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.
- 10-27-11 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
So it’s sad news for fans of the trope, but there’s a good chance that Michael Shannon, who’s playing General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel, will not get to utter the immortal words, “Kneel Before Zod!” in the picture. Empire asked the actor if he’s had a chance to rehearse the line, and his answer is interesting, if also disappointing. Press play to hear it from the actor’s mouth.
It seems like kind of an obvious shout out to the original films to keep the line in the picture, doesn’t it? Even Smallville used it, and there was so much about the franchise it got wrong. Still, it is a bit bizarre that it’s not a matter of the line not being in the script, but a matter of Shannon not knowing if it’s going to be in the script. Either they’re still writing the film as they shoot, or “Kneel Before Zod!” is a line they’re going to try and improv in and they’re just seeing where they can squeeze it in.
Still, I think fans will agree, without the “Kneel” line Zod just isn’t the same.
George Clooney is riding high on praise for his latest directorial effort The Ides of March, (which as a political drama has nothing whatsoever to do with Nerd Bastards) and that’s maybe why he feels free enough to talk about his failures. Total Film got Clooney to open up, probably with the help of liquor, about his days filming The Dark Knight’s most infamous chapter, Batman and Robin, and he uses some choice words like “difficult”, “weak” and “shit”. Let’s go to the tear sheet.
“It was a difficult film to be good in. With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go ‘Woah, that was really shit and I was really bad in it.’”
“The truth is, my phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said ‘Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film’ and I said ‘Yeah!’ I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn’t believe it! I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie.”
“In a weird way I was. Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently.
“But if I am going to be Batman in the film Batman & Robin, I can’t say it didn’t work and then not take some of the blame for that.”
Personally, I think George is being too hard on himself considering that his track record post-Batman has been pretty stellar. Besides, if you’re looking for someone to blame for the general crappiness of Batman and Robin, I think it’s a pretty much a well known constant now that it was all on the studio, who thought the key to filmmaking success was mo’ money, mo’ toys. Don’t beat yourself up too much George, you’ve got a lot going for you. Unlike, say, Alicia Silverstone.
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.
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