8 items from 2015
Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
Mr Joss Whedon has unveiled his new project - Twist - a comic book that promises to be a bit like a 'Victorian, female Batman'...
Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, geek overlord Joss Whedon has unveiled his next project - a comic book called Twist.
This follows a number of rumours about what the writer/director would get up to after Avengers: Age Of Ultron. When we chatted to him a few months ago, he said it'd be 'nice to flex a different muscle' to big budget superhero movie-making.
Returning to comic book writing certainly fits that criteria, and his new project Twist sounds very Joss Whedon-y indeed. Apparently, the six-issue series - which is being published by Dark Horse Comics - will answer the pressing question "why isn’t there a Victorian, female Batman?"
This is the first cover, which appeared online following the announcement of the series. »
Ahead of its two part season finale, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up its Age Of Ultron connections and reshuffles the deck…
This review contains spoilers for this episode and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
If there’s one truth that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has proved in recent weeks, it’s that at some stage, we’ll have to stop referring to its stronger episodes as rare highlights and instead admit that Marvel flagship show has actually become an all-round entertaining show in its own right.
This revelation occurred to me while watching Scars, the sort-of penultimate season 2 episode before next week’s two-part finale. As with any show, there are a few niggles in the episode (Ward’s reappearance seemed a little shoehorned-in during an episode that had stronger focuses elsewhere) but there was so much to like, which indicates that season 2 as a whole could well go down as »
Contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Avengers: Age Of Ultron, then. It's a divisive chapter of the Marvel cinematic universe among critics, but nonetheless a box office behemoth which is well on its way to toppling the hefty total of the previous instalment in the superhero team-up franchise, The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble, if you rather, which you probably don’t).
Unlike most Marvel Studios films, Age Of Ultron didn’t have an end-of-credits sting (“we just didn’t have anything we loved” writer director Joss Whedon told us), but it did have a mid-credits Thanos tease and a memorable end to the film itself.
Following on from last week's episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is advertising its direct links to the Avengers in these new trailers...
In the UK, many of us have seen Avengers: Age Of Ultron already. In the USA, though, the film comes out on Friday the 1st of May.
As such, last week's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode teased elements of Joss Whedon's superhero crossover spectacular, while tomorrow's episode The Dirty Half Dozen is set to make the connections very overt indeed.
There are no spoilers for the film here, we'd argue, so have a look at these clips if you fancy a tease of how things are going to connect...
And here's another...
The Dirty Half Dozen airs tomorrow night (Tuesday the 28th of April) in America.
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Joss Whedon admits his wish to do a Batman film, and reveals why he's unlikely to get a job directing a DC movie...
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the second Marvel movie that Joss Whedon has directed, and it's also going to be the last one for a while. Joe and Anthony Russo are taking the helm for Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two, and Whedon's next directorial project is some way from being known, by the sounds of it.
But could it be a DC project? Whedon at one stage was developing a Wonder Woman movie of course, So would he still fancy a go at a DC movie project? "Sure, I'd be like, 'I have all these joke ideas'. And they'd be like 'no, we don't do that here'", he joked to IGN.
"I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. »
This article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron
If Avengers: Age of Ultron is anything, it's dense. It has to spin out of films, spin films out of itself, and tell its own story with a cast of seven heroes and three villains. There's a lot going on, and not everyone will have caught all of it. If you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and find yourself confused about any part of it, we've tried to answer the questions you might have about it. Be careful if you haven't seen the film, though – spoilers obviously abound!
1. What's Wakanda?
Visited by Ultron and later the Avengers, Wakanda is a fictional African state which is also the home (and kingdom of) of the Black Panther. Located in northeast Africa, it »
Joss Whedon: assembler of Avengers, slayer of vampires, houser of dolls, vlogger of Doctor Horrible, and now, um, ageist of Ultron. To be fair, Joss Whedon is geek royalty, and needs no introduction. So hopefully, he won’t mind that we gave him such a naff one.
We got to chat with the man himself at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron press event, and here’s what happened...
From what we’ve heard about this one, it sounds like you had to trim down a lot in the editing room. Was there any particular favourite scene you wish you could have saved?
Well, there was more shirtless Thor. The DVD extras are going to be enormously popular. But no, for me, it’s really a couple of little exchanges that »
8 items from 2015
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