"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Film, Comic Books
Spider-Man and Superman have very similar jobs in the world of comics: Both are the mascots for their respective publishers, both embody what kind of stories those companies tell (from the extremely powerful DC comics to the more personal Marvel style), both are unique in the realm of superheroes (or at least were at the time of their inception), and both underwent fresh reboots recently to update them for a new generation, much to the chagrin of their established fan bases.
On Thursday, we got the trailer for the second dose of Andrew Garfield and his super-excited-to-be-here hairdo swinging above New York City and facing down his next big threat. Or should I say threats, as this will not only continue his journey to find out about his parents but also about OsCorp’s role in their disappearance, making him the enemy of the Osborns plus Electro and the Rhino. We all saw the trailer, right? Spinoff Online has a nifty video with commentary from the actors and director.
After watching it, I wanted to compare the new Spider-Man to the new view we have of Superman, but really that’s just comparing apples and oranges. There are similarities, but the tone, style and message of both heroes are geared for different things. Especially now, with how modern movies are redefining major heroes for more general audiences and what’s in vogue story style-wise, both of these heroes are going to do different things for different people and to compare them would be a little antagonistic. A much better comparison would be looking at the new Spider-Man … and this guy:
Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures is teaming with Fox Animation and Wedgeworks to adapt Doug TenNapel’s latest project Cardboard (I reviewed the graphic novel last month). TenNapel himself will executive produce alongside Material Pictures, with Fox Animation Chris Wedge also producing. Wedge directed the first Ice Age, and has been the voice of Scrat the squirrel throughout the hit series. He also executive produced Ice Age: The Meltdown.
According to Variety, Wedge may also direct the film, and if the project moves forward there’s a possibility that Maguire will voice one of the main characters (most likely Mike, the out-of-work dad who buys his son some magic cardboard for his birthday).
Thanks to a lawsuit, we may finally get to the bottom of how Peter Parker juggled rent, Aunt May’s medical bills and web fluid. Spoiler: It’s not from freelancing for the Daily Bugle.
Radar Online and Star magazine report that Tobey Maguire, who starred in director Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man films, is being sued for$311,000 he allegedly won in poker from now-imprisoned hedge fund manager Brad Ruderman. It seems the Ponzi-schemer was gambling (rather poorly) with his investors’ money — $5.2 million out of the $25 million he embezzled — in a series of high-stakes poker games held twice weekly from 2006 to 2009 in Beverly Hills. Now those investors want it back.
The no-limit games of Texas Hold ‘em, with their $100,000 buy-in, are alleged to have attracted such celebrities as Leonardo DiCarpio, Ben Affleck (Matt Murdock!) and Matt Damon. They’re also not legal which, according to the lawsuit, means Maguire and others aren’t entitled to the money they won from Ruderman. While DiCaprio, Affleck and Damon aren’t being sued, several others are, including director Nick Cassavetes, Welcome Back, Kotter star Gabe Kaplan and billionaire businessman Alex Gores.
According to Star, Maguire was a “very, very frequent player” whoraked in as much as $1 million a month from the games, and won $110,000 from Ruderman in a single hand. While underground poker clubs are illegal in California, the crime is rarely prosecuted.
Ruderman, former CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners, was convicted on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of investment adviser fraud. He’s serving a 10-year prison sentence in Texas, and is due for release in 2018.