Comic Book Movies
After seeing how much ass he kicked in Captain America: Civil War, it’s no wonder why Marvel fans are craving to see his first Marvel Cinematic solo feature. After the sloppy, overstuffed mess that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we can certainly see why. Homecoming will certainly be an awseome way to kick off the 2017 summer movie season next May. Of course, what is any summer blockbuster without a high-speed hype train? In addition to Kevin Fiege promising a John Huges-style screenplay, the cast attached to it is pretty damn impressive as well. We’ve got Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as iron man, Marissa Tomei returning as the unexpectedly attractive Aunt May, Michael Keaton reportedly playing the Vulture (Finally! Birdman 4!), and even Childish Gambino himself playing a part. There are even some cast members that you may not have heard of, but are nonetheless welcome additions to the movie. (more…)
Earlier today, The Daily Mail released several photos of Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Chris Pine on set on the banks of the Thames in Essex in the United Kingdom. These photos show the two in what appears to be World War I garb alongside 150 or so extras. Rumors have been circulating regarding the setting of the upcoming film, and these new photos would seem to confirm that at least part of the film will be set during the first World War. Due to be released in 2017, production is still in the early stages, but it is exciting to have some proof that Wonder Woman really is finally making it to the big screen. (more…)
Bryan Cranston rocked the role of an anti-hero stepping into the bio-hazard suit of drug kingpin Walter White for six seasons on Breaking Bad, but recently he mentioned that he was in the market for something more straight up evil. While as the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, he said, “You know what I’d like to do? I’d like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic.” That villain, he explained, would be a new creation, but you can tell that Cranston likes the classics, he said so, and now he’s amended his previous comments saying that there is a Marvel Comics villain he’d like to play, X-Men arch nemesis Mr. Sinister. (more…)
Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Black Widow, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Aunt May…These are only a few names of characters with which you are no doubt familiar. They represent some of the biggest names in comic books and if you haven’t seen them on the big screen yet, you will definitely be seeing them soon. Now, how about Ninjak? Archer & Armstrong? Bloodshot? Toyo Harada or Peter Stanchek? Chances are that if you aren’t a fan of comic books, you may not know any of those names but thanks to a new deal reached between Valiant Entertainment and DMG Entertainment (co-producers of Iron Man 3 and Looper) you will likely know those names very soon. Through the new deal, some of Vailant’s best characters are about to get some major screen time. (more…)
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
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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.