There’s been rumours flying all over the place about Daniel Bruhl and the part he will play in the Marvel Universe since his name was attached to the Studio late last year. Well the answer has finally revealed itself as io9 reports the Rush actor will play Captain America’s nemesis Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War.
What? You don’t know who Baron Zemo is? You think he sounds like the name of a disappointing brand of German wine? Relax – for a very important villain, he’s not that well known. He’s most commonly seen going toe to toe with the cap. An advanced weapons builder strongly connected with the Nazis in World War 2 and world domination by the master race, it would be very easy to confuse this dude with Captain America villain the Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving. The main difference? Baron Zemo wears a hood. All the time. Seriously, it’s glued onto his face with a super-strong adhesive that he created and Captain America used against him.
But don’t worry, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a whole bunch of flash backs and cryo-freezing to bring this villain into the modern day. Like most comic book heroes and villains, Zemo has multiple incarnations including a son who succeeds his father. The son also has significant ties to the Marvel Civil War storyline, having recruited villains to fight for Iron Man and promote the registration of super-heroes. Whether or not this is the way the film is going to go is uncertain – despite the film having “Civil War” in the title, we can’t be sure how faithful it will be to the comics. In any case, Zemo would have a lot of information about Captain America’s past should Tony Stark want to use it against him. Also, Sebastian Stan is confirmed to be returning as the Winter Soldier, so could the two be working together?
This would be Daniel Bruhl’s second turn as a Nazi, having played a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds. Garnering critical acclaim for films like Rush, A Most Wanted Man and The Fifth Estate, this will be Bruhl’s first baby step into the Marvel universe. Let’s hope he pulls it off – it’s a big hood to fill. Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.
Hey, you like films right? You like films that are a bit different right? Sure you do. How about a film that’s a collection of short stories, how does that sound? I should probably stop asking questions since I don’t have a clue what your answers are.
There are certain sorts of films that don’t get much of a release because they’re too long or not commercial enough and spend the majority of their screening life on the festival circuit. This can often be a shame, since the public doesn’t get a chance to see some pretty damn intriguing projects. This is the case for The Turning, and Australian film that has been doing the round the last few months but hasn’t gotten much press until now. The lack of attention is a little surprising considering the stars that are attached, including Cat Blanchett and Hugo Weaving. The Turning adapts a short story collection of the same name by novelist Tim Winton. The film also brings together a number of different directors to helm each story. Here’s a trailer, fresh from Slashfilm and Soda Pictures:
The Turning also stars Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh. Directors involved in the project include Mia Wasikowska, Anthony Lucas, 300: Rise of an Empire’s David Wenham and Justin Kurzel. Main Street Films will be releasing the film this February, and it will also show in UK and Ireland but with the 180 minute run-time cut down to a slim 107.
Will you be watching The Turning?