The excitement is in the air, and people believe that “Black Panther” is going to be phenomenal. The reviews have been great, and there’s no doubt that millions of people around the world are ready to take a look at the latest Marvel superhero.
One good thing that has made the movie stand out is the large amount of praise that it has already received from many publications. The New York Times has given it good reviews. Rolling Stone and Variety magazine have also praised this film. It is the movie that has received stellar reviews even though it has not even been released to the public yet. This is what is making people get even more excited about this film. It appears to be one of the biggest films 2018, and it has a black cast.
This factor alone seems quite groundbreaking for the movie industry. The fact that there is a superhero that is black is going to be something that small kids are talking about. It is bound to have a ripple effect that will last throughout the rest of 2018. There are already kids that are planning a Halloween costume that involves the Black Panther. There is a celebration during Black History Month where this could become one of the biggest grossing African-American films of all times. There is so much to anticipate about a film such as this.
It brings forth a great amount of speculation about the role of African Americans in starring roles. This is the evolution of big screen cinema. There have been African Americans in many roles, but it is very rare to have a movie of this magnitude at this time that gives black people an entirely new way to look at the Marvel comics empire.
There’s definitely a good amount of anticipation about this film because Chadwick Boseman has proven himself to be a great actor. He has taken on rolls like James Brown in a bio pic, but he shows just how much is able to transition from one character to another with “Black Panther.” There is a completely different energy for playing an entertainer like James Brown to playing a superhero, but Chad Boseman has managed to pull this off quite well.
Movies about superheroes do well in most cases. This has definitely been the case for Marvel and all of the superhero movies that have been released for action figures like Wonder Woman and Iron Man. Down through the years Marvel has created a huge legacy when it comes to creating quality movies, and now fans are getting ready for the first black superhero.
Chadwick Boseman is taking on the role of Black Panther, and it appears to be such a groundbreaking concept in the movie world that it is actually making history.
When one considers the fact that there was still a high level of segregation a little over 50 years ago it seems quite phenomenal that Americans would live in a time where a black superhero was hitting the big screen. That is what makes it so much of a phenomenon. Chadwick Boseman recognizes this, and he has been promoting the movie in different countries with a humble spirit and a lot of excitement about this new character.
It has been reported that black panther is already setting pre-sale ticket box office records. This is a true how much people are in anticipation of the release of this movie. It is being released in February, and this is Black History Month. This makes it all the more exciting for African Americans to see a movie such as this starring a black superhero in the month of February. It is becoming a big celebration because there are many big name stars that are also hitting the screen with Chadwick Boseman. He is appearing with Angela Bassett and Michael B. Jordan.
There is a lot of anticipation about this movie because it creates a whole new realm of energy for people that have been looking for this cartoon character to finally come to the big screen. It has been a long time coming, and the wait has been quite a long one, but it will soon be over. People will not have to wait much longer because this highly-anticipated movie is dropping into theaters in a couple of days. The excitement is huge, and the amount of publicity is equally impressive. People are really to see this film about a black superhero that joins the Marvel empire.
Todd McFarlane Discussing Movie Roles for Spawn
It’s been known for some time that a reboot of the movie “Spawn” was in the works, but now it’s officially time for the casting calls to begin.
Todd McFarlane has been given the honor of being the man in charge of directing the reboot to the comic book character, and started off by first going to his Instagram to confirm that the casting process has started. As of now, there are no known roles for the movie yet, but he has thrown some names around such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx for key roles. DiCaprio is seen as an interesting choice, since most of his roles tend to be involving more prestige materials.
What’s interesting about the movie is that McFarlane has definitely suggested that it will be a more “twisted, psychological affair,” and even more interesting is that Spawn won’t have a speaking role. What’s more, the movie is also supposed to be grounded realistically and Spawn will be the main supernatural part of the whole movie. He also said that the main character of the movie will actually be a guy named Twitch, who is a private investigator.
Spawn is a cult comic that involves Al Simmons, a hired assassin who is betrayed and killed by his bosses, and comes back to Earth by literally making a deal with the devil, as a Hellspawn. As a result, the character turned into an anti-hero. Being a reboot, it should be known that the original comic was made into a movie adaptation in 1997, with Michael Jai White as the leading role of Spawn. The movie itself was pretty successful, but was rated PG-13 and as a result had a lot of explicit elements from the comic removed for audiences. Furthermore, the movie had a lackluster script and was topped off with heavily hammy acting. Still, it remained a cult favorite among many fans.
There’s no official release date for the Spawn reboot, but 2019 seems to be the year that McFarlane has in mind for release.
Marvel’s newest comic book adaptation Black Panther, is yet to be released in theaters but it has already drawn in major positive reviews from the industry’s top critics. Many media publications such as the Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times that were invited to the screenings of Black Panther have gushed that the film is “revolutionary” and is “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before”. These blurbs were featured in a few promotional television spots just before the film debuts in IMAX and 3D across 3,800 U.S. screens. The Marvel film will also be shown in Kisumu, Kenya, as an early screening just a few days before its worldwide release on February 16, 2018.
The film was directed by Ryan Coogler, who directed Fruitvale Station in 2013 and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther; Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia; Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger; Dani Gurira as Okoye and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. Black Panther was very well-received on Rotten Tomatoes, it achieved a ‘certified fresh’ rating and a high approval score of 97 percent. The rave reviews and extremely positive advert blurbs had played a part in helping the superhero flick’s pre-sale tickets reach record breaking sales within its genre. One can only assume that the Disney distributed and Marvel produced Black Panther will become an explosive box office hit.
The premise of the story centers around T’Challa returning to his African homeland after the events that transpired in Captain America: Civil War. He returns to the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda and becomes appointed as their new king. Shortly after, King T’Challa becomes bombarded with members within his own nation trying to dethrone him. A few surprising foes devised a plan to commit Wakanda genocide and King T’Challa has no choice but to fight as Black Panther once again and prevent any wars and atrocities from happening to his people as well as his motherland.
Even in the best of circumstances, motion pictures based on superheroes or comic book characters can have complex and often troubled production histories. There are a lot of complex technical issues to wrestle with and the high production budgets can make studio executives jumpy when delays inevitably occur.
But even in the universe of superhero films, the movie “Gambit” is proving to be a world-class challenge. But despite the success of the “X-Men” movies and the star power of Channing Tatum, Fox is struggling to get the movie “Gambit” into production.
The playing card-wielding Gambit is a core character in the X-Men comics, but has only appeared in films once, as part of the cast in the poorly-received “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Channing Tatum was supposed to play the character in that film but exited due to a conflict with his starring role in “G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.” Taylor Kitsch stepped in to play Gambit and only managed to receive generally bad reviews for his trouble.
Fox and Tatum have been attempting to get the solo “Gambit” film off the ground since 2014, but the project has been plagued with production delays and casting problems. Now the film has just lost its third director, with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski exiting the project following some “scheduling problems.” As a result, Fox is on the hunt for a new director and as a result, has pushed back the film’s release date from the spring of 2019 to the summer.
The real question now is whether “Gambit” will ever be made. Aside from the challenge of finding a new director, the movie reportedly has a budget larger than hit movies such as “Deadpool” and “Logan.” And given that the character of Gambit is not exactly a household name, Fox may ultimately decide to cut its losses and move on to the next film. If it does, “Gambit” will join other abandoned comic book movies like “Magneto,” “She-Hulk” and “Plastic Man.”
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.