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.
COMICS ALLIANCE ROUNDTABLE: GAL GADOT’S WONDER WOMAN COSTUME FOR ‘BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’
By Betty Felon
One of the most discussed news items from last month’s Comic-Con International was the first look at Wonder Woman as she will appear in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the new DC Entertainment film by Zack Snyder. Played by Gal Gadot, this will be the first cinematic appearance of William Moulton Marston’s Amazonian princess and feminist icon in her nearly 75-year history, and naturally fans have had a lot to say about the portrait debuted in San Diego. In reaction to the image, members of the ComicsAlliance staff assembled to discuss and critique Gadot’s costume, depictions of super-women on film, and the current state of superheroine fashion in general.
Today’s participants include CA’s superheroic sartorialist Betty Felon; clinical psychologist and Arkham Sessions co-host Dr. Andrea Letamendi; comic book editor Janelle Asselin; journalist Juliet Kahn; comics writer/artist Kate Leth; and blogger/vlogger Angelina L.B. aka ALB, who makes her CA debut in this in-depth analysis. Join us for our roundtable discussion on Wonder Woman’s newest live-action steez, high heels, and the balance between practicality/realism and style in superheroine costume design.
WHY ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ IS THIS GENERATION’S ‘THE LAST STARFIGHTER’
By Mike Ryan
After watching Marvel’s new sci-fi offering, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ I joked that this is the type of movie that everyone around my age would think of fondly if it came out in the mid-1980s. But there is some truth in that statement, in that ‘Guardians’ does have a distinct ‘80s feel to it that’s hard to ignore, even aside from Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) references. As much as ‘Guardians’ is a modern Marvel money-making machine, it’s also a tribute to a genre that died in the mid-‘80s. A genre that includes those very movies that people around my age think of fondly – in other words: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is more a tribute to movies like ‘The Last Starfighter’ than it is to ‘Star Wars.’
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens with a young Peter Quill being abducted by aliens in order to serve in a larger interstellar cause. This is pretty much exactly how ‘The Last Starfighter’ begins. (And both were picked for specific reasons, though I won’t delve too deep into why Quill was chosen as to avoid spoilers.)
BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK): THE SANDMAN, WALKING DEAD, RULE 63 RUFIO, TRANSMETROPOLITAN AND MORE
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
‘OH, F–K ME’: THE GOOD AND BAD OF THE LEAKED ‘DEADPOOL’ TEST FOOTAGE [VIDEO]
Test footage from the unlikely-but-not-impossible Deadpool movie has been appearing and disappearing all over the Internet for the past few days, with a high-res version popping up on Vimeo (since deleted) and DailyMotion (the player above).
Here’s what we know about it: director Tim Miller and actor Ryan Reynolds made the two minutes or so of footage back in 2012 to convince 20th Century Fox to greenlight a film. It hasn’t convinced them yet, and Reynolds has been less than optimistic about the movie’s chances in recent interviews. Fans can assume that if there had been (or could be) a Deadpool movie, it would have looked a lot like this. There’s a lot to like about what’s in here, and a few things that seem to be missteps.