Ben Affleck – he’s a man that I used to enjoy mocking because of his wooden acting skills and the perpetual look of constipation he wears on his face. But the damn bastard had to go and ruin my fun by switching to the director’s chair and actually making a decent name for himself. And now that he’s no longer Matt Damon’s sidekick (whatever happened to Damon, anyways?), people want to hear what he has to say.
In particular, people are interested in knowing what the big hubbub was with his potential involvement in the Justice League movie. Well, in a recent interview with HitFix, Affleck talks a bit about that rumor and has a few other things to say.
Following the phenomenal success of The Avengers, news sites and fans are ever-hungry for more info. about what’s next from the Marvel universe, and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige is ever-happy to prattle on a bit. Unfortunately, he has a bad habit of revealing very little about the new films when asked, so all we have for you this week, loyal readers, are more hints and recapped rumors about Thor 2 and Iron Man 3.
Thor 2 looks to be on schedule, with shooting to be starting near the end of this year and a release date set for November 15th, 2013. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) is taking over the director’s chair. Apparently Taylor has a mind to redesign the Asgard set that audiences became familiar with in the first Thor film in a grittier style.
As for villains, Loki will not be the main bad guy (sorry mate, you had your two films). In addition, Feige says that Thanos will not have that pleasure either, which leaves speculation open considering the relatively low number of interesting Thor villains that don’t involve Avengers storylines. Mads Mikkelsen was recently cast and is rumored to be taking on the role of a villain in the film, but which one is anyone’s guess.
When asked about Iron Man 3, Feige had even less to say. He expressed his intent to avoid issues revolving around Tony Stark’s alcoholism, since it has not been explored in the two films currently produced, but the movie will be focusing primarily on Stark’s personality as opposed to just throwing the tin-plated hero at bigger-and-badder villains. He also promised that the third in the trilogy will be the best yet. Of course, what person trying to sell a movie isn’t going to promise that each will be better than the one before?
Stay tuned readers. Eventually something more tangible will pop up and we, the ever-vigilant Nerdbastards crew, will be there to relay that information to you.
There has been a lot of murmuring, particularly recently, about who the other major villain is in The Avengers. We already know Loki, Thor’s conniving, evil brother, is in the film as we’ve seen plenty of Tom Hiddleston struttin’ his badass self around. But is he working alone? Logic says no since we know we need a threat large enough to envolve not only Thor, but Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and possibly the Hulk. I’m still not convinced the Hulk will be on the side of order and good for 100% of the film.
So who is this other villain? Look below if you dare.
Thanos. Yup, this dude.
Here’s the tip from CBM,
OK, so…The other big villain we will see is THANOS. Latino Review broke that news in May but since then it has been pretty quiet regarding that. Well, according to my source, he is indeed in the film and the mysterious aliens everyone is talking about, is his army. As for the plot details, well, it will be very interesting…Basically Thanos makes a deal with Loki (like Hiddleston said in one interview that Loki makes some shady deals) to get him the Infinity Gauntlet. He trades his army for the Gauntlet. And that’s about it. No word on what ‘Leviathan’ is though.
All right, you little Marvelies, Marvelites, whatever colloquial term Marvel fans use to identify themselves. Actually, now that I think of it DC fans don’t really have a cool team name either. Anyway those who are more versed in the world of Marvel, what do you think of the news? Is Thanos a good fit? Will he make and impressive villain worthy of battling the Avengers is their big screen, team debut?
And, it’s, mildly disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally stoked to see the feline fatale in action and she looks commanding, strong and sexy is this first official image from Warner Bros., but I don’t see anything very cat-like. This photo of Anne Hathaway is from the official website, TheDarkKnightRises.com and it’s saved under the file name, “selina_kyle.jpg.” Hmm…why not Catwoman? Why use her proper name if this isn’t the way she’ll be referred to throughout the film and in marketing? Maybe, she doesn’t really become Catwoman!?
If that’s the case, I’m gonna be really fucking pissed. While this costume is for the most part exactly as described by an insider source earlier this year, “tactical, like the comic book, less sexy than Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman costumes,” and featuring goggles, I’m not picking up any kind of cat-vibe, are you? Shit, she doesn’t even have cat ears!
Which probably brings us all back around to square one, is Hathaway playing Catwoman or is she Selina Kyle who comes to the aid of Bruce Wayne? Give the image a look below the cut and let us know what you think about the Nolanverse Catwoman.
Yesterday we shared Henry Cavilltalking about finally suiting up in the most iconic suits of all suits. Today it gets even better, Superfriends, today we’ve got the first official image of Cavill in the mighyt, Super-suit. It’s our first look at Superman from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.
With the lighting, it’s tough to tell if this outfit is more classic Supes or the new Jim Lee design. Basically, is he wearing his red underwear on the outside or not!? We, the fans, demand to know! Why are you keeping us in suspense!
Check out the full image in all it’s glory below cut. Does Cavill make an impressive Superman? Can you tell if he’s sporting the red trunks? Let us know.
I’m going to jump right out and say it, Green Lantern is pretty, damn good. I’m actually kind of lost as to why it’s been hammered with such negative reviews leading up to its opening. Why the 22% percent, Rotten Tomatoes? Green Lantern is far better than Fantastic Four (27%) or Catwoman (10%), so why is it labeled rotten? Are we fans now, too hard to please? Have we been made as tough and cruel as the streets of Gotham since The Dark Knight proved how gritty a comic book movie could be?
To enjoy Green Lantern you need to lighten up and embrace the zaniness of Silver Age comics. Yes, there are millions of aliens, an inter-stellar police force Earth had no knowledge of and magic rings could pop out of the sky at any moment and turn you into the universe’s next super hero. If you can accept these premises and not take yourself or the movie too seriously, you’ll have a blast with Green Lantern. If you go in looking for a deep, soul-searching experience dealing with heavy themes of what it means to become a hero, you’re gonna be disappointed.
Some spoilerific comments can be expected below the cut.
Green Lantern opens tomorrow and it’s the film any nerd is talking about. Fans are hoping this movie will be a success and lead to a move away from constant remakes and sequels to Superman and Batman. Oh, who am I kidding, we’ll never tire of Superman or Batman movies, even if Green Lantern‘s a smash. Unfortunately, these early reviews seem to imply it’s not.
Who cares what those people are saying, America’s premier news source, the Onion News Network has a review of Green Lantern for you that sums up every expectation. The Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) is green and flies around making green things. Plus saving the day and having something close to a screen romance with Blake Lively. All ends well.
Watch their spot on review below and make sure you tune in tomorrow for our Nerd Bastards review of the Green Lantern.
With so many comic book properties being turned into big budget, Hollywood blockbusters it’s hard to keep ‘em straight. You might find yourself saying “This week’s movie is about some green dude, the Green Hornet? I thought that came out already? I think Seth Rogen’s funny.” To which comic book fans scream, “No! You moron! This is Green Lantern and he’s got a power ring that he uses to make stuff, which makes him waaaay cooler than the Green Hornet, with his sweet ass car and kick ass sidekick, Kato. Okay, maybe Green Hornet is kind of cool. And I think Seth Rogen’s funny, too.”
But comic books are no doubt, confusing, even to fans. Which is why it’s fabulous the good folks of Let’s Be Friends Again make these great web comics to explain the convoluted comic book history. In the most recent edition of Comics, Everybody! we explore the history the first human Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. (Not including the first first Green Lantern, Alan Scott who is in no way related to the Green Lantern Corps or the Guardians of Oa. His powers come from magic, but whatever, ::shrug:: comics, everybody!)
Click the jump for whole comic and learn the fascinating history of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern and colossal dick.
At the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas (Yes, it’s an actual thing.) the studios are set to premiere the promotional logos for their big, upcoming movies. Of course, the movies requiring the much-hyped advertising and licensing are the comic book movies and we’ve got sneak peaks of their logos. Are they amazing, new and different? No, but hey, it’s the beginning of the promotional push for films like Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, so you know, be at least a little excited.
In addition to these revealed logos, Marvel has released the first promotional image for The Avengers. It shows the whole team in costume, and it’s our first real look at Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. The Hulk doesn’t look all that different from any other time we’ve seen him, but whatever, it’s only their first image. Check out the new logos and the first team picture of The Avengers in the gallery below,
All right, so the logo images are a little fuzzy as it appears some one just snapped these slyly with their camera phone. I’d expect to be seeing some official releases soon. But how snazzy is that Avengers pic? Team’s lookin’ good, right?
Green Lantern opens next week and to keep your interest piqued Warner Bros. has released a slew of clips. Eight clips in total are available and they give you a very abridged version of what we can expect from the flick, each one covering a specific point in the film. Obviously, these tend to be pretty spoilery, so if that’s not your thing I wouldn’t check these out.
I’ve brought the final clip, and by far the best, up to the front to make sure you give it a watch. This clip comes from the what I’m guessing is the final battle of the film. So again, duh, spoilers. What’s great about this clip is we get to see Hal (Ryan Reynolds) creating some constructs. The constructs are what the Green Lanterns are known for, their incredible imagination to create just about whatever they need to get the job done. In the clip below Hal makes a catapult, a spring, and a giant turret gun. Badass.
After watching these clips a lot of my fear and trepidation about this movie is lifting. It looks like a lot of fun, and that’s what a summer action flick, and a Green Lantern movie, should be. Plus, I think some of the final post-production work they did on his suit and mask have payed off, it looks a little less fake. Green Lantern opens nationwide June 17th.