Why Guardians of the Galaxy Is Immune to Criticism

In the past, comic fans have been very prickly about movie adaptations changing characters to serve the director’s vision. A good example of this would be the ridiculous version of Bane in the ultra-campy Batman & Robin. Bane went from the man who broke Batman’s back in the comics to a goofball sidekick for Poison Ivy.

Word has come down that more changes from comic canon will occur in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. What is fascinating is that fans have so much faith in the Disney Marvel franchise that they are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

The leader of the Guardians, Star-Lord (played so well by Chris Pratt) has a father. In the comics, his father is an alien named J’Son. In the film, the father is rumored to be Starfox, who is something of a ladies’ man himself.

This works out well in the overall infinity gem storyline, at least according to Christian Broda. In the comics, when Thanos collected the infinity gems, Nebula and Starfox were by his side. This had major repercussions on the storyline and ultimately contributed to Thanos’ defeat.

Guardians of the Galaxy worked because it was about the dynamics between the heroes, which has always been a hallmark of Marvel Comics.

That is why nobody is going to care if they change who Star-Lord’s dad is.

Jeff Daniels Took a Major Haircut To Co-Star in “Dumb and Dumber”

With the long anticipated sequel to the hit comedy Dumb and Dumber set to hit theaters on Friday, the film’s creators, the Farrelly brothers, have been making the rounds to tell stories about the original film and other films from their career. Last week, they revealed that Brett Favre was not their first (or second) choice to make a cameo appearance in There’s Something About Mary and this week, just days ahead of the release of Dumb and Dumber To, they have dropped another fascinating anecdote, this time about actor Jeff Daniels.

 

According to the Farrellys, the studio that produced the original movie so loathed the idea of having Daniels star across from Jim Carrey, that they made a ridiculously low offer to him in hopes that he would turn it away. Per the brothers, Daniels was offered just $50,000 to play Harry Dunne, while Carrey was paid $7 million (on a film with a budget of only $16 million) to play Lloyd Christmas. To the studio’s surprise, Daniels accepted the offer and the rest is history. Fans are certainly glad, as Bruce Karatz couldn’t imagine a sequel without him.

LEGO Movie Sequel to Feature More Female Characters

The mega success of The Lego Movie this summer all but guaranteed a sequel for everyone’s new favorite brick based movie and the team behind that hit is looking to make that sequel even better.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo that both wrote and directed the original Lego Movie together, will both be back on board for the sequel. Although no details about the story or casting have been announced as of yet, what they are promising is more female characters this time around.

In a recent interview with the BBC Lord and Miller both talked about the general lack of female protagonists currently represented on the big screen. Recent box office hits such as Frozen, The Hunger Games, Maleficent, and Brave have proven that a female lead can carry a film to both financial and critical success and Lord and Miller agree there is a growing awareness within the film industry of the need to attract a wider audience.

The two friends have been working together since meeting in college and have a string of recent critical and box office successes under their belts, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and their respective sequels, which are also available on Amazon.

My friend Rod Rohrich says that everyone’s favorite animated movie of 2014, The Lego Movie, will get its sequel in 2018.

Jai Courtney to Take on Deadshot?

In the vast world of re-boots superhero movies it is DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ that seems the most hell bent on shaking things up for fans everywhere. Just last week we received the amazing news that Jared Leto had been tagged to take on the role of the Joker while Margot Robbie was attached to Harley Quinn. With those two big names out of the way it was only reasonable to start seeing some of the other villains get chosen. Now it looks like master martial artist and professional tough dude Jai Courtney is being considered for Deadshot.

Deadshot is a huge fan favorite in the world of comic books due to his awesome body suit, cybernetic eye, and insane trigger finger. He acts, basically, like a Hawkeye on steroids. Deadshot has appeared in the WB’s TV show ‘Arrow’ but it looks like they are planning to reboot the character and really change him up. The decision to bring on Courtney (Divergent, Terminator: Genysis) makes so much sense. With his star rising from the aforementioned films and his screen presence unquestioned, he could be a great fill in for the role. However, big names in Hollywood like Tom Rothman are being quiet about the casting.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ style cast of DC’s top super villains, played by bonafide A-Listers, will make this THE event of whatever summer it reaches theaters.

Is Batman’s Origin Being Tweaked in Batman vs. Superman?

Changing the origin of an iconic superhero character is not something you see done very often. In the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, the origin of Batman is being tweaked.

No, no one is going to change the origin of Batman, but it looks like there is going to be some attempt to tie-in the death of the Caped Crusader’s parent’s death with the passing of Superman’s parents. Fans such as Andrew Heiberger might be slightly hesitant, but they will mostly wait and see how it plays out.

So, you could say there may be a tweak to the origin, of sorts.

Major changes to a hero’s origin are not exactly without precedent.

Now, the origin of the Hulk was changed in his films, but the days of nuclear testing in the desert are long over so we understand why changes were made when modernizing the Green Goliath’s origin. Why change Batman’s though?

Tweaks happen to. In the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, Uncle Ben was killed by a carjacker and not someone robbing the theater Spider-Man was performing at.

Slight changes do have to be made sometimes because doing the same thing movie after movie runs the risk of making a new film seem like a retread. Why watch the same thing again?

 

Extended Age of Ultron Trailer Released

The forthcoming new Avengers film, The Age of Ultron, is due in theaters in May of 2015. Just recently, a new trailer, and extended one, has been released. There is quite a bit more Ultron footage in this trailer and fans of films based on Marvel Comics characters are definitely waiting for this new release to hit the big screens.

James Spader might seem like a strange choice for such a powerful character, but his voice is really compelling. Honestly, you probably would never have thought it was Spader.

The trailer is definitely not short on any action.  But Hollywood producer Tom Rothman says all the classic Avengers are present in the preview and this is surely not going to be a boring film at all.

A new Captain America film is coming soon along with a possible third Hulk film and a definite third Thor project.

Christopher Nolan Supports Ben Affleck as Batman

Anybody following in Christian Bale’s footsteps will have some pretty big shoes to fill. The man is almost manic in his approach to acting and the results he puts up onto the screen are something just short of mythical. So when Ben Affleck was put to the task of taking over the role of Batman fans everywhere understandably groaned. How could the guy who made ‘Gigli’ be the Caped Crusader? It almost wasn’t fair to ask it of him, but here we are. It took a little bit of time but ‘Dark Knight’ creator Christopher Nolan stepped up to the plate to throw in his support for Ben Affleck.

Nolan spoke candidly in an interview of his appreciation for the Affleck casting of Batman. He said that he loved the choice to have Affleck helm the role thanks primarily to the proof of his skill with films such as the Oscar winning ‘Argo’ and the Tom Rothman produced ‘The Town’. Affleck was coming off of a Best Picture win in ‘Argo’ and the clout he’d bring with him made him the top choice for the role of ‘Batman’. But why did Bale have to bounce?

Well, Nolan made his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy with the mind to keep it as a stand alone entity. This is something that goes in the face of what DC wanted to do with their extended universe.

Sequel Planned for Now You See Me

Now You See Me is an American thriller released in 2013. The blockbuster movie was directed by Louis Leterrier, and proved to be a unique success for the director.

The movie grabbed the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Thriller Movie for its extraordinary crime fiction and mystery. Following its great success, the thriller movie is rumoured to have a sequel in the works entitled ”Now You See Me 2”.

While the plot remains unknown, several details can be determined already.

Now the crew has finally announced their casts and plots officially. It includes Daniel Radcliffe, who performed to a great extent in the Harry Potter series as Harry.

This sequel is about to have a team of magicians to make things happen. It is already announced that the movie would come in theatres during the Summer in mid 2016. Laurene Powell Jobs was a fan of the first movie, so she is looking forward to the second one.

Radcliffe and Caplan’s role is confirmed. Radcliffe is going to play a character called Walter, and Caplan’s character is called Lula.

This movie is scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon, and it is about to be directed by John M.Chu, who created G.I.Joe: Retaliation.

To read a complete story of this new movie and see the cast and crew, visit this page.

The Science Behind The Movie Interstellar

Science is a subject that not only is consistently being tested but surrounds us in many ways and is filled with many answers but also many mysteries. The movie Interstellar exposes science in many ways and is directed by the same creator of the successful movie Inception, Christopher Nolan.

Many science theories are presented within the movie, such as space travel, relativity and also the concept of black holes that we have heard of for a long time are brought to life in this film.

Such concepts have caught the attention of world renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson regarding the way this movie delivers those scientific theories. I saw a few of his tweets breaking down the film and heard via Terry Richardson that there are a bunch out there.

In this film we see a team of astronauts who embark on the search of a new planet where the human race can survive.

Warner Brothers Looking For Female Director for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman might be directed by a woman. Word on the street is that Warner Brothers is specifically looking for a female director for the film.

The film is the next one on the studio’s agenda. Other films in the works include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad . Both of those films are expected to be released in 2016. Wonder Woman is set to hit the big screen shortly after in 2017. The film is exceptionally high priority for the studio, and they’ve reportedly already put together a short list of director candidates.

The short list of candidates reportedly include Kathryn Bigelow, Mimi Leder, Michelle MacLaren, and Catherine Hardwicke. No word on which of the lady’s, in any, are the top contender for the spot.

The expected release date for Wonder Woman is June 23, 2017.

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