Here we are, five months after The Dark Knight Rises opened, and the film’s still sparking discussion and debate among fans and critics alike. Most movies are all but forgotten after a few weeks, but the non-stop interest in TDKR is testament to what a landmark movie it is. Case in point, on November 28, 2012, the director of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan, was a guest of the prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Center. In conjunction with his appearance in New York, Nolan also gave an in-depth interview with Film Comment about the making of the trilogy and his feelings about how the story ended. It’s a lengthy interview, and some of it goes into highly technical aspects of filmmaking, so I’m just highlighting a couple of my favorite quotes.
“Magneto, I’d like to introduce you to…um, Magneto.” Stop laughing, we might actually hear that bit of dialogue in the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Yes, the next chapter in the mutant movie franchise will have not one, but two Masters of Magnetism, as well as two Professor Xs. How do I know this? None other than the director himself, Bryan Singer, tweeted that Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart would reprise their roles as Eric Lensherr/Magneto and Charles Xavier in the sequel to the 2011 hit, X-Men: First Class. Of course, those two esteemed actors originated the roles in 2000’s X-Men, and went on to appear in the two sequels to that film.
This latest news confirms everything we’ve been hearing about “Days” since the movie was first announced. We already knew the plot’s based on the comic book series of the same name, which involved members of the present day X-Men travelling back in time to seek help from their younger selves. We also knew that Singer wants to connect the first X-Men trilogy with the present one, and create the same type of cinematic universe that Marvel Studios is doing with The Avengers. Singer’s tweet announcing McKellan’s and Stewart’s participation guarantees that “Days” is going to be unlike any X-Men movie so far.
Even though production hasn’t even begun on “Days” yet, I am totally psyched about the direction it’s going in. Given its heavyweight cast and brilliant director, will X-Men: Days of Future Past contend for the title of “Best Superhero Movie Ever”? I have a feeling it might be that good.
How does this latest X-Men development sound to you? Can Singer pull off this hugely ambitious film in the same way Joss Whedon did the impossible with The Avengers?
Thanks to Deadline
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Definitely one of the most memorable scenes in The Dark Knight Rises was the stadium explosion, which announced the arrival of Bane to Gotham's citizens. Thanks to a featurette on the DVD/Blu-ray of the movie, we can see how that incredible sequence was created. Paul Franklin (visual effects supervisor) explains that it took months to weave all the elements together for a shot that lasted only a few seconds on screen. Franklin was in charge of the massive logistics of putting the scene together, and he explains how he and his team did it in the video below.
The DVD/Blu-ray of The Dark Knight Rises goes on sale December 4. FYI - you can pre-order your copy now in the Capes on Film store.
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Just because there aren’t any blockbuster superhero movies opening soon doesn’t mean we have nothing to watch. Thanks to some creative (and slightly whacked out) fans, we have a trailer that’ll fill the void until the real thing hits the screen.
Check out this re-imagining of the entire Dark Knight Trilogy as a teen romantic comedy.
Yep, I know it sounds lame, but this is actually one of the most creative parody trailers I’ve seen. It’s appropriately titled Gotham High, and major props to whoever’s behind this. It was uploaded by movieclipsTrailers, but there wasn’t a name attached to it. (The credit “directed by Oliver Nolan” is a gag. Oliver is Christopher Nolan’s son.) It’s incredibly well-edited and it’s fun trying to name all the movies it splices together. If you know who created this or have any info on it, let me know.
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I thought the above drawing of Robert Downey Jr. as the debonair Tony Stark was spot on and definitely deserved to be showcased here. As I looked at the rest of Sheridan’s work, I noticed other pieces that were just as impressive. Have a look at my favorites from her gallery and be sure to check out Sheridan’s many other portraits on her deviantART page.
Of course you've already seen the trailer for Iron Man 3, but have you seen the literal trailer yet? I stumbled across this spoof video from YouTuber, Toby Turner, and it definitely made me chuckle. Toby puts some lyrics to the soundtrack that describes - literally - what's happening on screen, and well...it's just funny, don't ask me why. Look for the bit about Guy Pearce - who plays baddie, Aldrich Killian. I definitely LOL'd at that one.
Kudos to Toby, and be sure to check out his YouTube channel.
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First up is that interview with Hugh Jackman. This was one of those deals where fans submitted questions and Jackman and director James Mangold answered them while being broadcast on Youtube. Believe it or not, this was a four hour chat, and I'm sure none but the most rabid fans could watch the whole thing. To boil it down, expect The Wolverine (opening July 26, 2013) to be unlike almost every other superhero movie you've seen so far. According to Jackman, it'll have more action than any other X-Men film, but the action will be very different. Mangold also hinted that Logan would not be as indestructible in this movie, despite his mutant healing power. I have high hopes that The Wolverine expands the boundaries of what a superhero movie can be. From the video, it sounds like Jackman and Mangold want the same thing.
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Here's the last bit of cool news from last week - Variety reported that Jamie Foxx is talking to Sony Pictures about playing the main baddie in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As I write this, it's still unconfirmed, but Foxx would supposedly play Spidey's long-time foe, Electro (Max Dillon). In case you're not up to speed on your comic book villains, Electro has the power to control electricity, and his comic book debut was way back in 1964. I could definitely see Foxx being great in this role. He has just the right mix of physicality and dramatic skills to play a supervillain. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to open on May 2, 2014, so you can bet we'll know by the end of 2012 whether Foxx will indeed join Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the cast.
Overall, last week was an eventful one for superhero news, and as we get close to the holiday season, you can bet Disney/Marvel, Sony, and Warner Bros. will try to outdo each other in the promotion department. We'll get a bunch of news on several movies in the pipeline, but I expect two major happenings soon. Expect to see trailers for The Man of Steel and The Wolverine in December, and right after the first of the year, I'm betting we'll see a teaser trailer for Thor: The Dark World. No doubt, we'll soon have lots to discuss.
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