Steven DeKnight On ‘Daredevil’

I found this interview with Steven DeKnight, the showrunner for Netfilix’s upcoming series based on Marvel’s Daredevil, on Superherohype.  He actually give very little away, but does say that the series takes place in the 1970′s and that Vincent D’Onofrio is a really scary Kingpin.

He also mentions that things are going really well, though I suspect that he could be making the next Heaven’s Gate, and he would probably say the same thing.

The Last ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer…

There may be more Guardians of the Galaxy trailers coming, but seeing that the movie is coming out in a bit less than two weeks, this is the last one (unless a new one has something more interesting to reveal) that I intend to post.  The reason being, as far as I am concerned they’re just preaching to the converted.

This trailer revolves around the coming together Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket & Groot, the beings that will come to be known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They meet in the intergalactic prison known as the Kyln (an awesome name, by the way), though if the trailer is at all accurate, they won’t be there long.

The movie looks awesome and early reviews are positively glowing, so unless all of the sudden everything goes off the rails, I am expecting it to be pretty awesome.

I Know That Rocket Isn’t Hispanic, But…

In the TV Spot No. 17, from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you see a bit more of Groot and his relationship to Rocket.  Though what interested me most about the trailer is the way Rocket speaks.  He says: “Yes, you did, I just saw you do-ing it.  Why you ly-ing.”

And he sounds awfully ethnic, in fact, Hispanic.  Since Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper it’s seems unlikely that’s the feel he was going for; but don’t take my word for it, listen around the 0:04 mark.

It’s an odd bit of voice work.

Four Reasons Why ‘Green Lantern’ Is DC Comics Most Successful Superhero Movie

Wha!?  “You have no idea what you’re talking about,” you’re probably saying to yourself.  The Dark Knight Rises earned over a billion dollars!  Man of Steel took in almost $669 million!  What do you mean Green Lantern, which earned almost $220 million on a $200 million budget”

Ok, if you’re thinking short-term, then The Dark Knight and Man of Steel were significantly more successful that Green Lantern, but long term…

  • The Christopher Nolan Batman Films Were Never Intended To Be A Template For An Entire Cinematic Universe

How do I know that?  Have I been hanging out with Nolan, discussing what he would or wouldn’t have done with Batman?  No, but what I do know is that the universe that Nolan created with his Batman was a self-contained one, with virtually no connections between it to the greater DC Comics universe.  I believe that that’s the case because Nolan treated the character in a semi-realistic fashion, which the polar opposite to any other DC movie characters (and I include Arrow, who’s depiction was very much based upon that Batman’s).

In other words, Batman, as defined by Nolan began with Batman Begins, and ended with The Dark Knight Rises.

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‘Big Hero 6′ Trailer

This looks awesome.  The Pixar-infusion to Disney Animation has apparently done wonders because this looks incredible.  Now combined with some goodness from the Marvel side of the family, there’s virtually no way that Big Hero 6 can’t be a hit.

No Crossovers: Why 20th Century Fox & Sony Need To Go It Alone

I understand why some fans of characters like the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Spider-Man and The Avengers want to see all their favorite heroes on the screen at the same time.  Imagine the Avengers..avenging, when Spider-Man swings by or the X-Men encountering Iron man or Captain America?  It’s not impossible, though it is very unlikely because Iron Man and Captain America are owned by Marvel Studios, while Spider-Man is licensed to Sony/Columbia and the X-Men, which includes Wolverine, are licensed to 20th Century Fox.

As I said, I get it, though unlike some what I also understand is that there are even more reasons why it shouldn’t (any time soon, at any rate).

Let’s look at this on a studio-by-studio basis.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ UK Trailer

Now this trailer I like!  Unlike the ones that have been produced for domestic consumption, this has a narrative cohesion that they lack.  In fact, amidst all the chaos, it almost has a Spielbergian feel at times (particularly with the little boy who’s being taken by aliens).

This is the trailer that should have been released second domestically because it puts everything in a context that viewers unfamiliar with the characters (which is pretty much everyone) would better understand.

Plus, there’s more Rocket, which is always a good thing.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Extended TV Spot

This new trailer for James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy popped up on the Interwebs yesterday, and it significantly expands the scale of the universe–literally and figuratively–that the Guardians call their sandbox.  It seems a conventional summer blockbuster in many ways.

And in other ways, not so much.  Something important about is is that–if Marvel Studios current roster is based on B-list characters, then what are the Guardians Of The Galaxy?  So they’re an unknown quantity, combined with the fact that they’re surrounded by a rather odd-looking movie, and you get…

I have no idea, though combine that with two trailers that have either mistakes or some odd creative choices and things get really interesting.

I have no idea what's going on here!

I have no idea what’s going on here!

And these errors (if that’s what they are) have been shared by both trailers released for the movie, which is why I wonder if they’re mistakes at all.

Let’s start at the beginning with the first trailer.

Notice the sphere (which is probably one of the Infinity Stones) and its position, floating above a circular platform.

 

Chris Pratt

 

The next scene has Star Lord (Chris Pratt) staring intently it.

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And the third scene has him picking it up.

Chris Pratt's hand

 

My question is:  How did the sphere go from hovering almost a foot above the platform, to resting on it?  I can mentally fill in the blanks (maybe the sphere was contained in some sort of stasis field, and when Star Lord reached for it, it collapsed, causing the Infinity Stone to fall) though that’s me guessing what had happened, as opposed to actually seeing what happened.

Which leads me to two conclusions:  The first is that the person whomever cut the trailer (for some reason) didn’t want to include the footage.  It’s possible that the sphere falling has some relevance that needs to be kept out of trailers.  I don’t believe it, but it’s possible.

The second is that maybe someone forgot to include it, which is also possible, though less so.

In the most recent trailer, at around the 0:14 mark, (when you see Rocket piloting a ship through what appears to be an explosion) there’s a note of music that sounds like Hooked On A Feeling when the song itself isn’t actually in the trailer.

Neither error–if that’s what they are–is earth-shatteringly wrong, though they are odd.

Which reminds me.  Guardians Of The Galaxy is arguably the riskiest film so far from Marvel Studios.  It goes without saying that I intend to see it, but if it comes off too weird, will anyone else?

Typically, when you’re dealing with an expensive feature, they’re usually based upon known quantities, like Star Trek, or Godzilla.  The point being, you have a built-in audience for what you’re selling.

And while being a known quantity doesn’t guarantee box office success, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

That being said, the record of Marvel Studios has been nothing short of remarkable, so I wouldn’t bet against them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Gunn Is Awesome

Guardians/Star WarsJames Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, posted this picture by Poster Posse on his Twitter feed today, and it brings back all sorts of memories.

If Guardians touches on the feelings that Star Wars evoked, even a little bit, it’s going to be awesome.

Scott Derrickson is Directing Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange (new costume) According to Variety, Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios!  This is an awesome choice because, judging by some of the films that he has directed, like Sinister, Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to name a few, show that he has a grasp of the strange and unusual.

A quality that’s a must for a character like Doctor Strange.

Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that the only type of humor that I have seen in his movies is primarily of the gallows type, so it will (probably) be tonally different than anything else from from Marvel so far.

It could also potentially be a way to introduce characters like Blade and Ghost Rider to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.