What if Marvel Let Tim Burton Draw The Avengers?

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Tim Burtonned Avengers by  Xenia Rassolova
Remember that time Tim Burton drew The Avengers and Marvel Studios almost gave him the director's job for the movie version? Nah, it didn't happen for real, but artist Xenia Rassolova imagined what the characters might've looked like in these two drawings of "Earth's Skinniest Heroes". 

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Tim Burtonned Avengers by  Xenia Rassolova
Rassolova's drawings surfaced on the internetz today, just in time for Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray/DVD going on sale. Kudos to Xenia for a spot-on Burtonesque likeness of the movie superheroes (and Loki). The drawings are cool, but I'm glad Marvel went with Joss Whedon as the mastermind of The Avengers. My brain couldn't handle two hours of sad Tony Stark. 

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Tim Burtonned Avengers by  Xenia Rassolova
If you haven't purchased your copy of The Avengers Blu-ray or DVD, check out our handy guide to all six format options. 

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Anthony Mackie on Playing First African-American Superhero 'Falcon'

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Anthony Mackie - Source: Wikipedia 
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe entering its post-Avengers Phase 2, we're starting to hear a lot of exciting casting news. Recently, I was psyched to hear that Anthony Mackie will portray Sam Wilson, AKA Falcon, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (CATWS). This is a key role because not only does Falcon have a long comic book history as Captain America's brother-in-arms, he also happens to be Marvel's first African-American superhero, both in comics and film. 

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In fact, Falcon was the first African-American superhero of any mainstream comic company when he debuted in Captain America #117 (September 1969). Falcon is also notable as being the first superhero of African heritage to not have the word "black" preceding his superhero name.  With over 40 years of comic book history, it's no surprise that Mackie is taking his role in the Captain America sequel quite seriously. 

In an interview with Vulture, Mackie talked about the extreme training he'll undergo for CATWS - 
"He's (Falcon) known for his physique. He's described as 6'3", 245 pounds, so starting Monday, for the next five months until we start shooting, I'm going back to high-school workouts and start doing two-a-days, so I get up to 230 pounds. I'm going to try not to get a job between now and then, so I can really focus on this. Because Chris Evans is in such good shape! I'm just a dude he dragged into the lab that he injected with some shit, but I got to stand next to him. So we shall see!"


  Mackie also mentioned that his brother, a long-time comics fan, was almost as excited as he was - 
"When I got the part, I called my brother, and I told him, 'Guess what I'm doing.' And I told him the movie and who I was playing, and he literally just gave me a litany of history about this character. He went in his closet, and he dug out a copy of the very first Captain America with the Falcon in it. So I said to him, 'Holy shit, you're an Über-nerd!'"
Mackie also told MTV (in the video below) how honored he was to be playing Marvel's first African-American superhero.

“It's amazing. The biggest part of it is, I think kids for so long have been looking for a role model or someone to look up to. I feel like this being truly the first African American superhero, being introduced in this movie and in this way, I feel like it's going to be great. The Russo brothers are great. They're very funny guys and they're great when it comes to storytelling. I'm interested in how it's going to turn out.” 

From what I've read about CATWS, the movie is going to focus on Steve Rogers' affiliation with the anti-terrorist agency, S.H.I.E.L.D., while grappling with the return of his World War II friend, James "Bucky" Barnes. I can't wait to see how Marvel incorporates Sam Wilson into the story, and I'm sure they're going to write a great part for Mackie to play. Stay tuned for more info on CATWS as it comes in. 

Thanks to CBM for the heads up, and Wikipedia for information on Falcon's history.

Fan Poll: Who Should be the Next Female Superhero in The Avengers Movie Sequel?

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Even though many people (including yours truly) proclaimed it as the greatest superhero movie ever, Marvel's The Avengers did receive criticism for one perceived flaw. Some viewers thought it could have benefited from at least one more strong female character. Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Maria Hill, were the only key female characters who appeared in the super-team's first outing. Of course, we need to cut Marvel a little break here, because there's only so many characters they can fit on the screen at one time. However, I would love to see another super-powered female denizen of Marvel Universe join the boys in The Avengers sequel. 

Marvel Studios has many female superheroes that could possibly join The Avengers. Who should suit up and become one of "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", and stand alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow

Out of the nearly two dozen characters that might have a shot at their big screen debut, I've narrowed the list to four. My selection is pictured above - Moondragon, The Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and She-Hulk

Your assignment today is to choose one out of those four fantastic females who you think would be the most interesting and exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just cast your vote in my  highly scientific poll on the right side of the screen. I'll announce the results of the voting in a couple of weeks. 

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Could this be the Greatest Fan-made Superhero Tribute Ever?

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The Incredible Hulk - Marvel Studios
Check out this video I stumbled across, called 21st Century Superheroes - created by Paolo Kalalo. I can't believe it's been on YouTube a whole year and I'm just now discovering it. This is not your average fan-made movie tribute that just randomly throws some action scenes together. No, this compilation of great scenes from the last decade of superhero movies is a work of art. 

What sets this video apart from the herd of other fan-made clips is the obvious care and thought that was put into it. Notice how the action is beautifully synced to the music, and how dialogue from one film is matched to scenes from another. I also loved how the maker of this clip even includes scenes from less-than-stellar movies, such as Catwoman and Ghost Rider. Watching 21st Century Superheroes reminded me that almost every recent superhero movie, regardless of its overall quality, had at least a few scenes with jaw-dropping visual and special effects. To me, that's why videos like this could qualify as art - because it makes me look at something in a new light. 

After you watch the video, connect with me on Twitter to let me know what you think.  

The Top Twenty Most Awesome Batman GIFs

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One of the coolest trends in the last few years has been the use of GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) images as a new way to look at key movie scenes. By compressing full scenes into just a couple of frames of movement and adding a line or two of dialogue, details emerge that weren't as noticeable in the theater. One of the most popular subjects of the GIF treatment has been Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises

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Over on tumblr, there are hundreds of GIFs based on the Nolan movies, and I think I've seen most of them. I decided it would be fun to collect my Top Twenty Most Awesome Batman GIFs in one place, but  it was impossible to post them all here on Capes

So, I invite you to check out Capes on Film on tumblr, and see if these GIFs aren't the most awesome you've seen. By the way, you'll notice that some of the images don't even feature Batman. Some of my favorites highlight the villains and supporting characters. The first page has the top 15, and click "older entries" to see the remaining five images. 

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Watch Five Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes from The Avengers Blu-ray

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Not only has Marvel's The Avengers grossed over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office (according to Box Office Mojo), it's now set to break Blu-ray/DVD sales and rental records, as well. On September 25, fans will be able to choose from several different disc sets - including a limited edition, ten disc edition

To get us ready to run out and get a copy of (arguably) the greatest superhero movie ever, Marvel has released several behind-the-scenes featurettes from The Avengers. I assume all of these will be included on the deluxe Blu-ray/DVD sets, but we can enjoy a sample right now. I've compiled all five for your viewing pleasure below. 

The first featurette spotlights Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Fury-

Director Joss Whedon talks about Chris Evans (Captain America) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) in clip 2 -
In clip 3, Whedon tells us how some of those key scenes came to life -

Clip 4 shows how the awesome S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier was created -  

The last clip showcases the contribution of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) - 

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