Calling Fantastic Four a troubled project might be a misnomer. Mysterious would be a better way to describe it. No one knows anything about the film. Well, we do know major reshoots were ordered and rumors suggest the film is awful. Over a $100 has been spent on a film coming out in six months and neither the studio nor Marvel are even mentioning it.
Looks like some news is coming out. The trailer is soon to be released and we have gotten some word on what the costumes are going to look like.
The trailer debuts around Valentine’s Day and, according to those who have already seen it, the film appears to be a bit darker and more serious than what anyone expects. The campy nature of the first two Fantastic Four movies is gone.
Fans like Brian Torchin of Angel.co wonder: Will the new Fantastic Four be more akin to The Dark Knight trilogy or will it fall off the rails and become the first Hulk film?
Dark and serious superhero films are a good thing when done well with the right characters. The Fantastic Four really does not fit that mold. As reported before, the new film is going to attempt to borrow from the Ultimate Fantastic Four books which, honestly, really lacked the spirit of the Lee/Kirby concept of the team.
Fantastic Four can’t avoid comparisons to Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron. That can’t be helpful.
The Marvel Comics movie series is growing. In fact, it is growing to include even “B level” heroes, which me and Fersen Lambranho could not be more excited about. The Inhumans has been green-lighted and Vin Diesel will be appearing as the leader of the team Blackbolt.
The film is not going to be rushes as it will not appear in theaters until roughly 2018.
The Inhumans debuted in the 1960’s in the Fantastic Four book. The hero team never amounted to much success in print versions, but this should mean nothing in terms of how successful the film has the potential to be. Diesel is coming off a huge buzz in the new Fast and Furious film so its not like this film will be relegated as a B-movie.
That said, too many superhero themed movies do run the risk of burning audiences out, although that does not seem likely at this point.
The decision to produce an Inhumans’ movie is based heavily on the surprise massive success of The Guardians of the Galaxy, another B-level hero group that had its ups and downs during Marvel’s publishing history. The excellent film was a hit with audiences.
Blackbolt was also the character KISS’ Gene Simmons based his stage costume design on.
Paul Rudd will star as Ant-Man in the upcoming film version of the Marvel comic characters that answer to that name. Looks like Tom Rothman and the guys at Marvel finally got it together for the long awaited “Ant-Man”. Filming is underway, with the directorship of Peyton Reed, and the movie is slated to be released July 17th of 2015.
The original Marvel Ant-Man was Hank Pym who discovered a chemical substance (called “Pym Particles”) that allowed him to shrink to the size of tiny ants and invented a special armor helmet that helped him control the actions of ants. Scott Lang took over after Pym retired, and then Eric O’Grady became the third and final Ant-Man. Lang stole Pym’s special armored suit in the interests of saving his ailing daughter, but then rebounded from that life of crime and became a super hero in his own right. O’Grady happened upon the ant suit, and also stole it. He, however, simply was a creep and a crook who used the suit’s powers to further his plans to seduce women and torment innocents. The film will incorporate aspects of all the ant men, but some of the more objectionable portions of O’Grady’s activities will be left out.
This is certainly an interestingly themed movie. It is said that it will be light and humorous, and with a name like “Ant-Man,” that may have been a good approach. It is something of a turnaround compared to the old movie “Them” wherein the ants became gigantic- this time the people simply become small.
Graphic novels and coveted comic book story plot lines often contain elements that challenge film makers. Technology had to catch up so that a villain the likes of Electro could make it from the Spiderman universe onto the silver screen. Other times, a critical juncture is reached in which a key plot line would have a domino effect for the entire industry. The release of Captain America 3 presents points of interest that once aired would prove nearly impossible to stuff the genie back into the bottle.
All Present and Accounted For
The theme of registration is a common one across the superhero genre. Tom Rothman and the folks at Tristar tend to feel more comfortable knowing who these superheroes are and what exactly they are capable of doing. Captain America 3 deals with this in the famous comic book plot line “Civil War.” In it, the good guys are split down the ranks as to whether to comply with the new edict of enrollment. Iron Man thinks they should while Captain America firmly defies this course of action.
Opinions morph into stances which results in active recruitment to either side. Some are espousing personal freedom while others are invoking that the protection of government comes first. Battle lines and alliances are firmly drawn in this defining plot series.
When the news first came through that Ben Affleck would play Batman in the upcoming superhero movie “Batman vs. Superman”, there was a lot of groaning and moaning. A lot of people were disappointed with the casting, with most pointing to Affleck’s miserable attempt at a superhero movie with “Daredevil”. If ever a movie could be used as a perfect example of how NOT to do a superhero adaptation, it would be “Daredevil”. Despite that poor attempt, Affleck believes that there is no reason “Batman vs. Superman” will be a failure.
The initial negative reaction to Affleck’s casting has died down. A lot of people are willing to give him a chance, points out Brian Torchin on his Tumblr. His recent movies have been marked improvements on his initial roles. For example, Affleck won an Oscar for his directing role in “Argo”. He was also a star in that movie. His most recent work, “Gone Girl”, has been receiving rave reviews from movie goers and critics.
“Gone Girl” depicts a story where a man is charged with the murder of his disappeared wife. The book is based on a movie, while Affleck and Rosamund Pike play the two leads. Affleck has been praised for his reserved yet powerful performance by many people.
In terms of “Batman vs. Superman”, it remains to be seen whether Affleck can bring the necessary muscle, anger and fear to an iconic role. Following Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy will be a massive task for the American actor.
Affleck offered these words of encouragement for fans: “If I thought we were doing another movie just like Daredevil,
Over one billion reasons can be enough to move even the staunchest opponents of projects. When the third installment of a very popular movie franchise was finished, the conjecture was that the series had run its course. Well when all the bean counters finished their tallying, the immense profit allowed the debate to be reopened. Several other parallel projects are in the works that could hinder it but fear not superhero fans. What popular protagonist will be back for a fourth installment?
Well by now, the cat has been let out of the bag as seen in this video. Robert Downey Jr. has all but confirmed that there will be an Iron Man 4. Negotiations are something that he is very open to as Robert is one of if not the highest paid actors in Hollywood. It is a role that he is very comfortable with. Most importantly is that with his immense body of previous work, the threat of him being typecast for the remainder of his career is non existent. It would be a win win situation for Tom Rothman’s Tristar Pictures and the actor.
It is gracious of Robert to confirm this to his rabid fans. He is very busy promoting his latest release which is called “The Judge.” Two sequels are also in the works for the mega hit the Avengers.
Those of us who grew up reading comic books are living in paradise. Now that comic book movies are mainstream, everyone knows about and can discuss all sorts of geeky topics ranging from who is worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer to Captain America’s love life.
With this has also come a new division. In the old days, fans fantasized about seeing DC heroes such as Batman crossing over with Marvel heroes such as Iron Man. This would happen on rare occasions, where both companies would collaborate and put out comic books that would feature “cross-overs”. In the early ’90’s there was a fairly epic limited series which detailed battles between DC and Marvel superheroes which included an odd scene where Aquaman had a whale jump on top of Namor the Sub-mariner.
Things have become even more complicated since then. In order to avoid bankruptcy years ago, Marvel sold their movie rights piecemeal. Fox owns the X-Men, Sony owns Spider-Man and Disney has the Avengers. What this means is that it is very unlikely we will ever see these characters interact on the big screen in the way we see them in the comics.
This especially chafes the comic fan when the topic of Thanos comes up. Thanos is the big purple guy who appeared in one of the end-credits scenes in The Avengers. The story that The Avengers movies appear to be building to is a movie version of the classic “Infinity Gauntlet” story published by Marvel in the early ’90’s.
Infinity Gauntlet was about how Thanos had acquired the power of a god, and the entire marvel universe attacked him at once. Yes, Spider-man, Wolverine and The Avengers all together in one story.
Or so we thought. There are reports that Sony is uncertain what to do with the struggling Spider-Man franchise and is reaching out to Disney to possibly include Spidey in the mix. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.