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Why Deadpool’s Success Should Surprise No One

This week, Neil Calloway argues that Deadpool’s success should not come as a surprise…

With Deadpool breaking box office records around the world (a bigger opening than The Force Awakens in Russia, oddly), and has been the surprising hit of the 2016 so far, making more than double its budget back in its opening weekend at the Us box office alone.

Deadpool has never been in among the most recognised of comic book characters; emerging in the nineties rather than the golden age of comics, Wade Wilson doesn’t have the recognition factor that Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent or Peter Parker do; we didn’t grow up with reruns of campy sixties TV shows about him, there has never been a darker animated series featuring Mark Hamill; to the general public, Deadpool was all but unknown. With that in mind, its success is an impressive achievement. Having said that, Iron Man
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How to make the Hunger Games better | Star Wars final cut update – listen to the Flickering Myth News Podcast #4

Star Wars: The Force Awakens final cut update, what’s happened to Fantastic Four 2, an interview with Holli Dempsey (Dad’s Army) And Oli comes up with two changes to make the Hunger Games so much better.

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Pan bombs at the Us box office with just $15 million

The big budget telling of Peter Pan’s origins was set to be a summer release, but re-shoots meant it was pushed back to October – and this decision has not paid off.

Released in over 3,000 screens, Pan only managed to pull in $15.3 million on its opening weekend. The Joe Wright directed feature cost upwards of $150 million, so it can join the likes of Jupiter Ascending, Tomorrowland and Fantastic Four in the big budget flops for 2015. The film did score a B+ on CinemaScore, so it could have longevity and build its money over time, but it will likely fail to reach the profit margin.

Pan came in third behind Hotel Transylvania 2 in its third week ($20.3 million) and The Martian ($37 million).

Pan features a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Apocalypse), Levi Miller (Supergirl), Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Adeel Akhtar
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Superhero Bits: Batman v Superman, Civil War, Daredevil, Gotham, The Killing Joke, The Flash, Fantastic Four

Superhero Bits: Batman v Superman, Civil War, Daredevil, Gotham, The Killing Joke, The Flash, Fantastic Four
Who’s Tao Okamoto playing in Batman v Superman? Is Jeremy Renner hinting at Hawkeye’s Civil War allegiance? Does Kevin Conroy want to join Mark Hamill in Batman: The Killing Joke? Will Daisy Johnson get a new look for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3? Which Gotham actor just became a series regular? Want a peek at a […]

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The week in comics: Mark Hamill, Arrow's Nazis & the trouble with Wonder Woman

The week in comics: Mark Hamill, Arrow's Nazis & the trouble with Wonder Woman
Join us for a rundown of all the biggest comics stories from the past seven days:

The trouble with Wonder Woman

Superstar comics writer Grant Morrison had some criticisms of Zack Snyder's take on Wonder Woman for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, telling Nerdist that Gal Gadot's portrayal is "not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted" for the superhero.

"His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it's all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera," he added. "Marston's Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist."

Morrison will be offering his own take on the Amazon princess in Wonder Woman: Earth One, a story that he says won't feature any fighting at all (as well as an Invisible Plane shaped like a vagina,
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The Week in Spandex – Batman v Superman, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, X-Men, Deadpool, Gambit, Justice League Dark, Superman Lives, Heroes Reborn and more

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman Lives, Suicide Squad, Justice League Dark, Hellboy III, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Gotham, Vixen, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Blackbirds, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit, Heroes Reborn, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…

As Warner Bros. gears up to showcase its DC Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con (with the likes of Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter all set to feature on the Hall H panel), Entertainment Weekly gave us an early look at the hugely anticipated superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice thanks to its Sdcc edition.
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"Namor: The Sub-Mariner"

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While Disney-owned Marvel Studios develops the vast, inter-dimensional worlds of Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" for the big screen, the movie rights to the vast, watery worlds of Marvel Comics "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" remain complicated:

Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, illustrator Bill Everett, depicted as the mutant son of a human sea captain and a promiscuous princess of the undersea kingdom of 'Atlantis'. 

Namor possessed the super-strength and aquatic breathing abilities of his mother's 'Homo mermanus' race. 

Through the years, the character has been portrayed either as a good-natured, but short-fused superhero, or a hostile invader obsessed with vengeance for perceived wrongs that humans committed against his kingdom.

After fighting WWII alongside 'Captain America' and the 'Human Torch' on the side of the Allies, Namor resurfaced in the 1950's as the subject of a live-action TV series.

He then returned in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #4 (May 1962), when 'Johnny Storm',
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Interview: Matthew Vaughn talks Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past, James Bond and Fantastic Four

Flickering Myth chat with Matthew Vaughn

Out in cinemas on at the end of the month, Flickering Myth Podcast host Luke Owen sat down with Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn to talk about the movie, leaving X-Men: Days of Future Past to work on it, thoughts on James Bond and what he makes of The Fantastic Four.

See Also – Exclusive: Matthew Vaughn talks The Fantastic Four: “I’ve seen the movie, it’s good… If you like Chronicle, then you’ll like this.”

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Featuring in the cast of
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Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar talk Kingsman: The Secret Service – Flickering Myth Podcast #105

The Flickering Myth Podcast gets spies hard…

On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen sits down with Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn and comic book writer Mark Millar to talk about the upcoming movie, their thoughts on James Bond and what they make of the new Fantastic Four reboot.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is out on January 29th, 2015.

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that
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'Fantastic Four' Trailer Debuts in February with 'Kingsman'

'Fantastic Four' Trailer Debuts in February with 'Kingsman'
How's this for a superhero Valentine? According to screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four teaser trailer will finally make its debut in theaters on February 13. It will be attached to 20th Century Fox's other comic book adaptation, the critically acclaimed action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. Guess who's not seeing Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Weekend now, mom?

Simon Kinberg felt compeled to reach out to Latino Review yesterday, after a story started making the rounds that director Josh Trank had made one 'mess' of a movie that was way too similar to his feature film debut Chronicle. Some even called it Chronicle 2. The rumor made sense, since Fox has refused to show any sort of footage or images from the production. And earlier in the week, producer Matthew Vaughn had told us all publicly that if we 'loved Chronicle' we'd 'like The Fantastic Four'.
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'Fantastic Four' Trailer Debuts in February with 'Kingsman'

'Fantastic Four' Trailer Debuts in February with 'Kingsman'
How's this for a superhero Valentine? According to screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four teaser trailer will finally make its debut in theaters on February 13. It will be attached to 20th Century Fox's other comic book adaptation, the critically acclaimed action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. Guess who's not seeing Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine's Weekend now, mom?

Simon Kinberg felt compeled to reach out to Latino Review yesterday, after a story started making the rounds that director Josh Trank had made one 'mess' of a movie that was way too similar to his feature film debut Chronicle. Some even called it Chronicle 2. The rumor made sense, since Fox has refused to show any sort of footage or images from the production. And earlier in the week, producer Matthew Vaughn had told us all publicly that if we 'loved Chronicle' we'd 'like The Fantastic Four'.

Batman v Superman trailer! Star Wars cameo? – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

Happy 2015, everyone. It feels like we haven’t seen you all year. (We’re trying to get as much mileage from that joke as possible).

What a way to kick off the New Year, with one huge (but, actually, pretty small) Ant-Man trailer and two massive rumours – an old character potentially appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will we be getting the first Batman V Superman: Dawn of Juctice and Fantastic Four trailers as early as next month!?

Fmtv will be back next Friday with our next edition of the Movie Newsgasm. Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live and to instantly gain 32% more cinematic swagger.

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Ant-man

…is set for release on July 17th , 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang,
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Flickering Myth’s Visit to the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo

Jessie Robertson reports from the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo…

The Cincinnati Comic Expo was held at downtown Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center and featured an array of celebrity guests, comic book legends, writers and artists and tons of activities to get involved in. I was there this weekend (with my lovely wife and daughter dressed as Captain America’s Daughter) to take in the sights and sounds of a geek’s utopia.

I attended last year’s Expo and the attendance this year dwarfed last years. People were jam-packed everywhere and you could barely move. Right off the bat, we saw several familiar vehicles parked on the sides (I tried to hitch a ride in the jeep but got sprayed with some foul green slime, so I stopped into the van for a quick snack)

Tons of celebrities filled the back half of the hall from Paul McGann, John Rhys-Davies, and
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"Namor": Marvel's First Mutant

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While Disney-owned Marvel Studios develops the vast, inter-dimensional worlds of Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" for the big screen, the movie rights to the vast, watery worlds of Marvel Comics "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" remain with Comcast:

Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, illustrator Bill Everett, depicted as the mutant son of a human sea captain and a promiscuous princess of the undersea kingdom of 'Atlantis'. 

Namor possessed the super-strength and aquatic breathing abilities of his mother's 'Homo mermanus' race. 

Through the years, the character has been portrayed either as a good-natured, but short-fused superhero, or a hostile invader obsessed with vengeance for perceived wrongs that humans committed against his kingdom.

After fighting WWII alongside 'Captain America' and the 'Human Torch' on the side of the Allies, Namor resurfaced in the 1950's as the subject of a live-action TV series.

He then returned in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #4 (May 1962), when 'Johnny Storm',
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20th Century Fox Comic-Con panel: Colin Firth kicks butt in 'Kingsman'

20th Century Fox Comic-Con panel: Colin Firth kicks butt in 'Kingsman'
20th Century Fox took control of Hall H for two hours on Friday to unveil some of their upcoming films. The big surprise? No talk of (or footage shown from) next summer’s Fantastic Four or of X-Men: Apocalypse. But there were plenty of other highlights:

- During the panel for September’s The Maze Runner, star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) accidentally revealed that a certain character dies in the film after he was asked what was the most difficult scene to shoot. “This is going horribly,” he (sorta) joked later. Fans also got a look at a new
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S7AR Wars: Looks Like Jade, Tastes Like Red

Welcome back to S7AR Wars, my weekly engagement with Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors and speculation and - slowly but surely - where I confront my overall problems with being a fan that would love to know everything and feel like he knows nothing.

On that latter half, because if I don’t put it at the top, I’m afraid I won’t come back around to it, I must admit I was puzzled that we were so starved for real dispatches from the Star Wars set this week. We spent the first half reporting that more Star Wars movies would be filmed at Pinewood (something we’ve known ever since the time was booked at the studio) and yesterday talking about a Harrison Ford ankle injury. That’s literally all we know about that ankle situation, outside of a rumbling that the injury was sustained on the Millennium Falcon.
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Star Wars Episode 7 cast revealed: The internet reacts

Star Wars Episode 7 cast revealed: The internet reacts
The internet was understandably awash with excitement yesterday (April 29) when the main cast of Star Wars Episode VII was finally announced.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are confirmed to be returning to the sci-fi franchise, along with several newcomers including Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Andy Serkis.

Hover over the image above to see who's who in Star Wars: Episode VII

A round-up of social media reaction to the news is presented below:

Digital Spy

"I think what people are forgetting is Harrison Ford is returning and will most likely be the lead with a big role in the film. That being said I would love to have seen the rumoured Gary Oldman cast in the film. He had great chemistry opposite Harrison Ford in Air Force One and is a very underrated actor - who most likely would not have taken too much spotlight from new cast members.
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Star Wars Cast Announced!!

Finally! The cast for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed, confirming rumours and specualtion as well as throwing in a few surprises. The original cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, will all return to the roles they made famous in the original trilogy, while the new guys show a broad range of talent. Attack The Block’s John Boyega and relative newcomer Daisy Ridley join the cast representing the UK. Adam Driver, who was pretty much already confirmed in a villain role has been announced, along with Inside Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac. Domhnall Glesson, who was at one time in the running for Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, is also cast, as well as cinematic legend, 85 year old Max Von Sydow. In a surprising turn of events, Ahmed Best is also confirmed as returning to the role
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5 Actors Eyed for Jedi Apprentice Role in 'Star Wars 7'

5 Actors Eyed for Jedi Apprentice Role in 'Star Wars 7'
While Disney and Lucasfilm still have no comment about the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, Variety claims that five actors have risen to the top of director J.J. Abrams' favorite list, with all candidates vying for the role of lead Jedi apprentice.

While no character details are available, we know that Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Matthew James Thomas (About a Boy), and Broadway actor Ray Fisher are all battling for this coveted role alongside long rumored Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons.

While Girls star Adam Driver has yet to be officially confirmed, this new report claims that he is a lock for the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, a member of the Empire who will face off against the Jedi apprentice in this three-part saga.

Insiders close to the production warn that this list of five young, mostly unknown actors is
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Entertainment Geekly: Let's Cast Everyone In Everything

Entertainment Geekly: Let's Cast Everyone In Everything
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

The vast majority of human beings will never cast anyone in anything, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold opinions about who should (and shouldn’t) play some beloved character in the next blockbuster iteration of that character’s franchise. Recently, I’ve engaged in a bit of fantasy casting for the Justice League movie, the next Fantastic Four movie, and the next next Amazing Spider-Man movie. In an effort to
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