Shane Black Explains Himself, RE: The Mandarin Twist

- 05-16-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

iron_man_3_mandarin

Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)

Here’s what Black had to say:

“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.

They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”

Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?

Source: Blastr

Joss Looks Back on his One Mistake: ‘Alien: Resurrection’

- 04-18-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

alien4

Want proof that Joss Whedon is merely a nerd demi-god, and not a full-on nerd god? He can still make mistakes. To wit, you may recall a film called Alien: Resurrection, the fourth film in the storied Alien franchise that was written by no less than Joss Whedon! You read that right. Joss. Whedon.

So you probably already know that, but the subject of Alien: Resurrection came up again in a recent interview that Whedon did with the magazine Total Film. They asked The Avengers director about both the Alien film he authored and his views on the most recent installment of the franchise, Prometheus.

“Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless,” he joked. “In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. ‘Yup, there you go. That’s me feeling even lower.’ Let me quote King Lear – ‘The worst is not, so long as we can say, ‘This is the worst.'”

As for the exact hiccup in the execution of his Alien script, has an idea about that. “Casting is storytelling,” he explained. “I wrote two characters for Alien: Resurrection and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go. One of them turned out to be insane – and what do they do? They call Brad Dourif. So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they cast J.E. Freeman as a thug – and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again – the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to Alien: Resurrection.”

Well, perhaps Whedon can take some solace in now having directed the third most popular film of all time and basically having carte blanche for anything he wants to do in Hollywood. “Yeah – you don’t ever get over it,” he said matter of factly. “When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it.”

But at least it’s not the shittiest Alien movie of all, right? I mean, look at Alien Vs. Predator.

“I actually like the first Alien vs. Predator. I’m a Paul W. S. Anderson fan.”

Well, there’s no accounting for taste.

Source: Comic Book Movie

‘The Wolverine’ Update – New Interviews & Photos

- 03-18-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

wolverine1

The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.

“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”

And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.

“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says.  “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”

But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”

In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.

mangoldtweet

Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.

wolverine2

wolverine3

wolverine4

The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.

‘Man of Steel’ Writer David S. Goyer Tells Us We’ve Only Seen “The Tip of the Iceberg”

- 03-17-13Film Posted by NickBungay

David_S_Goyer_Man_of_Steel_logo

In the last week, we here at Nerd Bastards have had Warner Brother’s Man of Steel and the magazine Total Film paired together almost exclusively. Once again we dip into the well of print, as another of the magazine’s interviews is released. This time with Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer.

Having being with the project since 2010, with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan producing, the pair wanted to keep plot points and story details quite secret. In a world of social media, however, such spoiler blockage is damn near impossible. Yet, somehow, the cast, crew and creatives have been able to keep tight lipped; with little being revealed.

So, when the concept of secrecy was brought up, the talented comic book writer, producer and director was quick to respond:

“It’s something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films,” Goyer said. “I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.”

If we haven’t seen as much as we thought, does this mean that the tone of Henry Cavill’s Superman will be any different in Man of Steel? Superman is usually one of the more forgiving of DC’s line of heroes, but has Goyer adopted a darker approach to this film?

“Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.”

Seeing as how we’ve only seen the “tip of the iceberg” Goyer and company must have something really special on tap for those of us to look forward to in the coming months. Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

Man of Steel; staring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff htis theaters everywhere June 14th.

Source: Coming Soon

Amy Adams’ ‘Man of Steel’ Lois Lane Officially Revealed

- 03-11-13Film Posted by NickBungay

total-film-cover_trimmed

There have been a number of changes to the new Man of Steel and every one have them has been for the better. Zack Snyder has been making all the right decisions for Warner Bros. and by now you’ve seen one of them, the black and white still of Amy Adams‘ Lois Lane. Now, on the May cover of Total Film, Adams’ Lois Lane has been revealed in all her full, almost high definition glory.

Originally leaked by G. Godfrey on the SuperHeroHype Forums, the May issue’s cover reveals the actress and co-star Henry Cavill in costume looking as great as the couple can get for a professional cover shoot. And before people start spouting the “she looks nothing like Lois” rant please keep in mind that films have creative changes to not only keep stories original and fresh, but allow characters to be reintroduced to audiences.

It’s about time Lois Lane didn’t look like she had to spend several hours a day in front of a mirror to ignore Clark Kent. This Lois is already perfect.

Check out the full cover after the jump, including an interior of shot of the magazine posted by Twitter user @benh4rris.
(more…)

Del Toro Updates Us on ‘JL: Dark’

- 02-26-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

justice-league-dark9

We keep hearing a lot about the upcoming Justice League movie, and the problems it’s encountering as it tries to come to fruition. But there’s another Justice League movie on the table, one based on the DC Comics New 52 title Justice League Dark.

The book features the team-up of several of DC’s magic and supernatural-related characters like John Constantine, Zatana, Dead Man and Frankenstein, so naturally, you can see why it might appeal to Hellboy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Despite his busy schedule, the Pacific Rim director is intent on making a Justice League Dark movie, and he recently talked to Total Film about the project:

It’s going really, really well. It’s like meeting old friends. I grew up with Demon Etrigan, with Swamp Thing, with Deadman, so these are characters that are near and dear to my heart. I’d love to use the origins that are proper to each character. I love the idea of Jason Blood as a paladin and a knight…I love the entire Constantine mythology, the Dead Man mythology, the Alec Holland Swamp Thing mythology. These are really rich things to well, and to dig.

So when can del Toro get started?

I am going to be presenting my storyline to DC and Warners of where I want to take this universe. We do have a writer, but until that is firmed up, I have to keep it a secret. I hope it happens.

We hope it happens to. It would be nice to know that we’re going to be seeing A Justice League movie even if it isn’t The Justice League movie.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Nolan Talks Expectations With ‘Dark Knight Rises’

- 05-10-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

In the new issue of Total Film magazine, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan talked about the incredible weight of expectation on him and his film. He also talked about the challenge of giving the story he’s pursued in the Batman universe a proper close chapter.

Here’s what Nolan had to say:

“We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story. We have to give the audiences something they haven’t seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That’s the tricky balance.

“With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas.”

Hm. I’m not sure if he’s done anything to quell expectations there…

The Dark Knight Rises comes out in theaters everywhere on July 20th, 2012.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Whedon Talks About ‘Cabin in the Woods’ (For a Change)

- 02-16-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

We all know that Joss Whedon is the mastermind/filmmaker behind one of the most anticipated films (ever?) of the year. But The Avengers isn’t all that Whedon’s got going on in the next couple of months, as the film he co-wrote and co-produced, the horror flick Cabin in the Woods, is (finally) being released in a couple of months. Whedon’s now talking about it to one of our local internet sites about his inspiration for the film.

“It’s basically a very loving hate letter,” he told Total Film. “On some level it was completely a lark, me and [director] Drew [Goddard] trying to figure out what the most fun we could have would be. On another level it’s a serious critique of what we love and what we don’t about horror movies.”

Fanboys and girls will remember that Whedon’s greatest triumph (so far), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was a kind of critique of horror movies, and despite his criticism, Whedon still loves the genre.

“I love being scared. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be all right but at the same time hoping they’ll go somewhere dark and face something awful,” he said. “The things that I don’t like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances. Drew and I both felt that the pendulum had swung a little too far in that direction.”

We’ll see how hard Whedon swung when The Cabin in the Woods is released in theaters in April 13th in 2-D and 3-D cinemas.

Source: Blastr

Webb Talks ‘Amazing Spidey’ with Total Film

- 09-01-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

In its new comic book movie preview issue, Total Film sits down with Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb about his first foray into blockbuster filmmaking, and why Spider-Man needed a reboot so darn soon after Sam Raimi‘s trilogy wrapped just four years ago.

“Spider-Man is part of our culture, he’s a perennial character. He belongs on the big screen,” explained Webb. “I was a little sceptical at first – you feel the presence of those other movies. But then I was like, ‘How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity!’ What better cinematic character is there than Spidey!”

Webb also pointed out that the departure of creator does not necessarily mean that the story has to stand for a non-specific though lengthy period of time. “Spidey is constantly re-examined and there’s way too many versions of him in the comics… That was something I thought we could do cinematically.”

On the film’s 3-D component, the (500) Days of Summer filmmaker says he enthusiastically took up the challenge. “There’s an experiential component to 3D that’s really fantastic and we’re experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he’s jumping over these buildings,” he said. “We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street. I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!”

You can read more from Webb in the new issue of Total Film on newsstands today. The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theatres next summer.

Source: Total Film

‘X-Men: First Class’ Goes Vintage for Magazine Covers & We Learn New Story Details

- 04-04-11Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

The most recent issue of Total Film is out and they are packing the treats for X-Men fans. In addition to a cover story brimming with news about the flick there are three different collectible covers all modeled on a magazine style from the 60s. The three covers featuring Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr and Emma Frost parallel the vintage looks of classic mags like Life or Esquire.

Stay with us after the jump, won’t you, for some fun, spoilery tidbits about the film.

(more…)

1