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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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I’m Anti-Superman, and Even I Want to See Man Of Steel

Well, I’m not completely Anti-Superman.

When it comes to comic book films, I typically want to give the film a chance even if it looks like it might be completely horrible. But, right from the beginning, I knew Man Of Steel was going to be extremely epic. That’s saying a lot, because I don’t like Superman. I mean, I mostly don’t like the character himself.

Generally, the incarnations of Superman on film I’m all for. The first three films with Christopher Reeve, Smallville, and the newer animated features and series are some really entertaining and definitely worth viewing. I even slightly enjoyed Superman Returns, even though he was kinda stalkerish and somehow, by the sheer force of will, I’m guessing, moved an island of Kryptonite. I call BS on that one, but whatever. I also enjoy Superman in print (Red Son was fantastic!), but I just enjoy seeing him come to life on screen more.

I’m a Batman fan, however. Always have been, always will be. I enjoy his human side, the fact that he’s not essentially a god. I also like the fact that almost anything can kill him, but he still keeps being a badass.

Superman has a limited number of vulnerabilities. Kryptonite…that’s it. Once you have Kryptonite, anything can kill him. But if you don’t have it, forget it. You can be stronger than him, but that probably isn’t going to work.

Characters like Superman have always been on the bottom of my favorites list.

However, after watching the trailer for Man Of Steel, I think I may grow to like Superman a little bit more.

[Image source: Warner Bros.]

I knew from the beginning, this film was going to be pretty solid. Zack Snyder is directing, Christopher Nolan is producing, and Henry Cavill is in the lead role. Damn fine start. (If you haven’t watched Immortalsby now, you should check it out.)

Then, the cast started growing and so did my excitement. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. You could not have a better cast than this. I’m probably gonna catch hate for saying this, but the Man of Steel cast rivals the casting for Nolan’s Batman series. It’s a close call. And then to top it off, they get Hans Zimmer to score the film. Done. This film is solid freakin’ gold!

The newest trailer for the film has me more excited than ever, and it’s primarily because it looks like Snyder and Nolan are attempting to show more of Superman’s human side and not just the god-like superhero side that we’re all accustomed to.

I think this might be the most excited I’ve been for a Superman film, maybe even a comic book film in a while…at least since The Dark Knight, anyway.

Here’s the trailer:

Pretty phenomenal, right? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Man Of Steel opens June 14, 2013

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Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH

Russell Crowe as Noah… need I say more?

Aronofsky on set. (source: collider.com)

I’m not sure what Darren Aronofsky is going for with Noah (his next film). He’s either trying to encourage people to read the Bible, piss off a lot of religious types, or just say “Eff it! Let’s make a biblical flick!”

My money is on the last two because from what I’ve read, he’s not exactly going “by the book” on this one.

He’s straying away from the “two by two” idea that we’ve typically gotten from Bible stories and going more with a darker telling of the classic tale, so you probably won’t see a lot of animals in this flick. He’s still apparently going to hear the voice of God telling him to build the Ark because some heavy rain is coming to cleanse the Earth.  The movie is panning out as more of an epic, end-of-the-world survivor’s tale rather than a save all the animals, PETA-loving family flick.

And there’s a bad guy in it, too. Ray Winstone (great choice!) will play the villain, Tubal-Cain. I don’t remember there being a bad guy in this story, but I always thought it needed one. With Winstone playing the part, I don’t see a Snidely Whiplash-type of villain either; expect something much more menacing.

There’s also going to be 11-foot tall fallen angels with no wings and six arms called Watchers in this film. This makes it even more intriguing. I can’t wait to see how those look on screen. Plus, Aronofsky is even having a life-sized Ark built for the film! Yep, that’s right! No CG Ark for this film. It’s all about the realism.

Lerman as Ham on set. (source: collider.com)

The film also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah (another great choice!), Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s wife Naameh, and Logan Lerman as one of Noah’s sons, Ham.

I’m not one for biblical films, but this one has caught my interest. It’s helmed by one of my favorite directors (although, I will admit that I didn’t think Black Swan was all that great), it stars one of my favorite actors (Crowe), and it’s gonna have those giant freakish angels.

Sounds like a winner to me.

The downside is that it we’re gonna have to wait until 2014 to see it.  But, I think it’ll be worth it. If it’s good enough for Aronofsky to drop out of The Wolverine for, it’s good enough to wait a year and a half to experience

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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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