Superhero Movie Release Dates

Earlier this week, Warner Bros flagged nine dates for future movies based on DC Comics properties. Now, over the next five and a half years, there are 10 DC Comics movies, 10 Marvel Studios movies, and 9 Marvel movies from Fox and Sony on the calendar. So I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.

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For a massive superhero reboot, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four had one of the quietest shoots in recent memory. Sure a few photos of the stars leaked here and there, and maybe even a glimpse of the Thing, but for the most part nothing has been spoiled by the press or paparazzi during filming. Which, these days, is a rarity.

So it’s exciting when one of the film’s stars, Kate Mara (who plays the Invisible Woman), jumps on Twitter not only to announce the film is finished, but post a photo of herself with her three co-stars: Mr. Fantastic played by Miles Teller, the Human Torch played by Michael B. Jordan and The Thing played by Jamie Bell.

They’re all in street clothes unfortunately, so no reveal of the Fantastic Four costumes just yet, but it’s a great shot none the less. Check out the Fantastic Four cast photo below. Read More »

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Director Josh Trank and the Fantastic Four have been quietly filming their big Marvel movie in Louisiana for the past few months. I say “quietly” for two reasons. One, we haven’t seen a lot of set photos of the stars in costume or anything. And two, co-star Michael B. Jordan agrees. In a new interview with MTV, the actor talked about filming the movie as being in “our own world.” He also talked about how Trank is changing the movie on the fly and that it’s less about superheroes and more about people learning to live with their disabilities.

As for that quiet, it’s probably going to end next week. The new Entertainment Weekly strongly suggests the full Fantastic Four cast will be at Comic-Con. Below, read the Michael B Jordan Fantastic Four quotes. Read More »

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How will Gotham tease the Joker throughout the season? What did Kate Mara say about the Fantastic Four comic book connection? Has Kevin Feige commented on the post Edgar Wright Ant-Man situation? Did Chris Pratt immediately take his role in Guardians of the Galaxy? What does Joss Whedon think about Marvel’s female Thor? Are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters really teaming up somewhere? Want to see a fake teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? When does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

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Want to see footage from the set of Fantastic Four? How about new images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Which superhero did Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, say he would like to play? Are Guardians of the Galaxy and Wolverine getting animated shows? What comics should you read to prepare for Doctor Strange? Which director has announced he’ll be doing episodes of Daredevil? Can you see even more of Guardians baddie, Ronan the Accuser? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits? Read More »

Tim Story Looks Back on His ‘Fantastic Four’

 

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What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when the wave of Hollywood superhero films was just beginning, Tim Story made The Fantastic Four. That film hit after movies like X-Men and Spider-Man had turned studio eyes firmly towards comic book properties, but it went into development and production before Christopher Nolan started to push the films in a more serious direction with Batman Begins.

The two Tim Story Fantastic Four movies are like mid-period relics. They’re stuck in a place between practical effects and truly powerful CG, and burdened with casting and story choices that seem like he product of heavy-handed studio notes. (Granted, the films showed vision in casting Chris Evans as the Human Torch.) They don’t look or feel much at all like the comic book films of today.

While on the promo rounds for his current film, Think Like a Man Too, Story was asked about his two Marvel films, and the difference between superhero movies then and now. He had quite a lot to say.

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Disney’s Marvel movies are all connected. Sony’s Marvel movies will be connected to one another (but not to Disney’s films). Warner Bros.’ DC movies are connected. So it was pretty safe to assume that Fox, which controls the X-Men and Fantastic Four, would be connect those franchises. That won’t be the case, says writer/producer Simon Kinberg. In a new interview, the writer of both the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four explains why these two teams won’t share a universe.

Read why Kinberg says there won’t be a Fantastic Four X-Men crossover below. Read More »

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