Cape Watch: Apparently Ben Can Barely Walk in His Batman v Superman Suit
For those keeping a running tally of just how successful Deadpool is, it’s now passed $700 million at the box office and has passed Iron Man and Man of Steel in terms of domestic gross. So, you know, pretty darn popular. But what about the other superhero movies we’re looking forward to? That’s such a good question, and we have an entire column to answer it for you. Here, as always, is the pick of the week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: We’re Getting Very Close to Fight Night in Gotham City
The promotional machine is running at full capacity for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, whether it’s new trailers…
…finding out that it’s actually hard to be Batman…
…or the surprise news that ticket pre-sales for the movie are outpacing Avengers and Deadpool at this stage before those movies’ releases. Could BvS end up being a bigger hit than anyone intended? It’s possible, which might be surprising for a movie that is described by Chris Terrio, its screenwriter, as “a bit of an Empire Strikes Back or Two Towers or any similar middle film in a trilogy… The middle film tends to be the darkest one.” (The first movie, of course, being Man of Steel; Terrio says the final installment is the two-part Justice League, if you’re wondering.)
Why this is super: While we remain hopeful that BvS will actually be a wonderful movie (and, yes, the Empire Strikes Back comment from Terrio is an interesting one, especially since he followed it up by suggesting that Justice League will be significantly more optimistic, which we’re fans of), let’s be honest: Nothing is better than finding out that Ben Affleck couldn’t walk around in the Batman suit without wandering into things. Some Dark Knight you are, Ben. Now, no matter how bad the movie is, we can watch and think to ourselves, “I wonder how much of that set he hit with his legs by mistake?”
SUPER IDEA: No, Really, Think Very Hard About Which Side You’re On
Apparently, it pays to pay close attention to the Captain America: Civil War trailer—and not just the part featuring Tom Holland’s debut as Spider-Man. Fan chatter on social media after the trailer’s debut noticed that, if you look behind Captain America at the 2:04 mark, there’s something there. (Spoilers ahead; skip to the next item if you want to remain unsullied until the movie’s release in May.)
That thing? A literally disarmed Winter Soldier. Looks like Iron Man really isn’t playing in this movie, if he’s going around tearing off guys’ arms.
Why this is super: It should be remembered: The Winter Soldier is a cyborg, so he’ll probably be fine with having a robot arm ripped off. In the long run, at least. But it does make you question just how hardcore this fight is going to get if it includes dismemberment. Tony Stark, we didn’t know you had it in you.
SUPER IDEA: McFarlane Spawned a Reboot
It’s been a project that’s been in pre-production limbo for quite some time, but Todd McFarlane took to Facebook to offer an update on the reboot of Spawn, saying that he’s close to finishing the script. After that, “we’re gonna hook some actors” for the project, he said.
Why this is super: The Spawn reboot—which, McFarlane has said on numerous occasions, will be R-rated to take full advantage of the horror elements of the concept—is a bit of a Schrödinger’s cat of a movie. It’s been in the works for so long that any progress seems promising—but we won’t know for sure if it’s good progress until we can open the box.
SUPER IDEA: No, Sally, Tell Us How You Really Feel
As if you didn’t already love Sally Field enough, she spoke recently on the Howard Stern Show about her time playing Aunt May in Marc Webb’s two Amazing Spider-Man movies and was winningly cutting about them. Saying that the movies were “not especially my kind of movie,” she admitted that she took the role because a good friend was producing, and “we knew it would be her last film.” (The friend, Laura Ziskin, died in 2011.) She then said that “not a great deal of thought” went into her performance, and explaining why, added, “it’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of shit in a five-pound bag.”
Why this is super: As fans of Amazing Spider-Man and not-fans of its follow-up, it’s kind of wonderful to hear how unsentimental Field is about what is a thankless role even at the best of times. Somewhere, Marissa Tomei, who’s playing the third cinematic Aunt May in the 2017 Sony/Marvel reboot, is probably thinking to herself, “Is this what I have to look forward to…?”
SUPER IDEA: Which Side Are You On: Destroying or Defending?
Things are also ramping up for this May’s X-Men: Apocalypse, with two new posters showcasing the opposing sides of the next mutant conflict, complete with matching mottos: Destroy and Defend. Fans of 1980s and ’90s X-Men comics, note the design fading into the right side of Angel’s face…
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 9, 2016
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 10, 2016
The release of the posters was just the start of a push towards the latest trailer for the movie, with the four Horsemen getting Twitter teases ahead of the new trailer’s release:
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 11, 2016
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 14, 2016
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 15, 2016
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) March 16, 2016
Why this is super: After X-Men: Days of Future Past, we are more than ready to believe that Bryan Singer and co. can make such an oversized cast work, and Apocalypse and his Horsemen have long been a great, if overly complicated, group of X-Men bad guys. File under: “Stealth contender for best superhero movie of the year.”
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