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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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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’

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Russ Fischer

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.


I’ve wanted to write about James Bond for a while. A few weeks ago, the internet was blessed with the release of Adele’s Skyfall for the new James Bond. Before I knew Adele was attached to the theme song, there was song called “Rumor Has It,” she did from her 21 album. When I listened to it, I knew she had great potential for a Bond song ala Shirley Bassey (and that’s a tough act to follow). At the 2:21 mark of Rumor Has It, the music and tempo switches to a slower beat and then she utters the line, “All these words whispered…”, this harkened me the days of Carly Simon and her song “Nobody Does it Better,” from The Spy Who Loved Me. And then, oddly enough Adele gets her own James Bond song.

After watching the video several times, I’m okay with it and I was glad to hear the little James Bond theme riff in the music. Having said this, the last two Bond songs, “You Know My Name,” by Chris Cornell and “Another Way to Die” By Alicia Keys and Jack White where interesting to listen to but for some reason, when a James Bond song does not include the name of the movie in the song itself, I’m somewhat missing it. Hell, A-ha managed to sing The Living Daylights in their song and in A-ha fashion made this one of my all time favorites. Now, I’m not saying that this trend has to continue but I just feel that there’s a stronger connection between the song and movie which binds them both good and bad.

Going back to Adele, the opening line is, “This is the end,” which I’m hoping is code for Daniel Craig‘s last outing as James Bond. If you have read my blog before on this subject, you’ll know my dislike for Craig’s Bond. For some unknown reason both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace justified another Bond movie with Craig. While I was sad to see Pierce Brosnan no longer with the Bond franchise, I was very happy with the replacement after I saw Layer Cake. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it as I saw Daniel Craig as James Bond which I thought I would see in the movies when Daniel took over. For example, just like when I saw the original The Saint, (not the Val Kilmer crap) with Roger Moore I could see the 007 role. There wasn’t much of a change with Moore from The Saint to James Bond. An yet, Daniel performance was totally lackluster from Layer Cake to Casino Royale. Except for one or two scenes of action, which I admit were great, I enjoyed him more getting hit in the balls in Quantum of Solace. Payback sucks, Craig. Where’s my Bond?!? Skyfall on the surface appears to be another slick bond production and I am willing to see it in the theaters but if this fails to deliver to my expectations, I will start a campaign to get rid of Craig as Bond. I am all for different actors to bring something unique and new to the role but Craig has gone through the motion and not delivered the goods.


Starz remains mum on whether it will be a part of the show’s future

by MICHAEL HINMAN, posted Oct-31-2011 Source: Digital Spy

Kelsey Grammer was just two episodes in on his series “Boss” when Starz excitedly hit the start button for a second season. But when it comes with “Torchwood,” all that can be heard from the premium cable channel is silence.

And fans of the “Doctor Who” spinoff might not be able to expect more than that.

“I don’t know if there will be more,” Executive ProducerJulie Gardner recently told Digital Spy. “The things about there being more or not — you look at ‘Torchwood’ and it’s always had such a labyrinthine history.”

“Torchwood” premiered in 2006 on BBC Three, and earned a second season that moved it to BBC Two. For the third season, however, BBC opted to dispense with a full season, and instead do a five-episode miniseries that aired on consecutive nights on BBC One to critical acclaim in 2009.

The series then went dark for a couple of years while BBC looked for an American producing partner. The Fox network was first onboard, but then bailed on the project before Starz stepped in to produce 10 episodes.

via Future Not So Bright For ‘Torchwood’ | Airlock Alpha.

I am not surprised to hear this news. I as well as many other fans of Torchwood where left wondering – WTF. After watching Series 3 – Children of Earth, which is amazing, how could Torchwood top itself? Apparently, Series 4 could barely scratch the surface of what made the series great in the first place let alone surpass the high bar they set themselves on Children of Earth. I believe the American-izing of this BBC show was the first mistake. I know that the story premise needed to have a global perspective but in doing so, it lost the very essence of what make Torchwood fun to watch. The old Torchwood crew of Jack and Gwen had the old chemistry but it was not enough to gel the newest members Rex and Esther into the fold. I miss the old gang: Suzie, Ianto, Owen and Toshiko.


As I recently rewatched Quantum of Solace, all I can say is that it’s watchable if you really pay attention. The first time around, I was playing with my computer late at night with this Bond flick playing in the background. All I remember: action, action, action, then nothing, nothing, nothing, then back to action, action, action; but none of it mattered. So, I gave it another go a couple of years later and watched it from beginning to end without the computer. All I can say, I really hate Daniel Craig’s Bond.

Okay, let me re-phrase my comment. Through out the years of watching the different Bond actors, I’ve paid attention to the various roles before they each took on the role of 007. For example, I’ve several The Saint episodes for Roger Moore.  The several b&w episodes were really cool and could see why Roger was tapped. His character on the show was not all that different from his version of Bond. As for Timothy Dalton, I remembered him from the role of Prince Barin in Flash Gordon. And don’t forget Pierce in Remington Steele – though I never saw the show, he did look the part of Bond. As for Daniel Craig, I thought his performance in Layer Cake was outstanding. While the casting news about Daniel was more a joke in calling him James Blonde, I thought screw that. If anyone saw Layer Cake, the comments were just sour grapes. But then, we get Casino Royale.

After a promising opening sequence and rousing opening song and then the longest card in history. Snore-fest galore. What in the hell happened to the James Bond series that I grew up with? Yes, the series was formulaic but Bond over the years was reinvented and but Craig’s Bond was devoid of all emotion, charisma and “Bond-ness”. Yes, I know it was a “reboot” but this did not come across as Batman Begins, Young Indiana Jones or even Star Trek.

Moving on to Quantum of Solace which had several firsts: first duo for a Bond song and the first direct sequel which takes place minutes after the first one. Unfortunately, these firsts did not help this Bond outing to get any real traction. While I will admit to some incredible action shots but since I could not connect to this Bond in any way, shape or form. Now, with the news of the newest Bond film, I find myself not really caring this time around. Take a look at the article below for the latest news on Bond.

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 by Russ Fischer

Here’s a bit of wild speculation about Bond 23 — or possibly not so wild, depending upon how much faith you place in various online translations and reports. Hint: in this case, be cautious. But let’s lay out the steps that have lead some to suspect that the twenty-third James Bond film may be based in part on the most recent Bond novel, and share with it the rather awkward title Carte Blanche. (Which is, I have to say, not anywhere near as awkward as Quantum of Solace. And, not being as awkward, it probably won’t inspire a very funny song by Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.) Read on for the steps that lead to the speculative conclusion…

Bleeding Cool kicks things off by being Google alerted to a story about Serbian cellist Jelena Mihailovic in Blic Online, which says that she was hand-picked to “write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.”

via New James Bond Movie Title and Plot Revealed? (Probably Not) | /Film.


We start off in 2005, Joss Whedon was signed on to write and direct Wonder Woman. While this sat well with me since Joss knows who to write and direct strong female leads, the studio on the other hand had other ideas and kicked Joss off the protect. I did find some interesting illustrations of what the new Wonder Woman would have looked like.

In 2007, director George Miller was undertaking a JLA movie before the writer’s strike.  Click here to check out this early blog I did in 2007 about some casting news and a pick I thought who would work well as the new Wonder Woman and there was talk about Jessica Biel. A few days later, the news I discovered was the Theresa Palmer was the new Wonder Woman in the JLA movie. Click here to read more. And then, there was a recasting with Theresa in so much that she would be playing another character in the DC universe but in the end the writer’s strike killed the plan.

Last year, we had news about Wonder Woman not on the big screen but on the original tv screen which the great Linda Carter heralded many years ago. Word today, the news is not good as even the David E. Kelly could not get this project off the ground either. So, this begs the question, would want to see this Amazon on the big or small screen? And, who would be worthy to fill the boots of Wonder Woman?

Proposed ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series Meets More Rejection

Posted by The Movie God  |  January 9th, 2011 at 3:17 pm  |  Trackback

This past October we were informed that after many failed attempts to turn Wonder Woman into a popular movie franchise, DC Comics would be teaming up with Warner Brothers TV and top-tier showrunner, David E. Kelley, in hopes of developing a new TV series based on the popular comic book heroine.

Sadly, for fans of the superhero who have been itching to see her in some form of modern live-action entertainment, this day will not come any time soon.

After writing a spec script for the pilot episode, Kelley and friends set off to make their pitch to the various networks. Fox turned them down, as did ABC, who are owned by Disney, the company that purchased Marvel for $4 billion. You can see where that might be an issue.

via Proposed ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series Meets More Rejection | Geeks of Doom.