2014 has been kind of a dud for cinema as a whole, but one movie I definitely would place in my Top 10 (were the year ending tomorrow) is Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Brimming with great performances and kick-ass action set pieces, The Winter Solider delivered everything I wanted in a comic book film. Now details on the blu-ray have been finally released and it looks like this disc (just like most other Marvel home video releases) is jam-packed with awesome sounding bonus features. (more…)
There has been a bunch of debate regarding the aesthetic similarities of comic book movies occurring online lately. Just the other day, Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a rather lengthy piece dissecting his problems with superhero films, decrying their lack of individuality while highlighting how most feel simply like marketing for the next movie in the franchise instead of self-contained, meaningful narratives (for the best example of the latter, see The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Even I spilled a ton of words dissecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, coming to the conclusion that the assembly-line production model and lack of auteurist mindset prevent even the best movies in the sub-genre from establishing unique identities.
Unfortunately, one of the auteurs who was left behind by a studio after proposing a bold vision be applied to an established property was Joe Carnahan (The Grey), whose Death Wish-style take on the Daredevil series sounded truly magnificent. And his most recent comments regarding his scrapped proposal for the character are enough to make any true cinephile cry, as it sounds like one of the coolest comic book trilogies ever envisioned.
The marketing machine for the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot rolls on, with four posters hitting the web today. They’re simple and evocative; featuring the weapons that each reptilian ninja wields in the face of Shredder’s faceless onslaught. Those looking some super weird visual slash fic may want to move on, as I only used that headline as a means to lure in the bigger weirdos who read NB on a daily basis. I’m like the Chris Hansen of comic book movie news. Have a seat…and let’s talk about your bizarre need to see green martial arts experts violate each others’ orifices.
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.