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Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2015.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Thomas Kretschmann, Cobie Smulders, Claudia Kim, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell and Linda Cardellini.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
I looked back at my review of The Avengers from 2012 and the opening paragraph struck me as one which I’d never consider writing now;
“Firstly, I love films based on comic book characters and I enjoy many summer blockbusters, so I cannot complain that I wasn’t part of The Avengers’ target audience. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-2, X-Men: First Class, »
- Gary Collinson
The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, Tales From The Crypt, Superman Returns). With a skeleton crew and donated performances (the plaid shirt performer is a friend of the producer), the ...
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
In the early 2000s, young heartthrob Josh Hartnett was in a position that many young actors would envy. He had just starred in two big movies (“Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”) from two very different auteurs, and for a while it seemed like he could be the next top tier star: a new Tom Cruise or Will Smith. But Hartnett avoided being locked down in any possible blockbuster franchise by turning down one superhero role after another, yet there’s one he regrets saying no to. In a short interview with Playboy (via Variety), Hartnett was asked about the times he was asked to play Superman for Bryan Singer in “Superman Returns,” Spider-Man for Sam Raimi’s film of the same name and Batman for Christopher Nolan. What was his reasoning for turning down such potentially lucrative roles? “The intensity of my sudden fame was overwhelming for me, and in the middle of that, »
- Cain Rodriguez
To celebrate Charlie Adlard illustrating the cover of their latest issue, the folks at Metal Hammer magazine visited The Walking Dead artist's studio in a new video. Also included in our latest round-up is a new release date for Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake and early details on an upcoming UK theatrical re-release of Tod Browning's classic 1932 horror film, Freaks.
Charlie Adlard's Studio: "Charlie Adlard, the comic book artist responsible for The Walking Dead (And The Latest Metal Hammer Cover) talks to Metal Hammer Magazine about how he got into comic books and his inspirations."
Video courtesy of Metal Hammer via TheWalkingDead.com:
"In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth »
- Derek Anderson
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is an eminent actor and a well-respected performer of his generation. He constantly puts in solid performances in any movie, television or theatrical projects he involves himself in and is a consummate professional. He recently picked up the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama award at this years Golden Globe ceremony in Los Angeles for his much praised role as the conniving Francis Underwood in Netflix Original series ‘House of Cards’. And with the third season of the award-winning series heading our way later this month we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best and most iconic movie roles the 55-year old actor has managed to accumulate over the years.
- David Agnew
With Brandon Routh back in a DC-created superhero costume (as the Atom on Arrow), a new Supergirl show being teased for TV, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice less than a year from landing, it feels like a perfect time to revisit and rank all of Superman's live-action cinematic outings.
We've ordered them from worst to best, and you should probably brace yourselves for a few surprises along the way. So, whip off your glasses, run to your nearest phone-box, twirl around a bit, and then maybe put your glasses back on because you might need them if you want to read the following.
7. Superman Returns (2006)
Okay, so before you grab your Kryptonite pitchforks/aim your heat vision in our general direction because we've ranked Bryan Singer's Christ allegory below Christopher Reeve's attempt to secure world peace (which everyone else agrees was the nadir for the franchise), hear us out. »
Following the success that the CW has had with The Flash (with the help of Arrow) over its first season, a Flash/Arrow spin-off has begun moving forward. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg have all signed on for its development. With The Flash, Arrow and this new series all living in the same universe, more crossover episodes are undoubtedly planned.
The series has been set to star Brandon Routh (Arrow's Ray/The Atom, Superman Returns' Clark Kent/Superman), Caity Lotz (Arrow's Sara/Canary), and has now picked up Ciara Renee to play Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl and Arthur Darvill to play Rip Hunter.
Superman may be the archetypal superhero from whose rib all later comic book heroes were created, but Lex Luthor is far from your typical supervillain. The Man Of Steel’s arch nemesis is a smart, conniving, megalomaniacal and intensely driven sort that isn’t a world away from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; or at least the Mark Zuckerberg from the recent movie The Social Network. And if his world domination plan involved social media instead of robots.
Which makes Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as the villain in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice a stroke of genius. Eisenberg has the requisite chops to not only make Luthor the true threat he is – despite lacking any powers of his own, and coming up against the indestructible Last Son Of Krypton – whilst also conveying what a complex character Lex is.
Plus, as the picture released by Snyder this week proves, »
- Tom Baker
This June, the dead will rise again as Double Take (2T) launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead, with three new comics set in the universe of the 1968 film. Two series, Rise and Z-Men are written by preeminent Zombie writer, Jeff McComsey, while the third, Home, is written by Moth Grand Slam Champion, Peter Aquero. Digital previews of all three premier issues are available now at DoubleTakeUniverse.com.
Much more than just a singular launch, this marks the first releases in a major initiative surrounding the classic horror franchise, which frightened moviegoers all around the world and made zombies a household name. Having commissioned a new generation of writers to breathe new life into the classic franchise, 2T has a dozen series in the works - some following characters from the film in surprising new directions; other stories are all new. All creators are working in collaboration with 2T Gm, »
Eisenberg follows in the famous footsteps of other actors who’ve taken on the roll of the evil genius in both film (Gene Hackman, Superman: The Movie & Kevin Spacey, Superman Returns) and on TV (John Shea, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” & Michael Rosenbaum, “Smallville”).
Eisenberg starred in Zombieland (2009), The Social Network (2010), and Now You See Me (2013). The actor is filming the sequel, Now You See Me: The Second Act, with director Jon M. Chu. That film will be in theaters on June 10, 2016.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice on March 25, 2016.
- Michelle McCue
It’s a sad day for fans of Jesse Eisenberg’s famous curls.
The stark black-and-white image of a shaved-head Eisenberg as Lex Luthor lays to rest any rumblings of the actor’s inability to play a villain.
“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course,” Snyder told EW.
The character Lex Luthor is usually thought to be bald. Gene Hackman famously wore wigs to conceal the character’s chrome dome when he played a rather vain Lex Luther in the 1970s and 1980s films. Kevin Spacey »
- Marianne Zumberge
One stalks the streets as trick-or-treaters ring doorbells and handfuls of candy are given away. Another visits naughty children's homes on Christmas Eve with the intention of gobbling the little terrors. Holiday creatures Sam and Krampus are celebrated and feared and are featured in the films of Michael Dougherty, the former in 2007's Trick ’r Treat (as well as the in-development Trick ’r Treat 2) and the latter in the upcoming Krampus. Looking to dive deeper into the rich worlds of these two holiday enforcers, the folks at Legendary Comics have announced Trick ’r Treat and Krampus graphic novels that are slated to hit comic shop shelves later this year:
Press Release - "Legendary Comics is taking the twisted stories from the mind of Michael Dougherty from the screen to the printed page with the announcement of two graphic novels based on Trick 'r Treat and Krampus. Hitting stores later this year, »
- Derek Anderson
"That little boy's dreams come true. It's an amazing, beautiful thing. But his nightmares, they're... deadly." A newly adopted boy is afraid to close his eyes in Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake. He doesn't fear the bladed boogeyman from Elm Street, though. He's instead scared of what he might conjure into the real world, as both his dreams and nightmares become palpable entities in the first trailer for the upcoming supernatural thriller from Flanagan. Also featured in our latest video round-up are teasers for the second season of Penny Dreadful, the fifth season of Game of Thrones, and the debut season of Scream Queens.
"In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. »
- Derek Anderson
The film opens in theaters on May 8, 2015.
Head over to the film’s Official Twitter Page to watch the trailer now.
In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt »
- Michelle McCue
This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The visual effects are from the Oscar-winning creature-effects wizardry of Weta Workshop and the Oscar-winning visual effects of Weta Digital.
A humorously creepy alternative to the traditional holiday classic, Krampus stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty), Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman (“Fargo“), David Koechner (Anchorman series), Emmy nominee Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), Emjay Anthony (Chef), Stefania Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Lena Rais).
Krampus tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family »
- Michelle McCue
Empire magazine recently asked its readers to vote for the greatest superhero film of all time. The magazine compiled the result and we now have the top thirty choices, with Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" taking the top spot. Neither of "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments, "Iron Man 3," "The Incredible Hulk," "X-Men," "Spawn," or "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" made the list. Instead, there were plenty of surprises that made it into the top thirty like "Unbreakable," "The Incredibles," "The Crow" and "Chronicle." Check out the full list below and let us know if you agree with the results. 1. The Dark Knight 2. X2 3. Superman II 4. The Avengers 5. Superman 6. Spider-Man 2 7. Batman Returns 8. Unbreakable 9. Watchmen 10. Guardians of the Galaxy 11. The Incredibles 12. Blade 13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 14. X-Men: Days of Future Past 15. Kick-Ass 16. Iron Man 17. The Crow 18. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 19. The Dark Knight Rises 20. Batman Begins 21. Batman 22. Spider-Man 23. Thor 24. X-Men: First Class »
When I first read the headlines, I swear I could hear the high-pitched tear of a needle being dragged across a vinyl record. After posting a few pieces of concept art, 20th Century Fox gave the go-ahead to Neill Blomkamp to take the reigns of their wounded Alien franchise. The one that has been so poorly manhandled that they couldn’t even make a decent movie out the back story with Ridley Scott at the helm, and couldn’t mine one moment of fun from crossing over the classic Xenomorphs with the Predator franchise. I mean, seriously. Even the terrible Freddy vs. Jason had a few fun moments.
The Alien franchise has been drifting aimlessly since James Cameron delivered the universally loved Aliens nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Alien fans have been perpetually disappointed by the series. »
- Anghus Houvouras
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