Yesterday the curtain was pulled all the way back at San Diego Comic Con with the grand unveiling of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feature length trailer. Last night, the number of views on a particular version of this trailer on an unnamed video site was 341. This morning it was up to over 7 million. No one is surprised by this. If you haven’t seen the trailer, for the love of Pete watch it now before some movie site ruins it by breaking down the best bits and speculate about them. As for the rest of you, let’s break down the best bits and speculate about them shall we?
Remember how excited everyone got when we heard the first teaser for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer came out? Remember how you nearly had to throw your undies immediately in the bin next to your desk when you saw the trailer leaked online in Spanish? And then you got to see the real thing the very next day! Remember all that? Well you’re about to flush out of your memory because the full length trailer for Dawn of Justice is here, and it will blow the roof off your soul, folks!
If there’s a binary of the Incredible Hulk in the DC Universe, it is without a doubt the badass element kryptonite. Why? Because it’s green, it doesn’t say much and it makes some of the strongest heroes look like jittery wimps of the highest calibre. What? Solomon Grundy? No, shut up, it’s kryptonite. Anyway, when will we get a chance to see the DC Hulk in action? A lot sooner than you think, if the reporters that be are to be believed. Continue reading “Batman v Superman” Will Get the Kryptonite Treatment!
If you’re coming off the bullet-proof balls-out high that is Kingsman: The Secret Service, and you’re looking for your next hefty dose of stylish spy awesomeness, then you need look no further. Warner Bros. has been kind enough to release the first official trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest offering The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Until now we’ve only had an image from the film that confirmed the retention of the 60’s setting of the original TV show from which the film has been adapted. Now we have a two-and-a-half-minute promise of everything else the film has to offer, which is to say a hell of a lot. Check out the trailer blow, courtesy of YouTube:
Groovy. From the small speak we have of U.N.C.L.E it certainly looks as though Ritchie has been steadily sharpening his directing implements since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows four years ago. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer look perfectly on form as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, American and Russian spies forced together to defuse the threat of a Nazi-controlled atom bomb. It’s especially nice to Cavill loosen up after playing a very steely Man of Steel. Did you notice Hugh Grant near the end there too?
The film is still set for release on August 14th, so…I don’t know, maybe watch Kingsman a few more times.
It’s gotten to a point with superman films where the films that have been made are just as interesting as the films that haven’t. The crazy costumes, the mind-bending plots, the out-there scripts that get fought for tooth and nail but eventually get tossed into a vault of parallel universe comic book movies. So what we get left with is a situation where two or three times a month you’ll be chatting to someone about comic book movies and they’ll say “did you know that Nicholas Cage came really close to playing superman?” Yes of course you do because you’ve heard it 100 times already. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good tidbit, but it’s wearing a little thin. Well now there’s a brand spanking new tidbit to toss around the water cooler!
Screenrant has reported on some new photographs that have come to light from the long-dead superman project Superman: Flyby. The film was one step in a long line of reinventions that would eventually become the lacklustre Superman Returns (which I still sort of love). Flyby was set to completely revitalise the brand and give supes a whole new look, including a more futuristic-looking costume. So why do we care? Because we can now see images of two actors who were screen tested for the role. A couple of relative unknowns called Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill. That’s right! Years before either of them would don the cape for their respective depictions, both superman actors were courted for Flyby. Check them out, courtesy of ThinkMcflyThink.com:
As you can see, Cavill has a considerably more fabulous hairdo than he has in Man of Steel, while Routh looks…well Routh looks pretty much identical to the way he looks in Returns. They’re both sporting the metallic, exo-skeletal armour that was set to overtake the traditional spandex before the project was scrapped.
Routh would go on to star in the film’s final incarnation Superman Returns in 2005, while Cavill would have to wait until 2014 before he’d get to put the tights on again. Although it looks as though it was worth the wait since Cavill will be the face of superman for the foreseeable future. But Routh can’t really complain: he’s rejoined the DC fold as The Atom in the hit TV series Arrow, and I’d be very surprised if his role didn’t get considerably juicier before the show finishes. Still, I’m sire both actors look back on those days and wonder about the potentially fatal superman movie that could have been.
Who do you think should have starred in Flyby?
It’s been a quiet start to the Christmassy week of the year, with everyone slowing down and losing energy. But now we have a quick kick up the ass from one of the slower-moving projects of 2014. And a big budget project no less.
Screenrant has reported that the first official image from the set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., revealing how cast members Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. This is the latest project from director Guy Ritchie, who’s moved away from his modern day grit and turn-of-the-century detectives and landed more in the less in the middle with the 1960’s TV show adaptation. One look at the image and you can see that Ritchie is staying faithful to the time and setting of the original show that followed two secret agents from opposing agencies who were forced to work together. Don’t worry, that’s as far as the similarities to Mr and Mrs Smith go. Here’s the image, courtesy of Screenrant:
So just so you know eactly what you’re looking at, Cavill is playing Napoleon Solo, a spy working for the CIA, while Hammer plays his KGB counterpart Illya Kuryakin. Next to them is Alicia Vikander, who plays Gaby Teller. She seems to have a few scratches on her arm so this scene could very well be a quick gin-and-breather between gun fights. The costumes definitely speak for themselves, emulating the counteracting styles of the rival spies in the original show.
U.N.C.L.E. has been in the works a lot longer than some people think, with directors like Steven Soderbergh and David Dobkin washing their hands of the project. But now we’ve finally gotten some traction the film looks like it must be close to completion. Do I hear trailer-bells in the air?
Like the look of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?
March 25, 2016: The date that DC and Warner Bros. says is going to blow my mind! Judging from the set photos, the plot rumours and the umpteen films that are going to follow Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I think they might be right.
It may seem like a long long way away, and that’s because it is. But we have good news in the interim because production has officially wrapped on the film. The film’s cinematographer, Larry Fong, was sweet enough to let everyone know by posting on his Instagram. have a look at the image, it’s as intriguing as it is sort of baffling.
Dawn of Justice is going to see Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck lock horns as the two greatest superheroes of the DC universe, provided you don’t ask Green lantern: he’s still a bit surly since his movie flopped and his reboot’s not for a few years…hopefully he sobers up by then. Sorry, went off on a tangent there. This will be the first time we see the two on screen together. The closest we’vecome on the big screen was in Batman & Robin with Goerge Clooney’s off the cuff remark “This is why superman works alone”. Cute, right?
Now that production is done we can hopefully expect a trailer or at least a teaser to dropping early next year, or maybe earlier depending on what other movie release it’s attached to (there’s a rumour circling The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies so keep your eyes peeled).
This movie’s going to be the ground floor of a very tall building, so it’s gonna be a real thrill to see some more tidbits emerge from this project.
Who do you think’s gonna win?