Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Len Wiseman was going to follow up his unasked-for Total Recall remake with an unasked-for The Mummy reboot. But then he had second thoughts, and dropped out to focus instead on his TV series Sleepy Hollow. And now that he’s ready to return to big-screen directing, he’s got his eye on a new original project.
Wiseman is reportedly set to direct the FBI sci-fi Black Chapter, based on an idea he had with Zak Penn. If Penn’s history has you wondering if Black Chapter might be a superhero film of some sort, you’d be right. More or less. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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By now you’ve probably read a bit about plans for May 6, 2016. Marvel Studios first claimed the release date for an unspecified film, only to be challenged when Warner Bros. moved Batman vs. Superman to the same date. Kevin Feige said Marvel wouldn’t budge and officially named Captain America 3 as the film opening that day. The head of Warner Bros. then stood firm on the date and the company placed another movie in the classic DC late-July slot.
But no one in a million years thinks both Captain America 3 and Batman vs. Superman will open on the same date. Now, the chairman of Disney Studios said the company is “struggling” with the Captain America 3 release date. Read More »
It’s been fun trying to guess what director Josh Trank and the rest of the team at Fox have planned for the Fantastic Four reboot. With Simon Kinberg on board as a writer/producer on both the Fantastic Four movie and the X-Men series, it seems inevitable, for example, that the films will connect in some way, at least eventually.
And while we know that this new Fantastic Four film will jump off from the Ultimate series, we don’t know much about how the backtory will weave together elements of the Ultimate and classic story lines. WonderCon wasn’t a place for answers, but in a few interviews Kinberg did give many new hints about the film. Read More »
Fox had a small surprise for fans this past weekend: a presentation from Matthew Vaughn‘s new film The Secret Service at WonderCon. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It stars Colin Firth as a refined and highly capable secret agent, who recruits his nephew to join the intelligence service. The footage shows one hell of a fight scene, positioning the film as something like Kick-Ass, but with John Steed from the British TV show The Avengers as the lead character. After the WonderCon presentation, we recorded a video blog talking about the footage, which you can find below. Read More »
Want to see new Marvel portraits from the Mike Mitchell Mondo show? Does Patrick Stewart think he’ll be back for X-Men: Apocalypse? What do celebrities want to name Batman vs. Superman? Where can you hear Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America 3? Is Amazing Spider-Man 2 making a lot of money overseas? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
We have a new bit of Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond animation!
Fifteen years ago, comic book writer/artist Darwyn Cooke had a hand in creating the opening titles for the show Batman Beyond. The show was a follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. It pushed the story timeline forward to 2039. At that point Bruce Wayne’s health is failing, and he passes the Batman identity to young Terry McGinnis. The show debuted in 1999 and ran only through 2001. But the McGinnis character has endured.
Now, as part of DC and WB’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Cooke has come up with a new one-minute Batman Beyond short. While this new bit has a limited runtime, it brings Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle back to their roles as an aged Bruce Wayne and his young protege Terry McGinnis. Most of the action here is simply that: action. But there’s a neat nod to Alien, and an ending that gives fans of various Batman incarnations something to look at.
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Until X-Men: Days of Future Past opens, we won’t know who survives and what shape they’re in. But there’s no question that Fox will be making more X-Men movies to follow it, starting with X-Men: Apocalypse. But what about the classic cast — is this year’s film their swan song, with the exception of Hugh Jackman? That’s seemed likely, given past statements from Singer such as “[Apocalypse will] introduce familiar characters in a younger time,” and the general sense that Apocalypse is a sequel to First Class.
Simon Kinberg is writing both films, and at WonderCon this past weekend he explained a few things about the intersection of X-Men: Apocalypse and the “classic cast” led by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. That is, there probably won’t be any.
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At one point, the idea of characters crossing over between Marvel and DC Comics titles seemed like an impossibility. But it happened, just as fans of the cinematic versions of those characters think such a thing will happen on movie screens eventually — even if there are more companies involved now, all of which are bigger, more complex corporate entities. Still, it’s not going to happen soon, and original Marvel Studios co-founder and Spider-Man film producer Avi Arad isn’t even able to be straight about the reason why. Arad says Spider-Man won’t end up in a film with the X-Men or Avengers until “we’ve run out of ideas.”
Read Arad’s quotes, and watch a video of the interview, below. Read More »