The Monster Squad was one of my favorite films to watch when I was growing up. Seeing Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Creature team up to plunge the world into darkness was the stuff dreams were made of! Then there was the ragtag group of young teens who have a club called The Monster Squad and set out on a mission to stop them. This is one of those films that really tickles the nostalgia feels for me.
Well, YouTube user thatmattcaronguy has created a new fan trailer for The Monster Squad, and he does it in the same style as the last Suicide Squad trailer that was released. The result of the mashup is perfect in every way, and it's the greatest thing EVER! Suicide Squad does have some similarities as it brings together many of our favorite DC villains/monsters for a crazy adventure, only it's not to bring about the end of the world.
The trailer is called Suicide Monster Squad, and I just had a smile on my face all the way through it. I love this trailer!
When Ezra Miller was cast in the role of Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash, in Zack Snyder’s Justice League film, a lot of fans were pissed off that Grant Gustin didn’t get the job. As many of you already know, Gustin plays the Scarlet Speedster in the series The Flash, and he’s awesome.
During an interview with the New York Daily News, Snyder revealed that he never even considered using Gustin as The Flash. Why? One reason is that the tone of his TV version didn't match up with what he wanted to do with Justice League. So he hired Miller, who is a great actor, and I’m sure once people see how he handles the character, fans will be a little bit more at ease. Snyder said:
"I just don't think [Gustin] was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where...that [tone is] not our world.”
The Flash is expected to make a brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we really won’t get to see him in action until Justice League. There's another interesting reason Snyder offers for leaving Gustin out of the role, and that's because of DC's multiverse.
“Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multiverse [idea], so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”
So apparently these films that Snyder is making take place in the same multiverse as the TV series, but they don’t take place in the same universe. This is something Geoff Johns has talked about in the past, telling BuzzFeed in a previous interview:
“Well, Arrow and Flash are the same universe, and we get a lot of great story out of that — especially when we have episodes that cross them over, but that’s also where our superhero universe lives. We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough.“
This completely makes sense to me, especially when it comes to the DC Comic Universe. It gives them the perfect excuse for anything they do with these properties.
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) has taken on the role of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding in an upcoming movie called I,Tonya. This is definitely one of the strangest roles that Robbie has taken on yet.
You may or may not remember Harding, but she rose to the top of figure skating glory from a poor and rough childhood. She was the first woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions, and it led her to winning the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and coming in second in the World Championships.
In 1994, she was set to compete in the Olympic Games in Lillehammer against Nancy Kerrigan. That's when her life took a weird turn. Hardy's husband and a couple of other thugs were hired to attack Kerrigan and break her leg. Luckily for her, they sucked at their job and only bruised her leg, then they got caught, and Hardy's husband turned against her to try and stay out of jail.
That year, Kerrigan won the Silver Medal and Harding finished eighth as her life was taking a dive into the abyss. As information on the scandal unfolded, Harding was stripped of her 1994 championship, and the USFSA banned her from figure skating for life.
Deadline says that the movie "has the potential to be another To Die For, the Gus Van Sant-directed film that starred Nicole Kidman in a tale of naked ambition and the price for fame."
The script was written by Steven Rogers, who apparently did "extensive interviews with both Harding and Gillooly, capturing the absurdity of what happened but also the tragic part of the Harding saga, and trying to come from nothing to prominence in a sport where most of the competitors are the children of wealthy families that can afford all the ice time and trainers needed to get to that high a level."
Robbie has proven to be a great actress, and it will be interesting to see how she embodies this character and portrays her in the film. I'm sure this movie will be a lot better than the 1994 TV movie, Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story.
Adult Swim has released a hysterical Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spot created by the Robot Chicken team. We’re all excited to see Batman and Superman kick the living shit out of each other in the upcoming movie, but first, you can watch them take each other on as they compete to win at surviving on a desert island, eating crazy hot buffalo wings, and bullying your dad. If you're a fan of Robot Chicken and their style of humor, then you’re gonna enjoy this.
The first trailer for Warner Brothers' The LEGO Batman Movie will be released this Wednesday. While we wait to see that, USA Today has shared five photos from the movie that give us our first look at Will Arnett’s Caped Crusader in his very own movie.
As you already know, this is a spin-off of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie. During an interview with the paper, Arnett spoke about his character in the story, saying:
“The Batcave is even better than we remembered it, it’s awesome. But I also love getting into the ho-hum day-to-day of being Batman and what it’s like to fight crime each day. Like the idea of Batman oversleeping his alarm clock makes me laugh. It really does humanize him. We get down to that perfect sweet spot for Batman, but also having moments of hesitation,” says Arnett. “There’s nothing better than a guy who has this super-authoritative, brooding, voice but also moments where he’s a bit unsure.”
Arnett is joined by Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, and Rosario Dawson as Batgirl. Director Chris McKay spoke about coming up with his story for the film, saying:
“We thought if we can tell a well-rounded, funny story that’s action-packed, we can build a big movie around this character. This is the movie we would want to see. Batman is an island onto himself, the only thing he doesn’t have is relationships. We're making About a Boy as directed by (action director) Michael Mann”
He goes on to say that the movie is going to have a ton of cameos and other characters that will attempt to enter Batman’s life. The director is deep in production on the film in Australia and is shooting on a full 3D and LEGO world.
“At first it doesn’t look like it’s all built in Lego. But as you get closer you realize it is. We’re building an entire city, the Batcave and vehicles, going deep into Batman’s world.”
The movie is set to be released on February 10th, 2017. But stay tuned for the first trailer tomorrow!
As you all know by now, Harrison Ford finally got his wish to have Han Solo killed off in a Star Wars movie. The actor has wanted to have his character killed off for the last 30 years, and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens it happened at the hands of his own son. Nooooooooooooo! During a recent Q&A withtumblr and EW.com, Ford explained why he wanted Solo to die, and it makes perfect sense:
"I think it's a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight."
He’s absolutely right. Only I wish it wouldn’t have happened so soon after having been re-introduced into to fans after all those years of not having him around. It was so great to see him, but then have him immediately taken away from us? Ouch. That hurt. It sure did pack a powerful punch, that’s for sure! So Ford did get that gravitas and emotional weight. It will be interesting to see how that all that emotional weight carriers over into the upcoming films.
Hey! At least, we’ll get to see Ford come back for at least one more Indiana Jones movie!
Earlier this year it was announced that James Wan was producing a new MacGyver TV series for CBS. Well, the network has cast Lucas Till in the title role. Till plays Havoc in the X-Men films. The guy is a talented young actor, and I think he has the perfect MacGyver look. This is a perfect role for him to play, and it will be great to see how he makes the character his own. Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) was also cast in the role of Gunner, who is MacGyver’s best friend.
According to Deadline, the young Angus MacGyver (Till), “is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The drama serves as a prequel to the original series, in which MacGyver was played by Richard Dean Anderson.”
I enjoyed watching the original series when I was a kid and for some reason it’s really weird for me that it’s coming back. It’s just something I never expected to see revived as a series because it’s a one of a kind. MacGyver is coming, though, and I think Till is an awesome choice. It’ll be fun to see the process of how this character actually becomes the MacGyver we already know.
The pilot episode was co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and it will be directed by David Von Ancken. NCIS: Los Angeles' R. Scott Gemmill is an executive producer on the action drama along with Henry Winkler, who was an executive producer on the original run of the series.
What do you think about Till playing this character?
Earlier this month, it was reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley was up for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. A lot of people seem to love the idea of seeing her in the role, and I think she'd be great! Turns out that report is true. Ridley confirmed the news herself when THR asked her about it at the Empire Awards.
She says that there "have been conversations" about her playing Lara Croft, but as of right now she says, "I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it'". Well, it seems like the fans want her. If Warner Bros. and MGM are paying attention, maybe they better give her a call. The actress did say that she is actively trying to fill up her schedule with gigs. It's just such a great casting choice and it would be a shame if they missed this opportunity.
She says there's no script for the film yet but Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is currently in the process of developing it. Ridley's Star Wars co-star John Boyega chimed in to say that he also wants her in the role as well:
“I played Tomb Raider the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. But I texted Daisy [and] was like, ‘this is you!’ and ‘you need to get on that because you could be Lara Croft.’ She should be."
Ridley was so good in The Force Awakens and she won over the hearts of fanboys and fangirls everywhere. The more I think about her taking on the role of Lara Croft, the more I think she would be perfect in it. It's good to know that there's a chance she could get the part. We'll just have to wait this one out until we get an official announcement of who's been cast.
Here’s another excuse for me to take a trip to New York in the near future. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is headed to Broadway! The musical has already had success in London with director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Specter), but now Americans will have the opportunity to get their Golden Ticket to see it.
The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and will start in the spring of 2017. It is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling novel and also draws inspiration from the classic 1977 movie. This version of the show will not be directed by Mendes, instead, it will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV). Mendes said in a statement to EW:
“I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I’m really proud it’s having such great run at Drury Lane. But I knew I couldn’t marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects. As such I am thrilled to be turning the keys to the Broadway Chocolate Factory over to the brilliant Jack O’Brien.”
O’Brien offered his thoughts on taking on the development of the show and what he plans on doing with it:
“Why does Wonka want to do this Golden Ticket contest and what compels him to want to give it all away? I started with the question why. This is the dramatic premise I hang the whole show on. Sam and I have both spent our careers putting our personal spin on classics, be it by William Shakespeare or Roald Dahl. Since the first production was created for London, it’s only fair we do an American version, and in America, our connection is to the 1971 movie and the indelible impression of Gene Wilder as the slyly wicked Wonka. The score will pay homage to the beloved Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley songs that are integral to the American relationship to the story, combined with all new songs crafted by the American team that created one of Broadway’s most beloved scores, Hairspray.”
I’m such a huge fan of of this story, and there’s no doubt it will make for an entertaining, high-energy musical.
Some new potential SPOILER details have leaked regarding a few characters in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The following intel comes from Latino Review, and it includes information regarding Laura Dern’s character as well as Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and Carrie Fisher's General Organa.
According to the report, Dern is rumored to be playing a Resistance Officer in command of a ship. The site describes a scene in which she informs a group of battered soldiers, including Poe, that they are the “last of the rebellion,” and she also informs them that General Organa has been "gravely injured" in some kind of attack and is undergoing medical attention.
The relationship between Dern and Poe isn't a good one. It's explained that they "have an antagonistic exchange of words and Dern’s character is blunt with Poe, like she has some sort of authority over him." The intensity escalates from there as it's revealed that Poe leads a group of Resistance fighters against Dern’s character. They take control of her ship and Poe ends up pointing his blaster at Dern's character.
It sounds to me like the story in Episode VIII is going to take more of a political turn. Like there is a new villainous faction growing within the Resistance that Dern is a part of, and that maybe Leia being gravely wounded was an inside job to put an end to what she was trying to accomplish. The report speculates that Dern's character wants the kind of power that Leia wields, but Poe isn't going to let that happen.
This is all just rumor and speculation, but it sounds like something I could see happening in the Star Wars Universe. If all of this is true, I like where it's going. I can't wait to see how this story plays out!
The film is being directed by Rian Johnson and is set to be released on December 15th, 2017. Do you have any speculation that you'd like to add to the conversation?