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Who he is: Banshee, a.k.a. Sean Cassidy
His power: Banshee has a sonic scream that he can use to deafen opponents, create vibrations of different intensities, and send himself flying as he rides the soundwaves.
His story: Sean is using his powers to flirt with a girl at the aquarium when he first appears in X-Men: First Class. While his fish-tank vibrations don’t get him anywhere with the girl, they do impress Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who recruit Sean to join their new C.I.A.-sanctioned team of mutants, where he earns the name Banshee. He shatters the glass window of the team’s hangout in the C.I.A.’s covert research base, but he gains greater control of his abilities as he trains to take out the Hellfire Club. He learns how to use his sonic scream for flight, and this skill comes »
Who is he: Havok, a.k.a. Alex Summers
His power: Havok can shoot out huge blasts of energy from his body, an unpredictable power that he initially needs a containment suit to control.
His story: Havok was a prisoner of the U.S. government when Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr approached him to join their CIA-sanctioned mutant team in X-Men: First Class, giving him the opportunity to use his destructive mutant powers for good. Unfortunately, Alex’s hot-headed nature is partially responsible for the death of fellow new X-Man Darwin, who is killed when Sebastian Shaw absorbs Havok’s energy blast and transfers it inside Darwin to blow him up. Havok isn’t too shaken by his role in Darwin’s demise, and quickly settles into his role as one of Charles and Erik’s new recruits, gaining a containment suit that allows him greater control of his powers »
Who he is: Beast, a.k.a. Hank McCoy
His power: Beast has enlarged feet that he can use to latch on to surfaces, superstrength, and generally enhanced physical capabilities. He also gains blue fur, claws, and fangs after taking a serum intended to heal his mutation.
His story: After a brief cameo on a TV screen in X2, Beast is properly introduced in X-Men: The Last Stand as an old friend of the X-Men who now serves as the U.S. government’s secretary of mutant affairs. He rejoins the mutant team when Worthington Labs announces it has created a cure for genetic mutation, and helps fight Magneto’s Brotherhood during its assault on Alcatraz Island. X-Men: First Class explores the start of Hank McCoy’s friendship with Charles Xavier, and he works with Charles and the C.I.A. to fight Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club. Hank falls »
“Both Olive and Nirokhi bring a sharp and distinctive eye, whipsmart taste, and have shown great ability to spot talent early on, to find exciting IP and to work with the best and most dynamic new voices in our business,” said Erik Feig, co-president of the motion picture group.
Uniacke began her career as a production assistant on the Harry Potter franchise, and “X-Men: First Class.” She assisted producer Neal Moritz on “Fast 6” in London, joined management company 42 and worked on “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “The Titan.” She is an associate producer on Netflix’s “Sand Castle,” “Collide” and “In Darkness.”
“She’s really energetic, »
- Dave McNary
It looks like Assassin’s Creed director Justin Kurzel may have found his next project, with The Tracking Board reporting that the Australian filmmaker is attached to Ruin, a gritty revenge thriller from writers Ryan and Matt Firpo.
According to the site, the film follows “a nameless ex-Nazi captain who navigates the ruins of post-wwii Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.”
Apparently there’s a lot of interest in the project from Hollywood studios, who are currently bidding on the package. No word yet on whether we could get a third collaboration between Kurzel and his Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed star Michael Fassbender, who is certainly no stranger to hunting Nazis after Inglourious Basterds and X-Men: First Class. »
- Amie Cranswick
With the Amazon Princess’ live-action solo movie fast approaching, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a Commemorative Edition re-release of the acclaimed 2009 DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Wonder Woman, which is set to hit Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this May. Take a look at the cover art, synopsis, special features and trailer here…
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It »
- Gary Collinson
Burbank, CA (March 28, 2017) — Return to the realm of Amazonian warriors, Greek gods and mythological creatures – all unleashed on modern civilization – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment honors the world’s greatest female super hero with the release of Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. The feature-length, PG-13 rated animated film, one of the best-reviewed entries in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies (we liked it when the film was first released in 2009), will be distributed on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.
Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting May 16, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. »
- ComicMix Staff
With the Wonder Woman live action movie set to arrive in theaters in just over two months, it’s understandable that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will want to put out as much merchandise bearing the likeness of the Amazon Princess as possible. One item in particular that’s worthy of attention is that of the forthcoming Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition.
Truth be told, it’s technically not a new offering, but rather a repackaging of the amazing animated film originally released back in 2009. Unfortunately, no R-rated cut will be included as was previously reported. Despite any second guessing you may have, do know that one exists out there somewhere, as the filmmakers have admitted they had to make some alterations in order to get the PG-13 rating because, at the time, WB didn’t afford as much leeway with mature content as they do now.
Moving on to the official synopsis, »
- Eric Joseph
Shooting on the pilot of Matt Nix’s upcoming X-Men TV series is currently taking place, though outside of some major casting additions and the fact Bryan Singer is directing the episode, we know very little about The Gifted. In fact, that may not even be the official title.
Previous casting calls and interviews have confirmed that we’ll see the robotic Sentinels in the drama – which will revolve around a family coming to terms with having mutant children and their eventual meeting with a group of underground heroes – and it’s also thought that the show will be closely tied to the movies. If that’s the case, it could explain this latest tidbit of information, which is that Legacy Casting is looking for “SS Guards.”
Fans of the X-Men movies will know full well that WWII is an era we’ve already visited in both the first film »
- Josh Wilding
Juliette Harrisson Mar 27, 2017
There are various ways to tackle the X-Men movies. Here are our suggestions...
It happens so often in Sff fandoms. You have a series, it starts out releasing an original story, then some sequels, then... it all goes a bit wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey, whether through the release of prequels, through introducing a time-travel element to the story that confuses the order of the narrative, or other various narrative shenanigans.
The viewing order of the X-Men film series is especially complicated. The series includes prequels, at least two different timelines, and more internal inconsistencies than you can shake an adamantium-or-bone claw at. So, with the Hugh Jackman/Patrick Stewart era coming to a close with Logan, we thought we’d suggest a few different options for approaches to an X-Men movie marathon. None of these suggested viewing orders are intended to be definitive and, thanks to the determined lack of internal consistency in the series, »
Kingsman: The Secret Service was one hell of a movie! Based on the comic book series The Secret Service from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the movie was both a fun homage and semi-parody on the spy genre. A love letter to James Bond in every way, director Matthew Vaughn brought with him everything he learned from Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class and took it to the next level with incredible action scenes, dialogue, and cast including memorable performances by Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Taron Egerton.
The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees the return of Vaughn as director and cast members Egerton, Mark Strong, and Firth... somehow. Joining them is a completely bonkers cast including Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and even Elton John. And let's not forget that Pedro Pascal (Narcos, The Great Wall) is playing a character named "Jack Daniels." The film is in post-production, »
- Nick Doll
While Logan only had a brief one-time run atop the box office a few weeks ago, Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie is still going strong, passing another box office milestone over the weekend. While it dropped to third place with $17.8 million, that domestic take and its international tally were enough to push it over the $500 million worldwide box office plateau. The movie currently stands at $183.4 million domestic and $339.3 million from international markets, for a worldwide tally of $523.6 million, from a $97 million budget.
Box Office Mojo also has an interesting breakdown of the Wolverine franchise, comparing Logan to Hugh Jackman's other two stand-alone Wolverine movies, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine, neither of which achieved the kind of critical and commercial success that Logan has already achieved. After just three weeks in theaters, Logan has already surpassed the domestic, foreign and worldwide totals for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. »
We told you the other that that Jason Flemyng, best known for his collaborations with Matthew Vaughn and roles in such pics as X-Men: First Class and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, recently sank his teeth into directing with vampire thriller Eat Local. We now have have the vampire comedy’s first trailer, which carries a ton of laughs…and heavy machinery. Eat Local […] »
- Brad Miska
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, Justice League Dark, Man of Steel 2, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Logan, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Supernova, Legion, Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, Venom, Quantum and Woody and more…
If you thought all the of the drama surrounding The Batman was over once Warner Bros. enlisted Matt Reeves to take over directing duties from Ben Affleck, then think again. This week has brought news that the studio is looking to push back production on the Dark Knight solo movie to 2018 due to Reeves’ commitments to War for the Planet of the Apes, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. is keen to revive The Matrix franchise, but the naysayers are already out in full force. While there are some legitimate concerns regarding a new series of Matrix movies, I'm here to tell you...there's plenty of reason to be excited as well.
Despite its rampant success and impact on the film industry, in the years since the final film bowed, The Matrix films have been the target of much vitriol and generally looked upon poorly. It’s an odd happenstance where nostalgia seems to be working against the movies, rather than for it.
The reasons for this are varied and up for debate (I still enjoy the films, but whatever), and I could spend an entire article discussing its decline in pop culture...However, that's not what I'm here for today. With the recent news that Warner Bros. is looking to reboot the franchise with a new story/actor, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
17 years after the original X-Men made its debut, and the franchise is still going strong. There may have been more than a few bumps in the road, but after the well-deserved success of Logan this past week, the series appears to be set for many years to come.
Logan, the spectacular third solo outing for the character, marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine. After 17 years, 9 appearances, and enough protein consumption to last a lifetime, Jackman is finally hanging up the claws. His departure marks a bittersweet conclusion for this era of the franchise, and leaves the long-running series with a fresh and uncharted future.
There are currently quite a few X-related projects in the works, including Deadpool 2, X-Force, New Mutants, Gambit and X-Men: Supernova. But, before we’re quite ready to move into the next wave of films, check out 10 extremely interesting facts you didn’t know about the X-Men franchise! »
- Ben Read
Mike Cecchini Simon Brew Mar 17, 2017
Warner Bros is said to be planning a cinematic universe for its new The Matrix movies...
Well, after year and years of rumours about a possible The Matrix 4, this week things started to suddenly fall into place. News landed a day or two back (see below) that Warner Bros was investigating a possible reboot of The Matrix movies, with Zak Penn linked with putting a screenplay together. Furthermore, Michael B Jordan’s name was thrown into the mix as a possible star.
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There’s been no confirmation or otherwise from Warner Bros, as you might expect. Instead though, the rumour mill is gathering steam. For Deadline reckons that not only is Warner Bros looing »
“X-Men” and “Kick-Ass” veteran Matthew Vaughn is being eyed to direct DC Films “Man of Steel 2.” The filmmaker is Warner Bros.’ top choice to direct the next Superman standalone film and has had preliminary conversations, a person with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap after the news was first reported by Collider. Vaughn’s foray into the X-Men series was the stylish “X-Men: First Class.”
There is no deal yet. If Vaughn doesn’t direct “Man of Steel 2,” Warner Bros. wants him to direct another superhero project for DC Films, the person said. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Man of Steel 2 just got a whole lot more interesting. If Warner Bros. wasn't serious about making the DC Extended Universe work before, they most certainly appear to be now. Not only are they shifting around and adding projects to their lineup, they are going after some serious top-notch talent to make that happen. Case in point, it looks like the studio wants Matthew Vaughn to direct Man of Steel 2.
Collider is reporting that Matthew Vaughn is Warner Bros.' top choice to direct Man of Steel 2 and that preliminary discussions are already taking place. The report notes that they aren't "yet in the deal-making stage," but talks are on-going. What is most interesting about this report is that sources say even if Matthew Vaughn doesn't wind up directing Man of Steel 2 the studio still wants him to do another superhero movie in the Dceu at some point. So they »
Rounding up yesterday’s big news stories…
Man Of Steel 2 Finds A Director?
We’ve known for a while that Warner Bros. has been developing a sequel to Man of Steel, and if rumours are to be believed, the studio may have found a director. According to reports, comic book movie regular Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks to direct Henry Cavill’s second solo movie; read our report here.
The New Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Sony has officially announced that it is set to reboot the Millennium movie series, with Fede Alvarez on board to direct The Girl in the Spider’s Web for release in October 2018. The studio will be recasting the lead role of Lisbeth Salander – played by Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – and a search is now underway to find an actress ahead of a September production start date. »
- Gary Collinson
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