‘SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR’ RED BAND TRAILER PROMISES GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, INEVITABLY
Remember 2005? Back when we didn’t have a lot of good comic book movies to celebrate? Back before the first 300 movie, when the whole idea of that posturing “no homo” otherness-phobic carnival of green screened pomposity seemed like it might have cultural value? Back before Frank Miller’s swastika-festooned The Spirit left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths? Back when people were still insisting The Dark Knight Strikes Again was actually good satire, before Holy Terror confirmed that, no, Frank Miller is actually frighteningly sincere? Back when we clung to deniability?
Good news, everyone! It’s 2005 again, and we get another chance to pretend Mickey Rourke poking his head through a loaf of bread is a thing that works. Here’s another Sin City: A Dame To Kill For trailer, and it’s everything you’d expect it to be; stylish and insubstantial, with the promise of ample degradation. It’s also ‘Red Band,’ which means you have to be a mature person to watch it, ironically.
WONDER WOMAN LOOKS LIKE WONDER WOMAN: FIRST IMAGE FROM ‘BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’
Our sister site ScreenCrush is in Hall H right now for the Warner Bros. presentation of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. What’s arguably the most anticipated element of the Zack Snyder film has nothing to do with either of titles characters. Nope, it’s Wonder Woman, whose visage was finally revealed and captured for your enjoyment in the most sophisticated cell phone camera technology available. Feast your eyes on Gal Gadot as DC Comics’ Amazon princess.
JUST SAY THE WORD: DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON ALL BUT CONFIRMS ‘SHAZAM’ MOVIE ROLE
By Chris Sims
Dwayne Johnson, better known to wrestling fans from his time in WWE as The Rock, has long been rumored to be up for a starring role in a DC Comics superhero movie, and now it looks like it’s actually going to happen. In an interview with Total Film, Johnson confirmed that he has been in talks with DC Entertainment for years and that an agreement is in place and an announcement is coming soon.
As for just what that announcement will be, well, based on what Johnson says in the interview, there’s a pretty good chance he might be playing Shazam in an upcoming film.
THE DARK MAN OF STEEL RETURNS: HENRY CAVILL’S SUPERMAN IS BACK AND WETTER THAN EVER
By Andy Khouri
Superman has arrived in Gotham City — that, or he’s surveying the apocalyptic wasteland that is Metropolis in the wake of his terrible wrath in Man of Steel. Either of those scenarios may be reflected in a new promotional image released in support of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the new Zack Snyder film based on the DC Comics superheroes created by Bill Finger & Bob Kane and Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster.
Seriously, though, it seems likely the idea behind this image is to indeed convey the crossover element of this film in graphic style — Superman is in Gotham, and that is dramatically important. It’s more thought than most filmmakers put into their marketing and posters (including Marvel), but, unfortunately, the Superman image is just slightly more colorful than the wholly black and white Batman shot released last month, and is distinctly reminiscent of a series of posters for The Dark Knight Rises which depicted that unrelated film’s principals showered in rain and debris. The net affect of this tradition is, as you can see on Twitter and everywhere promo images are overanalyzed, a pervasive sense of gloom and dread associated with these characters, who are very arguably America’s best comic book superheroes.
MARK RUFFALO’S REDDIT A.M.A. WAS A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY INTO SHE-HULK CASTING AND POKEMON FAVORITISM
Actor and part-time Hulk Mark Ruffalo has been kind of all over the place lately, largely to promote his new movie Begin Again and his environmental activism — but for better or worse, most of his public appearances have turned into advance press for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
People just can’t stop asking him about it, and that was as true as ever when Ruffalo make himself available for questions in a Reddit “ask me anything” thread this week. Not only was there a whole lot of Hulk talk, but also plenty about a possible movie She-Hulk, his favorite Pokemon, and much more. Check out some of the highlights.
On how long he’d like to keep playing Bruce Banner/The Hulk:
“As long as they’ll have me. I did the math, and in 3 more movies I’ll be in my 50′s, and I don’t know if anyone wants to see a gray-haired Hulk. Maybe that’s not true…”
On who he’d want to play She-Hulk in a movie:
“I think Zoe Saldana would be a great She Hulk. It’d be nice to see someone like her join the Avengers. Or someone quiet and demure like Emma Stone would be nice. But it would be up to the powers that be.”
PLOT IS OVERRATED: ‘TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE’ CARTOONIST TOM SCIOLI REVIEWS ‘TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION’
By Tom Scioli
I love my job. I make Transformers vs. G.I.Joe comics on a monthly basis (with the help of my co-writer John Barber). As part of due diligence, it’s my duty to see Transformers: Age of Extinction. My ticket is a business expense. I’m making my comic not just for fans of Transformers and G.I.Joe, but for the rest of planet Earth, too. As a Transformers author I need to know how the larger world percieves Transformers so that I can play up to certain expectations and run counter to preconceived notions. In that capacity, I documented my observations about the film
Indeed, product placement is actually referred to in-story as product placement. Bay is a deft filmmaker, but the type of film he makes is a different game with big stakes and many masters. He’s able to negotiate that minefield. Wayne’s World was the first time product placement was handled this self-parodying way, but the comedy was much broader. Bay almost gets away with it here by going all-in. The transformium (more on that later) morphs into a set of Beats by Dr. Dre speakers. Nothing exceeds like excess, I suppose. If you’re going to have product placement, why not have it in every frame? Transformium gets rid of all limitations on Transformer shape. Unless they’re able to duplicate its philosopher’s stone qualities in real life, toy sales will suffer. Fittingly, Hasbro practically invented product placement with its ’80s cartoons based on toy products. My Little Pony makes an appearance in Age Of Extinction, teasing the eventual crossover. I shouldn’t be surprised by all the ad content. Its increasingly oppressive presence brings a narrative tension of its own.
The evil robots in this movie are cool as hell and probably exist in real life already, especially the mini-drones. I’ve been seeing some weird bugs this summer. There’s an ATM card wielding drone in this movie that is utterly terrifying.
WHAT ARE YOU: COMICS ALLIANCE REVIEWS ‘BATMAN’ (1989), PART ONE
On the occasion of the film’s 25th anniversary, ComicsAlliance represents our in-depth commentary and review of Tim Burton’s Batman ’89, the father of modern superhero cinema. Originally published in 2011 as part of our exhaustive Cinematic Batmanology series (which also included a massive five-part analysis of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight), this piece by Chris Sims and David Uzumeri strips the fan favorite Batman ’89 down to the bone to get at what works, what doesn’t work, and what’s just plain crazy about Burton’s enduringly influential film.
David: Here’s the deal: This is a pretty good Tim Burton movie. It’s an awful Batman movie. It misunderstands basically every aspect of the character. It’s the product of, quite possibly, the most Hollywood-eccentric creative team of all time: Jon Peters, Tim Burton and PRINCE.
Chris: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is a pretty good Tim Burton movie, Uzi. This thing has some stuff to like, but it’s a mess.
David: It’s a hard movie for a kid not to love, really. Which is funny, since it’s a fairly hard PG-13. I’d forgotten they even threw “s***” in there — it’s funny that the film has less stringent content regulations than the actual Batman comics. I imagine this was largely because Tim Burton ended every conversation with “F*** you, I’m Tim F***ing Burton and I can do whatever I want.” Which is really the movie’s main problem, because Tim Burton does not understand the mythos of Batman whatsoever. If you asked me to tell you what this movie is about, I couldn’t. There isn’t a single theme. It’s not even that he got the themes wrong; there just isn’t a theme. It’s a series of events that occur with the flimsiest of motivations. Batman and the Joker are competing for a girl, for Christ’s sake!
Chris: This movie really does get everything it possibly can wrong about Batman. And what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s the direct descendent of the 1966 TV show, as filtered through Tim Burton. It’s not the comics that are the primary source material for this movie, it’s Adam West.
David: If I had to give this movie a genre, I’d go with “noir camp.”
THIS TOWN NEEDS AN ENEMA: ANCIENT FILM INDUSTRY FEARED A DARK ‘BATMAN’ MOVIE WOULD FAIL
There may be no better proof of just how much pop culture can shift in a quarter century than the above, 20-minute video Warner Bros. produced in 1988 to win over ancient movie distributors and other industry folk who were unsure a film about a dark, intense Batman would be something anybody would actually want to watch.
The vintage documentary includes an interview with filmmaker Tim Burton as well as the visionary production designer Anton Furst, who won an Oscar for his art direction of the mega-hit film. Prop designers, engineers, storyboard artists and others are all part of the video as well, and the overarching theme seems to be, “We worked really, really hard on this, and also, Batman is cool.”
NEW ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ TRAILER COMES WITH SPLINTER VOICE, ROBO-SHREDDER AND WHOOPI
The latest trailer for producer the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gives us the most clarity we’ve seen yet on the new film based on on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s enduringly popular characters. While fans may never accept the lusciously lipped, Shrek-like designs for the TMNT, some may be relieved to learn the apparent fact that the Japanese villain Shredder will not be played by the distinctly non-Japanese William Fichtner, as previously reported.
No, now the Shredder is a robot.
BIRDMAN: MICHAEL KEATON IS AN ACTOR GOING INSANE AFTER PLAYING A SUPERHERO… HMMM
By Chris Sims
As much as I might not like Tim Burton’s Batman movies, I will always kind of love Michael Keaton. I mean, I saw Multiplicity in the theater. Twice. That’s how much I love that dude. And as a result, I could not possibly be more interested in Birdman, a new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring Keaton as an actor best known for playing a superhero, a role that cast a shadow over his career and may be destroying his mental health.
Also, the Hulk, Gwen Stacy and Snow Job are in it.It’s pretty exciting.