Tite Kubo is the creator of the hit manga and anime Bleach. It’s one of the most convoluted stories with one of the most overpowered main characters, but I still love it. I’ve read the entire manga and watched the anime (except for the filler arcs because filler is dumb). A few months ago we were even given a teaser at the live action film being developed in Japan. According to Anime Mojo, Kubo recently talked on a radio show about shutting down Hollywood’s plans for a Bleach film because it “didn’t sit well with him.” However, in that same radio show, Kubo said, “For the Japanese live-action version, I feel that we have come close to the original work[.] I am really looking forward to it."
That gives me a little bit of hope that this won’t be a flop since Kubo does seem to be protective of his work. I am still not getting my hopes too high though with all of the terrible adaptations we’ve gotten. It is worth noting though that this is not being done by a western studio. Maybe that’s been the problem this whole time. Do you think that this adaptation will be different from the failed ones that Hollywood has put out?
As you know, after Joss Whedon was brought in to finish directing Justice League, the films original composer, Junkie XL, was replaced by Danny Elfman. Both of these musicians have very different styles. I liked Danny Elfman's score that was used in the film, especially because he sprinkled in bits of the classic Superman and Batman themes. Those themes hit the nostalgic emotions.
After listening to Junkie XL's score, though, I thought it was pretty rad! It definitely fit's Zack Snyder's style more. I'm sure some fans might think it's better than Elfman's score. If you want to compare the two, you can listen to Elfman's score here.
After listening to Junkie XL's Justice League theme, let us know which store you prefer!
If you're looking for a good way to break the ice with that family member you haven't seen in a long time, perhaps this is the way to get the conversation rolling. Using only his hands, Gerry Phillips performs Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" using what is commonly referred to as "hand farts". The beginning is a bit slow going, so if you find the person you're showings attention waning it might be a good idea to skip to the solo which, in a word, is everything. Skip to 5:50 if you really want to be amazed, but really this whole video is gold.
Some new promo art has surfaced online for Avengers: Infinity War. The art gives us an even better look at the costumes of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). I'm really digging the style of the new outfits! I especially like Black Widow's new look.
We got a little glimpse of these new costumes in another piece of promo art that you can see here. But, this one, which comes from a fan page on Russian social media site VK.com, is a lot better. We also have a screenshot from the upcoming Infinity War trailer featuring these three characters that you can see here. It's a little difficult to see their costumes in that photo, though, because it's a bit dark and it's an overhead shot looking down on them.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War was Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and it also stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, and Tom Holland.
Look, I enjoyed Justice League. It was a fun and entertaining film. But, there's one major aspect of the film that bugged the living hell out of me! It was Superman's CGI upper lip!
When Henry Cavill was brought in for reshoots with Joss Whedon, he had to grow out a mustache for his role in the next Mission: Impossible film. Unfortunately, he was contractually obligated not to shave it, so Warner Bros. had to spend a shit-ton of money to remove it digitally.
It was even more unfortunate that it turned out to be some of the worst CGI in a major big-budget film that I've seen in a long time. As much as I enjoyed how the character of Superman was handled, that CGI upper lip was super freakin' distracting, creepy looking, and laughably bad. When previously talking about reshooting his Superman scenes with his mustache, Cavill told Fox 5 DC:
"It’s nothing to cover it up. What we do is we try to put it back on the top lip as much as possible. So they kind of wax it up. And then I had dots all over my face. And they try to put dots, which are barely visible, sort of in the various points on the face where you would see them during normal… not face replacement, but whatever CGI aspect they may be applying to a face. And yeah. I was covered in dots, and had a big mustache. It was definitely a new look for Superman."
I think it's ridiculous that Cavill couldn't shave his stash off for the reshoots. He could've grown it back. Or they could've just put a fake stash on him, which would have been a lot easier, a lot cheaper, and a lot more believable looking than that terrible CGI upper lip. Hell, it would have been better to see Superman sporting a mustache than that CGI monstrosity!
I just thought it would be fun to vent and complain about one of Justice League's most glaring issues that could have and should have been avoided. Here are a bunch of reactions from Twitter.
Judging by CGI correction of Superman's upper lip in EVERY SINGLE SCENE from JUSTICE LEAGUE, I'm curious if he was ever even IN the first iteration of the film? How many tens of thousands of dollars would've been saved it he just SHAVED...?
We've got another TV spot for you to check out for Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring even more footage from the film. It involves Rey in the middle of training with Luke Skywalker and in the process, she taps into the Dark Side and it starts calling for her. As you'll see, Luke is extremely concerned about this. It's a great spot that has a pretty haunting vibe to it.
We've had a lot of recent news pop up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so to catch up with everything that's going on, click here. I have a feeling that this saga is going to go into a completely different direction than where some fans thought it would go.
The movie opens up in theaters on December 15th, so we don't have much longer to wait!
Robot Underdog has released their full short film (about 35 minutes) Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope. It is probably the best live-action adaptation of an anime I have seen or heard of. Dragon Ball Z: Evolution, I didn’t even bother with it because of what friends were saying, plus what I was seeing in clips was atrocious. Death Note and Ghost in the Shell have not been received very well overall either. Light of Hope is actually worth watching. Don’t expect a big blockbuster hit with a huge budget and the best effects and that should be enough to keep your expectations in check.
I was surprised at how well this film was put together. You can tell a lot of love and attention went into this. The acting is actually pretty good overall, the special effects are well done overall albeit on a budget, the costumes were fantastic, the music was probably the best part, and the story was well told.
Light of Hope tells part of Trunks’ story during the Android Saga of Dragon Ball Z with it ending in Trunks finally reaching the level of Super Saiyan after the death of Gohan. The team that put this together did a fantastic job of telling this story. I will mention that this is not perfect, and you will notice some inconsistencies, but it is still a great film for the Dragon Ball fan. I’m excited to see what else Robot Underdog puts out in the future. What’s the best anime adaptation you’ve seen?
There hasn't really been a lot of talk from anyone directly involved with the firing of Chris Miller and Phil Lord from Solo: A Star Wars Story. We just heard from inside sources that there were some big issues on the set involving the behavior of the directors and major creative differences.
Well, during an MTV Panel, Miller and Lord publicly talked about being let go for the first time. They admit that executive producer Kathleen Kennedy did not agree with their vision of the story.
“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful. We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big.” Lord managed a laugh as he added, “Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it.” The audience cheered in support as Lord added, “We’re really proud of the work we did on the movie and we wish everybody the best.”
As you know, Miller and Lord ended up being replaced last summer by Ron Howard, which I thought was a perfect choice. Howard is a great director and it's pretty cool that after all these years, he finally got to direct a Star Wars movie. I know a lot of fans aren't excited about this Han Solo film, but I think Howard is going to give fans a film that they'll enjoy.
Lord and Miller haven't had any issues jumping back into work since they were let go. They have been developing Sony's animated Mile Morales Spider-Man film as well as The Lego Movie Sequelfor Warner Bros. They are also developing a sci-fi heist film called Artemis.
Paul Rudd was filmed by HBO this weekend during Night of Too Many Stars, where he could be seen in his new Ant-Man suit while answering questions that fans had. There are some comic moments, but where you'd expect someone in a Marvel suit to be asked about the upcoming movie, it seems fans were more interested in some of his older films.
We're glad Rudd is so keen to mingle with his fans and gives us a glimpse of the new suit, but I half wonder what hurdles he had to go through to get Marvel Studios to approve the Ant-Man appearance, if any. It's a pity we didn't get to see the Wasp attend in her suit beside him.
What did you think of the video? If you could have attended the event, what questions would you have asked him? Let me know in the comments.
Now that they've seen Justice League some hardcore DC Extended Universe fans are wondering how the film would have looked had Zack Snyder stayed behind the director's camera. Some are demanding that Warner Bros. release Snyder’s original cut for the Justice League movie.
Snyder stepped down during reshoots and post-production and handed the film over to Avengers director Joss Whedon. The Justice League’s producer says that Whedon only contributed to about 20% of the movie, but for some fans that's too much.
Now a fan in Puerto Rico, has launched a Change.org petition for Warner Bros. to release Snyder’s unaltered version of the film and he has a pretty good start to the movement, the petition currently has over 17,000 signees.
Here’s a sample of the petition’s over 2400 word mission statement:
“We the undersigned make this petition,because during the last few months, the film Justice League underwent a few changes in terms of composer and runtime. Zack Snyder, director of the film, screened Justice League to Warner Bros. executives earlier this year, they where happy with the film, but the director himself felt the film needed something more, he contacted Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, to write a few additional scenes with plans to shoot them over the summer, but an unfortunate tragedy in his family happened and he understandably had to step down, Warner Bros. following Snyder's departure, released a statement saying that Justice League will be finished as Zack Snyder's vision, but a week after that statement, composer Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) was replaced with Danny Elfman, much to the dismay of fans, who were concerned about the thematic compositional elements from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman being changed, due to the change in composer.
In early October cinemas confirmed that the runtime for Justice League will be 2hrs long, much to the shock of fans, who were asking themselves: "how will a film that has 6 main characters, their supporting players, a story that revolves around an alien invasion, the terraforming of earth and the return of a familiar face, would fit in a 2hr runtime?", Many film critics, websites and journalists started comparing the runtime to Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, stating that the sci-fi/fantasy film dealt with 5 characters, the introduction of a mythology and an intergalactic war, but the difference between Justice League and Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope is very simple: Justice League as mentioned earlier, revolves around a plot to terraform earth, an alien invasion, 4 new characters, their backstories and their motivations, the development of 2 other characters from previous entries in the DC Extended Universe and the return of a familiar face that need development and I will explain myself.
The DC Extended Universe is based on DC comics, a brand of comic books that writes superheroes, villains and other characters from different backgrounds with different backstories and motivations, that are relatable to the reader with themes that mirror the real world, for example, Man of Steel was the first entry in the the DC Extended Universe, the film revolved around an alien trying to find his place in the world, while dealing with his past, alien origins, superhuman abilities and a plot that revolved around first contact with an alien civilization, while the sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revolved around the existence of an alien and his purpose in the world, how humanity reacted to him, how they were divided and ultimately united, because ofnhim, the different philosophies, ideologies and motivations of a man coming to gripes with his past, the reality of aliens living amongst humans and the realization that such alien could be dangerous, a man with a childhood trauma, who wants to get rid of abusive figures and who realizes that power is not innocent and the perception of humans towards the alien in question. Justice League is the culmination of the alien's story and the beginning of a new chapter in the DC Extended Universe. Fans have been waiting for years, while others have waited decades for the film to finally arrive on the silver screen. The 2hr runtime is disrespectful towards Zack Snyder's vision and towards the fans who have waited for more than a year to see the alien's story come to an end.”
The petition goes on to touch on the importance of the film’s score and other items. Warner Bros. has set some kind of precedent for this kind of thing, having released the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition with a significant number of scenes cut from the theatrical edition of the movie restored. However, Suicide Squad, another movie where much of the director’s original footage was excised and rearranged for the theatrical cut, received no such restored edition.
Pretty convincing stuff, but just because there is a petition doesn't necessarily mean that Warner Bros. will decide to play ball. The good news is that there is still plenty of time before Justice League is released on BluRay.