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There’s nothing quite like a superhero. And there’s no other modern film genre that’s been quite as universal, or as enduring. But just what is the eternal appeal of the superhero? Probably that despite their superhuman strength and abilities, they – like us – have vices, weaknesses, worries, things that keep them awake at night. This makes them human and thus, believable. There’s also the ultimate escapist fantasy of the superheroes’ adventures; the idea that the ordinary guy – or girl – can do extraordinary things. As corny as it sounds superheroes make us believe in ourselves.
Perhaps the most famous and best-loved superheroes were born in Marvel comics, way before the pre-digital age – 1939 to be precise – as Timely Comics. By the 1960s, Marvel had launched successful titles like The Fantastic Four. Today, Marvel counts among its most prolific personalities Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers and the X-Men. »
In the world of comic books, sometimes ideas that at first seem really controversial or asinine turn out to be great ideas that push the series in exciting and new directions. Despite all the death threats that they received for it, giving Spider-Man the black symbiote suit was probably the second best idea that ever hit the Spider-Man franchise. Likewise, having Cyclops embark on a psycho-sexual tryst with Emma Frost initially seemed like heresy, but that lone act refreshed the franchise for another five years. Other times, ideas that seem crappy and stupid turn out to be just that. What makes matters worse is when a company like Marvel or DC tries to mine gold from that pile of shit without realizing they’re elbow deep in a pile of clichéd, unarticulated horseshit.
Some ideas are just bad from the get go, like Spider-Man sacrificing his marriage, or getting rid of Mr. »
- Andrew Doscas
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, The Sinister Six, Deadpool, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Justice League Dark, Man of Steel 2, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Vixen, Supergirl, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Captain America: Civil War, and Sebastian Stan has been speaking about his return as the Winter Soldier in the Phase Three-launching ensemble: ““[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in The Winter Soldier — I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that »
- Gary Collinson
Heat Vision claims that script issues and budgetary problems have led to Wyatt's exit, though Wyatt's reps cite scheduling issues as the reasoning and that a change of the production's start date caused a conflict:
"I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."
At last report "Gambit" was aiming to begin filming this Fall in Louisiana, but new reports suggest that has been pushed back to spring 2016 which would be a significant delay and would certainly throw the planned October 7th 2016 release date out the window. »
- Garth Franklin
Director Rupert Wyatt has left the X-Men spin-off Gambit, just a couple of weeks before shooting was originally set to commence. Gambit, which will star Channing Tatum in the lead role, was set to go before the cameras next month, but according to reports, its start date has been pushed to next Spring.
We’re hearing that various script issues are a reason for the delay.
Here’s was Wyatt said in statement.
I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.
The film was set for an October, 2016 release, but that now looks doubtful. A replacement director will need to be sought immediately for prep to push on. Josh Zetumer wrote the script, »
- Paul Heath
Rupert Wyatt has been attached to the film for a while to direct, but now comes news that he's quit Gambit. The source of the problem is reportedly an evolving script, that's both pushed the budget for the film northwards, and also extended the shoot.
It's the latter that appears to be the pivotal problem here, as it's created a scheduling conflict for Wyatt. As such, he's had to quit the project, and a late search for a new director is underway. It's a job for a Peyton Reed-type figure it seems, given that the film is set to start shooting in the next month or two. »
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker released a statement on Thursday (September 17) to confirm his departure, explaining that a change in the filming schedule conflicted with another movie.
"I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project," Wyatt said in a statement.
"I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."
According to reports, a newer draft of the script forced the budget to increase, which extended the original shooting schedule and caused Wyatt to leave.
William Shatner, Krampus, and zombie elves are featured in A Christmas Horror Story, a festive and frightening holiday horror anthology that's teased in a new poster and photo gallery ahead of its theatrical and VOD release on October 2nd from Image Entertainment.
"Christmas: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill, unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs. Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story. Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their seven-year-old son. And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to »
- Derek Anderson
Wyatt, who directed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” for 20th Century Fox, boarded the film in June. Budget issues prompted Wyatt’s departure, sources tell Variety.
“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project,” Wyatt said in a statement. “I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”
“Gambit” will hit theaters on Oct. 7, 2016, and »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Number One: Bitch Planet
Bitch Planet ran only five issues. I know it’s coming back in a new mini-series story arc thingy, but nobody – not even Valentina De Landro and Kelly Sue DeConnick – have any business producing such a compelling series and not publish it every damn month for the rest of their lives. And I’m counting string theory afterlife dimensions.
I mean, look folks, characters like Batman, the X-Men and My Little Pony are being published weekly under a variety of titles. Marvel’s pumping out so much Deadpool that even Emily S. Whitten has a hard time following them all. So is it so much to ask that we get Bitch Planet at least once each month? These are two incredibly talented cartoonists. I’m sure they have lives and loved ones and such, but I don’t care. October will come and go without an issue of Bitch Planet, »
- Mike Gold
Compared to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' big purple bad Ivan Ooze by critics when he was first unveiled, this new look shows a more flattering side to Mr Apocalypse.
#XMenNation We Have What Appears To Be A New Look At 'Apocalypse' http://t.co/GMiAgkhhri #XMenApocalypse #Marvel pic.twitter.com/DLaWb30GSX
— X-Men: News (@XMenNewz) September 10, 2015
Other photos that have snuck online from director Bryan Singer's set include some of Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy, of Peter Beale in EastEnders fame) standing next to their body doubles.
The below is perhaps the best view of Angel's look in the film, something fans are keen to see after the unfortunate take on the character in X-Men: The Last Stand. »
William Shatner, Krampus, and zombie elves are featured in A Christmas Horror Story, a festive and frightening holiday horror anthology that's teased in a new trailer ahead of its theatrical and VOD release on October 2nd from Image Entertainment.
"Christmas: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill, unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs. Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story. Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their seven-year-old son. And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to fight off a »
- Derek Anderson
They say you should never have a favorite child -- or at least admit to it -- but when you're the Marvel king and you're 92 years old, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Stan Lee just went ahead and named his favorite Marvel actor, his favorite cameo (coming up), and even his favorite superhero costume and what makes it "the best thing we did." Stan opened up on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe on "Larry King Now" and you can watch clips from the talk below.
One thing Larry King asked about is the disappointing reviews and box office for the "Fantastic Four" reboot. Stan Lee co-created the characters, and he has defended the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. Larry asked how Stan felt about the harsh reception to the movie. "Well it was probably because I didn't have a cameo in it," Stan joked, »
- Gina Carbone
True believers already know why Fantastic Four was one of this year's biggest bombs. And it all has to do with the magical, mystical powers of Marvel mascot Stan Lee, the man responsible for creating a huge portion of this universe. As it was being released, 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank did a lot of finger pointing, placing the failure on a great number of things, including each other. Everyone involved took a beating in the press the weeks following Fantastic Four's release this past August. And it's believed that something dubious happened behind-the-scenes that wrecked any chances of franchise glory. But Stan 'The Man' Lee has a much simpler reason why the movie failed.
Ultimate X-Men #7-9 (2001)
Written by Mark Millar
Pencils by Adam Kubert (7-8), Tom Raney (9)
Inks by Art Thibert, Scott Hanna (9)
Colors by Richard Isanove (7), Jc (8), Transparency Digital (9)
Published by Marvel Comics
In his second arc on Ultimate X-Men, title “Return to Weapon X”, writer Mark Millar decides to not make everything about Wolverine and gives readers an in-depth look at the Ultimate Weapon X program. The Weapon X program in the Ultimate Universe is a blacker than black ops group where Shield uses mutants for deep cover and wetwork missions while experimenting on them and torturing them to make them more docile participants in these attacks, which are often on countries with “illegal genetic” material or technology. (Even if these issues have little too much bodily fluid humor and semi-dated pop culture references, Millar is a good at writing political doublespeak.) Millar and artists Adam Kubert and Tom Raney »
- Logan Dalton
Saban Entertainment co-founder Shuki Levy is teaming with Tori Avey and Mike Pellegrino to form Wonderfish Media as a Los Angeles-based multiplatform production company, Variety has learned exclusively.
Wonderfish, based in the mid-Wilshire area, has begun development on a pair of projects: the TV series “Tribe of the Wild,” in which five teens on an island in Puget Sound deal with extraterrestrials invading the Earth, and the animated film “Fuzzbunz,” starring aliens with hearts of gold.
Levy created “Tribe of the Wild” in 2013 as part of a first-look production deal with Relativity TV. Wonderfish gained control of the property prior to Relativity Media’s high-profile Chapter 11 filing on July 30.
“We swim ahead of the current,” Avey said of the name of the company.
Avey, creator of the cooking-lifestyle blog ToriAvey.com, has worked for Doug Wick, Lucy Fisher and Jerry Zucker and was head writer for LevyMann Entertainment and director of development for LightVision Entertainment. »
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with the publisher and creators of Borderlands, and renowned producers Avi Arad and Ari Arad to adapt Gearbox Software's critically-acclaimed blockbuster video game Borderlands into a tent-pole feature film, the parties announced today. Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K, a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
The award-winning Borderlands franchise has been lauded by critics and over the years has built a passionate global fan base, shipping more than 26 million copies around the world since its launch in 2009, including 8 million copies shipped during Take Two's fiscal year 2015 alone. Set in the frontier of a sci-fi universe, Borderlands is best known for Gearbox's blending of irreverent humor and characters, with a unique comic-book art style, and co-operative four-player genre-bending, loot-grabbing gameplay. It's a franchise that »
Lionsgate is developing a movie based on the popular video game series “Borderlands,” the studio announced Friday. Producers Avi and Ari Arad have been chosen to adapt Gearbox Software’s critically-acclaimed blockbuster video game into a tent-pole feature film. The father/son team is responsible for some of the most successful motion picture and television franchises in history, including “Iron Man,” “Spider Man,” “The Amazing Spider Man,” “X-Men” and “Blade.” Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game created and developed by Gearbox Software, but published by 2K, a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Set in the frontier of a sci-fi. »
- Joe Otterson
The Borderlands video game franchise is set to become the Borderlands film franchise after a deal between producers Avi and Ari Arad and studio Lionsgate.
Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive's Borderlands games have sold upwards of 26 million copies and have been critically acclaimed.
The Mad Max-like games are "role-playing shooters" that see players running-and-gunning around the planet of Pandora, fighting crazed cultists and hunting for loot.
To give »
“Borderlands,” launched in 2009, is a role-playing first-person shooter videogame created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. More than 26 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide, including 8 million during Take-Two’s 2015 fiscal year, which ended March 31.
The game is set on the frontier of a sci-fi universe — the planet of Pandora — which has been abandoned by a mega-corporation prior to the game events.
“Part of our strategy in entering »
- Dave McNary
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