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There’s never been a better time to be a fan of comic book cinema than right now. Superhero movies have been hitting the big screen with unparalleled frequency as of late, so much so that it seems I can’t even sneeze without three new Marvel outings getting announced. All this comic-to-screen fanfare is great, but it would be for naught if the actual films themselves weren’t worth our time. Luckily this isn’t the case. The majority of these colourful endeavours are entertaining and well crafted enough to put a smile on the face of even the most jaded comic fan. But it wasn’t always this way. There was a dark time not all that long ago when comic book movies were a hit or miss affair, where for every great to moderate comic book adaptation there was half a dozen more that absolutely stunk. Often leaving fans to grit their teeth in anger as Hollywood mistreated their favourite characters, portraying them in poorest of light and then discarding their broken remains in the gutter once the money came in.
All too often comic book movies have been treated as brainless blockbusters, lazily slapped together to appease only the most undemanding of viewers and to rake in a couple of bucks. There are almost too many examples to choose from to stress this point, but perhaps two of the worst superhero films that arrived on the bookend of the turnover from the unappealing junk era to fan boy heaven were the Fantastic Four films from 2005 and 2007. Now not every superhero franchise needs to take the dark and gritty route that Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy did, but they do need to feature a least a fraction of tension and drama. Neither Fantastic Four film managed this, instead opting to smile and whistle their way through the least dramatic planet-endangering threats committed to screen. The childish humour the films featured only further acted as a repellent to comic book fans, ensuring only they very young could truly appreciate their juvenile merits.
Luckily for us Matt Reeves recently announced that he is planning to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise, possibly finally giving the characters the respect they deserve. So in honour of such a worthy reboot, we decided it might be time to take a look at what other superheroes were given a raw deal the first time around and deserve a second chance.
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The first full-length trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills has slashed its way online and it’s absolute madness! Machete-swinging chaos, crazy Mel Gibson, boob machine-guns! What more could you possibly want from a movie?
Watch the trailer below.
The Hangover is a film that never needed any sequels. Alone it would have gone down as a standalone ode to bad behaviour, featuring countless laughs and a troupe of warm, memorable characters. However as result of the truckloads of Hollywood dollars it earned, The Hangover 2 was forcefully spat out without a second’s hesitation. Essentially a remake of the first film only with the Las Vegas setting substituted for Thailand, this follow-up still reeled in the laughs but it was clear that series director Tod Phillips was unsure of what to do with his characters. The series should have ended right there, but it didn’t. So whether it can be seen as a valiant last-ditch attempt at retribution or a mandatory final part of an unnecessary trilogy we now have a third Hangover film to contend with. Because great things come in 3’s, right? RIGHT? Unfortunately no, as for all its good will and desire to change, The Hangover 3 is still a lukewarm affair and easily the weakest of the bunch.
Avoiding the chaotic party aftermath formula that the series is known for, the plot of The Hangover 3 sees Phil, Stu and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha) escorting a distraught Allen (Zach Galifianakis) to a rehab clinic in Arizona following the death of his father. Before they can arrive their car is forced from the road and the group is taken by gunpoint to speak to ruthless gangster Marshall (John Goodman). Here it’s revealed to them the chain of events they set into motion with their first visit to Vegas, ending with the notorious Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) stealing a fortune in gold bullions from Marshall. Since this is vaguely our hero’s fault they’re given two objectives; recover the stolen gold and bring Chow to Marshall. If they don’t Stu gets a bullet to the head. So sets up the latest chaotic adventure for the wolfpack, which takes the lads from Tijuana Mexico, and eventually back to Vegas one last time.
The zombies behind the promotional material for World War Z have slapped together another poster for the apocalyptic action film, placing Brad Pitt at the forefront of an undead invasion. It’s kind of a cool visual except for the fact that some poor photoshopping leaves the poster looking incredibly amateur. I give it a B-. Must try harder!
“The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.“
Check out the poster below.
A new motion poster for the Carrie remake has arrived on the scene, bringing with it some brief glimpses of prom night carnage.
The film is “a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.”
Check out the poster below.
The second trailer for Edgar Wright’s pub-crawl picture, The World’s End, has been unveiled today by Yahoo. It’s an amusing extension of the previously released trailer, featuring more banter between the lads and extra robot footage. Yep, it seems like those blue-eyed beings are in fact robots.
“20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.”
Watch the trailer below.
The latest trailer for The Wolverine has debuted, bringing with it some more Silver Samurai footage and a lengthy cameo by one Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).
Watch the trailer below.
The first few plot details for the upcoming Poltergeist reboot were unveiled just yesterday, but now the guys over at Moviehole (via Bloody Disgusting) have dug up even more information about the film.
The site states that much like the recent Evil Dead remake, Gil Kenan’s (Monster House) new take on Poltergeist will exist in the same universe as Tobe Hooper’s original. So in other words this won’t be a standard retread but instead a sequel of sorts set years after the Freeling family packed up and ran for the hills.
In preparation for the new trailer due out for The Wolverine in a short while, 20th Century Fox has released two new posters for the film. Featuring the same hand painted style as the previous Silver Samurai character portrait, these two one sheets feature both Viper and Yukio. It should be easy enough figuring out who is who by the not-so-subtle snake tongue one of the figures is sporting.
Check out the posters below.