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Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Big Hero 6, Spider-Man, Hit-Girl, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Justice League Dark, Superman: Flyby, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Supergirl, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends, Unbreakable 2 and more…
First of all, an apology. We’ve had some technical issues on Flickering Myth this week and lost a few days worth of posts, which we’ve been working on restoring. Unfortunately one of those was The Week in Spandex, and sadly there’s just not the time to rewrite the article. However, considering this week has brought us some big superhero news – including »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to superhero movies, fans are sticklers. They don’t want the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films to link to the Tobey Maguire films. That wouldn’t make sense. They get angry when a studio casts the Human Torch as Captain America. How can one actor be both? The lone exception in all of this might […]
- Germain Lussier
Maisie Williams has expressed interest in wanting to star in The Last of Us movie.
The Game of Thrones actress, who wants to secure the role of Ellie, said that the forthcoming film is still in the early stages of development.
The Last of Us movie: Who should play Joel and Ellie? - open thread
"The Last of Us movie is in very early days," Williams said during a Reddit Ama today (January 30).
"I have spoken to powerful people who are getting The Last of Us on its feet. And I'm hopeful that I can play Ellie in the future, but we'll all have to wait and see."
The Last of Us movie will be 'pretty faithful' to the PlayStation blockbuster, according to writer Neil Druckmann.
The Last of Us »
Simmons of course played Daily Bugle editor in chief J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, and during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, he was once asked again if he’d be reprising the role for a future Spidey movie.
Simmons replied, “I just heard that we… that that’s a possibility”, before adding that he would “absolutely” come back if asked.
If Simmons is to return, we have no idea at this point whether that would be in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, a re-rebooted Spider-Man, or as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given the current state of Sony’s superhero franchise.
Would you like to see J.K. Simmons play J. Jonah Jameson again? Let us know… »
- Thomas Roach
In the minds of most fans, Marvel Studios can do no wrong. Churning out fan pleasing hit after hit, the Kevin Feige led studio creates the comic book movies which their rivals struggle to match, especially as moviegoers view them as the best there is at what they do.
Despite that, it would be wrong to say that they are perfect. While it’s difficult on the surface to find fault with Marvel Studios (they managed to make a hit out of Guardians Of The Galaxy), there are at least ten example which prove that they have made some mistakes.
Fans are quick to attack other superhero studios like Sony – though in fairness, that’s not exactly hard after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and Fox, but the latter have turned their fortunes around with X-Men: Days Of Future Past and the extremely impressive looking Fantastic Four reboot.
Ironically, many »
- Josh Wilding
Whiplash may not have been on the masses' radar before, but thanks to a Best Picture nod and a nomination for J.K. Simmons in the Best Supporting Actor category, more and more people are seeking it out. Good! People have been enjoying the work of Simmons for years now, whether it be his take in the gritty HBO series Oz or his pitch-perfect portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man flicks. The man's got acting charisma and then some! That's »
- Sean Wist
The Last of Us movie will be "pretty faithful to the game", according to writer Neil Druckmann.
Druckmann told Game Informer that while there are changes, the tone will be similar.
The Last of Us movie: Who should play Joel and Ellie? - open thread
"There are some big changes," he said. "But the tone and what the story's trying to say is pretty faithful to the game."
Druckmann previously suggested that the film would be "quite different", admitting that it's difficult to tell the same story in just two hours.
The Last of Us made its PS3 debut in June 2013. Naughty Dog has since released The Last of Us: Remastered on PS4.
Our The Last of Us Remastered review: Naughty Dog's remasterpiece
Watch a trailer for The Last »
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming conventions. If you’re attending the Wizard World Madison show early next month, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Rob Liefeld:
“Madison, Wis., January 22, 2015 — Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that noted creator Rob Liefeld will draw the third in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Alliant Energy Center only while supplies last. »
- Jonathan James
No latex, no drooling, no preaching – has Marvel's Agent Carter mastered the comic book heroine?
Warning: contains mild spoilers for Agent Carter.
The perfect standalone female comic book hero has been a somewhat unobtainable dream for both Hollywood moviemakers and small screen show-runners ever since Blade, X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man launched us into the modern age of superhero multimedia dominance.
Of course, there have been attempts – Catwoman and Elektra were released in 2004 and 2005 respectively, both hoping that the proven bankability of their heroine’s male counterparts (as in, Batman and Daredevil) and a few skimpy outfits would be enough to help launch massive new female-fronted franchises.
Sadly, both productions essentially missed the point. While exploitative images of nearly-nude lady vigilantes might be enough to make a few shillings from the comic-buying masses, making a mint from a comic book movie takes strong performances, solid action, likeable characters and – above all – good stories. »
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
“If it’s the right role, I guess,” said Franco during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “There’s a lot of graphic novels that I like that aren’t superheroes.”
In particular, Franco said he was drawn to a graphic novel by Derf Backderf entitled “My Friend Dahmer” that sounds pretty far removed from the webspinner films. Backderf went to high school with Dahmer, the infamous serial killer, and paints a portrait of the murderer as a disturbed young man.
“He was a bit crazy in high school,” said Franco. “Ten years after that, when Dahmer was caught, somebody called up the writer and they were like, ‘Dude, somebody from our high »
- Brent Lang
David Ayer’s mega-villain comic book caper, Suicide Squad, just won’t stay out of the headlines. Today’s latest dollop of DC-related rumor comes from Cinema Blend, whose sources indicate that The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Exodus: Gods And Kings‘ Joel Edgerton are both serious contenders for the role of Rick Flag. A key player in the Squad – a leader of sorts – Flag was originally set to be played by Tom Hardy, who dropped out last week after learning his part was much smaller than anticipated.
Since Hardy’s exit, Jake Gyllenhaal’s name was briefly linked to the role until he also passed due to scheduling conflicts. So, does this mean that Bernthal and Edgerton are the next best men for the job? Jumping back to last year, the former’s name appeared on one of many rumor reports connected to the film. That could have been mere connecting-the-dots, »
- Gem Seddon
LiveJournal is getting into online video in a way which should please the site’s more visually-inclined users. The anonymity-supporting blogging platform introduced video hosting on January 22, 2015, and comic book legend Stan Lee was the first to upload a video using the new feature.
Before the video hosting feature was introduced, LiveJournal bloggers were able to embed videos from other sites (but they’d have to upload their own video content to sites like YouTube before they could link or embed to them). LiveJournal’s new native video hosting simplifies this process. The platform’s users can now upload a video directly to LiveJournal, share it with their friends, and easily embed it into their posts.
- Bree Brouwer
David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.
He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.
His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a »
The ad campaign for "Mortdecai," the new Johnny Depp comic caper film, is so befuddling, both opaque and overbearing, that a recent Vulture article spent several hundred words trying to decode what, exactly, the movie was and why the powers that be behind said movie were content with selling the project based on large photos of the very handsome cast (also included: Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor) sporting cartoonish mustaches. This is a shame, because the movie is an undeniably charming, frothy affair, a zippy, inventive, frequently funny international romp that recalls both the "Pink Panther" and "Austin Powers" franchises, while somehow being considerably stranger than either.
Depp plays the title character, a kind of bone-headed aristocratic art dealer who trades in stolen antiquities. At the beginning of the movie, he's trying to screw over some Chinese gangsters, since he's in deep debt with the British government and his »
- Drew Taylor
The stars of the film - except for that 'tache - sat down with Digital Spy to discuss comedy heroes, why their off-screen friendship paid dividends and how the facial hair played gooseberry.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Goldblum and Olivia Munn round out the cast for Mortdecai, which is directed by Jurassic Park and Spider-Man writer Koepp. Depp and Koepp previously worked together on the 2004 film Secret Window.
Mortdecai opens in cinemas on January 23. »
Last night Marvel Entertainment announced that its summer event series Secret Wars will serve as a reboot to the Marvel Universe, and now comic book legend Stan Lee has shared his thoughts on the end of an era during an interview with Newsarama:
“It’s probably good. Anything they do that’s unexpected and different usually captures the attention of the fans. People will want to follow it to see what happens and where it will lead. Marvel cannot keep doing the same stories over and over again. You always have to come up with new angles and new approaches to things. I think it’s probably a good idea. It sounds intriguing to me. Of course I have an emotional attachment to the original Marvel Universe, because I was so involved in it. But that doesn’t mean I expect it to be that way forever. It might be better under this new approach. »
- Gary Collinson
Your enjoyment of Mortdecai is likely going to be based on one thing: how much you can stand late period Johnny Depp. If you still find his faux-British sauntering thing endearing and enjoyable, you’ll probably have a good time. If however, like me, you’ve been growing tired of it since the second Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, you might find it a bit of a chore.
Based on author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s series of cult novels, Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, an cartoonish upper crust art dealer-slash-conman, with a mansion in Oxford and staring bankruptcy down the barrel. When a rare Goya painting is stolen, old acquaintance and MI5 agent Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) throws Mortdecai a bone – retrieve the painting and he’ll clear his tax debt. What follows is a half Bond, »
Welcome To Issue 78!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
It seems a lot of you are excited about the possibility of Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and rightly so. I’ve been tweeted at, e-mailed and asked directly a whole bunch of detailed questions about how/when/if Spider-Man is making the move, and I can’t get more detailed at the moment.
Here’s why: the stuff I’m hearing is not coming from the rumored “Spider-Man” summit, so I don’t know if it occurred or what the subject matter will be. Marvel has plans as to how it is going to use Spider-Man moving forward and »
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