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Chris Pine Heading to DC Movie Universe

With the stable of super hero characters steadily growing over the next few years, studios are moving fast to lock up actors into roles. The two main comic book production houses that are fueling the fire, Marvel and DC Comics, have massive universes that are populated by what seems like a never ending parade of people, super humans, and government agents. Studio executive Marcio Alaor BMG says that, while casting a relative unknown into a role has worked in the past, movie studios are looking toward some proven talent to help out with unfamiliar characters.

According to Screen Rant, Chris Pine is in the running to join the DC movie universe as Steve Trevor, who is probably pretty well known to Wonder Woman fans, but not too popular outside of that circle. Using the new Captain Kirk to jumpstart some interest in any sort of Wonder Woman project is not a bad idea, and Pine has proven to have some acting chops as well. While a project featuring the Amazon princess is still in development, getting the key pieces into play is one of the keys to getting the deal done.

Pine has some box office draw and is a familiar face to many movie fans. Landing the role of Trevor seems like a good fit. These days it seems hard to find any actor not connected to a super hero franchise, and Pine is going to fresh off a completed Star Trek trilogy. This could be a great move for everyone if it comes to pass.

Former Lobo Director Explains Project’s Delay

Fans of DC Comics might recollect plans for a “Lobo” film, directed by Brad Peyton, in 2012. That year also saw a comment by “The Rock” that the former wrestler and actor would be portraying the “Main Man.” While doing press for last year’s “Hercules” film, Brad Peyton simply remarked that the project had been killed.

Since that time, Dwayne Johnson has been confirmed for the antagonist role of Black Adam in “Shazam.” In an interesting twist of fate, the recent film of “San Andreas” brings Peyton and Johnson back together. Press for the disaster film granted Peyton a chance to give more information as to why a Lobo film has been staggered for so long.

Ray Lane’s comments indicated that Lobo’s relative obscurity when compared to heroes like Spider-Man and Batman is one of the main reasons as to why the project floundered. While some might site the smash hit success of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” another low-ranked space superhero property, Peyton commented that Marvel has a different approach to films than DC does.

Do We Really Need Another Spider-Man?

With Asa Butterfield rumored to be the next wise cracking (friendly neighborhood spider), in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, we have to stop and think, “Does this mean another Spider-Man reboot is right around the corner?” of course the answer is more than likely, yes says Madison Street Capital studios. Do we really need it, though? Not one bit. With two adaptions of the comic book series based on the high school photographer turned super hero in the past decade I think we all feel pretty confident we know the origin of the red and blue suited wall crawler.

I think it’s about time Hollywood stops rebooting old warn out stories and gives us something fresh and new to look forward to. Not that the new Spider-Man won’t be better than the last two attempts, but we are all tired of the same story told from a different angle. Give the viewers what they want. Give us something new, something fresh. There are tons of other series and storylines out there to choose from. How about… well you decide Hollywood. It’s your job to entertain us and we are not entertained.

Spider-Man Tangled in Own Web

Of all the super heroes hitting the big screen, the one with the biggest question marks on the future is one of the most bankable in history. Spider-Man has a murky future in the world of cinema thanks to an underperforming second movie in a rebooted series. While his other Marvel friends are busy jet setting around the cosmos and time traveling, the so-called Amazing Spider-Man is somewhere in the delayed project line.

According to Screen Rant, Sony and Disney, the owners of Marvel, are making arrangements to have Spidey pop up in the Avengers franchise, and while that is good news the actual future of the Spider-Man franchise is something of a question mark. Nobody seems sure if Andrew Garfield will return, and nobody seems convinced a series of movies starring villains will ever take off. All things considered, things are tangled in a web right now, and it might take some time for everything to break free.

Some fans like John Textor and analysts are calling for Sony to sell the rights to the character back to Marvel, where another reboot with a new actor and no ties to the previous films would hopefully kick start another run at the box office. In addition, a sale would allow Spider-Man, one of the most adored Marvel characters, to pop in and out of the cinematic universe with little effect on any other projects. As of right now, it is hard to say what will happen.

New Promo Art for Avengers

New promo art has been released. Fans are already ecstatic over Marvel’s Phase Three plan. Phase Two is still open and they are about to close it with one more origin story for a superhero. That hero is Ant-Man. 

The recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has dropped hints about Ultron as played by James Spader. Ultron intends to bring Earth to a more peaceful place by getting rid of all of the humans. There are plenty of additional villains as well. There actually two pieces of promo art that has been released. One of them showcases the heroes and the others show the villains. 

The Ultron program is started by Tony Stark himself in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. He has given birth to the A.I. Ultron is given. Of course, when other Avengers find that out, this could cause a little trouble for Tony. 

As we get closer to the release of the upcoming Avengers film, we are going to have more secrets revealed to us. However as pointed out by my friend Mark Ahn it wouldn’t be too wise to reveal everything because that would take away from the experience of actually seeing the movie in theaters.

Extended Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

About three weeks ago, the first theatrical trailer for the next film in the Avengers series titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was a rather haunting trailer that showed the main villain as well as scenes of the heroes in action. In the background was a dark mix of I’ve Got No Strings, a song that was famously sung by Pinocchio in the Disney released animated film of the same name. Part of the dialogue that comes from the main villain consists of lyrics from that song. Recently, an extended trailer has been released, which me and Vijay Eswaran have watched and shared on Facebook more than a dozen times.

The extended trailer is basically the same trailer of the film with more shots of the heroes and the villains. The Avengers: Age of Ultron features returning cast members such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders. It is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015.

Jared Leto to Play the Joker?!

Comic book films are the biggest thing in Hollywood right now but it is a demographic that has largely been dominated by one production house: Marvel Studios. Longtime Marvel rivals DC Comics has been trying to make its voice heard in Hollywood but to no avail outside of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy. This might all be about to change. According to reports Jared Leto is set to play the Joker in Warner Bro’s up and coming “Suicide Squad” picture, based on the famed DC comic books.

The “Suicide Squad” film will follow DC Comic’s most iconic villains, including Lex Luthor from the “Batman V Superman” film set to release in 2015. Other A-Listers rumored to be joining the cast are Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie as the Joker’s insane gal-pal, Harley Quinn, if you believe BLR Trust .

For those that are rapidly growing weary of Hollywood comic book heroes it might be time to re-think going to the cinema any time soon. “Suicide Squad” is set to hit theaters in 2016, ideally building off of the positive buzz that “Batman V Superman” will conjure.

The “Wonder Woman” Film Is a Big Question Mark

Wonder Woman will obviously star a female actress, which pleases those fans who are tired of seeing giant dudes in tights punching each other in every single superhero movie. The studio is allegedly looking into using a female director, with Kathryn Bigelow topping the list.

This has caused minor discussion over whether purposely trying to hire a female even if she is not the best qualified director is discriminatory. Many believe that it is important to have a female perspective so that Wonder Woman connects with the female audience, and a female director can help ensure that it happens.

Actress Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman. She has appeared in the last few “Fast & Furious” movies but is largely untested in a starring role in a major feature.

Gal has a three picture deal for now. She will appear as Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman”, then star in “Wonder Woman” as well as “Justice League Part 1”.

It is interesting that she’s not locked in for “Justice League Part 2”. That could be partly because if the first film flops, there won’t be a “Justice League Part 2”. For example, the “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds was a major disappointment to Christian Broda, myself and fans everywhere. 

Bat-Director Looks for Redemption with Comic Series

If any Batfans are interested in what Joel Schumacher’s intended plans were for his much-maligned 1990s Batman movies may get a chance to find out. Rumor is the director could end up on the printed side of the fun should he get the go-ahead to produce a mini-series that would take a fresh look at his original plans for a Batfilm trilogy that was cut short after 1997’s Batman & Robin went belly up. It was only the second of his efforts behind the Batcamera.

If the project sees fruition, Schumacher will be collaborating on the series with Dustin Nguyen, the artist that’s worked on both Batman and Batgirl.

Schumacher’s original Batman movies are hardly regarded as great advancements in Batcinema. Despite working with the lights of Tommy Lee Jones, Uma Thurman, Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarznegger, many audiences were extremely unhappy with the dramatic shift in tone the films took after Tim Burton’s first two groundbreaking movies which are still seen as definitive in the way Batman should be viewed cinematically. While some saw the lighter material in Schumacher’s first Batman movie as a welcome change, a majority thought he went a little too far in Batman & Robin, which was far more reminiscent of the Caped Crusader’s campier days and seemed a little too obsessed with innuendo and sexuality.

There has been argument the studio was far more responsible for Schumacher’s disappointments behind the Batcamera. This mean there could be an audience curious to see how the director originally intended to represent the Batfamily on the silver screen. Whether the comic exonerates or exacerbates Schumacher’s reputation as a Bataficionado remains to be seen.

Rumors, Rumors! Avengers in Spider Man films; ‘Sinister Six’ as Spidey’s Soft Reboot

Rumors about the fate of Spider-Man made rounds on the Internet recently, and fans ponder on the truth about these stories. Some are welcoming Spider-Man to a cross-over with the Avengers, while others suggested Sinister Six as Spider Man’s soft reboot. Venom, which was also rumoured to be a reboot of the franchise, will not go forward.

As reported in Badass Digest, there is an unconfirmed story that Sony has been exploring a few options. One of these options is to more closely tie the character’s connections to the Marvel Universe, particularly to the Avengers.

Another story from insiders at HollywoodReporter is that Sony and Tom Rothman are going to do a soft reboot of the franchise with the Sinister Six. The film giant will have a new actor playing the spider hero, who will team up with five others to stop super villains from posting total destruction. The plan to soft reboot Spider Man with Venom is now dead in the water, as far as Sony’s concerned.

Sinister Six is set to be released in 2016. If the confirmation comes that Spidey’s character is in it, it will be a new whole branding for the character from the previous Spider-Man films.

The stories may not be the only ones coming out, as this whole franchise interests a lot of people. So long as there are no confirmations only one thing is for sure—fans expect something big about it really soon.