Hugh Jackman sure does love to play Wolverine and I am so glad that he is pleased with the role since he does a damned good job of it. Now while we last saw him as the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, that tale was about his interesting past while this new one picks up some time after “X-Men Last Stand”. Logan has always been a conflicted character and his life of violence begets even more violence and as result many of the ones he loves around him die. The story for this one finds him in Japan with a new love interest, new enemies and according to what I have seen in the trailer for the film – no powers or abilities at one point in the tale. He will also go head to head with the Silver Samurai who many of the traditional comic book geeks will remember as a problem to the likes of Daredevil, Spider-Man and Nick Fury before he ever went up against the X-Men. Will you be seeing this film? Continue reading Opening Today: “The Wolverine” (7/26/2013)→
A couple of days ago as the San Diego Comic Con came to an end, it was revealed in the Warner Brothers panel that instead of a “Man Of Steel 2” film to follow up the blockbuster summer release, that the fans of the DC Comics franchises will get a film featuring both Superman AND Batman. We got this cool image but I fear not much else but its without question that its very easy to get excited about this kind of news.
Any of the comic book fans that have been enjoying the output of the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows full well that Warner Brothers has been clamoring for a Justice League film but unlike how Iron Man worked into Incredible Hulk and Thor into Captain America into Avengers, nothing of the sort has been done with any of the last ten years Batman films. If you paid attention during “Man Of Steel” though you might recall a scene where a Wayne Industries satellite gets destroyed so there was a tiny clue there to show how there might be more to this world than the big blue boy scout. We even saw some Lexcorp fuel trucks get demolished so Luthor is somewhere out there as well but nothing else. Green Lantern didn’t give us a clue that they walked the same Earth and we have yet to see Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Flash and perhaps the Atom or Martian Manhunter in the cinema flesh yet. I remain hopeful.
I want to add that I really enjoyed “Man Of Steel” and had many initial reservations about the film but left with a smile on my face that found me looking forward to the expansion of Superman’s world in film once more. That was not the same case for “The Dark Knight Rises” which I felt left me for want. It was good but I didn’t need to see it again. I’ll watch “MOS” again for sure and while they are different properties, can say that I have watched the Marvel movies several times apiece. It’s possible for a “Superman/Batman” film to work but will it need a lot more fleshing out than they are prepared for? I guess it all boils down to what is the story that they are going to tell. I anticipate this being like when John Byrne did the “Man Of Steel” comic back in the eighties. Superman and Batman were NOT friends at all at first and were at odds on every page. That makes sense. I also think that whatever this film brings to the table needs to introduce at least one more if not two new heroes for the eventual “Justice League” film to even make sense.
What do you fans and readers of the comic book offerings think? I am leaving the comments open to any possible dialogue.
Having grown up on the giant monster movies of Toho’s time honored past and fondly recalling the days when I would rush home from school to catch the 4:30 Movie’s Monster” week, I can safely say how excited I am about this particular film. Yes, I was one of those kids that was raised on the Godzilla, Gamera, Ghidorah and the assorted King Kong films so the idea of similar monsters going head to head against giant robots for the control of the Earth excites me to no end. For those who might still be sleeping, the movie “Pacific Rim” finds giant monsters or “Kaiju” gaining access to our planet via some sort of inter-dimensional rift and laying waste to a lot of it once they get here. In response, humanity bands together and builds giant robots known as “Jaegers” to fight this menace and hopefully put an end to it. Will we prevail? I guess we have to see the film to know for sure. As I complete this sentence I look up and see my long owned Shogun Warriors figures standing high above my other stuff on the bookcase (I am a geek so there). The Legendary Films feature comes care of director Guillermo Del Toro and he does this kind of stuff really well so I am confident about being entertained throughout. This little post is here as a reminder of the coolness because you know we are big fans of this kind of stuff as much as we are about the comics industry. Will you be seeing this one? Continue reading Opening Today: “Pacific Rim” (7/12/2013)→
“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty “Hi-yo, Silver!”, The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the Early West. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear – The Lone Ranger rides again!!!”
That was the opening of the classic “Lone Ranger” television series from 1952 that I used to watch as a small boy when it was syndicated on (I guess) Channel 11 or Channel 5. It was classic good versus bad in a Western Theme and it starred Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. Today is the opening day for the new take on the film by Disney.
The Plot: In 2013 the film starts Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger and they will be kicking some Old West ass against the likes of Butch Cavendish and various other outlaws of the plains. We will get the heroes origin tale in this one along with a lot of guns, horse riding acrobatics and more. The trailer made me curious and I have loved the character himself since I was young (but I mentioned that already) so I think that it will be a fun ride. Pardon the ride pun of course. Continue reading Opening Today: Disney’s “Lone Ranger” (7/3/2013)→
The craze about zombies overrunning our society in film continues with this “World War Z” which opens today.
I’m posting this one but I really don’t know all that much about the Brad Pit action/horror film that pits the remaining living people of the world against a rapidly growing zombie pandemic. Having been a regular viewer of the “Walking Dead” series and greatly enjoying our struggle against the dead (at least on the screen more than I likely would in real life) I figured this would be a great film for fans of this brand of horror. The thing that intrigues me most is the fact that the zombies appear to move fast and like wild herds of animals where in “The Walking Dead” they mostly shamble about with force. The trailers for this sure do look exciting so let’s hope for the best. My expectations are that is keeps a bleakness that we find in “TWD” and while there should be moments of hope, this does not seem like a scenario that we would and should expect to easily come out of. Make sure to keep a space between you an the next person in the audience free just in case. Continue reading Opening Today: “World War Z” (6/21/2013)→