Now that we’re finally past the cinematic graveyard that is January, it’s time to come face to face with the long menu of blockbusters that 2016 has been cooking all this while. Perhaps the one most significant for the future of the comic book movie landscape, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been riddling us with as many trailers to celebrate as to be disappointed over. When you have a studio going all in on a single behemoth play that will prove decisive for DC’s Extended Universe plans as well as Marvel’s reign, it’s inevitable that all eyes are on the play (think: Bond calling Le Chiffre’s bluff in Casino Royale) being dared. Continue reading
If you are/were ever a fan of Star Wars, I can assure you that this will help you find the way back. So the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens rolled around yesterday, and it is only now that I get time to sit down and talk about it. While one of the reasons is the busy schedule I’m on right now, but the more pressing reason I think, was that I couldn’t keep my eyes off this one. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, there’s really no point in pushing this any further: Continue reading
I know I’m a bit late to talk about these trailers from the San Diego Comic Con, but after my hundredth time watching the Batman v Superman trailer, I was obligated to repeat the process another few times. Last weekend saw San Diego’s population double in number and multiply in costumes as from all over the world, fans of comics, Star Wars and pretty much anything you can cosplay made their annual journey to their Mecca. Owing to Marvel Studios deciding not to attend this year, Hall H – which over the years has become notorious for exclusive filmfare – was marked for DC from the moment Zack Snyder turned up in the Batmobile to the welcome of fans who might stalk him for details on the film he’s helming. They’d best have brought their A-game too, the eyes that give purpose to the Con being as merciless as they are hungry. Continue reading
The new age of comic-book based movies has also ushered in the eagle-eyes of the fanboys picking at and ranting on every tiny detail that does not mirror the exact same as in the comic source material. It seemed as if in answer to that, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in all its teasers and trailers has stressed and driven home the fact that they are not straying away from Frank Miller’s magnum opus The Dark Knight Returns, hailed the best superhero graphic novel of all time. And running parallel to this 2016 bout was DC’s other flagship, Suicide Squad, and till yesterday, it seemed that Jared Leto’s incarnation of the Joker would also stick close to the one in the same graphic novel. Then this morning rolled around, and we have been thrown our first official look at the Joker by David Ayer, on this day 75 years after Mr. J was created. Continue reading
He’s here, he’s not orange-green and it looks like he’s pissed. The casting rumors were circulated since the possibility of the Justice League came up and a few months ago, we received confirmation that Jason Mamoa A.K.A Khal Drogo himself would be playing the one who warms the throne of Atlantis and rules over the seas. Today, Zack Snyder released, in keeping with tradition, our first peek at Mamoa in full Aqua-armor. Continue reading
He’s your friendly neighborhood webster, but now he will be playing in a whole new neighborhood – one whose residents include a billionaire, a thunder-god, a green rage monster and a patriotic war veteran, among others. Today, Marvel Studios along with Sony Pictures confirmed the completion of the deal between Marvel and Sony for the collaborated use of the latter’s property Spider-Man, of which it has made 5 movies since 2002. Continue reading
It’s been more than a year since Harry Lennix stepped up to the Hall H podium at the San Francisco Comic Con and uttered the words that any comic enthusiast worth his dime would recognize instantly: “I want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come…in all your private moments, I want you to remember….my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” Not a lot has changed, except for the small fact that DC released its plans to continue the DC Universe on the big screen, all the way upto 2020. Now with possibilities of parallel realities and adaptations of famous comic story-arcs, the DC Multiverse is under way. Continue reading
Pinocchio is back with another trailer! People who remember the first trailer would get the reference, from the ingenious idea of Marvel to play the Ultron sequences to the slowed and twisted tune of ‘No Strings’ from Disney’s Pinocchio. After taking the game one step too far with a 10 second teaser they released teasing the trailer whose purpose is to tease the movie itself, Marvel is still providing fodder for its fans who, unlike Ultron, are dancing to their entertaining strings.
As we enter Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we are now being introduced to new heroes such as Black Panther, Antman, Vision and Doctor Strange. With the contracts of the original cast of Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) all about to expire, this could very well mean a revision of the Avengers squad for a new, stranger team – consisting of a shrinking man, a tribal king, a sorcerer and a cybernetic entity. Our first look into this world will be through the eyes of Scott Lang, to be played by Paul Rudd, who will take on the mantle of Antman from its predecessor and his mentor, Professor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
It has not been a month since the cast for DC’s much anticipated Suicide Squad was announced, the final in that list being Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the government executive in charge of putting the Squad together. The casting decision was received with great cheer, with Will Smith (Deadshot), Tom Hardy (Rick Flag), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) set to be the most powerful cast for any comic-book movie yet.