8
Mar
2010
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The second Iron Man 2 trailer premiered tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I have to say that with each additional frame of film from this movie, I’m getting more excited.

I really enjoyed the first film, and while I have had some concerns over the number of characters in this second outing, it appears that Jon Favreau, the director of both films, might just be able to make it work.  The film “looks” spectacular, and Robert Downey Jr. just looks like he has so much fun playing this role that it borders on being infectious.

Here’s hoping the usual comic book film jinx of the second film not working as well as the first doesn’t follow this franchise.  If it’s anywhere as good as the first, I’ll anxiously be awaiting the planned third film.

Oh, and the armor at the end?  GEEKGASM!  (I don’t want to spoil it, but it is right out of the comics)

You can see the first Iron Man trailer here.

17
Dec
2009

iron man 2 logoIt seems the trailers are coming at us fast and furiously all of a sudden.

Yesterday we got a new trailer for Alice In Wonderland, and now we’ve got the first full trailer for Iron Man 2.

This trailer pretty much delivers on all fronts.  We see the snarky Tony Stark we all loved in the first film, as well as seeing him living it up as an “out” super hero.  I swear Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role.

We then get our first good looks at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Don Cheadle in the War Machine armor.  (I have avoided this “spoiler” in past posts, but since they blatantly show it in the trailer, I give up.)  We also get the returns of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.  There is also a very brief shot of Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, but how exciting can shots of a guy in a three-piece suit really be?  So, not too surprised we don’t see much of him in this.

I still stand by what I said in a previous post that this movie may be going down the road of so many other comic book movies with too many characters in it, but the first movie was good enough to make me trust them that this one will be okay.

Any way, take a look and leave your thoughts in the comments!

1
Dec
2009

ironman2postersThe first teaser poster for Iron Man 2 has been released, and yes, that is War Machine in the background.

Iron Man 2 has been finished filming for a while now and is deep in to post production, so it was about time some official artwork finally came out.  (never mind several minutes of footage being showed at San Diego Comic Con this past August that has still yet to officially hit the Internet)  You can click on the image to the right for a larger view, although it isn’t super huge like most images released online.

This is one of those times where I might go on and on about War Machine’s inclusion in the film, but for once I am taking spoilers into consideration because people who only know the first movie know nothing of the character and will want to keep it that way until the movie comes out.  If you want to know more about him, check out the Wikipedia entry on War Machine, but I will warn you I know the movie is following the same character being the secret identity, so spoiler warning for sure.

I am a little concerned for this movie.  I loved the first one, but the second film seems to be following the comic book movie status quo of “it’s a sequel, it needs tons more characters!”  We have Robert Downey Jr. back as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle stepping into the role of Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes and Samuel L. Jackson appearing in an expanded role as Nick Fury.  Then this is where it gets messy as they are adding Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash along with an assortment of other minor characters.

Has Marvel learned nothing from the messes known as Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man 3 and so on?  You can overdo the number of characters in a movie very easily.  I have a lot of faith in director Jon Favreau, but this is not off to a very encouraging start.

I’ll go into the movie with an open mind, but I am leery of what could go wrong here.

9
Jun
2009

Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2The first image of Mickey Rourke as the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2 has been released (click the image to the right for a much larger & complete image) and it is an… interesting look?

As with almost every comic book character that makes it to the big screen, numerous changes have been made to Whiplash.  You can read the rather lengthy official bio over at the Marvel Comics website, but essentially he was an American that went to work for Stark Industries (as in Tony Stark’s company), fell in with a bad crowd, became a supper villain… you know how that goes.  Well, somehow in the moie he is now Russian, and reportedly just escaped from prison (check the orange outfit on his lower half in the large picture).

When it was first reported that Rourke was playing a Russian villain in the film, the natural conclusions where that he was either playing Titanium Man or The Crimson Dynamo, but instead they have to mess around with another character for no good reason.  Luckily I have a lot of trust in Jon Favreau as a director and storyteller, so I won’t totally scratch my head at this one yet, but it does seem like a totally unnecessary change.

If you’re wondering about the lighted piece on his chest looking so much like Iron Man’s, Mr. Favreau said to USA Today that is intentional and somehow figures into the plot of the film.  I have my suspicions of how, but I won’t spoil it for those who aren’t familiar with the overall driving forces of the Iron Man series.

Iron Man 2 is due for release May 7th, 2010 with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell (playing Justin Hammer), Scarlett Johansson (playing Black Widow), Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson.

15
Mar
2009

Well, as I predicted, the Marvel movie line-up was overly ambitious.

Marvel seems to have woken up to the fact that they were rushing their films out too fast, and they have announced an adjusted line-up of their films through 2012.  They’ve only shifted three of the movies, but it gives them some more breathing room in the production timeline, and hopefully this will lead to higher quality films.  I imagine this was somewhat assisted by Sony announcing their target date for the fourth Spider-Man movie in May of 2011.

thorThor: formerly July 16, 2010, now June 17, 2011
Captain America: formerly May 6, 2011, now July 22, 2011
The Avengers: formerly July 15, 2011, now May 4, 2012

So the new line-up is (films in bold are part of The Avengers “series”):

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009
  • Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
  • Spider-Man 4 – May 6, 2011
  • Thor- June 17, 2011
  • Captain America – July 22, 2011
  • The Avengers – May 4, 2012
  • Ant-Man – To Be Announced (to be fair, the press release no longer mentions this film)

There is also some speculation this was somewhat prompted by all of the big named actors being attached to The Avengers, so they may have had to move it further out to accomadate all of the people this film is going to require.  By the time this film roles around they will need Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and which ever actors they choose for the parts of Thor and Captain America will also be in it for sure.  Beyond that, who knows who else they will drag along from these movies to be included, so it is going to be a nightmare scheduling wise to get this many actors together all at once for the project.

One person who is probably thrilled by the move is Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man films, who is going to serve as a producer on The Avengers.  He was essentially going to have to go directly from work on Iron Man 2 to working on team film, I would imagine he’ll enjoy at least a short break.

I also think this may solve the problem I was concerned with with having the films coming out too fast and wearing out the public.  I would like to see some more space between Thor and Captain America, but oh well, it’s their call.  Lets just hope the public doesn’t fall into super hero fatigue.

13
Mar
2009

Scattercast is 34 and nearing its mid-life crisis.

– Some more thoughts on four years of blogging.

– Yeah, I figure Dollhouse is probably doomed due to ratings.

– People think Watchmen bombed, but I loved it.

Iron Man 2 is shaping up with the announcements of Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johannson signing on to play Whiplash and Black Widow respectively.

– Why is Twitter taking off with celebrities, and also making it into the mainstream?

– Laser pointers + pets = FUN!

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26
Feb
2009

nick furyIt’s amazing how fast the status of an actor can change in Hollywood, and Samuel L. Jackson is a perfect example of this.

Just yesterday I wrote about the numerous comic book movies coming out, and one of the statements I mentioned was the rumor that Mr. Jackson would not be reprising the role of Nick Fury in any more Marvel Comics movies.  In case you are confused by the word “reprising”, he did appear at the end of Iron Man, after the credits, to talk with Tony Stark.  Originally it was rumored he would again appear in Iron Man 2, and possibly a few other Marvel movies, but then word came out that talks between him and the studio had broken down over money, and he would not be back for any more appearances.

Well, literally hours after I wrote up my article came out yesterday, rumors popped up that he had indeed reached a deal with Marvel.  There was no word of which movies he would be in, but that was taken care of by an article from Variety today stating that he has signed a nine picture deal with the studio.

Yes… NINE.

Not only will he supposedly appear in small roles through out the Marvel films, but there is a possibility of a S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) movie.  Though the character of Fury, and S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, have changed over the years, one thing has remained constant that Fury is in charge of the organization.

While his own movie may be a ways off, I think it is safe to say that four of his nine movies will be Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. Now I just wish I had held off one day longer on that original post…

25
Feb
2009

green lantern movieAnyone else remember when it was a special event to see a comic book related movie, and not a seemingly weekly release?

New information is popping up all over the place of what the future holds for fans of people in tights fighting… well… other people in tights.  First, here is the current slate of comic book related movies with announced release dates.

  • Watchmen – March 6, 2009
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009
  • Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
  • Thor – June 4, 2010
  • Green Lantern – December 17, 2010
  • The First Avenger: Captain America – May 6, 2011
  • Spider-Man 4 – May, 2011 (tentative)
  • The Avengers – July 15, 2011
  • Kick-Ass – To be announced, but my guess is sometime in 2009

As I’ve said before, I think the Marvel slate is overly ambitiousIron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers technically form a series, and if one of them bombs, (my money is on Thor doing lackluster box office) the whole series could be thrown off kilter.  Whatever, it’s their money to throw around as they like.  Never mind I think they are making mistakes behind-the-scenes.  Rumors are circulating that Samuel L. Jackson is out of the films as Nick Fury due to Marvel not paying enough (about four hours after I published this, news broke that he was back in Iron Man 2), and there is also word they offered Mickey Rourke $250,000 to play Crimson Dynamo, a Soviet-era version of Iron Man, in the second Iron Man movie.  Sure I think actors are overpaid, but even I have to say that $250K is a fairly lowball offer.

Although Marvel is regrouping the original cast and crew for Spider-Man 4, can we all just hope it is a lot better than the third film?  That one was just painful to watch, and it doesn’t make me super anxious to see a fourth.  Course, to get us all worked up for the franchise again, you can see the Broadway musical starting in February 2010.  I’m already afraid of that project.

Aside from Marvel, and as much as I have desired it, the news of the Green Lantern movie leaves me a bit concerned.  The December 17, 2010 release date was announced just today, but there are two immediate problems with that date: the movie doesn’t have a director or cast yet, and it is the first super hero movie ever released near the holidays.  Typically big comic movies launch in the summer, but the 2010 summer slate is pretty full already, so they moved this one to December, which seems fair enough.  However, announcing a release date before you even have a director or cast on board?  That isn’t just overly ambitious, it seems screamingly stupid to me.

For a movie of this type, one that is sure to be special effects heavy, you need to do a ton of pre-production work.  Until a director is locked, that is virtually impossible.  So you are currently asking a director to come on to the project cold, and drop what will hopefully be the first in a new franchise for your studio in just over 21 months?  The schedule is tight for such a venture to begin with, but by the time this ramps up, it could be even worse.  Hopefully Warner Brothers will rethink that release date a bit.

I’m hopefully there won’t be any big duds in these films, but you have to wonder when the movie going public is going to tire of these projects.  For now, I am most anxious for Green Lantern, and just hopeful they don’t completely botch it up.