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From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
In a recent interview with The Source Magazine, actor Michael B. Jordan talked about the Fantastic Four reboot that he completed filming. Some of the things he mentions includes his "original Johnny stuff," their "fresh take" on the story, and the advice he received from Chris Evans.
When asked about his experience playing Johnny Storm, the actor said:
"Yeah man it's been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There’s a lot of personality traits and things to him that people are really going to look forward to seeing. Got a lot of original Johnny stuff in there and then you have – not a New take but a fresh take. We have a different take on different things as well. I could go on and on about it but I think it’s something that people will enjoy."
I'm curious to see what this fresh »
- Joey Paur
When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, many a fan balked due to the color of his skin, claiming this was not a true representation of the Marvel character. The news has been confirmed for a while now, and it's been rather quiet in terms of whether or not audiences will accept this new interpretation of the Human Torch. Speaking with The Source, the actor hints that the color of Johnny's skin may not be the only thing that has changed.
Michael B. Jordan, who won raves for his performance in Fruitvale Station, but may be best remembered for his role as Haddie Braverman's boyfriend on Parenthood, had this to say about taking on such an iconic Marvel character.
"It's been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There's a lot of »
Composers from a number of Marvel and DC film and TV projects will be talking about their craft at the second annual “Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” panel tomorrow, Thursday, July 24th, from 3-4 Pm in the Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom. John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past,Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Salem) Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blake Neely (CW’s The Flash, Arrow) and Christophe Beck (Frozen, Edge of Tomorrow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will take attendees behind the scenes on their musical process and show clips, some […] »
Update: Add the X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (Limited Collector's Edition) Blu-ray to the mix as it is on sale for $100 off at $99.99. The set includes all six X-Men films on Blu-ray -- X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011) and The Wolverine (2013) -- in exclusive "claw" packaging, plus a bonus disc. Click here top pick it up. Amazon has a little DC Comics and Marvel movie sale today, offering the The Dark Knight Blu-ray trilogy and Man of Steel Collectible Figurine Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray at a massive discount, not to mention 69% off the "Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection". Topping it off, you can also get 70% off a Marvel Blu-ray bundle as well as 59% off the "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 1-11 Bundle" First off, the The Dark Knight Blu-ray trilogy includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises plus »
- Brad Brevet
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
Not too long ago it looked like the rights to the Fantastic Four would revert to Marvel Studios. When Twentieth Century Fox’s hold on Daredevil ran out, it was revealed that they had been offered the chance to keep the Man Without Fear in exchange for giving Marvel Galactus and Silver Surfer.
The thing about the Fantastic Four is that their supporting cast is as valuable as the foursome themselves, and the potential for just the two characters mentioned above in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was huge. However, Fox weren’t keen on keeping Daredevil and instead got to work on rebooting the franchise after two disastrous efforts from Tim Story. Soon after, they turned to Chronicle director Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to bring the Fantastic Four back to the big screen.
- Josh Wilding
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
It has been seven years since "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and only now are some comic fans getting over the pain. Both films came out in that awkward middle ground - after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" and Bryan Singer's "X-Men" resuscitated the superhero genre, but before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy took it to a whole new level.
Tim Story, who directed both films, recently reflected on the differences in the genre between when he made those movies almost ten years ago and today. Talking with Screen Crush, he says:
"I'd say the normal audience has just gotten into more serious tone. I don't want to say darker because that doesn't seem right... the tone has gotten a lot edgier and kind of straightforward. It's going to be interesting just to see, when you think of some of the few superhero »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox
When Fox announced their aim to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new feature film in 2015, the news was met with a familiar mixture of excitement and resignation amongst fans of the long-running comic book franchise. After all, this was the Fantastic Four – one of Marvel Comics’ greatest super hero teams, practically household names in the geek circles we run in.
But we’d been burned before. Leaving aside B-movie producer Roger Corman’s abortion of a movie from 1994 (allegedly only made as a placeholder because the rights would revert to Marvel unless a movie was produced), 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer were widely panned by fans and critics alike, director Tim Story’s efforts perceived as high camp with low comedy.
Incoming director Josh Trank, however, has some excellent form here, having made his directorial debut in »
- Ben Cooke
We take a look at the post-credits sequence of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, with spoilers, and explain what it's all about...
This article contains spoilers for X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Marvel Studios might have made the post-credits scene an event for superhero fans, but it was actually Fox who taught us to look for them in every comic book adaptation we go to. From Daredevil to X-Men: The Last Stand to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, they established it as a treat for fans long before Iron Man made it the must-see part of the movie.
True to form, X-Men: Days of Future Past contains its own post-credits scene, which occurs right at the very end of the credits, where these things should go. It's also one that's not going to make any sense to people who aren't fans of the wider franchise beyond the movies, »
Talking to Crave Online at WonderCon yesterday, Simon Kinberg was quizzed by the site about how the tone of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four will differ to that of Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which were rubbish light comedies. "It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," the X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer revealed. "If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man." That sounds like the right sort of direction to take the reboot in and is a good sign that we'll see elements from both the 616 and Ultimate versions. Now, depending on which of the Spider-Man franchises you prefer, that will either be very good or bad news. »
In Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Johnny Storm, played by Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has an encounter with the Silver Surfer that allows him to swap superpowers with members of his superhero team. In one memorable scene, Ben Grimm/Thing, played by Michael Chiklis ("The Commish"), is intrigued by Johnny's new ability and when he touches Johnny, Ben swaps his Thing form for Johnny's Human Torch powers. Flame on! Of course, Johnny is not pleased with his new rock-like skin and freaks out. It's a fairly humorous scene, but it could've looked a bit different. The image above, that's a piece of concept art that artist Dark Hoffman rendered for the film. As you can see, it is a much bulkier version of a transformed Johnny Storm as compared to the theaterical version that was ultimately chosen. Images of the final version »
As important as their legacy is in the history of Marvel Comics, the superhero group known as the Fantastic Four has not had a terribly great run in the movie industry. The characters. big screen debut came back in 1994 when Roger Corman produced a Fantastic Four film that was actually never supposed to be seen by the public, and then in 2005 and 2007 they got Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - two critically-panned blockbusters that were ultimately unable to inspire the effort to create a full trilogy. That bad run may soon finally come to an end, however. 20th Century Fox is in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four movie franchise with a whole new direction and cast, and the finished product promises to be one of the biggest films of 2015. But what do we know about the project so far? Who are all of »
When it comes to casting, the "Fantastic Four" reboot isn't kidding around.
The reinvigorated franchise has found its Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) in British actor Toby Kebbell, Variety reports. And while he may not be as well known as his Ff costars Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, he's already worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg ("War Horse"), Ridley Scott ("The Counselor"), and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves. Chances are, you've seen this guy in action. And chances are, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.
Marvel fans worried about how this incarnation will set itself apart from its forgettable forefathers (2005's "Fantastic Four" and its sequel, 2007's "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer"), rest assured. In addition to the talented group of actors in front of the camera, director Josh Trank ("Chronicle") heads up the "Fantastic Four" reboot, »
- Tim Hayne
Much has been made about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four reboot coming from Chronicle director Josh Trank, some of it negative, some of it postive. But, what does the most recent actor to play the character have to say about Jordan's casting? Chris Evans, who played the character in both the 2005 film Fantastic Four and the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer discussed his feelings on "passing the torch" to »
- Paul Shirey
It seems Chris Evans still has some fondness for the Human Torch role! The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor played Johnny Storm in both Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and was arguably the best thing (along with Michael Chiklis' Thing) about both movies. He has stated in the past that he wasn't particularly happy with how the movies turned out, but while talking to NY Daily News, Evans admits to feeling "precious" about the character -- while giving Michael B. Jordan his blessing to take over the role in the upcoming reboot. “It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait. I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, »
Now that we know who's set to play Marvel's First Family in Fox's upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, attention is shifting towards the villain of the piece, with The Wrap revealing that four actors remain on the shortlist for the role of the ruthless Latverian ruler Doctor Doom.
According to the site, Fox and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) are looking at Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley (Control) for the part of Victor Von Doom, who was played by Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Who would you like to see taking on the role of Doctor Doom? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
- Gary Collinson
We're still yet to get official confirmation from 20th Century Fox as to the cast (even though it seems all but assured at this point), but with The Fantastic Four gearing up to go into production this month, producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has spoken briefly about the reboot to Empire, during which he made sure to distance it from Fox's previous Ff movies.
"It’s a total reboot. It’s got nothing to with the other bloody ones," said Vaughn, referring to Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as Marvel's First Family. "It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy."
Let's hope that they do stick with some of the source material, »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox has given the green light to a comedy inspired by flamboyant forward Dennis Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" visit to North Korea last year. Titled Diplomats, the movie will be directed by Tim Story, who previously helmed Ride Along, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Barbershop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jonathan Abrams has based the movie on the many antics Rodman carried out while in the country.
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