This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
So it turns out that our favorite merc with a mouth (who had his mouth surgically shut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has a script out there and Producer Lauren Shuler Donner says its "really good." Here is why you sh...
Update: All the actors have confirmed their casting via Twitter.
Fox seems to have finally, finally nailed down actors for their upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. We've heard rumors and speculation for forever now, but rewrites and problems casting have delayed the film. Now we finally have our four stars: Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing; Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.
We all knew Jordan was attached for a long while now, as he's teaming up again with director Josh Trank (Chronicle). The rest of the casting is more of a surprise. While Mara and Teller had had their names pop up Jamie Bell is very out of left field as he was only chosen after a plethora of other actors failed to connect with the part. He's also not very large or craggly, though I suppose with CGI that doesn't matter.
It's definitely a young cast, and there are no big names, but a lot of up and comers. It will be very, very interesting to see where Fox takes this as the casting choices are nothing like the comic book characters. Also, to be clear, THR is reporting this like its a done deal, but Miles and Teller haven't signed on yet.
Before tonight's big premiere of the full trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy the fine folks at Marvel's PR department have been dripping out tease. Thus we see some brand new images from the film and the first 15 secon...
I think we all assumed that with Ultron being the big bad in Avengers: Age of Ultron that the Vision was going to show up. After all Vision is an android created by Ultron for evil, but turns good and he's awesome so the...
Today is the day you can point to when the Internet blew up. We were close to it when they announced Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, but the surprise casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is probably going to destroy everything. Deadline has the press release in which the casting is announced along with Jeremy Irons playing Bruce Wayne's dutiful butler Alfred.
I can live with Irons as Alfred. He's old and looks good in a tux so those boxes are checked.
Eisenberg as Luthor is a bit harder to swallow. This is mostly because of his age, which is far younger than I ever pictured Luthor being. In fact the casting seems entirely out of left field, but if you think about it a bit it maybe could work. Eisenberg can definitely pull of megalomaniac as we saw in The Social Network, and he's almost always cast as a self centered genius thanks to that role. He's also a really great actor.
Still, he's so much younger than Luthor and we haven't really seen him take on a role as big and bombastic as Luthor should be. It's hard to wrap my mind fully around it, though I'm not entirely against it. It will definitely be interesting to see what direction they're taking the character after this news. One does wonder why they didn't force Brian Cranston to take the role at gun point, though.
UPDATE: Marvel confirmed Rudd's casting through a press release. Greatest bit is when it states Rudd is the actor Marvel had in mind from day one. Paul Rudd is joining the Marvel universe in a movie directed by Edgar Wright? I'll be there day one. Original story below
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!
The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes. The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.
As we reported previously Paul Rudd has been on the short list of people to play Ant-Man in the aptly named, upcoming Ant-Man. It seems now that he is indeed going to tackling the part. Among reports that he is in final negotiations it seems pretty much confirmed that Rudd will start lifting weights and not being a flubby every man soon.
As for the casting choice, I think he's got the jaw for it and can play nerdy scientist well enough. He's definitely proven he can bring some drama to his characters and since a ton of the action will probably be CGI I'm not too worried about his ability to leap through the air. This could definitely play out quite well with Edgar Wright directing.
Now the final step is for the Internet to stop posting "exclusive clips" and showing the one from Mac and Me that Rudd always shows on Conan. It's funny when Rudd does it. It is not funny when everyone else does.
UPDATE: According to Twitter, Fox's next X-Men movie is titled X-Men: Apocalypse and is releasing May 27, 2016. No other details have been released at the moment. Original story below.
Are somewhat obscure Tweets a valid news source? It seems like we're getting bigger and bigger stories that way as directors and actors Tweet whatever they want without any care to the fanboy pandemoneum it may cause. Case in point, Zack Snyder's recent Tweet that read: "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!"
I mean, this one isn't too hard to figure out, cut come on! That's just mean. Snyder is most likely telling us that the next X-Men film will release in 2016 and that Apocalypse will be in it. It's weird, though, that two big announcements (three if you count Snyder possibly confirming himself as director) like this landed in a simple Tweet. Villains are usually especially hidden until closer to the film's completion to help drive up speculation and interest. Wonder if the Fox people are scrambling like mad.
Then again, maybe Snyder is just Tweeting his dream for the next film.
After The Amazing Spider-Man provided a serviceable first effort given the fact Sony had only made the film to avoid losing the rights, fans have been waiting anxiously to see what Sony could pull off for the sequel. The hype leading up to this has been slightly unbearable as we were treated to several trailer teases, banners that make the movie seem terrible, news of possible spin-offs, and pictures of Spider-Man in funny hats.
But now that we have the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what does everyone think? I'm game for it because Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan are in it (as Electro, Rhino, and Harry Osborn respectively), and they're fine actors. At least it seems like a good webswing in the right direction.
Besides even if no one likes it, two more Spider-Manflicks are happening anyway. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spins a web, any size, catches theaters like flies May 2nd.
Rumors have swirled. Fans have shouted. People have said things on the Internet in all caps.Wonder Woman appearing in Batman vs. Superman has been a steady rumor since the film got announced and now it is 100 percent confirmed along with the news that Gal Gadot will be playing the heroine.
Not sure who that is? You may recall her as Giselle from the Fast & Furious series and director Zack Snyder says, "Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
Gadot did fine in the Fast & Furious films, but aside from having the body and the face I can't really tell you how good she'll be as Wonder Woman. It's definitely a major step up from a supporting role in an ensemble action franchise, especially if, like Snyder is hinting, there's going to be a Wonder Woman film down the line.
In other news, it seems the villain is closer to being cast with Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty, 300: Rise of an Empire) reportedly in the lead for tackling the role. No word on what that role is yet, though he could do Luther for sure.
I remember sitting through Man of Steel and thinking, "This is close, so another movie could probably iron out these problems and give me a good Superman." Not once did I think, "You know what'd be great in this Superman movi...
You've probably heard by now that Netflix announced a deal with Disney/Marvel for four new TV shows. If you haven't, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones will all be getting shows on Netflix that will culminate i...
The Fox/Disney/Sony split up of the Marvel franchises has meant that three different production companies are pushing three different universes all at once. Marvel is doing the best job of it, and Fox appears to want some of ...
Update: Passes are now gone. Have fun if you snagged one!
The holidays, they approach and that means blockbusters! Thor: The Dark World ushers in the superhero part of the holiday film releases with a return to the ...
Word is coming down that Michael B. Jordan, who might be next years Benedict Cumberbatch in terms of hot actors, has just signed the deal to play the Human Torch/Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, reunit...
At the Superman 75th Anniversary panel most of the discussion was on the legend of Superman and the comic book itself, but we got to check out two things from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Man of Steel, which lands on November 12. Despite what you think about what Man of Steel did to Superman it sounds like there’s going to be some great stuff on the release of the film for home viewing.
The awesome starts with a quick short that Zack Snyder and the creator of DC animated properties Bruce Timm put together. We got to watch it and it’s basically every bit of Superman awesomeness condensed into one minute of animation. The short starts with a pull out from Action Comics#1 and then dramatically flows through every iteration of Superman there’s been. It’s really cool to watch the animation styles sort of fade into one another as you go through the eras, and their take on all the live action portrayals is pretty spot on. I’m sure there’s a ton of head nods to Superman history that I didn't pick up on, but there are definitely nods to notable moments like when Superman boxed Muhammad Ali or less notable ones like Turtle Boy Jimmy Olson.
The other part we got to check out was a bit of documentary, which was pretty much the talking heads you've come to expect from special features on DVDs. Nothing actually special there and considering the short will be broadcast on TV and most likely eventually viewable on YouTube I don’t think either are worth buying the Man of Steel Blu-ray for if you weren't planning on it anyway. Definitely worth going out of your way to see the short, just not worth laying down money.
Edgar Wright is back in Hollywood it appears and working on Ant-Man. The director Tweeted out this image of the superhero's costume, which is one of the few good looks at the costume outside of the Comic Con teaser and reveals the most important aspect of it: how good Ant-Man's ass looks in his costume.
The spandex-clad ass has always been an important aspect of comic books and it's good to see that Wright and Marvel are taking it seriously. This is one fine looking Ant-Man ass and I believe its presence confirms that the film will be the best movie ever when it releases summer of 2015.
Thor: The Dark World's director is gladly admitting to SFX Magazine that Joss Whedon came down from on high to help him iron out some kinks that weren't working too well with the film. Basically he says that Whedon is like a ...
So we have Ben Affleck playing Batman, and we have lots of opinions about Ben Affleck as Batman. But what sort of Batman will Ben Affleck be? According to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the Batman in the forthcoming Superman/Bat...
The conclusion of Man of Steel was a bit off putting for many people as Superman is basically responsible for the deaths of thousands without blinking an eye until suddenly he cares for a random family in front of him. It's bad character development, it's bad plotting and it basically made Superman not Superman. Thanks to the film premiering in Japan recently Snyder has been able to attempt to defend the ending of his film.
"I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling," the director told The Japan Times in an interview (via THR). "In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman... is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth."
*cough* bullshit *cough* That's like some English-101 student's first crack at explaining The Sound and the Fury. Ranting follows.
James Spader has been cast as the mighty mechanical menace Ultron for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is slated for May 1, 2015. Spader's got a long history of playing great scuzzy characters on film and television, and he should make a solid Ultron in this upcoming film.
Ultron is a major Avengers villain, and it'll be interesting to see what his origin is in these films. In the comics he was created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man/Giant Man), though Pym apparently does not play a role in these films. Perhaps Ultron will be a Tony Stark creation instead.
How do you feel about James Spader as Ultron?
After the cut, James Spader in an immortal moment from the film Tuff Turf, which co-stars Robert Downey Jr. Wait... Maybe this is the true origin of the cinematic Ultron.
As you have probably heard, the internet basically blew itself up when it was revealed that Ben Affleck, most recently of Argo fame, has been cast to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in Zach Snyder's 2015 sequel,...
Update: No, no he is not... yet.
A few days after the Internet blew up with unwarranted hate towards the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, now we have news that we're guessing is going to go down a whole lot smoothe...