Day: March 25, 2016

Russo brothers talk how an Iron Man recasting could happen

In a recent interview with Forbes, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and both parts of Avengers: Infinity War (2018, 2019) Anthony and Joe Russo talked about Captain America: Civil War, which releases in about a month and a half, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Phase 3 goes forward. Journalist Simon Thompson asked them as to what they thought of recasting Iron Man, who has been played since 2008 by Robert Downey Junior, and is expected to do so all the way to 2019.

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Both directors were reticent, saying ‘It’s almost impossible to replace Robert, he’s the biggest movie star in the world’. They did suggest however that when Downey was finally done with the character, we might see Iron Man disappear for a while, so as to provide a generational gap that would hopefully alleviate any potential successors from the shadow of Downey’s portrayal. They also pointed out that ‘There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly’, which is very true. With the new heroes that have been introduced, and will be introduced going forward into Phase 3 – Ant-Man, Wasp, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) – there’s more than enough substance there to carry the MCU for several years.

Do you think that when RDJ is well and truly done with Iron Man, the role should be abandoned – after all, it IS a very, very tough act to follow – or should Marvel follow the Russos’ suggestion?

In the meantime, we’ll see RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man very soon when Captain America: Civil War enters theatres.

Source: Forbes

 

Lego Batman Teaser Trailer

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the debut of an all-new live-action Batman played by Ben Affleck, there’s another Batman in town, and he’s been here since 2014…the LEGO Batman. First appearing in The LEGO Movie (2014), Will Arnett’s LEGO Batman proved to be so popular that Warner Bros. greenlit a sequel, as well as spin-offs: The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and The Billion Brick Race.

A trailer has just dropped for The LEGO Batman Movie, and suffice to say, interest piqued. The official synopsis reads:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, confirmed a while back that the film’s premise is based on the question ‘Can Batman be happy?’. Grouchy, self-concerned, not to mention hilarious, Arnett’s satirical take on Batman seems set to continue, with him hilariously clueless re: his own loneliness. At least, until Robin and Batgirl enter his life. With Batman being largely defined by his darkness, and singular dedication to his crusade – to the exclusion of everything else – it’ll be interesting to see how the filmmakers answer that question.

The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as Batman (Bruce Wayne), Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker and Mariah Carey as Mayor of Gotham City. The LEGO Batman Movie releases February 10th 2017.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures