beast spin-off

As 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film saga comes to an end with the sputtering Dark Phoenix and the long-delayed New Mutants still waiting in the wings, one of the creative forces behind the franchise has revealed a potential Beast spin-off that never happened.

John Ottman, who edited and composed X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, developed a spin-off film that would have starred Nicholas Hoult reprising his role as Beast, aka Hank McCoy, and the story would have tied in to the main film franchise with the appearance of a menacing villain. The entire script is online now, and you can read it – or just a quick recap – below. Read More »

bohemian rhapsody editing

By now you’ve likely seen the viral Bohemian Rhapsody clip that’s been making the rounds. The one in which Queen meets with future manager John Reid for the first time, and the camera angles keep cutting wildly for no apparent reason. When Bohemian Rhapsody picked up an Oscar for Best Editing, the scene in question exploded across the internet, as proof there was no way in hell a movie edited like this should’ve won such an accolade. It turns out the film’s editor, John Ottman, isn’t happy about the scene, either. So much so that seeing it makes him want to put a bag over his head (a direct quote, folks).

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Ant-Man promo art 2

Will Daredevil acknowledge The Avengers? Who is scoring X-Men Apocalypse? What did Josh Trank have to say about the origins of his Fantastic Four? Were there major differences between Kick-Ass the comic and movie? How did Joss Whedon describe the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which comic book character recent came out as bisexual? What could happen in a second season of Agent Carter? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

X-Men: Days of Future Past review

X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.

As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »