After watching him portray Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad, there’s no doubt that Bryan Cranston can pull off a convincing villain-type character. Cranston seamlessly took his character from meek family man to a very intimidating “one who knocks”, which, along with his role of LBJ in the Broadway play All the Way, earned him several awards. His upcoming performance as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo may even garner him some Oscar gold this year. Cranston has also expressed interest in participating in larger films as well, and he recently revealed to The UK’s Metro what kind of role is on the top of his wish list: a Marvel super-villain. (more…)
Never content to merely exist in the moment so far as Star Wars is concerned, even though we’re still months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re now talking seriously about what comes next in Episode VIII. We know that Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next film in the sequel trilogy, and presumably it will feature much of the cast of The Force Awakens, but isn’t two-and-a-half years out a little much to guess what else is going on with the film? Apparently not. We’ve gotten breaking news today that a renowned and award winning actor is being considered for the bad guy in Episode VIII, and his name is Benicio del Toro. (more…)
There’s been no shortage of acting talent across the nearly 50 year history of the Star Trek franchise, and the rebooted Star Trek movie series has been no exception. After Eric Bana took on the Romulan Nero in 2009’s Star Trek, and Benedict Cumberbatch stepped into the role of the genetically enhanced
John Harrison Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, it looks like Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise will face their most fearsome foe yet in the upcoming Star Trek 3 directed by Justin Lin. Although the villains in the two J.J. Abrams‘ films haven’t been their strongest components, you’re going to be keeping your fingers crossed when the Summer of 2016 rolls around, and Idris Elba makes his Trek debut. (more…)
Let’s be honest, if you’re a Hollywood casting director and you need a villain, your first call is going to be to Christoph Waltz. Waltz’s ability to be be bad will be on display once again in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which comes out in theaters this week, but when it comes to the upper strata of super-villainy you have two ways to get there: fighting Batman or fighting James Bond. On the subject of the latter, it’s long been supposed that Waltz will be joining the cast of the 24th as-yet-untitled James Bond film, but more than that, rumor has it it will be playing the pivotal role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the Joker to Bond’s Batman. (more…)
Dear Arrow season three. You rock! We haven’t seen a single frame of film yet with the exception of the Comic Con trailer from a couple of weekends ago, but to us, you’re already awesome! Please keep up the good work. Signed comic nerds everywhere.
Today’s love-letter to Arrow is brought to you by the letter “M,” “M” standing for Manhunter. The DC Comics villain is the latest established DC Universe character to appear on the CW series based on Green Arrow. Joining a roster of guest spots that already includes Black Canary, Huntress, China White, Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Nyssa al Ghul, and Bronze Tiger, Manhunter will take his place amongst his comic book brethren in the third episode of Arrow’s upcoming third season. But in what context will he appear, and who will be playing him? Read on… (more…)
We know that former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has been hired to play a part in the upcoming Marvel space opus Guardians of the Galaxy, but what is the part she’ll be playing? It seems unlikely that she’ll be playing the part of Rocket Raccoon, but the rumor has been that the part she’s playing is that of a villain, but again, who? Well, a Scottish newspaper cites “Marvel sources” who provides an interesting if unlikely answer.
Wait… Who?! Angela is a galactic bounty hunter who has once a supporting character in Spawn, but caught in a legal dispute involving rights between co-creators Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman, a court gave full rights to Gaiman, who turned around and gave Marvel license to use her. As a result, Angela made her first appearance in the recent Age of Ultron event in the Marvel Universe.
Seems a little random right? And would Marvel really stick such an out-of-left-field character in a movie that’s already kind of gamble for them in the first place? Well, I suppose if you’re going to hire a fiery red-haired temptress to be in your movie, you better give her a fiery red-haired temptress part. According to the article:
Karen Gillan will have to be in good shape for her role as a gold bikini-clad alien villain in the Marvel comics superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. The former Doctor Who star will play Angela, a flame-haired, sword-wielding bounty hunter. The 25-year old Scot – the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond – begins filming in London later this summer.
Given the fact that the film will begin shooting soon, we should have some kind of clarification as to who Gillan will be playing. So until that official statement from the production, let’s take all this with a grain of salt. Or maybe a tablespoon of salt.
What do you Bastards think, Angela: yay or nay?
Source: Bleeding Cool
Yo, Joss Whedon! You’re out in public, so give us some damn Avengers 2 scoopage!
I sometimes wonder if that’s what reporters yell to Joss whenever he appears on the red carpet for anything. Fortunately for us he always seems ready to oblige, as was the case on the recent Iron Man 3 premiere red carpet in Los Angeles. Desde Hollywood asked the filmmaker about some details about the upcoming superhero sequel. Naturally, one of the questions concerned Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr. and his future in the franchise, but the topic of the villain in The Avengers 2 also came up, and that answer offered some interesting new insight.
What, pray tell, could that be? How about the revelation that Thanos may not be the villain in The Avengers 2 after all, and Whedon and Co. are, in fact, setting him up for “the grand finale?” Here’s what Whedon had to say:
“Thanos is more powerful. He’s not someone you just trot out and punch him. Like you did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He’s definitely a part of what I’ve got going on. The thing about The Avengers is, that they are very powerful, but they aren’t very stable. There’ll definitely be some people who are gonna shake them up in the next installment!”
To hear that from Whedon’s own mouth, as well as other nuggets from the interview, press play on the embedded video below:
Source: Comic Book Movie
Latino Review is breaking some Marvel news again, this time about the possible entity of a villain in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. Thanos? Come on, Marvel’s all but admitted that the Mad Titan is a lock for the film. In this instance we’re talking about one Basil Sandhurst, AKA The Controller.
So what’s the deal with The Controller? Well, Latino Review says that he’ll be a henchman or official representative for Thanos in the film. Maybe he’ll be more of a main villain in the movie while Thanos stays in the background winding up for The Avengers 2. Or maybe he’ll be a boss that the Guardians have to beat before graduating to the bigger boss in Thanos. Exact details are still unknown. Interestingly though, Controller frequently finds himself locked in battle against Iron Man Tony Stark, and there’s been that persistent rumor of an Iron Man cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy or vice versa. So is this another clue? Let’s file that under possibly.
Here’s the skinny on The Controller straight from the Marvel website:
Sandhurst worked as an electro-mechanical/chemical research scientist. His obsession with control brought his downfall as a scientist when his refusal to obey ethical restraints got him banned from most research facilities. Sandhurst was prone to fits of rage, and in an attempt to calm him, his brother Vincent inadvertently triggered a lab explosion, crippling Basil. Vincent, guilt-ridden, outfitted Basil with an automated lab, in which Basil bonded a super-strong exoskeleton to his body, powered by the cerebral energies from those around him using his slave discs.
The Controller designed his armored exoskeleton, which is micro-surgically attached to his body from head to toe and grants him mobility, as well as superhuman strength and endurance. He uses “slave discs” to control others, using the micro-circuitry in his helmet to drain cerebral energy from his victims to power his exoskeleton and magnify its strength and duplicate his victim’s abilities. He has limited psychokinetic and telepathic abilities, the ability to control the actions of any one person wearing one of his slave discs, and the ability to fire mental bolts of force from his helmet. He can psionically control “weak-willed” subjects even without his discs. He flies via boot-jets and has employed image inducers, stun mists, and other technology as needed.
The Controller originally used a mental wave absorbatron to convert cerebral energies for use by his exoskeleton, though this device was rendered obsolete after Thanos improved the Controller’s equipment. The discs now increase his physical attributes in geometric progression to numbers of victims wearing slave discs, and he was able to control the actions of all persons wearing the discs.
The Controller is a highly skilled chemist and mechanical engineer, with a college degree in chemistry and electrical and mechanical engineering.
More news as it develops.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Last week, we got our first official look at Don Cheadle upgraded from War Machine to Iron Patriot, which is now followed up in a timely fashion with this new character poster featuring Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. Killian is one of three villains in Iron Man 3 along with Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and James Badge Dale as Coldblood.
So without further ado, here’s Guy!
Damn. Even taking off your glasses in Iron Man 3 is going to be awesome.
Source: Comic Book Movie
It’s been a busy week for Star Trek fans with revelations, or fake-outs depending on how you look it at. And because teaser trailers, random tweets and publicity photos aren’t enough, the director himself, J.J. Abrams, is wading into the debate, and that debate is about just who the heck Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. So who’s he playing? Khan? Gary Mitchell? “John Harrison”? Throw us a bone, J.J.!
Here’s the bone J.J. threw to MTV:
Rather than answer anything that would give away anything fun from the movie… the character that Benedict plays… he brings such an incredible power. His voice alone is unbelievable. He brings a force to it that when I think you see the movie hopefully this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling. Not because of any connection to anything past, but because of who he is and what he brings to it.
Not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret… all of that is what I think makes him such a frightening and cool villain. But also, you know, a real villain that are not just two dimensional angry vengeful types don’t see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy, they’ve got complete rational and motivation. So I think true to form, the character Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he’s certainly on the right side.
“His secret…” So there is a secret about Cumberbatch, like his real identity.
Ugh. Actually, I’m sick of this guessing game. Wake me up when May 17 gets here.
Source: Geek Tyrant