‘DEADPOOL’ MOVIE GETS GO-AHEAD AT FOX; WILL RYAN REYNOLDS FINALLY MAKE A DECENT COMICS MOVIE?
Deadpool lives. Marvel’s Merc with the Mouth will finally get his own solo movie after years in production limbo according to an announcement by Twentieth Century Fox, which has scheduled the picture for a February 2016 release — on Valentine’s Day weekend, no less. Deadpool is love.
Tim Miller is attached to direct, and Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though no official deal has been announced. Fox also pushed back its Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four movie from June 19th 2015 to August 7th, to cover for a Michael Fassbender Assassin’s Creed movie that’s been bumped off the calendar due to production delays.
The presence of Miller at the helm on Deadpool is good news for anyone who enjoyed the test footage that leaked back in July. That footage was created by Miller and Reynolds back in 2012 in an effort to revive interest in the dormant project. It didn’t have the desired effect at the time, but the cleverly timed leak in the aftermath of San Diego Comic-Con seems to have had more impact.
ANDREW GARFIELD DESCRIBES STUDIO MEDDLING BEHIND ‘AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2′
The critical and popular consensus on this summer’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 was that it was, to put it diplomatically, underwhelming.
As The Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern put it, the movie felt overstuffed and “like a setup film for The Sinister Six spin-off.” In fact, he put it that way directly to actor Andrew Garfield, who has played Peter Parker in the last two Spidey flicks. Garfield defended the movie to a point, but he also laid any blame for its failures solely on the studio behind it, Sony.
BATMOBILE PHOTO IS MOST COLORFUL ‘BATMAN V. SUPERMAN’ IMAGE WE’VE SEEN YET
By Mike Sampson
While director Zack Snyder did share a look at the ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ version of the Batmobile, it was parked in a warehouse and half-covered in smoke. In short, you couldn’t really get a good sense of what it would look like in action. Courtesy of Snyder, we get a much better look at what Batfleck’s Batmobile will look like in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ as Bruce Wayne’s whip has rolled onto the film’s set for the first time.
Initially, it seemed as if the ‘Batman V Superman’ batmobile was more of a departure from the ‘Dark Knight’ era Tumbler, but these shots from the Detroit set (via Instagram) would indicate that the design isn’t that far off. It still has the chunky rear tires and narrower front tires, rear spoilers and armored tiles.
DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON IS DEFINITELY BLACK ADAM IN WB’S ‘SHAZAM’ MOVIE (PROBABLY?)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson — actor, wrestler, guy with quote marks in his name — has tweeted what appears to be confirmation that he will play the role of Black Adam — presumably in a Shazam movie from Warner Bros. — by telling his followers, “My honor to become.. #BlackAdam”.
Rumors about Johnson joining the DC Cinematic Universe have circulated for a while, with initial speculation that he might appear in Batman V Superman — perhaps as Lex Luthor. In August, Johnson confirmed that he was in talks to take on a DC role, and tweeted a picture of Shazam, Black Adam, and Superman. He didn’t specify which role he was up for, but many fans noted his resemblance to the villain Black Adam.
AFFLECK ON FAN REACTION TO HIS BATMAN CASTING: ‘IT’S GREAT THAT PEOPLE DO CARE THAT MUCH’
As much as a good many vocal fans absolutely hate that he’ll be playing Batman in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck seems like a pretty OK guy. He’s even, according to a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, taking the hatred more or less in stride.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO CLAIMS ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK’ MOVIE IS STILL HAPPENING
In the month or so that follows San Diego Comic-Con, things can get a little hazy. Stories can fall away, and there’s some serious catching up that comes after the fervor and madness.
Case in point: When Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment released its extremely vague movie schedule last week, I speculated that one of the dozen or so movies set for release could be a Justice League Dark movie directed (or at least produced) by Guillermo Del Toro. It’s a project del Toro has been talking about for a couple years. Now it seems like all but a done deal, if Del Toro’s Comic-Con interview with IGN is much of an indication.
ZACK SNYDER CALLED INTO A DETROIT RADIO SHOW TO DEFEND AQUAMAN’S HONOR
Last week, after the on-air personalities on Detroit’s sports-talk radio station The Ticket spoke somewhat disparagingly about the character, who will reportedly be played by Jason Momoa in the upcoming Batman V Superman, Snyder called in to school them about Aquaman’s “cool abilities.”
NEW ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE: MAKES OTHER TMNT MOVIES LOOK GOOD [REVIEW]
It takes almost toxic levels of suspension of disbelief to make it through the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the fifth and worst entry in the film franchise based on the pop culture phenomenon originally created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. That suspension of disbelief has nothing to do with mutant turtles in the sewers who learned kung fu from a mutant rat to fight a villain wearing a suit of knives. No, the TMNT are as ingrained in our imagination as any other 20th century commercial institution at this point, and if we’re seeing the film at all, they’ve already got us in the theater—we’ve bought the premise like we’ve bought our ticket. Rather, this new TMNT suffers from the other, worse kind of suspension of disbelief: Filmgoers are asked to turn off their brain, ignore all logic and just accept the fact that every action taken by every character makes no sense at all.
WARNER BROS. MOVES UP ‘BATMAN V SUPERMAN’ RELEASE DATE, REVEALS VAGUE MOVIE SCHEDULE THROUGH 2020
It appears that the dawn of justice will happen a little bit earlier than originally predicted.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have moved up the release date of director Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from the traditional summer-movie territory of May 6, 2016 to March 25 of that year. The move means DC’s big franchise film won’t directly compete with one of that year’s Marvel films, Captain America 3, which is also slated for that date.
Along with the news of the Batman V Superman move, Warner Bros. also announced a list of release dates for projects through 2020, but with no titles.
WHY MARVEL STUDIOS SUCCEEDS (AND HOW IT WILL FAIL IF IT DOESN’T DIVERSIFY)
Guardians Of The Galaxy just enjoyed a very successful weekend at movie theaters, taking home around $94m, far in excess of expectations. The movie also stands at 92% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, joining all previous Marvel Studios movies in receiving predominantly favorable notices.
Marvel Studios is doing very well. In six years and ten movies, it has avoided both critical and commercial disasters, and frustrated naysayers who hailed the demise of the superhero movie at every step. Marvel’s rivals at Fox, Sony/Columbia, and Warner Bros, have enjoyed commercial success as well — but not with the acclaim, consistency, or proliferation of Marvel. So how does Marvel do it, and can they keep doing it?
I think the secret to Marvel’s success owes much to necessity. Marvel simply can’t afford to screw up the superhero movie business, because it’s the only business the studio is in. That sounds like a circular argument — it succeeds because it can’t fail — but I think Marvel’s singular focus forces it to be smart, ambitious, and innovative in ways that its rivals are slow to understand. Marvel Studios succeeds because it goes all-in.
Look at Marvel’s competitors and it becomes clear that superhero movies are not their sole priority. Fox has its Fantastic Four reboot and its X-Men franchise, but it makes plenty of other movies, including other franchises — Assassin’s Creed, Ice Age, Planet Of The Apes, Taken, etc. Sony/Columbia wants to build a universe around Spider-Man with Sinister Six, Venom, and perhaps Black Cat or Spider-Woman, but it also has the James Bond franchise, Jump Street, The Smurfs. DC’s parent company Warner Bros. is a beast, and it didn’t just make the Dark Knight movies; it also had Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hangover, and much more, including the new Godzilla. There are people at Warner Bros. who never have to think about Batman.
There is no-one at Marvel Studios who doesn’t have to think about Captain America.