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Which comics inspired or influenced the Wonder Woman movie? What does James Gunn think of the Howard the Duck movie from 1986? What’s the official rating the MPAA gave Wonder Woman? What other Marvel character would Anthony Mackie like to play? Which MCU star helped Sacha Dhawan land a role on Iron Fist? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Sony Pictures plans to have a Venom movie in theaters by 2018, but we still have no idea what story they’ll be telling.

The toothy alien symbiote that famously corrupted Spider-Man during his “black-and-white suit” days has been around since 1984, so there’s plenty of comic book stories to choose from. The problem is that most of these tales will only work if Sony decides to do what they did with Marvel in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and work within an already established cinematic universe. Venom’s story is so intrinsically linked to Peter Parker that it’s hard to separate the two without the aid of a sonic blaster, but as you’ll see, some of the character’s best and most famous storylines are actually pretty intriguing… and out of this world.

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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Marvel’s new Netflix series, Iron Fist.)

For the most part, Marvel’s latest Netflix foray, Iron Fist, has been critically panned. The issues are plenty, and the resulting conversation has only served to underline exactly how the series falls short. There’s the story, the characterizations, the casting, the editing, and – this is a criticism that’s been leveled against all of Marvel’s Netflix series — it’s just too long. DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage could all have done with a little trimming.

In the case of Iron Fist, an altered cut could result in a drastically different and better show. It just requires a little bit of Garfield Minus GarfieldThere’s an interesting show lurking somewhere within Iron Fist…as long as you remove Iron Fist himself.

Spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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audio commentaries

A trend in audio commentaries for comic book movies? They’re often much lighter than, say, a historical drama or a war movie. The participants are typically jovial, and perhaps it’s because they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after a two or three experience, or maybe even more than that in some instances.

After spending a few years on a project, and coming out of that high-stakes process with a movie they’re actually proud of, the filmmakers in commentary tracks for comic book movies seem more than happy to go down memory lane. If you’re in the mood to get some insights into some of the finer comic book adaptations from the past few years, here are five recommendations on where to get started.

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Power Rangers

This weekend brings a new big screen version of the Power Rangers to theaters, and the early reviews seem to be mixed. You’ll have to find out yourself if Lionsgate can take the multi-colored teenage superheroes and make them even more popular. But in the meantime, we can take a look at the first theatrical outing for the imported Japanese television show that turned into an American phenomenon.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Honest Trailer gives some good kicks to the Bulk and Skull by making fun of the lame, formulaic, cheap and downright awful film adaptation of the FOX television series that features kicks to the junk, attempted parental mass suicide, a purple version of Freddy Krueger who wants you to touch his ooze, and a story that ended up being ignored by the TV series. Gross. Read More »

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Want to know how to make a standing LEGO Batman Movie cake? Why are some people freaking out about Wonder Woman not having armpit hair in the latest movie trailer? How would Gal Gadot pitch Wonder Woman to skeptical boys? Will Deadpool 3 be an X-Force movie? How many times did Jay Baruchel watch Batman v Superman last year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 410 – T2 Trainspotting

RENTON (Ewan McGregor), SPUD (Ewen Bremner), SICK BOY (Jonny Lee Miller) BEGBIE (Robert Carlyle)

With Dave on vacation, Devindra and Jeff review the sequel we didn’t know we needed, T2 Trainspotting. They also chat about this year’s SXSW, the prospect of new Matrix films, and the downsides of good shows on streaming platforms nobody is subscribing to (looking at you, CBS).

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Read More »

Life

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

The often-quoted but terrifyingly true tagline for 1979’s Alien pretty much sums up how scary space is. Space isn’t just vast, it’s also completely hostile to human existence. While our best technology can get us into space, we’ve seen countless films explore what happens when that technology fails. We love to champion films like The Martian or Gravity, which reward viewers with human ingenuity overcoming scientifically improbable odds to survive, but the truth is space kills. A lot.

As Life, the latest film from Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), rolls into theaters this weekend, we’re once again reminded that in space, all bets are off. The film’s trailer sets up what’s become a standard formula for space terror: astronauts living on a space station have discovered extraterrestrial life, which in turn discovers them. In this case, we see this alien life form take hold of one screaming scientist’s finger, setting us up for a truly gnarly death.

So, in the spirit of space and its many suffocating terrors, we put together ten of the worst space deaths we could find in film. From Tarkovsky to Corman, there’s something here for everyone.

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Netflix Iron Fist Lewis Tan Finn Jones

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Marvel’s Iron Fist really blew it by not casting Lewis Tan in the lead role.)

Could Iron Fist have been received better if it had cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand?

Until now, that was a pipe dream for many critics of the latest Marvel Netflix show, who lambasted the series for perpetuating the myth of the white savior by choosing to stay loyal to the comic-book depiction of Rand: as a white, blonde outsider who can punch things with his magic fist. But it was recently revealed that half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan, who played one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight of Iron Fist, was on hold for the part until they ultimately cast Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones.

Let me take a deep breath. I have a lot to say about this.

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Books that need movies

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to respond to a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Which book do you most want to see adapted into a movie?” 

As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. If there’s a book you’d like to see to adapted (especially if you know who should star in it and direct it), send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find out our favorite books that need movie adaptations below!
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