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Batman-3 Who will be next the villian(s)?

Wow!  The Dark Knight was a great movie.  Who can match the sinister, engaging, and mesmerizing villain portrayal of Heath Ledger’s Joker.  Words can not describe the job Nolan and Ledger did to provide the depth and psychotic psychosis that Joker possesses in modern age of the Batman comics.

 

With the success of the Dark Knight (2nd grossing film of all time) the “fanboy” community is already speculating on which villain(s) will be tapped by Nolan for the third installment of the Batman (reset) franchise.  Numerous message boards and websites have been battering around possibilities for the next villain – Catwoman, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, or Penguin. 

 

One advantage the Batman franchise has over other comic movies is the immense depth of Batman’s rogues gallery for Nolan to pull from in picking the next villain.  If Nolan follows the current themes of organized crime that engulfed the first two movies and the carefully crafts each movie with as much realism as possible, I see these candidates as the possible choices:

 

 

v     Two Face – My guess is that we have not seen the last of Harvey Dent.

 

v     Black Mask – Another child of Gotham’s elite, Roman Sionis was jealous of Bruce growing up.  This envy so engulfed Roman that he even tried to kill his parents (and succeed in eliminating his father) just so he could inherit the family’s successful Janus Cosmetic Corporation. 

 

But Roman had no business sense and eventually brought the company to the brink of financial disaster.  In the end Wayne Industries bailed him out by buying out the company.  But rather than being thankful, Roman’s hatred for Bruce rose to a new level.

 

Roman then dons the death mask carved from his mother’s coffin to become the Black Mask and begins murdering Wayne Enterprises employees.  But the disguise becomes permanent when toxic chemicals spilled during a fight with Batman burn the mask into his face.

 

Black Mask becomes the most sadistic Don of organized crime in Gotham and a thorn in both Bruce Wayne and Batman’s side.

 

v     Riddler – Better known as Edward Nashton or Nigma, the Ridder’s crimes are more intellectual than physical.  The Riddler’s criminal capers are all cloaked in challenging puzzles.

 

His knack for riddles stem from his childhood when he used puzzles to escape his father’s wrath and beatings.  The Riddler would make an excellent foe for Nolan’s Batman because he engages Batman’s intellectual skills not just his physical ones.

 

v     Deadshot – Deadshot is another devious criminal who tried to play both sides of the game.  Originally he tried to take Batman’s place as Gotham’s savior, thereby opening the opportunity for him to establish himself as Gothom’s new organized crime boss.  In the end, Commissioner Gordon and Batman foiled his attempts, leaving Deadshot with his own personal suite at Blackgate Prison.

 

This set back didn’t deter Deadshot for long.  Upon his release, Deadshot became a hired assassin with reputation that he “never missed.”  An expert with a variety of execution tools, his weapon of choice is his writ-mounted guns. 

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Superman – 3rd re-boot

It has been recently reported on G4that Superman maybe in for its third re-boot.  Yes, a third re-boot!!!  Great Caesar’s Ghost!   Per Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov, Superman Returns “didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to. … It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned…Had Superman worked in 2006; we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. … But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”

Wow!!! Does this mean Brian Singer is out as director, does this mean that Superman will be presented in a darker image, or is WB looking to put a realistic spin on an American pop icon like Nolan did with Batman?  I am not sure, but from a fan perspective this does not sound good at all.  The message that I am getting is that either WB has major impediments in bring ionic DC characters to the big screen or they just don’t know type of story they what to delivery for Superman or any other characters outside of Batman. 

Either way, they are destroying their fan base.  Can’t WB/DC still a page from the Marvel playbook and make movies that the fans want – set in modern themes, realistic as possible, and a kick ass story to boot?  They seem to get the Batman franchise right, which is quite unbelievable.  I call for independence!!!  A revolution!!!  Not any old revolution, but one for DC Comics.  A revolution that will give DC independence from the evil, greedy cooperate parent (Time-Warner) and follow their own path like Marvel has done.  DC could not do any worst then the position that are currenly in now.

New Iron Man trailer

Iron Man has now moved into the category as a must see movie of the summer movie season along with The Dark Knight and Indiana Jones.  Boy, this is going to be a hot summer at the cinema!

Check out the new trailer which is tight!  Please note AC/DC rocking in the background…what a nice touch! 

2008 Summer Movie – “Blockbusters”

Time to light up the marquee, put oil in the popcorn popper, stock the counter with juju beans, and pour the sodas because the 2008 Summer Movie season is about to kick off.Movie Palace

This year looks to be just as hot as the 2007 season judging by the number of blockbusters scheduled to hit the silver screen in 2008.  To help you navigate the summer movie season, I have listed the movies that I feel have what it takes to become a summer blockbuster movie.  Can these movies make the grade and rock out the summer as “the” movie to see?  Who knows, but it will fun to find out!  Let season begin!

  • Iron Man – Based on the Marvel comic book series, Iron Man tells the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) a billionaire, inventor, and CEO who straps on state-of-the art armor to fight crime and protect the American way while battling demons of his own – alcoholism. Think of Batman in hi-tech armor. It opens May 2nd.
  • Speed Racer – Based on the 1960 anime, Speed Racer follows the adventures of your favorite teen race car driver named Speed (Emile Hirsh) while he chases the checkered flag to glory to save his family’s business from ruin. It opens May 9th.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – The second book in the seven-book Narnia fantasy series. This installment finds Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy back in the realm of Narnia. This trip is 1300 years after the battle between the Lion and the Witch. Since their last visit, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and under rule by another tyrant – King Miraz. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy join forces with the rightful heir Prince Caspian as they try to liberate Narnia once again from the forces of evil. It opens May 16th.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – The fourth installment in the adventures of everyone’s favorite archeologist has Indy battling the forces of communisms during their late ‘50s as they race for Aztec treasure and the fate of the free world. It opens May 22nd.
  • Sex and the City: The Movie – Based on the long running HBO series that follows the lives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in the concrete jungle of New York City. It opens May 30th.
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – Adam Sandler plays a former Israeli Mossad agent who fakes his own death so he can reinvent himself as a hair stylist in New York City. I never knew getting a hair cut could be so dangerous. It opens June 6th.
  • Kung Fu Panda – This animation comedy features the voice of Jack Black as a big, cute panda bear named Po who has dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. His dream takes him to the legendary Furious Five (Tigeress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, Monkey, and Master Shifu) who are shown a mark that indicated this clumsy panda is The Chosen One. Can The Chosen One become a master and defeat the evil, cunning snow leopard Tai Lung? Find out June 6th.
  • The Happening – M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie is about a man (Mark Wahlberg) who is on the run with his family as a cataclysmic natural crisis turns the world upside down as it threatens to end of the world as we know it. It opens June 13th.
  • The Incredible Hulk – Remake of the Ang Lee version of this superhero, The Incredible Hulk stars Ed Norton as Bruce Banner. Not only is Banner battling the monster inside of him, he now as a new adversary who also been inflected by same Gama radiation – The Abomination (Tim Roth) and is the only creature that can truly destroy the Hulk! It opens June 13th

  • The Dark Knight – The sequel to Batman Begins. This installment of Batman finds our hero, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, waging a war on dismantling all organized crime in Gotham. Their success goes unchecked until a new criminal arrives on the scene – The Joker. Joker uses this crack down as an opportunity to steal from organized crime and to blackmail them into forming a united army to take down the Dark Knight. It opens July 18th.
  • Get Smart – The continued adventures of America’s ultimate secrete agent – Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and his lovely/smart partner Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) as they battle the evil syndicate know as KAOS from world domination. Can Maxwell Smart save us from chaos that KAOS would like to unleash on our unprepared world? Find out on June 25th.
  • Wanted – Based on the graphic novel series by Mark Millar, the story is about a nobody named Wes (actor name?) who is solicited by a woman named Fox (Angelia Jolie) to join the Fraternity. The Fraternity is a secret organization who trains Wes as an enforcer of justice. The Fraternity lives by an ancient code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself. Fox uses this opportunity to use Wes as a tool to avenge her murdered father. It opens June 27th.
  • WallE – From the studios of Pixar and Disney, comes this adventure, set in 2700, about a robot, WALLE (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class) who meets a search robot EVE and discover that WALLE is more than a trash collector. He has the key to the future of Earth! It opens June 27th.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: 3D – Based on the classic story by Jules Verne. A geologist (Brandon Frasier), his nephew and mountain guide discovery a new “world” as they search for his missing brother. Their adventure takes them to “center of the Earth,” which is shot in 3D. It opens July 11th.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army – In the sequel to the 2003 movie Hellboy, Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic character, Hellboy (Ron Peralman) must battle a ruthless leader who is marching an army of fantasy creatures towards the destruction of humankind. Can “Big Red” save us from this Armageddon fate? Check it out July 11th.
  • Mamma Mia! – The big screen version of the Broadway hit staring Meryl Streep as a single mother who is about to be wed. Unfortunately, she has never met her father so she invites three? parental candidates to her wedding. Now the fireworks start with the back drop of 22 classic Abba hits. It opens July 18th.
  • Step Brothers – From the team that brought you one of my favorite movies, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is a movie about two middle age guys – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – that live with their respective single parents. Ferrell lives with his mom while Reilly lives with his father. You guessed it; Ferrell and Reilly’s parents marry and they become step brothers. Their antics as new brothers turn this new family upside down as they try to get along and keep their parents together. It opens July 25th.
  • The X-Files – Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) are back! This time instead of taking on the establishment and aliens, Scully and Mulder now deal with the supernatural in a stand alone story that pays homage to some of the classic episodes from early in the series. Not much known more about the story due to the gag order put in place by Fox Studios. It opens July 25th.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) is back battling mummies and the undead in a new adventure. This time Rick, his son Alex, his wife Evelyn (Mario Bello, yes Rachel Weis has bowed out), and his brother-in-law Jonathan are in China as they combat the ancient Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) who is resurrected with only two goals on his mind to raise his 10,000 warriors who are suspended in animation and to take over the world. This adventure takes the O’Connells from the catacombs of the Forgotten Palace to the tops of the snowy Himalayas. It opens August 1st.
  • The Pineapple Express – Seth Rogen is back with another side-splitting comedy about two slackers who end up with a price on their head by a drug gang after witnessing a drug-related murder. It opens August 8th.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The story picks up after the “Attack of Clones” as Anakin and Obi-Wan fight the evil Count Dooku and General Grievous as they try to save the Republic. This all-new animated movie tells the exploits and trails the Jedi Knights as they face The Cone Wars that engulf the Republic. It opens August 15th.
  • Righteous Kill – DeNiro and Al Pacino play two detective partners who are feverously searching for a serial killer that has put New Your City on edge when a poem is found with each death. It opens September 12th.
  • The Punisher: The War Zone – Vigilante-hero Frank Castle is in New York City battling mob boss Billy Russoti who has is seeking revenge on Castle after being horribly disfigured . If the mob wasn’t bad enough, Castle is being hunted by the FBI “Punisher Task Force.” New York will never be the same with Castle in town! Get ready for lots of empty brass and dead bodies. It opens September 12th.

I hope you enjoyed the list.  I will see y’all in line at the box office!

News on Indiana Jones

If you are like me, you can’t wait to dust off your Fedora and your leather coat for the May release of the latest adventures of Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Since the movie the movie went into production more than a year ago, very little information about the plot has been released to the public.  It wasn’t until 2007 Comic Con in San Diego that the public learned who would be co-staring with Harrison Ford –  Karen Allen – and the name of the film.Indiana Jones

Well since then, a few more details are now leaking out.  From what I have just read; I hope this tidbit is truly a hoax.  So if you don’t what to know and would like to be surprised in May, then stop reading.

With that said, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is centered on the Aztec nation and the idea that aliens had a hand in the technological advances in this ancient society.  Furthermore, there is a scene in which three aliens are seated on thrones in an Aztec structure that resembles a spaceship.  From what is being said, these aliens look a lot like the aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which happens to be turning 30 this year. Hmmm….

So, do you think Spielberg is paying homage to Close Encounters in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?  He could be.  There is precedent for it.  In Raiders of the Lost Ark, THX-1138 (Lucas’s first movie) is present on a wing of the plane and in Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, there is a café at the beginning of the film that is named Ben Kenobi – Obi-Wan’s real name.  Not to mention ET in the Galactic Senate in Star Wars” Episode I – The Phantom Menace, to name a few.  So, it is not surprising if this holds true. 

So, I been thinking…Lucas and Spielberg should not stop with aliens in the film.  Instead they should interject a few other references for the fan enjoyment which I have listed briefly below.

  1. Indy is briefly stranded at sea while a Great White Shark circles his boat. (Jaws)
  2. Indy kills a bounty hunter over drinks at his favorite pub (Star Wars)
  3. Among the Aztec treasures, Indy discovers a plan to recreate dinosaurs using DNA found in fossils – (Jurassic Park)
  4. Cameo of Oprah (Color Purple)
  5. A discharged Private Ryan (Saving Private Ryan) works as a guide for Indy.
  6. War of the Worlds playing on a radio in the back ground
  7. A DeLorean that almost runs over Indy, but stops right in front of him with Professor Brown getting out asking him what year it is (Back to the Future).  Then the passenger door swings open and a foul mouth duck hops out giving Indy an ear full (Howard the Duck) about jay walking.
  8. The Aztecs try to sacrifice Karen Allen in a volcano (Joe Versus the Volcano)
  9. As Indy investigates the Aztecs ruins, he stumbles across a gaggle of Gremlins (Gremlins) that he has to fight while being haunted by lost souls of the Aztec Empire (Poltergeist).
  10.  Instead of finding the lost Aztecs secrets, he stumbles across the long lost treasure of “One-Eyed” Willie.

What could be better…see you all the movies in May.  Stay tune for more Indy news!

The Joker – Batman the Dark Knight movie

On July 18th, the world will be introduced to the new face of Evil –The Joker (Heath Ledger) – when the long-awaited sequel in the Batman series – The Dark Knight — will be released.  When you think of Batman, most people either think of Ledger as the JokerJack Nicolson or Cesar Romero as the Joker.  Well get ready to have you socks knock off your feet, Ledger brings the Joker to life like it has never been seen before.  The darkest version to date!

This installment of Batman finds our hero, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, waging a war on dismantling all organized crime in Gotham.  Their success goes unchecked until a new criminal arrives on the scene — The Joker.  Joker uses this crack down as an opportunity to steal from organized crime as a way to blackmail them into a united army to take down the Dark Knight. In an interview in the New Your Times recently, Heath Ledger talks about playing this dark figure — the Joker.  Here are some clips:

Says the NYT: He is here in London filming…The Dark Knight  It is a physically and mentally draining role – his Joker is a “psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy” he said cheerfully – and, as often happens when he throws himself into a part, he is not sleeping much. The Joker

“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” One night he took an Ambien, which failed to work. He took a second one and fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.And to make sure that he’s fully developed into the role… Here too was his Joker diary, which he began compiling four months before filming began. It is filled with images and thoughts helpful to the Joker back story, like a list of things the Joker would find funny. (AIDS is one of them.) Mr. Ledger seemed almost embarrassed that the book had been spotted, as if he had been caught trying to get extra credit in school.

Browncoats on the march!

Are the Browncoats making a return?  Could be…Recently Moviehole.net had a phone interview with Alan Tudyk aka Hoban “Wash” Washburne where he mentioned that a direct-to-DVD sequel to Serenity could be on the horizon.  ThisSerenity Crew news comes on the heels of the tremendous sales of the DVD box set of Firefly and the movie Serenity. 

“They had to put [the new DVD] out because they’ve been selling out of the other one [the DVD that isn’t the ‘Collectors Edition’] and so Universal’s like ‘So, let’s do another one’,” he says, adding “And now… there’s now a chance there’s going to be another movie”.

Don’t dust off your Browncoats just yet; Universal has not been given the okay for the project.  However, with the demand in sales of the DVD like they are, it is just a matter of time before this sequel becomes a reality.

If that was good enough, Joss Whedon has also mention about an ongoing comic based on the Serenity film.  I guess you can’t keep a good ship docked.  Long live Serenity!