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Superhero Team-up

23 Jul

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced at San Diego Comic-Con that there will be another Superman movie and the Man of Steel will be joined by Batman. It’s the first time ever the pair will team-up on the big screen. For those who aren’t familiar with the Batman and Superman comic book/cartoon dynamic – the characters have similar morals, but rarely see eye to eye. The combination should be interesting and I think their relationship will resemble Iron Man and Captain America’s in Marvel’s Avengers.

Both Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will reprise their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. The big question now is who will play Batman? Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer was originally cast as Batman in the 2007 failed Justice League project and he’s in the running again for the role. The fan favorite is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who did a pretty awesome job in The Dark Knight Rises.  Some Screen Rant suggests are Richard Armitage or Luke Evans.

I think Gordon-Levitt is the best choice considering his role in the last Batman movie and even though Christopher Nolan isn’t directing the new Superman movies, he’s producing them.

Who else do you think would make a good Batman?



The Black Panther

8 Jun

Oh yehhhh! According to rumors, Marvel has given the go ahead for production to start on a Black Panther movie. Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1966, Black Panther is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

Black Panther (T’Challa) hails from the African nation of Wakanda, where he rules the country and is chief of various tribes. Over the years, Black Panther has adventures with The X-Men, Fantastic Four and The Avengers.

It’s exciting that this movie might actually happen.  There’s been talk of a Black Panther movie since the late 1990s when Wesley Snipes was attached to the project.  A few names thrown around for the role including Chiwetel Ejiofor (Redbelt, Serenity), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker).  I think the best person for the role would be Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Boyega is far too young and Mackie doesn’t have presence.  Idrias Elba would be a great choice, but he already has a recurring role in the Thor movies.

More news to come…



Marvel Sequels

8 May

Disney CEO Bob Iger made it official, we can expect a sequel to The Avengers.  No timeline has been announced since the studio is going to be busy working on the third Iron Man movie and sequels – Captain America 2 (2014) and Thor 2 (2013).

Thor will have all the same principal characters as the previous movie including Loki, but he won’t be the main villian this time around.  Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor will direct.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

18 Jan

Check out the Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance trailer. Cage has got to make money somehow!

Creative Control and Comic Books

18 Jan

It’s confirmed!  In summer 2013, we can expect Thor 2.

For Thor 2, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston have all signed on.  Everyone is still waiting on Anthony Hopkins…but really what else has he got going on these days? One person not returning to the movie is director Kenneth Branagh.  Rumors suggest that there was a breakdown in contract negotiations and Branagh had arguments with the studio over creative control.

Apparently, Marvel is having similar problems with director, John Favreau.  John Favreau will not be returning to direct the 3rd installment of the Iron Man movies either.  Possibly due to Marvel’s tight budget, but also creative control.  In an interview with MTV, Favreau said the following about Marvel and Iron Man 3:

“In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers… This whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”

Generally, I think directors should have complete creative control over their movies.  When actors, studios and producers have input into a movie, audiences are forced to watch the disjointed and bland result. If the director has complete control and the movie is horrible, well you know who’s to blame.

On the other hand, the studio is trying to introduce other characters from the Marvel universe into its movies and have crossover storylines.  Sure, this is annoying for the directors because they want to focus on their movie and characters, but these characters were not created by the director and there are already existing story arcs.  As a comic book reader, if I went to see a Marvel movie and they just came up with a storyline out of thin air instead of using the comic books as a resource, I’d be pissed.

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