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Comic Con 2013 recap. Part I

I didn’t go to Comic-Con but this is some of the big news that was reported this past weekend in San Diego.

1. The sequel to the Man of Steel looks to be a Superman & Batman movie. The movie is set for 2015 which pushes a Justice league movie back to 2017 and in 2016 we will finally get a long waited The Flash movie!!!!!! What I know so far is that  Zack Snyder will direct, David S. Goyer will write the screenplay, Henry Cavill will return as Superman, and Christian Bale is unlikely to return as Batman. I am a bit disappointed that they are not doing another solo Superman movie before they team him up with Batman. Man of Steel just established Superman, or reestablished him, I should say, and I would like at least one more outing with him on his own. But I am open to a Superman and Batman movie, I just hope they cast someone good in the role of Batman.

2. As I type this I am a bit disappointed that the Godzilla panel was a bit of a let down. The design for the new Godzilla was not revealed and they did show a new teaser trailer. In an interview with director Garret Edwards from Friday evening we learned that Godzilla will be the tallest ever seen and he will have the atomic breath. Edwards also reported that the story is very emotional and some scenes left many in tears while it was being filmed.

Here is a description of the teaser trailer:

Godzilla trailer description!

This is from Quint at AICN:

There was the typical sizzle reel thing of having a lot of out of context images flashing at you… Bryan Cranston in some kind of radioactive suit and looking worried, Aaron Taylor-Johnson in full soldier gear pointing his rifle at something, a soldier running down a fiery street, Ken Watanabe looking on in awe of something, a quick reunion shot in a Katrina-esque stadium refugee zone with a kid and Elizabeth Olsen, people running around in a government installation… that kind of thing. Chaos.

Then it cuts to black for a bit, just to draw out the tension, then we see our first glimpse of a monster. Notice I said “a monster” not “the monster.” We get a tall Kaiju that looks a bit like the Cloverfield monster in terms of it kind of having thin appendages and flat-ish face. It’s destroying shit and we see it prominently featured at an airport. It towers over parked planes as jets and attack choppers shoot mercilessly at the beast.

One chopper gets too close and is swatted down. All that follows is shown in one shot through the large plate glass windows from inside the airport as if a POV shot of a witness… The chopper is hit and it spins as it crashes to the ground near a parked plane. Upon impact the chopper explodes which starts off a chain reaction as one plane after another gets caught up in the rolling fireball that gets bigger and bigger with each successive explosion.

The camera pans, following the destruction and as the final plane explodes, Godzilla’s massive thick tree trunk of a foot comes down right in the middle of the fireball of the last exploding plane. Cut to black again as the audience cheers like mad.

Then an image fades up of the other Kaiju aggressively moving with in the smoke and wreckage of the airport, not seeing Godzilla raise up behind it. As big as the first monster looked when destroying everything you realize that it barely comes up to Godzilla’s midriff as the King of Monsters stands straight up behind it. Godzilla roars and that’s it.

3.  Another movie by Legendary pictures was also revealed on Saturday. There is going to be a World of Warcraft movie. I do not play the game but I have seen some people play that game and others similar to it. It looks like it could be a lot of fun.

I will gather up more info and recap Comic-Con 2013 on Wed and Friday! Stay tuned!

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I, Frankenstein

As much as I follow movies there are still some that slip underneath my radar. A picture was relased of Aaron Eckhart in Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein courtesy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. I had not heard of this movie! It will be coming out in January of 2014.

This is from wikipedia: I , Frankenstein is an upcoming 2014 Australian/American horror/thriller film written and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy.

Here is other information I found on line:

Directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grievoux, the film stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein. Look for it in theatres on January 24, 2014.

Synopsis
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

Frankenstein is one of my favorite non-Giant, or Kaiu, monsters. I am looking forward to this movie. Although I am not a big horror fan I do enjoy the classic monsters from Universal’s catalog; such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, Werewolf and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Bale will not play Batman Again: My thoughts

Last week it was announced that Christian Bales said that he would not play Batman in a Justice League movie. Many fans, myself included, are a bit disappointed. I really thought that Bale’s Batman would fit in the same universe as Superman, given the fact that the tone of both the Dark Knight Trilogy and the new Man of Steel movie work very well together. Many on the internet feel that if WB threw enough money at Bale he would don the Bat Cowl once more. I tend to agree with that.

I recently re-wathed the entire trilogy and while I always have liked it, and think Batman Begins is the best of the bunch, I have a better appreciation for the Nolan’s trilogy.

Although I am disappointed that Christian Bale will not be Batman for the Justice league movie that means the Batman movies will need to be rebooted. But is it too soon and who would play the caped crusader?

Last year’s Spider-Man reboot, just a few years after Spider-Man 3, was aid to be too soon also. However, I really enjoy that movie and over all the responses for that film have been positive and many fans are looking for the next installment.  If they do the Justice League movie first, with Batman, and then reboot the Batman franchise after that movie…we still can be looking at another 5 years before we see a Batman movie. I think fans will come to the theater and I do not think that would be too soon.

I want to recommend an actor to play Batman. His name is Matt Bomer (you’ll have to google him, I am having trouble with posting pictures on this site). He plays the lead in As the lead in USA Networks’ White Collar and was also in the movie Magic Mike (2012) a movie I DID NOT SEE! DC and Warner Bros. have also noticed Bomer’s range, signing him to voice Superman in their next animated feature, Superman: Unbound (2013). He resembles Henry Cavill, Superman, and the two could be brothers.

I do not think that would be a deterrent because they both have those chiseled features and square jaws one expects in these two superheroes. Since Bomer is not a house hold name it will not seem strange seeing him as Batman. Ever since George Clooney played Batman (in a movie I do happen to enjoy in a strange way) I do think these superhero movies do need to cast unknowns for the most part. Of course there are always exceptions. I recently saw another list of possible actors to play Batman and one of them was a black man and I thought that would be a great idea.

It will be interesting to see what unfolds in the future for Batman!!

Ray Harryhausen 1920-1913

Sad news in the world of science-fiction and fantasy films. The great Ray Harryhausen passed away today at the age of 92. He was a pioneer in the development of stop-motion special effects. His movies include:

He designed many creatures that we love and enjoy and I do not think that special effects would be where they are today without the works of Ray Harryhausen. Thank you Ray for all your work and creating the things we science-fiction and fantasy loves enjoyed so much!

Independence Day Sequels

This information is from Nuke  the Fridge.com…

Director Roland Emmerich is gearing up for two more rounds with the aliens that wreaked havoc on Earth in 1996′s “Independence Day.”  After his action film “White House Down” is released on June 28th, Emmerich will focus his attention on making “ID Forever Part 1,” and “ID Forever Part 2.”

The films will take place 20 years after the events in “Independence Day.” Apparently, the original alien invasion force was able to send a distress signal to reinforcements before they were defeated by Earth’s military.  Here is what Emmerich had to say about the sequels.

”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” explains the director, who completed two scripts with ”Independence Day” co-writer Dean Devlin and has given them to ”White House Down“ writer-producer James Vanderbilt for a rewrite. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

Emmerich has been working with art department staff to see how the world will look in the aftermath of “Independence Day.”  This is what he explained.

“It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”

As far as the characters are concerned, actor Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore, will return; Will Smith (Captain Steven Hiller) has not.  The scripts will focus on a new generation of characters, including Hiller’s stepson Dylan.

“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” says Emmerich, who promises that the first sequel will have a cliffhanger ending to keep audiences coming back for more. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].”

After the mass destruction of the original “Independence Day,” what’s left for new aliens to destroy?

“We’ve rebuilt,” Emmerich answers, with a smile. “But [the aliens] also do different things.”

Here are my thoughts: I love alien invasion movies! I also love the movie Independence Day! When it came out in 1996 I saw it in the theater 4 times! That was how much I enjoyed the movie. Yes, on Independence Day each year I take out the DVD and watch this film. It is fun, action packed and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I have been waiting for a sequel ever since the movie came out. I think today film makers are more eager to cash in on a succesful franchise so it amazes me we have had to wait this long for a sequel. We are getting two more movies to make it a trilogy. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all of this happens!

Godzilla filming locations

Comingsoon.net is reporting the following…

Canada.com has revealed that the production for the remake  of Godzilla has  found a home and it’s in the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia. Here are  the details they’ve revealed:

Gareth Edward’s sci-fi reboot  of the city-destroying Godzilla is being filmed across Vancouver Island this  March, from Nanaimo’s Old Victoria Road to Ladysmith and Shawnigan Lake. More  than 300 crew members are expected to land in the Harbour City for the eight-day  central Island shoot and have pledged to use local extras, staff and  equipment.

The film, whose working title is  Nautilus, did a casting call in February for extras and recently notified  residents along Old Victoria Road that filming is about to begin. Joan Miller,  the North Island film commissioner, says Vancouver Island will make up the first  shots for the new take on the legendary radioactive monster, which is set to hit  theatres next year. Crews will stay in Nanaimo hotels for three days while they  shoot the scenes downtown and Ladysmith area before they move onto Shawnigan  Lake.
Read more at http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=101682#k90Ipq4HfhlsW6li.99

 

More info…

Hot off the presses

BURBANK, CA, March 18, 2013 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today the final principal cast for the upcoming tent pole “Godzilla.”  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche are starring in the film, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

 

The companies also announced that principal photogr…aphy began today on location in Vancouver.

Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.  Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers.  Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

 

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, “Godzilla” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.  Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

 

Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.

 

Jurassic Park IV has found its Director!!

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/61465

Aint it Cool News is reporting that independent film director Colin Trevorrow will be directing Jurassic Park IV which is due in theaters June 14 2014. Like Gareth Edwards, who is directing Godzilla (which started filming TODAY), these independent directors can be very good at character development and getting emotions out of their actors. Although he is an unknown Spielberg seems to have faith in him so I wish him well and look forward to the next instalment of the franchise!

New Posters for Superman and Star Trek!

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Star Trek Into Darkness

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Man of Steel.

These are two of the three movies I am looking forward to next year (the thrid one being Pacific Rim)!

I like both posters. The first poster reminds me of the teaser for The Dark Knight Rises. We will have new trailers for both of these movies in a matter of days!

 

 

 

 

New Man of Steel Trailer coming soon!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=97270

 

 Zack Snyder confirms there will be a new trailer for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, attached to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey due in theaters December 2012. 

Oh, and a trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will be coming next month along with the previously reported first 9 minutes of the film in IMAX theaters. 

Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars in Kick-Ass 2

A photo of Jim Carry as Colonel Stars in the Kick-Ass sequel has surfaced. I think casting Jim as the Colonel is brilliant!  He looks good!