Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post


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Do you remember when the new Avengers trailer was released a week before  the scheduled airdate on Agents of SHIELD? Do you remember when fanboys and fangirls had non stop nerdgasms from the constant watching and rewatching of the trailer on the Internet? Do you remember the perfect response from Marvel?

Well, the fun is now over for “John Gazelle”; who ever leaker is? Let’s look at the upside to this leaked Avengers trailer. First, the amount of interest or buzz around the early release only helped Marvel/Disney’s bottom line. Granted, this movie will not be out until next year but as reported yesterday, Disney’s financial report for 2013-2014 came out as the year increased 8% to a record $48.8 billion in revenue. So really, Disney is not hurting financially but how does this damage Disney in the long run? I really can’t see this how hurts them except in the way of ratings for Agents of SHIELD as this was to be broadcast during the show. Granted, Disney was smart to have this to help this struggling show but this would not be the case if the show was any good.

As for the matter of Marvel/Disney looking to Google for help in finding the alleged leaker is a dangerous move. I’m not going to give a slippery slope statement that this one move by Marvel/Disney means that Mickey Mouse and Iron Man will come knocking on your door if you say something inappropriate about this corporation or how Minnie is fucking Goofy (old joke). But where do you draw the line? As Princess Leia would say, “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” The more Marvel/Disney flex their muscle to combat this the more these problems will become even more persistent.

I think the tweet from Marvel Entertainment was done very tongue in cheek but a perfect response. However, if there are leaks in the House of Mouse, perhaps this is where they need to start. Besides, Marvel/Disney need to make this problem work to their advantage.

The Avengers are fighting a new masked villain and his name is “John Gazelle.”Disney-owned Marvel claims that’s the name used by the online culprit who leaked the trailer of its upcoming superhero opus, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” almost a week early. The studio wants to force Google to help it track down the “alleged leaker,” claiming that a user who by the name “John Gazelle” uploaded content from the trailer to his Google Drive account, according to court papers.

via Marvel wants Google to help unmask ‘Avengers’ leaker | New York Post.

Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report]


This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.

Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”

David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.

Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.

Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.

In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.

via Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report].

The World Still Needs a Superman


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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Christopher Reeve passing. Still to this day, Christopher remains not only many people’s favorite Superman but THE quintessential Superman. There is an honesty and purity Christopher brought to this role. Having watched Superman The Movie countless of times, I still love the scene where Lois is interviewing Superman before their flying time in the sky. He is a bit pensive at first by the line of questions but he ends the discussion about never telling a lie. That line blew me away. In an age of heavy skepticism, you still believe him after all these years. He is honor bound by his word.

Those who remember the movie, Lex put on Superman a kryptonite chain which he could not escape. Ms. Teschmacher saved Superman by insisting that he save her mother in Teaneck, New Jersey. While he could have chased the other missile heading towards California, Superman kept his word. That is a trait that I’ve admired in Reeve’s portrayal and have tried to live so. We could use more people like him in our world today.

Over the years, there have been many other versions of Superman including last year’s Man of Steel by Henry Cavill. Some say that newer incarnations fail rivals Reeve’s more optimistic tone. I’ll give you that but Superman needs to adapt to the times we are in to stay relevant. Still, Cavill’s Superman channeled Reeve’s Superman for extra help in one scene that is amazing.

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This brings me to this point, I am by no account a Superman but if I tell you something that I am going to do for you or myself, I will do it. Sometimes keeping that promise requires the strength of Superman. When I’m running, I am blasting the Man of Steel soundtrack and remembering the shot above so I too can channel the strength of Superman. This may sound weird but when you believe in something so strongly positive things can happen.

One of those positive things came to me last year when I spoke in front of the Miami Dade County Commissioners for saving my library. While I used a Star Trek 2 line of dialogue about the needs of the many… I was wearing a Superman t-shirt underneath the shirt I was wearing. The image below is the design that I wore. I love this shirt. My voice was part of a larger chorus that help save our library system but believing in a Superman and finally myself led me to believe in myself even more.

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Yes, Superman does not exist but once actor made me believe in one. If we all believe in the symbol that Superman represents imagine what we can do to help this ourselves, those around us and the world. I can not think of a better time for the world to have a Superman. Thank you, Christopher.

Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk


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I don’t think Marvel needs to be too worried about losing Joaquin to play Dr. Strange. I’ve always felt, mind you, Joaquin is an incredible actor but playing this Marvel hero was not something I could easily see him do. This is not an insult to him but rather there are some actors that come to mind more easier than Joaquin. I hate to say this but Johnny Depp is someone who could master this role super easy just like the characters he did for Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood, The Mad Hatter for example. Basically, we want a character actor with leading actor appeal. This begs the question, if not Joaquin, who will be up for this role?

Rather than saying who I think would be great in the role, I have a bigger problem; magic. For the most part, I don’t see how magic is works well with superheroes. Sure, aside from kryptonite, magic is the only thing Superman can not defeat but hey, he’s on DC’s side not Marvel. Thor for the most part is part magic as he is a god and is immortal; that is until Loki let speak that there is a finite number of years for their own existence. Still, there is some type of magic how Thor channels lighting and uses it without getting killed. Well, what about Storm? For starters, she’s not a god though others may view her as a god and her powers of weather manipulation as magic but we know better. Storm is a mutant with a gene that gave her this powers. Dr. Strange may be the “mightiest magician in the cosmos” but what does that mean? Thor, in his first movie, explained that magic is another form of science. Is this enough to make Dr. Strange and magic grounded like we’ve seen with The Avengers? That will be a tough sell no matter who the ultimate actor may be to play Dr. Strange.

It may seem hard to believe, but after months of intense rumours and speculation it would appear that Marvel is still no closer to finding a lead for its upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Just prior to Comic-Con in July, everyone was reporting that Joaquin Phoenix was the man and that an announcement was imminent. A few weeks later, Marvel remained silent on the subject and we started to hear that other actors were being considered again, including Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. Then all of a sudden Joaquin was back in the picture again and reportedly on the verge of locking things down. Alas, it appears that the deal fell apart at the last minute and now he is out of the running for good. But is this a bad thing?

via Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk.

Gotham Pilot Review


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Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.