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KillerTomato 5/3/2010 4:22:08 PM

I honestly liked Val Kilmer in Batman Forever...the rest of the cast...forgettable...but I really thought Val Kilmer played the part well...gievn what he had to work with...

donkingkong 5/3/2010 4:28:49 PM

With the Hobbit movies somewhat on hold, Marvel is gunning for Guillermo del Toro to direct and Neil Gaiman to write Dr. Strange [link removed]

Can a Doctor Strange-centric "Defenders" movie that fits into what Marvel is now calling the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” finally be in the works?...

SHIELD pulls together a paranormal special ops team after the Military/SHIELD/NASA made contact with a "Beyonder" (or Celestial, some sort of "magical" trans-dimensional entity, perhaps an Asgardian?) SHIELD realizes it doesn't have the capabilities to ascertain if this “thing” is a threat or not. Thus sets the premise for the Defenders movie, where the use of occult, fringe science, brains, and brawn are employed to defeat a multi-dimensional and or “secret invasion” cosmic threat to save the day in such a way that Avengers cannot.

The team that SHIELD assembles to defend us from such an invader will be a group of eccentric scientist/academia types culled to form the "Defenders", the oddball counterpoint to the distinguished Avengers team. Project "Defenders" will be the “Twilight Zone” of the new Marvel movie franchises; they want it to be less of an action movie and have more of a creepy thriller type of vibe to it. The Defender operatives will consist of group leader - the brilliant Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange former renowned neurosurgeon turned occultist scholar and “metaphysicist” (character to be loosely based around Aleister Crowley/Terence McKenna eccentric by way of Robert Langdon), Namor McKenzie (Sub-Mariner, the superhuman Jacques-Yves Cousteau by way of Rudolf Steiner, believes he’s the literal Prince of Atlantis) , Dr. Robert Bruce Banner (Hulk, brilliant “omnidisciplinary” scientist, the world’s greatest expert on gamma radiation… need we say more?), Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym (Ant-Man, MIT professor renowned quantum physicist), and his partner Janet Van Dyne(Wasp, one-time student to Pym now associate, extremely bright but introverted Lady Gaga “individualist” type). Themes incorporated into Defenders movie include motifs from the bestselling magical/occult/secret society Dan Brown books, along with themes from the more recent Marvel series involving Secret [link removed] storylines (specifically the newer S.H.I.E.L.D. 2010 comic series). They'll be looking for lean lesser-known actors to play non-super hero type characters, and there are ruminations that Strange may be pushed forward to play a crucial role as catalyst to merge the magical other-dimensional realms like Asgard into the more "realistic" Iron Man universe.

Questions remain about the timeline and release of the Doctor Strange character into the big screen. Will we see Doctor Strange in a smallish part for the upcoming Avengers movie helping to usher in the “magical” component onto the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or will Strange remain left out of the Avengers universe altogether for now, and another plot device or character be used to infuse the “magical elements” instead of him?... They are determined to bring on Dr. Strange movie post Ant-Man, the question remains will Strange remain side-lined for now? Some at Marvel are extremely hush-hush as plot points, characters as well as want-lists that are still being hashed-out for upcoming films, others think it’s good to gauge public opinion about what properties the public truly cares for and how they can be incorporated to the larger Marvel Movie-verse whilst staying true to the premise of the characters. Some of us like me see the potential and are really pushing for a Doctor Strange-centric Defenders movie but more importantly having Strange play a pivotal if not smallish role in the upcoming Avengers movie.


 

axia777 5/3/2010 6:54:47 PM

donkingkong, I think you are trippin.  Hobbit on hold?  Where in the heck did you hear that one?  If it was on hold this site would have told us about it..

Del Toro and Gaiman making Dr. Strange?  Again, are you trippin?  That would be beyond bad ass, but I think you are dreaming just a, well, a LOT.  It is not going to happen.  Del Toro is doing the Hobbit for a couple of years now.  He is making TWO movies after all.

Arne't you also the person who tried to tell us that they were making Thor an "alien" and not the God of Thunder?

Not that you don't have some good ideas, but really now, please do keep the BS factor down a bit.  Me thinks you are a bit TOO inventive....

Thorn 5/3/2010 7:20:56 PM

For X-Men: First Class, I love Letterier, but I'd rather if he did a Hulk trilogy than tackle X-Men. Let someone else do it. I re-watched IM1 and Incredible Hulk this week, and damn, his Hulk movie is really amazing and grows on me every single time I watch it. Edward Norton just owns that film, makes Banner so vulnerable and human in comparison to his primal alter-ego. Top-notch acting, I would love to see Norton in the role again.

As to having the X-Men don their "real" costumes, I don't think that would work... Logan really would look bad (as in laughable, not tough) in yellow spandex. The leather outfits work fine and suit the "pseudo-realistic" tone that Marvel currently favors. Some things work well in comics but not in film.

Yay for TWD. Fan since issue #1 hit and I really, really cannot wait to see this. I've said it many times before: PLEASE let it be in BLACK & WHITE, like in the comic. Be BOLD, AMC!

FerretJohn 5/3/2010 8:28:41 PM

I'm hoping X-Men: First Class will be a reboot.  Ignore the last 4 movies and go straight to the source material with the team of Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel, and Marvel Girl, with Xavier of course, and NO WOLVERINE!!!!  Don't get me wrong, I like the little Canucklehead, but he is not heart and soul of the X-Men.

Kraken89 5/4/2010 12:24:02 AM

Darknight2280: Tommy Lee Jones was isn't really new to comic book movies, he played Two-Face (albeit a silly version of him) in Batman Forever (albeit a horrible movie for anyone over the age of 12).

I'm not trying to be an ass or anything when I say that I respectfuly sorta disagree, I believe that most movies are based on ficticional characters, but since these ficticous characters are more well written and mature than movies based on comic based charactes in the past, more great actors are willing to play these great characters.

I believe that if Schumacher wouldn't of made those two immature movies and Burton had continued or WB simply stopped making Batman films after Batman Returns, we'd have the same result as we do now where the stigma against movies based on comic book characters isn't as prevailant.

I for one am really bored thinking about a new X-men film. Just give me a really really good and gritty Wolverine film.

One property that I'm surprised to hell that has no buzz or news of any movie interest is "The Darkness" by Top Cow. Hell, the game was one of the most mature and emotional video games I've ever played. Plus, the Darkness (Jackie) has been a street thug, vigilante, killer and dictator of his own f##king island, and he's got a great lineage of ancestors with the Darkness that could make for great stories too. That and Michael Turner's "Fathom" are so unique visually and story-wise that they're most certainly comparable to Avatar.

Dazzler 5/4/2010 4:41:17 AM

Dam it, the Smurf are coming to modern times?  I was hoping for a medieval time period like in the series.  Story is out the window it seems.  Maybe most of it will be medieval?

Wiseguy 5/4/2010 6:14:07 AM

axia, I believe there is something holding up The Hobbit films. MGM who I believe has a stake in the films is going through bankruptcy and a sale and til that's a done deal is possible nothing will move as is the case with James Bond

I also read something where Ian McKellen said the film was in limbo right now.
 

vagabondster 5/4/2010 6:30:07 AM

dang the post on youtube was taken down.

flinshadytoo 5/4/2010 12:15:11 PM

 A cool x-men movie would be good, let's make it fun & ambitious not stay in the safe already done x-men world, I really like Wolverine but the movie just killed it for me, it was so bad, bad plot, bad effects, didn't someone proof read it & say what a minute WTF? It would be interesting to see if they could replicate the costumes, they kinda got it right with the watchmen even if I didn't like the heavy handed movie, so it is possible.

Of the Hulk movie I think that if you could get the 2 movies to breed the offspring would be the movie I really want to see, I liked bits of both of them, my biggest problem with incredible was the plastic/greyish Hulk & the lackluster final battle.

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