk is the next thing” and everybody talks about it and you’re just like “Okay, but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting it.”
Shane Black: (smirking) It’s like Iron Man flying off to see The Guardians at the end of this one…
You read that everywhere.
Kevin Feige: Exactly, but then again, nobody knew about Redford until we announced it. Nobody knew about what you know now having seen Iron Man 3, so as long as there are secrets that big that are still being kept, I know it’s nobody in the inner circle. Does that make sense?
The topic inevitably came up during the Man of Steel panel at San Diego Comic Con: just what is the status of the Justice League movie? The pondering is understandable. It was barely a year ago that DC relaunched all their titles with Justice League topping the best-sellers list for a couple of months last fall. And with The Avengers being the biggest money maker of all time not made by a guy named Cameron it only sweetens the temptation.
But let’s face facts, DC’s heroes, and their studio Warner Bros., are in no position to be making a Justice League movie. At least, not yet. With any further Green Lantern movie highly dubious for the time being and the grand finale of Christopher Nolan’s Bat-opus now out in theaters, the sole cinematic ambition for DC’s heroes rest on Superman next summer. The question is what will the next step be for all parties once Man of Steel is released?
And we answer. The following are five points that producers and studio execs should consider as they move forward building the DC cinematic universe. (more…)
Community has returned after a three month hiatus that had fans freakin’ out with fear their favorite comedy was gettin’ axed. Thankfully, Community prevailed and is back where it belongs, Thursday nights at 8pm on NBC. Make sure you join us every week as we recap the continuing exploits of Greendale’s most infamous study group.
So far since Community‘s returned we’ve had a wedding almost ruined by Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta’s (Gillian Jacobs) drunken ramblings, a bar mitzvah where Seacrest Hulk rampaged and Chang (Ken Jeong) gained an army, and a feud between best friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) that ended in an epic and climatic pillow fight. Things have been crazy at Greendale Community College, even for them! This latest episode has been a nice change of pace. “Origins of Vampire Mythology” is a little quieter, a littler calmer. Well, sorta. Normalcy has returned in the sense that we begin withe everyone gathered ’round the study table, Troy and Abed are inseparable, Pierce (Chevy Chase) is complaining he doesn’t have a best friend, and we learn Britta has a past love she can’t control herself around. Oh, and the Dean (Jim Rash) shows up in an all too revealing train conductor’s outfit. That’s very normal by Greendale standards.
We’ve got another one for the Marvel anime series. I haven’t even given any of them a chance because they all look like garbage compared to the good stuff we had in the early 1990s.
Blade is the up and coming Marvel anime series, where Blade, the vampire hunter, kills vampires with swords. True story. The dubbed version will be premiered this Friday on G4; the 12-episode series was aired in Japan over the past summer.
2012 is going to be a big year for superheroes both on the big and small screen, From The Dark Knight Rises to The Avengers and maybe even the Man of Steel, toss in DC Nation on the Cartoon Network and more on TV and it is a real good time to be a comic book nerd.
Obviously the first big blockbuster of the year is The Avengers, meaning the news is fast and furious and we’ve got a healthy stack of news for you here. We’ve also got a fresh look at the upcoming Blade anime cartoon that is sure… anime, and cartoon. To cleanse the pallet we have the ghost of superhero movie past, yes more terribleness from Superman Lives.
All coming up after the jump in your latest Superhero Round-Up!
Comic/graphic novel 100 Bullets is being discussed as a potential TV drama set to air on the Showtime Network, and David S. Goyer is set to write and be the executive producer. On comic book adaptations Goyer is no newb, and his name has been behind some very popular comic franchises. He’s written all three Blade movies, and directed the final one. His most recent, and high profile work has included co-writing the screenplay for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Additionally, he wrote the story and screenplay for Man of Steel, the new Superman movie produced by Nolan, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill. This guy has paid his dues handsomely for all the different projects he’s worked on, and I trust that he show us what type of skills he’s got in adaptation of this comic that Deadline.com describes as a
“…dark, noir-style story about the attempt by one man, the mysterious Agent Graves, to destroy a secret group of families that control most of the world’s wealth and power, and it also poses a classic moral question, “If you could get away with murdering the person who ruined your life, would you do it?” The book’s starting-off point is Graves giving ordinary people who have been wronged a pistol and a briefcase with 100 untracable bullets, offering them to exact justice for themselves with no danger of being caught. The self-contained storylines eventually blend into a sprawling crime saga where everything — and everyone — is connected as Graves takes on a multinational clandestine organization named The Trust.”
It will be a challenge realistically portraying the mental and emotional struggle that this conflicting topic brings up. I’m sure Goyer is up to the challenge! (Dexter was a book before it became a show, and this is a comic turning into a show) Do you think this is unique enough to compete with Dexter or will literature beat comics senseless?
[Editors Note: This post is a bit ranty. Hope that’s cool.]
Ya know why we have movies like the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight? No. Despite popular belief, it was not the success of ‘Spider-man’ that started this whole “super hero” movie trend. NO! It wasn’t! It all started with ‘Blade’ and his butt-kicking black ass! Like with anything new, dangerous and uncharted territory what does “the man” do? They send the black man in first! He comes back alive, then it’s safe for everyone else to play. ‘Blade’ was the superhero movie equivalent of sending the black guy in. And, boy did it kick ass and take names (let’s just continue to pretend Trinity never happened, okay?). If anyone gets laid tonight it’s because of Wesley Snipes in Blade.
What does this all have to do with actor Stephen Dorff wanting to make a Blade prequel/ spin-off? Absolutely nothing. Just teaching you peeps about history and respect. That, and I really don’t care about Stephen Dorff.
For those that do care, Mr. Dorff loved his character Deacon Frost from the original Blade so much so that he’s got the urge to go back for some more. Here’s what he told Dark Lord Bunnykin’s blog:
“Me and Steve Norrington [director of the original Blade] had a cool treatment for that, and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a Scarface Deacon Frost movie,And it sounded cool, this treatment, but then there was so many legal things. Like New Line owned Blade and Marvel’s got…all this hype into ‘The Avengers’ and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake.”
“Blade was such a ’90s thing,” Dorff continues. “I didn’t want to do a Blade movie, I just really wanted to take Deacon and then do a whole other thing which was much more today. So the idea me and Steve had, we might just end up fictionalizing it and just making a new character which might even be better for us. And he’s someone I really like and would love to work with again. So hopefully whenever we get a chance we’ll get into that.”
Whoa. Wait a minute. “Marvel’s got…all this hype into ‘The Avengers’ and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake.”. Well who the fuck asked you? Sit on your hands, stare at the sky and shut the fuck up.. you fucking clown shoes. Regardless of how much of a fan favorite your character is from Blade you need to get over yourself. Blade was a great movie, but no one wants to see a Deacon Frost movie. Especially in lieu of ‘The Avengers’. Sadly, with Hollywood enjoying prequels you’re probably gonna get to play in the superhero playground again. So maybe I’m the “fucking clown shoes”.
Well, y’all know how I feel. Would any of you like to see a Blade prequel or even a Deacon Frost movie?