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Gloriously off-message and packed full of punky insouciance, the current crop of superhero films suggests we’re entering an era in which even the silliest of source material can shine
In The Dark Knight, which arguably ushered in the modern comic-book film era, the Joker’s “Why so serious” refrain is a call to arms in the face of mankind’s refusal to buy into his distinctive brand of psychopathic glee. Why bother with the burden of the human condition, wonders Heath Ledger’s killer clown, when it’s far easier to freewheel murderously through life without a care in the world?
Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is often seen as the dark, brooding counterbalance to the cheerier Marvel movies that followed it. And yet in many ways, Ledger’s cackling, sociopathic performance supercharged the trilogy’s 2008 middle instalment in the same way as Joss Whedon’s diamond-cut dialogue rocket-fuelled 2012’s The Avengers. »
- Ben Child
Just yesterday, I was browsing the Internet when I came across The Incredible Hulk Slot game. In that moment, I began to think about the breadth and the appeal of the Hulk character, and how Marvel has successfully turned him and similar superheroes into international brands and franchises.
With this in mind, it is worth noting that many Marvel fans have been holding their breath waiting for an announcement concerning a new Incredible Hulk film. After all, a revitalised Hulk and Bruce Banner stole the show in the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers, and many felt that the time has come for a new solo adventure.
In terms of a brief history, the Hulk’s appearances in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron came on the back of two failed solo instalments for the Jade Giant. Ed Norton failed to shine in the role, with many citing the portrayal of »
Some TV shows are meant to run for years and years, only getting better and more impactful the longer they go. Others, though, were destined to live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse, and in some ways feel even more special because our time with them are so brief. Here are the five best one-season wonders: 5)Terriers. Terrible name, terrible marketing, and a premise that sounded been-there, done-that doomed this wonderful 2010 private eye drama with spectacular buddy chemistry between Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James. 4)Ez Streets. This intricate and engrossing 1996 drama about the cops and crooks of an unnamed Rust Belt city was a few years early for the cable drama revolution, and wildly out of place on CBS, but the lucky few who tuned in saw something special. 3)Joss Whedon's 2002 sci-fi/Western mash-up Firefly was doomed from the start, with a premise that was hard to »
- Alan Sepinwall
Batman V Superman projected box-office: Warner Brothers and DC are looking at a domestic opening weekend of around $154 million.
There’s a good month-and-a-bit before it hits cinemas, but Hollywood is already starting to think about the Batman V Superman projected box-office. According to Box Office, the $200 million movie is looking to take a whopping $154 million it its opening weekend on domestic soil, which isn’t too shabby.
When you compare Batman V Superman projected box-office similar movies, like the first Avengers movie, then that pales in comparison. Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble was the biggest opening movie of all time for a little while, until Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens came along, so the Dawn Of Justice take is looking to fall a little short. That said, it’s a huge increase of what Man Of Steel took when it opened in the summer of 2013. The »
- Paul Heath
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Most Wanted, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Justice League Action, Heroes Reborn and more…
There’s less than a fortnight to go until the 2016 superhero season kicks off with the release of Deadpool, and this week has brought us the first clip from the movie as Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) pops the question to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) [see here], along with a couple of ‘#TouchYourselfTonight’ viral promos in conjunction with the testicular cancer charity Ballboys [see here], some TV spots featuring the likes of Blind Al, Colossus, the X-Mansion and the Blackbird [see here], a clip of Deadpool, »
- Gary Collinson
After the disappointing disjointedness of Thor: The Dark World, the pressure is on for Marvel Studios to correct the course of its Asgardian film franchise and make Thor: Ragnarok far better than its dismal predecessor. The last thing anyone one wants to see is a repeat of that half-arsed Malekith origin story.
Thankfully, early signs seem to be promising for Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel has ditched Alan Taylor in favour of What We Do In The Shadows’ writer-director and sometime Flight Of The Conchords scripter Taika Waititi. He’s promised to inject more comedy, and quickly recruited Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk for the film. Both sound like good ideas on paper.
There’s still a lot that the general public don’t know about the God of Thunder’s next cinematic outing, though, including these ten big questions…
10. How Is The Hulk Going To Fit In? Marvel Studios
- Rob Leane
Tension between Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures may be preventing a solo Hulk movie from happening any time soon, but we will be seeing plenty of the Jade Giant in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Mark Ruffalo set to appear in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
Speaking to Yahoo, Ruffalo has been discussing The Hulk’s arc across the three movies, stating that: “[A solo movie is not] on the horizon. And I don’t know if it will be. But we’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie.”
- Gary Collinson
Speaking with Collider, Waititi revealed his current work on the script is dealing with the film's humorous elements and how they can increase the jokes without slipping into parody:
"I love that one moment in Avengers when Hulk grabs Loki and rag dolls him. It lends itself to great humor, do you read those comic books? They're wacky. They're crazy. I think that's exactly what they need, to keep changing it up. They've got their dark films, some are more serious, and I think it's great that they're mixing it up. I really want to inject my style of humor into this."
He also says that despite the whole reputation of Marvel of being rigid when it comes to creativity on these films, »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to both director Taika Waititi and star Mark Ruffalo doing press for their new movies, we've gotten a lot of interesting details regarding Thor: Ragnarok as of late. While promoting the Oscar-nominated Spotlight, Mark Ruffalo once again shot down rumors of a stand alone Hulk movie in an interview with Yahoo! Movies. However, he did tease that his story arc in Thor: Ragnarok will "feel" like its own movie, and that it connects to the upcoming two-part adventure Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II.
"I'd love to do a Hulk movie, but that's beyond my control. It's controlled by Universal. Marvel doesn't even hold the rights to it. So, it's not on the horizon. And I don't know if it will be. But we've worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 for Banner that I think will - when »
To date, the character that has been the most difficult for Marvel to figure out on film has been the Incredible Hulk. He was put on the big screen in a film directed by Ang Lee. Then, the character was rebooted by Edward Norton, and eventually recast in the first Avengers film. Today, following two Avengers movies, and with plans for the Hulk to return in more, it.s clear that they have finally figured out what the character needed. Mark Ruffalo, the actor who now plays the part, credits director Joss Whedon with figuring it all out, which is why he.s still a little upset that Whedon won.t be back for more. Because Joss Whedon directed the first Avengers movie he was the one who actually cast Mark Ruffalo as the new Bruce Banner of the McU. It.s something of an odd situation for Ruffalo, since »
Cancelled too soon -- fans still mourn Joss Whedon's Firefly and Angel TV series. Actress Gina Torres who starred in Firefly, its sequel film, Serenity, and in the fourth of Angel's five seasons, still holds a special place in her heart for both shows.
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When Lego Star Wars: The Video Game released in 2005, it was a huge hit. Fans loved seeing famous moments from the classic sci-fi films recreated in block form, and both the puzzles and platforming felt fresh for the time. Since then we’ve seen major franchises such as Harry Potter and Batman get the same treatment. Now, over ten years later, the series is back once again, this time reenacting events from Joss Whedon’s Avengers movies.
If you’ve experienced any of the 20+ Lego games released in the past 10 years, then you should feel right at home with how Lego Marvel’s Avengers plays. You’ll run around New York City destroying every object in sight in order to create new objects, and solve puzzles by using character-specific abilities. Practically every Marvel character under the sun is included in the game, too, even if they didn’t appear in the Avengers. »
- Tyler Treese
One of the many characters out there they fans everywhere feel deserves a new film is easily the Hulk. He had an Ang Lee directed solo-outing that come out in 2003, but was considered bad by some fans because of it's lack of action and explosive spectacles. But, it did do a very good job in delving into the Banner/Hulk Jekyll/Hyde relationship. But if that wasn't for you, a 2008 reboot was then released and packed quite a punch in the action department. This film was also very good, but for some odd reason, I've seen fans out there try and say the movie doesn't and shouldn't exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe... even though Robert Downey Jr. was in it as Tony Stark, which connected the film to everything else.
So now that takes us to today, where the Hulk has been a card that is close to Marvel's chest. »
- Nicholas Williams
Please note: This article contains spoilers for Marvel's Agents of Shield S3 E2, 'Purpose in the Machine'. If you're not watching the show, then either a) What?! You must be crazy (joking!) or b) You've obviously missed an episode due to whatever reason (in which case, I'm so sorry), and are now waiting for viewing options to become available so that you can get back into it (but rest assured, it's worth the wait).
This episode was written by D.J. Doyle, who plays with many themes that will be music to the ears of any analytically-minded fans. This is my jam. Delicious food for thought.
Anyway, now that we've got enough puns out of the way to keep Brett Dalton happy should he ever read this, let's get analysing. (To reference Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog: It's hi-yo, thematic analysis! (Signed Bad Horse.))
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The story of how Marvel's Ant-man inched its way to the big screen is practically the stuff of legend in fanboy circles. From Edgar Wright pitching the film before there was any "Cinematic Universes" to discuss, to the English writer-directer working on the film for years, to murmurs of clashes with Kevin Feige over the direction of the film now that the studio wanted to incorporate the film into its larger plans, the deceptive casting campaign where major star Paul Rudd was revealed to be playing the titular hero after months of denials, and- ultimately- Wright's departure from the film, there was a lot to digest. For many, the loss of Wright was monumental because he would've been the first really unique voices to sit in the director's chair of a Marvel film.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
ABC has said the Castle TV series could continue for a ninth season, without stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. While executive producers Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter are open to a spin-off with new leads, they have made it clear to TV Guide, that they would prefer a ninth season of Castle, with the stars returning.
Fillion developed a devoted fan following, while starring in Joss Whedon's Firefly -- cancelled by Fox, in its first season. The relationship between his character, novelist Richard Castle, and Katic's NYPD Captain, Kate Beckett, has been heavily featured throughout Castle's run. While the network and EPs are considering a spin-off without the pair, will fans be receptive?
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Shadowlocked were lucky enough to attend a promo event recently for SyFy UK's upcoming space-based sci-fi show Killjoys, comprising a screening of the first episode, followed by the chance to partake in a drone 'bounty hunt' race – at least in theory (more on that below).
While this report won't go into detail about the plot of the show, in order to avoid spoilers, suffice it to say that the first episode is chock full of action. This is not one of those shows where you have to watch an entire season (or sometimes more) just to see if anything's actually going to happen. Far from it.
The premise is that in a planetary system known as the Quad, much of it is controlled by an organisation known as the Company, while dissension stirs, which threatens to erupt further down the line. Our protagonists are bounty hunters (or 'Killjoys') chasing Warrants »
For actors, picking the right role can be the difference between rising astronomically to the heady heights of Hollywood superstardom or fizzling out on a downward spiral of obscurity. And sometimes they really don’t make the right call in these situations.
They often let personal bias get in the way and refuse to make the necessary sacrifices that could make their career represents. Some just don’t want to go to all that effort of getting into character, or fear being typecast further down the road. And then there’s those who hubristically think they’re too big for the part on offer.
Crazy, right? Well were are some of the worst instances of Hollywood A-listers refusing to make sacrifices for roles, missing out on what could have been career-defining films as a result…
- Rob Leane
Warning – possible spoilers below…
With Captain America: Civil War just a few months away, the rumour mill has started to spin about which characters going to make it to the next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you may recall, Joss Whedon filmed two death scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron – one with Quicksilver and one with Hawkeye – as a mis-direct to avoid spoilers getting out. And if this new source is to be believed, the Russo Brothers have done the same thing.
The source (via The Hashtag Show) says that they’ve filmed death scenes for Falcon, Warhammer (formally War Machine) and Scarlet Witch. If the source is to be believed, one of these Avengers will join the already rumoured death of Captain America – and word is that will it be Scarlet Witch who perishes, prompting The Vision to head into space and setting the stage for Avengers: Infinity War. »
- Luke Owen
While 2016 is certainly going to be an exciting year for comic book movies, 2017 might just have it beat thanks to the release of the likes of Justice League and Spider-Man. However, perhaps the most significant superhero adaptation on the way next year is Wonder Woman as the character finally makes her big screen debut.
Everyone from Joss Whedon to George Miller have tried to get Wonder Woman in a movie in some form over the years, but it’s now down to Patty Jenkins as she places the Amazonian Warrior in a World War I setting.
While the first footage from the movie is expected to be released later tonight via The CW, the official social media accounts for Wonder Woman have unveiled the move’s official logo. It obviously doesn’t reveal anything about what we should expect to see in the DC Comics movie, but it’s still »
- Josh Wilding
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