Paramount Pictures has released a brand new trailer and poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. I've gotta say: while I wasn't a huge fan of the first movie, I can totally see how I would have been all about it as a kid (mainly because I was a massive fan of the 1990 movie and its sequels). The longevity of this franchise has been super impressive, and I'm completely at peace with looking at this movie as a version of these characters that's for modern audiences. If I want to check in with my version of the turtles, I can always pop in the older films. Embrace it or pass — it's up to you. I'll give this movie one thing, though: it definitely looks like it's opening the floodgates as far as including a ton of imagery from previous versions of the franchise: Krang, Bepop and Rocksteady, the Technodrome, and Baxter Stockman are all on display here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters on June 3rd.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
One of the things that sort of got lost in the monumental HBO series Game of Thrones is just how great of a fighter Ser Loras Tyrell is. I understand that they don't have time to flesh things out to the same extent that George R.R. Martin does in his A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but it would have been cool to see more of Loras earning his reputation as a badass warrior.
But it looks like actor Finn Jones, who plays Loras, will be able to show off his fighting prowess in another show instead. He recently cast as the lead in Marvel's upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist, and in the new print issue of EW (via ComicBook), he spoke a little about the training he's doing to embody the new hero. He's training for multiple hours a day doing "kung fu and wushu mixed with a bit of tai chi," as well as weight training "to bulk up." And on the mental side of things, he's studying Buddhism and meditation.
"I've always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero," he told the magazine. "There's a contradiction in those elements that's going to be very fun to play."
OK...that seems like a very specific dream for a part to play, but I'm happy he found it. We'll have to wait until 2017 to see if fans agree and are pleased with his portrayal of the character, but things seem to be moving forward quickly; the producers just hired one of his fellow GOT cast members last week.
The still-untitled third Wolverine solo movie (let's just call it Wolverine 3 for now) has found its main villain. Deadline reports that Boyd Holbrook, who plays DEA agent Steve Murphy in the Netflix series Narcos, will play "a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise" who goes up against Hugh Jackman's gruff hero. Good luck with that, bub.
If you haven't seen Narcos, you may recognize Holbrook from his roles in Milk, Gone Girl, A Walk Among the Tombstones, or Run All Night. The description of his character for this movie is pretty vague, so I can't even fathom a guess as to which Marvel character he might be playing here. 20th Century Fox is obviously limited in regards to which characters they have the rights to, so maybe they're just making up an entirely new villain for Holbrook to play since they won't be able to create a perfect adaptation of the Old Man Logan comic anyway. Patrick Stewartis back on board as Professor X, Liev Schreibermay return as Sabretooth, and the film will reportedly be rated R, so we expect Jackman to finally unleash the berserker rage on screen.
Production on Wolverine 3 starts in May, and the film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017. That seems like a fairly quick turnaround for a film that I assume will need a considerable amount of VFX work done, but hopefully director James Mangold can make it work.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday, and to mark the occasion, her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill shared a photo on Twitter of the two of them recreating a moment from The Empire Strikes Back on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII.
As you might expect, fans jumped on this and immediately started adding tweaks to the pic in Photoshop and tagging Hamill in them on Twitter. He retweeted all of the following images, many of which are pretty funny:
The new trailer of Gears of War 4 wasn't the "big reveal" Coalition Gears promised, but it was a damn good trailer! In it, we see J.D. Fenix escaping through the woods near his childhood home... View Full Post on GameTyrant
Here's the first trailer for the second season of Netflix's critically-acclaimed original series Bloodline. I still haven't caught up with season one, and if you're in the same boat and actually plan on watching the second season, I'd recommend skipping this trailer because it contains information about a major character who died in the first season.
I don't know much about this show yet — I'll hopefully catch up with it one of these days — but I really like cast, and the cinematography and moody lighting at least make it look stunning. Have you seen the first season? What'd you think about it? Does this trailer get you pumped for season 2?
Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, John Leguizamo, and more star, and Bloodline returns to Netflix on May 27th.
Season 2 begins with the Rayburn family struggling to conceal their unthinkable crime. Mysterious strangers from Danny’s past arrive with a dangerous agenda. Law enforcement is closing in on the truth behind Danny’s murder. And the tight-knit family’s once harmonious relationship is poisoned by paranoia and mistrust as it slowly begins to unravel. Lies mount. Alliances are betrayed. Relationship are destroyed. With their backs against the wall, good people may have to do some very bad things…
I'm trying not to read too much before I see it for myself, but I know that critics who saw an early screening really enjoyedCaptain America: Civil War. That's a great sign, because I was worried that the increased number of characters would be too much for one movie to deal with and the MCU would start to sag under the weight of its own ambition. But it sounds like the Russo Brothers pulled it off, and that's very, very good news for one key reason: the next two Marvel movies they make are going to be even bigger.
Avengers: Infinity War is starting to peek over the horizon, and speaking with ComicBook.com, the directors teased the appearance of two more heroes who will appear in at least one part of that juggernaut of a movie — including coming about as close as possible to confirming the long-rumored Guardians of the Galaxy crossover:
Anthony: "The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that's happened before in the MCU so you don't want to get into spoilers but I'm a big fan of what James Gunn has done. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you'd be very excited."
Joe: "I'm excited to work with Thor. They're doing some really interesting stuff with Ragnarok and where he's gonna be at the beginning of Infinity War is gonna be a very interesting place and I think very profound. I think he's gonna have a real emotional motivation after that."
So it sounds like both Star-Lord and Thor are going to be getting in on the action. Not super surprising, but it's still nice to hear. Now all we need is for someone to get the directors to confirm whether or not the MCU characters from the Netflix shows are going to show up in the movie at some point.
Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6th; Thor: Ragnarok rains down on November 3, 2017; Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1 hits on May 4, 2018; and Part 2 blasts into theaters on May 3, 2019.
I’m hoping for a surprise from the DCEU with Suicide Squad, I REALLY am. But after MoS and the egg that BvS was I have zero faith that Warner Bros can do anything right with any of their DC properties. Thankfully, my non-existent expectations mean that even if it’s a turd it will be better than I’m imagining it to be. David Ayer is a helluva filmmaker and he’s got a great cast, so it’s possible that there’s something going on with this film beyond being a GotG rip-off. But it REALLY feels like the DCEU’s effort to make their own offbeat Guardians film down to the splashy colors, retro songs in the trailers and the (much reported on) re-shoots to lighten the mood.
Not surprisingly there is more Batman (since he seemed to be the only thing people liked about BvS) and Joker in this new trailer.
What Song from the Wayne’s World soundtrack do you think will be in the next Suicide Squad trailer?
Like the rest of us, comic artist Phil Noto was extremely excited after seeing the first trailer for Rogue One: A Story Wars Story. He was so excited about it that he just had to whip up this awesome fan poster for the film.
Noto is currently working on Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic series, and even though he’s busy with that, he was inspired to create this piece as soon as he could. He says:
"I haven’t been this excited since the first teaser for TFA. I desperately wanted to make this right after I saw the trailer but had finish up some Poe Dameron work. It’s all crazy and wonderful."
The art features a few of the new characters from the story who are played by Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen. The movie is set to be released on December 16th, 2016.
Yesterday, I went to the press conference for Captain America: Civil War, which was a lot of fun. All the actors let loose and get goofy when they're together. One of the most interesting things to come out of the press conference, though, was when Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige was asked about The Wasp and why they didn't include her in the film. This was his response:
"There were drafts where Wasp participated in the splash panel fight, the airport battle. And the truth is, it took away the fun of seeing her suit up for the first time, seeing her on that road to being a hero. We experienced that with Ant-Man in his own movie... and we had big plans and we later announced the title of Paul's sequel, which is Ant-Man and the Wasp."
He went on to explain that they wanted to give her more of a full movie instead of just a small moment in Captain America: Civil War. It makes perfect sense that they would want to do that, and I'm glad that they didn't include her this time around, but it's interesting to know that they did strongly consider it.
In a separate interview with Collider, the film's screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Marcus McFeely talked a little bit more about it:
"You know, almost everybody made it in. There was a period where we talked about bringing Wasp in here was actually a draft Wasp was in because she was so almost on the edge of being in Ant-Man, but then you’re taking something awesome out of the Ant-Man team’s quiver if it’s like, 'Well, we’re doing her!' Plus she had a similar skill set, so it’s like 'Well, maybe we just isolate it to Scott.'
"When you see the movie, you see that Scott is his own comic relief so it would change that a little bit. They would be this pair. Everybody else we would talk about them and then they’d go away, but we got most everybody back."
She really didn't need to be in the movie. It worked perfectly without her and without Thor and Hulk. There was just so much going on, and the story was so enthralling that you didn't miss them. Captain America: Civil Warwill be released on May 6th, 2016, and Ant-Man and The Wasp will arrive on July 6th, 2018.