So far, with only two episodes in the bank, Gotham is both confounding and pleasing Batman fans. The casting is pretty good, and the show looks great, but the writing is hitting us over the head with all the allusions and references to the Gotham of the “future,” the one where Batman is fighting his famous villains and they don’t work in the police department answering every question with a question (Riddler), or skulking around like a feline and calling herself “Cat” (Catwoman), or get slightly homicidal when they’re compared to Antarctic fowl (Penguin). But if you thought it odd that all of Batman’s favorite foes were in play years before there were active was odd, then get ready for a new addition to the world of Gotham. The man that will be Two-Face is coming. (more…)
Who is stranger? Ethan Hawke or Joaquin Phoenix? This may be the choice now before Marvel Studios and comic book fans as a new name has appeared in the race to play the next, great Marvel superhero: Doctor Strange. It was barely a month ago that is seemed like Phoenix had the whole thing sewn up, but today we have rumors that the Boyhood star has cut in and become such a sensation with the studio that he’s all but assured to take on the part of the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. So is Phoenix really now off the casting sheet? Is Hawke now the one to beat, and how much does past experience with facial hair play into the casting decision? (more…)
With shooting on Daredevil well underway, all eyes turn to the rest of the proposed line-up of Netflix series based on Marvel characters. When will Luke Cage start shooting? Iron Fist? And who will be taking point behind the scenes on the epic team-up mini-series The Defenders? Good questions, and a high level executive at Netflix is offering some answers. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, in a recent interview, shared some info about going darker, who’s being cast right now, and in what way The Defenders will be following The Avengers model. (more…)
There. I just went off the deep end for all of nerdery there in the headline. Not enough exclamation points? Fine. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope that works. Anyway, all those already dubious about Jesse Eisenberg playing the smart ass Mark Zuckerberg version of Lex Luthor will surely be a little peeved with this idea that Lex Luthor will appear on screen without his signature chrome dome. But that’s the scuttlebutt coming out of the production on this latest rumor concerning Batman V. Superman:
Friendship is Magic Dawn of Justice. (more…)
Fans of Full Metal Jacket (or Law & Order: Criminal Intent, depending on your age/viewing preferences) will be over the moon to know that consummate weirdo and distinguished character actor Vincent D’Onofrio has signed on to play Kingpin in Marvel/Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series. Fresh off of a recent creative change-up and casting of the titular blind man of justice, this is an inspired move that will probably help regain fans’ confidence in the newly serialized superhero. (more…)
One of the absolute best parts of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was how he got Hulk so right on screen. While Mark Ruffalo was quite impressive (as always — have you seen Zodiac?) playing Bruce Banner, it was the big green beastie who SMASHED! his way into film fans’ hearts everywhere. Now that Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, is currently in production, tidbits regarding what to expect are trickling out. And it seems that we might see much more of Banner’s rampaging alter ego. (more…)
In news that is likely to leave fanboys with bad taste everywhere gnashing their teeth and yanking at their follicles, a Disney “insider” recently tipped The Daily Star that Robert Pattinson is at the top of a shortlist of actors being considered by the studio to potentially play a new version of Indiana Jones. While this tip seems somewhat suspect (the last report on Indy didn’t have him returning to the big screen for two or three more years and there still isn’t a script* or confirmed director), it’s still an interesting prospect that will work certain crowds up into a tizzy. (more…)
Two Star Wars posts before noon (Central Time)! Lordy Lordy!
While you were scanning those recent set pics, JJ Abrams & Co. committed a casting coup right under your nose. As if attempting to answer the overwhelming cries for ‘more diversity’ amongst the cast, Episode Seven added Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones series regular Gwendoline Christie (a/k/a Brienne of Tarth) to the already impressive cast. Is June 2nd, 2014 the day Star Wars: Episode VII actually became interesting? I’d definitely say so. (more…)
Johnny Depp has been on a bit of a bad run lately (and by “lately”, I mean “since 2009″). While still somewhat “bankable”, the A-List actor hasn’t truly “acted” since Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (which, if you know that film or Mann’s body of work as a whole, ain’t exactly saying much). Outside of a cute cameo in 21 Jump Street, Depp has relegated his craft to slathering on makeup and wearing “a bunch of funny hats”, calling into question his overall likability as a performer. To boil it down into silly catchphrases: instead of a “McConaissance” what we’re witnessing is a “Deppcline” (Trademark! Print Money!). For a more detailed look at the degeneration of Depp, I’d advise checking out Britt Hayes’ breakdown of the man’s career and the questionability of his “great actor” status over at BAD.
But now Depp is trying his hand at the “superhero” game (sort of), as the actor’s currently in talks to portray Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. (more…)
In its continued whirlwind of casting and production, the upcoming live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms has added another well-known name to its roster. This time it’s Juliette Lewis — a true life female rocker whose unique screen presence will help add a dash of authenticity to John Chu’s vision of the Hasbro animated series.