Constantine: City Of Demons – Trailer

I’ve never thought that Matt Ryan’s portrayal of John Constantine was a particularly good one, though I don’t blame him more than the casting. For a start, Constantine is the comics is physically lanky and more roguish than Ryan played him.

Ryan says all the right things, but never quite does so convincingly.

Then there’s his voice, which if you haven’t seen his former series or DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, sounds rougher-edged and ‘lower class’–whether one wants to accept it or not, there are variations on a British accent, most of which stem from where in the United Kingdom you grew up as well as whether or not you were rich or poor–than perhaps it should be.

Though perhaps most importantly, Constantine should be extremely world-weary. He’s seen and knows things that would send the average person gibbering in terror, yet he carries the burden despite the costs to himself and potentially the people he cares for.

As I implied, I never felt the desperation (and the barely concealed desire for normalcy) from Matt Ryan’s characterization.

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I (Might) Have A Problem With Vertigo

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Comics is relaunching their Vertigo imprint, though I wonder why it stopped in the first place.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was never a huge DC fan–I started on them, but migrated to Marvel Comics–but Vertigo always held a special place in my heart because they were doing all sorts of stuff you’d more likely find from a small boutique publisher–like Calibre though there are many others–than one of the ‘Big Two.’

Stuff (in no particular order) like Hellblazer, Shade: The Changing Man, Animal Man, Lucifer, Sandman, Sandman Mystery Theatre, to name a few.

Vertigo stories covered all sorts of topics, though a trait they more often than not shared was a paucity of spandex-clad heroics, and an emphasis on thought provoking, mind-bending fare.

So you’d think that I’d be overjoyed at the relaunch of such a prestigious label. And I was, till I read this:

‘The series will tackle subject matter including white supremacy and sex workers struggling to survive in a repressed future dystopia.’

My problem is that Vertigo dealt with ‘mature’ issues like sexuality and racism all the time, though they weren’t the point of the imprint.

Instead what they did was tell interesting, adult stories first, which isn’t to say that the new Vertigo won’t do that, but when you seemingly wear your agenda on your sleeve–unnecessarily in my opinion–it makes me wonder if that will come before story, which the original Vertigo was renown for.

Sausage Party – Red Band Trailer

When a movie comes from Seth Rogen you typically don’t expect it to be terribly  sophisticated–though considering that he, along with producing partner Evan Goldberg, have developed a series based on Vertigo’s Preacher (which is getting rave reviews) it’s not any longer a terribly accurate interpretation–and if that movie were called ‘Sausage Party’ you probably would expect it to hew closely to the Urban Dictionary definition of the phrase.

At least I did, though looking  at the trailer it actually seems pretty clever, almost Toy Story-esque, which is especially apt because in that movie the toys lived lives of their own when humans weren’t looking, and here it’s the case for food.

Which when you think about it, does as well, though that’s before we process the hell out of it.

Vaguely similar to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, with the food being the Eloi, and we the Morlocks, our produce thinks that it’s going to a good place, one beyond their wildest dreams.  In sense this is true, though not at all like anything that they imagined.

As I said, it’s actually pretty clever though the situation is bizarre enough on the face of it that the cursing–which I imagine earned it the ‘Red Band’ designation–sort of ruins it, making what looks like what could have possibly been a classic into something amusing, but a bit tawdry.

 

 

 

 

 

X-Men: Apocalypse – Trailer 1

Screenshot 2015-12-10 22.51.01I have just watched the latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, and it’s…okay.

It teases Apocalypse, his Four Horsemen, his origins and so forth but there’s a problem:  As far as superhero movies go, we’re in a time of wonders.

From the Avengers to Superman, some of the greatest in comics have, or will soon, pop up on either television or movies.

So this trailer had to up the ante somehow, to ensure that it’s sticks out from the pack–something the X-Men films never had to contend with.

Captain America: Civil War did it by the introduction of characters that fans haven’t seen before (The Black Panther) in a scenario from a renown storyline.

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice did it by showing two iconic characters in combat (credit it loses by seemingly giving away the entire movie).

X-Men: Apocalypse had to ‘Wow’ us to get noticed in such a crowded space, and it’s first trailer didn’t quite do it this time around.

‘Constantine’ Trailer

NBC, as part of their upcoming new season, is launching a series based upon DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer.   And unlike the last movie based on the character, this time around he’s actually British!  And blond!

I don’t know quite what’s going on, but I have grown accustomed to television executives doing their best to ignore, not acknowledge, the books their series or movies are based upon, so it’s a nice change of pace.

Matt Ryan, who plays John Constantine, sounds a bit Cockney to my ears, while in my head I always imagined the character a bit smoother, more cooler and a little less working class Brit.

That being said, I’m picking nits because, on the face of it at any rate, this is at least trying to be an accurate interpretation.  It’s also directed by Neil Marshall (Dog SoldiersThe Descent, Doomsday,  Centurion, Black Sails) so at least he has his genre bonafides intact.

 

 

Shots Of Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch From ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Image courtes of Moviefone

Quicksilver (image courtesy of Moviefone)

I am not terribly easy to please when it comes to real-world interpretations of superheroes that I have followed since I was a kid.  Then again, I also Quicksilver (image courtesy of Beyondhollywood.com)understand that costume designers have quite a balancing act to maintain.

Sometimes, they cannot be too literal, because it would mean spandex, and virtually no one looks good in spandex.

So some degree of creative license has to be taken.

Then again, fans also don’t want their heroes to look drastically different than what they remember.

So, on one hand you have the recent interpretations of the Flash and Quicksilver (from “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), neither of which I found particularly inspired.

So I placed my hopes in Marvel Studios, and their interpretation of the character from the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Seeing some of the pictures that have come in, now I am not so sure.  The actual photos will definitely look different, when lit properly, but I am not too crazy about it so far.

Scarlet Witch (image courtesy of

Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, fares better.  She doesn’t look anything like the comic character, though there’s no way that it would translate to the screen.

The Scarlet Witch (courtesy of Moviefone)

The Scarlet Witch (courtesy of Moviefone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘John Constantine’ Looks Awesome!

Pictures courtesy  of "Slates  for Sarah"

Pictures courtesy of “Slates for Sarah”

Here’s a photo from “Slates From Sarah” Facebook page, where she has a picture of John Constantine from NBC’s upcoming series “Constantine,” based upon the DC Comics character.  I think it goes without saying that he has the look right (it’s so good that it almost looks like a parody of the character) though only time will tell if the other stuff, important stuff, like the storylines, are up to snuff.

Though with Neil Marshall directing, the odds are good that it will be the real deal.

And if I have to tell you which person in the picture is ‘John Constantine,’ then either you define the character by Keanu Reeves’ performance in “Constantine”–not the best possible portrayal–or you don’t know who the character is.