Bryan Singer Directing X-Men: First Class December 21, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John, Television.
Tags: Avatar, Brett Ratner, Bryan Singer, comics, First Class, Harry Potter, literature, Magneto, movies, Wolverine, X-Men
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The new movie will focus on a new set of mutants in their teenage years, and according to produce Lauren Shuler-Donner, will have a feel much like the Harry Potter movies.
X-Men: First Class is also an 8-issue comic that first appeared back in 2006 and featured Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, and Professor X. However, seeing that all of these characters have been introduced, killed, and reincarnated, I doubt the writers will want to keep them alive, even in their earlier years, with a prequel.
However, Bryan Singer also gave a really juicy quote regarding the plot and characters:
“[t]his is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn … [t]here is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from ‘X-Men’ will figure into the plot, though I don’t want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain.”
I thought Bryan Singer was great, and really did a great job with X2: X-Men United. But when he gave up on X-Men: The Last Stand to do the shitty Superman Returns movie, I really was annoyed with him. Though I loved The Last Stand, Brett Ratner did a poor job with the movie overall. I hope Singer can step it up and deliver some awesome storyline with better effects.
More X-Men Goodies On The Way! October 17, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Television.
Tags: Beast, Deadpool, Gambit, Green Lantern, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Magneto, Marvel, Ryan Reynolds, Stan Lee, Storm, Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men Origins, X-Men Origins: Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Storm, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class
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One of the producers of the X-Men series, Lauren Shuler-Donner, has confirmed a couple of X-Men spin offs, along with some really juicy and exciting details about each.
Here’s what she had to say to Empire:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2
“It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. What’s cool about this part of the saga is that Wolverine will be fighting in a different style to what we’ve seen before. Mariko’s father has this stick-like weapon, so Wolverine will have to fight against that. There’ll be samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts — mano-a-mano, extreme fighting.”
X-Men: First Class
“We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun — they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world.”
X-Men Origins: Deadpool
“I don’t see it as a problem that Ryan [Reynolds] is also playing Green Lantern. I mean, look at Harrison Ford – he was in Stars Wars and Indiana Jones at the same time and everyone was fine with that. Green Lantern could not be more different to Wade Wilson. Green Lantern is a guy who finds a ring and is thrust into this world, much like Spider-Man. Wade Wilson is a bad ass, a wise-cracking mercenary, who will go out and kill anyone for money. But the thing about him is that, underneath it all, and he wouldn’t want you to know this, sometimes he’s not such a bad ass after all.”
I am so confused why of all the amazing stories from the X-Men series, they would give Deadpool an Origins movie. Magneto, Storm, even Beast have more interesting back stories with possibilities of some major on-screen action.
I am most excited about X-Men: First Class. I was worried that they would take the First Class concept and turn it in to some sort of tween movie, but it sounds like Lauren Shuler-Donner knows exactly what she needs to do to keep the already existing X-Men fan base, and grow on it.
I love Lauren Shuler-Donner because she is the one producer of the X-Men series that never has a problem running her mouth about what to expect. She keeps the fan base excited! Now get started on X-Men Origins: Storm!
My Review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine! May 1, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Television.
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I just got out of the midnight premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the movie was a damn hit!
Some of you may know that I am a huge X-Men fan. I didn’t grow up reading the comics like a lot of people did, but after seeing the first movie I became obsessed with knowing as much about the X-Men/Marvel universe as I could. After getting my friend Johnny in to it, we both sort of became each others’ go-to guy when it came to watching the movies, talking about them, and discussing the mythology behind the X-Men series.
I have to say that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an absolutely fantastic beginning to what I, and I am sure millions of other fans around the world, hope to be an ongoing franchise. Though the movie was a thrill ride from start to finish, it did have some things I thought could be improved (what movie doesn’t?). Let me break down the good, the bad, and the ugly.
First, and most importantly, the story was fantastic! They really brought forth an aspect of Wolverine’s back story that not many fans know of: the relationship with Kayla. I typically get VERY bored with romance lines in movies, especially ones like X-Men where I pay to see visual effects, explosions and ass-kicking, not the luvy-duby kisses and back rubs. For most X-Men fans, this movie’s story and how it develops will be a sigh of relief compared to the last X-Men movie we saw: X-Men III: The Last Stand, which just had too much untrue story going on for the sake of visual effects.
Another great part of this movie is the multitude of mutants they managed to fit in considering this is a character centric spin-off movie. A lot of them get pushed in to the end of the movie, but they are definitely worth waiting for (Emma Frost, Cyclops in particular). I was happily surprised to see how much time Scott Summers received on screen. Though his character wasn’t particularly important to the plot, the fact that we see Scott as a high school student makes his supporting character very interesting, and something different that we’ve never seen on screen. It seemed as if maybe they were giving him some time to do his own Origins spin-off? Maybe we’ll be seeing X-Men Origins: Cyclops in the future?
One final great thing worth noting is the simple fact that Gambit made it to the movie. Finally, after nearly 10 years of X-Men movies and hype and talk, we finally are seeing Remy on the big screen! When the scene starts in New Orleans, I just started smiling. Gambit is such a huge part of the Marvel universe, and I always pictured in my head how the scene would start in New Orleans when he finally (if ever) made it, and it was a lot like what I saw tonight. Gambit has an awesome scene during the end of the film but don’t want to write about it for those who might be waiting to see it and are still sneaking! Go see it it’s awesome!
Overall, there weren’t many bad things going on with this movie. However there were a few decisions that I thought could have been thought over. First, the Blob. Yes, he incorporates a little comic relief, and visual appeal, but he was written as just another knower of information. Couldn’t they have a more interesting, showier mutant for Logan to fight to get the answers he needs? All Logan does throughout this movie is fight people for answers, and one of the mutants he has to fight is…the Blob? Lame.
Secondly, why Will.I.Am? He wasn’t necessarily bad, but considering they cut Nightcrawler out of the third X-Men movie with no explanation besides what the video games say, you think they would add him as the teleport. Yeah recycling mutants is probably not the best idea, but Will.I.Am wasn’t even a mutant from the comics was he? I don’t remember him at least.
I would have also liked to see a tiny bit less of Logan and Sabretooth charging at each other. Yes, we get it, they are brothers and have a history. It seemed like every other scene started with some witty dialogue, followed by them growling at each other, followed by them charging at each other and punching each other in the guts. Stabbing each other with long press on fingernails and some claws is only exciting once or twice.
Thinking more about the scenes, there were a lot of panning and driving clips. Lots of Logan in a car driving down a country side, or Logan on a motorcycle driving on a windy road symbolizing the life he had to live and is going to live. Lots of people just DRIVING. If you see the movie again, notice all the driving, and countryside, and mountains we see. Is it necessary!?
Finally, the graphics. I was really hoping this movie would bring it graphically, but it really really didn’t. In fact the graphics could be the worst part of the movie if you ask me. There were so many times where I said, “That looks really fake,” out loud. The first time it annoyed me was when Logan was in the bathroom of the old peoples’ house and was looking at his newly formed adamantium claws. They looked like a cartoon! Also, the scene a top the nuclear reactor at the end looked EXACTLY like a video game. In fact, it looked like a Mortal Kombat trailer. Baracka anyone? That scene had the potential to really pull people in but I went through the entire thing waiting for it to be over, and promptly rolled my eyes and looked around at the people beside me expecting a “I KNOW RIGHT?” I didn’t get one, but still. Also when the helicopter lands and the kids come running out to find you know who (I can’t bring myself to type it for those who haven’t seen it!), that entire scene looks like something from Super Mario 64. The grass looks like an oil painting! Then the kids start running to the helicopter and they don’t get smaller by perspective! That whole scene looks like it was shot using a camcorder and one of those Photobooth default backgrounds that come with every Mac. I was waiting for the words, “Please step out of the frame” to pop up so that it could be green screened or something. Very disappointing.
Um, is Weapon XI a real mutant too? Did these producers pull mutants out of their asses or what? I don’t ever remember hearing about Weapon XI, and considering how powerful and interesting he could have been, it would have been something more prominent in the comics. And, if you’re Weapon XI and combine all these different mutants powers and all you do is teleport, and blast lasers like Cyclops, I’d think you were pretty lame. I saw Storm, Angel, and some others in those holding cells. Tear their asses up! The head falling down the reacter was pretty fun though.
Like I said, this movie is awesome. It manages to give the audience tons of back story in to Wolverine’s life without making him look extremely boring. I’ve always hated Wolverine’s character in the X-Men series, but this movie has definitely changed that. Somehow Wolverine has become a lot more theatrical and interesting to me.
I can’t wait to see which Origins movie gets green lighted after this weekend’s numbers come in. I know that they had been working on Magneto in pre-production for a while, so odds are that will be next. Then Cyclops? Jean Grey? Storm? As long as we don’t see X-Men Origins: The Blob, I think I’ll be okay. If you are even remotely an X-Men fan, go see Wolverine, it’s worth it!
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer Is AMAZING! December 15, 2008Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Personally John.
Tags: Dazzler, Gambit, Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men Origins
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Wow! Wow! Wow! I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine is! Today, the official MySpace page for the movie released the theatrical trailer, and let me just tell you it’s pretty amazing. I have always been a big X-Men fan, but I guess since the series was over I kind of forgot about it. I knew that this movie was in production but didn’t realize how soon it was coming out in theatres.
Hugh Jackman looks even more ripped and muscular than any of the previous 3 X-Men movies. Just when you thought his biceps couldn’t get any bigger, they do. He really looks animalistic in this movie. The scene where he comes up out of the water and is just looking right in to the camera gave me chills. He looks so ferocious!
As mentioned, I have not been following the production of this film, so it was all surprises for me. I didn’t know which mutants were going to be making a cameo, and was OVERWHELMINGLY excited to see that Gambit has a part in this movie! Not only does he appear in the movie but he seems to have a decent role if they are giving him as much screen time as they have in just the first trailer. Some of the effects of him throwing his ace of diamonds, and the beau are things that we X-Men fans have been waiting to see happen on the big screen for more than 8 years now! Sooo happy Remy has made it in to a movie. I am now wondering if they will have an Origins movie for Gambit, which would be great for all of the fans that were denied his appearance in the previous films.
As I watched through the trailer frame by frame (sad, I know) I was trying to figure out who the girl at the end of the trailer is. Is it Dazzler!? Dazzler had been rumored to be in X-Men 3: The Last Stand, but never made it to the big screen. If Dazzler AND Gambit (2 of my favorite X-Men) make it in to this movie, it could go down as the best X-Men movie ever!!!
Needless to say I am overwhelmed with anticipation for this movie and can not wait for it to come out. I can’t wait to start reading what the X-Men fans out there are saying about this trailer.
UPDATE: After a bit of research that I should have done before I posted, it turns out that the person that I think is Dazzler is actually Emma Frost!!!! EVEN BETTER! Emma Frost (aka White Queen) is also one of my favorite mutants. Here’s what the Wikipedia article says about her powers:
Emma Frost is a mutant psion capable of accessing enormous telepathic abilities. Later, she gained a “secondary mutation” which allows her to transform to an organic diamond form with enhanced strength and durability at the cost of her telepathy.
I think it’s safe to say that’s a diamond form there in the pic! Yay for Emma Frost!