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!
Spider-man Casting Problems
Birth.Movies.Death. reported last week that the Spider-man casting is now down to only two contenders, according to their Sony sources: Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe. Both teenagers are relative unknowns, next to the speculated former frontrunner Asa Butterfield, who seems to be out of the race.
A decision will be made shortly, as the actor is scheduled to film his Civil War scenes in the coming weeks.
According the TheWrap podcast “Meet the Moviepress” Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are at odds on the casting and each favor another actor for the role, which explains why there still seems to be no definite decision when the characters MCU debut movie is already weeks into filming! Doesn’t bode too well for Spidey’s future when both companies cannot even agree on the casting. We’ll see how it’ll turn out.
Jon Bernthal Is The Punisher
A few days ago it was revealed: the amazing Jon Bernthal from Walking Dead, Fury and Grudge Match will be playing Frank Castle on the second season of Netflix’ Daredevil!!! We even get a small teaser at how he will look in the role, thanks to Bosslogic from deviantart!
Daredevil season 2 will go before cameras later this summer in NYC and Bernthal will join Charlie Cox on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen. In my opinion this is casting as good as it gets! Bernthal looks the part and has the intensity to match the character (everyone who saw him as Shane in Walking Dead season 2 or David Ayer’s Fury knows what I am talking about), so I think we are in for something special! The actor himself seems pretty game to play ball, as he showed himself on twitter with a Punisher MAX comic, which is absolutely the right choice of reading to prepare, if you ask me
It is still unclear if this role will be as the big bad of the season (as we all know Punisher started as a Spider-man villain, so it would make sense to play him as a badguy to Matt Murdock) and if the role could lead to a solo series spin-off (lets hope so), but I guess it is absolutely expected that Frank will give Matt some moral and physical challenges! The darker, more brutal world of Netflix Marvel universe fits the character very well and he can be depicted without watering him down, which would absolutely happen in a big MCU Avengers type movie, so TV is the way to go. As a big fan of Marvel’s streetlevel (DD and Punisher in particular) this is huge for me and I cannot wait to see those two clash!
Mark Ruffalo On Civil War Hulk Rumors
In an interview with the Daily Beast, **Mark Ruffalo faced the Hulk/Civil War rumors **we reported on in last weeks Geekly News!
“I don’t know! I heard a rumor about that the other day,” Ruffalo said. “I haven’t seen a script, nobody’s told me, and I don’t have dates. But I can only hope so!”
“I was talking to Robert Downey the other day, and he said, ‘Ruffalo! I heard you’re coming out here,’ and I said, ‘OK! I’ll be there,’” the actor said with a chuckle.
If that is just an actor playing coy, or if he truly still has no idea (I doubt it) we will know for sure when Captain America Civil War hits theatres next April.
We will keep you updated on the Archonia Blog!
Jeremy Renner Posts Civil War Promo Image
Jeremy Renner, the Avengers’ Hawkeye, has posted a picture of himself with a small bit of promo material for Civil War! Just like Batman v Superman from DC Comics/WB next year, Civil War will go big on the “versus” and “choose a side” aspect of the movie. You can decide between Iron Man and Captain America himself (Team Cap, in case you were wondering)!
The movie is currently shooting and is directed by the Russo brothers who also did Winter Soldier (IMO the best Marvel film yet!) for Marvel. I am very excited to see how this one will turn out, since it actually has a lot of potential if the Russo Brothers manage to adapt the great comic series it is based on! Why can’t it be 2016 now, guys?
Batman v Superman Promo Overload
Superhero movie scooper El Mayimbe, with his new website Heroic Hollywood, has gotten his hands on a ton of versus themed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice promo art (similar to Civil War’s Iron Man vs. Cap theme). Check it out:
Those aren’t considered to be posters or magazine covers, but designs for t-shirts and other merch. Last week also brought us new up close looks at the costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, due to the movies suits being shown at the licensing expo in the US.
The movie’s synopsis has also been revealed last week. Check it out:
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Looks and sound all very cool to me, now I just need to figure out how I can travel forward through time to see that movie and then Civil War NOW!
Ant-Man Gets a Little Help From The Avengers
Marvel Studios has released three new posters for their upcoming superhero movie Ant-Man. All three poster focus on the weapons of the three big Avengers Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Check them out here:
While those posters look undoubtedly cool, I think it is kinda false advertising, since a large amount of the general movie goers (read: the uninformed people who don’t read the Geekly) will actually think that the Avengers are a part of this movie. Apart from that it also speaks to maybe a lack of faith in the movie from Marvel themselves, because they did not do this with any other movie before. Maybe I am overly harsh on Ant-Man and it will turn out to be the surprise of the summer, but so far most reactions to the trailers seem a lot more mixed than for every other Marvel movie yet. We will see how it’ll turn out when Ant-Man hits theatres later this summer!