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!
New Star Wars Trailer
Well… there is not that much to be said about this. Apart from AWESOME of course. Only a few weeks left to wait, people.* We almost made it*. Let’s just hope it’s as good as we hope it will be.
Directed by super talented director Duncan Jones (who did the amazing “Moon” and pretty good “Source Code”), the film shows the first encounter between humans and orcs. As their peaceful realm of Azeroth is on the brink of destruction the orcs want to find a new home in the world of the humans, but that is easier said than done.
To me, the designs look far to videogamey to actually work in a live action movie. I know its based on the videogames, but I think it would have been wiser to adapt the designs (like superhero movies do) and not straight up copy them.
The production has also been pretty troubled, with reports hitting that the studio and director were often at odds with each other. We already saw with this years Fantastic Four (well… most people didn’t) how that could turn out.
Ben Affleck Batman Costume Concept Art
Conceptual artist Jerad S. Marantz worked with costume designer Michael Wilkinson on the design for the costume designs for BvS and later DC films. He shared a few images of that work on his facebook account last week, one of which you can check out above.
“Finally get to show these! Here are some of the images that I painted for Batman versus Superman. I was fortunate enough to spend a bit of time on all of the characters, but was lucky enough to be able to focus on Illustrating the new Batman costume with the incredible costume designer Michael Wilkinson. This was a childhood dream come true.”
Really cool, only a few more months left to wait now.
Dr.Doom Talks About Fantastic Four
Toby Kebbell, who played Dr. Doom in this years Fantastic Four reboot, recently talked about the failure of the film to IGN. He went into some detail about the fan reactions and how a job like this impacts his career.
“I was disappointed, but the fans aren’t wrong. The fans want what they want to see and if they don’t get satisfaction, they let you know. I appreciate that as a performer. My job is to come in and perform as best I can, and hopefully be directed in that path. I felt like I was. I felt like the film was going to go well. It didn’t turn out that the fans felt that way, so their reaction is honest, and I can only appreciate honesty.”
“As an actor, you’re conscious that your career is at stake with each job –especially on these larger productions. A film like that comes out, and I’m being sent maybe four scripts in a week, and those scripts go to zero when it doesn’t come out successful, so it actively affects my career.”
New Civil War Concept Art
Comicbookmovie.com has a new look at Civil War promo art for the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Captain America: Civil War. Check it out above.
Civil War will launch into theatres next year in April and pits Iron Man against Captain America in a fight that will change the Avengers forever.
Beast Nicholas Hoult Talks About Superhero Movies
Actor Nicholas Hoult (Beast in X-Men, Nux in Mad Max Fury Road) talked a bit about superhero movies to NME last week.
“At times I’ll see superhero movies and admittedly be frustrated by them. It does feel like some are just packaging and they’re not trying hard enough because they know it’s a bankable forumla… I love the ‘X-Men’ films because they have a heart to them and you have actors like Michael Fassbender who brings so much to the characters. The superheroes in that world aren’t smug. You don’t want to watch someone who you know is going to win from the start just being awesome for two hours.”
First Look at Doctor Strange Filming
Above you can see some behind the scenes filming at the Nepal set of upcoming Marvel Studios movie Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch is still a proto version of the character here, but its interesting to see a quick glimpse of his origin here.
According to Latino Review the beginning of the film is actually going to play out in the 1960s, where arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange gets his hands damaged in a car crash and then seeks out mystical help in all the right/wrong places. The later part of the film will the catapult him into our current time. Take this rumor with a grain of salt, as usual.