Marvel has now confirmed that Drew Goddard (Lost, The Cabin in the Woods) will not only serve as the Executive Producer and Showrunner, but also write and direct the pilot episode of the new Netflix Daredevil series. (more…)
Ben Affleck, a successful actor/writer/director, has had to endure a lot of shit from audiences over the years. No one cares whether his films are successful or not, or that the guys won two Oscars; the public just loves to hate on Affleck. It’s unsurprising then, when the announcement came Affleck would put on the cowl for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel follow-up, Batman vs. Superman, no one was pleased. And in a recent interview with Playboy, Affleck admits were he us, he’d be just as upset. (more…)
Now that the dust has begun to settle on the internet shattering announcement that Disney/Marvel Studios will be teaming up with Netflix to bring an astonishing four Marvel properties to the small-on-demand screen it looks like the TV shows are starting to take shape. Well one at least.
In what is rightly being called an “unprecedented deal”, Marvel and Netflix are coming together to produce four serialized programs leading into a miniseries event starring the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Every one of these characters have in the past been rumored for either an appearance on TV or film, but it seems an internet streaming service is where they’ll make their MCU debut. (more…)
This time on The Real Heroes of Podcasting, otherwise known as The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are joined by leather clad dynamo Chris Cummins (Geekadelphia, Topless Robot, & HibernationSickness.com) to do the no-no dance with words and emotion and sexual fervor. Also, Star Wars and a special iTeam investigation, “Unicorns vs. Dragons: Who Would You Rather Get Blown By?” The answer may surprise you. (more…)
It was about this time last year that the movie rights for Daredevil reverted back to Marvel Studios after Twentieth Century Fox could make no movements with producing a new version of the project. So anyway, it’s been a year, and WHERE THE HELL IS OUR DAREDEVIL MOVIE?!?!?! The question was recently put to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, albeit in a less dickish way. (more…)
A Marvel movie must be coming out soon* because Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is talking a lot about the studio and its various projects.
*Obviously, I know that Iron Man 3 comes out tomorrow. In fact I believe we’ve already posted our review.
So what else is new? Well, Feige talked to Entertainment Weekly about casting next summer’s major Marvel opus, Guardians of the Galaxy. The film stars Chris Pratt as the Guardians’ human leader Star Lord, but what made the Parks & Rec star the winning choice for such a key role? “He’s a hilariously frumpy, doofy guy in Parks and Rec, and he’s an incredibly kickass ripped guy in Zero Dark Thirty and that’s pretty awesome,” says Feige. “He’s going to need that in Guardians. That’s a big range right there.”
And finding that range was no easy task, adds Feige. “We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap. [Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.”
Also not easy, or at least not as easy as it seems, is having chemistry with your co-stars, and that was one of selling points in Guardians‘ next bit of casting when Marvel hired former-WWE champion Dave Bautista to play Drax the Destroyer. “One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome,” says Feige.
In closing, before moving on to other movie news, here’s a new piece of Guardians concept art for you:
In Ant Man news – you heard me – Feige talked about the project’s perpetual state of development hell/suspended animation saying that it was originally intended to be the studio’s follow-up to Iron Man, but now with an expected release date sometime after The Avengers 2, the script will now have to by updated to reflect the expanded state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Frankly, now we have to re-write it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed,” Feige explains. “We’ve talked about various names [to play the lead] over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by. But towards the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar [Wright]. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”
Meanwhile, the movie rights for a number of other Marvel characters such as Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and, of course, Daredevil, have reverted back to Marvel recently, but Feige says don’t expect new Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Daredevil films right away.
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received,” he says. “They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back – make it!’”
Finally, in a recent interview with /Film and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, Feige talked about the nature of trying to keep the details of his projects secret in the era of internet journalism. Here’s the exchange with /Film’s Peter Sciretta:
Peter Sciretta: You’re a very internet-savvy guy and it seems like you’re reading everything… There’s a lot of sites up there reporting leaks or rumors or sometimes even misinformation. I wanted to get your thoughts on “How does Marvel deal with this” in an age when sharing information on the internet is becoming unstoppable.
Kevin Feige: What are you talking about? Latino Review?
Nobody specifically. Really just interested in how Marvel Studios is evolving to handle the internet as a whole…
How would you “punish” them if you were us?
Its an interesting question. I think the only thing you could probably do is exclude them — don’t give them access. Don’t invite them to set visits, to junkets. But I don’t know, info is always going to get out there and someones always going to be posting it.
Here’s what I will say, since X-men one frankly, where a photo was stolen off a wardrobe thing and it was the very first look of Hugh Jackman in costume as him under flourescents… it looked awful. (Laughs) It was just like “Oh, this is the world we are living in. This is the reality.” So we’ve always just accepted it. Spy pictures will leak and we used to try to run ahead and put out a cool picture first. Now if we have a cool picture we will put it out, but if we don’t, that’s okay.
Misinformation… You know, it gets a little annoying when somebody is like “This is what’s happening! This is what Kevin Feige is doing!” It’s annoying when they are right and it’s equally annoying when they are wrong, because everybody passes it. “Planet Hulk is the next thing” and everybody talks about it and you’re just like “Okay, but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting it.”
Shane Black: (smirking) It’s like Iron Man flying off to see The Guardians at the end of this one…
You read that everywhere.
Kevin Feige: Exactly, but then again, nobody knew about Redford until we announced it. Nobody knew about what you know now having seen Iron Man 3, so as long as there are secrets that big that are still being kept, I know it’s nobody in the inner circle. Does that make sense?
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This week on The Bastardcast, which is a thing you apparently listen to, Jeremy and Jason discuss why Dan Aykroyd‘s hope tastes like tumor salad. Also, the great question of life is asked: why is Futurama no longer a TV show but Vanilla Ice churning freaking butter is?
Wait! There are more things! Can JJ Abrams woo George Lucas away from the butter sculpting circuit (and if not, will Lucas align with Vanilla Ice to form the unstoppable butter-duo “Ice Ice Jawa”?)
Also, do robot’s draw dicks on mars and order pizza via Xbox because they are freaking douche bags? Is Joss Whedon pulling an us while really mailing it in with SHIELD? Will there ever be a good Daredevil movie? Do you even remember the long abandoned Bastardcast VERSUS segment? And who is the biggest one-eyed freaking badass on Earth: Nick Fury or Snake Plissken?
We don’t know the answer to any of this stuff, but we do know that Anthony Michael Hall and Ethan Embry’s work on a banner and a jacket to welcome Ed Helms to the Rusty Grisswold club is a COMPLETE FREAKING WASTE!
All of that and our slightly tardy 2010 Winter Movie Preview, on The Bastardcast!
The Bastardcast: Can we say fuck on here?
Apparently, Fox was unable to get its ducks in a row in the time allotted to begin production on their announced, Joe Carnahan-directed Daredevil reboot. Thus, the film rights to The Man Without Fear have returned home to Marvel, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Fox was given until October 10th of last year to begin production. It was assumed that if they failed, the rights to the franchise would revert to Marvel, but this had not been confirmed by Marvel Studios until Feige was asked directly by Newsarama on Monday at the Iron Man 3 press junket if the studio indeed now possessed the rights.
“To Daredevil? Yes.”
While Marvel Studios has yet to announce any plans to integrate a Daredevil film into any of their vaunted “Phases”, it seems likely that since it’s now confirmed that the blind vigilante is once again a member of the cinematic Marvel family, fans will be expecting him. The smart money says sooner or later he’ll show up.
Whether this means we can expect an actually watchable Elektra movie someday, only time will tell.
Hello, my pretties, and welcome to another round of the compact version of Nerd Bastards news. It’s the Super Hero Round-up, where we present to you a whole bunch of minor crap, all at once! This time around, some Iron Man 3 news, along with a rumor about potential Black Panther casting and a Daredevil not-to-happen tidbit. Check it all out after the jump.