Now before we delve to this weeks Superhero Round-Up we should probably address the giant 600lbs gorilla in the room. The one with all the money. The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s little movie about Earths Mightiest Heroes, is on track to the predicted one billion dollar mark. The Hollywood Reporter reports the movie is already at the $800 million dollar mark worldwide, and with the only real competition this weekend being Tim Burton’s soon to flop Dark Shadows… yeah… it’s going to make its billion by Sunday, guaranteed. If you are playing the homegame, the only other movie to hit one billion that fast was James Cameron‘s Avatar.
Will The Avengers be the biggest superhero movie ever? Well very shortly we’ll look at two other movies that hit the big screen that are going to try for the title. We have word on the next trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man plus new set pics and a couple new shots from The Dark Knight Rises. Speaking of upcoming movies, if you are are all hot for a sequel to X-Men: Last Stand, the dude who played Iceman says cool it. Also, Mark Ruffalo has a few words for all the Hulk haters but up first, It’s Robert Downey Jr. opinion on The Dark Knight!
For this weeks Superhero-Round Up we bring you a handful of smaller story of note and interest. Yes, I am aware that tonight, nerds all across North America are currently have minds blown by The Avengers and yes I do have something related to Joss Whedon‘s mind blowingly awesome superhero epic (that NB has reviewed here). Don’t worry, we won’t forget you Avenger fanboys/girls.
Coming up, we have word that the Green Arrow TV series is most defiantly hitting CW sometime soon, DC launches another TV campaign to sell the New 52 to you, and…. Saddly, some bad news for Spider-Man purists. Like really bad. Like… if you hated the biological webshooters from the Sam Rami movies, you are going to want to fire bomb Marc Webb‘s house.
Up first, we’ll cover the Avengers. Your Superhero Round-Up starts after the jump.
To see Stan Lee in person is to witness a display of dynamism and enthusiasm that is both unbelievable and delightful — after all, the man is 89 years old and he certainly owes no one a tap dance. Still though, he performs, he glad-hands, he gushes about everything and everyone around him — perpetually playing the content, shrugging, jovial old man; the legend, the architect and now mascot for Marvel Comics.
We want to like Lee, and he makes it easy. We want to learn more about him, but that is made hard because we’ve been fed his smile-inducing anecdotes and the history of his and Marvel’s rise for years and years. It isn’t his fault, the man’s been living in the public eye for nearly half a century, feeding the quest for insight on his work for just as long — trouble is, there are unexplored areas of Lee‘s career, questions that are rarely asked, and never fully answered.
It was my great hope going into With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, that we would get a look into the mindset of Lee and get a fuller examination of his take on the more controversial elements of his career and still developing situations like the fight being waged against Marvel by the family of departed comic legend, Jack “King” Kirby, the artist and co-creator of many of Marvel Comics’ (and before it, Timely Comics’) most lasting and iconic characters. Sadly, this is not that kind of “documentary”, but rather it is a moving biography that never really feels objective or independent. (more…)
We’ve seen the fully official theatrical poster for The Amazing Spider-Man and the latest international trailer, ready for some more hype for the webslingers reboot? Director Marc Webb (seriously, did he get the job based on his last name alone?) answered a few of Yahoo! Movies about what we’ll see in the movie.
Here’s a hint, you probably know it already.
The high points are up after the jump, if you want to read the whole thing, it’s over here.
I will be completely honest, this weeks Superhero round-up is just a touch Avengers heavy. I mean, come on the movie is really just weeks away (36 days, 16 hours, 48 minutes at the time of this writing, but who’s couting), they are hyping the hooha out of it, and we have found even more we can tell you without revealing to much. No, we’re not at the point of talking about the likes and dislikes of the Key Grip (yet), we do have Joss Whedon talking about the power levels of the various Avengers, Robert Downy Jr. reflecting on working with Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon and his fellow Avengers and, even Loki’s (Tom Hiddleson) inside word on the film, just keep in mind he is the god of mischief and lies.
On top of all that? Spider-man pics and the low down on whatever happened to that other superhero team movie, some group of upstarts that call themselves ‘The Justice League’
Marc Webb, director of the new Amazing Spider-Man flick, was talking about his latest creation at WonderCon this week had some interesting things to say. In addition to showing fans a nice juicy clip and talking about some reasons why this reboot won’t be the same as the Raimi franchise (thank God and may Sam Raimi forgive me) he also dropped some hints at what might be expected from future installments of the new run.
The first trailer for this film looked disappointingly like a preview for a free-running video game, but the newer trailers are promising some exciting character development and more traditionally-styled action as well. The difference from what was teased a year ago and what is being shown in front of lesser movies this year is extreme.
So, what did Webb have to say about his creation?
To start, he pretty much blatantly confirmed that more movies are to follow if this one does well. We all expected that one though, givenHollywood’s recent trend of triologizing (is that a real word?) everything.
He also said that this first film has plenty of hints as to what might be expected to come from future installments. When asked point-blank if there were clues in Amazing Spider-Man that pointed to possible future villains, he responded with a straightforward “There are.”
Some other interesting things that he let slip (intentionally or unintentionally?) were that Oscorp Industries is mentioned and that the entire film is (intentionally on this one) filled with back-story that can be taken advantage of to provide more chapters in the future. With so many years of Spider-Man comics, it stands to reason that there are a lot of toys to play with here and a lot of potential for some Amazing (pun intended) sequels.
What has been shown and talked about with the new film suggests that this will be a truly unique approach to the Spider-Man mythos. Webb’s version goes deeper into Peter Parker’s back-story, including his parents, and deals with the Spidey vs. police element that is often ignored. It also contains one Gwen Stacy (played by none other than the beautiful Emma Stone) and the snarky, wise-cracking take on Spider-Man that fans love so much.
Hopefully, fans can look forward to seeing the best Spidey flick yet and, Marvel-be-willing, the continuing adventures of one of the world’s most beloved super-heroes.
Amazing Spider-Man is set to release on July 3rd. Considering the July 4th weekend is one of the most competitive times of the year for movies, the producers must have some serious confidence that it won’t pull a John Carter and end up smelling like an aged public toilet.
For those who must watch the full interview, check this out:
Thanks to the kids over at slashfilm for helping us out on this one.
A full-length trailer for the upcoming Disney XD show “Ultimate Spider-man” has hit the Internet, and it shows a Spider-Man a bit different than the classic or Ultimate for that matter, one we know and love.
Instead of retelling the Spider-Man origin story for a new generation, the cartoon focuses on the way Spidey’s life changes after he teams up with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s a lot of pretty cool bells and whistles in this trailer, Spidey’s Iron armour, Dr. Doom, SHIELD super spy stuff like the motorcycle.
What do you think about this move away from the traditional Spider-man to a Bond like agent of SHEILD? This NerdBastard is interested to see where they take this story. Remember that great “What If?” about Daredevil as an agent of SHIELD?
Take a look and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think about this animated Ultimate Spider-man.
Sony tried going the Venom route once before. At the time, Hunger Games director Gary Ross was set to direct it. Suffice to say, it never panned out. But with the newAmazing Spider-Man on the horizon and a new director shopping around for more superhero film cred, our gooey-fluid antihero may just ooze his way into theaters in the future.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sony is in negotiations with Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm a new Venom movie.
According to the LA Times article, Sony refused to comment but their anonymous source said the script would not be the same one Ross was developing several years back.
After years of being a fair-weather fan of Spider-Man, I was in rapture to find out long before the release of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 that one of the nemeses in the film would be none other than my hulking black love (aka Venom). Suffice to say, I was massively disappointed. I mean, come on, Topher Grace’s Venom was terrible – a tiny dude with a retracting ooze mask and pussy persona? Suck my farts, that wasn’t Venom.
Well, now I can rejoice in that fact that our tyrant – known in the SM series for his deep hissing voice desiring to eat Spidey’s brain – will get another shot.
And if we can kick Topher to the curb and get us a monstrous, good spinoff of Venom struggling against his evil impulses while ultimately remaining a drooling, hissing, demon-turned good-guy… Maybe the fans won’t take to the streets and burn the town down.
In regards to this Josh Trank fellow? Well, lets just say I have my “not bad” face on. The dude impressed me with his film Chronicle. It had more superhero action than most big name comic book movies with much larger budgets. So, I’d say he’s more than competent to take on Venom.
Lastly, who do you think should play Eddie Brock/Venom? While his acting has never been tested outside a wrestling arena, I always thought Brock Lesnar looked the part. What say you?
Comic Icon Stan Lee is the maker, the master, the dreamer of dreams. It’s absolutely necessary that the man cameo in blockbuster movies based on his creations. Fortunately, his slicked hair, well groomed mustache and the rest of his old man swagger, has indeed been a presence in many comic-book films (check out this montage of Lee’s cameos) . However, what about video game adaptations? Where’s the Polygonal love? Yes, I know Polygon-base graphics are so 1990, but you get my point. Stan “The Man’ Lee should be in every video game adaptation of movies based on his creation! ‘Nuff said!
Well, it looks like times are a changin’, because Mr. Lee is finally getting some playable character love.
At the London Super Comic Convention, Lee revealed that players will be able to control him in The Amazing Spider-Man, developed by Activision Blizzard subsidiary Beenox.
It’s not yet clear whether you’ll be able to play the whole game as Lee, or whether he’ll just be available in some kind of DLC bonus mission. It’s also not known whether Stan the Man will have the same powers as his creation, or have moves of his own.
After reading all the descriptions of the trailer earlier, I can say without a doubt they didn’t do it justice. Damn, for a comic nerd that was luke warm at best to this movie (yes, I admit that, move on, I have) I’m almost thinking this could be damn good now. Maybe Stan Lee was right?
Sony has also unveiled the second official trailer via YouTube for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man and it’s definitively packing a punch. Hell there is even a glimpse of the Lizard, and he doesn’t look laughably bad! Granted, it is late and I am tired from sitting here hitting F5 over and over again waiting for the trailer to drop, maybe I am not the best judge.
You be the judge, hit the jump and watch it for yourself.
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