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June 16, 2008

DiCaprio Pegged For Captain America Role? [Captain America]

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Captain America

Is it me, or is he a bit small to play Cap? It all sounds shaky considering rumors Matt Damon was up for the roll also, reportedly. Here’s the info via Wired is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is in line to play America’s supersoldier.  He’d have to bulk up to don the shield, but the toughness he showed in The Departed makes Cap less of a leap for him. Keep in mind that just a month or so ago, Matthew McConaughey was supposed to be Steve Rogers — with or without his shirt off.


May 7, 2008

More Superhero Goodies From Marvel Studios [Wolverine and The X-Men]

Days of Future Past Cover

Marvel’s superhero lovefest with its fans is on the rise. Not only do we get news earlier this week that a slew of Marvel properties will be hitting theaters in the not to distant future, Marvel plans to introduce a new animated series entitled Wolverine and The X-Men. It’s slated for a summer 2009 release on the Nicktoons network.

The trailer alone looks amazing (full of Sentinels, Magneto, The Hulk!, Dust?!) and the storylines are ripped from some of the more classic X-Men archs of all-time, including Days of Future Past, which is one of my favorite John Byrne storylines.

The one problem I have with this trailer are the circumstances revolving around who’s leading the team. It seems that Wolverine is team leader, and of course, that doesn’t jibe with how things work in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men. It doesn’t even go along with the movies. So what gives?

I’m figure the folks over at Marvel recognize the star power of Wolverine, coming off the recent movies and what is sure to be a blockbuster next summer, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I’m guessing that star power influenced the animated series’ title but I don’t much like the idea. The tension between Wolverine and Cyclops over leadership, let alone over Jean Grey, is part of what makes the comics gritty. Plus, Wolverine’s personna is naturally everything a leader is not. Not as OMFG and LOL as this though. We shall see truebelievers. We shall see.

May 5, 2008

Avengers, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man 2 Coming Soon [Superhero Flix]

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Are you ready for more superhero movies. Marvel Studios is hoping that you are. On the heels of the blockbuster Iron Man, Marvel is betting that moviegoers will clamor for additional doses of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark as well as Marvel superhero legends Captain America, Thor and The Avengers.

According to Film School Rejects, Marvel has announced that these films could be coming as early as 2010, with Iron Man 2 coming around first. Could Captain America finally get a decent treatment and will Cappy be hunting Obama. Someone should.

Iron Man: Best Superhero Movie Ever… Ever! [Iron Man]

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Iron Man

I’m stoked. Your very own funkdigi saw Iron Man on Saturday evening. I’m not going out on a limb by stating that Iron Man is the best comic adaption of a super hero ever. And I mean ever. I have substance to this argument. The folks over here and here
think so. Iron Man pulled in over a $100 million at the box office this past weekend.

I’m sure most of you will agree that it mops the floor with Spiderman and handles the original Batman and the recent Batman reboot Batman Begins.

Some minor spoilers to follow…

Comic Book Adaption >>> 9 out of 10

The adaption of the movie is very close to the origin story told in the original Iron Man comics. With the exception of a few small details and time period (Post 9/11 vs. Cold War), the story of Tony Stark, son of industrialist Howard Stark, stays true to form.

Story >>> 8 out of 10

I felt the actual story was the weakest component of this movie. It was of course formulaic. One could figure out who the villain would be from the onset almost. His motivations of greed were par for the course. Of course there’s minor sexual tension between Starks and Virginia “Pepper” Potts. Additionally, most of the story conflicts weren’t hashed out as well as they could have been and Tony Starks recovers from the trauma of his capture and escape all to easily IMHO.

SFX >>> 10 out of 10

This film could not have been made 5 years ago. This film could not be made even 3 years ago and look this good. The flight scenes were amazing. I’m no expert but I felt the effects were flawless and the modeling of the various Mark version were even plausible. The effects lent credence to the plausibility. Plus, the actual props and robotic technology used looked as realistic as building a current Honda. Not looked beyind the scope of today’s technology.

Compared to the effects in last summer’s Transformers the SFX in Iron Man were clear and defined compared to the blurry modeling in Transformers. And from what I saw from The Incredible Hulk, I’m pretty sure that Marvel’s other superhero offering will not match Iron Man in its crisp look.

Acting >>> 9 out of 10

When funkdigi first heard that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing Tony Starks, I was elated. Downey is a natural fit. Downey is an Academy Award nominated actor with a history of drug abuse. He’s since cleaned up and plays this role with aloofness and sarcasm like the billion dollar playboy would. The supporting performances from Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard are also superb.

Overall>>> 9 out of 10

FWIW, here’s the clip that you may or may not have missed that ran after the credits ended, courtesy of X-Realm.

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