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.
REPORT: DC TO UNVEIL HUGELY AMBITIOUS MOVIE PLANS THROUGH 2018 AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, INCLUDING ‘WONDER WOMAN’
We all know that Marvel Studios has its movies planned out through 2028 (not an exaggeration, a real date 14 years in the future), but what about DC Entertainment? All we’ve heard so far is a set date for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (May 2016, pushed back from summer 2015) and some nebulous stuff about a Justice League movie, a Justice League Dark movie and some other projects.
Well, according to entertainment reporter Nikki Finke’s website, things may get a whole lot clearer at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Finke has what she says is DC and Warner Bros.’ movie schedule (though “a lot is in flux”) through May 2018.
And it includes a solo Wonder Woman movie.
May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam
Christmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Christmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
BLOOD, SEX AND DEATH: MUST BE THE NEW ‘SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR’ THEATRICAL TRAILER
By Andy Khouri
The phrase you often here in connection with the production is is “what took so long?” Based on the latest theatrical trailer, the more common remark is going to be “better late than never.”
Undeniably the most faithful aesthetic translation of a comic book to film, Rodriguez & Miller’s Sin City movies are, like the graphic novels, exercises in brazenly visceral entertainment executed with masterful technique. We’ve seen loads of “green-screen” or ”digital backlot” productions since the original Sin City in 2005, but nothing — not even Miller’s own, similarly envisioned version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit — have come close to achieving the bizarre harmony of Rodriguez and Miller’s marriage of technology and pure, intravenous tone.
The sounds and images of Sin City are plainly outrageous and yet inescapably seductive, and the new trailer knows it. The clip presents the barest bones of what are already just threads of stories — or yarns, as Miller calls his works: Nancy Callahan wants revenge on Senator Roarke for his role in the death of her protector, Hartigan, who visits her as a ghost in what is a new story created just for this film. In another original installment, a gambler called Johnny tries to punk the same big bad with what look like some very bloody results. And a foolish man gets brought low by a diabolical woman — the titular dame to kill for.
‘MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC’ AND ‘SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER’ CREATOR LAUREN FAUST WILL DIRECT AN ANIMATED MOVIE ABOUT MEDUSA
By Chris Sims
Ever since Lauren Faust, the artist and animator who developed My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for television and ended up creating one of the biggest crossover hits in the last five years of pop culture, I’ve been wondering what her next big project would be. For a while, I was hoping that Super Best Friends Forever – her take on Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl for Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Nation block — was going to be expanded into a full series (and I still do), but it looks like she’s taken on another big project that’ll keep her busy for a while.
Accorrding to The Wrap, Faust has signed on to direct Medusa for Sony Pictures Animation, doing a comedic take on the Greek mythological figure.
HI, I’M THE GUY WHO DIDN’T LIKE ‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’
Everyone loves X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s a box office hit, already raking in more than $500m worldwide. It’s a critical hit, earning a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s a popular hit, at least judging anecdotally from reactions on Twitter and Tumblr and that cool new social media platform you don’t know about yet because you’re old.
I’m the guy who didn’t like Days of Future Past. Sorry, everyone. I know it’s tempting to dismiss such responses as hipster contrarianism, but I honestly didn’t want to be that guy. Life is more fun when you enjoy stuff. So here’s why I have to be that guy.
Fox launched its X-Men movie franchise fourteen years ago, back when superhero movies were still a tough sell. The X-Men are one of the easier concepts to land because of their one-size-fits-all origin story. They don’t need to get bit by any radioactive oojamaflip; they just woke up like this.
But Fox clearly wanted to play up the sci-fi and play down the spandex. In a literal sense that meant no comic book costumes. In a general sense it meant the filmmakers didn’t feel any need to honor the characterization and relationships from the comics. They were mining the comics for material, not truly adapting them for the screen.
Fourteen years ago, that was more than enough. I was excited to see any version of Rogue, or Storm, or Mystique on the screen, or Colossus and Nightcrawler in the sequel. It barely mattered that they all bore only a scant resemblance to the comic characters with the same names.