Hello comic movie and TV show lovers and welcome to the first ever article on Comic Book Corner, ScreenCrave’s weekly recap and opinion-flinging section on all things having to do with the latest adaptations on your favorite superheroes and comics! I’ll be touching upon some of the highlight news pieces within the past week along with my own two cents on how some of these properties are being handled. This week it’s time to rain down on mainly Marvel properties as a few mutants and superheroes take up the main headlines, with a dash of DC Comics.
Who’s Going To Be Our Ant-Man?
The news just broke the other day that both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are the frontrunners for Edgar Wright‘s long awaited Ant-Man movie. The fact that any news broke out on this movie is music to my ears, only because fans have been waiting for years just for some development on this project. Apparently there’s a third person in the running but it hasn’t been revealed as of yet. At this point it probably doesn’t matter too much who the third person is. There’s been rumors floating around for awhile now that JGL could be going the Marvel route, and why not? The guy is pretty much covering all his bases when it comes to mainstream movies, and he’s already dipped his feet into the comic book pool with The Dark Knight Returns. I wonder how much he hates getting those TDKR questions from film journalists when they ask him repeatedly whether or not he’ll be returning for a sequel to play Batman or Nightwing. At the same time it would be pretty cool to see Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Between his possible casting and Chris Pratt as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel would appear to be going more down the path for hiring more funny men. Edgar Wright always pulls off this cool combination of action, humor and drama in each one of his pictures so having a guy like Rudd front and center for Ant-Man would work out perfectly. I say, out of the two actors in contention, Rudd would more than likely be the best choice. Now I’ll sit here patiently and wait for the Wasp casting rumors to come to the surface. There’s no way this Ant-Man movie is being made without an appearance of the Wasp.
Production Begins On Superman/Batman Film… Kind of
I’m not entirely sure what the official title is for this movie, mainly because it seems to change as the weeks go by. There isn’t supposed to be any sort of filming to take place on the upcoming DC project for awhile now, but today it’s reported that they’ll be capturing a little bit of footage from a staged Los Angeles football game. Apparently a couple of football teams between the fictional towns of Metropolis and Gotham City will be fighting each other on the field. It sounds like a really strange couple of shots to shoot, because where does it fit in the whole spectrum of the film? Hopefully it’s nothing more than a quick flash, showing the overall world, how big it is and how Batman/Superman are gradually being connected to each other. This is basically the no news kind of news that sprouts out every now and again. We should be expecting a lot more of this to pop up as we get closer to principal photography, and I won’t be super excited for this movie until then. Then again, I wasn’t overly enthused with what we got from Zack Snyder and company for Man of Steel so pardon me if I’m not jumping up and down in my chair with anticipation. And if you live in the Los Angeles area and are really interested in possibly appearing in a major motion picture, check out the article link for more information.
X-Men: Days of Future Past in 48 fps?
Earlier today it was reported that Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past is rumored to be shot in 48 frames per second. Now for those of you who saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters last December, you have a taste of what the latest X-Men movie will look like on the big screen if this rumor turns out to be true. However, there is a good chance this would only be used when it comes to Quicksilver’s scenes in the upcoming feature. It was reported back in August that they were shooting Quicksilver’s scenes at a high frame rate, so if the 48 fps is just for that then that’s perfectly okay. If the entire film is shot at 48 FPS that would be nothing but bad news for myself and many other fans. Finally we’re getting back into the better of the X-Men movies between what we got with The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class. Neither of them may be perfect but they’re a lot better than the previous two movies that came out of the franchise. Now I’m super hopeful that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be the final ingredient we needed in order to revive the entire movie franchise, but if the entire movie is going to be in 48 fps, it won’t look that pretty at all. Look, I’m already having a hard enough time as it is knowing that Logan/Wolverine is going to be the person to travel back in time in order to stop this alternate future instead of Kitty Pryde, so please don’t rain anymore bad news down on us fans with nonsense like 48 fps.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets A Full Season Pick-Up
Who saw this coming? How about everyone. Marvel‘s brand spanking new television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. officially got a full season pick-up towards the end of last week, despite the fact that the ratings are starting to fall. The news on this was received with little to no enthusiasm from everyone because, well, we knew this was going to happen. Marvel is making a big gamble trying to lay their claim on the world of television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and if they manage to wrangle enough viewers to the show every week they can start tying in story lines that will ultimately pop up in future movies. The show isn’t receiving the best reviews as of late, even though it’s barely three episodes in, and a lot of fans are beginning to worry that this is the best we’ll be getting from the series. Within the past week there’s been a slew of articles that have cropped up talking about what Marvel/Disney should change up with the show in order to improve it as a whole. Will they take that advice? Who knows. I’m currently lukewarm on the show in general. I’m giving it a try, mainly because I’ve always been a Marvel girl and it would be great to see them further expand this universe of theirs. Right now it’s really boring and I just hope that they’ll hurry up and discard this whole Skye story line. We could really do without that character and do more with cool, interesting villains and superheroes, kind of like what we saw in last week’s episode with the creation of Graviton. Fingers and toes crossed.
Who Will Be Cast In The Fantastic Four Reboot?
Now I’m not entirely sure why they’re going ahead and making a Fantastic Four reboot, but they are and there’s no stopping them. The strangest thing about this so far, other than the fact that this is being made in the first place, is who they’re looking at to possibly cast as these famed superheroes. Rumor has it that Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Jack O’Connell (Skins) are in the running to play Mr. Fantastic. Along with that comes the rumors that Saoirse Ronan (The Host) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) could be Sue Storm with Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. Who’s going to be The Thing? We don’t know, but the rumored casting choices here sound a lot better than whatever other names were being flung around the web-o-sphere a couple of months ago. Miles Teller has been receiving a lot of love ever since The Spectacular Now came out in theaters, but even though this is supposed to be a younger cast he does seem a pinch too baby-faced out of the three contenders to be Mr. Fantastic. It would be nice if they decided to go with some-what lesser known younger actors all around for the Fantastic Four. They could always end up casting a high-profile actor to be Doctor Doom, because it’s not that difficult to cast a better actor to play the villain better than Julian McMahon.
Aaron Johnson as a Quicksilver
Let me come out here and say that Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios both using the character Quicksilver in their own ways is one of the stupidest things to happen as of recent. Both studios are using the son of Magneto, and legally can do so, by casting different actors to appear as the silver-haired mutant. It was confirmed this week that Aaron Johnson would be playing the super speed-powered character in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I could care less about that. Aaron Johnson is already knee-deep in the Kick-Ass franchise and I don’t think Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch should be in any of Marvel Studios’ movies unless they could tell more of their back story about Magneto being their father. The love-hate relationship they have with him was always appealing to me in the comics and it makes more sense if Fox is the only studio that ends up using those characters to their advantage. These two companies should just finally agree on a deal that would tie the X-Men/Fantastic Four universe to the rest of the Marvel Studios titles, but that’s not going to be happening anytime soon.