Deadpool 2 – Red Band Trailer #1


Deadpool 2

The trailer for Deadpool 2 dropped yesterday, so here’s the Red band version (because unlike Deadpool, we’re all adults).

And speaking of Mr. Pool, the first movie was not nearly as risqué, innovative or clever as it liked to think it was though it was an interesting–and at the time–novel interpretation of a superhero.

The only problem is that it has to up its game because while Deadpool’s potty mouth was interesting the first time around, it won’t be quite as much the second.


Nightflyers (Syfy) First Look – Trailer

If I can be honest for a moment: While the idea of a channel dedicated to science fiction is a great idea, SyFy is shockingly lame.

For a start, what does ‘SyFy’ even mean (other than a uber-pretentious and dumb way of spelling ‘SciFi.’ that is)?

But let’s for a moment look beyond the general suckiness of SyFy and instead consider an upcoming series on the network, Nightflyers, based on a novella by George R.R. Martin.

It spawned a movie in 1987–I was on a serious George R.R. Martin kick and was devouring all of his work I could find after reading the excellent Fevre Dream so I made sure to see the movie, which wasn’t terribly memorable.

But let’s move on to the present and look at the trailer for the new version, where someone connected to the production says: “Nightflyers” is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

Sure, if you haven’t seen The Black Hole.  Or Event Horizon.  Or Galaxy of Terror.  Or Supernova.  Or numerous other movies that revolve around space being full of horrors..

Though the most problematic thing about the series is that it’s coming from Syfy–a network that somehow manages to keep renewing the barely watchable ZNation–when they’re not regaling us with Sharknado movies–while cancelling the excellent Dark Matter (I will likely be forever bitter about that one)..

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Trailer #1

Having speculated yesterday on what Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger needed to succeed-a healthy budget and good FX (solid acting and characters easy to relate to should go without saying)–and having just watched the trailer I think they got Dagger right.

Her light knives looked a bit too ‘solid’ for me initially, but on repeat viewing they seem okay.

Though Cloak is a much more problematic.  At least as depicted in the trailer, he comes off more like Nightcrawler than he does Cloak.

It’s early days yet though I really want to see Cloak actually wearing a–I don’t know–a damn cloak.


Here’s how they looks in the comic.

Dagger’s costume looks good, though on a real woman it would look not only silly, but borderline pornographic. 

Cloak’s costume is…well…as I mentioned before, a cloak that works in a literal as well as a metaphorical sense. 

Which is why he REALLY needs to wear one. 

What Cloak & Dagger Needs (To Do) To Succeed

Marvel Television, unlike their stablemates at Marvel Studios are very hit and miss as far as translating their characters goes.

So far–when they’ve dealt with ‘street-level’ characters like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, they’ve been relatively successful.

The problems arise when they try to tackle characters that exist is a more fantastical context than the streets of Hell’s Kitchen  (it’s worth mentioning that, budget-wise, Marvel’s Agents  of S.H.I.E.L.D. is likeliest the most expensive Marvel Television production thus far) where all roads lead to Inhumans, quite possibly their worst received production yet (including Iron Fist) which seemingly required more in the way of a budget than Marvel Television was willing to spend.

Which leads to Freeform’s upcoming series based on Cloak & Dagger.  They’re also street-level characters (the story is essentially Romeo and Juliet with superpowers) so they’re not far from what Marvel Television typically tackles.

The (potential) problems do with the depiction of their powers–with Cloak being much more problematic–in that on top of an ability to transport himself and Dagger he’s literally a walking doorway to another dimension.

And if that potentially weren’t enough of a hurdle, there’s a creature within that dimension that feeds of the ‘light’–which should be equated to ‘life’–of other living beings.

Now there’s no way of knowing if the series will stick closely to canon, but for it to not do so would be a wasted opportunity–the creature within Cloak could be treated as the physical manifestation of his own addiction, making his efforts to deny it the sustenance it needs all more poignant.

But that’s also not the cheapest way to approach the subject matter, which is where the concern comes in.

The greatest single expense of Cloak & Dagger is likely the depiction of his powers, and if Marvel Television tries to do it on the cheap the series will suffer for it.


Cloak & Dagger premieres on Freeform June 7.

Avengers: Infinity War – Final Trailer

“Let’s talk about this plan of yours.” says Star-Lord, while Peter Parker looks on bemused, while Drax looks just grim. “I think it’s good, except it sucks. Let me do the plan, that way it might be really good.”

“Wow.” Tony Stark relies, perfectly capturing how much of an ass he thinks Quill is in a single exclamation.

If I weren’t already sold on Avengers: Infinity War that exchange between Star-Lord and Iron Man sealed the deal because in that one moment you get more character development than the entirety of virtually anything from the DCEU (plus it showed what happens when you have two massive egos occupying the same space at the same space at the same time).

And can Doctor Strange catch a break?  Dormammu literally spent an eternity–or what felt like one–killing him in his own movie, only to have one of Thanos’ children try a similar trick.

Avengers: Infinity War – Trailer #2 Teaser

I don’t know who these ‘Avengers’ are, though it’s about time John Steed and Emma Peel got a movie they can call their own.

All kidding aside–though it would really be awesome if they did get another try at a feature–I find it always interesting when we get a teaser for a trailer (which is a huge indicator of how hot the buzz is for Avengers: Infinity War) when the trailer under normal circumstances IS the teaser (for the movie).

Is ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ In Trouble?

Screenshot 2018-03-14 14.54.50I asked this question a few months ago in reference to Ready Player One and I think it’s worth considering for Pacific Rim: Uprising as well because–while premiering domestically March 23rd means it will avoid the box office tsunami known as Black Panther–you have to wonder how much interest there is in the project.

Keep in mind the original movie’s only saving grace–in terms of box office receipts–was its performance in China since it underwhelmed domestically.

For reasons I don’t claim to understand there doesn’t seem to be much demand for the moment for giant robot movies (a reality that has caught up with the Transformers movies as well seeing that Transformers: The Last Knight failed to set the domestic box office on fire as well).

Steven DeKnight is a capable director though but I don’t know what he brings to the project that a brilliant director like Guillermo Del Toro couldn’t, which is problematic.

Though to be fair, the original Pacific Rim was a passion project for Del Toro; perhaps DeKnight’s distance from the project may help DeKnight bring something to the project that Del Toro could not.

Or maybe, while I don’t believe that superhero fatigue is a real thing, perhaps giant robot fatigue is.

We’ll all find out later this month.