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What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

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I think this is a case of trying to have your cake and eating too for Marvel.  I came across this article and was wondering about WTH (What the Hogwarts) was going on with the Fantastic Four movie. Aside from changing the race of Johnny Storm, I did not see much of a problem with the reboot but Marvel is having an apparent shit fit.

If Marvel is not happy with Fox Studios treatment of their property, well Marvel, you can suck it. You gave away to rights to Fox because you 1) needed the movie and could not afford to produce your own version or 2) you didn’t care enough about this product in the first place and if you did you would have still kept the rights. Does anyone remember the first Fantastic Four movie by Roger Corman??? Well, do you? ‘Cause I sure do remember this piece of…

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So, did Marvel stop making the Fantastic Four comics after Corman’s movie? No. What about the two movies in 2005 and 2007? No. Granted that the movies were not up to the caliber of Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney’s $$$ but it make money. What gives then? What could be the underlying decision for Marvel to cancel their Fantastic Four books? Racism? Really?

I would really hate to think this is the case but the recent news yesterday announced that the character of Falcon Sam Wilson, first African-American in mainstream comics back in the late 60’s, will be the new Captain America. Couple of years ago, Miles Morales, a Black Hispanic, took over the duties for the dead Peter Parker. Heimdall in the Thor comics was white but in the Thor movies he portrayed by Idris Elba who is black. Moving back to the reboot Fantastic Four movie, actor Michael B. Jordan is going to play the white role of Johnny Storm. I think I can rule out racism on Marvel’s part.

So is Marvel really pissed at the idea that the reboot is going to ignore the comics? If so, Marvel needs to get over it. In some cases being a slave to the source material does not translate well into a different medium. Regardless, the reboot does not come out till next year whether or not Marvel prints any Fantastic Four titles. I think that Marvel is shooting themselves in the foot.

Let’s say that the new reboot takes off, one would think that fans of the movie may want to see out Fantastic Four books and if so, there would be a new crop of fans that Marvel can tap into and perhaps lead them to their other Marvel titles and product. If the movie bombs, Marvel can still claim victory by saying to the consumers that Marvel is the only place to go to read and buy great Fantastic Four stories. On the other hand, the recent death of Johnny Storm was a mark of trying to do something new and creative and yet it fails to be either one. Perhaps, the really reason for the cancellation is because the Fantastic Four comics are really done.

Well, it’s a working theory.

Bleeding Cool has reported on Marvel executives’ extreme dissatisfaction with Fox Studios, who hold the rights to make X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, making its way out into banning Marvel sketch card artists to draw Fantastic Four movies, creators asked not to create new IP for X-Men and Fantastic Four books, the taking down of Fantastic Four imagery in the Marvel offices and the rumoured cancellation of all the Fantastic Four-named titles. The lack of an X-Men panel at San Diego Comic Con, unlike all other recent years also get thrown into the mix.But is the Fantastic Four movie striking back?

via What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News.

‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety

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And you are??? Any relations to Minnie Driver? Taxi Driver? Pile Driver? Ok, even of this crap. Now, could this be a good this to have an unknown actor, at least to me anyway, to play a villain role in the new Star Wars movie? Sure, there were many relatively unknown actors to play the heroes in Episode 4 like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford who had many smaller roles in Coppola’s movie. The two more established actors were Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing helped to round out the cast. Now for the new movie, the unknowns will be the stars of the movie and unknown, Adam Driver, to play the villain. My two cents, now worth less than that, is this character going to have a long lasting screen presence like Darth Vader as the article suggests below or will he be done in by the end of the new movie ala Darth Maul? (yes, I know Maul lives on in the comics and in the animated clone wars but no one cares.) I for one loved seeing Maul but they hype and the limited amount of screen time made this a less than impressive character let alone a villain. I can’t say that Adam will be doing Admiral Thrawn from the Zahn series but the cannon after Return, made clear by Disney, will not matter.

Any thoughts on this matter?

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

via ‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Michael B. Jordan Up for Mystery Role? – The Moviefone Blog

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Let’s begin with a tale. Remember the days when Ryan Reynolds had a promising career. Remember when we found out that he was going to be playing both the Green Lantern and Deadpool, DC and Marvel characters respectively. How did that work out? It didn’t. Green Lantern was a major flop and Deadpool is still looking to be produce but I believe unlikely with Reynolds track record lately. Doing a live action superhero is tough to being with and trying to do two different characters from two different comic book companies is next to impossible to do. However, there is an exception – Chris Evans.

Those how know there IMDB history will know that Chris had played as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four several years ago. Later, Chris would play Steve Rogers (Captain America) in his own film as well-being part of The Avengers movie plus another solo sequel. Chris was able to pull this feat where Ryan could not. Remember, I said that one actor could not play to different characters yet Chris did but still both characters are part of the same Marvel universe. (Technically speaking, FF belongs to 20th Century and Captain America/Avengers belong to Disney/Marvel.) Don’t cross the streams.

Now, with this late news with Jordan. I have no problems with him as I love the movie Chronicle he was in. If you have not seen it, please check it out. Think of it as Heroes (season 1, remember the good and only season to the show) meets the Blair Witch Project. Jordan is cast as the new Johnny Storm; ok, and the rumor that he might be appearing in Batman vs. Superman or Man of Steel 2: Electric Boogaloo as one of two possible characters. Those two are John Stewart (The Green Lantern) or Victor Stone (Cyborg). Considering how testy geeks and nerds have been lately for the past couple of years, I think it would be best to have Jordan stick just to the FF reboot or get a lesser known or unknown actor to play in the Bats/Supes movie. This is becoming quite the clusterfuck.

Fresh off his official casting as Johnny Storm in the “Fantastic Four” reboot, actor Michael B. Jordan may have yet another superhero role up his sleeve: a small part in “Batman vs. Superman.”Latino Review reports that Jordan may be in the running for the unspecified role, which is set to be minimal in the “Man of Steel” sequel, but recur in later D.C. Comics films.”According to sources, the production is currently looking for a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit,” Latino Review writes, adding that they’ve heard Jordan has already met with director Zack Snyder about the part. The site points out that The Hollywood Reporter previously noted that Snyder doesn’t cast a wide net when looking for stars, but “target[s] actors from a narrow shortlist of those they want.”

via ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Michael B. Jordan Up for Mystery Role? – The Moviefone Blog.

Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety

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This has been one hell of a week for reveals in the land of geekdom. We have the new Dr. Who Peter Capaldi sporting out his new dudes –  SPOILERS – no bow tie. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Michael Bay has had several leaked pictures of favorite heroes. Even the new animated Star War ‘Rebel’ series introduces us to a new droid called Choppers. Still for my money, this latest bit of new about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman will have people talking for days. (ok not people but just us NERDS!!!)

To begin with, Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor and has several great films under his belt like Zombieland and The Social Network. My only concern with Jesse as I see him as this smart kid with a hoodie as seen above. Granted, we did get a young version of Luthor in the Smallville series with Michael Rosenbaum. But I for one, don’t want to see a similar take of this villain on the big screen. As I posted on my Facebook page for this site, it is getting hard to keep the faith that this is somehow all going to work. Perhaps, we are living in an age where we put too much expectation or give our knee reaction to the littlest bit of news. Still, it feels a bit clunky.

I don’t know what else to say except as a fan and a DC Comics (doesn’t DC stand for Detective Comic? and when we say DC Comics are we really saying Detective Comics Comics?) and I want my Justice League movie just like The Avengers. Sadly, we’ll get it but I maybe not the way I would like.

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.

via Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety.

David Goyer Pitching ‘Sandman’ Movie to Warner Bros.; Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Name Connected | /Film

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morpheusOne of my earliest memories of The Sandman series was when I worked at Borders back in 1993. A co-worker had mentioned to read this series which was a great departure from the normal DC/Marvel superheroes. I was quickly engaged with Morpheus, The Sandman, and The Season on the Mists was one of my all time favorite stories. Since it’s been a long time, many details escape me but I remembered how the lettering in the comics was done in a non traditional way and how unique this feature gave each character their own voice.

Today, reading the news about JGL and The Sandman, I have hopes.  Then again, I thought JGL was going to be the next Batman, he might be the next Doctor Strange and now Morpheus. Yes to all the above because JGL has proven to be a real actor of great worth. Watching Looper with Bruce Willis, I saw how much effort JGL put in to act like Willis from the side smirk to the raise eyebrow and everything else in-between. He totally nails those subtle notes which is a rare talent these days. So, having said this, please – let this happen – something worth his talents can make movie magic.

There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)

All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus.

via David Goyer Pitching ‘Sandman’ Movie to Warner Bros.; Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Name Connected | /Film.

CW Network Will Give ‘Arrow’ Superpowers for Second Season – WSJ.com

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After reading this piece online, I thought for certain, the makers of Arrow were going to give the Green Arrow superpowers. Thankfully, that is not the case. I knew about the plans to add Barry Allen‘s Flash character to this series and that’s fine. As I’ve said before, DC needs to have an investment in the same screen to keep pace with with DC brand. DC does not have to high success on the big screen like with Marvel but the direct to dvd and the small screen has been DC strengths over Marvel. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looking to be a big hit for Marvel and maybe Agent Carter from the first Captain America movie making the transition to the small screen, DC needs to get on board.

As for the Arrow series, overall, I was quite please with their take on this non superpowered hero. The backstory with Oliver surviving on the deserted island for five years have taken a life of its own as each week, another puzzle is revealed. My only worry, how long will this B storyline go on? Unlike the Highlander series with Adrian Paul, their use of flashbacks helped to bring the audience up to speed with a past baddie to the present. With Arrow, there’s no crossover effect of those people Oliver encountered on the island… yet. Still, this has been strong series, great cast and decent stories that build on each other.

On a separate note, Amazon was reported to be put on hold to develop a stronger storyline which if you don’t know by now, this will be the third attempt to bring Wonder Woman to a live action format. Bonus points if you can guess the first two.

For the coming second season of its superhero series “Arrow,” the CW Network is adding actual superpowers.

“Arrow” is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, who was introduced in 1941, and it features a costumed crime fighter, played by Stephen Amell, who is great with a bow but doesn’t have any supernatural abilities.

To differentiate the TV hero from the comic-book character, the series splits its time between the Arrow and his alter ego, a billionaire playboy named Oliver Queen who picked up his archery skills when he was marooned on a mysterious island for five years.

via CW Network Will Give ‘Arrow’ Superpowers for Second Season – WSJ.com.

James Spader is Ultron in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ | /Film

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In light of the recent Ben Affleck casting news as the next Batman, this choice to have James Spader to play Ultron may not be a bad choice given his solid acting chops. However, the question will to ask is how will James play Ultron? Is Ultron going to be a CGI character/ mocap and James will give the voice or will we get James in an Ultron suit like the original Robocop played by Peter Weller, or Anthony Daniels as C3PO from Star Wars, or even the Maschinenmensch from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis? I think the choice should be old school fx and have he rubber suit and then on occasion use CGI for the more complex sequences; whatever may be.

Having said this, what if Joss decided on going voice only for the role? Knowing how Joss likes to bring back past actors he has worked with, I would have brought in Alan Tudyk who played Wash in the Firefly tv series and the film Serenity. If you watched I, Robot starring Will Smith, Alan voiced the robot character Sonny perfectly. Again, not taking anything away from James but Alan could have just been as good if not better in the role of Ultron.

James Spader is Ultron in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Joss Whedon has chosen someone few people likely expected to play the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. James Spader, who became a sensation thanks to Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and who has played roles in a diverse slate of projects in film (Secretary, Lincoln) and television (Boston Legal, The Practice), will play the character. Official info is below.

This will surprise a lot of people, I think. Thanks to the teases that link the creation of the character to Tony Stark, many assumed that Ultron, a mad artificial intelligence housed in an adamantium robotic body, would be an evolution of the Jarvis AI voiced by Paul Bettany in the three Iron Man movies and The Avengers. That’s obviously not what’s going on, and at this point we’ll all have to start coming up with new theories about just what Spader’s role will entail.

via James Spader is Ultron in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ | /Film.