A couple of months ago we were introduced to a fan-made X-Men animated series called X-Men: Danger Room Protocols. The series was being developed and self-funded by Joel Furtado until Marvel swooped in and shut it down.
The series was supposed to be a love letter to the classic 1990s animated series and it was done in a fun pixilated style. To show you what we are all going to miss out on, Furtado is releasing a series of clips that he created for the show and as you'll see, what he has created is pretty damn awesome. The animation is very fluid and well done, especially with the fight sequences. It's a shame that Marvel felt they needed to shut it down, I would have been an avid watcher!
Who knows how many more of these he'll post until Marvel tells him to stop, but enjoy it while it lasts!
Here's a piece of fun casting news that I didn't see coming. Paul McCartney will be joining Johnny Depp in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This is the fifth installment of the franchise and according to the report, McCartney will have at least one scene.
McCartney also joins Geoffrey Rush as Barbosa, Javier Bardem as the film's villain, and Orlando Bloom, who will be back as Will Turner.
The film has already completed shooting but directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning will be shooting one more extra scene that will feature McCartney. Is this scene pertinent to the story? Probably not. McCartney probably just asked to be in the film and Disney was like, "yeah sure!"
Of course, McCartney isn't the first famous English rock star to appear in the Pirates franchise. The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards played Sparrow's pops in At World's End and On Stranger Tides. He was perfect for the part and made a great old pirate (and Depp reportedly modeled his Jack Sparrow character at least partially on Richards). There's no word on who McCartney will play, but he doesn't seem like pirate material to me.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
The new Pirates film also stars Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, and it will be released on May 26, 2017.
At one point, it didn't look like Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2 was going to happen. Then Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnightwas hired to take over for del Toro in the director's chair as del Toro went to pursue other projects.
There was also an animated series that was supposed to be developed along with the movie, but that fell apart and unfortunately, it's no longer happening.
Thanks to Jeremie Carreon, we get a little taste of what that might have been like in the form of an anime. He created an awesome title sequence for a non-existent series that I wish existed.
This short video did a great job of getting me excited to see more giant robots fighting giant monsters in the upcoming sequel.
This could be considered a SPOILER discussion, so proceed at your own risk.
I loved Ben Affleck's version of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — he was completely badass and the most hardcore version of the character we've seen yet. I'm currently writing up my thoughts on the movie, which I will share with you later. In the meantime, director Zack Snyder did an interview with Hey U Guys in which he explains Batman's violent nature and why some people die when they fight him.
Any Batman fan knows that Batman doesn't go out of his way to kill people, but I believe that his actions in fighting back lead to the deaths of some of them. That's why I was OK with the bad guys dying while fighting The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman. Sometimes it just can't be helped. Once Batman is in the zone and going ballistic on bad guys, he is fighting not only to stop them but also for his life, so if people die in the process, it's their own fault for trying to take down the Batman.
"I tried to do it in a technical way. There’s a great YouTube video that shows all the kills in the Christopher Nolan movies even though we would perceive them as movies where he doesn’t kill anyone. I think there’s 42 potential kills that Batman does! Also, it goes back and includes even the Tim Burton Batman movies where this reputation as a guy that doesn’t kill comes from.
So, I tried to do it by proxy. Shoot the car they’re in, the car blows up or the grenade would go off in the guy’s hand, or when he shoots the tank and the guy pretty much lights the tank [himself]. I perceive it as him not killing directly, but if the bad guys are associated with a thing that happens to blow up, he would say that that’s not really my problem.
A little more like manslaughter than murder, although I would say that in the Frank Miller comic book that I reference, he kills all the time. There’s a scene from the graphic novel where he busts through a wall, takes the guy’s machine gun…I took that little vignette from a scene in The Dark Knight Returns, and at the end of that, he shoots the guy right between the eyes with the machine gun. One shot. Of course, I went to the gas tank, and all of the guys I work with were like, ‘You’ve gotta shoot him in the head’ because they’re all comic book dorks, and I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be the guy that does that!’"
I actually liked how Snyder handled all of this stuff in the film. I'm sure not everyone will agree with his choices, but as he pointed out, it's not like Batman has never killed anyone in the comics. The only person Batman almost straight-up tries to murder was Superman.
If you've seen the movie, what did you think about the deaths of those who died in the process of fighting Batman?
The opening title sequence for Deadpool is easily one of the best and most badass titles sequences created for a movie ever. They immediately sucked you right Into the movie and the entire audience was hooked.
During a recent Q&A at Silicon Valley Comic Con (via ComicBook), Blur Studio Layout director Franck Balson was asked how the crazy inventive title sequence came into existence, and this is what he said:
"The idea for the title sequence was actually already in the script from the very beginning, at least the main part: frozen moments in the middle of this f***ed up car accident,. The one thing that wasn’t in there – originally, the titles were supposed to be actual titles, with actual actors’ names and stuff like that."
The titles they ended up using in the opening is really what took the opening to a whole new level of hilarity. When talking about how those titles ended up in there instead of the names of the actual people in the cast and crew, he explained:
"Very early on in the process, Ryan was the only one who had been cast at that moment, and we started working on the pre-vis for the whole film; we started working on that sequence because it was going to define that whole car chase. It needed to finish exactly in this freeze-frame moment and look good. We looked at different ways to put the guys, and were just going, ‘Okay, that’s a really cool thing to have.’ At the time, since we didn’t know who was going to be in the movie, I was like, ‘okay, what do we have? So we have the Hot Chick, the bad guy, the CGI character,’ and just put all those names in there."
When it came to actually finalize the title sequence everyone just felt it would be best to leave it the way it was because it was so damn funny:
"When we started replacing the names, [director] Tim [Miller] was showing it to Ryan, the writers, and the producers, and they said ‘you know what? I think we’re gonna go with what you had before, the one with the Hot Chick and stuff – it’s funny!’ And that’s how that got in the movie!"
Check out this insanely beautiful image from the solo Wonder Woman movie featuring the amazon warriors of Themyscira. The photo includes Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), Queen Hyppolyta (Connie Nielsen), General Antiope (Robin Wright), and her lieutenant, Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and they all look absolutely stunning in their roles. Those armored costumes freakin' look amazing!
After seeing Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, I couldn't be more excited to see her in this solo movie, which will tell an origin story showing us the transformation of the young Princess into the greatest female warrior ever.
The photo comes from EW, who talks about the elder amazons and their role in Princess Diana's life explaining, "this trio of immortals is responsible for both raising and training Diana — the only child on this estrogen heavy isle — but they don’t always agree. Hippolyta, a revolutionary leader, longs to shelter her beloved daughter from the outside world, but Antiope, the Amazon responsible for Diana’s training, wants to prepare her." Director Patty Jenkins goes on to add:
“She is the only child they raised together. And their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them.”
She goes on to talk about the armor and the look of the characters, saying:
“To me, they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men. It should be different. It should be authentic and real—and appealing to women. It’s total wish-fulfillment. I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time—the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.”
Well, I'm sure the male fans of the character won't complain about her take on the look of these amazon warriors. Wonder Woman is set to be released on June 23rd, 2017.
A new international trailer for Captain America: Civil War has surfaced that is mostly the same trailer we've already seen, but, it does offer us a bit of new footage featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye exchanging a few words in the middle of a fight. This scene was actually part of some footage that was screened at Disney's D23 Expo back in August of last year, but this is its official debut.
Even though these heroes will be fighting each other in the movie, you know it's not going to get too serious with at least some of them. The playful banter between Black Widow and Hawkeye proves that they aren't out to kill each other. It seems more like a playful wrestling match with friends. Of course, as you know... it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
After getting a little taste of Spider-Man I can't wait to see more of him and how he actually fits into the story. Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Team Cap!
Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie, and if you liked what they did with the character in The LEGO Movie, you're gonna want to see this. This spinoff film looks like it's gonna be funny as hell! Will Arnett is perfect as the grizzled, comedic voice of the Caped Crusader.
This is the first solo Batman movie to come out since Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, It's obviously a very different kind of Batman film. but it's a parody that I think fans of the character will lovingly embrace.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
The movie was directed by Chris Mckay (Robot Chicken) and also stars Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, and Mariah Carey as Mayor Marion Grange. It hits theaters on February 10th, 2017, so we've still got a ways to go.
A few months ago, a teaser trailer of sorts appeared online for a Knight Rider project called Knight Rider Heroes. We know something is brewing, we just don’t exactly know what it is. One thing is for sure, David Hasselhoff wants a revival series, and he talks about what he’d like to see happen during an interview with Variety.
Awhile ago it was reported that The Weinstein Company was developing a film project based on the property. There’s no word on where that project currently stands, but Michael Knight has his own ideas of how he’d like to handle it. He says:
“I see it as more of a continuation of the TV series, and they can add new characters or whatever, but they should basically keep the same feeling of the show. There are so many people out there that will absolutely freak out and love it. It would be Michael Knight kind of coming out of retirement with his son and having adventures around the world, and doing a ‘Fast and Furious’ with the Knight Rider car. How cool does that sound? How cool could it be?”
I’d be excited to watch that! It sounds like it could be awesome! It would be great to see Hasselhoff back in action riding Kitt around and kicking ass. There’s no doubt there’s a big fan base that would like to see this happen. Surprisingly, no one has jumped on it yet. Who knows, maybe something will spark after he appears in the upcoming Baywatch movie.
A couple of weeks ago it was announced that David Hasselhoff would be joining Dwayne Johnson in the new Baywatch film currently in production with director Seth Gordon. The Hoff has since started shooting his scenes, and he's released a couple of photos of himself with members of the cast and crew. I gotta be honest, for a 63-year-old guy he's still in pretty good shape.
Hasselhoff played L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the Baywatch series, which I loved watching when I was growing up. So of course I'm excited to see that he'll be involved with the movie. He also joins Zack Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, and Hannibal Buress in the movie.
Baywatch fans should be excited that the Hoff was able to play a part in the upcoming reboot. There's still no word on how big of a role he'll have in the film, but we'll find out when the movie is released on May 19th of 2017.