Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kevin Feige Teases The Return of Red Skull & The Real Mandarin

Many Marvel fans were quite upset over The Mandarin reveal in Iron Man 3. It turns out that Ben Kingsly's Mandarin character is nothing more then a parody of the character named Trevor Slattery. Then Marvel went ahead and created a short film starring Trevor Slattery in which they revealed that Trevor and Aldrich Killan stole the name of "The Mandarin" from the "real real" Mandarin. Well IGN caught up with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere where he talked about the big Iron Man 3 reveal and the subsequent short All Hail The King:
"There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed. That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 -- and I think Drew's spoken about this -- that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard."
He went onto tease The Ten Rings and the real real Mandarin still being out there:
"There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version."
 He then went onto to tease about The Red Skull's "fate" in Captain America: The First Avenger as being used in a way to even bring him back if they so chose:
 "Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime. I honestly don't know when or where that would be."
While many know that Hugo Weaving has gone on record saying he doesn't want to return to the role anytime soon many comic fans know that Red Skull has appeared in many ways in the present day comics!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

'Hugo Strange' Set To Appear On 'Gotham'; Season One Inspired By 'Arkham Asylum'

Today IGN caught up with showrunner Bruno Heller at the TCA's 14 to once again talk about the upcoming Batman-prequel TV series Gotham! The showrunner once again reiterates that The Joker will appear at some point but won't be referenced during every episode like previously reported. As well as going onto reveal Batman baddie Hugo Strange will indeed make an appearance during season one! And also that Season One took some inspiration from the hugely successful game franchise Arkham (Asylum, City, Origins, Knight)
"Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we're going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It's a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to -- you don't have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage -- but if you're telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, 'What the f***? Why don't you make that place a place people don't escape from?' We're going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that."

 He does reveal two changes coming to the Batman villains Poison Ivy and Two-Face. Apparently Harvey Dent will be much older then Bruce Wayne unlike Selina Kyle and Ivy Pepper who are all still children:
"We're playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He's more Gordon's age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story -- which would be great, but it''s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world."

 He then goes onto talk about the name change they gave Ivy. Her name in the comics is Pamela Isley but here she is simply a foster child named Ivy Pepper:
"It’s really about being able to tell the secret histories of these stories. If you just re-tell stories exactly as they’ve been told before, whilst you’re being true to the created mythology, you’re not really adding anything to it. So you have to find ways of finding more. And in this case, we’ve set up a situation in which Ivy Pepper, her mom is sick, her dad is dead… She’s going to go to the orphanage. And she’s a nice young girl; relatively undamaged. And she will find people to adopt her. And then we will start on the Poison Ivy story that people are familiar with."

With all the Batman pre-villains the showrunner does stress that season one really is "The Rise of The Penguin" more then any other villain. Hugo Strange or Harvey Dent have yet to be cast.

Gotham premieres on FOX this Fall

Director Joss Whedon Trashes Zak Penns Original 'Avengers' Screenplay

A new biography recounting the life of director and cult icon Joss Whedon is coming out August 1st titled simply Joss Whedon: The Biography by author Amy Pascale. In the biography it is revealed that Joss Whedon hated Disney and Marvel original Avengers screenplay they wanted him to direct. The original script was penned by longtime Marvel screenwriter Zak Penn who also penned such comic book movies such as Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand. Joss Whedon at the time told Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige he refuses to film a single word from Penn's script. "There was a script. There just wasn't a script I was going to film a word of." Whedon went onto to say "I don't think you have anything, You need to pretend this draft never happened.”

Of course Joss Whedon came on board to completely re-write the script from scratch but still giving Zak Penn story credit. The rewritten script was so great even the cast and crew ended up completely loving. As Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg went onto tell Pascale:
“[The script] was funny and still tongue-in-cheek and really got the tone, the Tony Stark tone of the Marvel universe, and still furthered and explored each one of those characters and those relationships. I found out later from other people involved that had the same reaction—like,  oh, wow. Oh, wow. Everybody gets to play. Everybody gets to play, and it’s going to be better than anything we reasonably hoped for.”
 The movie has since become a global phenomenon becoming the third highest ranking film of all time and the rest is history.

:: SOURCE :: - Yahoo! Financial

The Avengers re-hit theaters May 2015

Saturday, July 19, 2014

James Gunn Wants To Return For The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel

Last night was the critics screening of Marvel's next space epic Guardians of the Galaxy and it seems to be creating some great buzz. Not that it's another Marvel win but that its "so James Gunn" in the way the film comes on screen. Now the logical question is will director James Gunn return for the sequel? While speaking on The Adam Corolla Show he reveals that he has other film gigs offered already. But if Guardians of the Galaxy does well he will indeed return for the sequel:
“I’m actually in a somewhat weird position. Because if the movie does well, then I’m gonna make the sequel. And if it does okay then, well, I’ve already been offered other movies but I can only do those other movies if I don’t do the sequel, so it’s a weird situation.”
Now according to some leaked info from the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron it seems the final fight sequence sets up a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. And with Marvel Studios announcing 5 more untitled movies through 2019 a sequel only seems....logical.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits August 1st

Friday, July 18, 2014

Marvel Announces 5 Untitled Movie Release Dates Slated Through 2019

Well, isn't this just a pre-San Diego Comic Con treat. Today, Marvel has announced a slew of release dates for untitled movies all the way through 2019!
Look forward to new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019
This is already on top of Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016 and most likely Doctor Strange on July 6th, 2016. With May 5th, 2017 still also being untitled on top of these new 5. Now while we don't know the titles for these movies many films have been rumored to be made at Marvel including Thor 3 which is currently in outline format. As well as Black Panther, The Inhumans and even a Runaways script that has been shelved. Others could include a Black Widow, Loki or Hulk spin -off solo flicks or even a Ms. Marvel movie since she's been rumored to be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also if Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man do good expect a sequel to those films. With Guardians of the Galaxy rumored to be teaming up with The Hulk as a possibility.  Of course one of the films slated will be The Avengers 3.

Really the potential at Marvel Studios is limitless......Maybe just maybe Marvel will announce the titles to a few of these movies at Comic-Con next week? One can only hope.

Your move DC....

Geoff Johns Confirms 'Arrow' Universe and 'Batman v Superman' Universe Are Separate

TV Guide has been updating all day from the yearly Television Critics Association panel. Today it has been officially announced by DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns that the Arrow/Flash universe on The CW will indeed stays separate from the Zack Snyder Batman v Superman universe in the movies. The reason being pretty obvious; that they don't want the TV writers to be a slave to the movie universe:
"You'll see a lot of DC universe characters [on The Flash and Arrow]. You won't see Batman or Superman. We're on production on Batman V Superman now. So you'll see characters like The Atom or Firestorm, but no not Batman or Superman right now [on TV]. It's a separate universe than film so that the filmmakers can tell the story that's best for film. While we explore something different in a different corner of the DC universe. We will not be integrating the film and television universes."
I think we all pretty much figured this. So expect a different Flash and Green Arrow if they ever end up in the Justice League made by director Zack Snyder.

Now I will point out just because Arrow won't be connected to Batman v Superman does not mean Stephen Amell and by extension Grant Gustin (The Flash) can't be in the Justice League. Now hear me out.....What is one of the most famous comic events DC has put out? Crisis on Infinite Earths. Basically their is multiple earths, with multiple characters just on different paths in the comic worlds. So hypothetically speaking if Zack Snyder wanted Amell and Gustin to play Arrow and The Flash in Justice League he could. They would simply be playing another version of Arrow and Flash in a separate universe! While still playing another version on TV. But that's just a fans dream on something will will probably never happen...

Batman v Superman hits May 2016

'Arrow' & 'The Flash' 2-Hour TV Event Coming to The CW

Today, TV Guide revealed that Arrow and The Flash scribe Andrew Kreisberg has revealed that both Episode 8 on Arrow and The Flash will be a 2-Hour crossover event. With The Flash on Tuesday night and Arrow the next night on Wednesday:
“Episodes 8 of both shows, Arrow and Flash, are going to be a two-hour crossover event. [Also], in Episode 4, Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is going to come to The Flash.”
The Flash and Arrow Return to The CW this Fall

Kevin Feige Once Again States 'Captain America 3' Will Not Move For 'Batman v Superman'

If you think 2015 is going to be huge with Fantastic Four, Terminator: Genesis, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars coming out all in the same year just wait until 2016. With Warcraft and X-Men: Apocalypse coming out nothing will be as big as May 6th., 2016. Still as of today a battle of the ages will commence between Marvel's Captain America 3 as well as DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Many bloggers and film reporters swear up and down that one company either Marvel Studios or Warner Brothers will blink and move their mega movie off that date to save from the massive losses each movie will make when battling each other at the box office. Now granted Marvel Studios had picked that date over a year ago and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige once again assures fans Marvel will not blink:
I don’t think it is quite far to say DC is finally getting their act together. The Dark Knight movies were rather successful and genre-defining, they altered the genre in big ways. So I think there has always been competition that way. I mean Iron Man was the number one movie of 2008 until The Dark Knight came along, and I loved it, frankly. I love that the number 1 and the number 2 movies of that year, and it has happened a number of times since then, being comic-book movies, even if it wasn’t one we made. Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer is this gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies? And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out’. And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it!

So I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends. If it is on the same weekend I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we’ve always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we’re working on for Cap 3 and for all the “threes” movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours doesn’t mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we’re not going to.

 As a film fan we could not be happier. A literal Marvel vs DC battle of the ages! In the immortal words Dr. Ishiro Serizawa in 2014's Godzilla....

Let them fight....

Batman v Superman & Captain America 3 hit May 6th, 2016

Wentworth Miller Cast in CW’s THE FLASH as Leonard Snart, AKA Captain Cold

Wentworth Miller, our favorite prison break-out star is back and heading to The CW this fall. 

During the TCA summer press tour, THE FLASH Executive Producer Greg Berlanti announced that Miller will be playing one of The Flash’s biggest enemies, and leader of The Rogues, Captain Cold. 

According to Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, “We’ll be seeing [Snart’s] origin and the origin of the Rogues.” Miller will appear in the fourth episode of the series debuting on October 7th, 2014.

Joining an already impressive cast including Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, Robbie Amell and John Wesley Shipp, Miller is a fantastic addition to Central City. 

SDCC 14: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D & Agent Carter Mash-Up Banner with Leaked Character Descriptions

Today TV Guide debuted an exclusive banner that will be sold at San Diego Comic-Con. It features a mash up of ABC's two Marvel shows Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D which returns this Fall and Agent Carter which will debut in 2015:

As you notice you see Agent S.H.I.E.L.D Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) with his team but no team of secondary characters behind Agent Carter. Well, Film Divider has what seems to be a leaked character list of descriptions for Agent Carter secondary characters:
Deputy Director Roger Hooley: A hardworking, principled older man and Peggy’s boss. As you might expect, he’s bothered by ongoing problems in his personal life as well as the challenges of his day job.

Agent Jack Thompson: 30-something. Handsome and damn well knows it. The polar opposite of Dooley, he doesn’t take kindly to women in the workplace, nor how little recognition he gets. Worse, he wants Dooley’s job and is desperate to prove himself.

Edward Hutchins: A highly professional agent with an unusual problem; duplicity. He’s lying to his wife about what he does to stop her worrying. True Lies, SHIELD style.

Daniel Sousa: Everything Jack Thompson wants to be. He’s a war hero who walks using a leg brace, but finds dealing with office politics to be harder than working around his injury. Sousa is also a fiercely honourable, gentle man and we’re betting he becomes one of Peggy’s major allies.

Angie Martinelli: Automat waitress, Angie dreams of being a singer. She’s a tough, compassionate young woman who is smart and loyal and seems set to be Peggy’s anchor to the world away from SHIELD.
 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns this Fall on ABC; Agent Carter debuts in 2015