As much as Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy helped set the tone for the modern superhero movie, Marvel Studios created the structure for the modern superhero franchise. Specifically the idea of a huge, shared story told over multiple films. It’s not a new idea, obviously, but the particular way Marvel did it on the big screen was. The fact the MCU is still going after six years, and will continue to soldier on, is super-impressive and a testament to Marvel’s success.
One of the biggest tools Marvel uses for this is the post-credits sequence. A scene tangentially related to the movie you just watched, placed in the credits to tease what’s coming next. It’s become a staple of their brand and is mimicked pretty regularly. (Marvel didn’t come up with that, either, but the studio redefined the use of the post-credits stinger.)
One place it hasn’t been mimicked is the new slate of DC Comics movies. Granted, we’ve only seen one so far, but why is that? Well, Warner Bros. asked Nolan, a producer on Man of Steel, about adding one. He said “A real movie wouldn’t do that.” But did he mean that as a blanket statement? Maybe not. Read more about Christopher nolan and credits scenes below.
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Little known fact: Mondo rejects just as many, if not more, posters than they actually release. Some are posters that didn’t get approved by a star or studio. Others are different versions of a poster that actually was released. And sometimes Mondo and a company can’t settle on a design and it never sees the light of day.
At MondoCon this past weekend, Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, the creative team behind Mondo, presented a panel called Mondo Talk about this very subject. However, what started as a way for fans to see the behind the scenes creation of a poster turned into, as Ishmael put it, “The depressing, what you could have had panel.”
They revealed a non-stop cavalcade of posters, concepts, licenses and more they tried to realize, but which failed for one reason for another. We’re talking Tyler Stout‘s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Krzysztof Domaradzki‘s officially licensed The Godfather, Spring Breakers, and various different iterations of Man of Steel. Below, check out a bunch of posters Mondo posters that never happened. Read More »
Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys Man Of Steel General Zod Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Man Of Steel General Zod Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.
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We’ve heard some description of how Man of Steel came to be, thanks to the efforts of David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and Christopher Nolan. Now the screenwriter himself gives an account of the genesis of the new Superman.
In a screenwriting lecture organized by BAFTA, David Goyer gives a wide-ranging account of his entire career. Regardless of your thoughts about Goyer, it’s an interesting half-hour talk. He talks about Man of Steel a few times, including explaining the approach to the “Superman doesn’t kill” maxim. Towards the end, Goyer talks specifically about how the original Man of Steel idea came to be. It’s a minor enough event — rooted in common problems that face every writer — that it’s worth checking out. Read More »
Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have a special sound mix? Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe need fixing? What do The Lego Movie and Man of Steel have in common? Want a hint at the plot of Thor 3? Does the Batman vs. Superman costume designer know when we’ll see his work? Which Watchmen actor might have read for Zack Snyder’s latest film? How does Paul Rudd feel about his Ant-Man cast? And what does Falcon’s toy look like from Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Jerry Seinfeld jumped on Reddit Monday to do a very extensive Ask Me Anything in which he covered a huge gamut of topics. He talked about a major problem he had with Man of Steel, working on a new project with Larry David, his favorite Seinfeld episodes, quotes, retrospective feelings on the finale, Bee Movie and more. Below, read the ten best moments from the Seinfeld AMA. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.
But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.
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Want to see a new photo from X-Men: Days of Future Past? Has a composer been selected for Avengers: Age of Ultron? How can you read the Avengers sequel’s original comic story (or the one the title comes from, at least) for cheap right now? What did Marc Webb say in Times Square about The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did the Internet miss three easter eggs in Man of Steel? Why can’t you find your favorite Marvel Comics in some stores? Read about all this and more in the final 2013 edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by David Chen
I think one sign of a film score’s success is how well it stands apart from its film. While the relationship should always be symbiotic, I’m always on the lookout for film scores I can add to my listening rotation. This year, there were a bunch of tracks that moved me deeply and/or received a ton of play either on my computer or through my headphones. The art of film music remains alive, well, and encouragingly diverse.
After the jump, check out my top 5 film scores of 2013, as well as a few great Honorable Mentions that barely missed the cut. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.
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