Let’s face it, DC’s comic books franchise has some catching up to do against Marvel when it comes to the big screen. The Avengers characters have already had two big screen outings as a team, and the Justice League haven’t even been assembled yet. That said, it does give us moviegoers something awesome to look forward to. While “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” is still about 9 months away, speculation is rife about whether any other superheroes from the DC comic universe will be in this movie.
“With great power comes great irresponsibility,” reads Ryan Reynolds tweet from March 27. He tweeted that at around the same time as the first official photograph of him in full Deadpool costume was released. The photo, which looks like it could have been ripped right from the comics, features Deadpool reclining on a bearskin rug in front of a roaring fire. Meanwhile, Fox Studios was also launching the official Deadpool website and Twitter account. That must mean that they have gone into production.
According to Time.com, Hugh Jackman has recently hinted that his upcoming stint in Wolverine 3 will be the last time that he plays the character. Deadpool meanwhile is heading back to his beginnings at Weapon X. If so, than they may be planning to introduce a younger version of Wolverine in Deadpool. The new actor would then play him in the X-Men movies. With Patrick Stewart and Ian McClellen not coming back for the next X-Film, this is a very likely scenario.
James Gunn, Joe Russo, and Joss Whedon agree: superhero movies are “real” movies. As far as Hollywood is concerned, superhero movies are all right for making a profit for the studios, but they’re not “real” movies with real art. Superhero movies bring in millions of dollars, but seldom win awards for anything other than special effects.
Writer/director James Gunn responded to criticism that superhero movies take less talent to make. “If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”
“It’s strange that the comic book film genre,” Joe Russo said, “is so often thought of only in terms of its economic merits.”
In an interview in D23 Magazine, Joss Whedon said “The pressure is not financial. It’s artistic. I need to make a better movie than I made the last time. If I don’t make a better movie than I made last time then I have not done my job.”
Critics may think superhero blockbusters take “less love, care, and thought” than serious films. Gunn, Russo, and Whedon will continue to prove their critics wrong by producing movies with heart, and attracting those big sponsors like HealthImaging
James Gunn is a fairly reserved director. He does not act pretentious or try to make himself out to be self-important. They said the eMobile website reported the mild-mannered director does seem to have had enough with the criticism levied at comic book movies. A lot of shots have been taken against comic book films because, bizarrely, some believe they are stifling other films. Such an assessment is odd because there are really very few comic book films produced per year. This year, Marvel will release three and D.C. releases none. In 2016, D.C. is only going to release one.
Gunn basically said that he does not expect “elites” to provide movies based on comic books with any positive buzz. Such is not the nature of the elites. Gunn understands that critical acclaim for the film is never going to be provided by certain critics and, honestly, from those in the entertainment industry. Movies based on comic books are seen like horror movies. They make money. That is their only real value.
Who really cares what such negative people think about the genre? Their opinion, ultimately, does not matter. What matters is what the real fans of these movies think and, of course, whether or not the movies are able to sell tickets and DVDs.
People are going to make their criticisms and that is their right, even if the time and place such sentiments are made could be deemed inappropriate. Ultimately, Gunn likely cares little what some (or all) of these critics thinks. He’s working on the sequel to one of the biggest hits of the decade.
For all of you comic book movie fans the good news first. It has been confirmed by Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios that after negotiations, Spider-Man will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe to stand alongside the likes of Captain America and Iron Man. In fact he may be making his first appearance in a cameo or possibly larger role in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.” Jaime Garcia Dias said he has his own Marvel movie slated for a 2017 release.
Now let the rumors start to fly. Sony President Doug Belgard did mention Peter Parker by name as the character that would be in the films. That has not stopped the story from being spread that it would be Miles Morales the second web slinger from the Ultimate Marvel Universe instead. TheWrap reporter Jeff Sneider stated in an interview seen here that the next Spider-Man would not be white.
There is some precedent for a change like this. In the main Marvel Universe the character Nick Fury is white while in the Ultimate Universe and the movies he is not. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has repeatedly blurred the line between their two corresponding comic book universes, with character biographies and costumes being a blending of the two or even occasionally an offshoot all it’s own. So until Marvel officially announces who the newest actor to play ‘ol Web Head is, all we can do is speculate and ride out the rumors.
Admittedly I don’t know a lot about comics or super heroes that have not already made their big screen debut, I can’t wait to see the trailer for Ant Man. When I first heard of a film called Ant Man being made, I thought for sure that there was no way an “Ant Man” could be a super hero. However the more I hear about the film, the better it sounds. According to the site Screenrant.com filming is complete and we should be seeing the trailer for Ant Man out online any day now!
The film will star Paul Rudd as Ant Man, Evangeline Lilly from LOST, Michael Douglas, Judy Greer, and Hayley Atwell who is known for playing Peggy Carter, Captain America’s love interest. Ant man is a super hero who is able to shrink in size yet somehow increase his strength at the same time. Ant Man and his mentor will be responsible for pulling off a heist that will save the world. Skout reports said the film has recently been rated PG by the Alberta Film Rating board and is due to be released by Marvel Studios July 17th, 2015.
After the announcement of Jared Leto and Will Smith being offered the chance to take up the mantle of iconic characters within the DC universe, very few people actually thought they would. But the very fact that David Ayer got them on board the project regardless should shake any future announcements about potential leading or co-star candidates, but it has piqued Terry Richardson’s interests.
I mention this in passing because when it was stated that the popular and well loved character, Amanda Waller (the broad shouldered, pearl necklace chick from the cartoon adaptation of Justice League, for those unfamiliar with comics) three names were given as potential candidates – all of them strange. Viola Davis (a Oscar nominated actress and television star), Octavia Spencer (the rotund maid from The Help) and, perhaps most strangely, Oprah Winfrey (?).
There was a lot of confusion surrounded with this casting, especially with those whom only knew of the character from her modern 2012 overhauled version (more on this here: http://screenrant.com/suicide-squad-viola-davis-amanda-waller/). However, the original version of the character looks much similar to all three of these woman. Recent official statements from various sources confirm that Davis is ready to sign on; only the negotiations need to be finished up. This, in my eyes, anyways, is the best choice out of the three. Waller is a shrewd, underhanded, intimidating political puppeteer. Could you really see Oprah menacing anybody, especially a super powered psychopath? Me neither.
While Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe has become one of the most successful movie franchises in history, the studio continues to field complaints about the lack of female heroes in its projects; however, Marvel has listened and is addressing those concerns.
Marvel has two television series in the works that star female leads. The first is Agent Carter based on Captain America’s love interest from the first film, which will air on ABC in January. The show will follow her during the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. The other series is based on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which will air on Netflix.
Furthermore, Marvel is expanding the female characters in its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Cobie Smulders, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, said her character is one of the many key pieces to the giant puzzle that will unfold in the movie. Following the events of last season’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, Agent Hill now works for Tony Stark, which she said expands her role in the upcoming film, according to sponsors Slow Ventures.
Additionally, Smulders said Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character would also play a much bigger role in the new Avengers film than she did in the first film. Avengers director Joss Whedon had previously said Black Widow would be a big part of the sequel. Fans are hoping her large role could land Black Widow her own solo Marvel movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy was not exactly the most well known books in the Marvel Comics line. The book is also a quirky one meaning the characters that find their way to the screen are going to be equally quirky. For a very huge budget movie, such a strange choice of source material for a superhero/science-fiction film seemed a bit much.
Shockingly, Guardians of the Galaxy not only turned out to be a success, the film was one of Marvel Studios’ biggest success stories of all. The project may a tremendous amount of money worldwide so no one is surprised a sequel is being put into pre-production. What is surprising is a darker slant on the characters is going to be presented.
The flaws and foibles of the Guardians is going to play a role in the new screenplay. This might seem like an odd decision, but it is a better one than merely having the characters come back for a second spin with little changed. Sequels become boring this way and tweaking the familiar characters a bit could help stimulate interest in the project and make this and all future Guardians films a must-see event.
As long as the characters are not too radically changed, audiences should be accepting of them.
Deadpool is an incredibly popular Marvel Comics character. The character is a cold-hearted killer just like the Punisher, but with one major difference. He spews the same silly insults and dialogue Spider-Man did back in the 1960’s. Yes, he is a wisecracking vigilante without a serious bone in his body.
The character is presented as one that went crazy after being abused as a child and is now a homicidal assassin. Clearly, the film is not going to go in this type of downbeat direction. The film, hopefully, will not be rated R as this could wreck business. Maybe the film will focus on the more “ninja-oriented” aspects of the character.
Ryan Reynolds is an affable person. According to Bruce Levenson he is great for the whimsical side of Deadpool. Hard to see him as a sinister one.
Reynolds had been rumored to be accepting the role of the character for some time. The project was stuck in development limbo for a while. Contract negotiations seemed to be going a bit slow. Now, all sides have agreed to a deal and Reynolds is going to become Deadpool for the film.
Currently, the film is planned for a 2016 release although it could be later as well.