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.
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?
“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!
Hey I’m Gambit. I’m a longstanding member of the X-Men and I bring a lot of charm and home cooked cool to the team. Ever seen me throw a playing card? Yeah, it’s pretty damn cool.
In case you couldn’t hear it though the screen, I was doing that in a flawless New Orleans accent. I’m a big fan of Gambit, and you know who else is? Rupert Wyatt. Well, I assume he’s a fan since he’s just been selected to direct the mutant’s standalone movie next year.
Empire is reporting that the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be bringing the action and CGI chops he earned on that movie to the world of mutants and superheroes. Channing Tatum has long been attached to the role of Gambit, so the hiring of Wyatt is a good sign that the project is ready to get going. After all, the release date has been set for October next year.
Wyatt’s last picture was The Gambler, which saw Mark Wahlberg kill it in an entirely foreign role. Even though the film left a lot to be desired, it’s clear that Wyatt can work magic with leading men. Let’s hope he can help fellow comic book noob Tatum get to grips with a bayou roaming rogue who can manipulate kinetic energy with explosive effect.
No other cast members have been named as yet, but hopefully with the announcement of Wyatt we’ll be seeing an increase in momentum from the Gambit camp. With any luck we’ll get a sneaky look at Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Who else would you like to see battle it out in Gambit?
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:
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:
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?
Whether it’s artwork or casting choices, the Xmen: Apocalypse publicity train is certainly picking up momentum. It’s been hard to put down where the next nugget of info will be coming from, since director Bryan Singer has a solid amount of experience using social media to get the word out to his fans. Well in a follow-up to last week’s reveal of some designs for Ben Hardy‘s Angel, Singer is kicking this week off with the announcement of Olivia Munn joining the cast as the mutant Psylocke.
Empire News is reporting that the news came from Singer’s Instagram, one of his many nugget outlets. Check out the message below, courtesy of Instagram:
So Betsy Braddock aka Psylocke has a checkered sort of history, and by checkered I mean one that could be a little tricky to plan out on the big screen. She’s the daughter of an interdimensional traveller who fathered a few kids in the Xmen universe. Her power? Oh just some nifty psychic stuff, but her trademark is the use of knives made of concentrated psychic energy. Her first appearances were with Captain America and his UK equivalent Captain Britain. Her powers have gotten increasingly eclectic over the years so it will be cool to see which combination of powers will be incorporated into the film. For my money, a pair of psychic knives might not be a bad idea against Apocalypse.
Olivia Munn is best known for her work on the Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom and most recently… Oh Mortdecai? Really? Well let’s ignore that.
We were talking yesterday about finally getting a look at Jamie Bell‘s The Thing in Fantastic Four, putting a nice ribbon around a fairly humble media frenzy. You would think that the main outcome of this reveal would just be a little added comfort and anticipation about a mysterious Marvel reboot. But it seems as though a mini Renaissance has been sparked and solo characters from big comic book movie are being revealed all over the place. Instead of making you click on four separate links to four different reveals, we thought we’d stick them all on one list so you could look at them all together… Because we’re classy. So let’s go through some character reveals from Xmen: Apocalypse, Ann-Marie, Suicide Squad AND Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check them out!
Let’s start with Xmen because, to be honest, it’s probably not the reveal you were looking for. We’d all love a gander at Apocalypse, but this artwork for Angel is plenty exciting. Ben Hardy was recently revealed to be playing the winged mutant, but we had no confirmation about which design they were going to use for his wings. Would they use feathers or a metallic design used in some comic incarnations? Well, they went metallic, and it looks pretty damn badass. Check it is below, courtesy of Empire:
Granted this is just artwork, but it definitely bodes well for the rest of the team and the costumes they’ll be rocking. Hopefully we’ll get a look at some real costumes very soon.
Next we have Ant-Man, which has gone somewhat covert since its big trailer reveal all those months ago. It’s been hard for the super shrunken first timer to take precedent with big time Marvel sequels cropping up at the same time, but they’ve played it cool and waited for the optimum moment to give us a look at Yellow Jacket, the much discussed villain and anti-Ant Man. Have a look below and see what you think, courtesy of The Wrap:
It’s good to see that they’ve included the mechanical arms in the shot. Is it me or does he look a smudge too Iron Man-ish? Not that that’s a bad thing of course. He definitely looks more monstrous than anticipated, which is definitely exciting to see. Hopefully we’ll be seeing to two fight it out before long.
Let’s move on to Suicide Squad. You’ll recall we got a group Twitter shot of the cast of the DC movie with director David Ayer doing a read through. Awesome? You bet, but there was one question on everyone’s lips: where’s Jared Leto? Where’s The Joker? Well sometimes questions get answered and we got a shot of Leto replicating the classic Joker image from the cover or acclaimed Alan Moore graphic novel Killing Joke. Have a look, fresh from Slashfilm:
I think he nailed it! It would have been great to see Leto in full garb, but it’s enough to see him with his bright green crew cut. It looks as though they’re having fun with the role which can only be a good thing. They wouldn’t give the Joker a camera in Askham Asylum though would they? Maybe he was the one taking the group photo.
Aaaaaaaaand the final movie on our list is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Out of all the movies on the list, Avengers 2 has definitely gotten the most press and had the biggest trailer haul. But that still wasn’t enough when we knew that Paul Bettany would be playing caped android The Vision. Well now we have a good look at the man-bot. Hot out of the Marvel Movie News oven:
Yes! It’s a hexagonal design, we haven’t seen one of those since Man of Steel. Despite the undeniably human eyes, Vision is looking pretty much perfect when you compare him to the comics. If they’re staying this faithful to the canon, will we be seeing Vision getting romantic with Scarlet Witch? Oh that happened… I think.
Well there you have it, a veritable possy of comic characters we’ve been dying to see over the last few months. Can we watch the films now?
Ok, we know who’s playing Apocalypse, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. But those characters were obviously going to be in the film. It’s time to step up your game, movie industry, and toss us some curve balls to get us pepped! Well now they’ve done just that, because not only do we have news that Angel will be making an appearance in the sequel, but we also know who’s playing. Hit that next paragraph fools!
According to Screenrant and Jeff Sneider of The Wrap’s Twitter feed, the role will be going to a young actor by the name of Ben Hardy. Hardy was reported to be in talks to star in the sequel at the end of February, without specifics on which mutant he’d be playing. Now there is confirmation that Hardy will strap on some giant feathery wings to play the giant feathery winged hero.
Hardy is best known for his role on British soap opera Eastenders. He’s joining a strong set of young actors who are playing fresh-faced versions of the mutant team as they rip it up in the 80’s against Apocalypse. Angel was previously played by Ben Foster in director Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
Angel has a rich comic history with Apocalypse, particularly as one of his roster of horsemen. Angel’s been on both sides of the fence when it comes to the X-Men, so it will be interesting to see which side he falls on this time around and whether or not he’ll fall under the influences of Apocalypse. I would put some serious money on it!
Hardy will be joining Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who play Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler respectively.
After Oscar Isaac revealed to the world that his performance as the monstrous, villainous titular villain Apocalypse in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse would involve some form of CGI, we were immediately to learn some other news about the project. And by other news, I mean real news. Not to berate Isaac in any way, but lets see him and Apocalypse side by side:
Yeah, I’d say some CGI would be useful. But forget about all that because some more news has come down the pipeline in the form of an official cast list! Not every member of the mutant team has been assembled cast-wise as yet (that we know of), but we do have word from director Bryan Singer himself that Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp will play Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm respectively in X-Men Apocalypse.
So where do we know these guys from? All over the place really, but let’s start with Turner. You’ll most likely know her best as the ever-so-slightly moody Stark daughter Sansa on Game of Thrones. Other film work includes Another Me in 2013 and a couple of projects this year Barely Lethal and Alone. However, it’s fair to say that despite it’s far-off release of May 27th, 2016, her part as the psychic Jean Grey in X-Men might either overshadow or potentially boost her work in 2015.
Next up is Alexandra Shipp, who will be whipping up some wind and lightening as weather controller Storm. Shipp’s gotten a fir dose of acclaim for her part TV show House of Anubis as KT Rush, and like Turner she also has a few films under her belt. Granted, one of them Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel but she did star in Drumline: A New Beat which didn’t have any chipmunks in it at all.
Finally, optic-blasting Cyclops will be re-introduced on the big screen by Tye Sheridan. Sheridan is currently working on The Stanford Prison Experiment alongside fellow superhero-portrayer Billy Crudup, who played Dr Manhattan in Watchmen. Sheridan has also had roles in Tree of Life and Mud.
Other than Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters, who have already confirmed they will be reprising their roles from the previous two films, Isaac is the only other new cast member to be announced. Hopefully we’ll be getting more news on the project as the film begins filming later this year.
What do you think of the casting choice? Watch this space for all the latest X-Men Apocalypse movie news.
Academy mixed up Selma Actresses on Instagram
While it would be a lot more disheartening if the Academy had offered an Oscar nomination to the wrong women, this mistake was still a little embarrassing. THR reports that the Academy’s official Instagram page included a congratulatory message to Selma for its nominations with a still from the film – the only problem being that they identified actress Tessa Thompson in the caption as Carmen Ejogo, who plays a separate character entirely. Now I can’t speak for what level or quantity of employees are running the Academy’s many sprawling social media presences, but it goes without saying that considering the climate following the nomination announcements, this mistake couldn’t have come at a more delicate time.
Stewart and McKellen may be sitting the next X-Men film out
Any fans of Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen‘s performances in the X-Men franchise may be disappointed by Stewart’s revelation on a recent Larry King recording. THR reports that when asked about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor Xavier explained that he “was learning quite a lot more about [the film] last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters…And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance”. While none of this is set in stone, it’s not looking like the original Xavier and Magneto will be donning their costumes this time around.
Eastwood’s American Sniper Breaks January Weekend Records
Despite reviews coming in that paint American Sniper as not quite doing the true story justice, the box office doesn’t seem to care. Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s war drama has had a stunning three-day bow of approximately $93 million, beating out high-roller Passion of the Christ’s $83.8 million. It’s also set to be the biggest January weekend ever, knocking Avatar’s New Year’s session of $68.5 million off the top. At this rate, the film about legendary sniper Chris Kyle could have the best ever four-day run for an R-rated film.
Motley Crue Biopic The Dirt Scooped Up by Focus Features
If there’s one band that has more than it’s share of debauched stories to tell, it’s Motley Crue. So it was only a matter of time before a script was written and a studio snatched up the story of one of the most self-destructive rock bands on the planet – that studio happens to be Focus Features. Based on The New York Times best-selling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, the film will be helmed by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. THR reports that the screenplay is penned by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos.
Scientology Documentary Going Clear will Première at Sundance
Deadline reports that Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief will have its world première at the Sundance Film Festival. This was after Content Media acquired international sales rights for the film, which is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. The film will include the testimonies of former members of the controversial church and focus on the experiences of followers who are drawn in to the highly secretive religion.