Even as we enter what seems to be the golden age of the superhero movie, there are still more bad comic book movies than good ones when looking over a list of what’s been released in the past 30 years or so. Why? Well, some may blame a poor choice of actor and others may point to a badly written script, but a lot of issues ultimately come down to the choice of director.
Regardless of whether it’s an obvious lack of understanding when it comes to how the source material should be handled during the transition to live-action or a complete inability to handle action sequences as the larger than life superheroes come to blows with their foes, more than one director has ultimately ruined what could and should have otherwise been a great movie.
We’ve narrowed that list down to ten of the worst superhero movie directors. »
- Josh Wilding
Okay, .Super Mega Star. might be a bit much but most people know who Johnny Depp is. I.d be surprised if I met someone who didn.t. I even know people who are horrible with names who remember Mr. Depp. I just don.t usually ask them what movie they remember him from. Something something Tim Burton. That said, Johnny Depp will be boarding Kevin Smith.s Tusk. The story centers on .a journalist (Justin Long) who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer »
- Niki Stephens
Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.
- Jeff Labrecque
News Simon Brew 10 Apr 2014 - 06:31
Director James Bobin is already hard at work preparing for the upcoming shoot of the sequel to Tim Burton's live action Alice In Wonderland movie. Entitled Through The Looking Glass, the new film will see Johnny Depp reprise the role of the Mad Hatter, with Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter also returning.
And we've now got a bit of new casting news for the film. Mark Rylance, an actor with no shortage of strong stage credits, is to play the father to Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter in the new movie. No further details have been forthcoming on the role apart from that, though.
More casting announcements are expected soon, although the film itself isn't due in cinemas until May 27th 2016.
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are all already confirmed to return for Disney's sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Now the rest of the Through The Looking Glass cast is filling out, with word coming in that Mark Rylance will make an appearance. James Bobin (The Muppets) is the director this time, and Variety seem confident that Rylance will be playing the father of Depp's Mad Hatter. Rylance is, for the record, three years older than Depp, which is some sort of testament to Depp's skincare regime, we guess.Since no such character appears in Lewis Carroll's book, we can safely assume (if we weren't already) that Bobin's film will play as fast and loose with source as Burton's. The first film was a peculiar mash-up of elements from both Alice books and original sequel elements. Where Through The Looking Glass will take us is currently anyone's guess. »
While Batman is returning to the big screen in 2016′s Man of Steel followup alongside Wonder Woman – who’s finally making her cinematic debut – no one can forget the powerful female character we’ve already met in the DC Comics movies. Selina Kyle, the iconic femme fatale played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and re-introduced 20 years later in the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy played by Anne Hathaway, is one of the most interesting and iconic comic book characters of all-time.
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- Rob Keyes
Mark Rylance has joined the cast of Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass . Variety reports that the actor, best known for his stage work, will play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter in director James Bobin's followup to Tim Burton's 2010 box office hit. The original film, itself a sequel of sorts to Carroll's 19th century texts, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," starred Mia Wasikowska alongside Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Barbara Windsor and grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Linda Woolverton, who scripted the »
The “horror musical” concept is a bit of an oddity in cinema history. Surely, everyone is aware of the most popular grandaddy of them all, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Brian DePalma’s underrated classic (that came one year prior in 1974), The Phantom Of The Paradise, which has found a new appreciation in later years. Most of these films are deeply-rooted in cult cinema, as not everyone is as receptive to the genre-smashing as others. In the following decades, similar films have periodically taken stabs; such as Little Shop Of Horrors in 1986, South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical in 1996 and Tim Burton’s 2007 revision of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (which, like Rocky Horror, originally hails from the stage). However, in the last decade, similar films have begun to surface and also attract cult status. Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2008 Repo! »
- Josh Soriano
Batman ’66 Vol 1
Written by Jeff Parker
Published by DC Comics
Is there another fictional character who has so many clearly identifiable and distinct incarnations as Batman does? There’s the original, Silver Age Batman, Neal Adams’ Batman, Frank Miller, Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Christopher Nolan and so many other clear and different visual and narrative approaches to the character, each one signifying a distinct vision to the character. It’s all Batman, from the Dark Knight to the urban vigilante to the sleek animated hero. But then there’s the version that embarrassed comic fans for years, the Adam West version from the 1966 Batman television show. Growing up, we called it campy and silly. We called it a humiliation of a comic character that was maybe taken a bit too seriously for a bit too long. »
- Scott Cederlund
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a clip from Alice D, a call for submissions from the London Horror Festival, trailers for Fractured, Too Young to Die, and Ghostline, first details for Imaginapped and Grimmerson Manor, and a Q&A with Jacqui Holland:
First Clip from Alice D: “In the late 1890s the Davenport House was a famous and successful brothel, until a young prostitute named Alice killed herself there. After her death, the brothel became haunted by Alice’s ghost, and was eventually abandoned.
More than a century later, the old structure is renovated into a beautiful mansion. It is still rumored to inhabit the ghost of Alice. Despite this, the new owner; the rich and arrogant heir to the Davenport fortune, decides to throw a wild party for his first night in the house. »
- Tamika Jones
In honor of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” dominating the box office this weekend, I decided to list my favorite Marvel movies. There have been 36 films based on Marvel comics and I've seen 24, or exactly two-thirds of them. Now, I didn't grow up reading comic books, and other than “The Crow,” my four favorite comic book movies are “The Dark Knight,” Tim Burton's first two “Batman” films and “Watchmen,” so I'm clearly more of a DC fan than Marvel. That said, I appreciate everything the McU has to offer, especially Bryan Singer's “X-Men” sequel “X2,” which stands superior to every. »
- Jeff Sneider
We live in an age of franchises. One of the simple truths of modern pop culture is that there is nothing a studio values more than the ability to get a series off the ground where they can constantly count on fans coming back for more of the same. My kids are on the hook for so many ongoing series at this point that I have to sometimes remind them that films that aren't part of a series are also worth watching. There are some series that they're not ready for yet, like "Lord Of The Rings" or "The Terminator," and Toshi is constantly pushing to see the things that have been on the "not yet" shelf for a while. Recently, we've dabbled with a few series, and the reactions from both of the kids have been interesting, and not what I expected. For example, one would think that based »
- Drew McWeeny
(Cbr) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has overseen the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception. Yet much like the comic books that inspire the films, Marvel Studios is looking to bring about some big status quo changes with their latest motion picture event, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," debuting in stateside theaters today. Drawing heavily from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's 2005 "Winter Soldier" story in the "Captain America" comic book series, the film not only reintroduced Bucky (Sebastian Stan) as brainwashed assassin The Winter Soldier, it also, as previewed by the trailers, explores major trust issues between Captain America (Chris Evans) and S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeeping organization at the center of the McU. Cbr News spoke with Feige at last month's "Winter Soldier" press junket in Beverly Hills about what Marvel Studios was looking to say with this latest installment, the major role the film plays in setting up 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
I caught Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur at last year's Cannes Film Festival (read my review here) and Sundance Selects is finally bringing the comedy based on the play by David Ives to theaters on June 20. Starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, the story itself is quite small as it centers on an actress' attempts to convince a director she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. There is, however, more to it than just that. Here's what I wrote in my review: Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur hit me like a breath of fresh air on the morning of my eleventh and final day of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Opening with a sequence I'd more associate with a Tim Burton and Danny Elfman collaboration, we're greeted by a wicked rain storm and an upbeat, gothic score from Alexandre Desplat as the camera splits a tree-lined street. »
- Brad Brevet
“Do you think there’s ever been another movie like Heathers?” Winona Ryder asks in her tiny, forever-a-kid voice, and then listens quietly. She’s genuinely curious. Your brain races through the obvious choices. Mean Girls, Clueless, Jawbreaker—teen-girl comedies with a drop of caustic in their lip gloss. But in 25 years, no high school movie has ever come close to the bloodthirsty wit and sweet-faced nihilism of Heathers, the 1989 satire about an Ohio high school where suicide becomes a scrunchie-level fad. “I looove this movie—to the point where I talk about it like I’m not even in it, »
- Adam Markovitz
Now that we’re officially a quarter of the way through 2014, I figured I’d debut my year in advance Academy Award predictions. These are actually the ones that I came up with back in March the night of the Oscars, so they’re not the most up to date, but they’re a good starting point for the season. I’m also excluding winners this time out, just so we can start slowly. Depending on how the season progresses, these can evolve into weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly posts, so for now we’ll play it by ear. I’m always keen to share predictions though, so it’s safe to say that this won’t be an infrequent series. Basically, I see this season as one that could really favor Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, »
- Joey Magidson
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
Spike Jonze. David O. Russell. Paul Thomas Anderson. And now Denis Villeneuve. Amy Adams has the pick of the auteur litter and according to Deadline, the A-list actress might flex her “sci-fi” muscles. Produced by FilmNation, David Linde’s Lava Bear Films, 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine, Story of Your Life would be the helmer’s 2015 project.
Gist: Written by Eric Heisserer, this is an adaptation of a short story by Nebula. The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
- Eric Lavallee
FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films are financing and producing.
The script, based on a short story by Ted Chiang, is written by Eric Heisserer and is centered on an alien spacecraft landing on Earth. Adams would play a linguist for the military to determine the intentions of the aliens, who have already reached out.
Chiang’s story, published in 1999, won the Nebula Award.
Heisserer is also exec producing.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
The role of The Joker isn’t just one of the biggest roles in comic book movies, but thanks to Heath Ledger’s startling portrayal, it’s also now regarded as one of the most iconic villain roles in all of cinema.
But what about those actors who were considered, rumoured or interested in the role, yet didn’t quite make the cut? Back in the time of Tim Burton’s Batman, The Joker was already a relatively well-known character to even non-comic fans, and so the part attracted a multitude of name actors who would ultimately lose the part to Jack Nicholson.
Then when The Dark Knight was casting, the rumour mill started up again, and we all remember how negative the online reaction was to Ledger’s casting. For that reason, we’re going to very carefully consider whether these actors would have been capable of doing the part justice, »
- Jack Pooley
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