The Night Guardian - A Superhero Short Film In The Works

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Help bring a new superhero to life by supporting this short film project - The Night Guardian - by University of Southern California film student, Kyle Dare.

This film is Kyle's graduate thesis project at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and it looks like a fresh take on the superhero genre.

Check out the synopsis  -

"The Night Guardian is an action--packed, dramatic, superhero short film by Brian Ott. On his deathbed Stanley Simmons reaches out to his estranged grandson Billy by telling him the story of the Night Guardian, a superhero on a mission to prevent criminal mastermind Carter Black from taking over the city. The Night Guardian is the same story Stanley once told Peter, Billy's father, whom he has not seen in over 25 years."

Kyle made the sizzle reel below, using clips from Tim Burton's Batman, Watchmen, and other movies in order to convey the look of The Night Guardian.



Was I right? Looks cool, doesn't it?

Kyle is oh-so-close to meeting his Kickstarter goal of $18,000, in order to make this film. If you're as intrigued as I am by this concept and want to help out, jump over to the Kickstarter page. You can find lots more info, including all the cool goodies you receive for your donation.

Kyle explains his inspiration for making The Night Guardian in his Kickstarter video below.



Let me know what you think, and if you hear of other superhero film projects, be sure to send them my way.

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Rumor: Doctor Strange Movie Plot Leaked Online

Doctor Strange: The Oath
Doctor Strange: The Oath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Latino Review once again claims to have a massive scoop on an upcoming Marvel Studios movie. This time, LR says it got hold of the Doctor Strange screenplay via its Marvel insider.

LR created the video below to explain the first part of the screenplay, and I must hand it to 'em - the presentation is slick. Now, the question is - Is this the screenplay, or just one of the screenplays that Marvel is considering?

Whether or not this turns out to be the plot of Doctor Strange, the video is kinda cool and worth a watch.


WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE! 'Doctor Strange' Plot Details REVEALED! from Mayimbe Media on Vimeo.

Just as a reminder, here's what we know so far regarding Marvel Studios Phase Three movies -

  • Ant-Man will kick off Phase Three on November 6, 2015.
  • Untitled Marvel Movie Number 1 will open on May 6, 2016.
  • Untitled Marvel Movie Number 2 will open on July 8, 2016.
  • Untitled Marvel Movie Number 3 will open on May 5, 2017. (Note: this movie might be The Avengers 3)
Okay, so assuming Untitled Movie Number 3 is The Avengers 3, it's a safe bet that Doctor Strange will take up one of the two remaining slots. Right now, many are speculating that the other opening date is reserved for none other than Black Panther.

We probably won't have to wait long to find out the names of those untitled movies. It's expected that Marvel will make the big announcement at San Diego Comic Con International in July. For now, let me know what you think of LR's alleged scoop - or anything else Marvel-related.

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What If Gossip Mags Covered Superheroes In Real Life?

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How would magazines like In Touch and Vanity Fair cover your favorite superheroes, you know...like they existed for reelz?

For an idea of how it would look, check out the work of a New Zealand-based artist, who goes simply by the name Kim. She created a series of realistic covers that show the personal lives of Marvel heroes splashed across gossip and news mags.

Big thanks to Kim for making these! They're really great, right?


Newsweek featuring Iron Patriot/James Rhodes by *nottonyharrison on deviantART

 
Combat Aircraft Monthly featuring War Machine by *nottonyharrison on deviantART


Vanity Fair December 2011, featuring Pepper Potts by *nottonyharrison on deviantART


In Touch, and Life and Style, February 27 2012 by *nottonyharrison on deviantART


Scientific American, March 2013 by *nottonyharrison on deviantART
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Check Out The Latest News On Hugh Jackman's 'The Wolverine'

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The Wolverine is roaring towards its July 26 opening day, and director James Mangold has put the finishing touches on the movie. Mangold recently Tweeted that he was working hard to wrap up the last few details. Check out his Tweets below.

On Monday (6-24-13), Collider unveiled another beautiful (and badass) poster, featuring Jean Grey -aka Pheonix (played by Famke Janssen). This is the latest in a series of great promotional images for The Wolverine. All the posters are done in the "sumi-e style" - yeah, I had to Google that, too - and they refer to the Japanese location of the film. If you want to see all the posters in the series, jump over to Capes on Tumblr.

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It's interesting that Jean Grey has her own poster because it's assumed she's only appearing briefly (in a dream sequence). Do you think she might have a larger part in the story than we were lead to believe?

Finally, for a quick round-up of Wolverine news, watch the video below via ENTV. It shows more behind-the-scenes stuff and throws in a few cool scenes from the flick.



Synopsis

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, 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

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The Reviews Are In - Critics Sound Off About Man of Steel

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Critics Divided Over Superman Reboot

Man of Steel's been in theaters for a week now, and the conversations about the strengths and weaknesses of the Superman reboot are heating up. I've been reading reviews (and the comments on the reviews) from all over the web, and it's amazing how divided people are about the movie.

One thing's for sure, though, despite some less-than-stellar reviews, the box office results don't lie - audiences love Man of Steel. The movie's an incredible success at the box office, setting a record for the biggest ever opening in the month of June.

I thought it would be fun to collect some of the reviews from around the internetz and do a quick comparison of the different opinions. It's interesting to see the different reactions people have toward Man of Steel, but before you check out the reviews, I have a favor to ask.

If you have a Google+ account, how about adding Capes on Film to your Circles, so you can stay in touch.

Thanks!

Now, on to those reviews -

The Problem(s) with Man of Steel - by Kelly Thompson (comicbookresources.com)

Thompson lays out in detail why MoS was a complete failure, as not only a superhero movie, but as a movie in general. She does point out a few positive points about MoS, such as the character of Faora Ul, and Henry Cavill's and Amy Adams' performances. One of her biggest complaints about the film is the overall tone -

"...Man of Steel takes itself so seriously it actually becomes impossible to take it seriously."


Michael Shannon as General Zod
Man of Steel, Since You Asked - Mark Waid (thrillbent.com)

Waid is the reknowned writer of critically acclaimed Superman comic book stories, such as "Birthright". To put it bluntly, Waid hated MoS. He especially despised the way Superman didn't really seem to care about protecting people. The scene he points to as an example of Supe's disregard of human life is when the Kryptonian ship is destroying Metropolis and Kal-El is on the other side of the world battling the other ship, while

"...thousands of innocents per second are dying gruesomely on his watch."

I Loved Man of Steel and I Hated Man of Steel  - Nicole Wakelin (totalfangirl.com)

Wakelin loved Henry Cavill's performance and thought he owned the role from the start, but she hated the climactic battle scene.

"Once Superman has been revealed, the super-battles start and they never end."

Man of Steel - Another Movie Review - C.C. Ekeke (geektyrant.com)

Overall, this is a very positive review, but like many others it points out the huge collateral damage that occurred in the Battle of Metropolis - and Supe's apparent disregard for the thousands of casualties. Ekeke gives high marks for the opening scene on Krypton and he loved the political intrigue between Zod and Jor-El. Unlike many reviewers, he thought the way Supes dealt with Zod at the end made sense.

"...he had to make a very real choice between the lives of civilians and the last of his kind."

Part Man, Part God, All Hunk - Manohla Dargis (newyorktimes.com)

Dargis praises the performances of Cavill and the rest of the cast, especially Michael Shannon as Zod. She also praises the first 100 minutes of the film, saying Snyder is "...in control of his material..." and his use of flashbacks is "...fluid and apt." Dargis also gives high marks to the underlying story of Kal-El as an outsider -

"...it's possible to remain hooked on the resonant origin story that wends through 'Man of Steel' - that of the immigrant."

Final Thought

Personally, I thought Man of Steel was a great superhero movie, but it was far from perfect. I totally admit that, as a reviewer, I'm more forgiving of a movie's sins than a lot of people are. In other words, a movie has to be an absolute mess before I call it a "fail". Having said that, I have to agree with a lot of reviewers who had issues with the Battle of Metropolis. I feel like it was a big mistake to show that much destruction and give the impression that Superman didn't care about the collateral damage.

What's your take?

How would you grade Man of Steel? What's the number one thing you liked and what's your biggest gripe?
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Man Of Steel - Watch A Behind-The-Scenes Featurette On The Amazing Sound Design

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If you're like me, you loved Man of Steel and were blown away by the entire look and feel of the movie, but how about the sound? Yeah, I know the sound design and editing of a film aren't things that most fans pay a lot of attention to. However, this 11 minute featurette from SoundWorks Collection shows why the sound plays such a key role in making Man of Steel spectacular.

The video also shows how the sound designers snuck in an Easter egg that pays tribute to the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV show. Overall, the featurette is a great look at the making of an awesome movie. Check it out and let me know what you think.


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Shailene Woodley Will NOT Appear In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' After All

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Shailene Woodley - Mary Jane Watson (Marvel Comics)
Okay, so yesterday I posted the big news that The Amazing Spider-Man franchise had reserved opening dates for 2 more movies. That means the current incarnation of Spidey will have a total of 4 movies, including TASM2 - set to open in May of 2014. I thought that'd be the biggest Spidey-related story of the week, but nooo. Lo and behold, later in the day more Spidey news hit the interwebs!

Entertainment Weekly reported in its latest issue that Shailene Woodley would not be appearing as Mary Jane Watson in TASM2. This news is a pretty big deal because fans were expecting MJ to play a key part in the story. Woodley told EW how she felt about the change in the film -

“Of course I’m bummed, but I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason… Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.”

Director Marc Webb explained to The Hollywood Reporter why he made the decision to cut Woodley's scenes from TASM2 -

“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”

Mary Jane gets married to Peter. Cover to The ...
Mary Jane gets married to Peter. Cover to The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 Annual #21. Art by John Romita Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
THR went on to speculate that it didn't think Woodley would return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 - set to open on June 10, 2016. I'm not sure why that is, but it might just be a scheduling conflict - Woodley is very much in demand and has several projects going.

WTF is going on???

This episode is a bit of a head-scratcher, if you ask me.

Everyone involved is being cordial and polite about Woodley's departure from the movie, but is what we were told the real story? It just strikes me as odd that Webb would actually go to the trouble of casting Woodley, doing all the legal stuff to get her signed on, and film 3 scenes with her, only to cut her out.

Is Webb changing huge chunks of the screenplay on-the-fly? It sure seems that way if this news is any indication. It looks like once you get to this stage of the production you'd already know what's going to happen in the movie. Am I wrong?

I don't know a lot about the inner-workings of the movie business, but one thing I do know is that studios hate losing money. You have to wonder how much Sony spent on those Woodley scenes that apparently will never be used. I'm willing to bet Webb had a lot of explaining to do when he decided - in the middle of filming - to cut a fan-favorite character. It all strikes me as most peculiar.

It'll be interesting to see how this Mary Jane Watson situation unfolds in the third and fourth installments of the franchise. How big of a part will MJ play in the plot? Who will replace Woodley? Will the movies follow the comic book storyline (and the first movie trilogy) and see Peter Parker and MJ fall in love?

What's your take?

As always, sound off with your own theories, speculations, and wild-ass guesses.
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The Amazing Spider-Man Will Have 2 More Movies And A New Character

The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979): The B...
The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979): The Black Cat's debut. Cover art by Keith Pollard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Heads up, Spidey fans, this week is looking good for the Wall-Crawler. While Warner Bros.' Man of Steel was crushing it at the box office last weekend, rival studio Sony had some big news of its own. On 6-17-13, Deadline reported that Sony had nailed down opening dates for 2 additional installments in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

It's clear that all the studios are taking a long-term, strategic approach with all of their superhero properties. Marvel announced 2 dates for Phase 3 of its movie universe, and Warner Bros. has already greenlit a Man of Steel sequel in 2014 and a Justice League film in 2015. For fans, that means were gonna have lots to talk about and speculate on in the next few years.

Opening Dates For The Amazing Spider-Man Movies

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - May 2, 2014
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 3 - June 10, 2016
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 4 - May 4, 2018
Here's the official announcement from Sony -

"CULVER CITY, Calif., June 17, 2013 – With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.

The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year."

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fan-made poster via deviantART

Is Felicity Jones Black Cat?

Now for that other big Spidey story that broke this week. We've known for some time that Felicity Jones had a role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but so far Sony hasn't announced her character's name. Well, it might not be a secret any longer. Felicity was interviewed by flicksandthecity.com recently, and she might've accidentally revealed who she's playing.

During the interview, Felicity was asked if she was excited for fans to see her as Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat. Felicity was obviously surprised by the question and her response has lead some to believe she is in fact Black Cat.

To see the interview in question, and for more details on the Felicity Jones as Black Cat news, check out the excellent video below. It's from the guys at SevenWebheads - who are staying on top of all the news about The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

As always, sound off with your own theories, speculations, and wild-ass guesses.



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