Chris Evans Wants Brie Larson to Play CAPTAIN MARVEL

A few days ago, word came out that recent Oscar winner Brie Larson is in talks to star in Marvel Studios' first female-led film, Captain Marvel. I get the general sense that the fan community at large is cool with this choice, and I think she'd be terrific as Carol Danvers. Marvel's Captain America himself, Chris Evans, shares that opinion. Here's what he said at Wizard World Philadelphia:

“I just heard about that! I really hope that happens. I love Brie Larson. We did a movie together back in '09, we did Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I cannot say enough about Brie Larson. I think she is phenomenal, and I really hope that happens.”

As for Larson herself, someone dug up a video from 2015 in which MTV told Larson she's the fans' choice to play Captain Marvel:

Brie Larson Doesn’t Know Who Captain Marvel Is & Its Adorable

It seems like in the first part of this interview, Larson was under the impression fans wanted her to play Captain America instead of Captain Marvel, but her line about how she needs to start reading the comics was either confirmation that Larson didn't know who Captain Marvel was, or, if she'd already spoken to Marvel Studios at that point about possibly taking on the role, some A+ acting on her part to deflect any sort of speculation.

Fans always warm to stories about actors who were familiar with superhero characters since childhood, but there are plenty of times actors perfectly embody a character without having prior knowledge of the source material. Even if you take her Oscar win out of the equation, Larson is talented enough to be able to knock this role out of the park. Let's hope Marvel Studios makes the casting official soon.

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AQUAMAN Director James Wan Says The Movie Will Have Multiple Villains

After Aquaman's embarrassing introduction to the DC Extended Universe in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I'm guessing Jason Momoa is ready to show the world that his character can be the badass he's always bragged about. He'll get his chance in a couple of years with Aquaman, directed by The Conjuring 2 and Furious 7 helmer James Wan. We previously heard a rumor about who the villain might be in the solo movie, but that rumor only consisted of one villain. In a new interview with CinemaBlend, Wan says he has multiple villains ready to face off against the King of Atlantis:

"I gotta say, one thing I love about the Aquaman world is all the really different, really interesting characters. They are interesting characters, including the villains – I’m not going to tell you which villains I’m going to play with! [laughs] But they’re super cool. They’re very larger than life, but they’re unique."

I've never read an Aquaman comic, so I'll leave the speculation about which villains might appear to you all in the comments. Later in the interview, Wan revealed why he wanted to make this movie in the first place:

There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman. There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now, because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.

Let's hope he's able to utilize that technology much better than Zack Snyder was able to in BvS, and that he delivers an Aquaman movie that lives up to Momoa's constant hype. Aquaman will star Momoa and Amber Heard, and the movie is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 27, 2018.

Hayley Atwell on Captain America’s New Romance With Sharon Carter: “You Can’t Tap That!”

I don't know about you, but I wasn't crazy about the romance between Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter in Captain America: Civil War. It felt as if the movie wanted us to think there was the culmination of a bunch of build-up between them, but the kiss they shared felt a little unearned to me. Maybe it's just that Evans and VanCamp don't have nearly the same chemistry that he had with Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger, and the former Peggy Carter herself offered her opinion about Cap's romance with Sharon at the Dallas Comic Con Fan Expo (via IGN):

“Well, first of all she’d be turning over in her grave,” Atwell said, with a grin. “She’d be like ‘no.’ And she’d inject herself with the blue serum and become a super villain. She’d break out of her coffin and ground [Sharon]. She’d ground her. Then she’d kick Steve’s ass as well.”
“I just feel that, you know — I wouldn’t want to date my great aunt’s guy. It just feels like it crosses an incestuous boundary. And Peggy just died. That’s even more disrespectful, right? It’s like, ‘don’t touch that.’ You can’t tap that!”
"[Peggy would] want the best for [Sharon] and she'd want her dating a good guy. And now with this whole 'Hail Hydra" business, I don't know if Steve's good enough for her," she said, referring to the new controversial Cap arc from the comics. "So on all levels, it's just a big fat no."

I'm sure there are plenty of fans who feel the same way. Hopefully future movies will take more time to flesh out that relationship a little more if the filmmakers insist on keeping it going. But considering how much the new Avengers movies (the ones that won't be called Infinity War Part 1 and 2) have to juggle, I'd be OK if Steve and Sharon's romance was cut entirely.

IR Film Review: Supernerd Gets Shellshocked by ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’

Ninja Turtles

by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Every generation gets pop culture icons reinvented. Batman from the 40s isn’t the same as Batman from the 60s isn’t the same as Batman from today. Reinvention keeps stories and characters fresh for a newer audience.

I myself am a child of such reinvention. My introduction to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was through the cartoon that debuted in the 1980s, which I’m sure was blasphemous to the readers of the more serious black-and-white comic book put out by creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. And since my introduction to the Heroes In A Half-Shell they’ve been retooled a few times, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.

The recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise seemed to be destined to get filed under “sometimes not.” The first film was atrocious and soulless. I worried for this generation, thinking that this is how they’d remember TMNT. Thankfully the latest offering, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, is a step in the right direction.

Taking place a year after the first film we see Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo sticking to the shadows and allowing cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to take credit for the defeat of the Shredder (Brian Tee). Unfortunately the Foot Clan and Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) seek to break their sensei out of jail and lead them to greatness once again.

The jailbreak leads to Shredder being teleported to Dimension X and into the presence of Krang, a sentient brain in a robotic host body looking to cross over to Earth and help Shredder take over. Given a powerful mutagen, Shredder takes subordinates Bebop and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and WWE superstar Sheamus) and transforms them into beastial beings that will be the start of an army that will help bring Krang and his Technodrome over for world domination.

Aided by their friend April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and corrections officer turned vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), the four reptilian brothers look to stop the bad guys while also trying to come to terms with how they feel about their place in the world.

I’m surprised at how well this film turned out, as they did retain two of the three writers from the first film (Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec). I’ll attribute the upswing in quality to director David Green and his handling of the material. The Earth To Echo helmer managed to infuse a little bit of heart into these turtles and actually made me feel for them as they struggled to find where they belong.

The addition of fan favorite characters like Bebop, Rocksteady and Casey Jones was a step in the right direction. Choosing Williams (known for his voice work on animated series like The Boondocks) and Sheamus proved beneficial, as after their transformation you’d need recognizable and unique voices to carry the characters. And you can’t ask for a better Casey Jones than Stephen Amell, as he’s shown he can get physical for the last four seasons as Oliver Queen / The Green Arrow on the hit CW show Arrow.

While most definitely a step in the right direction the series still has a ways to go before I consider it saved. Still it does have me looking forward to what the future might hold for the Green Machine.
GRADE: B-


Superman Will Fly Again on The CW in First Two Episodes of SUPERGIRL Season 2

Fans of Supergirl were a little worried for a minute when the show wasn't immediately picked up for a second season, but now that all of the details have been worked out and the dust has settled, we know season 2 will air on Monday nights on The CW (which probably should have been its home all along).

The first season was largely devoid of real footage of Kara's more famous cousin, Superman, but today executive producer Andrew Kreisberg released a statement announcing that the Man of Steel will appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl's second season:

“Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”

Looks like they want to kick off the second season with a bang. And casting someone to play Superman makes you wonder if that character might return for the massive crossover they're planning. There's no word yet about which actor will play the character, but whoever he is will join the ranks of George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill as men who wore the iconic "S" on their chests. And Tom Welling, of course, played Clark Kent/Superman on Smallville for ten seasons on The CW, so this will be something of a homecoming for the character. Who do you think should play Superman on Supergirl?

GAME OF THRONES Supercut: Every Time Hodor Says “Hodor”

Spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead.

Even though resurrection is a big theme in this season of Game of Thrones, the show has so much ground to cover that it rarely has time for looking back and fondly reflecting on characters who have died. (Fans do that themselves with tributes of all kinds.) But HBO actually did take a moment to honor one of the show's fallen friends, the beloved stable boy Hodor (Kristian Nairn) who died earlier this season. The network released a supercut of every time Hodor said the word "Hodor" on the show, and now that we know what it means, it's even more heartbreaking to watch.

Watch: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN Gets a New IMAX Trailer

I still think The Legend of Tarzan seems like a bad idea, but I'll admit that this new trailer from IMAX has impressed me more than anything else I've seen from this movie so far. The first half details Tarzan's origins (that part is very strange to watch in the wake of the recent incident with Harambe the gorilla), while the second half is comprised of more traditional action beats from what will presumably be the bulk of the film. Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz star, and The Legend of Tarzan hits theaters on July 1, 2016.

ARCHER Producers Want Jon Hamm to Play The Super Spy in Live-Action Movie

Archer just aired its seventh season finale this past week, capping off a season that was a massive improvement over last year. I appreciate that the show hasn't grown complacent and seems to continually attempt reinvention, and while it has occasionally stumbled a bit on that path, this season — in which the gang moved to Los Angeles and opened a private investigator's office — was one of its best yet.

The Daily Beast spoke with executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis about the possibility of converting the animated spy series into a live-action movie:

“It’s all up to whatever [Archer creator] Adam [Reed] wants to do, but he and I have definitely talked about it. I think we talk about it once every two years. We vacillate between if you do it, why are you doing the TV show? And should it be live-action, or should it be cartoon? The talk is there, we just still haven’t decided. I don’t think there will be a movie before the last episode of Archer airs on TV. I don’t think we’ll make a movie before the series finishes.”

Let's assume a movie actually does happen one day. Who would they want to slip into the immaculately tailored suit of Sterling Archer?

“It’s Jon Hamm,” says Thompson, firmly. “If Archer goes live-action, I do believe it will be Jon Hamm. Maybe you could do it with Jon Benjamin’s voice coming out of him? I don’t know. Adam is always like, ‘I don’t know if I want the movie to be live-action because I want it to be Jon Benjamin!’ But if it is live-action—and if it is not Jon Benjamin—it is our greatest hope that it would be Jon Hamm. I can say that with confidence.”

Hamm is an excellent choice. We already know he has the look, but I think comedy is his secret weapon; many people still associate him with the stoic Don Draper, but he's been absolutely hilarious in shows like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, so I think he'd be a natural for delivering the kind of comedy that defines Archer. But as great as Hamm might be by himself, I have to admit the idea of seeing him with H. Jon Benjamin's voice coming out of him is so ridiculous it just might work.