Man of Steel Featurette Shows New Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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How do you make a comic book character who was created in the 1930s relevant and cool to an audience in 2013?

Watch the featurette below and find out. The people who took on that massive task discuss how they approached Superman in Man of Steel. Besides some great interviews with the cast and others involved in the movie, this 3 minute look at the production has new footage, as well. This clip was published online May 30.

One thing's clear after I watched this video - director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, and everyone involved with this movie were dedicated to staying true to who Superman is. Check it out and let me know what you think.



Man of Steel opens on June 14.

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Thor: The Dark World - The Official Website Thunders Online

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We still have a few months until we see Thor, The Warriors Three, and (of course) Loki, in Thor: The Dark World, but no worries. Marvel Studios has unveiled the official website for the movie, and it has plenty of stuff to check out. I like that Marvel's already loaded the site with a bunch of goodies, like high res pics suitable for Facebook and Twitter header images, and really cool GIFs and wallpapers. Oh yeah, and there's plenty of thunder and lightning. 

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The site also gives us a synopsis of the action to expect this fall - 

"Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, The Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all The Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all."

Be sure to bookmark Thor's online home and check in periodically. I'm sure as the November 8 opening date draws closer, we'll be seeing lots more content added. 

Bonus: Some pics from Thor: The Dark World surfaced recently via Empire magazine and SuperHeroHype, and I have one for you to check out below. It shows Christopher Eccleston as Malekith - King of The Dark Elves, holding what's described as a "dark matter energy gun". I didn't know magic-wielding elves needed guns, but I'm sure Marvel knows what they're doing. 


Let me know your thoughts on the new Thor site or anything having to do with the Thunder God's next big screen adventure.
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DC Entertainment Says June 12 Is "Man of Steel Day" At Comic Book Retailers In USA

via DC Comics 
Be sure to visit your local comic book store on Wednesday, June 12, and get a free copy of the comic pictured above. In addition to the free book, DC Entertainment is celebrating the June 14 release of Man of Steel with all sorts of special offers, including -

  • Man of Steel posters and bags
  • The first issue of the new series Superman Unchained - with free poster
  • New Man of Steel statues from DC Collectibles
  • Reduced prices on classic Superman digital comics 
For the full scoop, check out the official press release from DC below.

From DC Comics - 5/21/2013

In celebration of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated film, DC Entertainment is partnering with comic book retailers and bookstores across America to declare Wednesday, June 12 MAN OF STEEL DAY, ahead of the film’s wide release on Friday, June 14. Sponsored by Sears, those visiting their local comic book retailers on MAN OF STEEL DAY will receive a free copy of ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION comic book by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly.

In addition to the free comic, DC Entertainment has partnered with Warner Bros. to provide comic shops with various MAN OF STEEL promotional posters and bags to get fans geared up for the film’s release.

Fans who visit comic stores on MAN OF STEEL DAY can also purchase the first issue of red-hot new comic series, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, from bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. The series promises to elevate the already high-flying hero to new heights as he faces off against foes familiar and new. SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 includes a bonus two-sided, tipped-in poster measuring approximately 11” x 18” that can be easily removed for display.

“Comic fans and moviegoers have made it very clear that they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of MAN OF STEEL in theaters and we’re excited to offer our retailer partners a chance to celebrate the occasion and tap into fan’s enthusiasm,” stated John Cunningham, vice president of marketing, DC Entertainment.

Also available at comic retail locations is DC Collectibles’ all-new line of 12” MAN OF STEEL statues that capture the film’s characters, Superman, Jor El, Zod and Faora, in stunning, highly-realistic likenesses. The line is already a top seller for DC Collectibles, further demonstrating retailer and fan excitement for MAN OF STEEL.

Continuing the celebration around the film’s release, DC Entertainment has partnered with Random House to bring MAN OF STEEL to libraries across the U.S. on Saturday, June 15.  More than 1,000 local libraries will offer visitors buttons, bookmarks and Superman comics.

On the digital front, ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 will also be available for free download, courtesy of Sears, and the “Superman 201” digital comics sale kicks off on June 12 at www.readdcentertainment.com, the DC Comics app, and all digital platforms (comiXology, Kindle, iBookstore, Nook). The sale offers hundreds of acclaimed Superman titles like SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu – all for $.99 each.

About MAN OF STEEL
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder.  MAN OF STEEL is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.  The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment.  Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers.  The film is slated for release beginning June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

- via www.dccomics.com
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Superhero Movie Twitter Roundup For Week Of 5-19-13

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Twitter is fast becoming my go-to source for movie news, and every now and then I like to round up some of my favorite Tweets. There was lots of action on Twitter this week as several huge movies are either starting production or close to opening. As usual, we got plenty of Tweets from directors Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and James Mangold (The Wolverine).

I've collected some of the best Tweets of the week, so let's get to 'em.

First up is Marc Webb, whose latest Tweet (as of May 25) mentions an ancient, mysterious manuscript. Could this be a clue to an important plot point in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? If you're curious, you can check out the Wikipedia article about the manuscript.
Hmm, that looks like the aftermath of a huge battle scene on the streets of New York.
Andrew Garfield took a break to play basketball with kids in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York.  Watch a video of Spidey's Bball skilz.
Next, let's see what Bryan Singer Tweeted from the Montreal set of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer dropped a bombshell when he announced that Evan Peters would play the mutant Quicksilver in the film. This was most surprising because earlier this month Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers 2, said that Quicksilver was going to be in his movie. As of today, there's no word from Whedon or Marvel Studios as to the status of Quicksilver in the 2015 sequel to The Avengers.
Here's our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as the blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique.
Actor Peter Dinklage goes over the game plan with Singer. We still have no official confirmation as to who Dinklage is playing. I know some people are convinced that he's playing the Canadian mutant known as Puck. I'd say that's a pretty good guess.
James Mangold presented the second awesome trailer for The Wolverine.
Check out the stylish character poster featuring the villainous Viper.
The link goes to another poster, this time for Wolverine's Japanese friend Yukio.
The official Twitter account for Man of Steel shared some new images from the movie, including Henry Cavill as Superman...
and Michael Shannon as General Zod.
 The highlight of the week was definitely the new trailer! With all respect to The Wolverine, Man of Steel is the movie that people are talking about the most.
We also got a great new pic of Russell Crowe as Superman's father Jor-El.
Alright, this next one is technically from last week, but I'm posting it here anyway - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Finally, professional wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista is keeping fans updated on his way to becoming Drax the Destroyer in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. It's easy to see why Marvel chose him to play the badass superhuman warrior known for his fighting skills.
Bautista Tweeted that he's on his way to London, where GotG will be filming for the next five months.
Okay, that's my roundup of Tweets this week. Did I miss something important? Feel free to share anything you saw by hitting me up in the comments or on Twitter.
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Spidey Plays Basketball With Local Kids in New York

unofficial fan-made poster - by J. Bridges
Watch Andrew Garfield play hoops with neighborhood kids in New York City as the filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took a break. These videos were shot on May 22, and they're just a nice glimpse at a star doing something cool for his fans. Do you think Peter Parker would've done the same thing?

If you look closely at the second video, you can see Emma Stone walking Andrew's dog as they head back to the set.





Director Marc Webb also Tweeted about Spidey's game.

Thanks to Robot 6 and  MTV

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Watch The New Trailer For Man of Steel - Featuring Michael Shannon As Zod

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To paraphrase Mr. Tarantino - Warner Bros., you had my curiosity...now you have my attention. 

Watch this new trailer for Man of Steel and tell me how fast you'll throw your money at the ticket booth and beg to be let in the theater! Holy frack can it get any better? OK, OK, must settle down, just breathe...breathe.

Really, though, this thing looks truly epic ...and what about Michael Shannon as General Zod? I'm loving this new take on a character who could come across as cartoonish in the wrong hands.  Shannon himself has talked about Zod and how he isn't a "villain" in the usual sense of the word. The actor spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times and explained the mindset of Zod.

"Our director Zack [Snyder] asked me to make Zod less like a villain and more like a general. He’s trying to protect the place where he rules."



Let me know what you think of this latest trailer!
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Watch Now - The Wolverine Faces His Fears In A New Full Trailer

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Check out the latest trailer for the much anticipated movie that sees Logan / Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) meeting a mysterious person from his past. The trailer features Logan's only true love - Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in a sequence that shows the tormented warrior facing his inner demons. In addition to the psychological elements on display we get a great sense of the scope and scale of the action.

How pumped are you to see this movie? I can't wait to experience it when it opens on July 26!



Synopsis:

"Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before." - 20th Century Fox

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, and Hal Yamanouchi.

Directed by James Mangold.
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - What We Know So Far


"Welcome to level seven." 

The Marvel Universe will soon return to prime time TV after a 30 year absence, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

The world got its first look at the show recently thanks to a badass trailer - you saw it, right? If you somehow missed it, no worries - the newest, extended version is below for your viewing pleasure. Plus, I pulled together a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D.-related goodies that'll catch you up on everything we know about the show.

Granted, there's still a lot we don't know, such as how Phil Coulson is alive and well after apparently "dying" in The Avengers movie, but hey - we'll take what we can get.

Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
If you haven't seen it yet, here's the official synopsis from ABC -

"Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet)."

Can I See Some I.D.?

First up - check out these "declassified" I.D. badges for the agents who'll be fighting to keep the world safe this fall.

via Marvel
Now, how about that extended trailer? Every time I watch this, I'm more impressed by how this show looks.



Joss Whedon Speaks!

Last week, the ABC television network held "upfronts" (a chance for advertisers to see shows before they purchase commercial time), and that's when a lot of new info on the show came to light. Writer/director Joss Whedon talked about how the show isn't just an action spectacle.

"Everything has to push 'character' forward, including action. We don't want 'spectacle' characters, we want some spectacle that addresses character. We always want the two to mix."

If you're worried that the show won't include any aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, don't. Whedon promised that the events in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won't conflict with anything in the Marvel movies.

"We're absolutely on top of all the movies. We never contradict, replicate -- we will be flowing in between them, maybe occasionally we'll throw something in that foreshadows [or] echoes but we're very much beholden to the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

J.August Richards as unnamed character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Who Is The Mystery Man?

One of the biggest unanswered questions about the show concerns the character that J. August Richards is playing. The trailer shows him doing some superhuman stuff, so rumors flew that he was playing either fan favorite Luke Cage or maybe a character known as Rage. Despite the best efforts of internet sleuths, as of today (5-21-13) there's still no official word on who Richards is playing. However, Jefferey Bell, one of the producers of the show, spoke to IGN and had this to say on the matter -

"[J. August Richards] killed it! He's so good. He's so good, because we were looking for this character M-- I almost said his name. It's not the one people are talking about..."

Is He Luke Cage?

When asked about Luke Cage, Bell said -

"I'm going to say that's an interesting Marvel character, but no. But he (Richards) came in and killed it. Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, 'look, all our parts are open to all diversity.' So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it's J, was just because he was the best actor. It wasn't like, 'You know who...!'"

Hmm, the mystery deepens. I wonder if Marvel/ABC will be able to keep the name of the character secret until the show debuts in September?

Finally, if you want to meet some of the actors who'll play the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., check out the video below via Access Hollywood. Interviewed are - Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent May), and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons).



Did I neglect to mention any news about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or have you heard any rumors you want to share? Hit me up in the comments.


 Thanks to MTV
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What Can We Expect In The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 3?

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Doctor Strange #177 (Feb. 1969) via Wikipedia
As usual, I've been scouring the internetz in my never-ending quest for more info on Marvel movies, and this week I found a treasure trove.

Wanna know which Marvel characters will be joining Iron Man, ThorHulk, and Captain America on the big screen?

Thanks to Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly, we've got a much better sense of what to expect in the next five years. Anthony posted a fact-filled article on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I wanted to touch on a few highlights. As I'm sure you know, Phase One of Marvel's master plan for its big screen heroes culminated in The Avengersand Iron Man 3 kicked off Phase Two with spectacular success.

In addition to Iron Man 3, Marvel has already announced opening dates for all of its Phase Two movies -

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8, 2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014)
The Avengers 2 (May 1, 2015)

Now, the big question is - Which characters can we expect to see in the slate of movies after The Avengers 2?

The EW article does a great job of outlining what's known as of today (5-19-13). Just keep in mind that nothing is written in stone in Hollywood, and sometimes the studios don't want to divulge info about movies in the works.

Which Characters Will Appear In The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three?

Ant-Man fan-made poster - via AndrewSS7
  • Ant-Man - YES - An opening date of November 6, 2015 has already been set for Ant-Man's debut.  According to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, the planning for the Ant-Man movie goes back to at least 2006. Director Edgar Wright will begin filming in early 2014.
  • Doctor Strange - YES - A movie has been announced starring Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme, but  it's still very early in the planning stage. At this point, there's not even so much as a rumor about who would star. FYI - Patrick Dempsey has stated he'd love to play Stephen Strange. 
  • Iron Man - MAYBE - You'd think with Iron Man 3 making a billion dollars Marvel would already be at work on number 4, right? Well, it's complicated. Robert Downey Jr. has fulfilled his contract with Marvel, as far as the Iron Man franchise goes, but he's not ruling out playing Tony Stark again in a solo movie. If there's an Iron Man 4, it would probably be at least five years away. A lot can happen in five years, and RDJ has already said he's looking to start a new movie franchise.  We'll definitely see RDJ play Iron Man in The Avengers 2, but many factors might prevent an Iron Man 4 movie starring Downey from being made. Can you say "reboot"?
  • Black Panther - MAYBE - There's still no definitive word on whether the African king, T'Challa, aka Black Panther, will get his own solo movie anytime in the near future. Anthony speculates that we'll see the character in a supporting role in one of the upcoming Marvel movies or maybe in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
NOTE: On May 17, 2013, a report surfaced that Marvel is interested in filming part of The Avengers 2 in South Africa, which fueled speculation that Black Panther would appear in the movie. 

    Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
    Daredevil (Marvel Comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Daredevil - NO - Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, is one of those lower tier characters that Marvel Studios recently acquired the movie rights to - along with The Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider. While it's very cool that Marvel has creative control over these characters, don't look for a movie starring any of them anytime soon. When asked about these characters, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told EW -

“So Punisher, Ghost Rider, … Blade, all those characters are back. They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time.”

  • The Punisher - NO - same as Daredevil
  • Blade - NO - same as Daredevil
  • Ghost Rider - NO - same as Daredevil
Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers - via Marvel 

Hulk - MAYBE - Mark Ruffalo has said that he's ready to play Bruce Banner / Hulk again in a solo movie, but Marvel insists that there's nothing in development, yet. Like Iron Man, Hulk will definitely be in The Avengers 2, but beyond that - who knows? This is one of the biggest mysteries surrounding Marvel's future plans - How big of a role will Hulk play?

Inhumans graphic novel cover - via Wikipedia 
  • Inhumans - MAYBE - Marvel's mentioned the possibility of a movie starring its group of characters known as Inhumans for a few years, but the studio won't say if it's gone beyond the early planning stage. Feige seems to be a huge fan of the mutated super-beings, telling EW they're "...really great characters." and "...incredibly compelling...", so it's a safe bet that we'll eventually see them on the big screen. Right now, no one can say if they'll be in Phase Three. 
Allow me to go way out on a limb and speculate here. I think Marvel is saving its Inhumans for Phase 4 of their Cinematic Universe. Five years from now, The Avengers franchise will have run its course and Marvel will still not have creative control over Spider-Man, X-Men, or Fantastic Four. Imagine - The year is 2018 and Marvel needs a new, fresh wave of superheroes to establish as its next blockbuster franchise. In order to build a multi-movie universe, they need a large group of characters with interesting origin stories, a rich history, and inter-connected stories. Who does Marvel have remaining in the stable that fits that description? Inhumans.

  • Runaways - NO - This lesser known comic book series almost got a movie in 2011, but it was shelved because it didn't fit in with Marvel's other Phase One movies. At this point, it looks unlikely that we'll see a Runaways movie in Phase Three. 
  • Marvel Zombies - NO - Breznican threw this idea out there as sort of a "What if?" He points out that the 2005/2006 "Marvel Zombies" comic series was ultra-popular and zombies are a pop culture craze, so maybe Marvel would consider a movie version. However, it's safe to say that the studio wouldn't risk damaging the brand with a freaky concept in which its superheroes turn into flesh-eating ghouls. 
Okay, that's a quick rundown of some of the interesting points that Anthony Breznican posted on EW. After you check out the full article, jump back over here and let me know what you think. Were there any glaring omissions from this list of possible Marvel movies? Just remember that we're talking about characters that Marvel Studios owns the movie rights to.

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