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Meet Deadpool

Plus: SIN CITY 2, SCOTT PILGRIM and DRAGONBALL

By Rob M. Worley     April 13, 2009

Ryan Reynolds introduces Deadpool. Plus: Edgar Wright introduces 'Scott Pilgrim'. Marvel introduces a new 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' poster. Internet introduces new 'Sin City 2' rumors. Fox introduces 'Dragonball: Evolution' to very few. Feeling the pain of the Cadbury Egg hangover, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.13!

 

 

DRAGONBALL Crash

To the surprise of no one, 'Dragonball: Evolution' crashed at the box office this weekend. According to Mania's box office report, the film opened at a humiliating 8th place, gathering just $4.6million.

It fell behind new openers like 'Hannah Montana' and 'Observe and Report', strong hold-overs 'Fast and Furious', 'Monsters vs. Aliens' and 'I Love You, Man'. It even failed to best critical punching bags like 'Knowing' and 'Haunting in Connecticut'.

Fox seemed to have given up on the movie well ahead of its release, going through the motions of some modest publicity for the film in the few weeks prior. However, having suffered a similarly dismal showing in foreign markets the studio refrained from allowing critics to screen the movie early and even pushed the release date from the planned Wednesday launch (usually reserved for event movies) to a Friday-only launch.

It was probably a wise movie, although the the movie did enjoy a few "it ain't that bad" type reviews from outlets. Variety gave it such a notice.

So did our own Rob Vaux, who scored it a C- and said, "For those expecting a full-bore evisceration of Dragonball: Evolution, I'm sorry to disappoint. The film isn't quite that bad."

Likewise, IGN refused to write it off entirely, scoring it 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5. They wrote, "Will people find reasons to hate Dragonball? Absolutely. And will others find reasons to enjoy it? You bet. But we suspect that the younger, less discriminating fans in the audience will like it well enough and that their parents just might, surprisingly, have a good time as well."

Still the movie polled a mere 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, although because of the critic blackout, the site has a much smaller-than-usual sampling of reviews.

As weak as the box office is, 'Dragonball: Evolution' still managed to avoid being the worst crash-and-burn of a comic-based movie in recent memory. That distinction belongs to Lionsgate and Marvel's 'Punisher: War Zone', which took in slightly less on its opening weekend. On the other hand, we have to assume that 'War Zone's budget was considerably less than 'Dragonball'.

 

 

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Poster

WOLVERINE Poster

There's a new poster for 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' on the web, courtesy of Marvel.com.

 

 

SIN CITY out on Blu-Ray

Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's 'Sin City' is due out on Blu-Ray next week. There are three clips online hyping the re-release.

 

 

 

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Angelina Jolie SIN CITY 2 Talks Getting Serious?

Meanwhile, an unnamed source for Moviehole.net claims that talks to sign Angelina Jolie to the 'Sin City 2' movie are now "serious."

The sequel has been discussed for many years now, with chatter starting while the first one was still in theaters. Early on Jolie's name was attached with the presumption she would play Miller's ultimate femme fatale, Ava, who lures Clive Owen's Dwight into a deadly web of intrigue in the 'A Dame to Kill For' graphic novel.

Moviehole's source, "a rather high-profile producer friend" confirms that Jolie would play Ava and that the dormant franchise will start moving fast very soon.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

SCOTT PILGRIM Site Online

Web-savvy director Edgar Wright has launched an official website for the 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' movie. Seemingly designed to please your's truly, the site eschews overly ornate and unweildly Flash technology and instead provides a clean, fast-loading and informative site.

The centerpiece for the launch is a video message from Wright, who talks to us from the martial arts stage of the film. Check it out:

 

 

Looks like fun!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Meet Deadpool

MTV is showing a series of video clips introducing the characters from 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' to the public at large. Here's one with Ryan Reynolds as fan-fave Deadpool, who is apparently a big fan of the movie 'Full Metal Jacket' (from whence he grifted his monologue).

 

 

 

Win passes to Comic-Con

Having trouble getting passes to Comic-Con International in San Diego this year? EW.com has your hookup. Their new weekly video series "Must List Live" features Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw discussing their current pop culture musts. The two hosts also running a contest to give people FREE passes to the Comic-Con convention in San Diego this summer a winner and a friend.  Included in the prize is a free hotel room and passes to the Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party.

The contest runs every week.  "Must List Live" shows a montage video of four different scenes from movies, and contestants must name all four movies in the montage and provide a haiku about one of the films.

Here are the rules. Here's where you watch the show.

Give it a try and we'll see you at Comic-Con!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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violator14 4/13/2009 10:46:30 AM

Meet Deadpool eh??? More like.. "Meet Deadpool and say Goodbye to Deadpool" for whoever knows what i mean.

As for Sin City 2, i dont think it will hold up to part 1 without Mickey Rourke in there as Marv. That guy MADE that movie what it is yo. But i could be wrong since ive never read the books. ANybody know if part 2 of this series is any good or not??

raa2001 4/13/2009 10:56:29 AM

no surprise at Dragonball's performance at the box office.  I say if you're not going to make the movie correctly then save money and don't make it at all.

DreamMephisto 4/13/2009 11:07:39 AM

I like the Meet Deadpool clip, including the other bio clips. It gives more shots of the movie I haven't seen in the other trailers and a sense of his humor and what Wade will sound like. I have to say I almost wished at the end he said, "My name is Wade and I'm a PC" because that was totally the vibe I was getting from it.

almostunbiased 4/13/2009 1:06:01 PM

Funny clip.  I think he'll do a nice job.  I guess VIOlator is saying that they've ruined the character.  I've never cared much that they alter the universe a little, so hopefully I won't be as upset as you.

violator14 4/13/2009 1:37:12 PM

Well thats definitely partly of what i meant, but also i meant that u barely get to "meet" him cuz he's barely in the movie. You only get a very very small taste of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and i was hoping for some more. Hopefully the final cut of Wolverine is better and that they'll correctly fix Deadpool by the time his spinoff movie comes along if at all.

samson 4/13/2009 2:01:54 PM

I know this will never happen now. But, I've always seen Robert Downy Jr as Deadpool.

But, with that said, I like what I've seen from Reynold's interpretation of the character.

Samson

madmanic999 4/13/2009 2:24:38 PM

Oh, you'll be upset almost... you'll be upset... there is taking liberties with a character to adapt it to film, and then there is taking a character, crunoling him up, wiping your ass with him and flushing him down the toilet...  shame too cause Renolds was a good choice... but if they wanted to screw with someone why not Will I Am's stupid character, or Silver Samurai?

SonofHanso 4/13/2009 3:25:58 PM

Maybe that will be a lesson for film companies that just by making a movie out of anything doesnt mean people will want to see it. Comic book or cartoon adaptations have to be done well just like any other movie for it to good people to see it.

Dragonball and Street fighter looked like crap and thats what they get. I agree with Madmaniac film companies need to stop messing around with characters so they can make a cheap buck.

emjay 4/13/2009 3:58:00 PM

I dont know why people are upset about Deadpool. I understand that some thing were changed, and could of been left out, but it is a movie and things will change. Usually to appease the casual audience.  Rember he does get "rebuilt" in the comics, so this deadpool isn't the final product. Just put these 3 points into consideration.

1. Not his movie. If  you want to tease people for a spinoff, then you do just that, you tease em'.

2. Certain things that happen to deadpool in the movie can explain why he loves talking so much

3. The way it ended was perfect, and actually makes sense for why Deadpool has this hatred for Wolverine.

hanso 4/13/2009 4:26:29 PM

Meet Deadpool.  Meet Deadpool getting raped by Fox.

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