Although in many parts of the country it's still sweatier than a sumo wrestler in a sauna, the U.S. summer box office will be wrapping up the season as we head into Labor Day weekend. How did things go over the last few months? Better than expected, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Going into this weekend, "Nielsen EDI data showed domestic tallies of $3.96 billion that are sure to rise to beyond $4 billion by the Monday holiday." The box office was surprisingly strong "thanks to unsurprisingly robust sequels and a shockingly lucrative performance by the latest installment in a 19-year-old superhero franchise." The latter refers, of course, to The Dark Knight, although I have to wonder why its success is considered so shocking. Was anyone expecting, say, Meet Dave to siphon off some of the Bat's profits?
The excellent comic book review and discussion web site iFanboy recently released a vlog interview with Marvel comics Godfather and mascot Stan Lee. One of the questions asked of Lee, creator of such heroes as Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four, was what one creation of his, and long-time partner Jack Kirby, surprised even him with its level of success? His answer begrudgingly was The Hulk.
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.
So we all heard about the spate of Iron Man and Avengers-related films that Marvel is putting into development in the wake of Iron Man's success. But it seems like Shellhead's big box office has done more than that. As a long-time Iron Man fan, and a pretty big comic book reader, I had no idea that Iron Man was considered second-tier. But apparently, he was a huge gamble compared to known superheroes like Spider-Man, Hulk, Batman, Superman and, uh, Ghost Rider. (Okay, I guess they're all pretty big players, but Blade was totally second-tier, and didn't he do pretty well, considering he got two sequels? But I digress.) Anyway, because a no-name superhero like Iron Man did well, B-list heroes are getting booked for big-screen endeavors in a big way.
The Watchmen movie is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed-about films of 2009, what with the amazing in-costume photographs that have been released, as well as its potential to save the DVD industry, apparently. But it's little nuggets like this that really get fans excited, even though someone with less informed eyes might look on this and wonder what the hell they're spending their money on. Bill Murray's line from Ghostbusters 2 springs to mind: "Boys, boys -- you're scaring the straights!"
Vulture asks, "Where Are the Roles for Superwomen?" and I'd be lying if I didn't say I've been wondering the same thing.
Remember the Wonder Woman movie that was being written by Joss Whedon? I'm sure you at least remember when it fell apart. If you're curious what happened to that movie after Whedon's departure, it is still on. The script as it's currently being worked will be an "origin story," written by two men. Which is a change for the worse. I know Whedon is a man, but if a man has to write Wonder Woman, it would be better -- at least as far as feminism and girl power are concerned -- if it were helmed by the guy who created Buffy rather than Brent Strickland and Matthew Jennison, neither of whom have written a screenplay before. But I'll try to withhold judgment.
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.
You're going to hear this a lot between now and March 6th, 2009, when the movie comes out (mostly right here), but Watchmen is a really good comic book. How good? So good that it has commercials in it, and you actually want to read them. Okay, so they're fake ads for various fictional products put out by the World's Smartest Man, Ozymandias (left), a former member of the superteam the Minutemen, but that's beside the point.
We've been watching the commercials and trailers for the movie Push for a while now, and we're pretty psyched to see it in theaters. In fact, we're more psyched to see the psychic shenanigans of Push than we are to see every single remaining episode of Heroes Volume 4, a.k.a. "Fugitives." After the disappointment of "Generations" and the further disappointment of "Villains," we'd prefer to see super-powers in the hands of people who will actually do interesting things with them, and not just act stupid, visit the future and let themselves get tricked all the time. Here are our reasons Push is the best Heroes episode ever, and why Friday night is our new Monday night.