Who is the Phantom man? Phantom man is not a super hero in the sense of superness. No powers. No dance moves. Motherfucker got no funk! But the Phantom man is strong. The Phantom man is smart. The Phantom man is hero. The Phantom man can do better all by himself!
Mark Gordon is allegedly going to reboot The Phantomaccording to INTERNET RUMOR FROM WEBSITE. No writer or director or star or craft service company yet attached. Phantom created in 1930s by Lee Falk who wears an ascot in his Wikipedia picture. Also, he is dead.
Phantom about hero lineage that begins in 1500s all the way to now. Kit Walker’s great great great great great great great great great pop pop’s pop pop’s pop pop wears great masks, grape pants, and grape top. He fights evil and wears a skull like Elmyra had on Tiny Toons. Phantom man does not fight an evil like Elmyra. No match.
Elmyra was voiced by Cree Summer, she played Penny’s voice in Inspector Gadget cartoon and played not a cartoon in A Different World. She’s pretty great. (more…)
04-15-14 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
At this point, comic book writer Mark Millar could probably come up with a miniseries about a killer robot driving instructor that goes back in time for some reason, and still sell it to a movie studio. The Scottish author has sold the film rights to another one of his creator-owned hits, again to Twentieth Century Fox and his Kick-Ass/The Secret Service collaborator Matthew Vaughn. And which book will they be working on? The one that has a name that sounds like it has a lot to live-up to: Superior. (more…)
While recently talking to that paragon of good taste and restraint, Entertainment Tonight, Dwayne Johnson gave the audience a chance to get a new look at G.I. Joe: Retaliation with a sample from the new trailer that is scheduled to drop sometime later today.
Now you have to plod through some typical ET fawning in order to get to the stuff you want to see, but when we do get to the footage one thing’s apparent: a beefed up appearance by beef cake (and sexiest man alive) Channing Tatum. Let’s role the clip:
I think that’s more Tatum that in all the other G.I. Joe trailers combined. I guess we’ll see for certain when the new trailer drops and we’ll have it for you here when it does.
11-26-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Many have wondered if Man of Steel, the new Superman film directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, might the beginning of studio Warner Bros. building a similar cinematic universe for DC Comics characters that Marvel has for their films, all leading to a potential Justice League movie.
I’m banking on a lackluster result quality wise, but a lot of people seem excited to go back in time with the next installment of the Men in Black franchise… perhaps to a time when the Men in Black franchise was worth getting excited about. Still, I offer proper respect to the first film and the look of the second film, and a lot of that credit goes to Barry Sonnenfeld, who is apparently in talks with Warner Brothers to do a comic book movie, this according to, well, him, by way of ComicBookMovie.com.
“You know, I’m talking to Warner Bros. about doing a franchise based on a comic that hasn’t been around since the 60s. But it’s too early to talk about it. But possibly, yes.”
You hear that? Warners is making a Herbie Popnecker movie! Or maybe, maybe Brain Boy: The Cinema Film! Or Mercury Man! One of them, all of them, none of them, it could be a public domain character, not an old DC character, so the choices (when you follow the parameters Sonnenfeld laid out) are endless and awful. Come on Warners, can this and give us a Flash or a Wonder Woman movie!
Marvel is basking in fan adulation of the big screen Avengers movie, but not all’s well in Marvel land. Some of you guys out there are apparently not so fond of the new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. The series, which premiered on Disney XD earlier this year, is being pegged by some viewers as being too kid-friendly and silly. Here’s a sample of some of the criticism courtesy of Superhero Hype forums:
“My issue isn’t that this is a show which seeks to be lighter and sillier; my issue is that it does such a thing so poorly, while also attempting suspenseful bits alongside it which don’t match. If Two-Face wrote a sitcom, I can’t imagine it being more of a contrast with itself than this show seems to be. The skill that it takes to weave both humor and suspense alongside each other is a skill these writers and producers mostly lack on this project, to put it simply.”
Anyway, a Comic Book Movie user called strugler has been repeatedly trying to the a response out of Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. Recently, Quesada finally decided to take the bait and let ‘er rip on his Twitter page:
“As I said before, I respect your opinion on the matter, but Tweeting me every week isn’t really going to help your case. While you and a few other posters may like to complain about the show, there are many, many more fans who like it. We are well into working on season 2, so my suggestion at this point is if you don’t like the show, you shouldn’t be watching it. I hate to be this blunt about it, but I feel like you should devote your energies to other endeavors at this point other than watching a show you clearly hate and then complaining about it. Like I said, I respect your opinion, but I’m pretty sure that nothing we do at this point will make you happy.”
He’s not wrong. There’s been something like 600 Spider-Man animated series created over the years, so if you don’t like this one, there are other Spider-Man options out there.
Tom Hiddleston gave an interview to MTV this week and divulged a few new vague bits of information on the two Marvel film projects he’s at work on: The Avengers and Thor 2.
Firstly, for the Josse Whedon-helmed Avengers in which he will reprise his role as Thor’s manipulative and devious brother Loki, Hiddleston said fans can expect a darker, more sinister interpretation of his character.
“In The Avengers he’s really dark and kind of sociopathic, or maybe even psychopathic is the word, in a deluded way. Obviously I haven’t let go of the spiritual damage at the heart of him, it still comes from that lost place, but he’s just incredibly nasty. I think that probably in Thor 2 his previous actions will, he’ll have to take responsibility for what he’s done.”
But of course, he can’t give an interview without leaving open the possibility that Loki won’t always be a villain.
“The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy. There are still, even within The Avengers, there are moments where you see within Loki a glimmer of hope and that possibility of redemption.”
Speaking of Loki’s future, Hiddleston also noted that a director still hasn’t been nailed down for Thor 2. Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first flick, is not returning for the sequel, and rumor had it that Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk might be a lock to helm the second God of Thunder flick.
According to Hiddleston, anyone who’s said that Kirk was a lock is wrong, and that’s come from a higher power, namely Marvel’s executive producer Kevin Feige.
“I don’t know that that’s actually confirmed. That’s not me being coy. I spoke to Kevin Feige last week on [The Avengers] set and he said, ‘Oh no, we haven’t got anyone yet. We’re thinking about people.'”
“I think [Kirk’s] name is definitely in the hat,” Hiddleston added. ”But I don’t think anything is solid.”
So, to sum up: Loki is villainous, but maybe not always. Thor 2 might have a director, but maybe not. Ah, film interview vagueness.
As the promotional machine for X-Men: First Class continues to chug along before it’s June 3rd release date one might think we’re going to see the whole flick in clip form before it opens. They’re referring to this new bit ‘o’ footage as a sneak peak, and why is beyond me. It should really read trailer, and while there’s not lots of new footage there are a few quick snippets of some of the lesser known mutants displaying their powers, particularly Darwin and Angel.
Why is she called Angel when she clearly has insect wings? Aren’t they afraid movie-goers will confuse this Angel with the more, well, “angelic” looking Angel from X3? Yeah, no one actually tries to remember X3 so probably not, nevermind. And does anyone else feel unimpressed by Emma Frost‘s outfit? Yeah, yeah I know she’s supposed to be scantily clad and all in white but this looks like something off a Victoria Secret’s runway model. It’s boring and unoriginal. I do really like her skin tight leather cat-suit; sexy with a suitable 1960s, Emma Peel style. But okay, I’m probably analyzing her fashion sense too much, you guys just want to stare at her boobies and I’m sure they’ll be plenty of opportunities.
So you’re pumped for First Class? Good, ’cause director Matthew Vaughn is already thinking about a sequel. He was recently interviewed by Hitfix and talked about working with the cast again and how he’d open his sequel,
Yeah, definitely. I really loved working with them, and with Michael [Fassbender] and James [McAvoy], the chemistry was really lovely. I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don’t want to tempt fate, though. If the film’s a hit, of course I’d be interested. I really enjoyed making it.
While I’m intrigued by this premise it’s probably too much to expect a film set in the 60s to not touch on the Kennedy assassination. It’s ground we’ve seen covered dozens of times, but hell who knows, maybe Vaughn and the X-Men could shed new light on the conspiracy.
Were you also maybe wondering why Sebastion Shaw doesn’t look like his comic book counterpart? You know, besides the obvious fact that Kevin Bacon would look really fucking dumb with a ponytail. Oh, wait, that is the only possible answer, Vaughn explains,
He was the villain… no, the character, that I was most afraid of. I kept thinking, ‘Are we going to pull Shaw off?’ And the comic book version made me nervous, and I would argue with Lauren [Shuler-Donner] about it, and she’d say, ‘He must have the ponytail and the cravat.’ And I would argue, ‘He is going to look like an Austin Powers villain, Lauren. We cannot do that. I have to make the movie work, and Kevin Bacon with a ponytail and a cravat dressed as an 18th-century fop will look ridiculous.
Good call, Vaughn. This decision probably saved the whole film from being utterly ridiculous.
As comedian Margaret Cho would say, “You don’t have to be a woman to be a feminist.” This sentiment certainly holds true for the one and only Joss Whedon. Anyone who has watched Buffy can definitely see that Whedon has a grasp of the female psyche. He builds powerful female characters who not only have their make-up run when they cry but also have the bad guys running from them as they have their asses handed to them! And now with Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in the up coming ‘Avengers‘ movie we have this displayed once again. She’s deceptive and sexy and that’s what makes her so great. Although Black Widow could certainly hold her own in this film; Scarlett Jo won’t be the only ass kicking babe. While it’s little to go on Comic Book Movie scored an interview with Joss Whedon in which he said:
It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger. But she will not be the only female character.
While we can only wonder what the means Comic Book Movie also reported that Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) might be joining the cast as a villain. What’s great about this is that it will draw in a larger audience, mainly of the female persuasion and who’s gonna argue with that? Also, it makes a huge statement when women are included in super-hero films and not portrayed as big bosomed floozies who make airhead comments and are simply placed there to be rescued. Nowadays, with writers and creators like Whedon, we get strong female leads that do the rescuing no matter how much their male counterparts despise them for this.
What is difficult to figure out is the role women play in comics. While Black Widow is a strong independent businesswoman and badass spy in the comics she winds up being a two timing bitch and betraying the rest of the Avengers once or twice. Is it social commentary on the fact that women are perceived as sneaky and underhanded while men can be assholes but still be the hero in the end? I do know one thing though…I wish I could rock spandex that well… wait… I think I’m missing the whole message of women’s lib. So can women be sex symbols and sneaky bastards like men but still come out smelling like roses? Suppose we’ll leave that one for Joss to decide.