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Hans Zimmer is retiring from superhero films

Dawn of Justice will be the last superhero movie Hans Zimmer will work on, after composing 5 of them from Batman Begins to Dawn of Justice.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a big place in your heart for Hans Zimmer. Even if you’re not familiar for his landmark 90’s film composing on projects like The Lion King and The Thin Red Line, then you’ll know him for his modern day work. Since 2005 Zimmer has been working consistently on superhero movies Beginning with Batman Begins, the composer worked on the entire Christopher Nolan trilogy. Since then he has put his name to both Man of Steel and the latest instalment in the DCEU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But even though he’s such a household name in comic book shops across the world, the composer may very well be hanging up his cape and tights for good.

The news from the BBC is that Zimmer, who has composed music for over 150 films, will be retiring from the superhero movie business. In an interview with BBC HARDtalk, the composer spoke about how committed he was to the Nolan trilogy, and how much it took out of him:

“I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life.”

This is a fairly eye-opening message from Zimmer, and speaks to how invested he becomes in his work. He also spoke briefly about Dawn of Justice, and the difficulties he had finding inspiration for the DC heavyweight bout:

“This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”

Well the good news is that Hans Zimmer isn’t retiring completely, which is definitely a relief. It will certainly be strange to experience a DC movie without that classic Zimmer sound, but it’s understandable after 5 films and 11 years.

It’s also worth remembering that Zimmer wasn’t the only composer working on Dawn of Justice. Junkie XL, who recently wrote the score for the wickedly successful Deadpool, also contributed some work to the film. You might recognise his guitar work on the parts of the film that focussed on Wonder Woman and the rest of the upcoming Justice League members. The two musicians have worked together before on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Maybe the work between Zimmer and Junkie XL on Dawn of Justice was a DCEU handover of sorts. Could we be hearing Junkie XL’s work on the next Justice League project? We’ll have to wait and see.

God speed Mr Zimmer, we’ll be hearing from you soon. Get it? Because he’s a composer.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in cinemas now. Watch this space for all the latest Hans Zimmer movie news.

It’s the Super Bowl Trailers Bonanza!

Deadpool, The Jungle Book and X-Men: Apocalypse are just a few of the Super Bowl trailers that aired during the big game. Watch them all below.

There is no reason not to be excited about the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if you hate American football or half-time shows or large groups of people wearing matching outfits. That’s only a tiny fraction of what makes the Super Bowl great. A much larger fraction off what makes the Super Bowl great is the Super Bowl trailers! This year saw a stupendous ten big budget movies getting the Super Bowl trailer treatment. Tat doesn’t even include the TV spots for Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Coca Cola’s lavish Marvel-powered ad.

So what are you waiting for? Get to buffering cos you definitely don’t want to miss these! Let’s start wiiiith:

Deadpool TV Spot

Ok, it’s called a TV spot, but really it’s a trailer. It’s just hard to tell because Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth is constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. I’d get used to that if I were you. Watch out for a few new snippets of footage but mostly just enjoy the banter.

Captain America: Civil War

A lot of people were probably hoping to see a bit more of the upcoming Marvel clash of titans, but this 30 second trailer still packs a lot in. Check out Tony Stark’s quick fire Iron Man gauntlet and the full team shots at the end. Delicious… Here’s the first Civil War trailer.

Jason Bourne

All we had to go on was a photo of a lean, mean Matt Damon bare-knuckle boxing. Now we’ve got a full half-minute of footage. It definitely looks like Damon is bringing the grit after his time on Mars in The Martian. How will the latest in the Bourne franchise measure up?

X-Men: Apocalypse

“Let’s go to war”. They picked a good line to sneak into this Super Bowl trailer. The latest footage gives us a better idea of the scope of destruction we can expect, what with the hundreds of missiles firing and all. We’ve already seen Apocalypse increase in size, though. Can you show us anything else he can do?

The Secret Life of Pets

Let’s take a breather from the action and see something a little more relaxed. The latest animated venture from the folks behind Despicable Me looks like it’s got some solid laughs. Still, not even a whiff of a plot to speak of in this trailer.

The Jungle Book

While we’re on the subject of animals, how’s this for a feral treat? Another full length trailer for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book. Not only that, but we finally get to hear Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Christopher Walken lend their voices to the animal characters. A bit more light-hearted than the last trailer, as well.

10 Cloverfield Lane

If you haven’t seen anything about JJ Abrams‘ spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, this is as good a place as any to start. John Goodman acting screwy in a bunker while all hell breaks loose on the surface? I’m sorry but what’s not to like?

Turkish Airlines Batman v Superman TV Spots

We’ve been a bit overloaded with Batman v Superman footage especially with the last spoiler-filled trailer. But these Turkish Airline spots promoting Gotham and Metropolis as must-visit destinations are pretty fantastic.

Gods of Egypt

It’s Clash of the Titans meets 300 but probably not quite as good. Gods of Egypt gets a slightly longer trailer but still fiils it to bursting with luscious CGI and badass monsters. Ok it’s not an Oscar nominee, but still looks like a lot of fun.

Eddie the Eagle

A nice bit of English underdog-ness to cut through all this American action. Taron Egerton play the optimistic ski-jumper and stars alongside Hugh Jackman. Turn down your brightness when you watch this – the 80’s colour palette is intense.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Rule 1 of Nina Turtles Club: Don’t take anything seriously. The trailers for Michael Bay’s reptilian sequel have been following this rule very well so far. A lot of new footage in this one – watch out for our first good look at Krang.

Independence Day: Resurgence

The final of our Super Bowl trailers. There’s a fantastic amount of destruction this time around, including an alien craft vs air force dog fight. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum looking as distinguished as ever.

No a bad set of Super Bowl Trailers. Do yourself a favour and watch them all again. Al of them!

Red Band “Deadpool” Trailer – “Please don’t make the supersuit green”

Nothing can really prepare you for a truly kick-ass trailer. You can know it’s coming, you can know when, and you know the premise, and somehow you think you know what to expect. But a good trailer will always pull the rug out from under and laugh at you as you sit there feeling frankly a little foolish. Continue reading Red Band “Deadpool” Trailer – “Please don’t make the supersuit green”

Ryan Reynolds Decides: Green Lantern Suit vs Deadpool Suit

Since the new Deadpool movie exists almost entirely because of a test reel leaked to the public, it makes sense that images of Deadpool have been used heroically throughout the movie’s production. From set shots to video appearances,  to spoofs to goofy photos of the mad antihero in a number of compromising positions, we’ve seen it all.

This has been a stark contrast to Ryan Reynolds‘ last comic book movie Green Lantern, where we didn’t really see the finished product in its entirety until the trailer. Since the suit was motion capture this sort of makes sense, even if the film didn’t. The question is, which did Reynolds prefer to work with? Continue reading Ryan Reynolds Decides: Green Lantern Suit vs Deadpool Suit

Don’t Tell Your Mum: “Deadpool”‘s Rated R

Look, there are some comic book heroes that simply wouldn’t work with a pg-13 rating. The Punisher, Kick-Ass, Preacher, The Boys, the list goes on and on for like three more titles. And then there’s Deadpool. So far with the Ryan Reynolds project there’s been very little to complain about: we’ve got some sweet tests footage, a super speed greenlight and fast track by Fox, creative freedom for director Tim Miller, a lauded script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, costume unveiling AND on the hour cast reveals. But you know the old saying – films don’t get made in a vacuum, and much like with life and their stepmother’s superior meatloaf, fans will always find something they’re not happy with.

With the studio going back and forth about a pg-13 rating and dear Mr Reynolds fighting the good fight for an R rating, Screenrant reports that the war is finally over, and the R’s have it!

Along with some tweets from Reynolds, a video was also released with Reynolds in full Deadpool garb, confirming to the audience that the film will be R rated whilst having a pop at Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell reference included). The video is choc full of self-referential put downs,  in jokes and Xmen Origins callbacks. All in good fun and all pointing the the creative high ground that will give the audience something creatively unique instead of widely marketable. Check out the video below, courtesy of Screenrant:

Deadpool will be in theatres February 12th.

Hugh Jackman Will Only Make One More “Wolverine” Movie

I don’t want you to panic, but we could very well be winding down on one of the most successful comic movie franchises of all time. There has been considerable evidence to suggest that Hugh Jackman will only be making one more Wolverine movie. Aaaaaaand panic now!

It goes without saying that there are seriously mixed reviews of the spin-off Wolverine movies that came out of the original trilogy of X-Men movies that began in 2000. But how ever you rate them, they haven’t done Marvel, X-Men or Mr Jackman himself any harm at all. 2013’s The Wolverine alone grossed nearly $415 million worldwide! That’s a lot of claw polish. But The Wrap is reporting that Jackman will only be donning the leather jacket one more time. This comes from a mysterious tweet the actor posted last week:

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While there was a suggestion that this could mean a final curtain on any potential future appearances of Logan, it has been explained by an insider that this is purely a reference to one final Wolverine standalone. There is no reason to believe that this news would have any impact on Jackman’s involvement with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse or a potential foot in Deadpool’s door (hey, it could happen, you don’t know).

When talking about possible developments for a Wolverine sequel with The Wrap, Jackman had this to say:

“I’d probably move it to a different visual palette…We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out.”

It would certainly be a crime to see the X-Men take on Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse without the help to the adamantium-clad quasi-leader of the gang. Please don’t tell Cyclops I said that.

Ryan Reynolds Says “Deadpool” Will Do Right by Fans

It would be fair to say that Marvel doesn’t really own the character of Deadpool anymore. Deadpool has two new surrogate parents: Ryan Reynolds, who’s been standing face to face with that black and red mask in every dream he’s had for the past six years; and the Marvel audience, who’s far more maternal and gets protective of Deadpool when Reynolds wants to take Deadpool rock-climbing and let him stay up past his bedtime.

After the debacle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it’s bizarre depiction of Deadpool as a lesson in graphic irony, the Marvel audience got full custody of Deadpool for a while and Reynolds didn’t really have any visitation rights. But late last year Reynolds starred in some test footage that sparked the opposite of public outcry – I guess it would be called in-laugh? – and the Marvel audience forgave him, letting him see Deadpool on alternate weekends.

I guess my longwinded point is that Ryan Reynolds knows what it means to pass off a Marvel fan, so he knows how important it is that the new Deadpool film be faithful. Well, according to Slashfilm, he’s pretty confident about his chances. Here’s Reynolds talking to Shortlist about what he expects from the film:

“I’m incredibly happy about it —we’ve got a director that understands that world and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character. That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope.”

Slavish is definitely a word that should not be taken lightly. So it sounds like they’re pushing the boat out when it comes to authenticity.

Director Tim Miller is directing the project from Blur House, which is the same animation studio that produced the test footage that drove everyone crazy.

This opinion is a little more reputable since he’s not talking about a script that hasn’t been written. The script exists and has been lauded by readers as something of a gem. The script, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Warwick, has roles for TJ Miller, Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin, as well as an actor-less Colossus.

It’s certainly comforting to see Reynolds so confident about the upcoming semi reboot, let’s just hope it’s justified.

Deadpool will hit cinemas on February 12th, 2016.

Morena Baccarin to Play Mystery Female Lead in “Deadpool”

If the upcoming marvel movie Deadpool were a person, it would be a guy who’s been kicked out of bed because he’s super late for work, so now he’s rushing around trying to eat cereal and brush his own teeth at the same time while tying a Windsor knot with his big toes.

We only found out very recently that a solo movie for marvel’s candidly nutty mercenary was being made, but since then it’s been rare to go a few days without some new nugget of news popping up out of nowhere. The latest is that Morena Baccarin will be playing the female lead in the film, as reported by The A.V. Club. The only problem is we have no idea who that female lead might be. Well that’s not strictly true:there are suggestions that Baccarin will play Domino or Shiklah, both of whom have been romantically attached to Deadpool at some point in his comic history. Everything is entirely speculative at the moment, more so with this film than with other comic book movies as Deadpool is notorious for poking fun at classic comic tropes. So it’s just as likely the movie will subvert all expectation and have Godzilla as the love interest… Or Robert Downey Jr as played by a woman.

Morena Baccarin swings both ways, heading from DC's "Gotham" to Marvel's "Deadpool"
Morena Baccarin swings both ways, heading from DC’s “Gotham” to Marvel’s “Deadpool”

Morena Baccarin will be most familiar to audiences for her role as Inara in Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, as well as Jessica Brody in Homeland and most recently Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham. With a good few Sci-fi action chops to her name she should be a striking fit and a worthy scene sharer with Ryan Reynolds and his comic book alter ego.

This is the most recent thread in a long string of casting/character news. Since rumours started that heavy metal X-Man Colossus would be playing a part in the film’s story, we’ve found out that Gina Carrenon is on board as adrenalin junkie mutant Angel Dust along with comic actor T.J. Miller. It’s been suggested that Miller will be playing a voice in Deadpool’s head, but I’m still hoping he’ll be reprising his character from Big Hero 6. We also found out that the Colossus rumours were true, but that the actor of few words Daniel Cudmore who played him in the X-Men franchise would not be starring. So that role could be up for grabs. You know, if you’re interested.

You can check out the test footage that got this whole thing rolling here. If you haven’t seen it, then I’m not sure if we met at a cocktail party that we would be friends.