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DC Announces Green Lantern Corps. Movie at San Diego Comic-Con

A lot of announcements were made at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but probably one of the subtlest yet best came from DC with their announcement that the next solo Green-Lantern movie would be a Green Lantern Corps. movie.

Green Lantern is one of DC’s biggest heroes and it was a disaster when the 2011 movie featuring Ryan Reynolds crashed and burned. With the complete reboot of the DCMU in progress, Green Lantern is something that DC needs to get right; they have Batman, Superman, Woder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash all  cast, but no Hal Jordan. I think that this clearly shows DC and Warner Bros. are taking their time with the property to make sure it is the big hit it should be.

Green Lantern is a cool sci-fi property and having the movie be about the entire corps. could set it in space and have a similar feel to Guardians of the Galaxy. The Green Lantern canon is old and rich, filled with plenty of amazing characters and deep stories.

The coolest thing about this movie is that we are guaranteed to get more than one Green Lantern.

Left to Right: Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Kilowog

Although Hal Jordan is the most known Lantern figure, there have been multiple characters that put on the ring. In the past, other fan favorite Green Lanterns have emerged aside Hal which gives a pretty good guess of who will show up in the movie.

Behind Hal, the second most popular Green Lantern is easily John Stewart. I think that there is no question Stewart is a part of the Corps. film. A lot of people were hoping that Arrow’s John Diggle would somehow become John Stewart Green Lantern, but it looks like the big screen will incorporate the character instead.

There is a chance that this first movie only features Hal and John, but if DC is smart, they will use the Green Lantern Corps. movie to cast two other big Lantern roles; Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner. Rayner steps in after Jordan and Stewart but does a great job as well because he can overcome fear very easily and has a personality to match it.

Guy Gardner is a big fan favorite who gives off more of a greaser/punk vibe from his attire. Gardner had an abusive alcoholic dad and an overall rough upbringing and was one of the two people (the other being Hal Jordan) chosen by the ring of Abin Sur to become the next Green Lantern. Jordan got there first but later on Gardner becomes a Lantern as well.

These four characters are all staples in the DC comics universe and Warner Bros. has yet another chance to take golden material and bring it to life. Each of these Latnern characters are unique in their own way and all have great stories to be told. While I would still like the main focus to be on Hal Jordan, I think that quickly incorporating a Green Lantern Corps. motion picture opens up for tons of possibilities.

If DC and Warner Bros. can get this movie right, it might even set fans up to see one of the best DC stories around; “Blackest Night.”

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Dr. Doom, is That You?

The first full image of Doom from the upcoming Fantastic Four movie has come out thanks to a new trailer t hat blends old and new footage. It’s definitely….umm… interesting, to say the least.

Victor Von Doom is a beloved character by many comic readers, and it seems like the new Fantastic Four film will once again miss the mark with the physical look of the character. In the old F4 movies, Doom physically looked closer to the comics version with a deformed face and metal mask. I think that the costume of the old Doom was pretty boring and could have been much cooler. However, when seeing the recently released photo of what the new movie’s Dr. Doom will look like, it has me worried.

 

I’ve actually been quite excited for the reboot of Fantastic Four; I’m a big fan of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.  Jamie Bell wouldn’t be my first choice for The Thing, but I can’t say anything super negative about his casting.

All of that was good, I liked what I was seeing from the trailers for this movie and actually felt good about it’s release and that someone might have finally gotten Fantastic Four right. Yet, this new Doom photo has me somewhat worried once more.

There have been multiple designs of Doom throughout the years, and it seems like 20th Century Fox has chosen to model their reboot version off of the Ultimate Universe version. That version of Doom, as you can see to the left, had a completely altered body like the picture above.

The new movie version would definitely not be my first choice because I think it just looks too modern. I would love to see the traditional version of Doom, but if this can logically fit for the new film, I won’t hate it.

I’m a fan of Toby Kebbell from Rock N’ Rolla and Black Mirror so I’m hoping this can be another successful role for him. If his performance is good enough, it will make it easier to get over the look if you aren’t a fan.

The new Fantastic Four movie is set to release on August 7th of this year. I don’t have high expectations for this movie, but I’m hoping it can at least manage to be above average. The cast is solid, Trank is a solid director that will hopefully be able to transition what he did with Chronicle to t his.

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The Suicide Squad Trailer Looks…Interesting

With Comic-Con over we await all of the leaked Hall H footage that we know was being recorded despite the clear instructions to not do so. While there was never going to be a trailer for Star-Wars, plenty of the superhero films were debuting trailers and footage, which was plenty to get excited for. At this point, it looks like the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer has found its way to the web along with the Suicide Squad trailer. After some attempted crowd control, WB has accepted that they cannot stop  the leak and, while they are clearly frustrated about it, they have done the smart thing and released the trailer in high quality.

The DC movies got off to a rough start with Man of Steel, which many people went to see but walked away feeling disappointed. Now DC is moving forward with their full universe and plans to follow up Man of Steel with Batman v. Superman in March of 2016 and then Suicide Squad that following August. So the trailer for both of these movies is out, and both look very interesting, but Suicide Squad will be the bigger risk.

Although the film features some of the most popular DC villains, some casting decisions seem like a gamble, but here are my thoughts on the trailer.

I’m going to love Viola Davis as Amanda Waller because she has the personality and intimidation that the character needs to have. As for the rest of the cast, I’m not a huge fan of the Harley Quinn look; not that I wanted it to completely match the comic or cartoon version, but as many of people on the internet have pointed out, she looks like a Juggalo. Fans were given quite the scare when David Ayer released the photo of the Joker a little while back featuring tons of goofy tattoos that didn’t feel like they fit the character. I have to say, I’m very excited for Leto’s performance because he is a terrific actor who should be able to make the Joker his own. The style of the Joker doesn’t seem like the worse, but I don’t think his metallic teeth would be missed.

Aside from that, I think the movie looks pretty interesting. I love the dark style of it all and that DC is continuing to roll with their own style of superhero films. The costumes and makeup all look much more realistic and grounded compared to Marvel. Ayer is a great director, but I’m worried about the supporting cast; Will Smith is a lovable guy, but not the best actor. I think he will do well enough in this role and I absolutely love the Deadshot costume. Cara Delevingne has been getting lots of recent notice for this and Paper Towns, so there’s a chance for her to be very good as well. I think that it’s great to see Joel Kinnaman get a major role like this so it will be interesting to see how he performs in a major motion picture.

Suicide Squad has a lot of good ideas in its trailer, but the true test will be seeing whether or not they can properly execute the story. With the release of this and the Batman V. Superman trailer, I think I have an idea of how DC is planning out their universe (I’ll write about that later). There have been plenty of risks in the casting decisions, like Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, that won’t necessarily be bad but more of a coin flip.

The DC comic stories are just as good as Marvel, and while their is a monetary race between the two companies, fans don’t have to choose one over the other. I hope that DC is able to execute their movie universe as well as Marvel, because it could be just as amazing and only give viewers double the amount of comic based stories.

…oh yeah… I can’t stand Jai Courtney. Maybe he will surprise me… but I’m expecting Captain Boomerang to be a complete let down in this movie.

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It’s a Good Year for Boxing Flicks

Boxing movies are normally decent hits because they offer a sports film about fighters; in life and in the ring. We watch someone get repeatedly knocked down without quitting because they have something to fight for. In the past, boxing movies such as Raging BullRocky, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, and even Cinderella Man have drawn us in and captured our hearts. Boxing movies are just great.

This year three boxing movies are scheduled to come out that look very promising, which is nice. In a couple of weeks on July 24 things are kicked off with Southpaw, followed up by Creed (Nov. 25) and finished with Bleed for This, which doesn’t have a release date. Each of the films looks promising because they offer a different story that revolves around boxing with great casts attached.

Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and was written by Kurt  Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). It focuses on a title holding boxer who gets into an altercation which ends up with the death of his wife. This causes him to hit rock bottom in life and overcome personal loss to become great again. The movie looks very dark and like it will be another solid notch on Gyllenhaal’s resume. I’m curious to see how this writing performance is from Sutter, because his second half of Sons was sub-par.

Creed brings us back to the Rocky franchise with a new character, Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Johnson is a young fighter who never knew his dad and doesn’t want anything to do with him. He is out to prove himself as one of the greats and eventually tracks down his father’s old friend and competitor, Rocky Balboa, for training. This leads us into a new era where Rocky is on the sideline guiding and teaching a new fighters (we’ll just ignore Tommy Gunn). I hope that they get Creed right because the Rocky films were always so inspiring, but Ryan Coogler is a good director and knows how to bring the best out of Jordan.

Bleed for This definitely seems to be the least known of the three films, but it is the third boxing movie that stars Miles Teller and tells us the crazy comeback story of Vinny Pazienza. Teller is a fantastic actor and I think he could really nail this role. I don’t know anything about the director but will still see this movie for Teller. This film doesn’t have a release date yet, but it could be a possible Oscar contender.

Boxing films hook us because they are emotional. People take their anger out in fighting for something and it makes for a good movie. There is a chance that these three movies could continue the string of solid boxing movies from year’s past and end 2015 strongly. I have high hopes for these movies and it would be awesome if they were all successful.

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First Trailer for Steve Jobs

In 2013, a Steve Jobs movie was released called Jobs that many people didn’t like too much. It starred Ashton Kutcher as Steve, and while the actor looked exactly like a young Steve Jobs, his voice and skills couldn’t nail the performance.

Fortunately, another Steve Jobs movie has been on the rise with Aaron Sorkin writing and Danny Boyle directing. After losing Christian Bale for Steve Jobs, they replaced him with the just as amazing Michael Fassbender. Starring along side of Fassbender will be Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.

The first trailer for Steve Jobs has officially released and has Jobs already gone from my brain. I am extremely excited for this because Fassbender’s performance looks pretty damn amazing. I like that the trailer seems to show that the movie will recount the events of Apple while also displaying who Jobs was as a person. I think that the movie should offer a better look at the story of one of the greatest minds when it releases on October 9th this year.

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Official First Trailer for Creed

The first trailer for the upcoming continuation of the Rocky series, titled Creed, has released its first trailer. Creed will focus on a new fighter named Adonis Johnson, who his the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky’s old friend and competitor.

The movie stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis and he eventually turns to Philly’s greatest fighter to train him when he most needs it. The movie is directed and written by Ryan Coogler, who was the man behind Fruitvale Station where he originally worked with Jordan.

I’m a big fan of Jordan as an actor, and I really want to like this movie. I enjoy the old Rocky movies and think that this is definitely a solid concept to include in the overall franchise. Although I believe the trailer is trying a little hard, I’m definitely going to give this movie a shot, especially with Coogler handling things.

Creed is set for a November 25th release. Between this and Fantastic Four, Jordan could have a pretty good acting year.

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Spider-Man will be Similar to a John Hughes Movie

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Everyone is extremely excited to see Spider-Man finally coming back home and joining the MCU. News continues to pour out about the character and his solo film; we know that Spidey will make his first official appearance in next years, Captain America: Civil War and young 19 year old actor, Tom Holland, will be portraying the character.

Some interesting information has now released that provides some very minor details about the solo Spider-Man film that is scheduled for a 2017 release. During interviews at a screening for Ant-Man, Kevin Feige said that Spider-Man’s solo film would be comparable to a John Hughes coming of age film. Hughes created some of the 80’s best films in classics such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, as well as tons more.

Personally, I think this is a good thing to hear. A large part of Spider-Man as a character is watching him grow into adulthood while having to manage being a hero on top of it. Marvel is making a smart decision to have this movie not be a complete origin story but I really am glad to see how much emphasis they want to put on the character to really build him.

Marvel is really nailing their characters and crafting the movies around that, which makes them feel unique and less generic for “just the superhero movie for this year.” I think that Spider-Man will be a huge hit because while he is one of the most universally loved characters, there is a rich background of story-telling if done right. Civil War will be a huge way to introduce the character because in the comics, this is a situation that really defines who Peter is as a person.

I’m really looking forward to Spider-Man and think that it will be a huge success. I really like Tom Holland for Peter and think that Marvel’s input will finally give us a stable and proper representation of Spider-Man on the big screen.

 

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