The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look behind the scenes at the making of Robert Rodriguez‘s family friendly superhero movie We Can Be Heroes. Plus, watch as Adam Savage builds an outstanding replica of Chewbacca’s signature bowcaster from the Star Wars saga. And finally, check out a documentary roundtable discussion with the filmmakers behind Boys State, Crip Cramp, All In: The Fight for Democracy, and more.
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Over the holiday, around 44 million households tuned into Robert Rodriguez‘s We Can be Heroes, making the new family superhero movie one of Netflix’s biggest hits. And all those parents who plopped their kids in front of the spiritual sequel to Rodriguez’s Sharkboy and Lavagirl for just two hours of peace and quiet can look forward to another kid-friendly sequel from the filmmaker. Yes, We Can Be Heroes is getting a sequel.
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Say what you will about the films of Robert Rodriguez, which have varied in quality pretty drastically since El Mariachi put him on the map in the early 1990s, but the guy obviously has a boundless passion for making movies. He also has a passion for pulling back the curtain to reveal the process of filmmaking, which results in the experience being demystified and younger generations being presented with practical knowledge they may not have been able to easily access otherwise.
Netflix recently released a new Robert Rodriguez superhero film called We Can Be Heroes that’s aimed squarely at children, and the streamer has since released a featurette with the director describing how the visual effects were accomplished. Behind the scenes featurettes are commonplace, but this one’s different – it isn’t explicitly stated in the video, but this one seems specifically designed so kids can learn some of the secrets about how filmmaking works.
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What is this new suit that Spider-Man is getting in Marvel Comics next year? What’s the latest from Ray Fisher on the Justice League controversy? What other superheroes would Patty Jenkins be interested in tackling? Want to hear a hilarious pitch for a Detective Chimp movie? Who would James Gunn want to put in a DC/Marvel crossover project? Want to see some leaked images of LEGO sets for Marvel’s Eternals? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez has made a throwback to his Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl days. We Can Be Heroes is another Rodriguez kids’ movie full of rainbow colors, unrestrained giddiness, and childlike imagination. The original Netflix superhero movie is wish-fulfillment for children. It’s also another movie that feels hand-crafted by Rodriguez, a famously do-it-yourself filmmaker.
It’s a big month for the director, who reintroduced audiences to Boba Fett in a killer episode of The Mandalorian. Both the director’s entry in the Star Wars universe and addition to Netflix’s library bears his signature eye for playful escapism. With almost 30 years in the business, Rodriguez’s childlike wonder for filmmaking remains firmly intact.
That enthusiasm comes through on-screen and even over the phone when you interview the Austin-based director, who recently told us about the benefits of creating original properties, lessons from George Lucas and James Cameron, and his fond memories from making Alita: Battle Angel.
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Take everything you loved about Spy Kids and mix it with The Avengers, and you have some idea of what Netflix will deliver with the family superhero adventure We Can Be Heroes, courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez.
When an alien invasion results in the capture of the adult superheroes known as The Heroics, their children are put into government protection at a secret underground facility. But these super-powered kids won’t just let their parents be imprisoned by aliens while the world goes to hell. One of them is the child of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and that means she has shark strength. Whatever the hell that means. Watch the new We Can Be Heroes trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez has a superhero movie called We Can Be Heroes coming to Netflix at the beginning of 2021. Initially, it seemed like it was a new, original premise from the director, utilizing as much green screen technology as possible to bring it to life. But earlier this week, we learned the movie takes place in the same universe as The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and both of the superheroes are returning all grown up. But they wont be in action for long.
We Can Be Heroes finds alien invaders kidnapping all of Earth’s superheroes, leaving their superpowered kids to be protected in a government safe house. But rather than sit by and let their parents suffer at the tentacles of these nasty aliens, these rugrats take matters into their own hands to save their parents and the world. It’s basically Spy Kids with superheroes, and it all looks quite ridiculous, and you can watch the We Can Be Heroes trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »
Surprise, I guess! Robert Rodriguez has a new family-friendly superhero flick called We Can Be Heroes headed to Netflix, and it’s set in the same world as Rodriguez’s 2005 superhero comedy The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Now, Netflix has revealed that Sharkboy and Lavagirl are in the new movie, all-grown-up with kids of their own. Original Lavagirl Taylor Dooley is back in the role, while JJ Dashnaw steps into the role of Sharkboy. Twilight series actor Taylor Lautner played Sharkboy in the original movie, but I guess he was just too damn busy to come back for We Can Be Heroes.
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Robert Rodriguez can be Hollywood’s favorite family-friendly director…just for one day. Every few years or so, the Alita: Battle Angel director will deliver a new family movie out of nowhere — Spy Kids would become a minor phenomenon in 2001, spawning a four-film series and an animated reboot, and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl has gained a small but passionate following. Enough of a following that Rodriguez is returning to the world of Sharkboy and Lavagirl for a sequel — of sorts — with the upcoming Netflix kid action movie We Can Be Heroes.
Below, you can check out the We Can Be Heroes first look images featuring the film’s high-profile stars, like Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, and Priyanka Chopra.
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Every week, it seems like another high profile filmmaker heads to Netflix to make a movie, and this week it’s Alita: Battle Angel and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez signing up for a new project at the streaming service.
We Can Be Heroes will have Robert Rodriguez writing, directing and producing an original story with Isn’t It Romantic and Baywatch co-star Priyanka Chopra Jonas starring, though the story will focus on a group of kids whose parents are kidnapped by aliens, but it’s not just an alien abduction story. Find out more about this We Can Be Heroes movie below. Read More »