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Tonight, director Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up In The Air) stages his monthly live performance of a popular movie script. What makes this one special is that it's the film many (most?) consider to be the best of the Star Wars saga instalments, The Empire Strikes Back. We found out yesterday that the parts of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would be filled by Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons respectively, but and now EW have revealed that Ellen Page (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) will play Han Solo, and Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) will play his lover, Princess Leia Organa. Easy there tiger! Here's what Reitman had to say about his choices. "In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the »
In the wake of DC Comics' 'Arthur Curry', aka 'Aquaman' appearing in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", with screenwriters Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") writing separate "Aquaman" spin-off screenplays, Marvel's Kevin Feige clarified whether or not his studio or Universal controls screen rights to Marvel's "Namor: The Sub-Mariner", the first Atlantean comic book superhero, whose origins pre-date Aquaman:
"Yes," said Feige about Marvel controlling screen rights to Namor, "but it’s slightly more complicated than that."
"Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.
"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that means we need to work things out before we move forward on it.
"...as opposed to an 'Iron Man' or any of the 'Avengers' or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in..."
Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, »
- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek the origins of Marvel Comics' "The Inhumans", soon to be a major motion picture, written by Joe Robert Cole, with actor Vin Diesel, who voices 'Groot' in Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy", playing the silent but deadly 'Black Bolt', leader of the group:
Millions of years ago, at the beginning of the alien 'Kree'-'Skrull' war, the Kree set up an observation station on the planet Uranus, to observe sentient life on Earth that had genetic potential.
The Kree then began to experiment on homo sapiens by splicing 'Eternals' DNA into 'Cro-Magnons', to investigate ways of circumventing their own evolutionary stagnation, while creating a powerful strain of soldiers for protection against the Skrulls.
Their test subjects, that became to be known as the 'Inhumans', formed their own society, »
- Michael Stevens
Before Iron Man, cinematic superheroes lived in their self-contained bubbles. Batman never met Superman. The Fantastic Four never met Spider-Man. Even the X-Men universe was confined to mutants only. But with the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the groundwork was laid for the most exciting superhero franchise every created; one that DC is now desperate to replicate.
Phase 1 began with the introduction of four superheroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk (though you could argue the last one was more a reintroduction). This all culminated in Joss Whedon’s mega successful superhero team-up The Avengers. Phase 2 has continued down the sequel route, with only the Guardians Of The Galaxy giving us something entirely new. Phase 3 looks to take things up to a whole new level, with new characters and returning favourites before the mighty Infinity War story line is unleashed.
Of course, fans of the movies and »
- Baz Greenland
Following yesterday’s new images, the first teaser trailer for San Andreas has arrived online, featuring Dwayne Johnson as a rescue worker during an earthquake on the famous San Andreas fault line. Check it out here after the official synopsis…
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
San Andreas opens May 29th , 2015 and stars Dwayne Johnson (Hercules), Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines), Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Home and Away), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), Colton Haynes (Arrow »
- Thomas Roach
There have been some absolutely fantastic castings in comic book movies over the years; Christopher Reeve as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Chris Evans as Captain America to name but a few.
As a result the comic book movie genre is now one of the most popular in Hollywood and the movies are attracting the biggest and best actors in the world very regularly.
The upcoming movies in the genre are no different. With several castings already known – and some having already filmed their scenes – there’s a lot of excitement and hype around certain characters thanks to the actors who are playing them.
- K.J. Stewart
The last time the super-powered quartet known as the Fantastic Four graced the big screen, filmgoers knew Chris Evans as the borderline reckless Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a high contrast to his current turn as the responsible Captain America. The Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters from Fox next summer, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come with the recent reveal of the film’s synopsis.
20th Century Fox confirmed via IGN that the following description that appeared on Rotten Tomatoes is indeed the official synopsis of The Fantastic Four reboot:
“The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save »
- Derek Anderson
Throughout its relatively quiet production cycle, The Fantastic Four has dropped pieces of information that, for better or worse, have successfully distinguished the 2015 movie from its 2005 predecessor. Just when you thought the Josh Trank directed film couldn't be any more different from Tim Story's two attempts at launching a viable Marvel franchise, a new scoop promises that The Fantastic Four will be set in a completely different universe than any other Fantastic Four movie before it. That's not hyperbole either, the film is actually going to involve alternate universe travel. Comic Book Movie has reported that an allegedly official synopsis for The Fantastic Four has broken through various venues, Rotten Tomatoes being one of them. You can read what the film's plot has in store below. The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate »
Before the all-new Secret Wars takes the comic world by storm in 2015, relive the complete Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars legacy in one complete, stunning package. Hot off the heels of this year’s sold-out Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set, Marvel have announced the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, a deluxe collection of 11 (yes, eleven!!) hardcovers chronicling the history of one of Marvel’s most storied events.
Coming in June 2015, readers will be transported to Battleworld and back as they experience over 30 years of Secret Wars stories in one of the most comprehensive collections we’ve ever released! Plus, each of these extremely limited box sets comes complete with a full-size poster: legendary painter Alex Ross’s rendition of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1!
“Our Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set was a huge hit with fans and retailers, »
- Phil Wheat
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." executive producer Jeffrey Bell has confirmed that the blue alien appearing in the 'Guest House' is a member of an intergalactic race, originally appearing in Marvel Comics, that will be officially revealed December 2, 2014 in the series episode "Ye Who Enter Here":
"...our people don't know anything about the 'Kree' or that there's a planet full of them," said Bell. "What they do know is that the strange carvings created by 'Coulson' after he was injected with the Kree serum are actually the map of a city, and they need to find that city before 'Hydra' does. But where is it? Here or on another planet?"
'Ronan the Accuser', the super-villain of "Guardians of the Galaxy", was also a member of the Kree race.
Click the images to enlarge. »
- Michael Stevens
Marvel is clearly kicking DC's ass when it come to their comic book movies, and I think they will continue to do so. DC is sure to make some great upcoming movies, but I don't think they will be as good as what Marvel is accomplishing. Marvel just has a better grasp on their stories and the universe they've created. This isn't the only thing Marvel is great at, though. They also show a respect for their fan base and they know how to treat them.
GeekTyrant.com was launched at the same time Jon Favreau's first Iron Man film was released, and my very first post was a review of that film. In a way, Marvel was the catalyst for what GeekTyrant would become. I think that’s all thanks to Favreau and his love for the fans. That guy knows what he’s doing when it comes fan interaction, »
- Joey Paur
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League and more….
We’ll kick off this edition of The Week in Spandex with Marvel Studios, and this week has brought us an extended trailer for the next instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can watch the extended trailer here, while the behind-the-scenes Age of Ultron featurette from the Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy has also arrived online, »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome To Issue 71!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony probably isn't too psyched with me either right now.
This Week: Let's elaborate more on that Aunt May thing. Then, Did You See Attilan On TV Last Night?!?!?!
I guess the best place to start would be with this week’s Aunt May story, namely that Sony is developing an Aunt May solo movie, or that’s what I said. Because Comic Book Resources reached out to their source and got a denial:
When reached by Cbr News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”
Now, it’s a battle of the unnamed sources, although »
There has been a debate amongst comics wags that the rumor about Marvel cancelling their flagship title, Fantastic Four, during their 75th anniversary celebration was just that – a rumor. Marvel/Disney couldn’t possibly be that petty. Bleeding Cool.com‘s Rich Johnson, who carried the story, steadfastly stood behind his sources. Good for him.
Evidently, Marvel wasn’t happy with how 20th Century Fox was treating the property in the forthcoming movie reboot, they didn’t want to support it and so were cancelling the comic book. Ok, but would they cancel all those X-Men titles if they didn’t like the way Fox handled their latest X-movie? Of course not. Nor did Marvel cancel the Spider-Man titles despite the atrocious way Columbia handled the Spidey flicks of late – and they’ve got release dates for three or four more.
To be fair, compared to the profits of the »
- Mike Gold
No shirt, no shoes, big problems. Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) learns a little something about human bondage Tuesday on his supernatural ABC drama “Forever.” In TheWrap's exclusive photo from the episode, Gruffudd's character, an immortal New York medical examiner named Dr. Henry Morgan, finds himself in a deliciously sexy pickle (for viewers anyway) when he finds himself chained, bound, and um, shirtless. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity Of course, Gruffudd's character tends to be naked often as part of his multiple returns from death involves coming back sans clothing. The Bdsm-themed episode — titled ”The Ecstasy of Agony” – pits him up against “One. »
- Travis Reilly
Earlier today, we posted a couple of highlights from Marvel Studios' documentary Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! That included the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man sneak peek, as well as an extended clip from Agent Carter. The full documentary is now available to watch online thanks to ABC. This gives fans a little history on the comic book company, taking us through how it was started, the challenges it has had over the years, and where it is going. This was made for people who have jumped on the Marvel bandwagon over the last few years and might not know a lot about the company and people who laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today in these epic blockbuster films. If you grew up as a Marvel fan, then there's a good chance that you already know a lot of the information presented, but it's still worth a look. »
- Joey Paur
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
For anyone who has seen more than one Marvel movie but would shrug perplexedly at the mention of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, “Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp To Pop!” — an ABC special, giving “Agents of Shield” the week off — should probably be required viewing. Fun, fast-paced and encompassing many of the company’s highlights along with a few lowlights, it’s a solid primer on Marvel’s history, while weaving in inevitable self-promotion and synergistic plugs. Frankly, an hour doesn’t do the topic justice, but it’s still a timely recognition of the outfit that started out 75 years ago as, yes, Timely Comics.
Hosted by Emily VanCamp — who not only stars in ABC’s “Revenge” and appeared in the last “Captain America” movie, but also looks like a stereotypical comicbook fan’s imaginary girlfriend — the special races through those early years, when editor Martin Goodman began churning out superhero »
- Brian Lowry
Fleming: Deadline held its annual Contenders Event yesterday, where my colleagues Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten and I interviewed filmmakers, actors, composers and producers behind the Oscar films, directly to a room full of voters. It’s worthwhile on many fronts, not the least of which is reconnecting us to filmmaker passion and reminding us that creative ambition is alive and well. But as Pee-Wee Herman once famously said onscreen, “There is always a big but, so tell us about your big but.” Here’s my big but. I’ve prowled the town the past week, and discovered a profound sense of depression after Warner Bros and Marvel trotted out superhero slates through 2020. Adding Sony’s Spider-Man line and »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Marvel Comics and and the Jack Kirby estate recently settled a lawsuit over the rights to several iconic superhero characters that Jack Kirby created with Stan Lee while working for Marvel back in the 1960s and 1970s.
The terms of the settlement were not revealed, but Marvel and the Kirby estate issued a joint statement that said,
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history."
It looks like they've started the process of honoring Kirby's contribution to Marvel, as they've quietly made a change to some of its comic books. In recent issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men a new credit line has been included that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby." This has not been present in the previous issues of either comic. »
- Joey Paur
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