Thomas Jane totally looks like a comic-book character -- square jaw, cleft chin, good-looking -- but should he ever be allowed to play one ever again? I've been told repeatedly that The Punisher was god-awful (I figured it out from the trailers, thanks), and if Jane couldn't see the badness in the script, then his comic book license should be revoked. (To be fair, it looked pretty faithful to the comic book, but there are some Garth Ennis stories that should never be put to film. Most, actually.) Well, now Jane wants to be in another comic book movie, and if I cared more about the character, or had read more than one or two issues of his book, I'd be concerned.
The Internet has brought us many, many things, including unlimited second-hand information, free pornography and numerous forums in which to express our socially unacceptable opinions without fear of reprisal. But one of the greatest things it's given us is the fake movie trailer. Sometimes used for harm (like the ones that claim to be legitimate trailers for in-production films), they can also be used for good, such as showing the world (and Hollywood producers) what your favorite cartoon or comic book might look like as a movie. Well, here are three of the coolest recent fake trailers I've found, and I wanted to share them with you.
Don't get too excited (or fearful) yet. There's no definite plan for a fresh reboot of the Superman film franchise. There aren't even definite plans for another Superman film, period. Or at least no announced plans. Last month, Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier created a minor hubbub when, according to one website, he told a "French media outlet" that he had "heard whispers at [Warner Bros.]" that they were considering "reinventing" the Super franchise. Whispers of a reboot have been circulating since practically the day Superman Returns bowed in 2006. Now comic book writers Grant Morrison and Mark Waid are talking to MTV's Splash Page about how they'd like to do things.
In a move that was probably made because his own TV's parental control V-chip didn't work, the new head of HBO recently put the kibosh on its plan to bring '90s comic book series Preacher to late-night. And while HBO may not be ready for such dazzling visuals as an inbred Jesus descendant peeing on people or angel-demon sex-having, Columbia Pictures totally is. Before it was circled and then bailed on by HBO, Preacher was an in-development film project, with Kevin Smith's View Askew producing and James Marsden attached to play the title character. This go-around, if it finally gets off the ground, the film will be directed by Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, Jarhead), who is currently on the hunt for a lead.
It's finally here! The moment we've all been waiting for! Well, by we, of course, I mean hard-core comic geeks, die-hard Zack Snyder fans and die-core timepiece enthusiasts. The trailer for Watchmen, described by Warner Bros. as "the most celebrated graphic novel of all time," premiered in front of The Dark Knight this weekend, and it's already up on Apple Trailers. And it is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Never was there a Moviefile writer happier than I when she found out there was talk around town of Keanu Reeves starring in a movie titled Plastic Man. The jokes rolled out before me like the waves in Point Break. If ever there was a part Keanu Reeves was born to play, it would be... well, actually, it was the part of Theodore Logan from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, but a close second is a character named "Plastic Man." I was ready to hand the man a preemptive Oscar. And then, of course, I did a little research.
MTV has managed to get its Lasso of Truth around Leonard Goldberg and Joel Silver, who are producing the first-ever Wonder Woman film. The project, which for a time had been in the hands of Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon (Whedon claims he quit the project because of a difference between he and Silver/Goldberg), is rolling along, according the producers, who are just "waiting for the script to come in." After the Whedon debacle (Whedon was set to both write and direct), the producers are taking the "old school" route, as they call it, and waiting for a script they commissioned to come in before taking that script to interested directors.
As if to say "you must not know 'bout me and my love of superheroes," Beyoncé Knowles has declared that she would like to play Wonder Woman should a film version ever get off the ground, according to an interview with the L.A. Times. She's so serious about it, in fact, that she's already met with people at Warner Bros. and DC Comics to discuss the possibility. Now, I haven't seen many of Beyoncé's movies -- I intentionally missed Dreamgirls and Pink Panther -- but I have seen her in Austin Powers: Goldmember, and if that was all she'd been in, I would have to say that I don't think she's ready for the JLA. (The JLA, of course, being the Justice League of America, of which Wonder Woman is a charter memb-- oh, never mind.) But considering she's about to play a threatened wife in Obsessed and Etta James in Cadillac Records, she must be doing something right, right?
I don't mean to keep picking on Tom Cruise, but it seems like every time I'm on duty for the Moviefile, he pops up in the news like some kind of spring-loaded jack-in-the-box that cannot be ignored. Just a week after I was hopeful that Cruise was changing up his résumé just a little with the help of a fluffy kiddie movie, it looks like he's back to his old tricks as a spy/cop/man on the run. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Cruise is looking to star in Sleeper, an adaptation of a DC Comics/Wildstorm comic book title in which he would play an undercover "operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain." An alien artifact? Ooh, I hope it's not Xenu's doing.