In this section, you’ll find all recent headlines that you, as a pop culture aficionado, should not miss. We can’t all keep track of everything, so each week we’ll select the important news for you. We bring you our: Geekly News Round-Up!
Batman v Superman Score
In preparation for Batman v Superman’s launch into theatres this week (YEEEEAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!) WB released the complete score for the film, written by Hans Zimmer (Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, Inception, Interstellar) and Junkie XL (Man of Steel, Mad Max Fury Road), for you to listen to on youtube!
As someone who bought the score already on Friday, I can attest to it’s typical Zimmer-like high quality, so if you are amped up for BvS and are into orchestral scores, definitely check that out!
Daredevil Season 2 Review
Marvel’s and Netlix’ Daredevil season 2 launched on Netflix last Friday, in case you somehow missed that.
The second season ups the ante on the already amazing first season, with more superhero action, character drama and quite a few buckets of blood and gore. Season 2 starts with Matt (Charlie Cox) embracing his role as the devil of Hell’s Kitchen and his law firm “Nelson & Murdock” at least being very busy, if not really financially successful. Due to the power vacuum the Kingpin Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) left behind, a lot of gangs are fighting for superiority in the city, which leads to a new, lethal brand of vigilante appearing on the scene: Frank Castle, the Punisher (played expertly by Jon Bernthal). Without going into spoiler territory, season 2 is very close to perfect. The whole ethics based fight between Frank and Matt is clearly the highlight of the season, while the B plot about Elektra (Matt’s college girlfriend) brings a lot of cool action and superheroics, but little else. MVPs of the shows second season are without a doubt Bernthal as Castle, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Hanson as Foggy Nelson, Matt’s partner in law (AVOCADOS AT LAW!), who all shine with multi layered performances that bring these troubled but wonderful characters to life. All three managed on a few occasions to bring tears to my eyes and made me really fall in love with those characters. There is someone else in this, who steals every scene he is in, but I don’t wanna give anything away about that… you’ll know who I mean when you see him appear in the middle of the season. Charlie Cox shows also a lot more range as Daredevil this year and looks really great in the suit, but the real star of the show is without a doubt the cinematography. This TV show does again manage to look more cinematic and interesting on a visual level than any of the high budget Marvel movies we have seen in the theatre, which is both a reason to applaud the team of the Netflix show and shake your head at the movie people a little bit. Most characters scenes are lit in their own identifying colors and motifs, that you could end up making a wallpaper out of even a small conversation in an office. This is clearly one of the best looking things on TV, if not the best thing, period.
That I am gonna talk about the action in this at last, shows how great the actual character drama is, when it is able to overshadow these bone crushing action scenes, which are easily the best on TV. Especially the fights between Frank/Matt and two (TWO) amazing hallway fight scenes, who seem like one-upping sequels to season 1′s best scene, are the clear action highlights. The violence has been upgraded as well, which makes total sense for a character like Punisher, but be warned… this is the most gory stuff I have seen this side from Game of Thrones.
Miles Teller Talks FF/ Young Han Solo
Miles Teller talked a bit about the failure of FF on the happysadconfused podcast from /Film and had a few interesting things to say.
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true…If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-winning performances that told me that script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it. People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue…You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
After talking FF very candidly, he was asked about the casting process for the Young Han Solo movie, which he has been involved with, but in the end missed out on the role.
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’. It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford. I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
Batman v Superman Interviews/First Reactions
Since Batman v Superman opens up this week, check out some interviews with the cast above. Especially the one where Ben has to fight a maybe stronger opponent than Superman… called jetlag!
In related news, the films premiere was yesterday in new York City’s own Radio Music Hall and we have the first few reactions about the film right here:
Sounds great! So, if you wanna check out our BvS related merch, do that right here
Captain America Civil War Chris Evans Reaction
As you can see above, the Russo brothers, directors of upcoming Marvel movie “Captain America: Civil War“, just showed Chris Evans the final cut of the movie and filmed his reaction to it. Check it out!
Beloved DC Hero To Debut On Legends Finale
CW’s fourth DC Comics TV show, Legends of Tomorrow, going steady with its ratings and reviews, was recently renewed for a second season, after doubter speculated that the time travelling show might be too costly for more than one season. Now we not only know that the show will return, but that we will get a hint at where season 2 will take us in the finale of season 1.
TV Line reported that “Rumor has it the final scene of Legends of Tomorrow‘s May 19 season finale will introduce a ‘beloved superhero from the DC canon; whose mysterious agenda serves as ‘a launching off point for Season 2.”
Speculation is running wild, with fans hoping for characters like Batman, Superman and Nightwing, but I think that will not happen, as DC and Warner Bros. seem to be very specific about their big guns being only for the movies (apart from Flash at least). A much more likely and logical choice would be Booster Gold, who has actually a close familial tie to Legends boss Rip Hunter and is a fellow time traveller.