Ben Affleck Reportedly Has Full Creative Control Over BATMAN Solo Film

According to a recent report from Heroic Insider, we've learned that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns are rumored to have "complete creative control" over the solo Batman film they're developing. If this is truly the case, it means that Zack Snyder probably won't have that much involvement with the movie outside of some sort of producer credit. For those of you who didn't like Batman v Superman, I'm sure that is music to your ears. 

The report goes on to say that Affleck is leading the charge on the development of the project and that Johns is more of a consultant, who will help provide any necessary references to comic book lore, and he's the perfect guy for that. It's great to hear that Affleck will have all the freedom he needs to bring this Batman film to life. The guy is a top-notch filmmaker who was absolutely awesome as Batman and I'm excited to see where he ends up taking the story of this version of the Dark Knight next. I don't think Affleck would have done the project had the studio not agreed to give him this kind of freedom.

Are you happy to hear that Affleck is calling all the shots on this movie? To catch up on any previously released information and rumors on this Batman solo film, click here.

Check Out Barack and Michelle Obama’s First Date in ‘Southside With You’ Trailer

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Written by Richard Tanne, who also makes his directorial debut, the film is inspired by the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers (Snowden, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tika Sumpter (Ride Along 2, TV’s “The Haves and Have Nots”) star as the future President and First Lady. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU is produced by Robert Teitel (Men of Honor, the Barbershop franchise), Tika Sumpter, and Richard Tanne. Executive Producers are Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Carrie Holt De Lama, and Tracey Bing. Legend also produced and performs the end title song for the film, “Start.”

The film recently made its festival debut at the Sundance Film Festival and drew rave reviews. Variety said, “SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU stands as something unique, even audacious in American independent movies;” The Hollywood Reporter said the film is “perceptive, intelligent;” and Entertainment Weekly called the film “charming, soulful and sweet.”

Miramax’s Rosanne Korenberg, SVP Acquisitions & Co-Productions, has led the effort to land the title for MIRAMAX® as the European Film Market/Berlinale officially got underway, with WME Global and Deborah Zipser as General Counsel on behalf of IM Global brokering the deal. IM Global has been in protracted negotiations with U.S. distributors for the past few weeks since SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU’s successful Sundance debut.

Miramax’s Zanne Devine, EVP Film & Television, said: “The timelessness of initial romance is beautifully captured in Richard Tanne’s tender and poetic directorial debut.”

Added Howard Cohen, co-founder and co-president of Roadside Attractions, “This charming film manages the remarkable feat of being both a warm and romantic love story and a beautifully imagined recreation of a moment in our cultural history.”

IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said, “We are so thrilled to be partnering with Miramax and Roadside on this film. We have been very exacting in our efforts to choose the right distributor for such a special and unique picture, and Miramax’s and Roadside’s plans for the film very much match our own ambitions.”

Filmmaker Richard Tanne said: “For a ‘90s film kid like me, joining the great, ongoing Miramax legacy is a dream come true. That we also get to work with Roadside Attractions is the sweet cherry on top. We are honored and excited.”


Retro 1940 Fan Trailer for Ed Wood’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I've got a pretty awesome fan-made trailer for Captain America: Civil War that you've gotta check out! It reimagines the film as if it had been directed by the legendary Ed Wood. The trailer was cut together by Darth Blender using footage from a variety of films from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. You will find a list of those films below the embed. The trailer is surprisingly entertaining, and I think you'll enjoy it.  

Films used to create this trailer include:

- Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941).
- Captain America (1944).
- Cat-Women Of The Moon (1953).
- King Of the Rocket Man (1949).
- Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940).
- Spy Smasher (1942).
- The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).
- The Green Archer (1940).
- The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938).
- The Avengers (1961).

Trailer for Netflix’s DANGER MOUSE Animated Series

"No threat is too small, no evil too great for this secret agent mouse and his sidekick! Villains: You've been warned.”

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming animated action series, Danger Mouse. This is a remake of the original cartoon that aired in the UK from 1981 to 1992. I remember watching a few episodes of that show, but I was more into Mighty Mouse since that’s what was airing in the US when I was growing up. The new Danger Mouse series updates the world’s greatest super-spy rodent for the 21st century, and it looks like a lot of fun.

The world’s greatest superspy, Danger Mouse, returns in dashing, globe-spanning style with a new animated series that features all the classic characters, catchphrases and comedy that made it an 80’s cult favorite. With the world once more teetering on the edge of disaster, the small but heroic secret agent is back to thrill a whole new generation of fans as he attempts to overthrow a host of villainous rivals with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry and vehicles. Originally a loose parody of British spy fiction.

The new series features the voice cast of British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry, as Colonel K, Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse, Kevin Eldon as his trusty sidekick Penfold, Dave Lamb as the narrator, Lena Headey as U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, and John Oliver as Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III. 

The series will be available to stream in its entirety today, April 29th.

Marvel is Officially Developing a Solo Series for THE PUNISHER!

This should come as no surprise because I think we all knew this was coming, but Marvel is officially moving forward on a spin-off series for The Punisher! The character perfectly introduced in the MCU in Daredevil Season 2 and  actor Jon Bernthal will be back to reprise his role as the vengeful and deadly Frank Castle.

Bernthal was incredible as The Punisher and they couldn't have cast a better actor in the role. He brought such an emotion weight to the character and there were times that as I was watching his in Daredevil Season 2 that I couldn't help be get choked up a bit as we learned about the character and his past. On top of that the character was just an all-around badass! It's awesome to know that he's getting his own series!

The Punisher is the sixth series ordered by Netflix there's no doubt that it will be one of their best. We got Luke Cage and Iron Fist coming next and then we will get the superhero ensemble miniseries The Defenders which will also include Jessica Jones and Daredevil. There's no word on if The Punisher will be included in that yet, but obviously, there's at least the possibility that the character could show up.

Writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as the showrunner. He has previously worked on TV shows such as  Hannibal and Casualty. Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb had this to say in a statement:

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil.’ Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content added:

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot."

Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot went on to say:

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

I'm sure that Marvel and Netflix will develop an incredible new series around this character and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Here's a teaser...

Check Out the Retro 70’s Version Trailer for Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’

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“The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

“The Nice Guys” is scheduled for release in theaters on May 20, 2016, and will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Why Iron Man Recruits Spider-Man to Fight Captain America in CIVIL WAR

In case you’ve been wondering why Tony Stark would recruit a 15-year-old superhero to fight with him against Captain America and his team, director Joe Russo offers an explanation. Peter Parker’s inclusion in the conflict plays out awesomely. Everything from Stark taking him under his wing to watching Spider-Man fight with and against a group of other superheroes is a blast!

According to Russo, Stark brought the young hero in because of his affection for Captain America and his friends. The director explains:

“Look, there’s a certain narcissism to the character and Tony doesn’t want to lose this fight, and at the same time I think he also sees Spider-Man as the greatest living non-lethal weapon. If you’re going out to capture a bunch of people who you don’t necessarily want to hurt, you couldn’t ask for a better character than Spider-Man to take with you."

Spider-Man is a hell of a great character, and he’s one of the best and most powerful superheroes in Marvel Comics. One of the things that I love about him is that he keeps those powers in check as he outmatches his superhero peers. You’ll get to see that in Civil War. Russo goes on to talk about that aspect of the character a little more, but this next comment contains SPOILERS, so if you don’t mind that, then proceed:

“He does show up and illustrate that Spider-Man, he knows how powerful he is. In a video we see Spider-Man stopping a car moving 40 miles an hour, where he catches it and puts it back on the ground, so I think he believes that he’s taking with him perhaps one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe, and I think he feels like the kid will be well-protected under his tutelage. You also find out in that sequence, when things go wrong the kid says, ‘What do I do?’ and Tony says, ‘Keep your distance, web ’em up.’ So he’s obviously mentored the kid for what’s about to go down.”

One thing is for sure, Tony Stark and Spider-Man make a great team. It’s going to be fun to see that relationship blossom over the course of the upcoming Marvel films. 

Source: ScreenRant

Netflix Announces Punisher Series is a Officially a Go!

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

Season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil was a big step up from its mostly solid freshman series. Among the high point’s for most fans was Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle aka The Punisher. The series took a mostly one note character and added some depth and much needed heart that has been absent from all of the previous big screen versions.

Due to overwhelming fan response, rumors had been swirling that The Punisher was destined for his own series but nothing had been made official. Until today, that is. Netflix took to their official Twitter to announce that “The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.”

 

 

No other details are currently known, but we’ll keep you updated as more information breaks.

I’m excited to see more of Bernthal exploring the character of Frank Castle in Marvel’s Netflix universe.


THE OMEN is Getting a Prequel Film at Fox Called THE FIRST OMEN

After 40 years The Omen horror franchise continues to try and thrive. I’m a fan of Richard Donner’s original 1976 film. It's wonderfully nightmarish, especially with that terrifying musical score. The movie was followed by a few underwhelming sequels, a terrible remake, and a current TV series that I don't find interesting at all. Now 20th Century Fox is planning on making a prequel to the original movie called The First Omen.

The studio is in talks with indie filmmaker Antonio Campos to direct the movie. He most recently directed the Sundance movie Christine with Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall. The supernatural horror thriller is also being produced by David Goyer.

Gregory Peck starred in the original film as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist, the son of the devil. It’s a horror movie classic, but none of that horrific magic has been replicated in any of the other Omen projects. Will they be able to capture it with this prequel? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not getting my hopes up, though. 

Via: THR