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

 

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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

4 Things We Learned about Telltale’s Batman 2016 Game

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In December 2015, following the conclusion of the critically (and financially) successful Batman: Arkham game franchise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Telltale Games announced that a new Batman game was in development, slated for release in 2016. An episodic game, then all that was known was that it chronicles the rise of Batman in Gotham City.

Today at the SXSW festival, Telltale Games announced for the first time some of the finer details behind their game.

  • Unlike the other games, such as the Batman: Arkham franchise, situations in the game may be dealt with as either Bruce Wayne or Batman, with the decisions made by either persona affecting the course of Gotham’s history. As always with Telltale Games’ products, the players’ choices dictate how the game world is developed and shaped. For example, one could encounter a character like the Edward Nygma, and depending on one’s decisions, set him on the path to villainy, or not.
  • The developers teased that the game would allow one to not only play as both personas, but also that it was in fact possible to play as Bruce Wayne for a majority of the game without ever having to don the cowl, in order to allow for a greater exploration of Batman’s oft-neglected civilian identity, similar to The Dark Knight trilogy.
  • No specific characters were announced to be the antagonist of the game, though it was confirmed that there would be more than one.
  • It was also confirmed that while the focus would, naturally, be on Bruce Wayne/Batman, other staples of the Batman mythos such as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth would appear in some capacity.

Whilst no release date has been confirmed, the Batman Telltale Games series is slated for a (northern hemisphere) summer release, so we’ll see how it plays out then. In the meantime, our next dose of Batman will come with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hitting cinemas in less than a week from now.

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Analysis

This year is a rather busy one for comic book fans, with Warner Bros Pictures, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox all releasing two superhero films this year. On the DC side of things, WB releases its tentpole film which is intended to jumpstart the rest of the DC Extended Universe in a week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, following up with Suicide Squad in August. On the Marvel side of things, Marvel Studios is releasing mega-crossover film Captain America: Civil War in about a month and a half, and following up with Doctor Strange, an origin story starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the man who will become Sorcerer Supreme, who defends the world from Cthulhu level beings.

With all the focus on Batman v Superman and Civil War – in large part due to the clash between such iconic superheroes in both films – it’s easy to forget that X-Men: Apocalypse will be releasing in cinemas in just a few months. Thankfully they just dropped a trailer and it’s certainly intriguing.

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A growing problem with the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, in monetary terms at least, the biggest movie franchise ever, grossing about nine billion dollars over 12 films. Incredibly successful, it has also seen a massive expansion onto the small screen over the past three years, producing Agent Carter and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with ABC, as well as making a deal with Netflix to produce 4 TV shows – DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage and Iron Fist, as well as a Defenders miniseries. In total, Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, says that there are currently nine or ten shows in various stages of development.

With its unprecedented scale, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been praised by many for its ability to weave in aspects of other films and TV shows, whilst still being able to tell a standalone tale. Mostly, this connection is film-to-film, or film-to-TV, and very rarely, TV-to-film. With the serialised format of the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, it’s strange that the show hasn’t had much of an impact on the movies. Indeed, in its first season, Agents had most of its episodes dragging on, awaiting the aftermath of the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by terrorist organisation HYDRA years before.

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Daisy Ridley to play Lara Croft (Rumour)

Deadline reports that Daisy Ridley, breakout star of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is being eyed to star as Lara Croft, ace archaeologist, for the Tomb Raider movie, which will take inspiration from the eponymous 2013 reboot game. Based on the very popular and recently revitalised Tomb Raider video game franchise, it will follow the adventures of English archaeologist and all-round badass Lara Croft through adventures heavily derived from Indiana Jones.

The highly coveted action role was previously played by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s, but unfortunately it suffered from the video game to live action curse and was negatively received. The game side of the franchise would stagnate over the years until 2013, when it was rejuvenated with an all-new Tomb Raider game that rebooted continuity, with a gritty take on Lara Croft’s origin story. With spectacular visuals, characterisation and plot, it brought Lara Croft back to the forefront of video gaming. Its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider followed in 2015 and in the words of Lucy O’Brien from IGN, “takes its predecessor’s winning formula and improves on it in every way”.

Conversations are reportedly still in the early stages however and no official negotiations or offers have been made as of yet, according to Deadline. Given Ridley’s Star Wars schedule, it’s uncertain whether she will be able to do both franchises at the same time. After seeing her performance in The Force Awakens though, I for one would definitely go to the cinemas to see her as Lara Croft in action. How do you think she would perform in the role of Lara Croft?

Daisy Ridley is currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII, slated for release December 2017.

Source: Deadline

An Analysis of Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2

Recap and analysis, Part One

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Marvel Studios’ long awaited Phase 3 is about to begin in a little over a month and a half, with *drumrolls* Captain America: Civil War! The sequel to The Winter Soldier and the third instalment in the Captain America franchise, the directorial team of Anthony and Joe Russo return,along with the screenwriting team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. A trailer just dropped a little over a day ago and so we’ve decided to to analyse and speculate on the new material we’ve been given – and there’s a fair amount of it.

A refresher of Civil War: It’s been one year since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and another international incident involving the Avengers resulting in collateral damage occurs. Politicians lobby for a set of accords to bind and regulate the Avengers’ activities and to install a system of accountability. But when his best friend, is framed for the incident and caught in the crossfire, Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America takes up his shield against the surprising supporter of the legislation, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Avengers new and old fracture into two factions – one led by Rogers, who after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is done with governmental oversight, and one by Stark, who, motivated by guilt from the fallout of Age of Ultron, supports the act. And, predictably, the world is threatened by a new enemy.

In this trailer not only do we get some glorious shots of the two factions, but we also get to see some of the two most anticipated new characters of the MCU in action, and they are amazing! That’s right, Black Panther and our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man have entered the building.

Spider-Man’s levity will definite be needed in this film, because judging from the trailer, the Russo brother do NOT hold back. Now, shall we begin?

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Will Mercy Graves have a cybernetic arm in Batman v Superman?

A few days ago, Huffington Post Live asked on Twitter for fans to send in questions. Well, one of our contributors was invited to send in a couple of questions via email. Interestingly, one of them was rejected…specifically, one about whether or not Tao Okamoto’s character, Mercy Graves, would be sporting a cybernetic arm. Fans of the hit animated TV series Young Justice will know that in that series, Mercy Graves actually was a cyborg, equipped with a weaponised cybernetic arm to assist her in her duties as bodyguard to Lex Luthor.

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As shown in the video below, it can be quite the destructive weapon – which is to be expected considering that Lex Luthor undoubtedly tinkered with it.

Of course, there are some arguments against this – Batman v Superman is already introducing a cyborg, in the form of…well, Cyborg, pictured below. Introducing another part-mechanical character might detract from the magic of seeing Cyborg suited up on screen, so it’s doubtful that Warner Bros would allow for Graves to also be equipped with mechanical parts.

Of course, the fact that the question was rejected isn’t strange – after all, a detail like that is definitely something that they’d like to keep under wraps – but this does raise the possibility that Tao Okamoto’s Mercy Graves might indeed have a few little tricks up her sleeve to protect her employer. At this point, all we can do is wait and see.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases into cinemas March 25th.