You can’t fault his enthusiasm. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is talking once more about the prospects of a new film based on his comic book Spawn in which he discuss how he wants the new film to feel, what other films he wants to evoke, and just what he thinks went wrong with the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. (more…)
Mark Millar‘s Kick-Ass 2 has a new international trailer smacking its way around the internet today. The trailer focuses on Chloë Moretz‘s character Mindy Macready aka Hit-Girl and her attempt to adjust to a normal life after the events of Kick-Ass and the death of her father.
As one can easily guess, the adrenalin pumped world of fighting crime is not easy for Hit-Girl to give up after training her whole life to do just that, kick ass. We get another look at Hit-Girl training Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) who makes the transformation from bumbling superhero wannabe into a pumped-up, skilled fighter.
The trailer also gives us more glimpses of Colonel Stars and Stripes, (Jim Carrey). According to the sequel’s plot synopsis, Kick-Ass joins forces with the Colonel to battle Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who betrayed him in the first film.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, who also adapted the script from Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book, the film also stars John Leguizamo, as well as former Scrubs actor Donald Faison, and opens in theaters everywhere on June 28th.
Via: Bleeding Cool
In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape our sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware our power, The Bastardcast’s light!!!
In this episode, Jason is growing out an Alan Moore beard while ceaselessly watching Mohawk Man and the Curiosity Crusade and Jeremy is trying to advance his career as a Hollywood player, forcing Jason to act out a scene with him from Karl Welzein’s un-sold script for Roadhouse 2012: Pain Still Don’t Hurt.
The boys (because these are not men!) also chat about the return of President Camacho, Scully and Mulder, the earnings potential of Annie’s Boobs, and Jason unveils an excerpt from his interview with Eddie Izzard, who talks about why he took the role of Grandpa in the Munsters remake, Mockingbird Lane.
In the MAIN EVENT, Jason and Jeremy take on Joss Whedon’s indentured servitude with Marvel, Ben Affleck’s flirtation with DC, and the chances that a greater push toward television by Marvel and DC could backfire and over-expose comic book heroes.
Then, in DIRTY NERDY SECRETS Jeremy reveals that he is afraid of being probed on a UFO by a Sasquatch, and Jason tells us why all kids who own or have owned a Power Wheels are fucking douche bags, but that there is a sadness to those who, like himself, owned a NES Powerglove.
All of that and the Ghost of Andy Rooney, on this week’s Bastardcast.
You know, I don’t talk about the The Amory Wars comic series on here as nearly as much as I should. It’s one of my favorite titles. TAW is the brain child of Coheed and Cambria front man Claudio Sanchez. Each album the band releases corresponds to a series of comics. So not only do you get the comic, it’s got it’s own fucking soundtrack. That’s not to say that the comic makes no sense without the music. This little guy holds its own against the big boys- no problem. (Suck it, Superman).
So… comics, soundtracks. What’s next? A movie of course!
Evil Ink Comics have announced today that a big screen adaptation of their science fiction saga The Amory Wars is in the works. Published by Boom! Studios, the film will be produced by Stephen Levinson‘s Leverage and Mark Wahlberg.
It’s extremely difficult to try and describe the things that take place inside this world that Sanchez has so skillfully created. On the surface it’s the story of a man and the lengths he would go to save his family and his world. Beneath the surface the shit hits the fan. The Story centers around the Killgannon ( Zelda reference? I like to think so) family, Coheed and Cambria husband and wife, mother and father to Claudio, Josephine, Mathew and Maria. As well as Coheed’s brother Jesse. Those in charge of Heaven’s Fence (the mythological universe in which they reside) have convinced Coheed that everything he knows about his life is not true, the memories he has are implanted and that he and his wife in fact are I-Robots. At some point he was implanted with a virus known as Monstar and he has unknowingly passed it to his children in a much more violent form called the Sinstar which will reek havoc on Heaven’s Fence and there is no cure. Coheed is left with two options kill your children or we will do it for you.
Sufficed to say, it’s a complicated story. I really dunno how well this would translate to a standalone movie. It’s too involved. I’d see working better as a television series. Of course, I say that about every comic series. Oh, and Walkberg? *Facepalm*
Regardless, woohoo for Coheed and Cambria fans.
Source: Evil Ink Comics
It’s easy to forget that we are still in the adolescence of comic book movies. Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman essentially began the thing, and Singer’s X-Men updated it and showed that a “team” movie could work. Now we’re splendidly fat with superhero movies — some good, some not, but all carefully constructed and lavishly produced because beyond the fantastical and compelling stories that come with these movies, they are also cash cows.
The Avengers is the best example of the precision and forethought involved with comic book movies now. A quintet of prequels building into a spectacle of realized ambition and largess, that while not deep enough for the full dedication of my heart, certainly thrilled me and had me salivating for the next chapter… always the next chapter. For Marvel, that next chapter will be Iron Man 3, which is presently filming with Shane Black behind the camera and Robert Downey Jr., of course, playing Iron Man for, technically, the 5th time.
It is, beyond important for Marvel, with this next batch of sequels, to continue ramping up the action, the heroics, the stakes, and the scope in the wake of The Avengers so that they can continue to ramp up box office numbers. Now, I don’t expect Iron Man 3 to come close to the final tally of The Avengers, but with Marvel increasing the budget on the film, clearly, they expect big things, and that’s why we’ve got, yet again, an influx of villains. See, that was the problem with Iron Man 2, too fat, too many villains with Hammer and Whiplash. The film lacked focus and thusly, it lacked the impact and quality of it’s predecessor.
IM3, which is, apparently very loosely, following Warren Ellis’ Extremis storyline, will feature not one or two villains, but four. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), Firepower, and if rumors are to be believed, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and The Iron Patriot. Now, setting aside my mountainous gripe with the multitude of villains, the inclusion of The Iron Patriot is what I really want to talk about. (more…)
By now everyone has seen The Avengers multiple times; you don’t just break $1 billion at the box office by watching a movie like that only once. Personally, if this nerd could shake the hand of Joss Whedon he’d die a happy mother hulker (even though the restraining order won’t let me within 100 yards of him).
In response to the overarching support for the Marvel franchise hit, Marvel Studios released this personal thank you video called “Global Phenomenon”, thanking fans for their support which allowed them to reach such a milestone. And if you know someone who hasn’t watched The Avengers yet, we suggest you drag them to the next showing in your area and strap them to their seat.
Source: Geek Tyrant
As the Jim Shooter created comic line, Valiant Comics, slowly returns to the racks it looks like some of the properties from the 1992 line are already being optioned for the big screen. Sony’s Columbia Pictures and Neal Moritz’s Original Film (The Green Hornet) have nabbed the rights to develop Bloodshot based on a spec script written by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf).
Part of the grim and gritty 90′s, the books first issue was the highest selling comic Valiant had ever released. A twist on the super soldier archetype, the Bloodshot is an nanite enhanced mob hitman with amnesia… yep, Hollywood will have some fun with this one.
Hit the jump for the official press release from Sony.
Admittedly, I have a huge man-crush on actor Michael Fassbender. He charmed the shit out of me with his portrayal as Magneto in X-Men: First Class. He’s been consistently good in all his recent flicks too (The Dangerous Method, Shame). He’s a brilliant actor who’s got the “IT” factor, whatever “IT” is. So, now comes the question…would I like a shirtless Michael Fassbender? I’m comfortable enough with my sexuality to say that my eyes wouldn’t mind. What can I say, he’s a pretty man.
Where am I going with this? I don’t really know. I’m exercising poor homoerotic undertones as a set up for some super hero casting news. So let’s get on with it then, shall we? According to Screen Daily, Fassbender will be playing the character Sláine in a upcoming adaptation of the 200AD comic.
Sláine? 200AD? What? Do you not not your Irish lore? *clears throat* The character of Sláine from the 2000AD comic was based in part on Conan The Barbarian, but drew his most direct influences from the Celtic hero of legend Cú Chulainn.
So, Fassbender will be playing him in a movie produced by his own McCool Films. Fassynating! Seriously, an Irish actor, playing an Irish character based on an Irish legend? Sounds good to me.
HIT THE JUMP for more background info on the character
Right now, all the talk in the comic book movies realm has been about The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, but other people are working on comic book movies too, you know. Even Twentieth Century Fox.
The erstwhile studio more known for shooting its franchises in the foot (Alien, Predator, The X-Files, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen…), than developing compelling films that fans can get behind had a rare success earlier this year with X-Men: First Class. And recently, at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, studio exec Tom Rothman talked about moving forward with a First Class sequel, as well as reboots of Fantastic Four and Daredevil.
“We’re trying like hell. We’re trying as hard as we can. We really want to do it. We’re planning to do it,” said Rothman, who added that the greenlight will depend on a specific component. “The reason, in addition to those two guys (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) and Matthew Vaughn, that it was as good as it was that the script was really good. The key to making a great continuing franchise is to have a great script, so we’re working hard on it.”
Further, Rothman confirmed what 30 Days of Night director David Slade confirmed via Twitter earlier this week. “Daredevil is still with David Slade,” he said. “It’s in development now. We’re working on it and Fantastic Four.”
Obviously, it would be insane for Fox if they didn’t move forward with these movies, but it seems that it’s occurred to Rothman that fans don’t just want quantity, they want quality too. “I think for all of us, the bar has been raised, so we’ve got to aim high now,” he explains. “Marvel’s done a terrific job with their films. Where our Marvel movies are concerned or other movies like that,” he said. “It’s like what we had with Planet of the Apes this summer. I think it’s important for us to really aim high and deliver an A-level experience to the audience.”
So what do you think, Bastards? Has Rothman learned his lesson and is ready to give us a Daredevil and Fantastic Four we can believe in? Sound off below.
In its new comic book movie preview issue, Total Film sits down with Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb about his first foray into blockbuster filmmaking, and why Spider-Man needed a reboot so darn soon after Sam Raimi‘s trilogy wrapped just four years ago.
“Spider-Man is part of our culture, he’s a perennial character. He belongs on the big screen,” explained Webb. “I was a little sceptical at first – you feel the presence of those other movies. But then I was like, ‘How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity!’ What better cinematic character is there than Spidey!”
Webb also pointed out that the departure of creator does not necessarily mean that the story has to stand for a non-specific though lengthy period of time. “Spidey is constantly re-examined and there’s way too many versions of him in the comics… That was something I thought we could do cinematically.”
On the film’s 3-D component, the (500) Days of Summer filmmaker says he enthusiastically took up the challenge. “There’s an experiential component to 3D that’s really fantastic and we’re experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he’s jumping over these buildings,” he said. “We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street. I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!”
You can read more from Webb in the new issue of Total Film on newsstands today. The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theatres next summer.
Source: Total Film