Another week full of awesome geeky news regarding our favorite comic properties coming to the big and small screen! Ben Affleck is annoyed, Deadpool (maybe) wants to join X-Force, Bruce Wayne's cousin get's a TV show, Daredevil talks Defenders and more!
Ben Affleck Is Sick Of Being Asked About The Batman Movie
Ben Affleck has been asked about the solo Batman movie he is going to direct all the way through 2016, even during doing press for non Batman related movies like the Accountant and his own Live By Night, and he is getting sick of it. Every little nugget of information has been blown out of proportion and morphed into click baity headlines like "Affleck drops out of Batman movie" just because he said he would only do the movie if the script would be right.
Now he finally aired his grievances with these click baity sites and confirmed AGAIN that he will indeed write and direct the Batman. I hope that now the press can finally leave him alone and do his thing as I totally get his frustration. You can check out the video above.
New Logan Images
James Mangold, director of the upcoming Logan movie, tweeted out a few new pictures of the movie, which will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and then launch into theatres world wide in March. Check out a new look at Logan, X-23 and Charles Xavier above. The two aged mutants especially look almost devastatingly broken and real in these shots. Can't wait to see where this movie might take us.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Cranston Talks Power Rangers
Bryan Cranston (Walter White from Breaking Bad) had one of his first acting gigs as voice over actor for the American version of Power Rangers, so he always had a connection to the franchise, so when it was announced that he would play Zordon in the new US reboot movie, it kinda felt right from the start.
The actor now talked a little bit about the upcoming movie to IGN.
"This movie is actually gonna be a big deal. I’ve seen a lot of it, because I’m doing ADR on it. And it’s impressive. Dean Israelite really has a nice touch. As big and as powerful as Power Rangers could be, he has a nice touch to keep it grounded, and real. I think it’s gonna turn some heads, I really do.”
He also explained how a chat with Dean Israelite (director of the film) changed his initial answer, which was "No, thanks" to a resounding "Yes!"
"I thought, ‘Power Rangers? It’s kind of the [1960s] Batman television show - Pow! Zing! Whap!' And I had a phone call with the director and he said, ‘Think of it this way… Like Batman came from TV and became a completely different animal in the movies, so too is it here. We’re going to take this and revamp it and it’s going to be grounded and real.’ And I thought ‘Okay, with that, let me read it.’”
"I read it and went ‘You’re right... The kids sound like real kids and not everyone is this great athlete and everything is working out. I thought, 'This might be a nice bookend to what I was doing before,' since I started out doing voices.”
Sounds interesting. I am still not sure how this movie will turn out (especially comparing the film with Nolan's The Dark Knight might aim a lot too high), since the pretty serious take they are aiming for, according to the trailer, seems to mesh rather badly with giant robo dinosaurs fighting Kaiju, but we'll see what's what in March.
Michael Keaton Talks Vulture
Michael Keaton, who played Batman in the 80s and 90s, has switched teams and will now portray Spidey villain the Vulture in the upcoming Spider-man Homecoming from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures (while JK Simmons and Willem Dafoe from Spider-man have switched teams to DC in the big Spidey to Batman trade off of 2017)!
Talking to Variety, the Bat revealed his thoughts on returning to the comic book movie after almost 25 years and if he hesitated because of his history within the genre:
"No, I mean, not at all. It’s just a thing. A gig. I don’t mean it’s just a gig, it’s the next job. And you think you can do it or want to do it and in fact I said no, because I couldn’t, it didn’t work in my schedule. Then I’m glad to say, they kind of shifted the scheduling and it worked out. So it fit in and I’m glad I did it."
While Keaton is a well known guy in the genre, he rarely plays villain roles, which Variety asked him about as well:
"Yeah, Vulture, recently. But not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character. He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, “You know what? I might see his point.” Really, really. It makes it interesting to play."
While I still feel the super obvious tie ins with the MCU from the Homecoming trailer are way to much, I look forward to see how it will all play out. Especially seeing as this is Keaton's return to blockbuster movies.
Will Deadpool 2 Lead Into X-Force?
Collider recently spoke a little bit to Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will return to write the sequel and possibly even the movie after that, which might or might not turn out to be X-Force. A question about that was on the table and Collider took the chance and asked if Deadpool 2 will lead into an X-Force film.
Wernick: We never want to let the tail wag the dog. We want to tell the best Deadpool story we can. But I do think we have a responsibility to think about a larger universe in the way that Marvel does and start to put pieces in place. Some of these movies feel overstuffed and almost choking with the need to set up eighteen different things that pay off down the road, and we want to avoid that responsibility to the extent that it hurts us. We want to hint at things, we want to plan some characters, and we want to make some nods, but we’re very, very cognizant about making sure that Deadpool is above all a Deadpool movie.
Reese: Its purpose is not to set up X-Force. It will likely set up X-Force, but the drive of the movie won’t be our eyes on Movie 3.
Sounds like the right way to do it, in my opinion. A real X-Force movie is actually probably my most anticipated X-Men film, apart from Logan, as I LOVED Uncanny X-Force in the comics. Of course I really hope we would get that exact team of Wolverine, Deadpool, Psylocke, Archangel and Fantomex, but I think we will probably get OG X-Force, lead by Cable.
Charlie Cox Talks Defenders And Daredevil
Charlie Cox, Netflix' Daredevil, talked to EW about his upcoming turn in the Defenders team up show, which will bring together Matt with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Danny Rand for the first time and where we find Matt at the start of that.
"Well, it’s been a few months since the end of season 2. I think it’s been quite a challenging few months for him. He took the death of Elektra very badly —I think he feels responsible for that. One of Matt’s big things is trying to protect the people he loves, which is why he keeps his identity hidden, and he’s failed. He’s left holding the dead body of a loved one, and so I think he’s tried to turn a corner. It’s almost like quitting an addiction in the hope that it will get easier. He’s perhaps a little bit lost, and the best he can do for now is to not engage in his vigilante activities. When we meet him at the beginning of The Defenders, I’m not sure he’s completely found peace with that idea. I think he’s doing the best with what he can at the time. He finds himself between a rock and a hard place, which is the crux of his issue really from the beginning of season 1. 'Should I or shouldn’t I? What is more beneficial to society?'"
He also talked about how the interactions between the different heroes will play out.
"From what we’ve shot so far, they want to genuinely make a difference and help people out. I’m not convinced that Jessica Jones feels quite as earnestly about that, but in some ways paradoxically, these great powers are also our great shame. These characters are living with a shame and a loneliness and have felt kind of ostracized. I think they felt like freaks and have been misunderstood. And as sad as that sounds, there’s also something quite beautiful about that. There’s something quite human about that."
I am very excited about seeing the Defender unite after all those stand alone shows on Netflix, but my anticipation has been lowered a bit after I really disliked Luke Cage's first season (LOVED him in Jessica Jones). I really liked everything else so far though, so hopefully Iron Fist in March will reignite my fire for the MCU's street level universe. Either way, Defender has my boy Daredevil in it, so there is no way I would miss it.
Powerless Includes A Wayne
Most people seem pretty down on the idea of a DC Comics based workplace comedy series, but to me that sounds like a fun idea and so far I liked the previews for it. I admit to being a giant DC fanboy and also looooving workplace comedy shows like Park and Rec and the Office, so to me this seems like a dream. If it'll end up being a good dream I am not sure yet. Check out the newest spot of NBC's Powerless above, which introduced Alan Tudyk's boss character, who is a cousin of Bruce Wayne!