Monthly Archives: May 2014
We’ve been covering X-Men: Days of Future Past pretty heavily this past weekend, but with good reason if our review is anything to go by. This film, with its $302 million opening weekend (greater than any of the other X-Men movies’ opening weekends and already $100 million over the film’s budget) has firmly secured the future of the franchise… Except that it’s really secured it’s past.
According to writer/producer Simon Kinberg:
“We approached it as a final goodbye for the original actors… But to be totally candid, that’s the way I approached X-Men: The Last Stand. If you talked to me in 2006 and said, ‘Do you think we’ll ever see Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier again? Do you think we’ll see Ian and Halle and Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore back on screen together?’ I most likely would have said no, and certainly in the case of Patrick Stewart I would have said no way. There’s some part of our brains that hopes we will see them again, but we wanted to tell a story that felt like it was a conclusion to their stories.”
So… The future is fixed… And all of the characters have survived… But the Apocalypse storyline takes place in the past.
Doesn’t that kind of take some of the suspense out of things? We know a few of the major characters who will be surviving…
But does this really mean that we’re never going to see the original cast again? No Scott, no Jean, no Storm? Or any of the younger group, including Iceman, Shadowcat, Colossus, and Rogue?
Well, maybe, maybe not. According to an interview with The Daily Beast, regarding the cast for X-Men: Apocalypse:
“It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.”
So, we’ll get bits of the original cast, but mostly the 60s/70s/80s cast, Quicksilver included.
Hm. Well, it’s probably safe to say that the next film in the series is not going to have another time-traveling storyline, so it’ll be interesting to see how exactly they’re going to go ahead and do all of that.
Rest assured, I’m going to be waiting so be sure to check back with us for updates as they come along!
HO-Kay. Still not quite come down from this movie, but let’s take a second to talk about that end credits scene.
This post doesn’t contain actual spoilers for anything that happens in the body of the film (I might allude to things, but I won’t specify), but if you’d still like to be surprised by the post-credits stinger, then please revisit us when you’ve already seen the movie.
Seen Days of Future Past? Grateful for Anna Paquin being mostly cut from the film but still a slave to morbid curiosity and therefore curious as to what exactly her story would have been? Well, here’s a look into what that might have entailed.
According to screenwriter Simon Kinberg:
“The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot. And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have—and this was in the early script phase—I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together.”
This would have amounted to roughly 10 additional minutes of screen time. Plus, it featured more screen time for older Professor X and Magneto, going on a solo mission of their own, a little road trip that had something to do with Rogue. Awesome, right? Except for maybe not…
“Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, ‘What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?’ And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn’t serve the overall story. And it didn’t, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, ‘Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?’ And so it ended up getting cut.”
Above, I’ve got a screengrab taken from one of the first trailers. It shows Magneto and Rogue and some dude supporting her, probably Ice Man. So, really, it looks like this is a whole damsel-saving deal and, frankly, if it features more of Rogue being useless, then I’m alright with her having been almost entirely cut from the film.
Guess we’ll have to wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray to see what exactly it all entailed. Be sure that we’re going to revisit this scene then.
See you there!
Check out our first PSA, just in time for the release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In this episode, I welcome Bryan Singer back to the helm of the franchise and point out the horrible ways in which “X-Men: The Last Stand” Went Wrong.
Check it out below and let us know if we missed anything you hated about X3 or what you thought about DoFP in the comments below!
Warner Brothers has released the official title to the Man of Steel sequel, the film fans have been calling Batman vs Superman. The official title is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This does confirm the that movie will be a Batman against Superman. Not sure how Wonder Woman is supposed to fit into this, but maybe she stops the fight.
This movie will serve as the prequel to Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Justice League which is anticipated to be released in 2018.
Well we all knew they were trying to lead up to a Justice League movie, but I am not sure this is the proper way to go. The title Dawn of Justice does give us some idea of where they might be going with the movie. With any luck it will emphasis the different approaches that Batman and Superman have when it comes to justice. The end of the movie should highlight the similarities that they have when it comes to justice which would explain the creation of the Justice League. Since the movie is only showcasing a Superman villain as far as we know, Bruce Wayne is probably going to have some business dealings with Lex Luthor. Since we all know Luthor is shady, it would not be surprising to see Batman investigate Luthor and thus run into Superman. Doing it that way would be a great way to highlight the differences between Batman and Superman. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see.
What are your speculations about the movie?
A new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released:
I like this trailer even better because it gives us a bit more on the characters but also gives us more actions scenes. Even though I will admit I was a bit disappointed to not to see more comedic moments with Chris Pratt. At the same time it’s not a comedy but an action movie so it was nice to get an idea of the kind of action that we will be seeing. It was nice to see more from Rocket Raccoon and Groot, this way we can actually get an idea of their personalities. Also loving that the female is the assassin, I am a fan of a deadly female.
Here is a synopsis for the movie:
“From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”
I know I will be seeing this in theaters when it come out August 1st, who else will be checking the movie out?
In an age where anybody with a smartphone can become Paparazzo, it’s getting tougher and tougher for studios to keep things under wraps. Case in point, Instagram user armandarakjian uploaded this photo for all of the Interwebs to gawk at:
Here we are at the season finale of SHIELD, very happy to say that it is the season finale and that we will be seeing the show again next year. The most important things to remember from last episode is that Garrett now has GH325 in him. Ward is possibly an ass because he ejected Fitz and Simmons into the ocean. We learned Ward’s back story and he has always been Hydra. Oh, that the Howling Commandos had some really awesome gadgets back in the day.
Here is the line-up of geek/nerd shows this fall (please note all shows are on EST):
Once Upon a Time – 8:00 pm ABC
The Big Bang Theory – 8:00 pm CBS
The Originals – 8:00 pm CW
Gotham – 8:00 pm FOX
Sleepy Hollow – 9:00 pm FOX
The Flash – 8:00 pm CW
Supernatural – 9:00 pm CW
Agents of SHIELD – 9:00 pm ABC
Arrow – 8:00 pm CW
Vampire Diaries – 8:00 pm CW
Grimm – 9:00 pm NBC
Constantine – 10:00 pm NBC
There are some great new shows coming out this fall that we are excited for such as Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. We are looking forward to seeing how those shows come along. We are also looking forward to seeing Agent Carter during the winter break. We are also looking forward to the announcement of when Galavant will be airing.
Be sure to check with us in the fall as we recap some of these shows.