Could Asa Butterfield be Marvel’s New Spiderman?

Let’s talk Spiderman guys. Captain America: Civil War is going to begin production before the end of the month (cutting it pretty fine), and for that to work Marvel and Don’t are going to have to pick their Spidey soon. Damn soon. For those out of the loop, this new Spiderman will be a combined reboot with Marvel Studios sharing rights with Sony. Don’t expect it to be simple, but with a new solo film promised for 2017, expect it to to be quick. Well quick isn’t even the word for it, since rumours are already abounding that a frontrunner has appeared in the potential list of candidates.

Screen Rant is reporting that Asa Butterfield is the current favourite for the role as Peter Parker. Young Butterfield is perhaps best known for his work on Ender’s Game a couple of years ago, working alongside Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin. Now, according to Latino Review, he is moving ahead of the pack.

Who’s in the pack you ask? Well a short list of names has been floating around recently, so from what we can tell the current list of candidates consists of Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (In The Heart of The Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing). Not a bad list right? All making waves in their own way, and all perfectly placed to play the Web slinger.

Why could Butterfield be out in front? Well, for starters he no stranger to action or scifi, and he’s had experience working alongside big Hollywood names, which can of be a boon for a new Avenger. Also, with the latest Peter Parker looking to be in his mid teens and still in high school, there’s a fair discrepancy between the actor’s ages (Wolff is the oldest at 20 and by far the oldest looking). However Butterfield makes a good showing at the ripe old age of 18, fresh-faced but still with blemish potential.
In the end, the choice will come down to staying power and audience appeal. The plan will be to make a lot more movies with this incarnation of Spiderman, so he’ll need to be someone viewers can grow up with. And let’s not forget he’s gotta be loved by viewers – we’ve gotten very critical when it comes to Spidermen.

Who would we like to get the part? We couldn’t possibly say.

Brand New Set Photos and Promos for “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Ok people we’re moving on! Get rid of your Age of Ultron calendar and your fan made post credits sequences and your bespoke Legos battle scenes. Avengers is out, so let’s get real for a moment. Let’s talk X-Men: Apocalypse. Not a beat after Age of Ultron finished premiering, Fox made damn sure to get the shared target audience’s attention with some sneaky looks at the cast of the latest Mutant escapade. For starters, they released some fancy presentable head shots of Codi Smit-Mcphee as the true blue teleporter Nightcrawler. Check out Mcphee’s new look below, courtesy of Screen Rant:

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It’s certainly a far cry from the Nightcrawler Alan Cummings portrayed in X-Men 2. Despite the obvious difference that he’s a much younger depiction he also appears to be a lot more clean cut than the abrasion and tattoo-heavy Cummings. There’s something suspiciously Matt Smith era Doctor Who about the hair to face ratio, but along with the striking attire this is most likely a reflection of the 80’s setting. If you needed any more evidence of the, you’d only need to check out the set photos tweeted from  shopping mall in Montreal. Have a look and see who you can spot:

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Well it would certainly looks be a task to miss Sophie Turner sporting her bright red bouffant. Alongside her we have Mcphee once again in what appears to be the red leather jacket from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, as well as Tye Sheridan as cyclops. Sheridan is rocking the Future X-Men leader’s signature ruby sunglasses, matching Turner’s hair almost perfectly. Finally we’ve got Jubilee in the mix, played by Lana Condor. I didn’t anticipate that the settings would be as vibrant as they appear, although this could very well be the kaleidoscopic quiet before a monochromatic shit storm when Apocalypse comes a callin. Speaking of the man himself, there’s unsurprisingly no sign of Oscar Isaac in this 1980’s mall, but that will certainly be coming  soon enough.

There’s a good chance that Fox will respond to these unofficial tweets with images of their own, so keep an eye out for that. Perhaps we’ll also get a look at McAvoy and Fassbender in their latest Mutant incarnations.

What do you think of the new team?

Adam Wingard to Helm “Death Note” Adaptation

Hey, you. Yeah you. You like Death Note? Sure you do. Wait what? You don’t know what it is? And this question/answer format is getting annoying? Fair enough! You’re gonna be hearing a lot more about  Death Note over the next few months, as the movie adaptation of the Japanese manga has polished off its wheels and started chugging along once again.

Empire is reporting that Adam Wingard, director of 2014’s The Guest and You’re Next has assumed the role of director for the upcoming adaptation. The position was originally held by Shane Black back in 2011, but as is so often the case Black got busy and the project got set aside. Now the project has been infected with  some new life.

For those who don’t know, Death Note tells the story of Light, a high school student who happens upon a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill whoever’s name is written in it. Who’s repaonaible for this? Why, the Death God Ryuk of course! The series follows Light’s mission to vanquish evil and the people who get in his way. Well, I suppose that’s subjective, depending on whether you like the kid or not.

The series has spawned an anime as well as a live action show, but this will be the first live action film based on the Death Note.

Warner Bros clearly recognised the popularity of this massive Japanese franchise when they sought the rights back in 2010. Let’s hope Wingard is the right guy to get the project off the ground once again.

You stoked for Death Note?

TMNT 2 Gets It’s Geared Up Garbage Truck

If there’s one thing that Michael Bay thrives at, it’s building considerable hype for films that people don’t think they want to see or even want to be made. A veritable lifetime of Transformers sequels have given him a valuable education in spinning an unattractive franchise into something that might be worth spending some of your take home pay on. The usual tactic for this spin doctor masterclass is playing on the nostalgia of young and old by dredging up something from their childhood that they only remember well enough to get a chuckle from and not well enough to recall that it wasn’t all that good.

Right, that’s quite enough laying into Michael Bay I think. After the giddy news that Paul Casey would definitely be making an appearance in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the next flashback from your formative years is a peak at the new mode of transportation the heroes in a half shell will be rocking. On top of that, Screen Rant is reporting that Bay is sticking to his lucky Transformers formula by previewing all the vehicles that will be making an appearance. Well, let’s have a look then:

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Wow actually that’s…that’s pretty cool. And it has Taratuga written along the side – that means turtle! It really does match up to one in the TV show. Oh hey, and look at this one:

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It’s the Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler! No way! This is gonna be awesome!

Ahem, anyway, it all looks to be above board and set to bring back as much from the original series as possible. Will we be seeing Krang taking the wheel of the turtle truck? Well no, I mean, obviously he has no arms so that would be an incredibly flawed plan. Maybe the body he rides around in can.

The truck looks pretty cool though right?

Charlie Cox Would “Love to do” a “Daredevil” Movie

Say what you will about Marvel movie fans, above all they are venture capitalists. As soon as they see something that works or has real potential, they’re immediately on the lookout for a way to expand it or the next big thing to connect it to. So it’s no surprise that as soon as Netflix’s hit TV show Daredevil started making waves, fans were abuzz about where the show can go next, both with Netflix and on the big screen. Well, according to Screen Rant, one thing we know for sure is that lead actor Charlie Cox (aka Matt Murdock) is all kinds of into Daredevil joining his crime fighting buds in theatres. Here’s what Cox had to say on the matter in an interview with IGN:

“Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that… And usually when you’ve got a two-hour movie, it’s action-packed, and so I think that’s one of the things that the show has really benefited from – having that extra time to really get to know and sit with these characters and see them as humans. But I’d love to see ‘Daredevil’ on the big screen again. It would be great. And if I could be involved with that, I’d be thrilled.”

Given the show’s early but I’m no way premature critical success, it wouldn’t be hard to fathom a cameo or two in some of the bigger upcoming Marvel projects. On the other hand, given the number of characters being introduced in Phase 3 alone, Marvel will most likely be cautious of overpowering the stew with too many ingredients. Plus, you have to consider that the devil of Hell’s Kitchen is going to have his hands full with the Defenders once they start showing their faces. One of the most refreshing things about Daredevil is that it shows the day to day side of the Marvel universe – the side that was dumbstruck by the invasion of Avengers Assemble but still had to go to work the next day, as a citizen, a hero or a criminal. So maybe Daredevil will be staying out of the Avengers Base, at least for the time being.

Would you like to see Cox get horny on the big screen? Wait, no not that.

First Chilling Look at Jared Leto’s Joker For “Suicide Squad”

Put down everything you’re doing, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one. There’s been a whole lot of back and forth recently about the nature of Jared Leto and what his decision of ultimate villain The Joker will be like in the upcoming DC universe building block Suicide Squad. As much as David Ayer‘s superhero flick is more than capable of keeping interest afloat until it’s release, a solid percentage of discussion has been focused on Jared Leto. Well, all that speculation can end, since director Ayer has been enough to provide us with a straight up, no nonsense still of Leto in full Joker attire. Or no attire, as the case may be.

Screenrant and everyone else on the planet has reported today that the image was made available via Ayer’s Twitter account, stating that it was in honour of Mr J’s anniversary. The result is by no means understated. Have a look at the shot below:

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In case your computer won’t let you see it, we’ve got a short-haired metal-toothed shirtless tattoo-laden Joker on our hands. I won’t sugar-coat it, it’s a bold-ass move. There have been comments that the tattoos are a little tongue in cheek, using grins and hahas all over the place, not to mention a J on the cheek and “damaged” scrawled across his forehead. As on the nose as they may be, they certainly suit the look and make a stronger case for the Prince of Crime having a long prosperous career in Gotham’s criminal underbelly. Could those metal teeth be the result of savage beatings or self mutilation. There is of course one purple glove to hark back to the Clown’s classic era three piece suit. Is this a look that exists in this universe or is it just a farewell to old ways. Oh wait, is that a latex glove?

We’ve had a few nibbles in the joker pond leading up to this. After the cast photo for Suicide Squad was released sans Jared Leto, we got a greenhaired shot with a camera in homage to Alan Moore‘s joker tale Killing Joke (this latest picture pose certainly makes winks know that direction), as well as a shot with crude lipstick. But there isn’t a trace of red lips in this final version, making for a grittier, balls to the wall Joker. And after seeing Ben Affleck‘s tale on Batman in the Batman v Superman trailer, it certainly looks as though the two could have some perfectly wonderful adventures together.

This is of course the only shot of a cast member in full costume we’ve seen so far. Are the other criminals going to be more modestly dressed since they’ll be carrying out covert government work? Or will Margot Robbie be sporting a similar mad look as Harley Quinn? We can’t be sure yet, but it’s sage to say that Jared Leto will be bringing plenty of madness to the table. But will the Squad be able to keep up?

We’ve got a long way to go before the Suicide Squad is unleashed on cinemas, and a lot of reveals between here and there. Let’s just hope DC hasn’t blown their load too soon.

New Trailer for M Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit”

Yesterday we were having a dignified ogle over the new posters for M Night Shyamalan’s latest venture The Visit, which depicted a very different kind of trip to see your grandparents.

We figured a trailer would be out pretty soon to capitalise on any intrigue from the posters, and wouldn’t you know it? The trailer came out today. The Visit is Shyamalan’s first rodeo with The Purge, Paranormal Activity and Insidious craftsman Jason Blume, so there was a good chance that wobbly cameras would around in this trailer,and they are. But instead of me saying what I thought would be in the trailer and then confirming I was right, why not let you watch it for yourselves? Check it out, courtesy of Deadline:

Not a bad bit of work. It definitely seems to be tilted in Blume’s favour, to the extent that you’d know for sure it was one of his but you wouldn’t necessarily think it was a Shyamalan pic. Is that a good thing? Quite possibly. The director could certainly benefit from taking things in a different direction, going in the direction that most other commercial horrors are going is a safe bet. Although it would be much more gratifying for Shyamalan to come back with something entirely different. Still, baby steps.

The film looks to cash in on an underused hor half the people in the film seems to know what’s going on (the grandparents) and the other half are hopelessly pumping them for information (everyone else).

The Visit stars Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge, and is scheduled for a September 11 release.

Will you be paying a visit?

Lord and Miller to Helm Animated “Spiderman” for Sony

It’s getting to the point now where it would take less time to list all the highly anticipated upcoming projects that AREN’T being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair have had their nose to the grindstone recently, attached to Lego sequels galore as well as a Jump Street sequel and The Flash for Warner Bros., all the whole keeping their numerous tv projects humming along nicely. Well now they’re adding to their superhero repertoire with an animated Spiderman movie!

Empire is reporting that the writing directing team have been hired by Sony to created an animated movie to rebuild their Spidey rep. Even though a lot of leeway has been given to Marvel to include the web slinger in the MCU (Captain America: Civil War first and foremost), Sony can still make all the Spiderman movies they like. This time around they’re going animated and they’re going funny, drawing on Lord and Miller’s inexhaustible Scrooge McDuck sized treasure trove of comedy gold. This could be an admittance of sorts that they could never really compete in a classic superhero stage with Marvel, especially with the same character. So they’re switching things up, fine tuning their demographic and, in our opinion, opening things up for themselves in a splendid way.

The plan is for Lord and Miller to focus more on Peter Parker in high school, which seems to be the fashion now since the Marvel incarnation will most likely be a teenager. Rumours of this project have been floating around from a while now, stemming from the talks that took place in January to determine the future of the Spiderman franchise.

Hopefully this will be a new lease of life for Sony and Spiderman’s love/hate relationship: they certainly have the right people on it.
The untitled Spiderman animated movie is set for release on July 20th, 2018.

Two New Posters for M Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit”

It’s not easy being M Night Shyamalan. It was really easy at one point, but then it got super difficult around about The Last Airbender. But you have to give the Sixth Sense director credit that at this turning point (turns can be good or bad right?) in his career he is willing to try new things with his movies. Sure Airbender and After Earth were on a much bigger scale than his earlier films and kind of failed miserably, but at least he learned from that and has scaled back dramatically for his latest endeavour The Visit, which we now have some creepy new posters.

Empire News is reporting on a set of US and UK posters released back to back to promote the upcoming project. Originally called Sundowning, The Visit tells the story of two young siblings and their mother visiting grandparents in a remote Pennsylvania farm, only to find that something funky is afoot. In the vein of folksy hospitality, the posters both use a combination of excessive sweetness and danger evoke that unspeakable terror of grandparents you don’t see very much. Check them out below:

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Quite an original set of posters. The crochet artwork would seem more at home with a Wes Anderson film if it weren’t for the blood and stuff. This new approach could very well be Shyamalan’s new filmmaking partner Jason Blum rubbing off on him. Blum has been behind projects like The Purge and Insidious, and has serious experience with making good horror on a budget. A chance for M Night to get back to his roots maybe? The Pennsylvania location would certainly suggest so.

What do you think of the posters?

Joss Whedon Has High Praises for Edgar Wright’s “Ant Man” Script

It’s a bit of an understatement to call Joss Whedon a Marvel Studios heavy hitter. Over the years he’s become as integral a part of the Marvel cinematic universe as the film’s he’s directed and the stories he’s crafted. One of the many benefits of this relationship is that Whedon more or less has care blanche to say what he wants about upcoming Marvel projects (within reason of course, he’s not a maniac). So it was a real treat to see the Avengers director weigh in on the long lost Ant Man script from original director Edgar Wright. It was however less of a treat when he divulged that it was one of the best Marvel scripts he’d ever read.

Screen Rant is reporting on an interview Whedon held with Buzzfeed on the eve of his final Marvel bow Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the subject of Wright’s script, Whedon expressed great fondness for the story and, if I’m not mistaken, a little disappointment that the film went in such a different direction. Check it out below:

“I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in ‘Ant-Man.’ [Then] I read the script, and was like, ‘Of course! This is so good!’ It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, ‘This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right.’ Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.”

Now that’s a hell of an endorsement. Ever since the Shawn of the Dead director left the project during principal photography citing creative differences, fans of Wright have been dying to find out what the script was like and why Marvel had such a problem with it. From the sounds of it, Ant Man would have been an ideal Marvel film in tone and taste, but as we all know that simply not enough anymore, not with the MCU at such a critical mass. Whedon’s fondness for the script appears to be more of an appreciation of a solo Marvel film people would definitely enjoy. I’m sure the studio was looking for something more between iron man and Iron Man 2. That means a popular origins story with action to spare that pays as much homage to the rest of the films as possible without losing its essence.

We may never know for sure what Wright’s script was like, but from the sounds of Joss Whedon‘s rave reviews it will certainly be a loss. However, from the looks of the trailers, we certainly won’t be short an impressive Ant Man movie. Ant Man hits theaters on July 17th and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Corey Stoll.