Holy Sh*t Batman!
By Staff Editor, PK
If you’re a big fan of superheroes, then you may be like us and having a glee-filled fanboy meltdown over the news that continues to emerge from Hollywood on even more superhero stories coming to the silver screen. Marvel Comics & DC Entertainment have spent decades trying to capture our hard earned nerd money, pumping out some amazing and at times not so amazing shows, movies, and games based on our favorite comics. We could cover the last 50 years of superhero cinematic history, but lets’ just take a look at recent events and work forward. In 2002 Marvel set the bar for superhero movies to an all new high with the big budget modern day adaption of Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire wowed audiences with his boyish charms and CGI enhanced combat skills, as he fought The Green Goblin.
One decent sequel and one teary-eyed massive flop later, Spider-Man is being reborn as The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, in an another attempt to retell the story of Peter Parker, the mutant spider, and the worst allergic reaction to a bug bite known to medical science. To be fair this new version of Spidey’s adventures appears to be more of a grittier and somewhat darker telling of the story, and audiences will get to judge for themselves if the web-slinging wall-crawler is meant to stay on the big screen, with the film debuting on July 3, 2012 in theaters everywhere.
2012 & 2013 will be big release years for Marvel in particular, as we see if three big movie franchises can be successfully combined into Marvel’s The Avengers. On their own, Thor, Iron-Man, and The Incredible Hulk, have done very, very well. So far the Iron-Man movies have been amazing, and I think Don Cheadle should have been James Rhodes in the first movie as well. And while they didn’t get a big budget movie treatment of their own, fan favorite characters Hawkeye, Black Widow, Loki, and Nick Fury; will join the Avengers in their quest to save Earth coming May 2012. Most fans know that it’s been traditionally hard to take superhero adventures and make them work on the big screen, especially when you finally get that tight fighting lycra outfit on a real person. But I also think most would admit that lately, Hollywood has really been giving 110% on making live action hero movies that don’t stink.
The big surprise announcement this week, is that Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in a big budget adaptation of Nick Fury’s storyline, estimated to show up in 2014. Does that mean there’s hope that Hawkeye or Black Widow may get their own movie? No word yet, but we’ll keep an ear out for news! Not everyone remembers this, but Nick Fury did have his own television show in 1998. Nick Fury: Agent of Shield tortured audiences for less than a season, with David Hasselhoff as the legendary SHIELD agent. 2013 will see the debut of The Wolverine(aka Wolverine 2), featuring Hugh Jackman returning as his sweaty claw wielding alter-ego during his adventures in Japan. The Captain America movie may have seemed like one long setup to The Avengers movie, but the Cap is back post Avengers in Captain America 2, set to release sometime in 2014.
Another couple superhero surprises for the 2014 season, is that Deadpool makes its way to the big screen, but with Ryan Reynolds? Reynolds of course played The Green Lantern in the 2011 theatrical adaption, but this does raise some interesting questions if this casting is true. Does this create a conflict of interest? Starring as a superhero for competing companies? We don’t have confirmation of this yet, but I wonder if there would be any contractual conflicts over this. Following up with this, we find the tiny foot prints of Ant-Man and the apparent film version also coming that year. For those not familiar with the Ant-Man story, it does in-fact involve S.H.I.E.L.D, so it’s not too big of a surprise that Marvel appears to be sticking with an overall story-line.
Because I can see DC waving it’s arms wildly and demanding to be heard, they to having movies coming out this year. The Dark Knight Rises featuring our favorite brooding caped crusader, premiers July 20, 2012. Batman faces off against his greatest foe, Bane! The super steroid freak who in the legendary story Knightfall, breaks Batman’s back and cripples him. Catwoman co-stars in this conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, which we can only imagine will be as incredible as the first two. 2013 will see the release of Man of Steel, the re-booted re-boot of the theatrical Superman story-line, starring Henry Cavill as the legendary hero. This time around we meet the young 20 year-old something Clark Kent struggling to come to terms with his superpowers and wondering if he’s really the right person to save the world from General Zod, played by Michael Shannon. I know there was some controversy over Laurence Fishburne being cast as Perry White, a black actor playing a traditionally Caucasian character. My response is, chill people, Laurence Fishburne is a fantastic actor and I don’t see why it’s a big deal for him to play Perry.
DC Entertainment has been slacking a bit on theater releases, but making up for it with television shows and direct to DVD movies such as Justice League: Doom. A lot of work has been done with establishing a partnership with Cartoon Network, in development of animated shows related such as Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. DC has been attempting to bring some live action hero shows back to the small screen, sadly they’ve flopped in a big way, with the 2011 Wonder Woman never even making it out of the pilot episode stage.