Posted by dailypop on July 18, 2011
From the first moment when a live action superhero movie was brought up in conversation or in a published article, the dream has been for it to be something big. After a few false starts, there have been some genuinely sterling entries the continuing story of the comic book movie (Batman, Spider-Man, Superman) as well as some disasters (Steel, Catwoman, Daredevil). Characters have been adapted for their own movies, but a team up just didn’t seem possible. Ask any comic book fan what they want to see in the next superhero flick and they’ll say all manner of things, but they will almost all get to the beloved team movie. Whether that team is Marvel Comics’ Avengers or DC Comics’ Justice League of America, fans want to see their heroes standing shoulder to shoulder against a threat far too big for any one of them to handle.
When Marvel Comics finally got to steer their film projects, they changed dramatically. No longer were these films loosely based on the source material and no longer did they deviate strangely from what fans would expect. The Iron Man, Hulk and Thor films have been mainly dedicated to the intent on printed page and they have all been leading to a movie that no one likely ever thought was possible, the Avengers. Next Summer, all of that hard work either pays off or fails miserably when the Avengers hits the big screen.
After the credits of Captain America, there is a short trailer for the Avengers, so don’t move from your seat. If you want to see it early (and in shaky quality), then in the words of Janis Joplin, get it while you can…
Written by Zak Penn, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, the Avengers will be the centerpiece of the SDCC this week and will premiere next Summer.
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Posted by dailypop on July 18, 2011
Based on the writings of Edgar Rice Burrough (of Tarzan fame), John Carter, Warlord of Mars is the first live action effort from Pixar director Andrew Stanton, more commonly recognized for their animated films such as Finding Nemo and Wall-E. The feature film is hoped to be the first in a series of adaptations based on Burrough’s novels.
A big screen adaptation of John Carter has been in the works as far back as the 1930′s when Bob Clampett (of Looney Tunes and Beany and Cecil) approached the author regarding the project. The film would have involved the ground-breaking technique of roto-scoping over live actors that Ralph Bakshi later employed in his Lord of the Rings film. Unfortunately the project was abandoned only to be brought back several times since. It’s clear that John Carter is a beloved creation with the potential to grab the imagination of movie-goers in a new way. A thrilling adventure series featuring expansive visuals and exciting situations, this could be the beginning of something big.
John Carter of Mars Animation (Rare) Bob Clampett
The trailer sticks quite closely to the source material concerning a soldier of the Civil War transported to Mars after being shot on the battlefield. A strange and bizarre world populated by massive multi-armed creatures, Carter discovers that he is the only hope that Princess Dejah Thoris has of saving her people.
The John Carter movie stars Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston and Lynn Collins and the vocal talents of Mark Strong (Sinestro in Green Lantern), Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe. The trailer uses what sounds like
Peter Gabriel covering the Arcade Fire’s ‘My Body is a Cage’ which is very weird to me as I adore the song but was taken aback by hearing it in this new way.
To read up on John Carter, I highly recommend the following products and this fine website: http://www.johncarterofmars.ca/mars/
John Carter of Mars: The Collection
John Carter of Mars Series [Kindle Edition
John Carter of Mars: Warlord of Mars
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