Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Final Fantastic Trailer



This final trailer of Marvel’s first Family, adds to my belief in that the reboot of this franchise will absolutely be a great success. Initially when hearing  that they were going young with the Fantastic Four I was against it, however in seeing the actors that they choose to play these role I feel has made the difference for sure, along with what they have shown within each trailer, as each member of the team are all great actors.

I look forward to seeing Michael B. Jordan in the Rocky spin-off titled Creed, which released its trailer a few weeks back and has turned out to be one of my favorites of the year.


Fantastic Four is set to jump into action in only a few weeks,  August 7th!!!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Top Comic Con 2015 Moments





Just like that Comic Con has come and gone, but not its lasting impression. This event was clearly DC/WB opportunity to seize and showcase what they have in store for fans for years to come. Marvel’s Fox division had a few things to show fans, however my excitement came from what Warner Brothers had to show along with its CW properties. All and all I felt this was a pretty decent Comic Con; with that I will take you through my 5 top Comic Con 2015 moments.
And the numbers 


#1 spot belongs to……..

Batman v Superman Trailer



Yes, I know that ever since news broke that Ben Affleck was playing Batman and not my boy Christian Bale, I was bummed to say the least; then came the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman followed by the casting of Jesse Eisenburg as Lex Luther which after what I saw at Comic Con I’m still not seeing it. Despite my misgivings, the trailer was pretty awesome, it captured a bit of what Marvel has mastered in terms of making you feel as if you were seeing comic book moments brought to life. It had everything you would expect for a film based within a Christopher Nolan tone, it had the perfect mix of grit and darkness which made just about every scene as compelling as the next EXCEPT for the scenes with Jesse Eisenburg, each and every time he appeared on screen I was taken out of the trailer. 



My top scenes within the trailer:  the Robin costume no doubt displayed in Bruce Wayne’s lair lending the way to show that Robin has died at the hands of the Mad Clown, the second was the scene showing Batman using his grappling gun to swing from one location to another in an effort to elude some sort of energy blast and lastly the scene involving an angered Bruce Wayne holding a child in his arms after saving her from the destruction that ensued during the Zod and Superman battle. I am actually starting to feel that there is a true glimmer of hope for this film, in that it could actually be dare I say.... be good? Within the next few months I’m really looking forward to see more from the film leading up to its release to officially make the call, I was very impressed with what I saw. The trailer showed Kryptonite, General Zod’s dead body, still have not received confirmation on what they will be fighting in the film as my money is still on Doomsday or something like it made from Zod’s DNA, mark my words.  Great trailer!!






#2.
Suicide Squad Trailer

You wanna talk about dark and gritty, this film is full of misfits you would want to keep an eye on at all times. Adding to the major sense of intrigue are characters Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Dead Shot (Will Smith), Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang. A band of misfits all played by actors fully capable of dominating their roles to the fullest. Cara Delevingne who will play the dark and mystical Enchantress thus exploring the more supernatural side of the DC Universe.  Jared Leto who will be a very different yet great Joker along with Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). 



Although I feel that they will no doubt turn in great performances I know Adewal Akinnuoye Agbaje  (Killer Croc) will turn in a stellar performance as well. There is something to be said about a band of criminals being asked to go out on missions that may easily result in not many returning all that gives this film a little something special to show, something we haven’t seen since that of one of my all time favorite film in the 1967 film Dirty Dozens staring Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. Then there is this element of Joker gone wild which makes this for an even better draw then Batman v Superman. Watching the trailer there is a sense of tragic hopelessness that is brought on seeing a character such as Dead Shot who will be a bit of an Anti-Hero when it is all said and done. Look forward to seeing more from this film as production continues to move forward as this will no doubt be one of DC’s few gems.






Batman v Superman / Suicide Squad Comic Con Panel




#3.

CW’s Arrow Panel-“The Green Arrow has arrived” /The Flash Highlight Reel -Panel /Evolution of a Hero Video




Arrow actor Stephen Amell got fans in Hall H in an uproar over his plea to fans to continue sticking with him and his team throughout their adventures during this upcoming Season 4,  before leaving he announced to the fans he will see these adventures not as the “Hood” or the “Arrow , but as the iconic Green Arrow. This news had fans hyped at the conclusion of his speech. This is great news for viewers and fans alike as this is what Oliver Queen’s journey has been destined, for him to take hold of the persona of the Green Arrow. Look forward to next Season with Damian Dark being the show’s villain. As an ousted League of Assassin member, Dark will serve as a formable opponent for team Arrow for sure. There was also concept art of the new Green Arrow costume shown as well, which my opinion looks just like the Arrow costume outside of the shoulder pads and the apparent green overtone, however all in all the costume still looks pretty cool.




The crew from the Flash was on hand to speak about their widely successful show and to tease what is to come, this year it has been revealed that we will see Original Flash Jay Garrick whom I have been a fan of since reading the Flash comics from back in the day, after seeing the show’s finale last year I knew he had to make an appearance when his iconic helmet flew out of the worm hole the Reverse Flash had created in order to return to his time line. Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) will portray the iconic hero. Flash surpassed my expectations; the show is an ever growing success which I feel will only get better as next season continues to roll along leading into DC Legends of Tomorrow spinoff. The highlight reel is absolutely amazing and successfully pays tribute towards how great this show has become.





CW’s Hero Evolution (Arrow, Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow)




This was absolutely not only for the fans of the show but for those like me who grew up and still read comics to this day, he comic book style elements displayed throughout this video was pretty clever.

The video chronicles what started off as Oliver Queen’s journey but has led an even bigger universe with The Flash and DC Legends of Tomorrow, awesome!







#4 


Fox’s Marvel Comic Con Panel, News and Images

 
Hugh Jackman last stand as the Wolverine


 During Fox’s panel showed a video of Hugh Jackman auditioning for the role more than 15 years ago, when walking on stage Hugh Jackman  stated to the Hall H crowd “I’ve got three words: old man Logan”.  Take from that what you will, those word confirmed what many fans had been thinking all along,  Wolverine’s final film will be inspired by that of the “Old Man Logan” story, which I found as a good read but not something that should be adapted for a film. 


The story follows a broken down Wolverine years after he incidentally killed all of the X-men while under the control of villain Mysterio. Years has passed and Wolverine is now settled down as an old man with a family struggling to make ends meet, his is bullied by Hulk Family who are a created family of inbreeded siblings made from Hulk and his cousin. The world is filled with fallen heroes such as Captain America who was killed by the Red Skull paving the way for other villains to take over the world, leaving only a few willing to fight such as HawkEye who is blind in the story. Fox will apparently will have to turn in a very different adaptation of this story as they do not have the rights to charters such as Hulk and Hawkeye. Jackman went to assure fans that this will be his last time as the character.  


“As I promised, this next time is my last time putting on the claws, it’s one last time”. Throughout each and every X-men/Wolverine film Jackman added to his legend as one of the top all time actor to portray a comic character along with Bale, Robert Downey Jr, and the late Christopher Reeve. As a fan I am saddened to see Hugh hang up the claws, but extremely happy for him and all he brought to the table the last 15 years as the character.




X-Men Apocalypse Four Horseman Revealed


X-Men Apocalypse, which is the follow up to the largely successful X-men days of future past which will, is now set to follow a young X-Men group in the 80’s. As I mentioned in the past not too thrilled about direction of the X-men franchise as I would have like and felt that the veteran cast should be going up against a villain such as Apocalypse who is a n Ancient Mutant with extraordinary  abilities which in term makes him on of if not the X-Men ultimate villain. 

There was a teaser trailer shown to those in Hall H which gave them their first look at Apocalypse as well as a Mo Hawk wearing Storm. In the comics Apocalypse is accompanied by 4 brain washed mutants who are to serve as his royal guard, those mutants are Angle/Archangle(Ben hardy), Storm(Alexandra Shipp), and Psylocke(Olivia Munn) who is a X-men character I feel is long overdue on the big screen. Apocalypse horsemen are named Death which will be Archangel and then War, Pestilence and famine which will be a mantle takeover by the other 3 mutants. As I mentioned not all that excited about this film, but will keep an eye in how its develops, and what role will Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will play. X-Men Apocalypse is due out May 27, 2016. Check out the cast Panel in Hall H.

X-Men Apocalypse Panel /Fantastic Four Comic Con Panel

Here are both Comic Con Panel from X-Men Apocalypse and Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four is out in theaters  August 7 and i cannot wait as i feel it will turn out to be a solid film.






Fantastic Four Comic Con Panel










Dead Pool Image of X-Men member Colossus


Love the look of this character seems as though he was ripped right from the pages of the comic! Deadpool hits theaters Feb 12th 2016.





#5.
Star Wars Panel

What more can I say than that , this storied Franchised is back and ready to take the world by storm once more decades later just as it did years ago. Was truly awesome to see what I had hope and that is a panel consisting of Star Wars legends Harrison Ford(Han Solo), Carrie Fisher(Leia Organa) Mark Hamil (Luck Skywalker) as Franchise newcomers such as Adam Driver , John Boyega and Daisey Ridley..ok yeah and the director in J J Abrams was on hand too. Great panel man!






There you have it, each and every moment just gets me that more hyped for all that is to come in 2016 because when it is all said and done it will go down as one of the great Comic Movie years in such a time. Cannot wait to see how everything turns out not only on the cinematic side but the television / streaming  side as well with shows such as Arrow, Flash, DC legends of Tomorrow, Super Girl, Marvel Netflix Dare Devil Season 2  and Jessica Jones, we have a lot very exciting stories to look forward to . Stay Tuned for sure!!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Comic Con 2015 Preview




I’m ready to see what is what is going to go down during this week’s 2015 Comic Con. Just as I have done in the past I am going to throw out a preview of things that I am looking forward to seeing and get more insight on during this year’s event.
It has been rumored that Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will not have a Hall H showing however I am pretty sure we will get some love from Marvel even though they basically had their Comic Con months ago when they held that awesome event at the El Capitain theater. This year seems to leave the door open for DC /WB to really show what they will be bringing the fans for years to come, starting with more insight their of the most anticipated film inBatman v Superman which opens on March 16th, so with all that being said ,lets gets down to business with this preview!!

Marvel

Will we get any more information on Phase 3?  Ant-Man is coming out in ten days (July 17) .  Avenger’s 2.5 is coming next year in Captain America Civil War. We also have Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange as well Guardians of the Galaxy.

With the announcement of Tom Holland as Spider-man there is wonder if he will  make an appearance along with the cast of Captain America Civil War, just as they did when the Avengers took the stage last year. He too has a solo film due out in 2017.



Will we get a panel or more information on Marvel’s Netflix series which soared toward an amazing start with the success of DareDevil, which has already started shooting Season 2. Then we have Jessica Jones, Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist to look to all coupled with the addition of Punisher within the DareDevil series, Marvel Netflix seems to only be getting started with all it can and will do moving forward within the MCU.


Fox’s Marvel Films

What will we get to see from the upcoming Dead Pool movie that is due out Febuary 12, 2016? During last years’s Comic Con  there “leaked test” footage of Ryan Reynolds as the wise cracking Mercenary sent fans in a frenzy , with the film knee deep in production what tibets will they show to the fans? We do know that Colossus is in the film and that Reynolds is hopeful to have Hugh Jackman cameo as Wolverine!



Then there is the newly rebooted X-men Franchise, which I am not all to excited about as I feel that they are doing an injustice to the original cast by not allowing for them to be the ones to face off against an opponent such as Apocalypse; however I look forward to seeing what they share during their panel as I feel there may be some more insight as to what is going on with the film which is set during the 80’s and will feature younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Night Crawler, Psylocke and Jubilee.  


Agents of Shield



What can we expect from a show that in my eyes continues to get better and better; I thought it had the best season finale beating out both the Flash and Arrow.


Fantastic Four



What more will get reveled for Josh Tranks upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s first family, whish is due out in next month. There is rumors that there will be as X-Men / Fantastic Four crossover in the works over at Fox we shall see if more light be shed on that possibility.



Star Wars



What can we expect from one of the most heralded franchises of all-time?. Will we get a panel featuring Harrison Ford,  Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamil, John Boyega and others? What will their presentation be like if they even do not have one?





Batman v Superman/New Shared Universe
This is supposed to be the year that DC “dominates” Comic Con with what they all have in place with the newly created Universe which will be kick started with next year’s Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice, you have heard my thoughts on this film time and time again; as much as I am still left shaking my head in disbelief of the casting, I’m interested to see what their presentation will turn out during this week’s main event in Hall H.  It has been reported that more footage from the upcoming Batman v Superman film will be shown. Will the ultimate villain be finally revealed? I’m still thinking Doomsday. Will there be a Justice League panel with Ben Affleck(Batman), Henrey Cavill(Superman), Gal Gadot(Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ezra Miller (Flash). Anything will be better than what they did last year with Gadot and Affleck coming on stage for 2 seconds looking as if they did not want to be there.

Will we get more insight on the upcoming solo films featuring Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman? Will they announce who will be portraying Green Lantern, will it be the rumored John Stewart, Hal Jordan or both? Singer/Actor Tyrese have been lobbying toplay John Stewart. Let’s see if it pays off.
Will the Rock make an appearance to promote the upcoming DC Shazman film, in which he portrays Black Adam?




CW Heroic Team of Heroes




Flash Season 2: what information will they bring to the table to tease us for Season 2? Flash hit the ground running last year and never looked back as the show proved that Flash can hold his own on TV as well as in film.
Arrow Season 4:  It’s so crazy to see that we are going on four years of Arrow when it seems as if it was yesterday when Season 2 was underway. What will Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen / Arrow) have for fans towards promoting their ground breaking series which has spawned shows such as the Flash as well as Legends of Tomorrow




This is really the most exciting time of the year as a Comic Junkie; as I, along will many all around the world wait in anticipation on what little or big tidbits of information is brought to the forefront in an event that will only become bigger and bigger in its appeal and popularity as these comic films and shows evolve.  Stay Tuned!!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

To Catch A Spider



Well the search for the Spider-Man has finally ended as Marvel and Sony has found the actor who will portray Spider-Man moving forward within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as in his own standalone films. Actor Tom Holland (19 years old) British actor will portray a younger Spider man in this next and hopefully last incarnation of the character at least for a long while. Marvel/Sony have also found a Director for their next installment.
Check out Marvel’s official announcement below.

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of "Cop Car," the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director.  The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in "The Impossible," “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea," and by a series of complex screen tests.  Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.

I think it is great that Marvel and Sony where able to come to an arrangement, setting up this very moment for fans all around the world.  Although I look forward to what this announcement holds, I am still not sold on a younger Spider-Man, as I would have liked for the Studios to go in the direction of more of a veteran web slinger. I think it would have served the MCU and Spidey’s next installment of films to see more of an already established hero who for whatever reason retires due to the loss of his abilities, which after years of being suppressed resurface. I feel that would have been a great new way to attack this character moving forward, however I have faith that Marvel will somehow make this work.



The Scoop on Holland is that he is a very talented actor who turned in an impressive performance in the film “The Impossible” and is receiving buzz from his performance in Ron Howard’s upcoming film “In the Heart of Sea”.  Director Jon Watts is best known for his work in “Cop Car” Starring Kevin Bacon.
With Spider-Man all set to fly into to action it has been reported that a short list of actors vying the role had screen tested with the Spider-Man costume of the set of Captain America Civil War in Atlanta, which Tom Holland will debut in as Peter Parker, which is not a surprise as this was the plan all along, incorporate Spider-Man into the MCU during an event such as Civil War. Director Joss Whedon mentioned in a past interview that had they casted Spider-Man in time he would have had a cameo in Avengers Age of Ultron, which would have been amazing.  I will be on the lookout for pics of his costume which will no doubt surface in the coming weeks as well as more details surround the Web Slinger’s inclusion within Civil War.


Captain America Civil War (which is really Avengers 2.5) is due out in Theaters May 6, 2016.

 Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Punishment Arriving to the MCU




What’s up, happy summer to you all. I figured I would come through to drop in my thoughts on yet another “Masterful Marvel move” with the insertion of The Punisher into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have always been a fan of his character especially when I would read comics featuring him while teaming up with Spider Man on a number of occasions.  I feel I have much appreciation of his will to find a way to be just a bigger force than those with super powers just like Batman. It has been reported that actor Jon Bernthal has been casted as the gun totting vigilante.  Bernthal is best known for his roles in The Walking Dead, Wolf of Wall Street, and Fury. He is set to appear in the upcoming action thriller “The Accountant”. Check out his message below to fans about casting.





I am extremely excited for the Punisher as I felt he was the next character to be inserted within the MCU in a supporting role. I feel Punisher just needs to be a part of an ensemble and not necessarily have his own movie or series, however if it was done I would be front row checking it out. In earlier years there has been another version of Punisher that did not work well one in 1989 featuring Dolph Lundgren. There have been two incarnations of the character in previous years with the 2003 Punisher staring Thomas Jane which I liked. I had hoped he would reprise his role, but I feel that Bernthal will do a great job. The second was the 2008 film titled Punisher War Zone, which I really did not care much for; actor Ray Stevenson portrayed the character in this film. Thomas Jane did return to play the character in 2010 for in a short film titled “Dirty Laundry” which gave me a bit of hope that he may return.







With an established and thriving MCU we will see Punisher debut in Daredevil Season 2, which is a win-win. The show played to the fact that you can generate a massive amount of success with a character who is a part of a world that has garnered worldwide success on the big screen, Daredevil showed that this character can not only hold his own in a streaming series, but can easily fall Marvel’s upcoming films such as Civil War and Infinity Wars. Check out Punisher’s character synopsis for the series, as well as what Marvel’s Head of Television had to say of Bernthal’s casting.



Character Synopsis (Marvel.com): Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results. 
Jeph Loeb:
“Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”


Marvel is strategically setting up Punisher to make a cameo in one or both of their future films. Seeing as though Punisher played a pretty good role in the Civil War story arch, it isn’t as far fetch to think that we may even see him in a small cameo. Whatever Marvel has in store you better believe it will result in yet another masterpiece.