The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, the feature that takes you into the home of a fan without getting arrested. Today’s collection comes from David in San Antonio, who shares a space-faring collection that features Star Wars, Star Trek, Silver Surfer and more.
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Clearly Indonesian artist Soegimitro really likes the inescapable little yellow animated stars of Minions. He is, after all, the guy who mashed them up with Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” a couple of years ago. After countless other curious crossovers that saw the henchmen paired with characters from Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and more, Soegimitro has produced what are perhaps his best mash-ups yet.
Presented as posters for Ant-Man — excuse me, Ant-Minion — the series provides a look at a who’s who of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Minion form, and even offers an early look at Spider-Man. Or is that Spider-Minion?
When Dale Walker first saw George Miller’s 1979 classic Mad Max, he swore he’d one day own a car just like the Interceptor. Three decades and $125,000 later, he does.
Tracking down a rough-looking 1972 Australian Ford Falcon in 2008, the Michigan man began the process of pimping his post-apocalyptic ride. The engine alone cost $12,000.
If you’ve been hoping to jump-start Ragnarok or merely lay a smackdown on some supernatural foes, here’s your chance: Hellboy’s Right Hand of Doom is up for sale.
The replica from Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 adaptation Hellboy is just one of the items going on the block Friday in Los Angeles as part of the “Rick Baker: Monster Maker” auction. Organized by the Prop Store, the sale features more than 400 items from the Hollywood effects legend’s lengthy career.
Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today we feature a return engagement from one of my favorite Shelf Porn contributions from last year, Eric, who showed us his wonderful collection of homemade movie props. He’s moved his collection into a new area and has added several cool items since he last appeared here.
If you’d like to see your collection right here on Robot 6, you can find the details on submitting at the end of this post.
And now, once again, here’s Eric …
Marvel and Disney hope to reach a broader audience with products tied to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which means more items that appeal to women and fans of individual superheroes.
“For the first film, we primarily focused on the Avengers property and the group shots,” Paul Gitter, Disney Consumer Products’ senior vice president of Marvel licensing, tells Variety. “Now we’re broadening the line and scope to create SKUs that focus on the team and the individuals characters, as well.”
“People clamor for Black Panther or Luke Cage, and the incredible response when the Static show was announced — that wasn’t just black fans going ‘yay, about time.’ That was fans going, ‘yay, about time.’ Everyone knows diversity is good. We want black superheroes, we want female superheroes, we want Latino superheroes. That makes things better. And they don’t have to be sidekicks or buddies, they can be rock stars themselves.”
— Reginald Hudlin, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, discussing the Static Shock live-action digital series, and the desire for diversity in superhero-comics adaptations
Given the sheer amount of Guardians of the Galaxy apparel, toys and collectibles on the market, you’d think Disney and Marvel Studios covered all the merchandising opportunities for the 2014 blockbuster. However, CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema spotlights one they overlooked — and that we desperately need: an old-school side-scrolling video game.
In the video below, CineFex effectively retells director James Gunn’s space adventure using 16-bit technology, complete with snippets of dialogue and — best of all — a new, and totally appropriate, rendition of the film’s hit soundtrack.
Jock has unveiled some of the early concept art he created for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which marks the directorial debut of author and screenwriter Alex Garland (Sunshine, Dredd).
Opening Jan. 21 in the United Kingdom and April 10 in the United States, the film centers on a computer programmer who wins the chance to spend a week in the mountain retreat of a gifted Internet billionaire, only to learn he’s to participate in an experiment involving artificial intelligence house in the body of a robot girl.
Although 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand is likely nobody’s favorite installment of the franchise, there are plenty of fans who’d like to get their hands on at least one piece of memorabilia from the Fox film: Wolverine’s adamantium claws. And on Tuesday they’ll get their chance.
The 10.5-inche resin blades used by star Hugh Jackman are expected to go for as much as $23,550 (£15,000) at the biannual pop culture sale held in London by Christie’s auction house.
Even if you’re not big on Christmas carols, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in this new video from James Covenant, who edits together movie clips to make the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sing “Joy to the World,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and, in Groot solo number, “Jingle Bells.”
Covenant is also the mastermind behind last year’s “Let It Snow!” video featuring Jean-Luc Picard.
By now you’re likely familiar with the “Kids React” series, in which children and teens respond — not always favorably — to seeing a movie trailer for the first time. This week’s episode, featuring Avengers: Age of Ultron, doesn’t disappoint, as the reactions rang from excitement to disinterest to, in at least one case, outright dislike.
However, the most interesting part may be the the question portion, in which some of the participants acknowledge they’re aware the Avengers originated in comics books … something they don’t read. One kid even admits he’s been to a comic store, but only for toys.
Retailing | The Books-A-Million retail chain reported significant growth in the last quarter, due in part to strong sales of manga and strategy games. “Sales in the graphic novel category … grew nicely on the strength of a significant resurgence in the interest in several manga series, particularly Attack on Titan,” CEO Terry Finley said in an earnings call. The chain’s sales increased 1.2 percent, and same-store sales were up 1.8 percent last quarter compared to the same quarter last year; by contrast, fiscal year 2013 sales were down by 9.4 percent from the previous year. [ICv2]
Creators | Jeff Lemire talks about his new graphic novel Teen Titans: Earth One, which reflects his love of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s The New Teen Titans: “I wanted a fresh and clean take on a teen super-team without having to rely on other heroes or continuity. So I gravitated to these unique teen characters Marv and George had created, and re-envisioned them through my own sensibilities along with artist Terry Dodson, who really helped them come to life.” [The Kindle Post]
It was exciting Tuesday when Marvel Studios unveiled its Phase Three plans, with nine feature films, including Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, and Captain Marvel, featuring the Carol Danvers version. However, amid the enthusiasm, there was some hand-wringing.
Are we about to be oversaturated with superheroes? Is the movie-going public going to get sick of capes and tights? Are superhero movies a fad that will go the way of the Western?
Between Marvel, Warner Bros., Fox and Sony, there are more than 30 superhero movies planned between next year and 2020. An average of five movies a year will be released, peaking in 2016 and 2016, with eight films each. No doubt more announcements will follow as we make our way through the decade.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed. Immediately after Tuesday’s press event, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked if he was concerned about the increasing number of superhero films. He pointed out that it’s “a challenge we’ve faced for many, many years.”
Although the upcoming DC Comics film slate was the headline-grabbing news from this morning’s Time Warner investor presentation, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara also announced the studio is seeking to reduce costs by $200 million annually as part of company-wide streamlining effort. That’s about double what some reports indicated ahead of today’s meeting.
How much of that will be a result of layoffs has yet to be revealed, but Variety maintains Warner Bros. is expected to cut between 900 and 1,000 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce.