What Spectre Shows About Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Batman v. Superman 1While the budget for Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, hasn’t been released yet, it’s rumored to be expensive.

And by ‘expensive,’ I mean somewhere in the ballpark of $410 million.  The source of that figure, Latino Review, isn’t always known for the accuracy of their predictions, though if it happens to be true and the movie pulls in, let’s say, $1.4 billion it will be an underwhelming enough performance to be considered a flop.

And that’s a problem.  Keep in mind that some idiot said that Avengers: Age Of Ultron was a flop despite earning over $1.4 billion–it wasn’t, especially when it cost only $250 million to produce; though maybe the person who made the claim based it on what it was expected to earn, as opposed to what it actually did–but the thing is, if Batman v. Superman earns that amount I expect the world ‘flop’ will be thrown around quite a bit.

And while that’s not necessarily accurate, it’s close enough to the truth that it should cause studio heads to pause and reexamine what they’re doing.

By way of comparison, Spectre, is doing really well.  Having been released in Europe prior to North America, it has already earned almost $300 million ($70 million of that is from domestic box office, which has been a bit underwhelming).  And the thing is, despite a strong opening, it will (probably) barely be profitable (which means that it will have to take in at least $900 million).

Batman v Superman 2That’s a HUGE amount of money, which makes you wonder why it is that studios continue to make movies that are so expensive that profitability is barely a distant notion, if that.  Yet, compared to what Batman v. Superman is supposed to cost, Spectre is almost cheap.

And this is taking into account that Zach Snyder’s Man Of Steel did not perform as strongly as many thought it would–which in hindsight shows that turning Metropolis into a crater and Superman’s seeming lack of concern about human life were not such good ideas–and that cost $225 million to produce, so how studio heads come to the conclusion that doubling the budget is a good move is somehow beyond me.

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Warcraft – Official Trailer

Universal and Legendary released their official Warcraft trailer, and it’s a HUGE improvement over the teaser.  That’s the good news; the not-so-good news is that–at least in the trailer–the CGI is looking particularly gamey, as in video gamey.

That’s not to say that it looks bad, but the Orcs don’t look as realistic as Hulk from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, either (and I am aware that orcs aren’t real, but you know what I mean) and live comfortably in the uncanny valley.

What I am also not seeing is it being a huge hit, which I attribute to the timing of the release more than anything else (if this came on the heels of the Lord Of The Rings movies it might be a different story) though I am not sure that Legendary wanting a movie to be an event is the same as the movie actually being an event.

We’ll see.

Is Fox Trying To Make Quicksilver Look Even More Uninteresting?

Whether or not you prefer the version of Quicksilver that appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past or Avengers: Age of Ultron (my money is always on the latter because in Age of Ultron Quicksilver was an actual character, while in Days Of Future Past he was little more than a deux ex machina, designed to pull the X–Men’s fat from the fire) the character ended up being the most interesting part of the movie, though many fans were torn over how the character looked.

Here’s Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Quicksilver (DoFP)

He looks pretty bad, especially compared to the interpretation from Age of Ultron.

Quicksilver (AoU)

Now, if fantastic, god-like power and (admittedly) cool visuals are the metric of being a superhero, then the Fox version was better; though if looks and being an actual character matter, Marvel Studios’ version was hands-down the winner.

Recently this image of Quicksilver from X-Men: Apocalypse was poster on Superherohype, and if at all possible, he looks even worse (and what’s with the tiara he’s wearing?).

Quicksilver (X-Men: Apocalypse)

Now, admittedly this image lacks any sort of context and it’s likely isn’t how Quicksilver will dress for a majority of the movie (since Mystique is dressed the same it implies that they’re infiltrating some sort of place) but he actually looks worse than he does in the first movie.

I Suspect I Know Who Mads Mikkelson Is Playing In Marvel Studios’ Upcoming Doctor Strange

According to Superherohype, Mads Mikkelson (Hannibal) will have a role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Marvel Studios feature, Doctor Strange.

Assuming that to be true, they also let slip a little more information than they may have intended, because they also mention that he’ll be playing a villain.

And since Baron Mordo is taken, there’s only one real option, in my humble opinion because, while Doctor Strange has a pretty deep Rogue’s Gallery, most of them are so esoteric that–like Marvel is doing in the case of Thanos–they’ll more than likely use Strange’s introduction to reveal a character who’s presence will reverberate throughout the entire MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

And that character will more than likely be…wait for it…Dormanmu (Eternity or the Living Tribunal would also be kind of awesome, but I suspect that it’s too early for either of them)!

image courtesy of Marveldirectory.com

Think about it, and I think you’ll agree that there are few Doctor Strange villains that they could introduce that would not only drive comics fans apeshit, but would impress casual viewers as well.

And Dormammu, played by Mikkelson, would be beyond incredible.

And this is where Scott Derrickson being a horror director will come into play, namely he has to create the atmosphere were one of Marvel’s stranger villains will not only appear realistic, but demonic and terrifying as well.

Something he’s well-equipped to do if you’ve seen either Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil or The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

And he actually has an interesting mythology, which should buttress his credentials, and connection, with the audience.

And keep in mind that Marvel has done this type of casting in the past, using big-name actors in roles that obscure the actor themselves, such as Vin Diesel as Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy or James Spader, in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

And Dormammu has the potential–especially if they stick to Steve Ditko’s original designs, as opposed to more modern interpretations of the character–to be absolutely unbelievable.

Fox Fraks The Puppy: The Peanuts Edition

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I was going to link to the latest trailer for The Peanuts, except that for some reason Fox isn’t allowing it.  I’ve tried different sites, but the result is the same:  No love.

Which is a bit weird in that this is the fourth trailer from the movie, so I am not quite seeing the logic.

Then again, blocking a trailer for movies that people want to see is never a good strategy, promotionally speaking.  Now there’s the possibility that it was released unintentionally–or pirated, which I doubt–though if that happens to be the case, that’s when the studio should go all ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ on them (though as far as I am aware, Marvel Studios never pulled the trailer).

Roll, baby, roll.

Crossbones From Captain America: Civil War!

CrossbonesVarious movie sites have posted an image of Crossbones from the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and unlike most of the cast of Suicide Squad, he looks pretty awesome.

For those of you that don’t recall, at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier you see Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) in a hospital bed after almost being killed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier that crashed into the Triskelion.

He’s clearly much, much better.

(And can someone tell Chris Evans to take a break already!  He’s just finished Age of Ultron a few months ago, and he’s already segueing into another major production).

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And here’s Will Smith from the upcoming Suicide Squad.  Crossbones looks like he’d eat his lunch.

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron International poster

“For me, one of the signs of a good movie is that it rewards repeat viewing.  Avengers: Age of Ulton fits the bill.”  

I’ve already reviewed Avengers: Age of Ultron here for Moviepilot, though I tend to be easily overwhelmed by spectacle–which this movie has in spades–so I saw it a second time, to better digest what was going on.

This time I saw the 2D version at the legendary Uptown theater in Washington, DC (quite possibly the best movie house in the city).

What I noticed is that Avengers: Age of Ultron, on the surface, is a battle between the Avengers and Ultron (motion-captured and voiced by James Spader), a homicidal robot who believes that the only way to save the human race is to force it to evolve, which sounds interesting, till you figure out he intends to kill the bulk of us to bring it about.

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