Archive for July 1, 2017
Spider-Man has one of the most recognizable rogues galleries in comic book history. While prior Spidey films have brought such classic foes as Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, and the Lizard to life, it’s actually rather surprising just how many great Spider-Man villains out there haven’t tasted the big screen yet.
Well, that’s about to change. Everyone knows that the major antagonist of Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the long awaited Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture, who will be brought to life by the always excellent Michael Keaton. But while Vulture will certainly be the star of the supervillain ...
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Although Edgar Wright never got the chance to make a superhero movie for Marvel Studios, he isn’t ruling out the possibility of helming a DC Comics movie. People will remember that Wright had abandoned Marvel’s Ant-Man movie the year before its release (after having worked on the movie for eight years), citing creative differences with the studio. The filmmaker recently revealed the reason behind his sudden departure, saying that he really “wanted to make a Marvel movie,” but he didn’t think Marvel “wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie.”
It wasn’t the first time that Marvel had split with directors over creative differences (Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins ...
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Dean Israelite’s live-action Power Rangers movie released earlier this year, and it turns out there was some debate regarding the inclusion of the original series’ theme song. Lionsgate and Saban Films’ gritty reboot came 24 years after the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series hit small screens. They aimed to take the franchise in a new direction, one that took many liberties with the source material. However, their plan to use the film as a launch pad for an entire franchise quickly backfired upon its release.
Power Rangers was met with mixed reviews from critics, and even some of the original series’ cast ...
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Cinematographer Larry Fong is showing off some images from the IMAX camera test from last year’s divisive DC Extended Universe blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
A long time Zack Snyder collaborator, Fong has worked on such films as 300, Sucker Punch, and Watchmen, as well as J.J. Abrams’ 2011 Steven Spielberg homage Super 8 and this year’s Kong: Skull Island. Fong is very active on social media and often interacts with fans, answering technical questions and discussing his creative process.
While answering a fan’s question about aspect ratios via Twitter, Fong shared a glimpse of ...
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We’ll shortly be getting to see “The Guest” and “You’re Next” director Adam Wingard’s “Death Note,” a live-action Netflix original film adaptation of the acclaimed manga series.
The most notable element of this take on “Death Note” is that the story is relocated from Japan to the United States. Unlike say “Ghost in the Shell” which retained the Japanese elements and setting and ‘whitewashed’ the lead character, what’s here is more akin to “The Ring” in that the location change has also yielded some fundamental changes to the story from characters to tone to subplots and more.
Speaking with IGN recently about the decision to use an American setting, Wingard says that the story simply couldn’t be ported to anywhere in the world without fundamental adjustments to the core concept:
“In the early stages of the film I was reading all of the manga, really just looking at how does any of this translate to the United States. Ultimately, Death Note is such a Japanese thing. You can’t just say let’s port this over and it’s all going to add up. They’re two different worlds completely.
It’s one of those things where the harder I tried to stay 100% true to the source material, the more it just kind of fell apart… You’re in a different country, you’re in a different kind of environment, and you’re trying to also summarize a sprawling series into a two-hour long film.”
The result was that the themes of the original manga had to be reconsidered from an American perspective:
“Ultimately, whenever I say it’s about America, I’m looking at it like, what are the main kind of core issues going on in America, what are the things that people chalk up to conspiracy theories? What kind of weird underground programs does the government have? How do these work in the world of Death Note.”
“Death Note” is officially slated to be released on the streaming network on August 25th.