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While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.
Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.
Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The suburbia-set battle between leafy greens and the living dead will rage on this October in Dark Horse's Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare comic book series that explores how Dr. Zomboss overtook the plants' safe haven.
Press Release: "Milwaukie, Or—Blooming out of the worldwide success—over one million copies sold!—of Plants vs. Zombies™: Lawnmageddon, Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, and the new Plants vs. Zombies ongoing series comes a new comic masterpiece, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare!
In the first Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare video game from Electronic Arts, Dr. Zomboss and his legions of zombie minions attacked the lush plant utopia of Suburbia. In the recently announced Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, zombies have taken over, and now, for the first time in franchise history, the plants are on the attack. Delivering a story taking place between Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare and Plants vs. »
- Derek Anderson
San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Warner Bros. is hoping to make a big statement in Hall H this year. In preparation for WB's big panel, Entertainment Weekly has published their 2015 Comic-Con Preview issue featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman on the cover. In the article about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder talks more about the inspiration for the film and the large task of building a universe. It all started with an off-handed remark from Snyder to Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer about a potential easter egg. "I said, 'What about at the end of Man of Steel we do a scene where there's a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor. Everyone was like... Okaay. Once you say it out loud it's a problem because you can't unsay it," says Snyder. And thus, Batman v Superman was born. amz asin="1563893428" size="small »
- Charles Dean
Batman is going to need a lot of help if he plans to beat Superman in their epic rooftop battle. Earlier today, EW wowed fans with a bunch of new photos from next year's most anticipated movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, they have one more photo to show off in anticipation of the DC Comic movie's appearance next weekend at Comic Con in San Diego. This latest sneak peek has Bruce Wayne stepping into his reinforced mech-suit equipped with both strength augmenting armor and, yes, it's confirmed, Kryptonite!
As you can see, this Bat Armor is modeled after the suit seen in Frank Miller's seminal comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns. In the photos released earlier today, which we've included below in case you missed them the first time around, we get to see Gal Gadot out of her Wonder Woman outfit for the first time, »
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Earlier today, EW dropped some official stills from next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (which you can check out above), highlighting an intimate moment between Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) at a high-society gathering. And according to Affleck, that’s not just a chance encounter – the two know each other both as seemingly normal people and as gifted crimefighters.
“I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,” Affleck told EW of the scene, which is reminiscent of a scene from one of the Batman animated television series in which the pair come together and dance (as well as the scene in which Wayne and Catwoman had a flirtatious interaction in »
- Isaac Feldberg
Comic-Con 2015 is exactly one week away. And that means EW is bringing us their exclusive Comic Con preview, which has a ton of new photos and info on all the movies heading to San Diego. They kick things off with their cover reveal, which features Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's holy trinity of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). We also get several new photos, most notable for offering a look at Princess Diana of Themyscira in her civilian dress, dancing with Bruce Wayne (are they romantically involved), and Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor before he loses all of his hair. There is also an interview with the cast and crew, including this tidbit about how director Zack Snyder first pitch the idea of having these two DC Comics titans face off against each other. The movie started as an end-credit Easter egg. »
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Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official stills from next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as part of its annual Comic-Con Preview Double Issue, including our first look at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor (with hair!) and Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince.
“He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it. But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”
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- Isaac Feldberg
It’s been almost three decades since Frank Miller’s game-changing comic book mini-series Batman: the Dark Knight Returns debuted to stellar reviews and huge sales. Ever since then, the common belief has been that Batman won the final clash with Superman. This opinion is affecting people’s assumptions about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, did Batman really win? Maybe not!
With DC’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice coming closer and closer to its cinematic release date next year, internet discussion has turned to debates about how Batman (Ben Affleck) will overcome the man of steel (Henry Cavill) in the film’s anticipated and inevitable brawl. It’s a natural assumption that Batman will win the battle. There are two reasons why the Caped Crusader is expected to be the victor. Reason # 1 is that Zack Snyder is more of a Batman guy and has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
With "The Wolverine," Hugh Jackman's second solo outing as the character utilised Frank Miller's storyline which saw Logan visiting Japan. Now a new report suggests another famous comic storyline will form the basis for Jackman's third solo and final outing as the character.
Marvel Movie News says that the new film will be based on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's 'Old Man Logan' storyline from the 2008 run of the comic. The story is set in a future gone dystopian after the super villains of the Marvel Universe came together and eliminated all of the world’s superheroes in one fell swoop.
If true, there would be some major changes from the comic as the characters mostly consisted of ones outside of Fox's control and almost entirely in the hands of Marvel Studios - with the exception of Wolverine himself and Emma Frost.
Whichever way it goes, the third »
- Garth Franklin
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Jurassic World is fine. Massive blockbuster earnings aside, it’s neither contrived enough to feel like another lesser sequel nor original enough to stray too far from Spielberg’s 1993 original. That uneasy cradle — between ingenuity and brand loyalty — is where tentpole franchises and their music have come to rest. With Furious 7, Atlantic Records threw dub step and electro-house music onto another collection of so-so promotional hip-hop. Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson only squeak out brief homages to John Barry rather than admit how indebted to Roger Moore Bond Kingsman: The Secret Service really is. Even Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler never stray far from Alan Silvestri’s original “Transformers meets Mission Impossible” theme in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- David Klein
Holy cats, my creeps, look who I’ve got tied u… err, who dropped by the crypt for a lil’ jaw session: none other than award winnin’ arteest Patt Kelley!
Famous Monsters. E’en though our faithful fiends and ghouls see yer art at the top of each n’ e’ery Outre Eye column, why don’t ya go ahead and introduce yerself anyway!
Patt Kelley. I’m an illustrator/comic artist based out of Boston. My most notable work is What Am I Going to Do Without You?, a graphic novel released by Top Shelf Digital. I also do a single panel strip every week for DigBoston called “What’s for Breakfast?”. It’s kind of like The Far Side, only not as good.
FM. I know you dig on the monsters. What is yer fav-o-rite fright flick beastie, and why do ya love ‘em so?
Pk. Probably one »
Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.
In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.
“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »
- Gary Collinson
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Catharsis (n) ku-thaa-sis
From the Greek meaning “purging” or “cleansing” – refers to the restoration or renewal of emotions by relieving tensions often through art, such as music.
You know, when I’m feeling a little tense and need to unwind, I like to bust open something like Left 4 Dead or Brutal Doom for some violent release. I can take several anguishes out on zombie hordes or pixilated hell beasts without the finger wagging from authoritative figures or animal rights groups.
Those who say violent video games turn people into violent criminals have obviously never experienced the feeling of tension washing away from your very core with every exploded head or mowed down imp. It’s like an orgy for my Wasd keys, only without the smoking afterwards.
Okay, maybe a little smoke.
That cathartic feeling one gets from video game violence was the least I was hoping for from »
- Andrew Heaton
With Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service hitting retailers on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD, we thought it would be a great time to share my recent interview with Kingsman co-creator and illustrator Dave Gibbons. Gibbons is one of the most influential artists in comics, working on titles like Watchmen and 2000 Ad, but he is also a great writer, having written for such titles as "Worlds Finest" with artist Steve Rude and "Captain America" with artist Lee Weeks. Gibbons also continues to collaborate with some of the finest writers in the industry including Frank Miller and Stan Lee. Js (Cbm): What Thoughts do you have on the cinematic adaptation of the comic? Dg: I love the differences from the comic book as much as I love the similarities. What about the significant differences from the comic? As a comic book writer/artist you have to make the best comic you »
In a recent post about Toyo Harada I talked about the order of Valiant character appearances in the original Valiant universe from the early 1990s. I thought about it some and decided to piece together three reviews I did of first three original (post-Magnus and Solar) Valiant properties in their initial arcs as titles. Please note that these are several years old so some of the references might not be up to date and I’m not a good writer now, so you can imagine how I was then. These cover the two hardcovers that the current Valiant owner released of the classic material, Harbinger: The Beginning and X-o Manowar: Birth, along with the classic first Tpb of Rai from the ’90s.
The first page of Harbinger #1 is a splash page, the backdrop is mundane: a traffic jam, trees, a helicopter hovering above, this is the real world, the »
- Jay Tomio
According to a recent report from Heroic Hollywood, some new spoiler intel has popped up for the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick. It turns out that Batman will somehow come across a weapon that turns out to be a kryptonite-laced spear! They wouldn't say how Batman gets a hold of this spear, but they did say Batman will also have a rifle that's similar to the one from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. As for the movie, it stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg ,and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Jeremy Irons,Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Holly Hunter ,and Scoot McNairy. It's still hitting theaters on March 25th, »
- Andre Braddox
Writer – Alan Moore
Art – Jacen Burrows
Colors – Juan Rodriguez
Letters – Kurt Hathaway
Publisher – Avatar Press
On its surface, the story of Providence is the story of two genre fiction visionaries who in practice couldn’t be more dissimilar. One died a good decade-plus before the other was born. One wrote mostly prose fiction and probably would have despised the funny books that are the other’s stock-in-trade. One deals mostly in existential dread while the other routinely deals in sex, love, heartbreak, death, and all the messy bits of individual human existence. But Providence aims to find some middle ground between the two.
It’s appropriate that Providence, the long-awaited Lovecraft deconstruction comic miniseries, should come this year, the 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth. No matter what Lovecraft’s place among the pantheon of great horror-fantasy writers might be, it’s a matter of course that modern critical »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and various other comic book movies - if you're not entirely up to date, then watch out as you read on...
As you know, we're enjoying a golden age of comic book movies and there are around 30 more of them pencilled in before the decade is out. Since Marvel Studios started experimenting with continuity between movies and whole franchises, there's been criticism of its use of MacGuffins and plot exposition - it provokes nightmares of long-winded recaps of already established stuff, starting with dreaded phrases like 'as you know'. And who'd start anything with those three words?
It's not that we're mistaking the use of exposition for poor storytelling - it's a super-broad term to describe something that's kind of essential to most stories. »
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