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A mooted Blade reboot’s been in the planning stages for a while, but concrete news detailing active development has been hard to come by. Things looked up when star Wesley Snipes chimed-in enthusiastically on the subject a few weeks back, and now rumours are leaking that a potential film might focus on Blade’s daughter, Fallon Grey.
This is strictly a rumour, but it does make sense for Snipes to hand over the baton at this point. Due to his own legal difficulties, the actor’s star has waned considerably since 2004’s Blade: Trinity, a film also generally regarded as one of the worst comic-book adaptations of all time. 1998’s Blade and 2001’s Blade 2 were solid hits for Snipes, but it does feel like his moment has perhaps passed. Giving him a daughter to train would allow the actor to bid farewell, whilst pushing the series in a progressive new direction. »
- Daniel Kelly
There’s been much ado about a potential return of Blade on the big screen over the last several months. During July’s San Diego Comic Con, Blade himself, Wesley Snipes, said that he was in talks with Marvel about a new movie. Snipes played the character in three “Blade” movies, the last of which “Blade: Trinity” was released eleven-years ago in 2004. Bleeding Cool (via Coming Soon) now reports that Marvel Studios is actively crafting the blueprint for a new “Blade” film utilizing the framework of a new comic that focuses on the vampire superhero and his newly-created daughter. The comic was planned as part of the “All-New, All-Different Marvel,” relaunch and was set for release this October. It has since been pushed back, and Bleeding Cool contends that the decision was made by the Marvel higher-ups who are looking to craft a cinematic return for the character based on the comic’s storyline. »
- Roth Cornet
Over the course of Comic-Con, while promoting his new NBC series The Player, Blade star Wesley Snipes confirmed that he'd had meetings with Marvel about reprising the character. Now comes word that, while this may be true, the next incarnation of Blade on the big screen may not focus on Wesley Snipes's vampire hunter. Instead, it will focus on Marvel comics new female hunter.
Marvel is set to launch a new version of the Blade comic books that focuses on Blade's daughter, though they have been delayed. Bleeding Cool claims this delay is in effect because Marvel and Disney want the publication to fall in line with what they have planned on the big screen. What was once known simply as Blade 4 has suddenly become very important to those at Marvel in terms of multi-media, and the renewed interest is partially due to the overwhelming response Wesley Snipes »
It was predicted on Friday, and now it’s official: 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four has been clobbered at the North American box office, pulling in just $26.2 million on its debut weekend to place second behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on $29.4 million.
Struggling against horrendous reviews [read ours here and here] and word of mouth, the $120 million-budgeted Fantastic Four’s opening is the lowest for a Marvel branded movie since 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($22 million), and the eighth-lowest ever after Blade ($17 million), Blade: Trinity ($16 million), The Punisher ($13.8 million), Elektra ($12.8 million), Howard the Duck ($5 million) and Punisher: War Zone ($4.3 million).
- Gary Collinson
I think we all pretty much knew it was going to be a disappointing weekend at the domestic box office as the negative reviews of Fantastic Four rolled in all week, and deservedly so, it's a terrible movie. Of course, there was some optimism that it might crack $40 million, but that optimism quickly dissipated as it scored $11.3 million on Friday along with a nasty "C-" CinemaScore. The end result was a second place finish with $26.2 million, second to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation with $29.4 million and a solid 47% hold in its second weekend, as Fox must now decide what they're going to do with the Marvel property. The studio currently has Fantastic Four 2 dated for a June 9, 2017 release, but I don't see that happening. Not for a second. The only way they can keep this thing moving is to attach a top notch director to either reboot it once more, »
- Brad Brevet
Although initial tracking had put it in the $40 – $50 million bracket, it seems the flood of negative reviews and poor word of mouth on Fantastic Four is set to result in a domestic opening weekend of around $25 million.
The $120 million-budgeted film debuted to just $2.7 million from showings in the States on Thursday, and could even lose out on first place this weekend to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Should Fantastic Four pull in less than $30 million, it would be the lowest opening for a Marvel-branded movie since Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuted with $22 million in 2012, with only Blade ($17 million), Blade: Trinity ($16 million), The Punisher ($13.8 million) Elektra ($12.8 million), Howard the Duck ($5 million) and Punisher: War Zone ($4.3 million) ever having opened with less.
See Also: Read our Fantastic Four reviews here and here
Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7th, »
- Gary Collinson
Shark Killer, 2015.
Directed by Sheldon Wilson.
A shark wrangler with a fear of the sea has to hunt a shark to retrieve a diamond from its stomach for his crooked brother.
In many ways it is unfortunate that Steven Spielberg did such an amazing job with Jaws, as every single shark adventure that has been made ever since just pales in comparison with what is pretty much a perfect movie. That isn’t to say that other shark movies aren’t enjoyable but you do spend a lot of time pointing things out and saying “That was in Jaws” or “They stole that from Jaws”.
And this is very true for the first five minutes of Shark Killer, as we are on a Hawaiian beach (or so it says) with a town official declaring the beaches »
- Gary Collinson
The actor has told The Huffington Post that while he may be up for returning as Wade Wilson in a sequel, he will not be looking to bring any other superheroes to the big screen.
The actor said: "We all want to be Batman alone at home in our specifically-sewn Bat pajammies, but no, I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this.
"Hopefully we'll get to do Deadpool again. Given the fact that it's rated R, the fans have to show their support for it, and they have to come out and make it worthwhile for the studio to make another one, but that's it for me. I've punched that superhero card a few times now, and that's enough."
Reynolds has already logged a »
Before "Spider-Man," before "X-Men," it was 1998's "Blade" that really ushered in the current wave of successful comic book movie adaptations. Even though it has been more than ten years since Wesley Snipes slipped on his Daywalker outfit in "Blade: Trinity," the actor is still inexorably identified with the role.
With Marvel Studios now in control of the character again, there's always the possibility of the vampire hunter returning. Appearing at Comic Con this week, Snipes was asked if he would return to the role and surprisingly he revealed to Deadline that Marvel themselves have been considering the possibility:
"The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don't know where it's on their schedule at this point, that hasn't been decided. I guess it's still up in the air."
Even if Snipes doesn't return to the role, »
- Garth Franklin
Since Blade: Trinity, er, 'disappointed', there's been little more than the occasional murmur about a possible fourth Blade movie. Wesley Snipes' ability to make movies was curtailed a little at one point afterwards, due to the fact that he was in prison, but he's been ramping up his career this past year or two.
His next project is The Player, an incoming TV series. And while promoting that, he was asked what the position was on Blade 4. "The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air", he said. »
Despite making his cinematic debut before the modern superhero movie craze, Blade’s been missing from the big screen for a while. Wesley Snipes last portrayed the character in 2004’s Blade: Trinity, and other than the short-lived Spike TV series, he hasn’t seen live-action since. While Marvel later got the rights to Blade back from New Line Cinema in 2011, they haven’t announced any plans to use him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Snipes has expressed enthusiasm about doing a Blade 4, and now it appears he’s talked with the House of Ideas about Blade’s future. In an interview with Deadline, Snipes mentioned that he has met with Marvel about bring Blade back, but the character’s status is still uncertain at this point. He said: The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a »
Wesley Snipes, star of all three Blade films, revealed during an interview with Deadline that he has met with Marvel Studios about reprising his role as the vampire-human hybrid for a future Blade project.
When asked about making a fourth film based on the character, Snipes said, “[Blade 4] is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air.”
Snipes was also asked if he would be interested in joining the Marvel Universe in another way, to which he replied, “That’s a possibility too. I’ve always been a fan of these pieces and adaptations, and [it’d] be nice to be a part of the family again. But if we don’t [do] a »
- Justin Cook
The last time Wesley Snipes suited up as the "Daywalker" was for the underwhelming Blade: Trinity, but the first 2 movies are well regarded enough that the demand is still there for him to return to the role. In past interviews the actor has spoken fondly about the character and said he would love to fang-up again if the opportunity arose, but most of us felt this was wishful thinking. Well, turns out Marvel might just be interested in putting something together... or at least, they were! "The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things," Snipes told Deadline while chatting about his upcoming NBC series The Player. "I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air." Considering »
Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to the comic book genre, portraying Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, Hal Jordan in Green Lantern and Nick in R.I.P.D.. The actor will reprise his role as the Merc With the Mouth from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine in his next superhero movie, the highly-anticipated Deadpool, arriving in theaters February 12, 2016. While promoting his new thriller Self/less, in theaters July 10, Ryan Reynolds revealed that Deadpool will be the last superhero he plays, although he does hope to bring the fans a sequel.
"We all want to be Batman alone at home in our specifically-sewn Bat pajammies, but no, I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this. Hopefully we'll get to do Deadpool again. Given the fact that it's rated R, the fans have to show their support for it, and they have to come out and make it worthwhile for »
Ryan Reynolds is certainly no stranger to the superhero movie, having appeared in Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern, and as he gears up to appear at the San Diego Comic-Con to promote next year’s X-Men spinoff Deadpool, the actor has told The Huffington Post that the Merc with a Mouth will be his final superhero role.
“We all want to be Batman alone at home in our specifically-sewn Bat pajammies, but no, I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this. Hopefully we’ll get to do Deadpool again. Given the fact that it’s rated R, the fans have to show their support for it, and they have to come out and make it worthwhile for the studio to make another one, but that’s it for me. I’ve punched that superhero card a few times now, and that’s enough.”
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Reynolds has played a lot of superheroes for one actor: Green Lantern in the DC flop, Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, and Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The actor will reprise Wade Wilson in the upcoming solo film for 20th Century Fox, and according to him, there are no more superhero roles awaiting him in the future. Prior to his arrival at San Diego Comic-Con this week, Reynolds hit up HuffPost Live to promote another little movie of his that is not Deadpool. You just can.t talk about Self/Less without squeezing in at least one question about the merc with the mouth. If you were somehow holding out hope that the man behind the katana blades would be adding yet another superhero role to his roster, we have some bad news for you. Said Reynolds, We all want to be Batman alone at home in our specifically-sewn »
You've got to hand it to Ryan Reynolds, he's taken multiple multiplex hard knocks, and kept his stride. No stranger to comic book movies, he's appeared in "Blade: Trinity" and "The Green Lantern," and gets another shot at playing Deadpool after the mess that was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." But even he has his limits, and he says no more spandex for him if it ain't the merc with a mouth. "I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this," the actor told Huffington Post. "Hopefully we'll get to do 'Deadpool' again. Given the fact that it's rated R, the fans have to show their support for it, and they have to come out and make it worthwhile for the studio to make another one, but that's it for me. I've punched that superhero card a few times now, and that's enough." And hey, fair play. He's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Daredevil moonlighting as Batman? For some actors, one comic book character isn’t enough, nor is one comic publisher. Some actors have jumped the fence between Marvel and DC, playing characters from both companies.
Marvel and DC may have a rivalry going, but that doesn’t stop them from hiring actors who’ve previously worked for the competition. Below is a list of nine actors who’ve portrayed characters from both comic book publishers.
For Marvel: His first foray into the super hero realm was as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004). Later, he joined Hugh ‘Wolverine’ Jackman as part of the X-franchise, taking on the role of the mutant Wade “Deadpool” Wilson in X-Men: Origins-Wolverine (2009). He is set to recreate this role in Deadpool (2016)
For DC: He got his big opportunity for super hero stardom playing the cosmic hero with the power ring in Green Lantern (2011). Sadly, that »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.
What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.
Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Check out those guns! Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter on Monday to show off his buff biceps -- and it seems he has some big competition in the gym. "This stud out-benched me in the gym Sunday. Nice meeting you Adley," he captioned the pic above. In the photo, the actor and his pint-sized workout partner both flexed their muscles after lifting some weights. While the "Green Lantern" hunk is superhero shape now for his upcoming role in "Deadpool," he wasn't always so disciplined with his diet and exercise routine. "I was pretty unhealthy," he recently told Men's Fitness. "I didn’t care what I ate or what I drank." When he landed a role in "Blade: Trinity," Blake Lively's other half got serious. After three months, six-day-a week workouts, and a 3,200-calorie daily diet, Reynolds gained 25 pounds of muscle. "That time changed my life because it taught me »
- tooFab Staff
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