Joss Whedon has chosen someone few people likely expected to play the main villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. James Spader, who became a sensation thanks to Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and who has played roles in a diverse slate of projects in film (Secretary, Lincoln) and television (Boston Legal, The Practice), will play the character. Official info is below. Read More »
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Joss Whedon did a long interview with Entertainment Weekly this week and lots of the opinions expressed there have been highlighted. The possibility of killing characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron and his problem with The Empire Strikes Back are two examples. Now a new quote has been called out where the director of The Avengers points at one specific scene in Steven Spielberg‘s 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as a perfect example of what’s wrong with not only cinema today, but culture in general. Read More »
What did Matt Damon have to say about buddy Ben Affleck being cast as Batman? Should Affleck consult Batman superfan Kevin Smith about the role? Will Ant-Man feel like an Edgar Wright movie? How has Joss Whedon grown from The Avengers to Avengers: Age of Ultron? In what way is Iron Man becoming more of a reality? Can the director of The Raid ever make a comic book movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
What did Henry Cavill say about his new Batman vs. Superman co-star Ben Affleck? Is Stan Lee going to cameo in X-Men Days of Future Past? Want to see Michael Rooker on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy? Does Miles Teller want to be in Fantastic Four?
Do Adam West and Val Kilmer think Ben Affleck can hold their cowls? Does Joss Whedon plan on killing anyone in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Has Lobo gotten a redesign? Does Eric Bana have fond memories of Hulk? And want to watch and read a ton of additions reactions and news to the Ben Affleck casting? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Joss Whedon has been open in saying his early drafts of The Avengers featured an additional member of the team: The Wasp. He eventually dropped the character, saying the entire movie was “too Wasp-y,” and instead focused on the characters that had already been established. (Of note, he’ll finally get to introduce a new female superhero in Avengers: Age of Ultron: Scarlet Witch.)
Even though Wasp got cut early, storyboards and concept art are created months, sometimes years before a script is firmed up. That’s what happened with The Avengers. A few more animatic sequences by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro have popped online that show many of the iconic visual moments from the Battle of New York in The Avengers, with several major changes. The most striking is there’s another member of the team: The Wasp.
Below, check out four early animatics from the film that not only feature the Wasp, but feature extended action scenes, more dialogue, alternate character motivations and more. Read More »
Before you assume that everyone’s favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, talk to Joss Whedon. The writer/director has long been on the record as saying that, while he likes and respects Empire, he thinks A New Hope is the superior film. “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars, Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite,” Whedon said in the past. “That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director explained a bit more of his disappointment in what most people agree is the best Star Wars movie. Read More »
Joss Whedon‘s highly anticipated 2015 sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will surely have lots of new characters in addition to the returning superheroes Marvel has already cast. Two specific roles we know of are brother and sister superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They will reportedly be at odds with the Avengers before teaming up to help defeat Ultron.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) has been vocal about being interested, and in talks for the role of Quicksilver. Joss Whedon himself has said Saoirse Ronan was his model for Scarlet Witch. The latest news on the film, however, is that Ronan apparently passed on the project. So Whedon is out to another, possibly even better choice. Elizabeth Olsen is now rumored to be up for the role.
Update: THR confirms that Olsen is in talks for the role, and that the dealmaking process is pretty far along.
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The character Ultron is going to be much different on screen than he is in the comic books. In the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) and that won’t be the case in the movies. (Rumor is Tony Stark might have a role in Ultron’s creation.) He’s also going to be less powerful and more grounded.
Joss Whedon, who wrote and will direct the character in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, discussing how he plans to make Ultron, a self-aware and nearly all-powerful robotic being, into a viable villain. Read More »