Why The Russos Are The Best Thing to Happen to the MCU Since Joss Whedon
Alex Luthor (not that Alex Luthor) created a stir online last week with his epic trailer for the DC vs. Marvel movie that we’ll likely never see. For his follow-up, he teamed with video editor kashchei2003 for a fan trailer that’s not as epic or as polished, but certainly interesting nonetheless: Superman vs. Doomsday.
Inspired by the 1992 DC Comics storyline “The Death of Superman,” the trailer naturally borrows heavily from Man of Steel, with the Doomsday sequences appearing to be largely altered footage from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (taken from kashchei2003’s own Superman: Doomsday fan film).
Remember earlier this month when the narrator of the Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy conceded, “We’re really reaching here”? Well, there’s no such admission this time, as the Screen Junkies crew takes on the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — aka “April O’Neil: The Movie.”
There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, naturally, from the “four ‘roided-out, nightmare versions of Shrek” to the overly complex revised origins to the expected Michael Bay filmmaking tics. However, as the disembodied voice of a child interrupts to remind the narrator (and us), “You know this is a kids’ movie, right? It’s not like the Turtles were better in your day.”
Although we already ran the epic fan trailer the DC vs. Marvel movie that will never happen, I couldn’t pass up these two fan-created teasers for Suicide Squad that might not be too far away from director David Ayer’s vision.
In both, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jai Courtney, who are among the actual cast, take center stage, with footage and voiceover of Viola Davis making us hope an unconfirmed report of her involvement as Amanda Waller is true. Because Viola Davis makes everything that much better.
I’m pretty sure that a Suicide Squad with the look and tone of either of these videos would make a lot of fans pretty happy. The Warner Bros. film arrives Aug. 5, 2016.
Considering that DC/Marvel crossovers appear to be a thing of the past even in comic books, it seems unlikely we’ll see Thor face Superman on the big screen in our lifetimes. Undeterred by any corporate differences, a certain Alex Luthor (no relation, presumably) has assembled an epic trailer that gives us a taste of what such a live-action crossover might look like. And it’s pretty glorious.
Using footage from sources ranging from The Avengers and Iron Man to The Flash and the rejected Wonder Woman pilot — you’ll even see Injustice: Gods Among Us — Luthor crafts a teaser that pits Batman against Iron Man, Hawkeye against Green Arrow, Black Widow against Black Canary, Loki against The Joker … the list goes on.
We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.
Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).
The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”
If you’re heading out to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, odds are that you have at least a passing familiarity with the complex mythology underpinning J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga. If you don’t … oh, boy, do you have some catching up to do. And fast.
Luckily, CGP Grey has put together a four-minute (or so) primer, with nifty illustrations, that may help. Of course, it may also leave you tearing at your hair and shouting, “Wait, who’s Eru Iluvatar again?” and “But where the hell did Hobbits come from?” (It serves you right for coming in at the end.) But, hey, that’s preferable to trying to slog through the The Silmarillion.
In this past summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the latest live-action iteration of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird enduring multimedia franchise, Splinter tests the foursome’s mettle by attempting to break their concentration with a 99-cheese pizza dubbed “Novantanove Formaggio” — which for those counting at home is a full 95 cheeses more than a comparatively pedestrian four-cheese pie.
With the film out on DVD and Blu-ray today, Paramount actually attempted to create the mythical concoction — first crafted by an Australian chef — and sent it out to media outlets, including Comic Book Resources. A publicity stunt? Yes, but when a publicity stunt involves dozens of melty cheeses sent to our door, you can bet that we’re going to mark the occasion accordingly.
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will have its world premiere in January at the Slamdance Film Festival.
The crowdfunded documentary chronicles the events behind the scenes on Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman. Although the Make-A-Wish Foundation expected a few hundred people to turn out to cheer on Batkid as he and Batman captured Penguin and the Riddler, the celebration drew an estimated 14,500 in the city alone. The event also captured the attention of people around the world, as more than a billion used social media to encourage Batkid; President Obama even used Vine to deliver a special message to Miles.
Although the narrator concedes, “We’re really reaching here, this was a fun movie,” Screen Junkies still finds a lot to lampoon in the “Honest Trailer” for Guardians of the Galaxy, much of it centering on the relative obscurity of the characters — and their similarities to other Marvel heroes.
However, there’s still plenty of room to take jabs at plot holes, the “space mumbo-jumbo” and the allegiances of the various multicolored aliens. “But if you get confused,” the narrator offers, “just remember, the hero is still the white guy.” It also serves as a pretty funny tribute to “the swagger” of Marvel Studios as it “trolls the world with balls-out middle fingers to the audience they know they have in the palm of their hands.”
You’d think that during its 10 seasons, Smallville would’ve thoroughly covered ever facet of the Man of Steel’s early years. However, it turns out the producers glossed over a particularly dark chapter of his youth: the terrible twos.
Luckily Nerdist and writer/director Victor Quinaz are on hand to document that period in Superman: Terrible Twos, a short film that finds a beleaguered Jonathan and Martha Kent (Matt Hobby and Jessica Chobot) driven to drink by little Clark’s burgeoning powers, which make bathtime, bedtime and, well, anytime virtually impossible.
Where’s Letitia Lerner when you need her? (Be warned: The video auto-plays.)
It wasn’t all that long ago that a Lobo movie seemed like a very real possibility, with Dwayne Johnson and director Brad Peyton poised to bring the Main Man to the big screen before Wonder Woman, The Flash and any number of better-known DC Comics characters got their shot. Alas, the adaptation “went away,” with Johnson moving on to a long list of other projects, including the now officially announced Shazam!
Still, fans of the intergalactic bounty hunter can still hold out hope for that Lobo feature. However, until it’s resurrected (again), they’ll have to make do with this gory fan trailer from Jesse V. Johnson that delivers enough quips and over-the-top violence for a full-length film.
DJ and video artist Eclectic Method, who last year took on The Avengers, has now turned his attention to Guardians of the Galaxy, delivering a remix the should please fans of Rocket Raccoon, Groot and, of course, Redbone, whose “Come and Get Your Love” gets a contemporary makeover.
And, yes, “I am Groot” and “a bunch of a-holes” are sampled liberally.
You’ll likely recall the Akira Project, the crowd-funded fan trailer for a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering manga and anime that sticks close to the source material (as opposed to whatever Hollywood’s been toiling away at for the past decade or so). It’s an impressive effort.
Now the minds behind that project have released a visual-effects video showing just how they recreated Neo-Tokyo, Kaneda’s iconic bike and some of those memorable scenes.
The Colbert Report host and all-around expert on Star Wars Stephen Colbert returned to his popular Comedy Central show after a week away, and there was one pressing piece of news he made sure to touch upon: the debut of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. But not just any aspect of the teaser.
“Check out this awesome lightsaber! It’s a lightsaber with too many lightsabers on it,” Colbert said during his show’s opening segment. “It’s a menage-a-sabre. Sadly, there are some stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders out there who aren’t thrilled with the new Jedi weapon. They say if these things are supposed to protect your hand like sword hilts, it wouldn’t work, because the first time you crossed lightsabers, and it slid down to the bottom of the blade, your opponent would cut through the little side-sabers and cut off your hand.”
Sony Pictures was quick to shoot down a rumor last month about an Amazing Spider-Man spinoff focusing on a young Aunt May, but how might studio executives react to a film exploring the untold story of Ben Parker?
“Uncle Ben: The Movie” isn’t a prequel, however; it’s more of a two-and-a-half-hour companion piece from Make ‘Em Laugh Films, checking in on the family patriarch as he rests in peace. The real test of course is how much you actually watch …