25
Apr
2015

Man of Steel

Yes, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was shot in color, but what if he had shown it that way?

YouTube channel VideoLab decided to have some fun with 2013’s Man of Steel and see if it could make the somber film look like a Superman film. The results are pretty darn exciting to be honest.

I do think a lot of my issues with Man of Steel stemmed from my strong dislike of the color palette. As Superman even said in the movie, the symbol on his chest stands for Hope (according to the movie, not the comics), and there was nothing hopeful about this film. Superman looked like a zombie in a costume that needed a washing.

Snyder has a style to be sure, but it’s pretty clear it doesn’t match up with the character of Superman.

24
Apr
2015

Suicide Squad comic logo

Jared Leto’s look for the Joker in Suicide Squad has been revealed finally.

… I’m out.

Suicide Squad director David Ayer tweeted out the first picture of Leto as the Joker on Friday night and, well, I hate it. A lot.

I think Leto is a great actor, and while I don’t mind different interpretations of characters, there is not one thing about this image that appeals to me. The Joker has a certain amount of class and flair to him. Even Ledger’s take on the Joker had a certain amount of a gentleman’s take to the character.

This guy looks like an extra in a Marilyn Manson video.

This is not the Joker. The Joker isn’t outwardly crazy (for the most part), he is cerebral and tortured within, this guy is advertising it all over his body, “ooo look at me! I’m craaaaazy! See it says ‘Damaged’ on my forehead? Yeah, that means I’m wild! oooo”

Suicide Squad Jared Leto Joker First Image

Perhaps Leto’s performance will save it, but he definitely has an uphill battle to overcome this character design.

Suicide Squad will hit theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.

[ Source David Ayer's Twitter ]

24
Apr
2015

Fast and Furious logo

Buckle up everyone, the Fast & Furious series is coming back for an eighth ride.

During its CinemaCon presentation on Thursday, Universal announced that Furious 8 would hit theaters on April 14, 2017. This is the first official announcement of the film, although it was a pretty safe bet considering how Furious 7 has performed.

As of Wednesday’s numbers Furious 7 has surpassed $1.15 billion at the global box office making it not only the highest grossing entry in the series thus far, but the highest grossing film ever for Universal. And the way things are going, the series may hit even crazier heights.

Here’s how the series has performed so far.

 Release Year
Domestic Box Office
Foreign Box Office
Global Box Office
Budget
The Fast and the Furious2001$144,533,925$62,750,000$207,283,925 $38,000,000
2 Fast 2 Furious2003$127,154,901$109,195,760$236,350,661 $76,000,000
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift2006$62,514,415$95,953,877$158,468,292$85,000,000
Fast and Furious2009$155,064,265 $208,100,000 $363,164,265 $85,000,000
Fast Five2011$209,837,675$416,300,000 $626,137,675$125,000,000
Fast & Furious 62013$238,679,850$550,000,000 $788,679,850 $160,000,000
Furious 72015$300,534,085$857,857,947 $1,158,392,032$225,000,000

(Do remember those numbers for Furious 7 are not final as it is still in release)

For whatever reason, starting with the fourth film was when this series exploded. While the budgets have increased, so have the box office hauls.

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is every chance Paul Walker’s death played into the stratospheric numbers of Furious 7, but I highly doubt that is the sole reason for its success. Sure, there may be a bit of a dip for Furious 8, but I still am willing to bet it will bring in the money.

23
Apr
2015

Disney release schedule cinemacon

Looking at Disney’s release schedule, it appears the studio is going to try to scoop all of the money at the box office.

During a presentation at CinemaCon – an annual convention for theater owners – on Wednesday, Disney showed its upcoming release schedule through 2017, and it looks like there isn’t a date it doesn’t have covered. As you can see in the image above, it almost feels like it’s non-stop for the next two years. (I am a bit puzzled by Disney picking up distribution on DreamWorks productions of Bridge of Spies and Ghost in the Shell)

Disney has always been big, but it is beginning to feel like it has totally taken over the box office. However, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing as I think its production values have grown immensely over the past decade or so. Disney did go through a very dark period film wise where nothing seemed to be working, and even its animated films were no longer living up to the name. Now it seems to be a completely different story.

With all that said, I’m not quite sure what this love affair is with turning its animated films into live action, but it seems to be working at the box office, especially overseas. So while I don’t see the point to them, more power to their success.

As I glance at this image, I have to say… I want to see pretty much everything on here. It’s rare I look at a long list and think that, so Disney must be doing something right.

[ Source Twitter ]

22
Apr
2015

Pirates of the Caribbean logo

And we’re off to the races with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

On Tuesday, series producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted out a photo of Depp in his Capt. Jack Sparrow costume being detained by other pirates with the quote, “Captain Jack is back and we’re not letting him go.”

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After Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides I’m honestly surprised this series is continuing. Yes, the fourth film made money ($1 billion global), but it was slammed incredibly hard for being the worst of the series. Here’s hoping Disney learned some lessons from that one. The plot does sound at least slightly better.

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.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

[ Source Jerry Bruckheimer Twitter ]

21
Apr
2015

Transformers Age of Extinction Super Bowl Commercial

The rumors are true: There are a lot more Transformers movies on their way to inflict pain upon us.

Recent rumors had pointed to not only a Transformers 5, but that multiple films were in the planning stages. Now, thanks to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, that has been confirmed.

Goldner recently released a statement that should send a shiver down your spine.

Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.

Michael Bay has not yet been confirmed to be returning to direct any of these movies, but we could always hope he’s done and moving on. Sadly, Mark Wahlberg will indeed be returning.

After Transformers: Age of Extinction I’m not sure I can even watch these for a laugh. Yes, they are that bad.

20
Apr
2015

Furious 7 banner

For a third weekend nothing can stand in the way of the Fast & Furious series.

Furious 7 scored another win with $29 million this weekend to bring its domestic total to $294.4 million and its global haul to $1.15 billion. Is there any stopping this series?

With an astounding 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 still managed to come in second with $24 million off a $30 million dollar budget. I would expect to see this one drop like a rock next week.

Horror film Unfriended came in third with $16 million.

Home is still charming audiences and landed in fourth place with $10.3 million and now stands at $142.6 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five was The Longest Ride with $6.85 million.

Next week’s big releases include The Age of Adaline.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 2nd Quarter report.

19
Apr
2015

Fantastic Four trailer 2 - 27

The new Fantastic Four movie is on its way, and at last we know what Doctor Doom will look like.

Yep… still not feeling this movie.

I don’t know what it is about the Fantastic Four that just doesn’t let it translate to film well. The first two movies from Fox were horrible, and this one appears to be headed down the same path.

Why? Because they keep changing things is my thought.

At it’s core, the Fantastic Four is about family and relationships, and the moviemakers keep trying to change things up to make it more exciting, and it just doesn’t work because then they completely ignore the core principles.

Count me out on this one.

Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7.

18
Apr
2015

Furious 7 banner

In just 17 days Furious 7 has grossed a staggering $1 billion at the global box office.

Say what you will about the Fast & Furious series, but it does bring in the money. Furious 7 is the first film in the series to pass this milestone (the next top grossing is Fast & Furious 6 with $788 million), and, shockingly, the first film ever from Universal to do so.

For the breakdown, $265.3 million has come from the U.S. with the remaining $735.2 million coming in from foreign markets.

Going into only its third weekend this film has some more legs to it for sure. If I was a betting man, I’d say it’s going to end in the $1.2 billion range. I guess we’ll see how good I am at this guessing game.

17
Apr
2015

Batman v Superman trailer 1 - 25

At last, the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived.

While I’ve been excited for this movie in the past, I have to say this trailer is not thrilling me. “Superman has a god complex” stories have never been my cup of tea. I am hoping that this is going in a slightly different direction, but we’ll have to wait and see.

I will say Batman looks awesome. Yes, even with Ben Affleck in the costume. Not totally sure on the voice yet, but it’ll be difficult for anyone to ever top Kevin Conroy from Batman: The Animated Series for me.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25, 2016.

17
Apr
2015

Star Wars Force Awkens Trailer 2 -  147

With the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer I am 100 percent in.

I know by the time this post goes live virtually everyone on the planet will have seen this trailer, but I don’t care. I generally write my posts after my workday ends, and for once I am glad of that as I needed to digest this and see how I felt about it, because after the first viewing I started to tear up… I admit. Say what you will, but I did.

“Chewie… we’re home.”

TEARS!

Yeah, I’m a big softy. I admit it.

So here are some things to note:

  • Luke’s voice over is from Return of the Jedi. Don’t read much into it.
  • The sand planet is not Tatooine as many of us thought, it was confirmed on Thursday to be a new planet named Jakku.
  • How did someone get what appears to be the Anakin/Luke lightsaber? It was lost in Empire Strikes Back down the shaft of Cloud City.
  • New imperial logo on the banners?
  • Finn (John Boyega) is a Stormtrooper, but he doesn’t look happy about it.
  • TIE Fighters now have white panels? Not thrilling to that yet.
  • Why is Han so happy to see the Falcon? Has he not had ownership of it? (They are clearly in the Falcon during the ‘we’re home’ moment)

Dec. 18 can not get here fast enough, folks.

16
Apr
2015

Captain America The Winter Soldier 24

After numerous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the heck is the Black Widow movie?

Well, don’t rule it out quite yet.

Speaking with Collider during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket, Johansson was asked about whether or not she felt Black Widow could support a solo film.

I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on—I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.

Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.

Of course, this begs the question whether or not a solo film has even been discussed. The short answer is, ‘yes.’

I’ve spoken to Kevin [Feige] about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film. I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin—I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.

With the Marvel schedule having been announced through 2019 already it seems fairly likely a solo film isn’t going to happen. I found this odd as Johansson has proven she can be a draw in action films with Lucy, but at the same time I’m not sure the character needs this. I’ve really enjoyed her time in the film series, but I like her as the constant foil to the ‘boy’s club’ mentality of these films. She’s been the voice of reason several times when they start to get out of line, and while I’m all for a female driven comic film, I just don’t know if the Black Widow in particular needs one.

As for her frequent appearances in the Avengers and Captain America films, keep those coming.

[ Source Collider ]