Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charlie Hunnam & Elizabeth Olsen Board Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur'; Idris Elba Joins as a Merlin-esque Mentor

Today, several casting announcements were made (via Variety) for director Guy Richies (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) upcoming fantasy epic King Arthur. This is expected to be a reboot of the popular folk story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table. The last King Arthur film staring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley we saw wasn't well received by fans and critics since it was going for a more "reality" based re-telling of the classic story (Same thing for Russel Crow's Robin Hood).

Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam has been cast in the lead as the great King Arthur. Idris Elba has been cast as a Merlin-esque type character who will train, teach tand mentor the young king. Lastly, Godzilla and The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Elizebath Olsen is the front runner to play the female lead in this upcoming reboot. It's unknown if the female lead will be longtime King Arthur love interest Queen Guinevere or a new character made for the re-telling of the story.

Guy Ritchie's King Arthur hits July 22nd, 2016

Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Star in 'Doctor Strange'

Several months ago it was reported that Tom Hardy and long-time fan favorite Benedict Cumbebratch were at the top of Marvel's list to star in their upcoming supernatural superhero film Doctor Strange. But it was also noted that both actors may be to busy with other projects to be cast as sorcerer supreme. Well, then just last month before Comic-Con it was reported that marvel was speaking with Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix about staring in the role.

Well, now Collider has revealed that Marvel has indeed met with the actor and are in final talks to sign him. The reason it's taking so long is because the actor would still like to be able to do other films even though he will be Doctor Strange in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that Marvel should be making an announcement any day now...

Doctor Strange is rumored to hit Summer 2016

'Captain America' To Start Another Avengers Team After 'Age of Ultron' ?!

Today, the guys over at Badass Digest received a scoop on Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's a scoop revolving the end of the film and what happens to Captain America. This might be considered a spoilers so for those who would not like to be spoiled.

:: Possible Spoilers Ahead :: 

The site goes onto claim that this scene may not have been shot yet and may still be cut from the film but that in the draft of the script Captain America (Chris Evans) will depart from the current Avengers to create his own Avengers team:
This isn't a big part of the movie. This new version of The Avengers isn't involved in an action sequence or anything. So changing the characters can be done up until the last minute without hurting the story itself. What this bit accomplishes is basically pointing the way to Phase Three, saying "These characters will be important."
Once again they claim that in drafts of the script Carol Danvers will make a cameo appearance at the end of the film leaving with Captain America. They will indeed call her Ms. Marvel instead of her new name in the comics Captain Marvel (DC is staying away from that name as well simply calling their Captain Marvel "Shazam")
"There's enough time passed between the end of the action in Age of Ultron and that final scene for Carol Danvers to get powers, a costume and have a career as a hero, but the powers-that-be aren't sure how this will play on film. Will dropping her in just be baffling to audiences?"
They go onto to reveal that the team will indeed follow Ultron to the African city of Wakanda (Which we speculated HERE last year) but unfortunately Black Panther (Rumored to be played by Chadwick Boseman) will not making an appearance.

But what possible team could Ms. Marvel and Captain America be creating? If you look at the current line-up of Avengers like Hawkeye and some new ones including Vision, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. It looks like a West Coast Avengers team could be in the works (Speculated several days ago by Celluloid and Cigarette Burns). This isn't really a new idea given only so many characters can be on one team at a time. Several months ago Unleash the Fanboy released an exclsuive that stated Marvel was looking to create a new Avengers team after the events of Age of Ultron.

 We had also heard this from an unknown source and did not run the story given it wasn't credible but with this new development we thought we share what we had heard. Again, this is not a scoop but just added information to the already established information. Well over 6 months ago we had gotten word from a source who has a friend in the UK that Marvel Studios was in the UK talking about costume designs for a New Avengers team. When we asked if they simply meant the "New" Avengers movie (i.e Age of Ultron) the source insisted that it was a new team of Avengers that Marvel was looking to create. Now could this be the West Coast Avengers? or the New Avengers is anyone's guess. A team called "New Avengers" would make the original Avengers redundant to the general audience so Marvel may be going with the name West Coast Avengers but both teams may be one-in-the-same.

It should also be noted that recently  Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) had joined the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as the female hero Mockingbird. If some of you who don't know Mockingbird along with Vision,Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver is a West Coast Avenger as well as longtime Hawkeye love interest. The fact Marvel went out of their way to cast a movie star in only a TV guest appearance seems very suspicious. There maybe more here then what Marvel is leading on....

Lastly, if Captain America was to leave The Avengers who will lead the original Avengers....most likely none other than Iron Man himself Tony Stark. If this is indeed the case and Captain America has his own team with Iron Man in his own team what are the chances after The Infinity Gauntlet we get a full fledged Marvel: Civil War.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits May 2015

RUMOR: Scoot McNairy Playing A Paraplegic Jimmy Olsen in 'Batman v Superman'?!

Last week set photos were revealed showcasing actor Scoot McNairy with what seems to be green screen'd legs used for CGI in post production on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many jumped to the conclusions that he was the long rumored Justice Leaguer The Flash and that his legs were going to be CG'd to show his fast running ability. This was odd considering both Quicksilvers in Days of Future Past and The Avengers: Age of Ultron never used something like this on their actors lightning showcasing fast running. Then Scoot McNairy revealed that he hopes to be apart of the DC Cinematic Universe for a very long time.

Now an unknown website by the name of The Devil Eyes has reportedly gotten the scoop from an extra on set that Scoot McNariy is actually playing a crippled Jimmy Olsen:
"Scoot is playing Jimmy Olsen, but with a bit of a twist. Jimmy was injured during the battle of Zod vs Superman. His legs where pinned under falling building rubble and that caused him to lose the legs. He now walks with the use of two prosthetic legs. [But] He doesn't blame Superman for it [his loss of legs]. He feels grateful that Superman saved the world."
Now given that this site has never posted scoops before chalk this up as a rumor. But it seems like a very plausible rumor. Also, some of you may remember that Jenny Olsen (Unknown if she is related to Jimmy) was already an intern of The Daily Planet in Man of Steel.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits March 2016

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Look At Doctor Doom From The FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has (so-far) been received rather poorly from fans, people have been complaining about the film for many reasons, including the decision to make Johnny Storm African-American. Although we have seen barely anything from the new film, some new leaked images of Toby Kebbell's Doctor Doom have leaked... And they're freaking scary. These images come rather quickly after the "alleged" account of Josh Trank on Twitter.

Now, the first thing I noticed when looking over these images is how scary Doom actually looks. In the second image, if you look carefully, you can clearly see an orange stunt double, which is most likely, a stand-in for Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. Special thanks to Geek-Pride and CBM.

Jeremy Renner Reveals His Character's Fate In AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

I think it goes without saying that a lot of comic book fans were expecting Clint Barton aka Hawkeye to bite the dust in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss Whedon is notorious for killing off major characters and people were wondering who was going to be killed off. Well it's certainly not Hawkeye because actor Jeremy Renner revealed on Larry King Now (via :

"No man, I don’t die. They are going to keep me around for a while"

Of course Renner could be lying and trying to put us off but I'll take his word here. What do you guys think? Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be released in theatres on May 1st, 2015.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Will 'Hawkeye' Appear in 'Captain America 3' ?!

Several months ago Captain America: The Winter Soldier writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley revealed to CinemaBlend where Hawkeye the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D was during the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. They reveal that he was originally in the script but they decided that they already had to many characters with the introduction of Falcon as well as a larger Black Widow story. Hawkeye himself Jeremy Renner has since revealed that in The Avengers: Age of Ultron it will be revealed where he was the entire time during The Winter Soldier.

Well, now Jeremy Renner has spoken with Collider and hinted that Hawkeye (Who will play a bigger role in Age of Ultron) might also possibly appear in Captain America 3!
"There are rumblings of Captain America 3. I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I’ve got to find the time, man (laughs). I’m trying to stay home and I can’t."
Superhero! Hype then went directly to the returning directors of Captain America 3 Anthony & Joe Russo who then give an extremely vague answer about Hawkeye appearing in Captain America's next installment:
"There are certainly characters that Cap is close to or has a strong relationship with that would make sense appearing in his films. I think that’s all we can say about it."
Captain America 3 hits May 2016

STAR WARS REBELS Short Film: Imperial Entanglement

Following the short clip released on Friday that showed alien 

The Russo Brothers Discuss CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Henry Jackman To Score The Threequel

After the overwhelming success of Captain America: The Winter soldier. it was no surprise that Marvel brought back the duo for the 3rd installment. With writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely already hard at work, the Russo brothers recently sat down with for an exclusive interview. They discussed all things Marvel Studios and what we should expect from Captain America 3. On whether everyone who worked on the film was returning or not:

From a crew standpoint, it's almost everybody. Henry Jackman's back, our whole technical crew for the most part is back. We're Italian; we love a big happy family. We love consistency and a lot of people did a great job on the last movie.From a character standpoint, it falls into the category of what you can and can't say working for Marvel. Certainly Captain America will be back. The expectation would be that Bucky will be back and there's certain characters in the Marvel Universe that Cap has a strong connection to but we've also got some tricks up our sleeve for this one and we're hard at work. That's a very crowded summer and there's high expectations so we're all hard at work trying to exceed those expectations and really carve out a big, splashy idea for Cap 3.

With Bucky obviously returning in the 3rd installment of the film, The Russo's were asked which villains might pop up in the next film:

It's hard to talk about that stuff because certainly our best answers to that question are stuff that are likely going to show up and we can't talk about.It's a hard question to answer because the answers are off the table right now unfortunately. But we do...Marvel has an incredible depth of characters and yeah, we think about a lot of them.

On their relationship with head honcho Kevin Feige and the Marvel 'formula':

I think it's proof that Marvel's formula works. I mean, everybody works a little differently here but Marvel, when they hire their filmmakers, you have a pretty wide berth. They're giving you a lot of creative freedom and it's no different from any other studio where of course when somebody writes a check for $200 million, they're going to expect to have a say at some point but it's been the most hands-off experience we've ever had, no question. And we were given the most creative freedom we've ever had, inclusive of our TV experience, where we've built ourselves up into a nice position of power in television. I think that's the Marvel way, and if you can communicate your vision to them very clearly and they trust your ability to execute that vision, you're in great shape over here. It's a very healthy process and we've told Kevin [Feige] that he's going to have to drag the two of us out of here kicking and screaming before we leave Marvel because we've had such a great experience here and we love everybody who works here.
Not only is Kevin a visionary in terms of understanding an arc for the universe and having an incredible Midas touch when it comes to understanding the commercial appeal of films but he's done an amazing job at hiring incredible people at this company. It is just filled top to bottom with the nicest, smartest, most talented people. Everybody's a value-add, everybody's there to help you. And it's made the process here incredibly unique and we feel ridiculously spoiled.
What do you guys think? Captain America 3 is scheduled to hit theatres May 6th, 2016. Captain America: The Winter soldier will be available on blu ray and DVD on on September 9th, 2014.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

'Game of Thrones' Director Neil Marshall Wants To Helm a 'Black Widow' Solo Movie

Neil Marshall is one of the few television directors to dip his feet in some of the biggest shows on TV. He is most commonly known for directing episodes of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones as well as Starz Black Sails. Most recently he directed the pilot for the comic book show Constantine for NBC. Well, while speaking with Vanity Fair the director reveals he would love to do a comic book movie just not one based on a superhero with super powers:
"I think I’d like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero. I’m more interested in characters like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy. I’m less interested in people with superpowers because I can’t identify with them. Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they’re going to be back . . . somehow."
They go onto ask him about this long rumored solo Black Widow movie that does have a script in development at Marvel:
"Yes, I’d love to do a big splashy movie with a great female lead, but it has to be someone I can believe in. I would love to do a Black Widow movie. That’s perfect, I would love to do that. That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah."
 Now many fans will agree a Black Widow movie is fairly low on the totem pole when it comes to Marvel movies. With the likes of Black Panther and Ms. Marvel the top of fans wish list it's unlikely a Black Widow (possibly teaming up with Hawkeye) would do very well. But no one ever said a Netflix show is impossible right?!