31
Dec
2013

X-Men vs Fantastic Four

Could Fox be planning to make its own mini-Marvel Cinematic Universe? The rumors seem sure to be pointing that way.

According to a report from The Motley Fool, the studios that have Marvel properties to their name – Spider-Man at Sony, and the Fantastic Four & X-Men at Fox – both really want to ride the Marvel wave. While we already know that Sony is planning a villains of Spider-Man movie, the report indicates that talks are still ongoing over at Fox to try to crossover the X-Men with the Fantastic Four.

This rumor first popped up back in Aug. of this year, and there is still no indication of when it could happen, if ever. Currently the Fantastic Four are scheduled for a reboot in 2015, and X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for May 27, 2016. Could this leave a 2017 window open? That would be my thinking. That would allow the FF to be reintroduced, let the X-Men build up some more momentum and then go straight into filming the crossover.

This is all still rumor at this point, but it seems pretty much inevitable at this point. Would it do Avengers numbers, though? Nope, but it would still do well for the studio to be sure.

Expect to hear a lot about this over the next year or so.

[ Source The Motley Fool ]

[ Via The Hollywood Reporter ]

20
Aug
2013

X-Men and Fantastic Four

It looks like a second Marvel cinematic universe may be on its way to getting a start if Fox has its way.

As we all know, it’s a thorn in the side of Marvel that Fox controls the theatrical rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. But if you really want to put the knife to them, why not have those two teams have a crossover of their own?

Speaking with SFX, Mark Millar, who works for Marvel and oversees the properties at Fox, answered a fan question regarding the possibility of the two Fox controlled properties crossing over.

Will the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four share a universe with the future X-Men films? Joe Steiner

“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”

Obviously Marvel is taking a, “if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude here, and who can really blame them? Fox is obviously going to hold on to these for as long as they can, and Marvel still makes royalties off the films, so it might as well look for the films to make as much money as possible.

The questions is, of course, are filmgoers ready for a second universe of superheroes? We’ll just have to wait and see.

[ Source SFX ]

21
Feb
2013

X-Men Days of Future Past set photo - hallways - 640

Apparently Bryan Singer is really excited to be working on another X-Men film and is taking every opportunity he can to share images of the work that’s being done.

The picture above showed up in Bryan Singer’s Twitter feed with the message:

How many days until @Comic_Con? #XMen #DaysofFuturePast #SDCC

While he doesn’t explain the image, anyone who has seen the first three films will know what it is immediately: The hallways of the X-Men HQ in Xavier’s mansion.

X-Men - hallways

Additionally, earlier in the week he tweeted this image.

X-Men Days of Future Past set photo - wheelchairs

With the message:

Hello old friends #XMen #DaysofFuturePast

Yep, wheelchairs. On the left is the one for the older version of Prof. Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and the younger version on the right (James McAvoy).

It looks like things are shaping up nicely for the latest film in the X-Men franchise.

[ Source Hallway image: Bryan Singer's Twitter, Wheelchair image: Bryan Singer's Twitter ]

3
Nov
2012

X-Men - Days of Future Past - 141 - 640

Bryan Singer is going to return to the directing chair of the X-Men film series with one of the most beloved story of the series’ entire run.

Matthew Vaughn directed the surprise hit, X-Men:First Class, but he has opted t step back for the sequel and serve only as a producer. Stepping in to direct the follow-up will be Bryan Singer, the man who directed X-Men and X2, and then has served as a producer on the follow-up films.

Singer did a great job on the first two films, so I have no concerns about his ability to handle the material, but he is definitely takin on an ambitious story, “Days of Future Past.” Published in Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142 back in 1981, the storyline dealt with a future where mutants are hunted by giant robots called Sentinels that imprison them in interment camps or kill them. All of this came about as a result of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants – Magneto’s group – having killed a senator. One of the X-Men from this future sends her mind back in time to warn the modern day X-Men and have them prevent the event.

How much of this will make it into the movie is anyone’s guess, but it’s a heck of a starting point for a film. If done correctly, this could be amazing, but we’ll just have to see how its handled.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to be released on July 18, 2014.

7
Apr
2012

Jennifer Lawerence as MystiqueThe sequel to the successful X-Men: First Class film is set to begin filming in January, but it’s not just because it’s finally ready.

20th Century Fox has been anxious to get the sequel to X-Men: First Class rolling, but it ran into a small problem when Jennifer Lawrence, who played Mystique, went on to sign for The Hunger Games film series.  She is now locked into at least three films, but she also agreed to three X-Men films.  What’s a young actress to do?

Well, it appears an agreement has been reached between the two studios that will see Lawrence film Catching Fire, the second book in the series, this summer and then go directly to filming her second go in the blue make-up.  The issue that arose was Lionsgate wanted to hold all the actors for seven months in case of reshoots, which would have made all of them unavailable for any other work.  While a nice dream to have, the contract for the X-Men films takes precedence as it is older.

No word yet on how many cast members of the first film will return, but I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Mystique.

[via Dark Horizons]

6
Jun
2011

X-Men: First Class movie posterX-Men: First Class may have won the weekend, but it didn’t perform anywhere close to expectations.

Clocking in at $55 million, the newest film in the X-Men franchise beat the debut of the original film from back in 2000, but just barely.  Adjusted for inflation, the prequel fell short of the original based on attendance numbers, and considering the $160 million dollar budget, that is most definitely not a good thing.

The Hangover Part II brought in $31.4 million for a 63 percent drop from last weekend.  Apparently the bad word of mouth finally caught up with it.  It actually brought in less than the original did on its second weekend, but the damage is already done for this film to be considered a success, and a third film is already in the scripting stage.

Also not fairing well was Kung-Fu Panda 2 which fell 50 percent to $23.9 million this weekend.  The original fell 44 percent in its second weekend, and 50 percent is almost unheard of for an animated film in its second weekend.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides fell another 55 percent from its previous fall last week to bring in $18 million.  It’s domestic total stands at $190.2 million, but it’s raking it in on the foreign markets for a worldwide total of $790.8 million.  Rounding at the top five was Bridesmaids which actually had the best weekend statistically with $12 million.

10
Feb
2011

The first full trailer for X-Men: First Class has hit, and … it’s not as bad as I anticipated.

While I haven’t been thrilled with the 1960’s setting we’ve seen in the X-Men: First Class pictures thus far, I have to say now that we’ve got some context, it’s working a lot better for me.  The idea of the X-Men helping with the Cuban Missile Crisis interests me, and might explain some of Magneto’s hatred for humans if they don’t come across as grateful after he saves them.

Could be very interesting, and a heck of a lot better than the third movie or X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Check it out below folks.

20
Jan
2011

X-Men: First Class is continuing to film, but the first batch of images from the movie are seemingly growing by the day.

The other day I showed you some of the first images from the upcoming retooling of the X-Men film series, but now even more have shown up that give you some idea of what the film will look like.

A bit of a cast shot looking very … 1960’s.

Kevin Bacon is in the movie as Sebastian Shaw/The Black King, seen here talking with January Jones as The White Queen.

James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Michael Fassbinder (Magneto) play chess.

Michael Fassbinder as Magneto. (click for much larger image)

James McAvoy as Xavier. (click for much larger image)

Still a bit nervous about this movie, but seeing some shots that show the characters “in motion” is helping things out.

Although I will say it appears they will never deliver on a Magneto helmet that doesn’t just look idiotic.

19
Jan
2011

While I’ve given up pretty much all hope for X-Men: First Class to actually be true to the comics, I’ve decided to just enjoy the ride.  Thus far the only images to appear online have been unofficial photos taken at a great distance from the subject matter.  Yesterday an image appeared on MSN that was quickly taken down at the request of the studio.  We’re not sure if it was just put up too early, or if it doesn’t represent the final look of the film, but it is interesting none the less.

(UPDATED: Click for larger, higher resolution image)

According to Dark Horizons, the cast seen in this picture includes:

  • Michael Fassbender as Magneto
  • Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
  • January Jones as Emma Frost (aka the White Queen)
  • Jason Flemyng as Azazel (aka Nightcrawler’s father)
  • Nicholas Hoult as the Beast
  • Lucas Till as Havoc
  • Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
  • Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme (aka Mystique)
  • James McAvoy as Charles Xavier

Since this picture was ordered taken down by MSN, there’s no telling if things in this picture will change before they get up on the big screen, but my bet is that this is pretty close to final.

I’m not sure this line-up of team members could be more wrong if they tried, but it should still make for an interesting movie, and a potentially entertaining good time for all.

10
May
2010

The schedule for comic book movies for the next two years has been shuffled around so much that it has become impossible to know when each is coming out.

As I’ve been writing about all the upcoming comic book movies lately, I’ve noticed that some have been dropped into the schedule unexpectedly (X-Men: First Class), and others have radically changed dates (Green Lantern).  Born out of my own frustrations, I figured I’d give you a run down of how the line up currently stands, but don’t be surprised if it all changes again.

I’ll go ahead and put 2010 on here also as there are still a few to come out.

Comic Book Movies For 2010

  • Jonah Hex – June 18
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – August 13

Comic Book Movies For 2011

  • Thor – May 6
  • X-Men: First Class – June 3
  • Green Lantern – June 17
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22
  • Cowboys and Aliens – July 29
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 – To Be Announced, though X-Men may shove this to 2012

Comic Book Movies For 2012

  • The Avengers – May 4
  • Spider-Man Reboot – July 3
  • Batman 3 – July 20

Due to multiple studios having the licenses for Marvel films, the schedule is getting choked with their films: X-Men is at 20th Century Fox, Spider-Man at Sony and the rest with Marvel Studios.  DC Comics/Warner Brothers seems to be going with a “one movie per year” schedule, which is fine by me.

And, yes, Cowboys and Aliens is based on a comic book.

6
May
2010

Mark your calenders, kids.  June 3, 2011 will see the release of X-Men: First Class.

This long rumored prequel to the successful X-Men franchise finally found a director in Matthew Vaughn who just came off of Kick-Ass.  So, in other words, 20th Century Fox just hired a director who just had a very mild success to direct a movie in just 13-months to rush out an entry in its successful franchise … oh yeah, this doesn’t have disaster written all over it.  Not at all.

The official of the description of the film is:

X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Now, here’s the problem, in the comic books the team was made up of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, The Beast and Angel, but in the movies they have shown there is no way these five can make up the core team. So who in the world the “first class” will be made up of makes no sense. Will it be Storm, Cyclops, Jean Gray and … I have no clue.

The production time has me really concerned. Most major movies require at least two years of production time, and they are going to bang this out in 13 months?

The sad thing is that I enjoyed Kick-Ass, but it isn’t doing well, and a rushed production could make this director look bad.  I don’t know, this just doesn’t bode well for what could be a great movie if done properly, and instead we’re getting a rush job to meet a release date.  Anyone remember Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes?  Same situation.

21
Dec
2009

Bryan Singer has announced he will be returning to directing X-Men movies.

YAY!

The first two X-Men movies – you know, the good ones? – were directed by Mr. Singer, and he has announced that he has agreed to direct the next film, a prequel named X-Men: First Class.

This new film is based on a comic of the same name that concentrated on the first five students of Professor Xavier’s school: Cyclops (Scott Summers), Marvel Girl (Jean Gray), Beast (Hank McCoy), Iceman (Bobby Drake) and Angel (Warren Worthington III).  While this is exciting, the problem is that unless they throw out all the movie continuity, which is possible, Iceman and Angel were established in the movie as being too young to be part of this story.  Angel they might get away with, but no way could they use Iceman, so the question then is who will replace him in the team.

It’s a trivial thing, and my money is on Storm, I’m just happy he’s back on the franchise.  The first two movies were great, but the third one was a mess, and I haven’t brought myself to watch Wolverine yet.  So, since Mr. Singer seems to have a handle on these stories, and how to make a good one, hopefully he can return some coolness back to the series.

Unfortunately a may be a while before we get this film as he is currently attached to a Battlestar Galactica film that, wait for it, has nothing to do with the just completed television series.  Yep, they are rebooting this story … again.

Oh well, hopefully he will get to First Class soon, and I can’t wait to re-enter Mr. Singer’s vision of the mutant world.