Immediately following World War II, the Ku Klux Klan experienced a sudden resurgence in popularity, specifically in the South where it originated in order to combat what members perceived as threats to the white race from various ethnic and religious groups. For awhile their influence grew unchecked and unchallenged by law enforcement until their ranks were infiltrated by an author and Human Rights activist named Stetson Kennedy who, by enlisting the help of Superman, brought low the racist organization, decimating its ranks. 70 years later, Chris Evans, now indelibly identified as Captain America, is taking up the mantle.
The unfortunately named SyFy channel held an advanced screening of the first two episodes of the second season of its science fiction drama The Expanse simultaneously at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin and Brooklyn this Monday, followed by a Q&A session with the main cast at the latter location. The show itself has generated a small but loyal fanbase after the first season but with its emphasis on strict scientific accuracy, politics, and adherence to Newtonian physics it has failed to create the kind of buzz and excitement as some of the sexier more exciting offerings it keeps getting compared to like Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones. (more…)
Warner Bros. and the DCCU continue to double down on their choice of talent with Academy Award winning scribe Chris Terrio reportedly completing the most recent draft of The Batman. The film, which Ben Affleck stepped down as director from earlier this week but will still star in, has no official release date or clear explanation as to how the solo Bat-Film will fit into the larger Cinematic Universe. (more…)
Filming started today in Atlanta on one of the largest projects in movie history, the much anticipated all star crossover event films Avengers: Infinity War and an untitled sequel that are being shot back to back. The culmination of eight years of world building by Marvel Studios that started with a gamble on an former fallen movie star with a less than stellar reputation began shooting today with an estimated budget in the area of $500 million, making it one of the largest productions ever with, by the time it releases, an unprecedented 18 unique films tied into the film’s cinematic universe.
After some speculation on whether or not the extensively planned out DC Cinematic Universe would ever be fully realized, Warner Bros has finally announced some solid plans for the Green Lantern Corps. The film, which will not signal a return from Ryan Reynolds after the much-maligned 2011 offering from director Martin Campbell, will have twice the Lantern for your money with both Hal Jordan and John Stewart to be featured. Also confirmed to write the film are DC veteran David S. Goyer and newcomer Justin Rhodes. (more…)
Ask any real fan of science fiction, of Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein, to list their favorite underrated films of the last ten years and, if they are worth their salt, the indie darling Moon starring the inimitable Sam Rockwell will land somewhere in their top five. Written and directed by Duncan Jones, son of legendary rocker David Bowie, Moon is one of those unique movies that slips under the radar for being too odd and personal to appeal to a large audience but has a fiercely loyal fanbase that will continue to duct tape their friends to a sofa and force them to watch, a la A Clockwork Orange. Jones followed it with the equally underappreciated Source Code and then went full blockbuster status with Warcraft which failed to impress critics and audiences outside of China. However, hope sprang anew in the hearts of all sci-fi junkies when it was announced that Jones was returning to his indie roots with a spiritual sequel to Moon, simply titled Mute.
Today a synopsis and first look photos were released. (more…)
Once upon a time, when the world was shinier and newer and less depressing, the biggest casting news to come out of the DC Cinematic Universe was the casting of former Daredevil star Ben Affleck as everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The internet came close to shaking itself down to its apoplectic foundations over such a perceived misstep by Zach Snyder and company, the Boston accent memes were many, and the future of the Justice League seemed more threatened than it ever had by the likes of Darkseid. (more…)
A new Netflix original series was released today without any of the usual pomp and circumstance we expect from the streaming service. Somewhere between The X-Files and their own recent hit Stranger Things is The OA, an eight episode mystery-drama from Zal Batmanglij and the multi-talented indie darling Brit Marling who also stars. (more…)