Warner Bros. is Taking a Run at Robin Hood

You only have to look at the Marvel DC movie timetable for the next few years to see that WB likes a challenge, especially when it’s a close knit competition. So that might explain why the studio has thrown it’s hat into a a completely different ring, where the ring is made of trees and arrow heads and the hat is pointy and green and has a feather in it. That’s right, Warner Bros has set it’s sights on The Little Mermaid! No I’m kidding, it’s Robin Hood of course.

Empire is reporting on the Studio’s recent purchase of a script based on the legendary archer and his band of merry men. There’s not a lot of info on the project as yet, except that writer Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and John Zaozirny are attached.

Robin Hood is an extremely valuable property at the moment, if for no other reason than every year the studio is interested in it. As well as WB you’ve got Disney working on Hood and Nottingham which is apparently being curtailed into a large scale action caper to rival Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Sony’s Hood, pitched by Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, which promises to be more stunt and straight action based, in the vein of Mission: Impossible. Finally we have Lionsgate and Robin Hood: Origins, which has been put together by King Arthur (Guy Ritchie) scribe Joby Harold. Lionsgate will reportedly go with a straight laced boy to man tale, portraying Hood as a young freedom fighter.

It’s unclear at this point how many of these films will actually get made in the end or how they will be staggered release-wise, but with the law of averages such as it is we’re definitely more likely to get a decent Robin Hood film with this many studios fighting it out.

New “Fantastic Four” Trailer – Everything Your Ever Wanted to See! Not Over-Selling it!

If for any reason (and there have been a few) you’ve been left a little underwhelmed by the media traffic for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, we couldn’t really blame you. It’s been no small topic of discussion on this site that elements of the info release on Fans stick that have been very unique and avant garde have also been the most infuriating and debated. Well what we have now is what could be described as the most mainstream trailer for the film, which not only shows pretty much everything we wanted to see, but also justifies the whole journey up until this point.

The Wrap has reported on the new Fantastic Four trailer that came out over the weekend. The highlights? Well we get a peek at Reed Richards doing some stretching, Sue Storm throwing some forcefield shapes, Johnny Storm flaming on, The Thing strutting his stuff, and also a spot of Doom. Wait what? Where has trailer been the last six months? Why are you wasting your time with questions? Just watch it!

Yeah that was definitely worth it. This trailer follows a much more popular pattern of superhero movie trailers – action and plot are favoured over atmosphere and tone. Essentially, Fantastic Four up until this point has based its trailers on a teaser trailer format. But now that we’ve seen this trailer, it explains the flow of media up until this point. Sure, it would have been immense to see this trailer months ago. But would it have been as satisfying to see the Thing in motion if we hadn’t just been shown Jamie Bell for so long? Would we really have cared that Johnny Storm was stretching unless we’d seen everyone else’s powers but his? Would we have been shocked by the sight of Doom if we weren’t dubious of whether or not he’d even look like his normal metallic self?

The way I see it, everyone knows the Fantastic Four. Everyone knows what they can do and what their powers look like and who their nemesis is. So how do you show that to a well fed audience who are used to one-upmanship without them saying “yes… And?”. Simple, you make them think they’re never gonna see it. And then you show them. As a result, everything about this trailer is ten times more intense than it would have been if we saw it first six months ago and had nothing leading up to it and nothing to top it but the film itself.

So yeah, a good trailer.

Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell.

Check Out Two Propaganda Posters for “Batman V Superman”

Soooooo kind of a big weekend. After a notorious leaking of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer at the end of last week, it was unclear as to whether or not Zack Snyder and Warner Bros would respond by releasing the trailer early to capitalise on the steadily building hype and not appear late to the party. Well they did, and the official trailer was released in sweet hi res. I’m sure you’ve already seen it by now and just any case that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. To go along with the trailer that definitely had a people’s revolt feel to it, WB have released two propaganda posters in the lead up to the movie.

The Wrap is reporting on the posters that depict Batman and Superman with their faces ripped apart by their opponents symbol. Check them out below:

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The campaign really plays off the suspicion and hostility against Superman that was toted in the trailer, which made no bones about leaving the intentions of both Batman and Superman morally ambiguous. Sure, we expect them both to be heroes, but these posters suggest that some unpopular decisions will be made.
I mean, sure, it seems unlikely that someone could get a closeup picture of Batman’s face to stick on a poster, but we’re willing to let that slide because they’re so damn cool.

Whose side are you on?

Check Out a New Teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”

Quentin Tarantino strikes me as a ballsy kind of guy. That’s the impression I get from his movies at least. In recent years he’s taken a samurai sword to realistic tellings of World War 2 and American slavery, creating brutally cartoonish worlds populated with mad heroes and warped monsters alike. That’s all well and good, but it takes someone with real cojones to release a teaser trailer the day after a Star Wars trailer AND a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser. You heard me right.

Screenrant is reporting that the Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs creator has released the first real look at his latest project The Hateful Eight. The quasi-Western had its fair share of bumps in the road, with Tarantino postponing release after scripts had been circulated without his knowing. After that, hopes were lifted with a live read-through of the same script. Not long after that the project was back in business. Here’s a look at the teaser, courtesy of Screenrant:

Well it wasn’t the longest or most descriptive thing in the world, but you’ve got to respect it all the same. No one is saying that Tarantino isn’t a Hollywood heavy hitter, but people can only focus on so many things at once and trying to promote your teaser while Harrison Ford is saying “Chewie, we’re home” and bat cowls are fading in to ominous chords. Why give yourself the competition?

It could very well be that this was always going to be the time when the teaser would be released and all the other surprise reveals just happened to fall around it, so instead of rescheduling they stuck to their six shooters and released the teaser on time. Could this mean that more material will be coming our way soon? Are we on a strict regiment of The Hateful Eight news now? We can’t be sure for the moment, but it sure is nice to have a teaser for it. Even though the teaser tells us very little, it tells us enough to keep us confident.

Steve Carrell Cast in Zemeckis’ “Marwencol” Doc Adaptation

You may remember a that couple of years ago a documentary by the name of Marwencol that played at South by South West and won the best documentary award. We got word shortly after that that director Robert Zemeckis would be taking the helm of an adaptation of the doc. That was pretty much all we knew until recently, but now we not only have confirmation that the project is still going ahead, but we also have a lead actor. Firstshowing.net is reporting that Zemeckis will be working with Steve Carrell on the project that recounts one man’s decision to build a scale model of the town of Marwencol is his back garden.

There were initially rumours that Leonardo DiCapro was being eyed for the role, but it appears as though Carrell came out on top. From the sounds of it, the former Office star could be an ideal fit. Straight off the Oscar train following a riveting performance of John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, Carrell has had a lot of experience playing emotional fragile characters in films like Dan in Real Life and Little Miss Sunshine. Sure, they may not have been the most serious films in the world, but they’re a firm bedrock for more dramatic roles as Foxcatcher clearly demonstrates.

A little more on the story itself, the man in question decides to build the World War 2 era town after a vicious attack that left his memory wiped. As part of his recuperation, he built a reliability model town as a means of building new associations out of nothing and learning familiarity.

If you haven’t seen the documentary I highly recommend it. However if docs aren’t really your bag then fell free to check out Zemeckis’ adaptation when it hits the big screen.

Check Out the New Trailer and Full Stormtrooper Suits From “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I know what you’re thinking. The official Star Wars celebration is tomorrow, and with that the promise of not only a poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens but a fully fledged trailer as well. With that in mind, couldn’t this juicy piece of Episode VII filet be kept aside until then. I suppose you’re right, except you’re totally wrong! Granted, tomorrow promises to be a hailstorm of Star Wars movie news, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t just dive headfirst into all the news tomorrow, you’ll pull a hammie for sure. So think of this reveal of the the new stormtrooper costumes in full as some light stretching before the race starts.

Screenrant us reporting that in the preparation for the celebration, an Instagram was posted of the official programme for the show, which happens to include a full body stormtrooper image. Check it out below, courtesy of Instagram:

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Exciting stuff right? If you look at the original trailer for Force Awakens you can see that the helmet matches up perfectly with the platoon, and the chest portion is identical to the one sported by John Boyega. It’s certainly a very Abrams-esque take on a classic design, making advancements without doing the original armour a disservice. All we need now is to see how the suit looks in action!
Force Awakens hits theatres on December 25th 2015.

And now that you’ve had your starter, here’s the main course sucker! A new trailer for The Force Awakens. It’s awesome – you’ve been warned. Fresh from Youtube:

I’ll let you sit with that for a while. We’ll be seeing you in four days for that Batman vs Superman trailer we’ve heard so much about.

Choose Your Side: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Teaser

What could be more exciting than finding out that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer will hit theatres on May 20th? How about a sneaky teaser of the trailer to wet your beak? Yes, yes I thought you’d like that. In the followup to the highly anticipated Star Wars celebration which will see the release of a new trailer and poster for Force Awakens, Zack Snyder revealed that a short aperitif to the Batman v Superman trailer would appear an hour beforehand.

Slashfilm has reported that the teaser has gotten the full treatment, with limited seating Imax screenings and all the hype of a full length trailer. Warranted? Maybe, check out the trailer and see for yourself, courtesy of Youtube:

Consider your beak wetted! The main brunt of the tease is that we get a solid look at the costumes for bats and supes.We already had an idea of what these were going to look like, but it’s certainly a treat to see the dark knight’s cape and cowl up close.Ok, so it would have been nice to see Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill sporting their respective outfits, but that’s not what this trailer is for. It’s an exercise in tone as opposed to action, which makes sense at this point in the game with a trailer coming less than a week away. Still, a Pow! or two would have been nice.

Due in theatres March 26th 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill,Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Jason Momoa.

What did you think of the tease?

Was Captain Marvel Cut Out of “Age of Ultron”?

We were talking yesterday about the roadblock on DC and WB path to superhero glory with the departure of Michelle MacLaren from Wonder Woman as a result of alleged creative differences. But where DC is experiencing a snafoo of sorts, Marvel is paving ahead with its own first female led feature Captain Marvel. But even Marvel is a little bit behind its original plans as it is revealed that Captain Marvel was originally expected to make an earlier appearance in another Marvel film.
Screenrant is reporting that Marvel originally intended to include Captain Marvel in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s right, you could very well have been sneaking a peak at the first flying female to punch her way through the Marvel cinematic universe. It would definitely have been awesome as a reveal for Avengers 2, but let’s see what Kevin Fiege had to say about long term plans for Marvel and the good Captain herself:

BEWARE, HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!!

“There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters – maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…

[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.

Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo – as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume – you evolve that going forward.

The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’

Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.”

An irritatingly fair and justified explanation I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s hard to deny that Avengers 2 is already groaning under the weight of its own hype machine, and adding a huge character like Captain Marvel on top of that wouldn’t do the film or the character any favours. Cameos are a dangerous thing, especially when they’re not done well. Fiege made some references to Scarlet Witch there, and it sounds as though she’s filled some of the gaps that were originally left by Captain Marvel to add to her already significant contributions to the film, which fans will undoubtedly appreciate. Especially since Fiege is suggesting Scarlet Witch will be appearing in Civil War!? Did I read that right?

Carol Davers is currently being attached to Captain Marvel, although whether more casting will take place is unclear. Nicole Perlman of Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve of Inside Out are in talks with Marvel to take the writing gig for Captain Marvel, and a director has yet to be determined. Marvel have stated that they want to bring in a female director, so it will be exciting to see who takes the job.

Would you have kept Captain Marvel in the Avengers 2 mix?

“Kung Fu Panda 3” Moves Up to January ’16

Who likes Kung Fu Panda? I will assume everyone said yes, and why wouldn’t they? It’s got Kung Fu, it’s got pandas, Dustin Hoffman and a badass Hans Zimmer score. So it was understandable when people got a little antsy when the release date for Kung Fu Panda 3 was moved from the end of this year to March of next year. It was an understandable move for Dreamworks Animation following the news that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be opening on Christmas. Trust me, that media skirmish would not be adorable as you would expect, hence the move. But now there’s been another move in a better direction!

The Wrap is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 3‘s release has been shuffled from March 18th to January 29th 2016. So well only have to wait a month or so more than the original release date. Not bad right? It’s a testament to the bubbling confidence that’s coming out of Dreamworks as a result of the super positive response to their new extra terrestrial caper Home starring Jim Parsons, which has seen a worldwide take of 243 million so far.

This is good news considering that Dreamworks was struggling a little recently. But now they’re pushing the boat out and only giving Star Wars a month’s head start before Kung Fu Panda 3 comes a-kickin’.

The film will star Jack Black reprising his role as Po the panda, as well as new names Rebel Wilson and Bryan Cranston.

Are you ready for Kung Fu Panda 3 to bring the awesome in 2016?

Michelle MacLaren and WB Split Over “Wonder Woman” Creative Differences

It’s more of an old joke than an in-joke these days that DC has followed Marvel’s template when it comes to constructing a cinematic universe. From teamups to superteam origins, from pacing to publicity, there are a lot of similarities. But now it looks as though DC has taken it too far. Copying the Edgar Wright Marvel split that seems so long ago, Slashfilm is reporting that DC and WB have had a creative split with Wonder Women director Michelle MacLaren. Honestly DC, get your own hobby!

I’m kidding of course, it’s no joke really. MacLaren was undoubtedly a huge get for the studio. A big name in blockbuster TV drama, MacLaren has made her name working in the likes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. But it looks as though director and studio once again found themselves separated by irreconcilable differences. The statement from WB is unsurprisingly nondescript, but we’ll include it anyway:

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together”

In a way this was an inevitable result that nobody wanted to admit. MacLaren has made her name with groundbreaking genre work, so there was no way that she wouldn’t make a huge impression on the direction of the story. This is especially true since her contract did not stipulate that she not be involved with story development. Like Wright before her, MacLaren undoubtedly had a unique vision for the character and the film style that wasn’t as up for debate as WB and DC would like. Either that, or it was the other way round and it was the studio that wouldn’t bend. Either way, these kind of differences don’t go away in a filmmaking process, and if they do they don’t go away quietly.

There have  been some suggestions that the planned 1920s setting for the film was causing some contention, although it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get a straight answer about what caused the bad blood.
So now WB need to find themselves a new director if they want to stay on track with their universe wide to-do list. It’s unclear as yet whether former potential female directors like Kathryn Bigelow are still in the running for the gig, but considering the rumours that the gig is considered a poisoned chalice of sorts for any female director who might consider it. I mean, so far they’re kind of right.

Other than the crippling loss of a director, casting is still on track and there are no suggestions that the film will be delayed in any way. The question becomes, who’s going to fill MacLaren’s shoes?