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This post concerns a movie that (if all goes as planned) won’t start filming until next year, and won’t be in theaters until 2015. I know next to nothing about it past the basic premise, a handful of cast members and a few educated guesses. Nevertheless, once I read the Superman/Batman movie announcement, two words kept popping into my head:
See, I can’t help but think that in the sequel to Man of Steel, the Darknight Detective may get equal billing, but will necessarily have a subordinate role. This is not perfectly analogous to introducing Scarlett Johannson’s super-spy in Iron Man 2 — for one thing, that film wasn’t called Iron Man and Black Widow — but her role there was defined largely by the plot. Batman’s role in the as-yet-untitled sequel seems likely to have similar restrictions.
Indeed, we know some broad restrictions already: Batman won’t be played by Christian Bale, and the Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy doesn’t take place in the same “cinematic universe” as Man of Steel and this (prospective) new set of DC-superhero movies. That probably also means no Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, or Joseph Gordon-Levitt in S/B.
Just as The Avengers arrives in U.S. theaters, a Los Angeles toy company has sued Marvel, accusing the company of committing fraud in a licensing agreement that went sour.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and first reported by Deadline, Box-O-Mania claims owner Maxim Tselevich created a children’s playhouse in 2009 and approached Marvel about branding the product with its superheroes. Early the following year, the two parties allegedly worked out a deal for Box-O-Mania to manufacture Iron Man’s Lair Play Boxes, which would debut in stores in November 2010, coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD.
Iron Man 2 is still awesome.
It’s still a fun movie with all sorts of emotional beats and explosions and characters and lead-up and all those great things that, to be honest, make me read comics every week. If you pick up a monthly, you expect to see something of the character on the cover in the book, you expect to see him (or her) do something incredible and, by all rights, you should be interested in what the next issue is going to do. In a perfect world, I would be a millionaire with a unicorn and comics would always be recognizable, satisfying and leave you hungry for whatever is coming next.
Iron Man 2 worked almost as a film second, and a movie first because they devoted a lot of time to talk about the past and the future. Samuel L. Fury tries to get Tony Stark’s life back on track so they can use him for this “Avengers Initiative.” We go through an overwhelmingly Walt Disney-inspired piece for Howard Stark and the better future he saw when he put together the first Stark Expo. This is the continuation of something big, larger than life or even the life that the movie contained it in.
Settling down the the fanciest-schemanciest Blu-ray copy I could get my hands on, I wanted to see what it was like when you took this movie home. Did the lukewarm reception still come from the wide variety of audiences the movie tried to please? Or was it just not that great? Come with me and see.
Here’s a (slightly expensive )way to create new comic fans … cast’em in a comic book movie, which will send them to the comic shop to do “research.” X17 Online has video of Iron Man 2‘s Robert Downey Jr. at Meltdown Comics in L.A., buying various Avengers comics and talking to fans:
Hat tip to Jim McCann, who pointed out Downey grabs a copy of New Avengers: The Reunion around the 1:20 mark …
Is the superhero genre a cinematic dead-end? Since Salon’s Matt Zoller Seitz made the case last week, the topic has been much on the minds of the comics commentariat. Recently, Tom Spurgeon, Tim O’Neil, Charles Hatfield and yours truly have all weighed in on the matter, focusing on aspects like the power of individual moments or performances vs. that of the story as a whole, the storytelling techniques mandated by Hollywood’s need to get a return on the massive investments required for the genre, the question of why fans get so worked up for the movies when they have any number of (usually superior) comics about the same characters to read, and personal film-by-film rundowns of the genre’s high and low points.
Of course, this was all before I saw Black20’s magnificent made-up mash-up trailer for Iron Man IV. Now, it’s possible that this is a parody of super-sequels’ tendency to over-stuff themselves with new characters, extra villains and half a dozen subplots. On the other hand, when you’re presented with an Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr., Fred Gwynne, Jim Carrey, James Brown, Vanilla Ice, Carl Weathers, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Barack Obama, M. Bison, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, David Arquette, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Johnny 5, who’s gonna complain? If you can make it through the 2:19 mark without laughing out loud, maybe you’re a superhero.
(Via Topless Robot)
Iron Man 2 was Awesome.
What. Did you expect more? Did you expect a negative review from a certifiable Marvel fangirl who thought the first movie was a cinematic breakthrough? I saw the latest Marvel movie, and I thought it was awesome. Headline! If you didn’t like it however (and there’s always someone out there who didn’t, or won’t see it, or takes reviews to heart and accepts it as their own point of view before seeing it themselves), please keep reading. People who saw it and don’t understand why the guy next to him turned up his nose? Keep reading, too. Hopefully some complaints can be laid to rest.
It is a crying shame that Jon Favreau is not going to be directing the Avengers movie. Nothing against Joss Whedon, but after seeing Iron Man 2 at a midnight showing and walking out with the target demographic of teenagers, college kids and fanboys, I have to admit that all of them had something positive to say. Sure, teenagers won’t have a clue about some references, college guys will think some parts of it were slow and fanboys will always nitpick, but there was something in Iron Man 2 for everyone in the audience.
The interesting thing was that not everyone would have the same something.
WARNING: No Spoilers. It was hard because so much awesomeness should be shared with the public but not everyone’s seen the movie yet. There’s nothing more in here than what you could get on IMDB. Well, maybe some little hint. Read on!
When the first Iron Man film came out, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin was selling a really awesome poster created by Jesse Phillips to commemorate the film. They’ve done it again with Iron Man 2, as Mike Saputo (above) and Tyler Stout have created some posters for the film. You can buy Mike’s poster here. Stout’s have sold out.
Editor’s note: Today we kick off a series of guest posts by writer Joshua S. Hill, who you may remember from his recent Shelf Porn entry.
By Joshua S Hill
Hands up who thinks that comic book movies are a way to get people into comics? No? Really? You think that comic book movies are just another way for movie executives to ensure that they keep making multi-million dollar movies? That’s a bit pessimistic isn’t it?
Sadly though, it’s the reality of it, isn’t it? Comic book movies are, for all intents and purposes, the same as making adaptations of the A-Team and Charlie’s Angels: just a cheap and easy way of making a movie without all the hassle of coming up with a concept.
Nevertheless there is a part of me that hopes dearly that there are a percentage of people, even if it’s a small percentage, coming out of these movies and buying the comics that spawned the movie they just saw. I hope that people came out of Watchmen, X-Men, The Losers and Kick-Ass and immediately headed into Borders and bought themselves a trade.
Now I’m already a comic fan. I like comics. How else would I have heard about CBR, right? I’m already invested in this medium. So the fact that I headed out to find myself some Iron Man comics this past weekend only increases my hope that there are other non¬-comic fans doing the same.
This past weekend’s USA Weekend, the supplement that appears in Gannett’s papers across the country on Sunday, was all over the upcoming Iron Man 2 — in addition to a feature story and photo shoot related to the film, they also included the above poster by John Romita Jr.
Yeah, so I’m totally embedding a commercial into the blog. I know, I know … but before you judge me, you should know that it a) has an Iron Man theme, b) features that greatest of Texas beverages, Dr Pepper and c) guests stars Stan Lee. Watch and enjoy:
If you head over to the Dr Pepper website, you can also see all the cool can designs they’ve created featuring Tony Stark, War Machine and even Nick Fury … who doesn’t want a Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury Dr Pepper can? It will go well with my Spider-Man and X-Men Dr Pepper cans.
G4’s Blair Butler shares some Iron Man comic news in the latest edition of Fresh Ink
, which unfortunately stops playing about 45 seconds in … and right when she’s talking about the big news. The video is working now!
What she does reveal, however, is that a new character named Detroit Steel will be introduced in Invincible Iron Man #25, just as Hammer Industries returns to the comic. (Hammer Industries will play a role in the second Iron Man film). The company is now run by Justine Hammer, Justin Hammer’s daughter, who you may remember was under the Crimson Cowl hood in Thunderbolts some years back. I think Justin Hammer was last seen being shot into space in a block of ice, in the Bad Blood mini-series … although maybe he made a return and I just missed it.
Here’s the video:
Marvel has kicked off a website to promote this summer’s Iron Man 2, which hits theaters May 7. The site lets you check out various promotional videos and other stuff for a big technology exhibition being put on by Tony Stark. Well, it’s not quite San Diego, but maybe it’ll get folks excited about the new movie.
WonderCon kicks off Friday in San Francisco, and movie studios and television networks will be there, promoting spring and early-summer projects like Doctor Who, Happy Town, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time — and, oh, yeah, Iron Man 2 and Kick-Ass. Those latter two bring with them convention-exclusive posters.
The first (available at Booth #242) is a mini-poster spotlighting Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. It’s nothing spectacular — just a straightforward shot of the actress in costume — but it’s an improvement over the pretty-awful domestic poster for Iron Man 2.
The second, which you can see after the break, concludes the series of Kick-Ass character posters inspired by World War II propaganda imagery. The previous three are so-so, with only the one for Red Mist actually clicking. But the con-exclusive poster for Big Daddy, with its slogan of “He’s Watching You,” is pretty creepy, and calls out for a “Ceiling Cat”-style meme.
Yeah, that’s right, Nicolas Cage is watching you, um, doing whatever you’re doing. And he’ll be available to sign the poster on Saturday.
Not that I’ve given it much thought, but I imagine Iron Man smells like a mixture of metal, stale sweat and booze. However, the fine folks at Diesel apparently have a different (and, arguably, better) idea, as they’re releasing a limited-edition Iron Man 2 fragrance — just ahead of the movie’s premiere, naturally.
For the cologne, Diesel has remade the familiar clenched-fist bottle of its Only the Brave line in red and gold. The box, as you can see in the image above, features art from Marvel comics.
So, what does Iron Man smell like? According to the LA Times’ All The Rage blog, Diesel describes the scent as, “top notes of lemon blossom, mandarin and coriander leaves, a heart of labdanum, black rose and lavender, and a dry down of amber, tolu wood and ebony wood.”
Wait, wait, wait. Mandarin?
The cologne, which retails for $67.50, will be available in major department stores and Diesel boutiques in mid-April.
Today is not only Valentine’s Day — the day you buy your sweetie a bunch of comics — but also the start of the annual Toy Fair in New York. Last week The Hollywood Reporter had a rundown of licensed toys expected to be “hot” at this year’s show, including, not surprisingly, lines for Toy Story 3 and Iron Man 2.
So what better way to celebrate than to post an image of Tony Starch, a mashed-up potato who combines both of Disney’s big movies into one awesome toy? Cool Toy Review has a whole gallery of new Iron Man toys up, and you can find more Toy Fair images on their site.