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Updates from the Realm of Comic Book Films

This week I thought I’d drop some updates on ya. Fo’ shizzle!

Sorry. Didn’t mean to get “gangsta” on you.

Anyway, let’s kick this pig. Metaphorically speaking.

Man of Steel

There was a new trailer released this week, and it is, for lack of a better word, beautiful. It showcases everything that is going to make this film a possible cinematic masterpiece. An iconic new version of Superman (played by Henry Cavill), epic narration from Jor-El (Russell Crowe), gorgeous and grandiose battles on Krypton and Earth, and who I’m sure will be one of the most badass villains since Heath Ledger’s Joker, General Zod (played by Michael Shannon). And let’s not forget the score by Hans Zimmer. Magic.

If you haven’t seen the newest trailer, take a gander:

Like I said…beautiful. I may cry when I watch this film.

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Pictures from the set of TAS2 were released this week, showcasing Jamie Foxx in costume as Electro. Luckily for us, they aren’t going with the classic green and yellow lightning bolt costume. What worries me is that the design they’re going with somewhat resembles Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze. That, or a thuggish version of Dr. Manhattan. However, Jamie Foxx can act circles around Arnold, so I’m not all that fearful. I can’t wait to see what Paul Giamatti’s Rhino looks like.

Have a look at Electro’s new look:

Jamie Foxx's Electro

Jamie Foxx’s Electro

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Adding to the cast of Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Michael Rooker has been cast as Yondu, one of the four founding members of the Guardians. Strangely enough, Rooker has been trying to get a part in this movie for a while now, but as Groot. I’m just glad he got a role, even though I think Rocket Raccoon would have been an interesting role for him. Michael Rooker is one of those actors that you have to take a chance on with every role. They might be completely awful or completely awesome, but you’re gonna watch either way and still find some form of enjoyment out of it. There’s also news that Zoe Saldana is in talks to play Gamora.

 

 

Doctor Strange

Marvel has given the green-light to a new live-action Doctor Strange film. The film will be part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with Ant-Man. No word yet on who might direct or star, but I’ve always been a fan of Guillermo del Toro directing with Jim Caviezel starring. I’m slightly excited for this, but I’m hoping for another Incredible Hulk film in Phase Three with the possibility of a live-action World War Hulk movie to follow.

Here’s a clip from the 1978 TV-movie version of Doctor Strange. The new film probably won’t be anything like this.

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Is Marvel Trying to “Shock” Their Fans?

I made a pun. Did you get it? If not, you will. Read on.

It was recently announced that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will be playing the role of the villain Electro (get the pun now?) in the as-yet-untitled sequel to The Amazing Spiderman . To some folks, like myself, this is great news. I think Jamie Foxx is an incredible actor, and I would like to see him play more villainous roles. But, just like with the first (and I’m sure the second) Thor film, there are sure to be people in an uproar over this casting decision.

If you remember back a couple years, there were some so-called fans that were enraged by Idris Elba being cast as Heimdall in Thor. Some were upset because they felt that Marvel wasn’t staying true to the source material. Others were upset because it was a black man playing the role of a character that, in their opinion, should be played by a white man. Because heaven forbid that happen! [sarcasm]

It’s one thing to piss off a regular ol’ run-of-the-mill fanboy, but to piss off a racist fanboy… Oh no noes!

Pffffft! Who cares?

It shouldn’t matter the color of the actor’s skin and matter only the quality of the actor’s performance. (You can quote me!) And Idris Elba is a superb actor. Have you seen him in Thor, The Losers, Luther, or really anything he’s been in? He even made the Ghost Rider sequel seem like a quality film.

Now, that’s talent.

Jamie Foxx is no exception. I can’t think of role that he was awful in, and he’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to Django Unchained. I can’t wait to see what he’s does with a Tarantino-created role, and now I have his portrayal of Electro to look forward to. Not because he’s a black man playing a character who is white in the comics and that’s gonna “shake things up,” but because he’s a great actor, and he’ll do great things.

Just like in every other aspect of life, race shouldn’t play any part in the casting of this film. If the casting director is worried more about making sure the actor’s skin match the character’s than his ability to act, there’s a problem.

There are certain situations where worrying about an actor’s race makes sense, like if the film is a historical piece that deals with slavery or a biopic about an Asian dictator or something of that nature. But, this is comic book film with some room to experiment with the source material. As long as the story is well-written, the acting is top notch, and the effects and stunts look wicked, why get all butt-hurt if one of the character’s race (or gender, for that matter) gets changed?

Grow up!

Some people might say that fanboys will be fanboys, and there’s no pleasing them. But, like I said, these aren’t the typical fanboys. If you’re gonna be a racist douchebag, you have no right to call yourself a fan, a geek, a nerd, a fanboy/fangirl, or a human. You’re an idiot!

Let actors play their roles and  enjoy the performance if their acting was good, or dislike it if their acting was bad. That’s it. Don’t judge based on race; judge based on ability.

Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and fall off the face of the Earth. Stop ruining movies (and life) for everyone else.

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Tarantino Returns!

I have a small list of certain directors that, when there’s news of them releasing a new film, I get a bit excited. And by “a bit,” I mean I get giddy like a little schoolgirl. Christopher Nolan, Zach Snyder, Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon…but none get my film-nerd fires burnin’ quite like Mr. Quentin Tarantino. [Seriously, you should have seen how much I geeked out for, as well as during the first viewing of, Inglourious Basterds.]

The man is an auteur of the best kind because he himself is a film-nerd. And you can tell how much of a nerd he is and how much he loves the art with all of his films. Each one is perfectly crafted with such enthusiasm, creativity, and passion that with each scene you feel as though you’re watching the film inside his head, seeing it as it was meant to be seen, as he truly wanted you to see it. But inside his head is one of those places you could say is a “nice place to visit but you don’t wanna live there.” It’s a bit too violent to call home, so let’s just be glad he lets us peek in the windows on occasion.

Finally! A Tarantino western! [image property of Columbia Pictures]

About a month or so ago, the trailer for Django Unchained was released and all the tingles started up again. I had heard news of Tarantino working on a new film but I wasn’t quite sure of what it was about. Just the name and three cast members: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Those names were enough to hold my attention until more news was leaked. Then a few images came out and finally, the trailer. I sat patiently as I watched it, waiting and withholding my squeals until it was over. And when it ended, I set them free. I became so stoked for this film, even more so than before, that  it was very difficult to keep my head from exploding. I think the only thing that kept me grounded was the little part at the end that said it didn’t come out until Christmas. Which is a bit of letdown, but I guess it’ll help me learn some willpower or something.

RZA as “The Blacksmith” [image property of Columbia Pictures]

So after that, I thought the fanboy would be kept at bay but then this happened. Yup, that’s right, The Man with the Iron Fists. Not a film written or directed by Tarantino or anything, but a “Quentin Taratino Presents” film, and I’m still geeking out. I mean, I’d be geeking just for the fact that the whole film is an homage to the old Shaw Brothers martial arts films and that it stars RZA (I’m a fan of the Wu), Russell Crowe (Best Robin Hood yet), Batista (Dude’s a beast), and Lucy Liu (She was a bitch in Kill Bill, but she kicked ass). Oh, and let’s not forget that it’s written by RZA and Eli Roth, directed by RZA, and RZA is in control of the soundtrack. But slap “Quentin Tarantino Presents” on that and I’ve gotta change my shorts. The only thing that could make this film more perfect than it already is would be the addition of Billy Zane to the cast. [Note: I think Billy Zane is an AMAZING actor and would cast him in damn near anything.]  Sadly, I’ll have to wait for this one as well. It doesn’t release until November.

Billy freakin’ Zane.

Now there’s two films I have to eagerly wait until the end of the year for, and now there’s rumors of his next project being Kill Bill Vol. 3!

Sweet baby Jesus! I might not make it. My head just might explode. Or maybe Man with the Iron Fists and Django will hold me over enough until the third installment of Kill Bill (or whatever his next film is).

Just for fun, here’s my favorite Tarantino films (the one’s he’s written/directed), in order:

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Kill Bill, Vol. 2
4. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
5. Reservoird Dogs
6. Jackie Brown
7. True Romance
8. Death Proof

Which film(s) do you like best?

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