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SDCC: Latest AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Gives Us First Look At The Vision

Posted on 25 July 2014 by William Gatevackes


For a lot of comic fans of my generation, the Vision is one of their favorite characters. And if you asked the 12-year-old version of us if we’d ever see the character on the big screen, we’d put at least a month’s allowance down on no.

But yet, here he is. And we have a painting tor prove it. And I am happy.

Granted he is floating in the background a Quicksilver image, but he’s there. Oh, and Hawkeye gets an image too.

Once again, I am borrowing the stitched together image from Bleeding Cool so you can see where all the pieces fit together.

So, tomorrow will be Hulk and Thor, I guess.

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See The Unfinished THE DEATH OF ‘SUPERMAN LIVES': WHAT HAPPENED? Documentary Trailer

Posted on 25 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

BurtonSupermanLivesWhat is it about San Diego Comic Con time and unfinished documentaries about unseen comic book films?

Last year, Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four was looking for backers around this time. Now, it’s a documentary about the failed attempt by Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage to bring Superman Lives to the screen.

The film is titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? and will be done by producer/director Jon Schnepp. Schnepp has created a trailer for the film, and we see immediately that he has already spoken to many of the players from that project, including Burton, initial screenwriter Kevin Smith, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, production designer Rick Heinrichs, screenwriter Wesley Strick, costume designer Colleen Atwood, special effects supervisor Steve Johnson, storyboard artist Tim Burgard, and associate producer Derek Frey, with comic book writer Grant Morrison interviewed to provide context.

Schepp also got his hands on more of the legendary test footage Nicolas Cage shot for the project, including a shot of him flying. There is also a lot of unseen production art on display.

Schnepp is trying to raise the final $85,000 he needs to complete post production on the documentary. Currently, he has $7,332 of that on a fundraiser on the Fan Backed website. And, as is typical with this sort of fundraiser, there are rewards attached to certain donation levels ranging from getting you name in the end credits for $25 to becoming a producer for $25,000 which entitles you to every other perk from every other tier plus busts of Nicolas Cage and Brainiac from the movie.

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Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

batman-vs-superman-dawn-of-justice-logoThis year’s San Diego Comic Con just happens to fall right after 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance and, just like DC Entertainment did for Superman’s birthday last year, they are taking various and sundry costumes the character  has wore in film and TV on tour to the major comic book conventions. What better time to reveal the new costume Batman will be wearing in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice than at San Diego Comic Con as part of the exhibit.

People at preview night got this view of the costume:


But just previewing the cowl and cape isn’t all that exciting. So, today, congoers were able to see this:

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Let me describe it to you, just in case DC Entertainment decides only those able to get into SDCC are allowed to see it and makes us take it down. Essentially, what we have here is the costume from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight returns with some of that decorative piping that Jim Lee adds to all of his designs tacked on. The color palate is grey and black and this could quite possibly be the most faithful Batman suit yet.

I hope they bring this to New York Comic Con so I can get a closer look at it in person.

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SDCC: Two More Pieces Of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Are Released

Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

MarvelStudiosLogoJust like they did several years ago, it looks like Marvel is using a set of mosaic posters to promote its upcoming Avengers film. Today, Captain America and Black Widow join Iron Man and Scarlet Witch in the fight against Ultron to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron.

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-captain-america avengers-age-of-ultron-black-widow-posterAs you can see in the Black Widow image, Thor’s Hammer is to her right and the Hulk’s arm is is to her left, so they will be getting posters. And we can safely assume that Quicksilver and Hawkeye will be getting a portrait as well. But since they are releasing two of these posters a day, and we have three days of SDCC left, Can we expect two more posters as well? Maybe with Ultron and our first look at the Vision? We shall see.

Mark Seifert over at Bleeding Cool has stitched the posters together so we can see what we have so far.This is what it looks like (Click to make bigger).


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Posted on 23 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

sinister sixThe Hollywood Reporter brings us news from Sony that the studio has set a November 11, 2016 date for its planned The Sinister Six film. This means its other planned 2016 Spideyverse offering, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, will now move to a date sometime in 2018, making it four years between sequels.

This comes after weeks of speculation that Sony would curtail its plans to create a shared universe out of its Spider-Man license after what was viewed as a disappointing grosses for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film was expected to break the $1 billion mark worldwide, but ended up being the lowest grossing Spider-Man film that Sony put out and also the worst reviewed one as well.

Of course, this is a “disappointment” that made $704 million worldwide, which even with an estimated budget of $250 million still makes the film a hit. And let’s not forget, Drew Goddard step back from being showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series just so he can focus more attention on The Sinister Six. It was not likely that the other films would never come out.

While this seems to be Sony dialing back a bit from its plan to release a Spider-Man film a year, that might be the best thing if they want to try and bump those critical reviews up. One of the major criticisms of  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was that it was a disjointed effort as the world-building elements did not jibe with the story the film was trying to tell. A little more time working on the script would have helped immensely.

No word on when the planned Venom film will hit theaters, but Sony also announced that an adaptation of their popular Playstation video game, Uncharted, will be hitting theaters on June 10, 2016.

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Dwayne Johnson Hints At SHAZAM! Role…Again

Posted on 21 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

DwayneJohnsonIt seems like the Internet is all in a tizzy about Dwayne Johnson dropping strong hints that he might be in Warner’s upcoming Shazam! project in an interview with Total Film while promoting his latest film, Hercules. However, Johnson has been dropping hints for a while.

I covered this back in June when discussing the rumored slate of DC Comics films were first leaked. Johnson was hinting back in March that he has signed on with Warners to play a complex DC character that was well known yet never brought to the screen before, one that was on a similar power level to Superman. I connected that with the fact that Shazam! was still in active development at the time, and theorized the role Johnson was talking about was in that film. Johnson reiterates much of the same points in the Total Film interview embedded below. However, this is the first time that Johnson has come close to indicate that the character is in the Shazam universe with the sly way he hinted, “Just say the word.” (Billy Batson turns into Captain Marvel by saying “Shazam!,” and other characters change into their alter egos by saying similar words.)

Up to this point, Johnson has been linked to the role of the villainous Egyptian Black Adam in the film, but this was the first indication that Johnson might be playing the heroic Captain Marvel.

In the video, Johnson says that we will be finding out soon what his involvement really is, which I assume to mean during the DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic Con. So we should know before the week is out exactly what Johnson is playing.

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AVENGERS:AGE OF ULTRON Promotional Blitz Begins

Posted on 16 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

AvengersAgeOfUltronLogoOnce upon a time, back in the old days, Hollywood started a big promotional blitz for its upcoming blockbuster fare at San Diego Comic Con. Nowadays, that’s passe. What you need to do is start promoting your film the week BEFORE San Diego Comic Con. Case in point: Marvel has started a major promotional push for Avengers: Age of Ultron this week.

The big push comes from Entertainment Weekly, who is taking its annual one week break from throwing shade on anything comic book film related to publish its Comic-Con issue. And Avengers: Age of Ultron is the cover feature. And that cover gives us our first official look at the film’s titular villain, Ultron.

EW Avengers 2 coverSee that blurb that reads “Iron Man’s Master Plan,” well, the magazine is willing to spoil that for us:

For better or worse (trust us, it’s worse), his Tony Stark has devised a plan that won’t require him to put on the Iron Man suit anymore, and should allow Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk to get some much needed R&R as well. His solution is Ultron, self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.

The only problem? Ultron (played by James Spader through performance-capture technology) lacks the human touch, and his superior intellect quickly determines that life on Earth would go a lot smoother if he just got rid of Public Enemy No. 1: Human beings. “Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’” Whedon says, rubbing his hands together.

“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”

So we now have confirmation that it’s Tony Stark, not Hank Pym, who creates Ultron. And no Iron Man 4 to explore the repercussions of that actions.

The also has a number of official stills from the film, including the cast’s “wardrobe”:
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Obviously this is a staged photo. But it does tell us that Nick Fury will be making his appearance known.

Next, we have Cap and Thor visiting what looks like a suburban home:
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Joss Whedon directing Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner:
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Our official first look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in costume and in action:
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The Science Bros (Bruce Banner and Tony Stark) in their lab:
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The Black Widow sporting yet another new hair-do:
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Hawkeye on the run from some serious attack:
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And a picture of the rumored party, with our official confirmation that Don Cheadle will indeed be in the film:
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In contrast, Kevin Feige’s interview with IGN seems anti-climatic, but in it he does reveal the changes to Stark Tower to make it the Avengers Tower:

Last time we saw Stark Tower, from The Avengers, it had gotten beat up a little bit thanks to Hulk and thanks to Loki and the Chituari, and Pepper and Tony were standing over a table looking at plans. That’s where we pulled out and all the letters had fallen away except the ‘A’ in Stark. So what they were doing was retro-fitting for The Avengers. And that’s what we see in this next film.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is gone – for people who are following along. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded and brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier because it turned out to not be the best organization ever. So Tony’s bank-rolling The Avengers now. And he’s bank-rolling their headquarters. So it’s now Avengers Tower.

Tony designed it so in addition to a hanger for a brand-new Quinjet, laboratories, places where he can build and store his Iron Man suits, there are I believe two bars. Beautiful multiple space living rooms which are perfect for parties and social gatherings. But it’s a primary location in the film this time around.

What? You thought that when Tony destroyed all of his suits at the end of Iron Man 3 that it would be last you’d see of them?

Speaking of Iron Man suits, Feige also confirmed that we would be seeing the Hulkbuster suit of armor we saw in design paintings, and he teases us that we’ll see more:

There are a lot of scenes that you should be getting excited about. That is certainly one of them. I think I said a long time ago when Joss [Whedon] first did his six-page or 10-page outline for Avengers, there was a lot of work and the movie’s adapted quite a bit since then, but there were like six or seven signature things just in that. I said ‘Joss, even if we don’t do anything else. Just do these seven things, that’s enough for the movie. Now let’s get to work and put it all together.’ Those things are in the movie and are amazing, of which that sequence is one.

It seems like Avengers: Age of Ultron is gearing up to be an epic movie in scope. I’m sure there will be more scoop revealed in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits better newsstands on Friday and next week at Marvel’s panel at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Kate Mara Apparently Confirms FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Not True To Source Material

Posted on 15 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

kate mara mexican esquireI’ve devoted a lot of the server space FBOL takes up to hand-wringing over how bad the Fantastic Four reboot was going to be. My main concern was the plot synopsis that appeared on a casting announcement that indicated that the reboot will be almost 100% different than the comic book it takes its name from. Josh Trank went to Twitter to deny that the synopsis was real, but Fox legal still sent out takedown notices to any film site that reported on the casting announcement’s plot blurb, including us.

However, part of me wanted to believe Trank that this was not true, that the powers that be would not be so arrogantly stupid to change what made the Fantastic Four the Fantastic Four. But an interview with Kate Mara by the Mexican edition of Esquire Magazine most likely put the last nail in the coffin of that hope.

Wedged in between pictures of Mara lounging in vintage underwear, the magazine managed to ask Mara about her up coming role in the reboot, specifically dealing with the comics themselves. ComicBookMovie is there to translate:

Q: Do you like comics?

A: I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

Okay, the “looking-on-the-bright-side-of-things” Bill says that maybe this was just an error in translation. Or it could be willful misdirection. Or maybe Mara meant that the film will not be based on any particular story arc from the comics but that the origin will remain…will…ah, who am I trying to kid. The casting plot synopsis was right. Get ready for a loosely-affiliated band of super-powered government mercenaries as your reboot FF. I’m sure it will be kewl.

This of course begs the question of when does a FF film not become an FF film? And why didn’t they just create an original film around the concept instead of  just tacking the FF name on to something that bares little resemblance to the source material? Is the name that much of a draw? If so, why not pay more respect to it?

The trainwreck is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. Maybe we’ll find out how many puppies they’ve sacrificed to the Dark Gods next week at San Diego Comic Con.


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Roberto Orci On SPIDER-MAN Franchise: “Not Officially Involved In It”

Posted on 13 July 2014 by William Gatevackes


roberto_orciBreakups are always hard, especially when there are children involved. You try to work together to provide your kids with what they need to go forth in the world, but that becomes tougher once other things occupy your time. And for Roberto Orci, it has become almost impossible.

Orci recently made an amicable split with writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman, but the team was expected to stay together on anything that was already in the works. This was thought to include Sony’s planned Venom (which the pair was going to write and Kurtzman was going to direct) and The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Orci has stated in an interview with IGN when asked directly about the latter that he was not officially involved in it.

A lot of this might have to do with Sony’s uncertain scheduling. Orci said:

I don’t know what their plans are for that franchise. I don’t ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I’ve read probably as much as anyone else. There’s a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there’s an idea of Spider-Man’s going to be one of these characters that’s part of our business. He’s such a popular character. Spider-Man’s not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined.

If Orci is going to to direct Star Trek 3, as is rumored, he simply might not be available for the Spidey films. Whether or not this is another nail in the coffin of Sony’s plans to spin off Spidey into a shared universe remains to be seen. The idea seemed haphazardly thrown together from the get go, and the disappointing grosses and reviews for The Amzing Spider-Man 2 caused many wags to question of a line expansion was a good idea. Now they are going to have to go forward without one of the lynchpins of said expansion.

More on this as it develops.

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New Superman Image From BATMAN V. SUPERMAN Released

Posted on 03 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

superman image smallSince Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is in production almost two years before it’s set to be released, we are going to have a long era of publicity to come pertaining to the movie. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

USA Today has an interview with Zack Snyder, complete with an official image of Henry Cavill as Superman. Here’s that image:

superman imageNo word on what fictional city Superman is standing in, Metropolis or Gotham. Before Warner’s mistaken idea that every DC Superhero Film needs to be grim and gritty, you would have been able to tell. Now, the pic of the glowering Kryptonian could realistically be taken in either location.

The interview itself is light on any real information but there are some tidbits of interest to be found:

  • Snyder explains why it’s Batman v. Superman instead of Batman vs, Superman: “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.” I take this to mean that it will be a fight of ideologies between the two in the film rather than a round of fisticuffs.
  • Snyder as shot several scenes with the Cavill and Affleck together.
  • However, he has not shot any scenes of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman yet. However, set photos have leaked of her on set, so he has filmed her as Diana Prince. Snyder reassures us that “she’s working out and getting buff and ripped.” Of course, she should already be buff and ripped by this point in shooting, so this reassurance isn’t all that reassuring.
  • The interview ends with this bon mot from Snyder: “You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.” Well, we’ll see what audiences will be talking about when it opens against Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.

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