Super Heroes Assemble Part Three
The Unsung Heroes
Indeed, we've reached the final chapter in superhero movie previews that are expected to come out thus far, but we still have to go over the other superhero films outside of D.C. and Marvel that are expected to come out as well. After all, they're not the only two studios on the block licking their chops, and ready to capitalize on this new superhero flick bonanza. Not by a long shot. In fact, there's actually other planned superhero themed movies underway as we speak. Although I'm sure I probably missed some in this preview, I feel confident that I've covered most of them based on my research. Like the previous chapters, I'll be basically be going over the pros and cons of each projected film to be released. While providing information and even rumors about what's expected of these upcoming films.
What you are reading is part 3 of a 5 part mini hub series dedicated to the new superhero film craze that's engulfing Hollywood these days. With part 4 and 5 being top ten lists of the worst and best superhero films of all time. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy reading.
Aspen: Megan Fox
Synopsis: The movie will be based on the first story arch of volume 1. Mechner has taken some liberties with converting it to the big-screen, but he didn't really elaborate the changes. For those who are unfamiliar with the comic book, "Fathom", here's a brief summary of the comics history.
as the cruise ship Paradise arrives in San Diego 10 years after it was
reported to have disappeared. A military quarantine was established to
cross examine the crew and passengers. However no one on board knew that
they had been missing. Compounding the mystery was an amnesiac girl
discovered by the crew while the Paradise was still at sea. The girl
could only remember that her name was Aspen. Aspen was taken from the
ship by a vacationing naval officer named Captain Matthews, who adopted
her and raised her as his own. Aspen has a strange attraction to water,
spent much of her youth swimming, eventually made the US Olympic team
for the 1988 Seoul games. She even won the gold, but has her medal taken
away after she gives an abnormal response to a drug test. Afterward,
Aspen attended UC San Diego and received a degree in Marine Biology. She
is then invited to study at a top-secret underwater science facility
known as the DMD, or Deep Marine Discovery. The DMD is a joint project
between the United States and Japan. The facility was built over an
underwater craft of unknown origin.Both nations were determined to find
its origin. However, the Americans and Japanese no longer trust each
other, and rely on an intermediary named Cannon Hawke to share research
data. Aspen is also introduced to a mysterious man who somehow entered
the DMD. Therein he requested to be placed into a tube filled with
water. As he requires no air, the DMD deduced that despite his
appearance, he is not human.
Meanwhile, a US Navy test pilot named Chance Calloway is testing an experimental amphibious fighter plane for Admiral Maylander the head of Naval Intelligence. Maylander is also the man who oversaw the quarantine of the Paradise. Chance's wing-man is suddenly killed by a craft resembling the one at the DMD. Violating orders, Chance pursues the craft, first in the air, and then underwater. Disobeying orders, he fires a torpedo at the craft, only to have it dissolve into the water before the torpedo reaches its target. Without a target, the torpedo locks onto the generator at the DMD. It is destroyed, but severely damages the facility. Before she drowns, Aspen is rescued by the man in the tube, who springs to life and attempts to take her with him. He begins to dissolve into water just like the alien craft, and Aspen begins to subconsciously dissolve as well. However, Naval rescue teams arrive and the man flees. Aspen is rescued, though not before Calloway sees her in her half-dissolved form. He goes AWOL to find Aspen and figure out what he saw. He eventually finds Aspen, who cannot explain her abilities. Before she can find out more, she is abducted by government personnel and brought to the man held in the DMD known as Killian. He tells Aspen that she is a member of a race of aquatic humanoids called the Blue, who possess the ability to control water.
Pros: Although I've never read the comic book nor was I ever familiar with it before my research, I actually think "Fathom" has an interesting story line. With great imagery to go along with the story. By imagery, I'm not talking about the main character Aspen, as she's just a cartoon for Pete's sake. No, I mean the overall art of the comic book seems very well detailed oriented, and the story line seems to be highly intriguing from what I briefly read. Plus, having a bunch of special effects and scantily clad hot girls never hurt box office sales either, as "Charlie's Angels" and both "Transformers" proved. That doesn't necessarily mean that the film itself will be any good (despite the story's potential), but it does mean that it does have a great chance at being a huge hit at the box office.
Cons: It stars Megan Fox. Do I really need to emphasize about this? Wasn't her last starring role in "Jennifer's Body" bad enough? Oh well, I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. She definitely has the look to pull off Aspen, but I don't know about her acting ability though. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Final Thoughts: Well seeing as how this movie is probably going to have a lot of special effects, and how often Megan Fox will be required to wear next to nothing throughout most of the film, as that's how Aspen dresses in the comics, then it's safe to assume it might entice some fan boys to see it. As long as they keep it under an "R" rating unlike "Jennifer's Body", then it should do alright. I would say that the story has a lot of potential to be a huge hit as well but with Megan Fox starring, I'm not so sure now. Maybe, she'll prove me wrong about her in this movie, but I doubt it.
The Crow Reboot
Synopsis: Up until now, very little has been known about Blade director Stephen Norrington’s planned reboot of The Crow franchise. We knew he wouldn’t be attempting to follow Edward Furlong’s depiction (who could, really? or who would want to, rather?), and that he would be attempting to “re-envision” The Crow, as a character, into something more of a “dark superhero,” a comment that, some may recall, confused and frustrated Chase when news of the reboot first hit.
Having said that though, it's also been reported that the animal figure, the crow, will actually be more involved in the story to portray the more graphic dark side of the series. Personally, I thought the film series was already dark enough, but it seems Norrington feels it could be darker, so we'll have to wait and see.
Pros: Well there's no doubt that "The Crow" has a broad appeal to all the goths, horror fans and comic book fans out there. Plus, if reports are true about them trying to keep the film under a fifty million dollar price tag like the original, then it should be worth the risk.
Cons: So far, every "Crow" sequel has been somewhat of a generic rip off of the first movie. A would be guy is murdered, then seeks revenge against those that wronged him. Yeah, it was very impressive the first time, but it kind of got really boring the second and third time around, as it felt like the writers kept recycling the same ideas. Therefore, they're going to have to be more original this time around if they want the new "Crow" movie to be any good.
Final Thoughts: As long as the Norrington comes up with a decent story, then it should do alright. If not, then I would just cancel this movie completely.
Synopsis:A sequel, tentatively titled "Spawn 2", has been in development hell since 1998. Michael Jai White confirmed himself to be a part of the project in 2001, as did producer Don Murphy, though their involvement has not been confirmed. McFarlane has stated that the film will be primarily centered around the detective characters Sam and Twitch, leaving Spawn without a speaking part. During a FanboyRadio.com interview, Todd McFarlane confirmed that the sequel is a franchise reboot — not a direct sequel — similar to "Batman Begins" and both the 2004 version of "The Punisher" and 2008's "Punisher: War Zone." In 2007 plans were made for Todd McFarlane Funding to make a new Spawn movie, scheduled for release in 2008. The movie may simply be called Spawn, according to Home Media Magazine. While a guest on the Scott Ferrall show on Sirius radio, a caller asked if he had any plans to do the sequel. He said "It's coming out no matter what. Even if I have to produce, direct and finance it myself, it's going to come out."
It was announced in August 2009 that Todd McFarlane had officially begun writing the screenplay for a new movie based on the character. "The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years," McFarlane said. "The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary." He added that "the tone of this 'Spawn' movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film "The Departed."
Pros: It's a chance to finally get "Spawn" right this time. As the last outing of this character on the big screen was not only just plain terrible, it did a horrible job upholding to Todd McFarlane's original story line. As the character's story line does bring up a lot of controversial subject matter concerning religion among our modern day society. As "Spawn" proposes many controversial questions about Christianity where what if the lines between good and evil weren't really that clear. What if heaven was just as much of a horrible place as hell? What if God and Satan were just as evil, then could you easily decide which side your on? Granted, I don't agree with the story's subject matter, but it does raise a lot of key elements about Christianity that some might find interesting. Therefore, if Todd McFarlane promises a dark "Spawn" movie, then all I can say is....it's about time!
Cons: What if it's too controversial? After all, that was one of the reasons why Todd toned down the first movie originally but now that he's willing to make a dark "Spawn" flick, then does that mean it'll be well accepted? The Catholic Church was in an uproar over controversial portrayals of Jesus Christ in films such as "Passion of the Christ" and "The Last Temptation of Christ", that almost caused both films to be banned from all multiplexes completely. And that was just over two films that portrayed different aspects of Jesus' life, so can you imagine how the Catholic Church will respond when they see a controversially dark "Spawn" movie? They won't be just furious....no....they'll be p***ed. Almost to the point that "Spawn" could end up being possibly one of the most controversial films ever made, which could be either a good or a bad thing depending on how you want to look at it.
Final Thoughts: If McFarlane was serious about making this film being centered around Sam and Twitch while making Spawn more of a phantom type, then this film might actually work to where it can be dark without causing a possible ban. As the story could portrayed as somewhat of a dark film noir horror mystery story, that offers fantasy elements to entice a lot of fans out there. While toning down the emphasis on the religious controversial subject matter. However, if by dark Todd chooses to emphasize on the religious factor of his character, then it's very much possible the Catholic Church might actually succeed in banning a movie from multiplexes. Not saying they'd be wrong do so, nor am I defending their position either. Just merely speculating based on their past transgressions.
However, one thing is for certain. This new reboot of "Spawn" can't possibly be any worse than the original movie.
Frank D'Arbo/The Crimson Bolt: Rainn Wilson
Libby/Boltie: Ellen Page
Sarah Helgeland: Liv Tyler
Jacques: Kevin Bacon
Synopsis: After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.
The film is scheduled to be released next year.
Pros: Ellen Page is by far one of the most under rated and under used actresses in Hollywood. Not only is she every bit as gorgeous as Megan Fox, but she has a helluva a lot of acting talent that could rival almost any actress out there. In fact, I might actually see this movie just because she's in it. Something that I rarely do, as I try to never be biased towards any particular actor/actress. However, Ellen just has a casual offbeat charm that's impossible to ignore. If that wasn't enough to entice you movie goers out there, then lets talk about Rainn Wilson.
Seriously, he's probably one of the funniest guys out there that you'll ever find in a comedy.
Cons: From reading the brief plot synopsis and going over the film's official story, this sounds too much like a generic rip off of "Kick-Ass." Don't believe me? Let's look over the facts. An average guy turns himself into a superhero, but lacks any kind of skill to fight crime. Which coincidentally sounds exactly how "Kick-Ass" plays out. As that film was about an average teenager who becomes a superhero, but he lacks any kind of special skills to fight crime. Gee, sound familiar?
Don't get me wrong, I like Rainn Wilson, as I think he's truly a funny guy when he wants to be. However, like his film "The Rocker" that was an obvious rip off of Jack Black's "School of Rock", it seems "Super" is essentially going to be a light heart rip off of "Kick-Ass."
Final Thoughts: This film might do considerably well, as I doubt "Super" will be anywhere near as controversial as "Kick-Ass" was. However, it'll just be a weak movie in terms of originality. However, with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page together on this movie, then it might prove to make this film a decent success.
Hellboy: Ron Perlman (rumored)
Liz Sherman: Selma Blair (rumored)
Abe Sapien: Doug Jones (rumored)
Synopsis: A third movie is in the conception stages, set to focus on the combat between Hellboy and a brainwashed Archangel that had been held captive by Nazis since World War II. There will also be the return of Rasputin and Kroenen, and the debut of Roderick Zinco. New B.P.R.D Agents include Lobster Johnson and possibly Roger the Homunculus. The prophecy of Hellboy becoming the Beast of the Apocalypse will be fulfilled, and additionally, Hellboy will have to learn to be a father of twins.
Pros: From reading about the possible plot for this film, it sounds like we should be in for quite surprise. As the last two movies seemed like they were somewhat degenerative rip offs of the "X-Men" movies, with monsters and mythological creatures in place of mutants. However, as the franchise is getting closer to ending, it seems that Hollywood wants to take "Hellboy 3" into an entirely different direction. Leading up to showing a possible apocalyptic ending that could showcase Hellboy's true demonic nature and origin. Something that even I must admit I can't wait to see how it shakes out.
Cons: To be completely honest, there's really not a lot of negatives I can think of to say about "Hellyboy 3." Other than the fact, I really didn't care much for the previous films, as both seemed like they were rip offs of "X-Men" with mythological creatures. However, this new movie along with it's concept sounds very promising. In fact, this might be the first "Hellboy" film that even I'll be willing to get behind.
Final Thoughts: Just don't screw this up. As most third movies of any trilogy are often perceived as the weakest of the series. Although "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was the only third film to ever break that rule, lets hope "Hellboy 3" becomes the second film to break that third movie rule.
Hancock: Will Smith
Mary: Charlize Theron
Ray: Jason Bateman (rumored)
Synopsis: In the previous film, Hancock was a superhuman immortal that hated everyone, and had no recollection of who or even where he came from. He was also the first drunk and socially isolated super hero audiences have ever seen. That was until a publicist, Ray, changed his life and tried to give him a new image. One that would turn him into a true superhero in the eyes of the public. Sure, things seemed to go perfectly, at first. That was until he discovered....he wasn't the only super powered immortal walking the planet.
For you see, it seems whenever two of these super powered beings are within a certain distance of one another, they start to lose their powers and become ordinary human beings. However, what would happen if three super immortal beings were to cross paths? Some might say that all three of them would probably lose their powers as well. But how can we be so sure? "Hancock 2" promises to explore that concept and possibility thoroughly, while revealing more of Hancock's mysterious origin.
Pros: Although like many actors, Will Smith has certainly been guilty of making some bad movies in the past. (i.e. "Bad Boys" and "Independence Day" to name a couple) However, even in some of his bad movies, he's managed to own every character he plays, and display a strong versatility that many actors these days lack. Plus, unlike those other Will Smith films I just mentioned, "Hancock" was actually pretty good. Therefore, it's a no brainer here to think that "Hancock 2" will definitely blow people's minds.
Cons: As long as "Hancock" doesn't divert too much away from what made the first film so popular, in the first place, then it should definitely do alright. After all, that's one of the main reasons why most superhero sequels stink, as they often try to do too much in them that it completely shifts away from what made the original movie popular to begin with.
Final Thoughts: Hmm...Will Smith and Charlize Theron coming back for a sequel. Sounds like a winner to me.
Conan: Jason Momoa
Corin: Ron Perlman
Marique: Rose McGowan
Tamara: Rachel Nichols
Synopsis: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.
Pros: To be perfectly honest, I was never a huge Conan fan as a kid. Although one would probably think so, since I was into girls at a very early age (7ish I believe) as the movies used to show a lot of barely clothed girls, and I used to watch a lot of violent "R" rated films growing up. Therefore, one has to wonder, why didn't I like Conan as a kid. The simple reality was that the whole mythological barbarian aspect to me was rather boring. Not only was Conan's character totally unrealistic and dry. He just didn't seem that appealing to me, as the character himself often just grunted half the time. However, as time went on, I started to finally understand his appeal.
His gruff way of how he expresses himself was rude and harsh sometimes, but it was also quite comical. In fact, Robert E. Howard's portrayal of Conan was a bit controversial and pushed many racial stereotypes of his Cimmerian race, but it was made in such a way that it was actually refreshing compared to the stuck up so called civilized characters, who were often portrayed as being deceitful and manipulative. Therefore, as I got older, I was finally able to grasp and understand Conan's broad appeal, as he's actually a very intriguing character to watch. Sure, he may not seem like much of a main protagonist on the surface of the story, but underneath the surface you'll find a character that's every bit as deep as any other fictional hero out there.
With Marcus Nispel's promise that the new rebooted series will closely follow the book more than Arnold Schwarzenneger's version. It seems Marcus promises that this new version will not only be a lot darker, but it will also follow the character's exploits in the book a lot more closely. Although I've never read the books before, it sounds very promising. As I thought the original 1982 film, "Conan the Barbarian", and it's sequel, "Conan the Destroyer", were pretty damn good films for their times, so it should be interesting to see if Nispel can deliver on his word to give us an even better "Conan" series than the previous one.
Cons: Although Nispel, the director, talks a good game about how much better this new story of Conan will be, the problem is can he back it up? After all, we're talking about the same director who came out with such mediocre films like the remake of "Friday the 13th (2009)" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)" here. I'm not one to call a guy a liar if he claims he can deliver on something. I just wonder if he can because so far none of his previous body of work suggest that he's even capable of such a feat. Let alone be in a position to guarantee anything.
Final Thoughts: So far, Marcus Nispel has said everything we'd want to hear about a new "Conan" movie and then some, but it still remains to be seen if he can deliver on that promise. After all, guarantees are great when you can back it up, and you'll end up looking like some sort of creative genius. However, if you can't back them up, then all it does is make you look like an idiot. Let's see how Marcus looks after this movie is released, as I have a strong feeling that he won't be able to deliver.
Red Sonja: Rose McGowan
Synopsis: Although this was originally planned to be released back in 2009, this film was actually delayed due to financial issues. However, with the current production of "Conan" underway, it seems the "Red Sonja" movie is finally back on track. Unfortunately, it seems Millennium Films is still waiting to see how well the "Conan" film turns out before starting production on "Red Sonja."
"Red Sonja" is based on the heroine created by Robert E. Howard and adapted for Marvel Comics by Roy Thomas. The "Red Sonja" character was featured in a movie first in 1985. The 1985"Red Sonja" starred Brigitte Nielsen as the title character and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined the film.
In a dingy tavern, a woman posing as a harlot brutally murders the warrior who just hired her. She rips a distinctive amulet off his necklace. Before she's able to escape, the group of soldiers recognize her: the wanted outlaw Red Sonja. They attack - but they're no match for this flame haired whirling dervish of steel. She takes them all out and then rides off into the woods...
Years earlier, we find Sonja as an innocent teenager living in Western Hykania. While sparring with her childhood sweetheart, Cryus, a group of marauders ride into town. Her entire family is butchered before her eyes. The brutes - each of whom wear the familiar amulet (among them, the warrior from the tavern - then turn their attention to young Sonja, savagely raping her. Left for dead, Sonja awakens to pure devastation. Her village has been burned to the ground, the corpses of her friends and family are strewn about the wreckage. Barely alive, Sonja crawls through the countryside until she can no longer move. Deciding to end her own life she jumps from a cliff to a river below. But somehow her fall is magically slowed. She lands underwater where she meets the mystical Red Goddess, who tells Sonja she will become a powerful warrior, the Goddesses' Blade Of Justice.
Sonja awakens in the camp of Ozzyus, a thief and warrior, the man who is to become her mentor. Here Sonja wins over Ozzyus's band of rogues with her tenacity and heart. She begs Ozzyus to train her, as she wants to exact her revenge on those who destroyed her family. Sonja immediately shows supreme natural ability in fighting. Time passes. Sonja's skills become formidable and eventually she joins the band on several robberies, finally killing a nobleman. Knowing now she's a wanted criminal, she decides it is time to leave Ozzyus - and to seek her vengeance on the five men who killed her family.
Flash forward again, and Sonja is bathing in a forest brook when a man sneaks up on her. She quickly has her blade to his throat when she realizes this man is Cyrus, who begs Sonja to join his fight against the villanous Kulan Gath. Sonja refuses. In the town of Shadizar, Sonja fights her way to the next member of the band who killed her family, Theron. Before she kills him Theron tells her that her own father worked for Kulan Gath and that is why they came to her town. Sonja is captured and sent to the gallows, only to be rescued by Ozzyus, who was on his way to meet Cyrus and join his rebel army. No sooner than Sonja agrees to fight Gath, Cyrus is kidnapped by Gath's men. Sonja tracks Gath's henchmen into the mines under the temple city of Pah Disha, rescues Cyrus and they discover an underground temple, built by thousands of Hykanian slaves in which Kulan Gath plans to harness heavenly powers and become as a God to rule the world with an iron fist. Sonja and Cyrus know they must stop this before it happens, thus setting up a final epic battle between good and evil.
Pros: Although this sounds like another run of the mill revenge story, the story for "Red Sonja" actually seems rather promising. As the history and adversity this female warrior faces might be enough to entice most audiences into the multiplexes. It certainly intrigues me, as we've often been treated to a male protagonist's plight of revenge through an unjust world far too many times, that it might be time to see a strong female protagonist portrayed in the same light.
Cons: Although the story shows a lot of promise, I have serious doubts about the director, Douglas Aarniokoski. From looking at his track record, he doesn't hold a lot of clout in terms of experience directing major films. In fact, majority of the movies he's been involved in are often with him in the role of second unit director, while only having three films under his belt that he was the lead director. Not saying that he's unable to do a great job, as all great directors had to start off somewhere. I would just think that with a movie like "Red Sonja", they'd want a more established director. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Final Thoughts: It should be highly interesting to see how this film turns out. Although I know I wasn't exactly being fair with Douglas, due to his limited experiences as a director. I'm sure he'll do a great job as long as he keeps "Red Sonja" true to the storyline. He'll certainly do a helluva a lot better than "Conan's" director, Marcus Nispel, as that guy seems to remind too much of Michael Bay. Sure, they can talk a good game about a project their working on, but neither of them seem to have the actual credentials to back it up.
Synopsis: "Oh here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is here to stay!", whenever you hear these words, people always know it refers to "Mighty Mouse. Although part of that largely has to do with famous comedian, Andy Kaufman, often singing "Mighty Mouse's" theme song during his various shows before he died that is. The reality is that "Mighty Mouse" has been every bit as part of our modern pop culture as any other superhero/cartoon character out there. Originally created as a satire of D.C. Comics' "Superman", "Mighty Mouse" has grown into the hearts of our society as much as any legendary iconic cartoon character. Sadly, he just hasn't been able to receive a modern treatment within the past couple of decades. Sure, there were many writers and directors that tried and failed to launch a new version of "Mighty Mouse" onto the big screen, but they all so far have failed miserably. However, can Paramount be the one that saves the day for "Mighty Mouse?" Maybe.
As Hollywood has already shown it's capable of breathing life back into legendary old cartoon characters like "Alvin and Chipmunks." Therefore, it's logical to assume that the same can be done with Mighty Mouse. After all, in an era where superhero films seem to be the going rage these days, it seems only fitting that Mighty Mouse comes back to save the day.
Unfortunately, very little if anything is confirmed about this movie at this point. As Paramount promises this will be a contemporary origin story of the character, in which it will receive a light modernization for the big screen.
Pros: Well seeing as how it's obviously going to be marketed towards kids and families, then that in itself will give "Mighty Mouse" a considerable advantage. As "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Tooth Fairy" already proved, you don't need a great story to make a successful movie. It just has to be palatable and entertaining to watch. Something that with as much material writers will be able to work with, that should come rather easy for them. After all, "Mighty Mouse" has a lot of history behind him, so they'd be fools not to take advantage of it.
Cons: If they choose to go the route of selecting a real life mouse and use CGI to make it look like his lips are moving, then it's going to be a flop. Just look at how well "Underdog" did doing that, and see where that got them. Plus, unless Paramount is being secretive about their marketing plans for this character, then it seems they'd be bigger fools not to try to promote "Mighty Mouse" before the actual release of the movie. This way kids today can become more familiar with the character. Perhaps a comic book series or cartoon series to promote the upcoming movie might work, as I think that would be an excellent idea. Or maybe use the movie as somewhat of a pilot for an upcoming cartoon series starring the heroic rodent, just like George Lucas did with "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." However, if they don't go for any of those ideas, and rely on pure name recognition and advertising alone, then it might be a tough sale. Not saying it can't be done, as Mighty Mouse is a very charismatic character. It just probably won't do as well as it could have.
Final Thoughts: As long as the story line is fairly decent and it remains true to the heart of the character, along with the proper advertising, then it should do well. The great thing about "Mighty Mouse" is that he doesn't need a dark and detailed story line, it just needs to be entertaining. Something that might be fairly easy to do for almost any writer(s) and director to deliver on.
The Black Pearl
Synopsis: For those wondering what Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker has been up to these days besides his voice acting for the Joker, then you might want to look up a graphic novel by the name of "The Black Pearl." A graphic novel that was written by Mark Hamill and his cousin, Eric Johnson. As it seems for quite sometime, Mark Hamill has been trying to get his comic book turned into a movie. However, as luck would have it, it seems he might just get his wish after all. With Mark Hamill set to direct the movie himself no less. For those wondering what Mark's story is about, then please read the summary below:
Luther Drake, a man obsessed with his beautiful neighbor, Tina. One evening he follows her, like he did so many times, and witnesses how she is kidnapped by two psychopathic criminals the police has been trying to catch for months.
Luther kills one of the shock jocks, more by accident than by anything else, and flees in a panic. What he didn't count on was the sensationalism of the media. They make him a hero, a hero that tried to save Tina, and Luther, introvert and troubled as he is, decides to try and BE the hero everyone thinks he is...Things keep building and by the time Luther realizes he must somehow quit the game before it leads to complete catastrophe it might already be too late...
Mark Hamill describes this story as something along the lines of "Fargo" meets "Batman." A story that explores the concept of uncertainty within our current times, while implementing a surprise ending that no one could expect.
Pros: From reading the brief plot summary, this sounds like the movie could offer a lot of promise. Showcasing how the media would exploit a superhero through media propaganda or in the case of "The Black Pearl", how the propaganda would end up turning someone into an unlikely superhero. Sure, there's been other superhero films that have touched lightly on that topic like "The Incredibles", "Iron Man 2" and "Kick-Ass", but they were never the main focal point of the story. Whereas "The Black Pearl" it is. Something like that not only sounds highly original, but it sounds very interesting. Although I doubt seriously it'll be one of the biggest in terms of being a blockbuster type movie, but it definitely sounds like it could potentially be one of the most unique stories of it's genre.
Cons: Mark Hamill has been quoted as saying he'd like to keep this film under a fifty million dollar price tag, so he can still maintain full creative control of the movie. Not too much different from how Matthew Vaughn was able to keep full creative control of "Kick-Ass" doing the same thing. However, unless Mark Hamill irresponsibly goes over that fifty million dollar budget to where he'll lose some of that creative freedom on the set, then it's safe to say he has nothing to worry about here.
Final Thoughts: Mark Hamill hasn't really done much over the years, since his "Star Wars" days. I mean sure he's done a lot of voice work for "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League" a few times, as the infamous Joker. Even lending his voice acting to a couple of video game series based off the D.C. Flagship character. However, this might be the film that launches his career even further than it has been before. If the film turns out as great as Mark makes it out to be, then I think we can expect many great things from Mark Hamill in the future.
The Umbrella Academy
Synopsis: "The Umbrella Academy" is a comic book written by Gerard Way with art by Gabriel Bá, cover art by James Jean, colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Blambot's Nate Piekos. The six-issue limited series is released by Dark Horse Comics, the first issue making its premiere on September 19, 2007. It won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series. A second series The Umbrella Academy: Dallas followed in 2008. The series has been optioned for a film adaptation planned for release in 2012.
In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again”Pros: From researching this mini series comic book by Dark Horse, it seems "The Umbrella Academy" could be one of the most unique films out there. Not just for the superhero genre in general, but for any type of movie period for that matter. As the film seems to present a premise of a Wes Anderson film meets the "X-Men." Although I doubt seriously this will probably dominate box office sales like other more prestigious superhero flicks out there, but it'll definitely be one of the most unique and original ones out there.
Cons: Will people understand it? Or will it come off as being too artsy for the average movie goer to comprehend? Don't get wrong, I'm not suggesting that the average movie goer isn't that smart. Far from it, actually. I'm just merely suggesting that because it seems whenever a great and truly non commercialized film that comes out like say "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" or "Where the Wild Things Are", it seems most American audiences automatically dismiss it as a joke. As the box office numbers suggest they'd rather see mediocre trash like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Don't get wrong, I apologize to anyone reading this that I offended saying that, as I think everyone has a right to make up their own mind about a film. However, you can't argue with me saying that "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" had a more complex plot or about the same level of complexity to it, than "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" did. Therefore, that's the only thing that bothers me about this movie.
Final Thoughts: As long as they don't spend too much money on this film, then it should do reasonably well. From researching this series, it seems like it's poised to definitely be a success among a lot of film critics out there, as the story does offers a lot of complexity that could rival any story out there. Unfortunately, critical success doesn't necessarily translate to box office numbers. Hence what I said earlier for Dark Horse's sake, they better keep this film on a reasonable budget, as I can't see this film making anywhere near the level of money most over hyped superhero movies like "The Avengers" will surely make when it debuts the same year.
The Green Hornet
Lenore Case: Cameron Diaz
Britt Reid/The Green Hornet: Seth Rogen
Chudnofsky: Christoph Waltz
Kato: Jay Chou
Synopsis: By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato. Oh and the film has been delayed until 2011 because Michel Gondry wants to shoot the entire movie in 3-D.
Pros: Although I would normally say this would bomb because "The Green Hornet" is not the most popular character out there. In fact, even his own sidekick, Kato, is more popular than he is, and that was thanks to Bruce Lee playing him during the 1970s TV show. However, according to reports, Seth Rogen promises that this film will be an action comedy emphasizing the importance of a superhero and sidekick relationship. Something that could prove highly interesting, as we have yet to see a good superhero movie that has a sidekick in it; since "Batman Forever." Don't even bring up "Batman & Robin" as that film just sucked.
Plus, believe it or not, I happen to be a huge fan of Seth Rogen. Although he's hardly one of my favorite actors, as he seems kind of limited in his performance where each character he plays comes off generically the same, in terms of personality. However, he's very funny guy, and seems kind of cool. He's one of those rare funny guys out there that can be funny without making a total a** of himself like Adam Sandler and so many other comedians out there. Therefore, if an action comedy route is the way they choose to approach "The Green Hornet", then I'm all for it. Sure, he looks nothing like the original actor(s) who played the character in the past, but who cares? "The Green Hornet" would've bombed anyway if they had elected to go with traditional faithful route, as he's not that popular of a superhero. Just look at the "The Spirit"; he's just as popular as "The Green Hornet", and look how his film turned out. Therefore, if any superhero movie that set to be released can afford to take a chance and change around a few things for the sake of modernization, it's certainly this one.
Cons: Although I think Seth Rogen has the right idea about this film being an action comedy, I'm not so sure he has the right director for the job. Don't get me wrong, I like Michel Gondry, as I consider him one of the most under rated and arguably one of the best directors out there. Having said that though, I don't think he should have been hired to direct this movie, as an action comedy that appeals to the general public doesn't fit his style. Michel Gondry isn't known for making great action comedies that would appeal to the same audience that "The Green Hornet" wants. As he's usually known for making these artsy dramatic films like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Be Kind Rewind." Sure, both had their own comedic moments, but hardly enough to be deemed comedies that might appeal to the majority of movie goers. Unless your like me, and you have a taste for almost any style of movies out there.
Just look at Ang Lee for a minute, as he too is known for making artsy dramatic films too. I thought he did a great job with his film, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" but when he directed "Hulk", then almost immediately all comic book fans and movie goers turned on him saying he was a hack. Saying things like he wasn't a great director at all. Seriously, is that even fair? Sure, his version of the "Hulk" didn't exactly fit well with most audiences, but does that give any of us a right to ignore his other body of work over it? After all, not all of George Lucas' "Star Wars" films were that good (the prequels specifically), but nobody holds that against him. In fact, fans still royally kiss his a** every opportunity they get. Therefore, why should we call Ang Lee a hack over one film you didn't like? Does the "Hulk" automatically dismiss how great "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was? Or are we just over reacting here? Personally, I think most audiences were over reacting, but I'll let you all be the judge.
That right there is my biggest fear for Michel Gondry. As much respect and admiration I have for the man and his work, I'm just scared that he might turn this film into some artsy style film that many average movie goers will hate, then you all will call him a hack. Ignoring how great his other film, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", was, and automatically have to put up with ignorant fan boys calling the man a hack. When in reality they should be calling Michael Bay and Stephen Sommers hacks, but that's another story.
Final Thoughts: I really hope I'm wrong about Michel Gondry directing this, as I'll be so freaking p***ed if I have to put up with ignorant comic book nerds calling his work c*** while labeling Michael Bay as some creative genius. That right there would royally p*** me off, as Michel Gondry deserves more than that. He directed one of the best love stories all time in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and doesn't deserve to be labeled a hack if "The Green Hornet" doesn't live up to fans expectations. So what his style may not be what Seth's movie needs, but we shouldn't automatically ignore all the good films he's made either.
Stretch Armstrong: Taylor Lautner (rumored)
Synopsis: Originally set to be released in 2011, but it's been delayed as Universal Studios wants to take advantage of the new 3-D craze sweeping Hollywood these days. Plus, the studio wanted to work around Taylor's schedule since he still has to shoot two more "Twilight" films and a "Max Steel" movie as well. Although Universal Studios only has a verbal agreement with Taylor Lautner, it seems pretty much a guarantee he'll star in this film.
As some of you may know, the popular toy, "Stretch Armstrong", was a popular sensation back in the 90's. Although there was no official origin story to the toy back then, that still didn't stop Hasbro from marketing old Stretch like a superhero. However, the writers for this film are now penning the script, with nothing to go on other than name recognition and the appearance of the character. Therefore, it's kind of like they're creating a brand new character anyway; just that someone conveniently left them a name to use for him.
Pros: Well seeing as how Stretch Armstrong only wears his underwear or whatever, it seems pretty much a slam dunk that all the "team Jacob" fans out there will see this movie. Just for the chance to see this guy in a speedo.
Cons: A movie based off a toy franchise...AGAIN. I could easily go all day to describe all the negative things I want to say about this movie right now, but "Stretch Armstrong" isn't worth the effort to me. It would be too easy anyway to rip this film apart right now. As most toy based films generally suck.
Final Thoughts: Please for the love of god cancel this movie. In fact, please cancel both the upcoming "Battleship" movie (based on the board game. YES, they're actually making a movie about that game), and "Stretch Armstrong." Please. Why torture us with another bad film?
All I know is if this film does get made, then I hope it bombs really hard to where they don't even make half of what the cost of the movie was. Why you might ask? So that way Hollywood won't make stupid movies based off toys and games. Seriously, it's pathetic to think that Hollywood is getting so desperate for ideas that they have to make a movie about a damn toy......let alone a freaking board game.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Sam Witwicky: Shia LaBeouf
Mikaela Banes: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Sam's Boss: John Malkovich
Simmons: John Turturro (rumored)
Robert Epps: Tyrese Gibson
Sam's Girl: Micaela Johnson
Synopsis: Michael Bay fired Megan Fox and recast her character because he said and I quote, "We're taking the film in another direction." Yeah....I'm sure it had nothing to do with that comment that Megan Fox made about Bay being like Adolf Hitler, huh? Plus, I'm really glad to see Michael Bay took his sweet time to find another girl to replace Megan Fox, as I'm sure he picked out a girl that has all the credentials of a star, right? That's why he went with Victoria Secret Model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a girl who has absolutely no acting experience outside of modeling, and she didn't even have to audition for the part either. As it seems according to Bay, he knew her long before he cast her, so he can vouch for her acting skills. You don't say? I could say what my thoughts are on that, but I won't because I know if I say anything, then I'll only end up saying something that could be construed as offensive. Therefore, I'll keep my mouth shut on this one, and let you all decide for yourselves what to believe here.
Anyway, to get back to what the plot is for this movie. Sam takes his first steps into adulthood while remaining an ally to the Autobots. The twins won't be back, as Bay said he doesn't want anymore "dorky" type humor in the next movie, but John Turturro is rumored to come back to provide the comedy relief still. Another thing to keep in mind is that new movie will focus on the space race between the USSR and the USA; suggesting that there's a hidden transformers role that could prove to be Earth's most dangerous secret yet. If that wasn't enough, then hold on to your hats as Bay promises that this will be one killer of an ending. Sure, it can be rebooted, but Bay did say that the ending truly does put an end to the series. Oh and legendary Decepticon, Shockwave, is going to be one of the featured new villains of this movie. Although I wouldn't get your hopes up about him getting a huge role, as Bay said the exact same thing about Soundwave, and he was only in one scene of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Pros: Hot girls, great CGI effects, s*** getting blown up, and hardly any story at all......that is what America wants right? After all, the last movie only had that going for it, so I can only assume that's a positive for this film, as I honestly can't think of anything else.
Cons: Knowing Bay and his style, the story is obviously going to be bad, and it'll be extremely predictable to boot. Hence, you can bet a lot of film critics will slander the next movie.
Final Thoughts: I give up trying to convince people that Michael Bay movies aren't that good, as people don't seem to care about that anyway. As I said before, it's all about the hot girls, CGI, and explosions that our society really cares about.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot
Synopsis: As it seems Michael Bay has been contacted by Platinum Dunes Studio to reboot the classic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise. Although there's no official word yet about what the story will be about, but there is speculation that it will be an origin story to reboot the franchise. And the film will be live action this time and not animated like the last movie.
Pros: As much as I hate to say this, I have to give credit where credit is due. As much I would love to throw Michael Bay under the bus every chance I get, I have to be honest here....he knows how to make a box office hits. Don't believe me? Just look at every film he's ever made, and tell me that I'm wrong. As majority of them had scripts that ranged from mediocre to just plain terrible, yet people STILL saw them anyway and they all made money. Therefore, if there's one man that knows how to make a box office hit movie, then it's certainly going to be Michael Bay.
Cons: Although Bay has a great track record of making hit films, Platinum Dunes has a record of making remakes that typically suck. Seriously, they're biggest hit film thus far that I know of was the remake of "Nightmare on Elm Street", and that movie wasn't even that good.
Final Thoughts: For me personally, I honestly don't understand why they're not just going to make a sequel to the animated "TMNT", as I thought that film was very good. However, we'll have to wait and see. With Bay directing this, you can certainly expect the movie to have a s*** load of CGI, hot girls, and crap blowing up. That's one thing we can expect to see now with Bay involved in this reboot.
Judge Dredd Reboot
Judge Dredd: Karl Urban
Synopsis: As of right now, there's nothing that's been confirmed or denied about this upcoming reboot of "Judge Dredd." Other than the fact that the new script, by Alex Garland, will be a lot more faithful to the source material. The film will be shot in 3-D, and it's receiving funding from Reliance Big Entertainment, where the film will be showed at the Cannes Film Festival; where they'll be looking for potential buyers to distribute to the film worldwide.
Pros: Well, it's a chance to get it right this time. As the last "Judge Dredd" was so awful, I doubt seriously they could do any worse in this reboot.
Cons: Unless they end up making this film exactly or even close to how Stallone's version was, then it should be okay.
Final Thoughts: Although I'm normally against reboots in general, but it seems "Judge Dredd" is one of those rare franchises that sorely needs it like there's no freaking tomorrow.
Synopsis: David Self, the new screenwriter for the upcoming "Robocop" movie says that new film will essentially be a reboot of the character, and not any kind of continuation of the previous films. Nor should it be deemed a remake of any kind, according to Self. No, this new movie promises retell the story about how a man struggles to hold onto his humanity when he becomes a cyborg cop, within a futuristic society.
Pros: According to David Self, Darren Aronofsky wants to make a movie that solely focuses on character development and a damn good story. He wants a raw, aggressive and real story about a cop who is badly injured, then becomes a half-robot crime fighting machine. You got to respect a director that wants all those things if you ask me.
Cons: Last time I checked, there were rumors that Darren wasn't too keen on the idea of using 3-D in the upcoming "Robocop" reboot, as he's not a big fan of gimmicks. However, earlier reports suggest that MGM desperately wants to take advantage of this new 3-D craze in Hollywood, and that is what potentially is causing for the film to be delayed. Although it is just a rumor, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if that were true....
Final Thoughts: No way this film will be better than the original "Robocop" movie, as far as I'm concerned. As that film was just freaking awesome. Although I could be wrong though.
Max Steel: Taylor Lautner (rumored)
Synopsis: A teenage boy with accidental body enhancements fights the enemies of peace as a super-powered secret agent.
Pros: It has Taylor Lautner in it, so you can damn near expect all the teeny bopper girl, "Twilight" fanatics to go nuts over this film.
Cons: It's based off a toy franchise......and not even a great one either I might add. Plus, it features one of the most over rated actors in Hollywood. Therefore, I don't think I need to elaborate on that.
Final Thoughts: Ehh...I couldn't care less anymore. More than likely it'll be a success at the box office, and critics will hate it. There...enough said.
The Lone Ranger
Tonto: Johnny Depp
Synopsis: We've finally reached the final super hero of the preview section of my five part hub series, "Super Heroes Assemble." And what better way to end it, than going over arguably one of the world's longest running superheroes ever conceived. No, I'm not talking about "The Shadow" nor "The Phantom." Hell, I'm not even talking about "Superman." No, I'm talking about the world's oldest superhero...."The Lone Ranger." For those that don't know, "The Lone Ranger" was such a huge pop culture phenomenon during early hey days before TV's became popular. No, there was a time when "The Lone Ranger" used to be listened to very vividly on the radio, as people would always listen in to hear about his adventures. Now it seems, Disney wishes to breath new life back into the franchise once again. Set to be an origin story to tell how a fearless cowboy back in the old west took up arms to become the legendary hero. Aided by his trusty Native American sidekick, Tonto. Reintroducing "The Lone Ranger" for today's generation.
Pros: Having Johnny Depp in any movie isn't always a bad thing. As he's shown that even in some of his worst roles, he's still able deliver on making any movie at least half way decent. With bad story telling be damned, as he literally proved he can carry a movie by himself. Just look at "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise for instance. All those would've royally sucked if it weren't for his great performance as Jack Sparrow.
Then there's Jerry Bruckheimer. Like Bay earlier, I hate to say this. However, I have to if I want to be fair. It seems like whenever Jerry produces...ANY movie, it always guarantees it'll make money. In fact, I have yet to see a film he produces that flops. Therefore, I have to give the man the benefit of the doubt on this.
Cons: Although Bruckheimer has a history of producing blockbuster films, that doesn't necessarily mean they're actually any good. As I stated about "The Pirates of the Caribbean" movies earlier, those movies would've sucked completely if not for Johnny Depp. Therefore, you can expect a half a** plot with a lot of special effects carrying this movie, as i highly doubt with Bruckheimer involved we can expect something in terms of story content.
Final Thoughts: Although I had no interest in seeing this movie originally but after hearing that Depp would play Tonto, that seems to peak my interest a bit in this movie. As I'm very curious to see how Johnny Depp will portray the Native American sidekick. Other than that, I hope they cast someone for the lead that can hold his own against Depp. As Depp has a strong screen presence and personality, so they're going to need a big name actor to stand next him as the Lone Ranger himself.
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