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Too Early To Talk CAPTAIN MARVEL? Never!

Posted on 14 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

carol_danversEven though her film is four years away and there are nine other Marvel films between now and then–including a sequel to a film that has yet to come out–people just can’t stop talking about Captain Marvel.

Of course, talking about one of Marvel’s premiere female heroes is nothing new. Rumors have been circulating for months that Carol Danvers’ alter ego would be making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If the word coming out from those who have already seen the film are any indication, the character is not in the final film. But how close did Captain Marvel get to being in the movie? According to Kevin Feige by way of Badass Digest, pretty darn close.

Captain Marvel appeared in early drafts of the script, but only as a cameo. She was supposed to fly in at the end of the film to join the Avengers team, and made it as far as the FX planning stage of filming before being cut. Why was she cut? Marvel thought being introduced in such a way would be sort of anticlimatic for a character they were building a feature around, and they decided to have her be fully introduced in her own film.

LeFauvre and PerlmanSpeaking of her own film, Marvel has chosen two screenwriters to work on it–Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman. The Hollywood Reporter states that each writer came in with their own treatment for the film and Marvel like them both. Instead of choosing one or the other, Marvel asked the writers to work together to mesh their two versions into one film.

Captain Marvel is set to open on November 2, 2018.

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Olivia Munn Cast As Psylocke In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Posted on 13 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

Olivia Munn-mortecaiWhile a good number of people might know her as the woman who sexily ate hot dogs suspended from the ceiling or jumped into a huge pie crust filled with chocolate pudding while wearing a maid’s outfit, Olivia Munn has carved out a serious acting career since she left Attack of the Show. That career has led her to stepping into the spandex of one of the most popular X-Men in X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn has been cast as Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke, the telepathic ninja mutant co-created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe.

Telepathic ninja mutant? Yes. And that description only scratches the surface of the complex origins of the character.

Psylocke_comic versionClaremont and Trimpe created Braddock to be a supporting character in the Marvek UK comic, Captain Britain, writing her into continuity as the twin sister of the titular hero.

Claremont introduced Betsy to American audiences in New Mutants Annual #2, and soon made her part of the X-Men. But her popularity didn’t really take off until a storyline where here consciousness was swapped into the body of a Japanese assassin named Kwannon. The new status quo, aided by characterization added by Claremont, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and others, made her one of the breakthrough characters to come out of the mutant books in the 1990s.

At the height of her popularity, Psylocke’s main power was telepathy, which showed itself in the form of a “psychic blade” that extended from the back of her fist. Her new body gifted her with the skills and talents of the ninja, and she eventually gained the power to teleport amongst the shadows.

uxm 509If you had a hard time understanding all of that, don’t worry. It’s dubious little, if any, of that backstory will make it into the films.

This will mark the second appearance of Psylocke in Fox’s X-Franchise. The character, portrayed by Meiling Melancon,  appeared as one of the cadre of mutants Magneto led in X-Men: The Last Stand. If you missed her in that film, it was probably the part of the film where you blinked. The lackluster showing in that film didn’t sit well with fans.

Thankfully, Bryan Singer insured that X-Men: Days of Future Past eradicated X-Men: The Last Stand from the film’s continuity line. Psylocke isn’t the only character from that film that will be reinvented in X-Men: Apocalypse. Angel, who was played by Ben Foster in the 2006 film, will return in the new film, portrayed by British actor Ben Hardy.

We don’t know exactly how big of an appearance Psylocke will be making in this film, but Olivia Munn has received some good notices for her work in The Newsroom and Magic Mike, so the role should be larger than it was in 2006. This marks the second comic book film for Munn, as she appeared in a small role in Iron Man 2.

Via: Coming Soon.


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Full ANT-MAN Trailer Hits The Internet

Posted on 13 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

Antman screen grabIt seems that the legions of faithful that made Marvel Studios a box office juggernaut are still reserving judgment on Ant-Man. Instead of rushing to embrace the film as they do with many of the studio’s output, they are taking a “wait and see” philosophy to the film. Well, we got to see a little more of the film, as a new, full length trailer has been released:

Personally, while the last trailer got me excited for the film, this one left me a bit cold. For me, it comes down to an issue of tone. It doesn’t seem from the clip that Peyton Reed has struck the right balance between the humor and the rest of the film. I recognized the jokes when I saw them, but I didn’t really find them funny in context. And I am already sick of the “I didn’t pick the name” bit and its only been used in two trailers.

But I am a cynical old man. Your mileage may vary. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Lord And Miller Confirmed To Write THE FLASH Treatment

Posted on 10 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

FlashOn Monday, we reported that the superstar writing/directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller was sought after by Warner Brothers to helm its big screen adaptation of The Flash. The rumor got a little more meat on Thursday as Deadline reported that the duo was tapped by the studio to write the treatment for the film.

Now, mind you, this is just a treatment. It’s not even a script. So it could be the first step to them directing the film, or it could be the only involvement from them for the film. Time will tell.

Lord and Miller are on a pretty good run at the box office, and everything the touch seems to turn to gold. However, their treatment would have to be very good to separate it from the CW’s The Flash, which is on its way to becoming the network’s highest rated show of all time and keeps getting better every week, quality wise.

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Will Ernie Hudson Play T’Chaka In BLACK PANTHER?

Posted on 08 April 2015 by William Gatevackes

ErnieHudsonWWPIt’s time for my least favorite pastime: what rumor is El Mayimbe spreading today. The often-wrong head honcho of Latino Review has scoop that says Ernie Hudson is circling the role of T’Chaka in Black Panther. El Mayimbe’s proof? Hudson has been hitting the gym and picking up back issues of Marvel Comic’s Black Panther featuring the character.

El Mayimbe doesn’t reveal his source, perish the thought, but if I were a betting man, I’d put money on Hudson’s agent. This story has the feel of that classic Hollywood chestnut of an actor’s representative planting a story about a studio looking at their client in order to drum up interest from said studio.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hudson as an actor. But his career is firmly in the B-Movie/TV guest appearance mode, not the type of star Marvel typically leans to for roles like this. Granted, T’Chaka, who is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and father to T’Challa, the titular Black Panther, isn’t a big role, but it is a pivotal one. Judging from Marvel’s casting history, it’s likely they would consider an actor with a higher profile and perhaps a better resume than Hudson.

Another thing to consider is that as of yet no director has been announced for the film. Unless T’Chaka is going to appear in another film before he appears in Black Panther, I’d expect a director be picked first before any supporting character.

However, I do believe in doing due diligence, so I contacted one of my go-to sources, one that always guides me down a truthful path, and one that is as reliable, if not more so, than any of El Mayimbe’s sources. I contacted “Ask the Eight Ball.” It said “My Sources Say No” when asked if Hudson was up for a role in Black Panther. So, there you have it.

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Is This How SUICIDE SQUAD Will Tie Into Warner’s DC Comics Cinematic Universe?

Posted on 17 March 2015 by William Gatevackes


So, I don’t often pay attention to rumors coming out of El Mayimbe’s mouth because if rumor mongering was baseball, El Mayimbe’s batting average would be way below the Mendoza Line (for those of you who aren’t baseball literate, that means waaaaaaaayyyyyy more misses than hits). But this one is being taken for granted as the truth in more accurate media outlets (like Collider) so we decided to cover it here.

This is what El Mayimbe, a.k.a. Umberto Gonzalez, posted on Instagram yesterday. WARNING! There might be potential spoilers ahead about the Suicide Squad film.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? I mean, Affleck signed a multi-picture deal to play Batman, so you might as well fit him in wherever you can! And Batman is such a cool character that he should be on screen at all times and when he’s not, like here, the other characters should talk about him.

But, as is the norm for El Mayimbe rumors, there flaws in logic that spring from this information. Like:

  • Batman as boogeyman/urban legend: This sounds good on paper. It really does. But it doesn’t hold up in practice, especially with the Batman we are getting. This is a Batman who has been around the block a few times. He’s had to bust a lot of criminals. Then, deliver said criminals to the police. The fact that he is real has to have gotten around.
  • The government hates Batman, but is willing to work with him, but why?: Granted, the government has provided aid to and partnered with people and organizations that later turned out to be enemies. It’s become a habit. But wanting to partner with Batman, someone not only whose secret identity presumably they don’t know but who might not even exist just doesn’t make sense. As for the reason?
  • Batman as the key to tracking down all the supers: This is vaguer than it seems. Track them down how? Find out their identities? Where they live? Is Batman such a great detective that he’s better that the FBI as a whole? Take them down if need be? And how? Even though Batman has been around from between 10 to 20 years, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest seem to be just making their presence known now. Does the government want him to find the “supers” before they become known?
  • Joker is the only person who has met or known him: I saved this for last because it makes the lease amount of sense. I mean, even if the government was stupid enough to think that Batman’s psychotic nemesis was the best source of information on him, having Joker be the only person to know or meet him throws a LOT of the Batman mythos out the window. Every other member of the rogues gallery, who would know Batman as well as the Joker? Gone. (And who was Batman fighting all these years? Mobsters? Theives? Jaywalkers?) The Batman Family (Batgirl, Nightwing, etc)? Gone. (And since rumor has it that Batman had one Robin die on him and one currently on the payroll, this doesn’t seem likely). Anybody on the GCPD who might have had a relationship with Batman? Gone. (And, yes, Gordon is supposed to be deceased in this version, but, still. Someone had to collect the perps. Also, this means no Bat Signal either.) Love interests? Gone. If Joker is the best possible source of info on Batman, Batman has changed to such a degree that it is not even recognizable.

A lot of sites are taking the rumor as gospel without doing due diligence. But there are a lot of things that don’t makes sense. Yes, Warners track record with DC properties means that this rumor is still plausible. But I have my doubts.


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Jack Huston Cast As THE CROW, Jessica Brown Findlay As Shelley

Posted on 16 March 2015 by William Gatevackes


With comic book films setting records at the box office and remakes being all the rage, it was no surprise that Alex Proyas’ 1994 The Crow would be remade. Where the surprise came in is how hard it was for the remake to actually get done. The film has been in development since 2008, has had no less than three directors and six actors attached to the project, but no positive momentum on the film. However, all of that might have changed.

James O’Barr, creator of The Crow comic book and consultant on the film, was at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention this past weekend. On Saturday, he hosted a Crow Q&A session, and he gave the crowd some scoop.

8289O’Barr stated that Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston has been cast as the lead, Eric Draven. If this is true, then Jack Huston follows in the steps of Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans, both who where linked to the role but left after production delays caused conflicts with other films. Both have gone on to greater success after leaving the project, Cooper to Oscar Nomination glory and Evans to genre film stardom, so Huston has that to look forward to if all of this does not pan out.

This is not the first dance Huston has had with comic book movie stardom. He signed a test deal with Marvel back in 2012 for Guardians of the Galaxy, supposedly testing for the role of Peter Quill. The role eventually went to Chris Pratt.

pdc_jessicabrownfindlay3The Crow creator also said that Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay has been cast as Draven’s true love, Shelley. Brown Findlay left the popular British drama in 2012, attempting to strike out in a film career. She has appeared in last year’s Winter’s Tale and Lullaby.

O’Barr also said the the film will skew closer to the comic than the 1994 original and the special effects will be done in a more conventional fashion rather than in CGI. He also said that the film will be shot at Pinewood Studios in Wales and in Belgium starting this Spring. The film shooting at Pinewood Studios location was later confirmed Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones. This location is convenient as Hutson is Welsh and Brown Findlay British.

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Could Sony’s SPIDER-MAN Be Black Or Latino?

Posted on 23 February 2015 by William Gatevackes

ultimate_comics_spider-man_6_miles_morales2If you got tired of the fanboy complainings after Michael B. Jordan was cast as the Human Torch, just wait, because you have seen nothing yet.

The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider told the Meet the Movie Press podcast that his sources tell them that Sony is seriously considering making the new Spider-Man a non-white actor, going so much as to say that there is a 95% chance that the role will be portrayed by a black or Latino actor. Sneider then went on to clarify that even though Marvel has a Black Hispanic Spider-Man named Miles Morales, seen above, that Sony might not be using that version of Spider-Man, instead recasting Peter Parker as a different ethnicity.

Of course, this has thrown Spider-Man fans into a tizzy, and the have been vocal griping about the potential change.  This inspired current writer of the Spider-Man comics, Dan Slott, to go on Twitter to defend the casting of of a Black Spider-Man.

I have no idea if this rumor is true or not–Sneider is usually a good source of information, but even he admits the rumor hasn’t been confirmed–so I am mostly taking a wait and see aspect on this. But I would hope that this will not turn out to be a superficial, cosmetic change and Sony decides to go deeper and hire a black or Latino writer and a black or Latino director to do an informed look at what it really would be like for a black or Latino teenager to get the Spider-Man powers.



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BREAKING: Marvel & Sony Announce Agreement to Share SPIDER-MAN

Posted on 10 February 2015 by William Gatevackes

spidey and avengersIt was a rumor that was confirmed by a set of leaked e-mails. Now it has finally become officially. Marvel has Spider-Man back. Well, at least a share of him back. broke the news that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have entered into an agreement to “bring Marvel Studios into the world of Spider-Man,” as the press release puts it.

What this means that sometime between now and July of 2017, Spider-Man will be appearing in a Marvel Studios film. Sony will then release their next Spider-Man film on July 28, 2017. That film will be co-produced former Sony head Amy Pascal, Kevin Feige, and Marvel. There is a chance that members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be appearing in that film as well. Sony will finance, distribute and own the film, and have final creative say.

The press release calls this a new creative direction for the hero. As anyone who has read the leaked Sony e-mails knows, Marvel wants a teen aged Spider-Man to work with. Reading between the lines, you can probably call the Andrew Garfield era of Spider-Man over, since Garfield, at 31, is starting to get way too old to play a teen.

The Sony e-mails made it clear that Marvel wanted Spidey for Captain America: Civil War. Whether this remains true or not, or we will see Spidey in another Marvel film down the line, is something that we will surely find out as the days and weeks pass.

This seems like a win-win for Sony. They get Marvel, the studios that made a hit out of a talking raccoon and tree tandem, to work their magic on Spider-Man, and they get keep of the profits. While I didn’t think the Garfield-era was as bad as most people thought it was (although I will say it was frustratingly flawed), Spider-Man is a character that deserves to be done right. Now it might finally be done right.

Now, if only we can have a little bit of Glasnost between Fox and Marvel for a similar arrangement to be made, I’d be a happy Comic Book Movie Editor!

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Luke Evans Exits THE CROW Remake

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Rich Drees


Luke Evans has dropped out of Relativity’s new adaptation of the comic book The Crow. The Wrap received confirmation of the actor’s departure from his publicist, citing that Evans was looking to pursue other projects.

This follows remarks Evans made last month while doing the press rounds for the last Hobbit film that he probably wouldn’t be doing the film. It is possible that the continued delays in getting the project in front of cameras is what lead Evans to drop out. Evans signed onto the film when F. Javier Gutiérrez was still attached to direct. Corin Hardy signed onto to direct in early December after Gutiérrez dropped out of the project.

Hardy is reported to begin his search for a replacement in earnest after he finishes with the duties related to the premier of his debut feature The Hallow at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Evan’s departure marks yet another person who has been attached to the film since the remake was announced in 2008. Previously, Bradley Cooper and Tom Hiddleston were booth mooted to take part.

James O’Barr’s iconic 1989 miniseries about the spirit of a musician who returns from the afterlife to wreck vengeance on the criminals who killed him and his fiancee was previously brought to the big screen by director Alex Proyas and starred Brandon Lee.

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