April 23, 2014

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“Justice League” Just Focus on Heros

So here’s the $250 million question… Even if Warner Bros. eventually gets its proverbial act together and finds a decent script and a willing director how exactly do they make Justice League more than just ‘the one that came second’?
Warner Bros. is now in the unenviable position of trying to follow up what is basically the superhero team-up film that everyone always wanted to see. Oh sure, you can argue that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are bigger and more iconic characters than Thor or Iron Man, but Marvel did the work and kudos to them for herding the necessary cats in order to make it happen.
The irony is of course that Warner Bros. and DC Comics already have the ingredients to make Justice League matter in a movie world that has already seen The Avengers. They have the ingredients, and the manner in which they mix them will potentially allow Justice League to be different enough and unique enough to stand on its own. They just have to be willing to do what Marvel has so far been unwilling to do, which is to focus on heroes that aren’t quite the ones you’d expect to take center stage.
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Star Trek may bleed into Star Wars – J.J. Abrams

So, it’s officially official. Disney just put out a press release, which means I can write about it without fear of it being debunked moments after publication. J.J. Abrams is indeed directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And what do I have to say about that? Well… not much really.
There is indeed a part of me that feels that it is wholly inappropriate and/or unnatural that the same director will be behind new Star Trek *and* new Star Wars movies. Back in the old days, I believed in the perhaps simplistic idea that every franchise would get their own special director. Sam Raimi had Spider-Man, Bryan Singer had X-Men, and Chris Nolan had Batman. Obviously that idea no longer exists.
Bryan Singer can helm X-Men and then go on to attempt to reboot Superman with Superman Returns before taking back the X-Men franchise from Matthew Vaughn, who is now rumored to be among Warner’s top choices for a Justice League movie. Even with more and more franchises being rebooted and/or changing hands, it seems like an awfully incestuous little circle, with only a handful of directors seemingly ending up helming these major properties. Say what you will about Marvel, but they deserve kudos for thinking outside the box on pretty much every major film thus far when it comes to a director.
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‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailers Released

So I know we’ve been all awards obsessed for the past few days, but can we take a moment to appreciate two trailers released this week? Warner Bros premiered footage from both of Man of Steel and Pacific Rim at Comic-Con and have been surprisingly quiet about the films till now.
First up is the beautiful trailer for Man of Steel about the best superhero of all time aka Superman. I want to be cautiously optimistic cause Zack Snyder is the master of delivering a great trailer and a lackluster film, but I can’t help being excited about the direction they are taking Superman.
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Snow White and the Huntsman: Female characters engaging in stereo-typically male activities

HollywoodNews.com: “Why is this okay?” It was a random thought that I had while watching the final twenty minutes of Snow White and the Huntsman.
I suppose I should put a spoiler warning, but if you’ve seen even a single commercial or trailer you know that during the third act Snow White dons a suit of armor and rides into battle on horseback. It’s not that I took any offense at the notion, but I sat in the theater last night wondering why this kind of revisionism was completely acceptable for Snow White but not for James Bond.
Simply put, if someone tried to make an ‘Elseworlds’ version of James Bond where he was a British (or American?) spy during the 1880s and engaged in action-fueled espionage in a wild-west setting, I’d imagine the film punditry world would be in a tizzy. And let’s not even try to imagine what would happen if someone tried to make a Superman movie where Krypton didn’t explode, Lex Luthor was a CIA agent who was actually an alien, and Superman wore a spacesuit from which he received most of his powers, because J.J. Abrams wrote wrote just such a script that sent the Internet into pandemonium back in 2003.
The geek community (and arguably the mainstream media outlets in a desperate attempt to be ‘down’ with the geeks) explodes with outrage at any alleged deviation from their beloved source material. Spider-Man has organic web shooters… horror! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might actually be from outer-space in their next movie… shock! James Bond drinks a beer Skyfall… gasp! But Alice (in Wonderland) dons armor and kills a dragon and no one cares. Snow White dons armor and rides on horseback into a medieval battle scenario and no one cares.
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Why some comic adaptations failed: Iron Man 2, Punisher: War Zone, Superman Returns, Hulk

HollywoodNews.com: Actor Tom Hiddleston wrote an eloquent essay yesterday for The Guardian basically praising and defending the sub-genre known as the superhero picture. Plenty of disdain for the genre comes from the very notion that it’s big-budget entertainment based on literature that was technically intended for children that gobbles up production dollars and screen space that otherwise might be allotted for more explicitly grown-up fare. But at least some of the alleged weariness of this specific type of film (the superhero comic book adaptation) comes from a feeling that all-too many of them are basically telling the same story. You’ve generally got the standard origin story which (let’s be honest) basically takes Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and pours it into a different color bottle (I say that as a big fan of Spider-Man and Captain America). Then you have the sequels, which are quite often merely a case of escalation and/or the hero dealing with self-doubt often while in combat with a ‘bigger/badder’ version of himself (again, thank you Superman II). But over the last twenty years or so, there have been a handful of high-profile comic book films that have attempted to play around with the formula but have artistically failed anyway. As a rebuttal to the idea that ‘all superhero movies are the same’ as well as a reaffirmation of the idea that ‘it’s not what it’s about, but how it’s about it’, let’s take a look at five comic book adaptations that didn’t play it safe, but didn’t come out on top either.
Batman & Robin (1997)
I would argue that it’s a sign of maturity among film pundits and critics when they are finally adult enough to realize that Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin is not the worst film ever made. Peel away all the attempted camp, the self-depreciating homoerotic jokes, the terrible lead performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger and you’re left with simply a good story told very poorly. As the fourth film in a franchise, Schumacher and company had a bit more leeway in terms of where they wanted to take their film this time around. And as such, they told a rather thoughtful tale of an adult and sane Bruce Wayne trying to figure out how to be an appropriate head to his surrogate family. No longer wracked with guilt over his parents’ deaths, Wayne [...]

Henry Cavill talks “Man of Steel” on Jay Leno

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: More superhero news. Henry Cavill appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Monday night to promote his part in Tarsem Singh’s “The Immortals,” which opens this Friday. But with so many other anticipated projects on his radar, it’s no surprise that Leno asked him questions about “Man of Steel,” the James Bond franchise and Cavill’s chance to appear in “Twilight.”
Leno had to ask Cavill about Superman’s new look in Zack Snyder’s film. Specifically, the talk show host wondered why the Man of Steel’s signature red shorts appear to be missing from the new costume.
“Why wear underpants when you can be far more revealing?” Cavill answered with a grin.
Cavill also recounted an interesting story where he appeared as a background actor on Russell Crowe’s “Proof of Life.” He met Crowe and asked him for acting advice. The next day, Crowe sent Cavill an autographed photo which read, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Years later, Crowe now plays Jor-El alongside Cavill’s Superman. Circle of life.
As for his involvement in other high-profile franchises, Cavill told Leno that the decision to cast the new Bond in the rebooted “Casino Royale” came down to he and Daniel Craig, and he also was looked at for “Twilight” but was considered “too old” for the roles, even though Stephenie Meyer reportedly liked him.
The Hulu video from last night is having technical hiccups, but if you’d like to see Cavill talk “Man of Steel” on Leno last night, it should be available online at some point today.
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“Man of Steel” set photos show Superman in action

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” continues to film in Vancouver, with Henry Cavill occupying the cape and leotards of DC Comics’ famous do-gooder.
Though his red-and-blue pajamas are noticeably absent from these set photos that were snapped during a helicopter action shot (surrounded by miles of green screen) and shared with Superhero Hype. Check out the full gallery here.
Cavill plays Superman in a franchise reboot that stars Michael Shannon as chief antagonist General Zod and Amy Adams as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. Beyond that, however, details are scarce. We don’t know if Snyder’s going to reset Superman’s origin, or pick up from a spot where movie fans might recognize and build from there.
The director has promised more action, after Bryan Singer’s introspective “Superman Returns.” But we have a long while to wait until we see what becomes of “Man of Steel.” The potential blockbuster had its release date shifted back to June 14, 2013, giving Snyder and his crew more time to perfect Superman’s return to theaters. In the meantime, set photos and leaked images will have to do.

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Superman shirtless pics raise more “Man of Steel” questions

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As Zack Snyder continues filming his Superman reboot “Man of Steel,” on-set images continue to leak online … and there’s so much to process. We’ve already seen an official image of Henry Cavill in his Superman suit (above), and candid snaps of co-stars Amy Adams and Russell Crowe suggest what’s in store.
But now we see three new images on Cavill shooting scenes, and we’re confused for so many reasons.
First, it’s the beard. Superman with a beard?!?! I didn’t even know that was possible. Then we see the torn pants and lack of shirt, and we wonder what happened to the Blue Boyscout to get him in this shape.
And speaking of shape … damn, Cavill. Did you have to get so cut? Can’t you leave a few of the ladies for the rest of us?
See for yourself. The images (from CraveOnline) raise more questions than answers, but that’s probably a good thing. We have a long way to go before “Man of Steel” reaches theaters on June 14, 2013. Maybe by then, someone can find Supes a shirt.

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Superman “Man of Steel”: new photos from the set

HollywoodNews.com: Good morning everyone!
I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in recent days.
I’ve had some other things to take care of but Greg In Hollywood and my great readers are never far from my mind. I’ll be back up at full speed by tomorrow.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the new Superman Henry Cavill on the set of the latest flick about the Man of Steel.
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Did Superman “Man of Steel” plot synopsis leak online?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A casting call for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel” either hints at the film’s plot or simply provides character background for extras who might not be familiar with the classic character. We’re still trying to figure out which is which.
The opening casting call is taking place in Vancouver, and as Warner recruits fresh faces, they released a sheet (obtained by ComicBookMovie) asking for “local people to work as background artists in scenes to be filmed in early October.” The gigs are paid, and some extras will receive speaking parts as filming in Vancouver extends through January 2012.
But here’s the part we find interesting: The description of Snyder’s film … which is beginning to sound more and more like he’s planning yet another origin story for the Man of Steel.
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

While that could suggest Snyder plans to reboot Superman with an early story of the hero accepting his identity, I’m betting this is just a description to let people know the character’s back story in case they’ve been living on the planet Krypton this whole time and have no clue who Superman is.
There’s no way they’d let the plot synopsis slip in a casting call, which they knew would arrive online … right?
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