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Watching the films of some of our most revered filmmakers, it’s often difficult to point out exactly why their work is so much better than others. It’s when they discuss their work, how they did it and views on other films that we truly see where their genius comes from.

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Cool Stuff: Firefly: The Board Game

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Board games built around big movie and tv properties aren’t usually that good. It seems like most of the time, the money spent on the licenses and image rights allow little left for investment into quality game design. There are a couple select companies that buck that trend, probably most notably Fantasy Flight Games (which has the Star Wars license). Last year a company called Gale Force 9 entered the mix with the release of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, based on the Starz television series. The game adaptation shocked the board game community by earning a user rating worthy of the top 250 games on BoardGameGeek.com (basically, the imdb for board games).

This year that same company, Gale Force 9, scored the license for the Joss Whedon television series Firefly and premiered a board game based on the beloved geek series at GenCon. The company had a limited amount of copies of Firefly: The Game on sale at the board game convention, but sold out of their 300 copies in less than 10 minutes on opening day. The game has a $59.99 msrp, but Amazon has it available for pre-order for only $46.00. Act fast as the early GenCon copies of game has been selling on ebay for up to $145.

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The brilliance of Marvel is not only in the studio’s execution of story; it’s in the dissemination of information. Take, for example, Comic-Con. All Marvel President Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon had to do was reveal three words, “Age of Ultron,” to completely redirect the conversation about the path of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the next few years.

Another example was the tag of 2012′s The Avengers. Showing the uber-evil Thanos as the mastermind behind Loki’s plan suggested he’d be the next great nemesis for the super-team. But, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in the Avengers: Age of Ultron changed that.

Joss Whedon, the writer and director of both The Avengers and next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, now explained more about the role of Thanos. He was “never meant to be the next villain” and was only teased to give fans a taste of how big this Marvel Cinematic Universe can really get. Read More »

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