There have been tons of talk about Fox being bought by Disney. There are plenty of franchises that Disney is going to be in control of. One of the franchises is X-Men. This means that there is a possibility that one of the beloved mutants could appear in the universe as early as Avengers 4. While this is exciting for many fans, there is one disappointing piece of information to come with this. Hugh Jackman, who has played Wolverine for more than 15 years has stated that he is not likely to return as the raging mutant with healing abilities.
While a lot of fans are protesting this, it is probably for the best of the franchise. As a matter of fact, Hugh Jackman’s return could actually dull the impact of Logan. Also, it is not necessarily the case the Wolverine is going to be the one to appear in the Avengers 4 film. There are plenty of other characters that can take the spotlight. Even though Wolverine has been the fan favorite in the films, the comics were filled with interesting characters that have been sidelined for the films. Fortunately, one thing that is certain is that Phase 4 might be even bigger for the MCU.
One thing that is interesting to note is that some of the stories that have been adapted to the big screen actually involved the X-Men in their comic book incarnation. When putting this into perspective, the X-Men are actually late to the party. Also, a lot of the major stories in the X-Men comics have already been told, and to retell them even in rebooted form could leave an underwhelming experience for the audience.
One good thing is that there is going to be a lot of creativity involved in bringing the X-Men to life. There would be other characters that have not been utilized in the X-Men movies to bring them to life. It is also expected that the characters will actually bear more resemblance to their comic counterparts.
The tumultuous DC Extended Universe marches forward. While the lackluster performance of Justice League didn’t boost enthusiasm for the further cinematic adventures of DC Comics’ heroes, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment aren’t pulling the proverbial plug. In addition to plans to continue with The Flash feature, the DCEU has set a 2018 start date for production on Suicide Squad 2.
The decision to launch a sequel to Suicide Squad was made almost immediately after the first ensemble film turned out to be a hit. Even though the Batman, Superman, and Justice League projects didn’t do much for fans and critics, Suicide Squad was a surprising crowd pleaser. Granted, critics definitely weren’t pleased with the film but the ticket-buying crowd always counts the most.
Suicide Squad also launched a new franchise player in the form of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The portrayal of the over-the-top villain connected with audiences greatly. Suicide Squad likely exceeded performance expectations thanks to Robbie. Robbie is, of course, returning for the sequel.
A production date of October 2018 has been set for Suicide Squad 2. Three other DC Comics features roll enter into production before Suicide Squad 2. Shazam!, Aquaman, and a Wonder Woman sequel all roll before cameras ahead of Suicide Squad 2. The sequel to the hit villain-centric film finds itself at the mercy of a very busy Will Smith’s schedule. The actor won’t be free until October 2018 so Suicide Squad films later than anticipated.
Wonder Woman’s return is sure to be a big hit. Serious question marks surround whether Aquaman and Shazam! can connect with audiences. With great scrips and excellent audience word of mouth, both may do well. Unfortunately, the DCEU has been plagued with poorly-written screenplays. Any DC superhero film that garners bad reviews may be fated to sink at the box office. Audiences now seem to see the DCEU as a B-grade alternative to Marvel’s more engaging projects.
Suicide Squad, poor reviews aside, gained a cult following from fans that took to the very offbeat nature of the film and the characters. The franchise should continue for years to come. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. definitely appreciated the box office receipts the original film delivered. The sequel intends to do the same.
I am not one to watch a whole animated movie unless it is one that my kids want to drag me to, but Coco is one movie that sounds good to sit through. The story follows twelve year old Miguel, who loves music and would like to be a musician, but due to his families history, the whole family has been banned from making any music. Miguel suddenly finds himself in the land of the dead, working with a trickster named Hector in hopes of finding out his families’ history and why the family was banned from making music.
I am excited for this movie because it deals with several issues. First, Coco explores the issue of death as related to explaining death to children. In Mexico relatives that have passed on are honored yearly in the Day of the Dead celebrations. These traditions have created a level of respect and awareness that I think other cultures could benefit from. Sometimes, depending on the person or culture explaining death can be incredibly hard for the person doing the explaining, making the subject more complicated for the children. I think that if more people had a respectful attitude toward death and treated it as a second beginning for loved ones instead the ultimate ending, there would be less fear involved in the process of death.
And secondly, I believe that if you are a person who does not have very honerable intentions and live life with the worst of intent, then you will be found out whether by your actions or through the actions of others. Miguel learns this the hard way about his musical idol through a twist at the end of the movie. It is refreshing seeing a movie that was highly researched. The culture and characters are true Mexico. This is one movie that I will definitely take my kids to, so they can explore other cultures in a way that is both entertaining and moving. Well done to the creators of Coco for finally getting an animated movie about another culture spot on.
December has slowly taken over as the month for blockbuster movies, the successor to the 90s and 00s mid summer big budget Hollywood releases. With 2017 only a few days from its last month, there are a slew of new films arriving at the box office to send the year out with a bang. From the latest by Thomas Anderson and the retiring film of Daniel Day-Lewis, to the ninth installment in the Star Wars Saga, December is shaping up to be a pretty solid month for Cinephiles. Films will be arriving like Christmas presents from some of the world’s most notable franchises, directors, and actors, all throughout the month, with sequels, stand alone movies, and franchise tent polls all hitting silver screens across the world this December.
On December eight, The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro’s latest hits theaters worldwide, preceding limited openings on the first. The film itself is very obviously Del Toro’s hauntingly beautiful work, as seen in the promotional material, and tells the story of a mute janitor falling for a mutated amphibious creature in a strange and touching love story. December twentieth the sequel to the 1995 classic Jumanji, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black, comes stampeding into theaters. This continuation trades the board game for a retro video game, but keeps the shape of the Robin William’s classic.
Christmas Day sees the arrival of Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ latest, and final piece, the creative duo behind the critically acclaimed There Will Be Blood. Phantom Thread is a character piece starring Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, a designer and head of a top fashion house in 1950’s London. Ten days before, on the fifteenth, the world will be treated to the latest in the Star Wars saga, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. The film will continue exploring Rey’s journey with the force, and the emergence of the legendary Luke Skywalker. For a more thorough look at a few films debuting this December check out Rolling Stone’s rundown at: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/10-best-movies-to-see-in-dec-last-jedi-new-paul-thomas-anderson-w512449.
The beloved Akira franchise might be getting a really good adaptation from Director Taika Waititi who has hinted towards an intention of adapting the book as opposed to the anime. This is something that is hopeful for the franchise. One of the most recent developments in remakes is that filmmakers have been remaking films that are in themselves either remakes themselves or an adaptation of a source material. One example is Total Recall starring Colin Farrell, which is a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger starring vehicle of the same name. However, the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle is an adaptation of a short story called “We Can Remember it For you Whole Sale”.
Another film that has been remade from another film which is an adaptation is Ghost in The Shell. It was basically a live action version of the 1995 anime instead of being a fresh adaptation of the original manga. The filmmakers have even redone full scenes from the anime version and just put the live action version of the scene up on screen. Fortunately, Waititi does not want to take this approach. He wants to go to the original source material and find a ton of new elements to bring to the screen.
One thing about the original Akira manga is that there is enough for plenty of movies. One could make a film that apparently has nothing to do with the anime while at the same time taking place in the manga. One thing that the filmmaker needs to understand before adapting Akira to the big screen is that there is way too much material to fit inside even two full length feature films. It would take a series of films to make sure that enough of the manga is brought to the screen in a way that makes sense.
One good thing is that this could’ve been a lot worse. One of the ways it could’ve been worse is that it would’ve turned into a cheap looking white washed shadow of what the manga and anime was.
One of the effects of the invention of streaming, social media and related technology is that more personalities are able to make it into fame. One of the famous people of YouTube is the movie trailer voice guy who does Honest Trailers of all of the movies that have been released. He has recently done an honest trailer of Spider-Man Homecoming which calls this version of Spider-Man a millennial and even points out what he has in common with the typical millennial. While Spider-Man Homecoming took plenty of liberties with the story of Spider-Man, they did get the characterization right.
What Honest Trailers does is take famous movies, especially those that have been recently released and pokes fun at them by pointing out some of the issues with the film that people may have had upon watching it. It is done in a rather cheeky and humorous way. This is very similar in what the Nostalgia Critic does. The difference is that while the Nostalgia Critic mostly handles older films that are not as well respected as perhaps the original Star Wars Trilogy, Honest Trailers will take on any and every film. Think of Honest Trailers as an abridged and energetic version of the Everything Wrong With series.
Even though this is the first Spider-Man solo movie in the reboot series, this is not the first appearance of Spider-Man. In the MCU, Spider-Man’s first appearance was in Captain America: Civil War. Homecoming picks up after the events of Civil War to take a look at the life of Peter Parker. There is no origin story this time unlike the other series which started with the well known story of Peter Parker getting bitten by a radioactive spider and developing certain abilities depending on the film. In this version, the Spider suit is developed by Tony Stark. All of the web is made for the suit sort of like in the comics. However, the suit is computerized unlike the other versions of Spider-Man.
Creed has been one of the most successful entries in the Rocky franchise with a story that is paralleling the story of the first Rocky film. Given that it has been a successful film, it comes as no surprise that there is going to be a sequel. Now, the sequel has an official release date and is going to be directed by Sylvester Stallone, who is no stranger to the director’s chair, especially with the Rocky movies. Stallone has directed 2-4 with the 5th one featuring the return of John G Alvidsen. On November 21, 2018, we can expect the continuation of the Rocky Saga.
Sylvester Stallone of course gets to reprise his role as the lovable Rocky Balboa, who has gone the distance in his career, and even his life. He serves as a mentor to the son of his rival and friend Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan returns to the title role as he brings to life the story of the son of the late athlete. As of right now, we can only imagine what lies next in the story of Adonis Creed. While we may expect so, it is probably not going to be a mere retelling of Rocky II.
Like Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan is branching out and making himself known in action films as well. He has a major role in the upcoming Black Panther opposite of Chadwick Boseman. The upcoming Black Panther movie looks like it is going to be a promising film. Both Black Panther and Creed were directed by Ryan Cooglar who seems to be a regular director for Michael B. Jordan. Creed was a project that Ryan Cooglar was very passionate about. He has managed to keep the spirit of Rocky alive while telling a story that while filled with call backs to the original Rocky, felt fresh overall. With Sly taking over the director’s seat, it is very likely that the upcoming sequel will retain the spirit of the series.
There are a few parallels between Blade Runner 2049 and its predecessor. One of the parallels is in the release. Blade Runner 2049 has fared similarly to its predecessor in spite of all of the good reviews. However, there is one way that Blade Runner 2049 differs from Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film. There is very likely only going to be one version of the film available according to director Denis Villeneuve. Another thing that he has stated is that there is not likely going to even be any deleted scenes on the Blu-ray release. He wants the audience to be able to enjoy the film as it is.
This is not to say that there are no deleted scenes. There have been a few adjustments made to the film from the first cut which was said to be approaching four hours. Among the scenes that have been adjusted was the fight scene between K and Deckard in Las Vegas which involved a showcase of holograms. This scene was almost totally cut from the film. If they decided to cut that out of the film, then it would’ve left a jarring effect seeing that the scenes after that fight show K with blood and other signs that there was a fight.
What they did do was tone down the fight scene in Las Vegas so that there are fewer holograms. This is so that there would be more of a match to the tone of the rest of the film.
Fans that are looking forward to a possible “Director’s Cut” or “Final Cut” of the film would know that Denis Villeneue has said that the theatrical release is his cut. After all, Denis Villeneuve has proven himself as a good director before he has gotten involved with the Blade Runner project. Ridley Scott when he was doing the original did not have that much trust from the executives, and there was a lot of tampering with the project which is why there are quite a few different versions. Ridley Scott didn’t get to fully realize his vision until 2007 with the Final Cut.
There has been a lot of attempts to bring Akira to the big screen. One thing about the attempts is that they have involved certain changes to the elements of the story. One of the elements of the story is the setting in which it would take place. At one point, it was going to take place in a Japan owned Neo-Manhattan. However, this brings about a jarring and common problem that Hollywood is known for. It is the white-washing of characters. White actors have often been placed in roles of characters that are not white.
Fortunately, there is a chance that Taika Waititi is going to helm the adaptation. Even if it doesn’t work out that way, he could influence the project with his insights that he has presented. One thing that he has said is that he is not going to adapt the anime to the big screen. He will instead go to the original source material. One thing that needs to be considered about Akira is that the anime movie has been filmed and released long before the original comics were complete. Therefore, the creative team had no idea about how they wanted to end the film. The ending in the anime with all of the bizarre imagery is partially the result of not knowing where to go. Even with all of the challenges, the film ultimately turned out to be a hit among audiences.
One other thing to consider is that there is way too much material for one movie to cover. The best approach is to do a series of movies. Even a Lord of the Rings style trilogy might not be enough to cover. Since Akira is a beloved manga and anime, it is important to look carefully into the project in order to make sure that the film is done in a way that it respects the source material without being too strict in its adaptation. Watchmen tried that approach and people didn’t think it was anything too special.
Zach Snyder, the man who has kickstarted the DC Cinematic Universe, has spoken on the success of the recent installment, Wonder Woman. Among the things he has said was that he has always intended for Wonder Woman to be such a contrast to Batman V Superman and Man of Steel in order for women to be presented with a good role model. However, fans might roll their eyes at Zack Snyder because of his lackluster film. At the same time, studio interference can have something to do with the screwing up of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Studios seem to think that people want DC to be like Marvel. However, movies like Logan have shown that people can handle a dark movie if the story is done right. For instance, it was not that Batman V Superman was dark, it was that the story was sloppily handled and edited. When people went light with Batman back in the 90s, many people complained that it was too campy. Nolan’s Batman series have proven that a dark movie could do well because the stories that were told were intelligent.
With Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has shown that it is possible for a movie based on DC comic book characters to be intelligent and easy to follow. Given that it has received some good reviews, it is likely that this could be the jump off point for the DC cinematic universe to get everything together. The only thing is that the Zack Snyder directed Justice League has to do well. However, even if it doesn’t do well, this can be expected to be the last of the bad streak for DC.