When Bryan Singer’s X-Men opened twenty years ago, few expected a mid-budget superhero team-up to spawn two direct sequels, spin-offs, a reboot, and three sequels to the reboot (not to mention re-energizing the superhero genre), but it did, but like all good things – or all things in general – it had to come to an end, but nothing then or now said it had to end with a flaccid, turgid, ultimately pointless entry like the much-delayed, less-than-anticipated Dark Phoenix. A second go-round in bringing Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s classic comic-book storyline to the big screen – Dark Phoenix drops the “mutant cure” storyline that undermined and ultimately neutered Brett Ratner’s -Men: The Last Stand thirteen years ago – replacing it with a woefully underwritten, under-motivated central arc, Jean Grey’s transformation from troubled mutant with telekinetic and psychokinetic powers, to a rage-filled superpowered, near godlike super-mutant, but repeatedly fails to make her – and by extension, Dark Phoenix: the Movie – intrinsically or organically compelling, let alone passably watchable. Another missed opportunity, another misfire isn’t how nostalgia-prone X-fans wanted to see the series end before the Disney Industrial Complex folds the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s what Dark Phoenix delivers. (more…)
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Now that Disney owns Fox, properties formerly outside the umbrella are finally back where they belong. Fantastic Four and X-Men, primarily. And it’s only a matter of time before the MCU welcome their lost children back to the big screen. And fans have already been throwing out their casting choice. One Redditor gave a suggestion that’s gotten over 20k upvotes or fake internet points. But will you approve? Every Nerd has an opinion on who would be the best Doctor Doom. And even if they don’t have a suggestion, they have an opinion on other’s casting of Marvel’s First Family. But this is a solid list of proven actors that could easily embody these characters and usher the MCU into a bright new phase.
While Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe with Prometheus wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was still great to return back to that world. The world of androids, cryosleep, oh and the terror of an unknown alien creature that indiscriminately kills with acid for blood! Scott’s planned sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant will be hitting theaters August 2017. Returning are Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Newcomers Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and Billy Crudup will be joining. The film has already promised that we will not only see the Engineers of Prometheus, but we will see the Xenomorphs from the original Alien series.
Recently Fassbender has an interview with BBC Radio 2, and let out a slip for what to expect for the next film. So spoilers…
Assassin’s Creed is a great video game, taking players back in time to experience historically significant times in an action packed format. Whether the movies can do the same is still up in the air. Michael Fassbender‘s involvement is a plus and will draw in viewers, but will he be enough to turn this game franchise into a movie franchise? Certainly there are great stories that can be told in the Assassin’s Creed Universe as it skips through time, but remove the built-in fan base from the equation. Will those new to the franchise flock to the theater? (more…)
2016 seems to be the year of the video game adaptations even though Hollywood has not had much success making movies based off of video games. Still, Warcraft‘s lukewarm reception in the U.S. (though it killed in China) must have those studios concerned that their future game-based movie might end up at the bottom of the box office with a stack of less than favorable reviews. In what might be an attempt to prevent a similar fate, Assassin’s Creed has released a new trailer that shows what they hope audiences want: more Fassbender!
In all the discussion about Alien: Covenant, even when it was known as Prometheus 2 way back when, there has been one constant: Michael Fassbender. The actor played David, an android, in the original 2012 film, and like most synthetics in the Alien universe, there was something not quite right with him. As a result of his activities in the film, David was left only with his head in the end as he, and Shaw played by Noomi Rapace, blasted off to find the aliens responsible for the creation of life on Earth, and now have the desire to destroy it. But has David gotten an upgrade between then and now? (more…)
What kind of woman signs up to be married to the Master of Magnetism? Well, her name is Carolina Bartczak, and she plays Magda in the current superhero hit X-Men: Apocalypse. Bartczak is a Toronto-based actress with credits including the TV series The Listener, Covert Affairs, and The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog along with movie appearances in Smurfs 2 and Brick Mansions, but it was, in part, her Polish ancestry that made her a good choice to play Magda, the Polish woman that builds a life and a family with Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in 1980s Poland in Apocalypse. In our conversation with Bartczak we talk about understanding Magneto, dealing with high expectations, and how sometimes kissing Michael Fassbender is both fun and professional. (more…)
Movie adaptations of video games aren’t always met with the most positive criticism. Like a reboot of a beloved franchise, fans feel as if they are owed something when a game they have committed a massive amount of time to is turned into a blockbuster movie. If you can remember back to October of 2011, Sony Pictures finalised talks with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to begin development of the Assassin’s Creed movie and people became a little bit excited. A year later, fans received the news that Michael Fassbender would be the film’s protagonist and people went wild. That seemed like an age ago but today we were given our first look into the world of Callum Lynch (Fassbender) and his silent killer ancestor Aguilar. The Assassin’s Creed game series has a rich tapestry of stories, characters and action to follow up on and the trailer looks like it won’t disappoint.
For those viewers who aren’t familiar with the story of Assassin’s Creed, the trailer explains within the first thirty seconds exactly what the premise of the film is. This is essential for any adaptation, not to just expect previous knowledge. So if you’ve ever played the games… You can enjoy this too! The action across a beautifully set 15th century Spain looks incredibly slick and has the classic Assassin’s Creed feel to it. That classic feel being hidden blades, plenty of flips and kicks and more parkour than you’ll know what to do with. The trailer also introduces parts for Marion Cotillard (who played Lady Macbeth alongside Fassbender in Macbeth) and the ominous Jeremy Irons.
One of the most interesting points about the film isn’t even indicated in the film and that is the question of where this film lies in the Assassin’s Creed lineage and if it is even set in the same universe already created by the games. The good news is, is that it does fall into the same universe. The even better news is that Sony and Ubisoft aren’t trying to create a sequel or a remake of an existing title. The story of Callum and his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar will run alongside the games, in a place and period not yet tackled by it’s interactive counterpart.
Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st, directed by Justin Kurzel.
The final trailer for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Apocalypse hit the Internet toady and confirms a long rumored cameo. If you want to stay completely in the dark until you see [REDACTED] on the big screen, you might want to skip this final trailer, as awesome as it is. The whole gang is here, making the transition from student to full-fledged X-Men, with more than a few other well-known mutants thrown in. Jennifer Lawrence‘s Mystique leads the fledgling X-Men against Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his Four Horsemen, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Psylocke (Olivia Munn). There’s also a first look at the Blob which was recently posted by Singer on Instagram. (He’s not the special cameo we’re not talking about.) (more…)
Following up on the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange released earlier today, now’s the time for your first at another highly-anticipated upcoming adaptation featuring a beloved and talented dramatic actor in a high-profile film meant to launch a profitable new franchise. In this case, it’s Michael Fassbender in the upcoming adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, based on the popular Ubisoft game. This attempt will once again try to turn a lucrative video game series into a lucrative movie series, and while the below official image doesn’t reveal much about the action being made for the film, Fassbender still looks as bad ass intense as always. (more…)