Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. Talks 'Black Widow' & 'Hulk' Solo Films; Praises Jeremy Renner's 'Hawkeye'


USA Today recently caught with Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. to talk about Scarlett Johansson and her portrayal of Black Widow. When asked if she deserves to have her won Black Widow solo movie which has been rumored for some time especially after how well Lucy did in the theaters this past summer:
“Doesn’t Scarlett deserve a break? [He Jokes] Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after [Guardians of the Galaxy] with Zoe [Saldana], even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without [Gwyneth] Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking ass and all that stuff. It would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow [to lead a movie]. It just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”

He then goes onto say how Marvel and Disney should try to give Mark Ruffalo a shot at a solo Hulk film and also praises Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye in The Avengers: Age of Ultron:
“The funny thing is honestly at this point everyone deserves a franchise. I think Jeremy Renner is - when folks see the Avengers: Age of Ultron he’s just a rockstar, a badass. And Ruffalo is pumped. He does great (work). I’d like to hear them talk even more seriously about a Hulk franchise, because that’s been one of the toughest ones to get right. But I’m sure that my parent company is feeling expansive and and bold after the summer they’ve had.”
 The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits May 2015

Alex Kurtzman Creates 'Secret Hideout' Production Company with Universal


Longtime screenwriter Alex Kurtzman who's worked on such films like Transformers, Star Trek and most recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well as the upcoming spin-off Venom has created a brand new production company. Partnered with Universal Studios Kurtzman has debuted Secret Hideout that will create "developing compelling filmmaker-driven projects and deeper storytelling narratives with an eye towards franchise and multi-quadrant films."

This deal is no doubt connected to Alex Kurtzman shoehorning the upcoming Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe that will bring classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolfman together in a crossover universe.

WB Registers Domain Names For Wonder Woman, Shazam, Aquaman & Justice League Movies


TechTimes (via Comic Vine) has unearthed several recently registered domain names for upcoming DC films. This comes off the recently announced "untitled" release dates for movies stretching all the way through 2020 over at WB. Now these domain names currently just redirect back to the Warner Brothers main page. Most shouldn't be surprised since Dwayne Johnson confirmed Shazam is in the works, Aquaman just got writers and Justice League was announced over two months ago. But interestingly enough Wonder Woman is also added to the list!

JusticeLeagueFilm.com

ShazamMovie.com

WonderWomanTheMovie.com

AquamanMovie.com

With many DC fans upset we didn't get any announcements at Comic-Con then again not at the end of August this little nugget is all you will get until DC announces the films. 

Dwayne Johnson is expected to play either Black Adam or Shazam in the upcoming Shazam film. Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman.

:: Update :: - Apparently these domain names were registered years ago. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

FANMADE: Norman Reeds, Eliza Dushku and Frank Grillo as Ghost Rider, Elektra and The Punisher



It's been several months since we show cased fanmade banners of famous actors as out favorite comic book heroes. We have showed Rashida Jones as The Wasp, Zachary Quinto as Namor and even Terry Crews as Luke Cage. Well now we have three more! It showcases The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus as none other then the Spirit of Vengeance himself the Ghost Rider.


Also, shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Whedon alum Eliza Dushku as Elektra.


With Captain America: The Winter Solider & The Purge: Anarchy star Frank Grillo as The Punisher.


'Daredevil' Star Vincent D'Onofrio Talks Frank Miller Inspired 'Kingpin'


Marvel's Daredevil will be the very first time the Marvel Cinematic Universe will delve into the gritty world of gangs and kingpins. Well the star villain of the series Vincent D'Onofrio recently spoke with Men's Journal about his role as the iconic villain Kingpin and also drawing inspiration from Frank Miller's run on the character. Lastly, he teases once again about Marvel's bigger plans for not just Daredevil but Kingpin crossing over to the larger universe we see on film:
Now that I have you in a good mood, let’s talk about Daredevil.
Filming has been great. I can’t really talk about specifics. Really. But I can tell you it’s all working. It’s all gritty. Everything is really impressive. They seem to know what they’re doing over at Marvel. I think ever since Downey and [Jon] Favreau did Iron Man and proved that comic book movies could be really cool they’ve just embraced that and taken it to the next level. They keep knocking it out of the park. This Netflix series that we’re filming right now, it’s going to be so amazing to watch. We’re doing these incredible, iconic scenes every single day. I have the best character; I play one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time. I haven’t had this much fun with a role for many years. 

  How much did you know about the character before signing on?
I knew a bit about Wilson Fisk. I had seen the movies. I saw other interpretations. But for this, they really wanted everything to be fresh. They’re operating like they have been doing their movies. I’m finding most of my inspiration for Fisk coming from the old artwork, artists like Frank Miller.

Your new friend Downey must have been very excited you got the role.
He was thrilled. My wife actually texted him a photo of me dressed as Kingpin and we got a very, very excited text back.

I look forward to the Iron Man versus Kingpin crossover happening very soon.
[Laughs.] It’s not impossible! They have all kind of plans. I think this Daredevil show is going to be the start of some very exciting crossovers.
Also in the October issue of Total Film it was revealed that after the Daredevil and Jessica Jones shows Iron Fist will debut with Luke Cage being last during Netflix Phase One.

Daredevil will debut on Netflix May 2015

The Russo Brothers Talk Scrapped "Hawkeye" Role for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER



As we all know by now, Hawkeye was supposed to be in the lineup for Captain America: The Winter Soldier but was later written out leaving questions for fans. Now, The Russo Brothers have come forward giving details as to why he was cut and how much impact he would have on the final cut of the film.

"We had great stuff for him actually in the film," 

"He had a couple of really cool scenes in the movie. It’s a big movie as it is, so it certainly helped that it’s not in there. I think it would increase the running time by about 10 or 15 minutes if they were in the movie, just because you want the right amount of time to actually treat those scenes properly. I think it was a scheduling issue."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 9th

First Promo for MARVEL's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Shows New Footage



Airing last night, the promo features old and new footage showing off Skye with bangs, who looks like she will be kicking ass this season, an action ready May, and a stressed out Fitz and more. Click below for the promo. 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aubrey Plaza Would Die To Play 'Catwoman' in 'The Batman' Reboot


Total Film recently sat down with longtime Parks & Rec star Aubrey Plaza to talk about her roles in other nerd projects like Scott Pilgrim vs the World. They then switched their focus to talk about how her Parks & Rec Chris Pratt was entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in their newest film Guardians of the Galaxy. But then asked her if she would ever be in a superhero movie like maybe even as Catwoman opposite Ben Affleck in the upcoming reboot:
"I would fucking die to do something like that. There's something so sexy and badass about Catwoman. I just think it's the ultimate female. You get to be a woman, but you also [get to] destroy people and use all your female energy for evil. I just kind of love that."
Of course it will be hard for anyone to top Anne Hathaway's portrayal of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. She was one of the highlights of that film even though she received so much backlash when she was first cast in the role. It is still unknown if Seline Kyle/Catwoman will even appear in Ben Affleck's new Batman universe but if it's more accurate to the source material expect the luscious feline anti-heroine to appear at sometime.

Both Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' and DC's 'Shazam' Was Suppose To Be Announced At Comic-Con


Last month the biggest gathering of nerd-dom appeared in San Diego. Many of us were anxiously awaiting for both Marvel and DC to announce some of their untitled movies but were sorely disappointed when neither did. Two films everyone thought for sure was Marvel's Doctor Strange who already has a writer and director attached and rumored for the second 2016 release date. And DC's Shazam with Dwayne Johnson starring as either Shazam or Black Adam.


Now Dwayne Johnson revealed that he was invited to go to Comic-Con to promote his newest film Hercules but also to secretly announce DC's Shazam. But before he was gonna go on stage to announce Shazam Warner Brothers and DC told him "No" according to the Brazilian website Omelete:
“My trip to Comic-Con was a surprise, so I called personally to executives at New Line and Warner Bros. to see if they would like to announce Shazam there,” said the actor. “Unfortunately, it was not time yet, but the official announcement should happen soon.”

 Now recently we have heard that Walk the Line and Her actor Joaquin Phoenix is currently the front runner to play sorcerer supreme in Marvel's Doctor Strange. But according to Badass Digest the actor is extremely reluctant to sign the dotted line because of all the green screen, special effects and long term deal that comes with being in a Marvel film. They even go onto say he was suppose to come on stage at Comic-Con in an announcement much like Mark Ruffalo during The Avengers Panel in 2011:
"That weekend a Marvel Studios insider told me they had tried their hardest, that they had pushed as hard as they could, but they couldn't close the deal in time. [The] problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go beyond the basic fact that Phoenix is balking at the heavy multi-picture contract: Joaquin Phoenix literally doesn't know if he can work on this kind of movie. He's a great actor, and he can play the role. But the Marvel Studios blockbuster machine is full of pre-viz and fight-viz and green screen and massive reshoots. It's not a world that's as comfortable for him, and he's just not certain he can do it."
 It's only a matter of time before both these films are announced by their respective companies.

 Doctor Strange and Shazam are rumored to hit sometime in 2016

Friday, August 29, 2014

EDITORIAL: Which Warner Brothers Directors Should Helm a DC Cinematic Universe Film?


DC and Warner Brothers are currently hard at work developing their own cinematic universe opposite longtime rival Marvel. It all started with last years smash hit Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder which got the ball rolling after the hiccup that was 2011's Green Lantern.

Now it seems Warner Brothers wants to use in-house writers to help form this cinematic universe. First it started off with The Dark Knight trilogy screenwriter David Goyer and 300's Zack Snyder creating Man of Steel. They then brought on Ben Affleck to play Batman after directing and staring in both The Town and Argo which won best picture at the Academy Awards for Warner Brothers. From there it seemed WB was adamant on using writers who are closely connected to both Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder. They started by hiring Argo writer Chris Terrio thanks to his connection with pen Affleck to pen the sequel to Man of Steel title Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They loved his draft of the script so much (After David Goyer wrote the first draft) that they are seriously considering him to pen Justice League which will also be directed by Zack Snyder.

Then just a couple weeks ago DC announced that they had hired two separate writers to pen an Aquaman solo film. The writers would also be in house at WB and were Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall as well as 300: Rise of an Empire screenwriter Kurt Johnstad who is connected to Zack Snyder. A draft has also been confirmed by Dwayne Johnson on a Shazam solo movie but it is unknown who wrote it at this time.

But with all these writers being brought on to pen the ever growing DC Cinematic Universe what directors could take on these mighty heroes? Here is a few suggestions that are in-house at Warner Brothers but are also very talented directors in their own right...

Aquaman
 

With Aquaman being the first solo film confirmed to have writers attached I thought it should be the first addressed in this editorial. Currently both Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad are writing two separate scripts for the King of the Seven Seas solo movie which will star Jason Momoa. So for this I will assume they will go with Kurt Johnstad and have him re-team with his 300: Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro. Now while Noam Murro only has two feature film directing credits to his name he is an ideal chose at Warner Brothers. What he did with the navel battles in 300: Rise of an Empire was impressive coming off of a director like Zack Snyder in the original 300 film. He also now has experience with water battles as well as ancient Greek battles which would make him a perfect choose to bring Aquaman and Atlantis to life. But his ultimate challenge would be an entire film underwater and try to make it as realistic as possible without people forgetting their underwater and have the currents of the ocean floor just as real as another character on screen.

Shazam

Shazam is going to be one of the trickiest movies Warner Brothers and DC create because of its fantastical elemnts that are so associated with the film. Because in reality their is two leads in the film playing the same character of sorts. You have the young Billy Batson (Foster Child if he is based on the New 52) who is given the power of S.H.A.Z.A.M by an ancient wizard. As well as the hero of Shazam (Possibly played by Dwayne Johnson) who is still a child like Billy Batson in an adults body. A comic book "Freaky Friday" movie of sorts. The only director who could possibly take this fantasy type movie would be David Yates! He has already directed several Harry Potter films which starred a a young protagonist in Harry Potter. With his background of Hogwarts and Wizards he would be an ideal chose to bring the Legend of Shazam to life on the big screen for Warner Brothers and DC.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman seems to be a hero that just can't catch a break. She will finally be introduced on screen for the first time in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice played by Gal Gadot. But the powers that be just can't seem to wrap their brain around a female lead superhero movie and potential franchise. Now many believe that a female superhero movie can only be directed by a female director. And lets face it a female director are rare and far between in Hollywood. But I'm sure the first female director to pop into you're head is The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow. She is the first woman to win Best Director at the Academy Awards as well as having both her films be nominated for several awards. Now while should would be the ideal chose for such a break through film like Wonder Woman lets face it. She will never come near a comic book movie after her success with war-time films even though everyone on earth wants her to do Wonder Woman because it just feels right.

A great second chose would be Guy Richie who has directed such great films like Snatch as well as the upcoming re-telling of King Arthur for Warner Brothers. With a fantasy film like King Arthur under his belt he would bring that to a film that tells the origins of Themyscira and Princess Diana. Plus, with his famous opening credit sequence who doesn't love Guy Richie?

Green Lantern
 
Green Lantern had a bit of a hiccup back in 2011. Not that the origin story of Hal Jordon was wrong or that Ryan Reynolds was terrible in the role. It was simply that the script was all over the place because of "to many cooks in the kitchen". They tried to make Green Lantern a little to comic book-y with his cheesy one-liners and what not throughout the film. Not to say Green Lantern needs to be 100% serious but his one-liners is what drove fans away from the film. Not to mention the space cloud villain but lets not get into that.

So where does Warner Brothers go from here with the character? Last rumor we heard was that he will not be making an appearance in Dawn of Justice but will indeed have a role in Justice League presumably played by a new actor. When his eventual spin-off comes whether its a re-telling of his origin or simply another adventure for him to go on a great director for the project would be none other then Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. Cuaron has been a staple director at WB for a while also directing one of the Harry Potter films but it was last years Gravity that put him at the spotlight for space epic films. It wasn't just how realistic he made space feel in Gravity but how Space itself was another character in the film. That's exactly what a movie like Green Lantern needs. With a film practically all in space we need a director with a keen eye on how space actually works to helm a project like this. Plus it helps that Gravity won seven academy awards for Warner Brothers including best Visual Effects and Cuaron winning Best Director.

The Flash

The Flash is one of the few DC characters that simply is meant to be a comedy. A movie like The Flash will basically be the opposite of all the other Dc movies who have taken a dark and serious approach to all their films. Now recently their have been rumblings that Warner Brothers seem to have a "Zero Joke Tolerance" for the upcoming DC films but The Flash needs to be the exception. Beside the dark elements that Barry Allen lost his mother at a very young age he has always been the comic relief of the Justice League. Constantly memorized by all the heroes even though he is one of them he is simply a "fan-girl" when he actually gets to meet the other Leaguers.

Now there are also rumors that he is expected to make a cameo in Dawn of Justice with but it won't be by an actor. So if and when DC decides to make a solo Flash film (Opposite it's already established Flash TV Show starring Grant Gustin) what director or director's should helm this project. None other than the hottest duo directors in Hollywood Phil Lord & Chris Miller. They have four feature films under their belt all being massive hits from both the kid friendly comedy's Cloudy With a Chance of meatballs as well as The LEGO Movie. They also have the action comedy down with the hard R Jump Street films. Now as you saw in The Lego Movie they are nerds and brought the Justice League into their movie with batman already playing a prominent role. It's only a matter of time before they direct a live-action feature film. They quickly passed on Marvel's Ant-Man at one time so maybe it's time for Warner Brothers to repay the duo on their success with The Lego Movie and let them direct a DC Cinematic Universe film. And The Flash seems to be a perfect match for this young hot directing team.

The Batman

After Ben Affleck directed and starred in both The Town as well as Best picture winning film Argo he signed up to play Batman for the foreseeable future. Most suspect in his contract with Warner Brothers and WB he would get a solo Batman film as well. It only seems logical that he would also direct this new Batman film as well as star. Zack Snyder is hard at work establishing this new Batman in Dawn of Justice but it will be Affleck who will bring this Dark Knight back to the screens in an entire new way then what we saw in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight Trilogy.

Superman

Zack Snyder is the last director who will return after helming Man of Steel to do the first Justice League film in 2017/2018 but he may also want to return for another Superman adventure starring Henry Cavill. With DC films being slated through 2020 a solo Superman movie may actually happen after all.