Friday, August 30, 2013

Casting: Bradley Cooper Cast as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel is stepping it up with the casting this week! First James Spader and now the much hyped Rocket Raccoon cast is finally finished. Pretty boy Bradley Cooper has been chosen to take on the very humorous Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the choice and he was on my top 6 list (where at on it? that doesn't matter).

Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters on August 1, 2014. Less than a year! 

Do you think he could pull it off? Who would you chose?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

James Spader Cast as Ultron in Avengers 2!

Marvel wanted to break into the comic news area again after being shadowed by Ben Affleck thing. They decided it was a great time to announce who exactly will be playing the big baddie in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That person is James Spader!

James Spader is best known for being Alan Shore on Boston Legal and The Practice. Couldn't tell you anything about those shows because I'm not realllly sure that I have the right shows in my head. Boston Legal or The West Wing hmmm…never mind..political shows aren't my thing. Although, We geeks know him best as Dr. Dan Jackson from Stargate! Ya!

Ultron is going to be a big villain for the team of returning members and new members of The Avengers. It is a little fuzzy on how Ultron is going to be made without Dr. Hank Pym creating him, since, he won't really get introduced until Phase 3. Only time will tell..

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1, 2015

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

6 Reasons Ben Affleck Can Rock Batman

Ok I know I missed like the biggest news of geek world since they announced the movie itself at Comic-Con, but lets get it out of the way shall we. Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel titled Batman vs. Superman. That sentence is usually a joke thrown around but it is quite real and happening. I for one (of not many actually) think it could work! Here are my reasons why Ben Affleck can rock being Batman.

We Were Wrong In the Past 

This will be just about everyone's main point of defense for the casting choice. It is also one of the best in almost any case. When Michael Keaton was cast as the Dark Knight himself as well, we freaked out because we couldn't fathom Mr. Mom being Bruce Wayne, let alone, a dark figure like Batman. It turned out amazing and he is still one of the best guys to wear the cowl. He wasn't the only one either. Quite possibly the best villain of all-time, the Joker,  got a aussie romance movie guy cast as him. That turned out to be one of the best casting decisions in recent memory, if not history. He got an academy award for it even! 

It's Not the Same Ben From 10 Years Ago

Ben Affleck's career is something of dreams. Both nightmares and the sweetest of sweet dreams. He sprouted up in the 90s with some low-budget comedies and hit big around Armageddon and took off from there. His acting abilities didn't really show up great until Changing Lanes. He started showing some abilities. He took a dive with Gigli and Surviving Christmas. Lets not bring those up. He struck gold in 2006 with Hollywoodland (as Superman ironically) and hit after hit from then on! Also an academy award! (I know I keep bringing that up like it means something). 

He Has Been Here Before 

Ben Affleck is no stranger to wearing a skin-tight suit and mask. Growing up a huge Daredevil fan, he just had to take the role on. Don't get me wrong, Daredevil wasn't a great movie by any means, but it wasn't as bad as people seem to remember it. The film was full of missteps but mostly accredited to the director rather than Affleck. He was a great Matt Murdock but ehh Daredevil. That for Batman's sake, is a good thing because he knows what works and doesn't for him. He's been around the block.

He Will Bring More to Table Than Just Looks 

This guy is extremely multitalented. He wrote one of my all-time favorite 90s movies (Good Will Hunting) and directed and starred in another two great films (The Town, Argo). He has pushed himself to be better at everything involving a movie. Writer/Director/Actor is a big thing to grasp and he's seemed to master it. So having an academy award winning writer/director starring in a film, you are bound to hopefully get some feedback if you're Zack Snyder. That is like having 2 directors on set.

He Looks the Part Perfectly

Ben Affleck was chosen for more than his A-list name. He looks the part of a seasoned Bruce Wayne billionaire playboy and could pull off the The Dark Knight body-type and look. That jawline was made for a superhero mask. He is working out 2 hours a day for the part . So no doubt he will have the current Batman body-type that is popular in comics. I can see the Bruce Wayne part being fantastic but the Batman part is going to be a little hard to picture until I see some footage. He should have learned by now what made his Daredevil not that great.

Ben Affleck has caused quite a stir and revolt from Batfans over the weekend. I have to keep a more open mind about things because you can't just a character based on previous work. He isn't Uwe Boll! (fellow Boll haters know what i'm talking about.) I do think there could have been possibly better choices but there could be so many worse choices as well.

What is your thoughts? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Garth Ennis In "Early Stages" Of A Brand New 'Punisher' Mini-Series!

The Punisher is what got me into comics in the first place. The 2004 film with Thomas Jane drew me down to the local comic shop to get some issues. Fortunately Garth Ennis was doing the Punisher MAX series that was sooo amazing at the time, I literally have every issue. Great violent gritty real world series. Especially for a 13 year old right!? My parents were very protective of me. They were strict enough to let me go to sleep every night when I was 5 watching The Terminator 2. I know very protective but hey what can you do?

In a recent interview with comiXologist podcast, he stated "I will be starting work on another 'Punisher' miniseries quite soon, that'll probably come out sometime next year," Ennis said on the podcast. "That's at the very early stages."

I love that news so much! My favorite Punisher writer coming back to visit a character he added so much to and has been away from so much. 

Are you excited as I am? I know you are! 

Mark Millar Says X-Men and Fantastic Four will Share Same Universe

Shared Universes have been on the rise with superhero films. Marvel got it right and now DC wants in with Batman Vs. Superman. Well another wants into the trend. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to Marvel properties including The Fantastic Four and X-Men. 20th Century's Marvel Consultant Mark Millar seems to think a crossover will happen very soon.

In a recent interview with SFX, he stated when asked if they will be crossing over at any point

“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”

Now honestly do they need to crossover? Not for sometime in they to be at all. X-Men has a vast cast of characters already and it grows with each film. Where does The Thing fit in? I guess I should leave that up to Mark Millar. He's good with those kinds of things. 

Still very exciting to maybe one day see two great teams cross paths. Lets still hope for a big meeting between all of them and Marvel properties. 

Bad Robot Releases Mystery Trailer Titled 'Stranger'

J.J. Abrams really knows how to be a secret kind of guy and it really gets the internet going on trying to figure it out. It started years ago and really took off with Cloverfield. I watched that damn trailer like 50 million times and only watched the movie like 3 1/2 times maybe? I don't know maybe 2/3. I was tired ok! He really has done it this time.

Randomly a new trailer was released for a secret project and it is elegant and beautiful in every way. The soothing voice of a scottish…english?…Well that area person and the great cinematography. Check it out below and tell us what you think it could be?

Is it original piece or adaptation of something? Lets go internet!

The Mystery Trailer is after the Jump!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TNT Releases First Trailer for Frank Darabont's MOB CITY

TNT finally released a trailer for Mob City (previously LA Noir) and I must say it looks amazing!

Showrunner Frank Darabont decided this was a great series to back after leaving The Walking Dead and taking a few stars along with him. By the looks of the trailer this was a great casting choice in Jon Bernthal as the main character.

Check out this very stylized trailer along with a cool look at Simon Pegg doing an american accent pretty darn good! I know I'm surprised too don't worry.

The full synopsis is after the jump! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

BBC To Unveil New Doctor Who Live Sunday August 04, 2013!

This is pretty big news if your into the whole Doctor Who thing. They will unveil the new Doctor this sunday live on BBC! Ya pretty crazy I know. The rumors have been going crazy over the last couple of months on who will be taking over the mantle. They have been out here as being a woman, black, or american (?!) that would be pretty trippy.

BBC released an article and trailer promoting this Sunday as the day to tune into the network to join fans and cast members in celebration leading up to a live audience unveil of the new guy. Pretty big event in UK!

Steven Moffat says: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

Current Doctor, Matt Smith, stated “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realize all the elements of the show and deliver ‘Doctor Who’ to the audience, many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.”

Tune in this Sunday on BBC at 7pm London time to see who it is! Don't think I forgot about the rest of us on the other side of the pond. Americans can tune into BBC America at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST to see it live. I know its a bit early in the pacific guys but come on its Doctor Who!

Check out short teaser trailer after Jump!