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1  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Marvel to gain control of Spidey? on: December 11, 2014, 03:14:46 pm
Interesting, but if Marvel doesn't have creative control, I still don't think I'd care too much.

Following on from the report the other day which cobbled together some of the plans being considered by Sony Pictures regarding the future of the "Spider-Man" franchise, some follow-up information has now come to light.

As we learned earlier this week, Sony was reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios for a deal that would enable Marvel to make a new trilogy of "Spider-Man" movies whilst Sony would retain creative and marketing control. It's a deal that would have also enabled the character to appear in "Captain America: Civil War," however the same reports seemed to indicate said deal was dead in the water.

Now, Latino Review reports that the deal is actually still on the table, albeit in a different form. They claim Sony rejected the original deal which was for a co-production which would see Marvel and Sony splitting production costs 60/40 respective and would have given Marvel creative control to use Spidey in films of their choosing.

The site also says Sony' parent company in Japan is very unhappy with how the hack is playing out, which could lead to this Marvel/Sony co-production deal actually happening: "Sony Japan thinks the Marvel deal for Spider-Man is still on the table and they want to renegotiate as a return to quality, the 60/40 split is can be negotiated and Sony Entertainment's October hard-line stance of wanting creative control is now mostly moot in the eyes of the higher-ups."

The e-mails earlier this week suggest decisions won't be made until the proposed 'summit' of executives in January when the future of the Spider-Man franchise will likely be determined.
2  Action Figure Blues / Fanboy Free-for-all / All things Christmas on: December 04, 2014, 05:37:26 pm
3  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Terminator Genisys on: December 04, 2014, 12:57:16 pm
4  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Jurassic World on: November 25, 2014, 11:38:08 am
Looks a bit cheesy to me, but I'll still watch it.
5  Action Figure Blues / Fanboy Free-for-all / About those Atari games found in a NM dump... on: November 17, 2014, 11:52:13 am
Some of them were sold recently.
6  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / FS: Funko Mystery Minis - DC and Game of Thrones on: November 11, 2014, 10:04:07 pm
7  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Wonder Woman on: October 31, 2014, 10:32:12 am
This could be interesting, if true.

With Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics doing their superhero team-up films like "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League: Part One" before they do many of their standalone films, it comes as little surprise that said standalones will probably have little impact on the storylines of the team-up projects.

Indeed, Bleeding Cool reports that the upcoming standalone "Wonder Woman" movie is NOT going to be a contemporary-set film like those two aforementioned projects. Instead, a good chunk of the movie will take place in the 1920s.

The site says the first half of the film will take place on Paradise Island with "warring Amazonian factions vying for control". Things change when a man appears on the island (not necessarily Diana's original love interest Steve Trevor) and asks the Amazons for help.

The second half of the film sees Wonder Woman visiting the world of man and discovering it's the 1920s and women have just won the right to vote. Unlike "Captain America: The First Avenger," there won't be a time jump at the end. The site claims the plan is for a potential trilogy of "Wonder Woman" standalones with the second taking place during WW2 and the third in the modern day.

Producer Charles Roven already confirmed earlier this month that the character is a demi-god fathered by Zeus, and thus is likely immortal. It would also explain how she has been able to hide amongst so well if she has been doing it for nearly a century.

"Wonder Woman" is currently slated for a June 23rd 2017 release.
8  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Marvel's Phase 3 on: October 28, 2014, 01:35:47 pm
Ant-Man - 2015
Captain America: Civil War - May 6th, 2016
Doctor Strange - November 4th, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5th, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - July 28th, 2017
Black Panther - November 3rd, 2017
? - May 4th, 2018
Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) - July 6th, 2018
Inhumans - November 2nd, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) - 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2) - 2019
9  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / 'Krypton' television series on: October 27, 2014, 11:57:59 am

We told you Warners was developing a Supergirl TV show. It was confirmed by others.

We told you Fox was developing an X-Men TV show. It was also confirmed by others.

And now? Something that may be inspired by the utter success of new television show Gotham in telling pre-Batman stories and getting an audience familiar with tales to come and teasing them on a weekly basis.

That Man Of Steel writer/producer David Goyer is involved in a TV show called Krypton.

As we have previously mentioned, if you want a DC Comics film made these days, you’ve gotta get a Goyer. And it seems the same may be true for TV shows.

The name suggests a pre-Superman drama set on the planet Krypton, maybe involving the House Of El, maybe Brainiac, maybe an end of the world cult, maybe lots of dragons flying around the place.

Goyer also wrote the screenplay for The Man Of Steel also portrayed some of the Kryptonian lifestyle, as some kind of communist dystopia for which the USA was a blessed relief and alternative. Comics such as the World Of Krypton stories and For The Man Who Has Everything have explored aspects of Krypton, that it would feel hard for such a show to completely ignore.

Goyer has recently been involved with the Constantine and Da Vinci’s Demons TV series. The likes of Gotham has made this kind of “before” show possible, as previously there was the rather similarly themed “before” show Caprica to bear in mind…

Of course, it could be a sitcom set in a comic shop. Who knows?
10  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Captain America 3: Civil War on: October 13, 2014, 10:35:00 pm

Film to kick off the Civil War storyline from the comicbook miniseries

Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to “Captain America 3,” with Tony Stark’s Iron Man set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the bigscreen and trigger the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios.

The actor is in final negotiations to play the billionaire in the yet-to-be-titled third installment, that is slated to begin production in the Spring for a May 6, 2016, release. Downey suits up as the superhero in next summer’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” as part of a previous deal that also calls for him to reprise the role in “The Avengers 3.”

The new pact is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.

Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in “Captain America 3,” providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth “Avengers.”

Marvel on Monday announced plans to reboot the Civil War comicbook miniseries in 2015, which will help introduce the story to new readers leading up to “Captain America 3.” The first crossover of Marvel’s biggest characters, including Spider-Man, was published in 2006.

But the deal for Downey to return as Iron Man almost didn’t happen.

Originally, Marvel wanted to hire Downey for a small role, which would have required just three weeks of work. But Downey wanted Stark to have a more substantial role in the film’s plot, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday. This angered Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Even though the deal appeared dead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Downey’s reps at CAA continued talks in hopes of working out their issues. Feige was bent on executing his grand vision for extending the life of the Marvel characters over many years.

The executive needed his boss to see the big picture, considering the introduction of the Civil War story is seen as a way to drive the plots of sequels and new franchises for the next seven years, given the dramatic possibilities it offers for future films. The fallout from the government and Stark’s actions would factor into a new “Avengers 4″ film and beyond that will assemble new characters being introduced like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, among others, in their own movies.

Downey, who earned $50 million for “The Avengers” alone, will collect around $40 million plus backend participation for “Captain America 3,” said sources, and will get an additional payout if “Captain America 3″ outperforms “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” $714 million worldwide haul. Since the actor did not appear in the first two “Captain America” films, the thinking is that if the third installment surpasses the last movie, its success could be attributed to Downey.

It’s also worth noting that Evans is clearly a bigger star now, evidenced by the fact that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed nearly twice as much as “The First Avenger’s”” $371 million in 2011.

Marvel still could have worked around Downey if need be. With the studio having already reworked plots from the comicbooks to fit its bigscreen agenda, it’s certainly feasible that Stark could have been turned into a different character to butt heads with Captain America — the Incredible Hulk’s Bruce Banner, for example. Another option could have been dropping the Civil War plot entirely, which would have required major rewrites.

Downey already has been open about wanting to remain in Marvel’s cinematic universe beyond his current contract that expires after the third “Avengers.” In early September,  Downey told Variety in Toronto that currently “there is no plan for a fourth ‘Iron Man.'”

Yet Downey also has been wanting to play a larger role in future films as a way to remain creatively involved and close to his fanbase that would undoubtedly come out to see his non-Marvel movies.  However, those fans didn’t show up in droves this past weekend to the actor’s latest picture “The Judge,” which debuted with just $13.3 million.

As for the future of Marvel movies, the Disney-owned studio already has 11 releases  dated through 2019, including next summer’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.”

Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” will return to helm “Captain America 3.” The brothers are working on the script with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

While Frank Grillo is expected to return as the villain Crossbones, Anthony Russo told last month, “I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think fans are going to freak out when they hear about it,” clearly hinting at Downey being in the next sequel.

While Downey was instrumental in getting Marvel’s film franchises off the ground with the first “Iron Man” in 2008, the studio has since become a brand strong enough to launch titles that have little built-in audience awareness or major stars doing the heavy lifting — as evidenced by this summer’s mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.” That film earned $687 million worldwide, surpassing “Iron Man 2.”

Marvel has long been known as a tough negotiator — and by some accounts cheap — but the studio hasn’t shied away from giving Downey what he’s asked for in the past. He’s reaped between $250 million and $300 million for the “Iron Man” trilogy, his role in “The Avengers” films, and a brief appearance in “The Incredible Hulk,” according to knowledgeable sources.

Now with “Captain America 3,” it doesn’t look like Downey is ready to hang up Iron Man’s suit anytime soon.

Marvel and CAA declined to comment.
11  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Brad Bird's Tomorrowland on: October 09, 2014, 01:57:54 pm
Can't wait for this one.
12  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / A Third DC/CW Series? on: October 09, 2014, 10:08:47 am
My money's on it being an Atom series.

Season 3 of Arrow begins Oct. 8 on The CW. For its first two seasons, it has been the network’s most-watched show, averaging 3.8 million viewers in Nielsen’s Live + 7 ratings. On Tuesday night, relying on Arrow’s strength and presumed audience desire, The CW launched a spinoff, The Flash, also based on a DC Comics property. The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, was born out of an Arrow Season 2 arc; the two shows are set in different cities, but exist in the same universe, and will cross over. The premiere did incredibly well, drawing 4.5 million viewers. Even at this early stage, executives at DC, The CW, and Warner Bros. (the studio that produces the show), are eyeing a third character who could possibly lead another show. “There are discussions going on,” said Mark Pedowitz, the president of The CW, in a recent telephone interview, “but I can’t tell you what they are.”
13  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Judge Dredd: Superfiend on: October 07, 2014, 09:39:28 am
I'll happily take more Dredd, however they want to do it.

Still keen on the idea of a sequel to 2012's "Dredd"? You may get it, but not in the way you expect.

The Wrap reports that executive producer Adi Shankar has been at work on creating a top-secret "Dredd" spin-off online web series which is due to be released online for free later this month.

The seven-part mini-series, which has been in the works over the past two years, centers on the Dark Judges of Dredd lore - a group of law keepers from an alternate dimension known for their viciousness as they considered all living individuals criminals and thus punishable by brutal death.

The project itself has been done "off-the-grid," much like Shankar's two shorts "Punisher: Dirty Laundry" starring Thomas Jane and "Venom: Truth in Journalism" starring Ryan Kwanten.
14  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Suicide Squad on: September 19, 2014, 05:09:15 pm
The recent animated feature was a fun watch, but it still relied pretty heavily on Batman's presence.

Director David Ayer ("Fury," "End of Watch") has reportedly emerged as the top choice to direct a film based on the DC Comics "Suicide Squad" title at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The comic focused on a team of supervillains who were given a second chance by the government for redemption. The catch is that the mission they are sent on will likely end up killing all of them.

The film is aiming to be "dark and edgy" and Ayer is seen as a good fit for the project. No word on which villains will make up this particular team, but it's not expected to be any of the major ones.

Justin Marks is penning the film, while Dan Lin is producing.
15  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / A Titans series led by Nightwing? on: September 11, 2014, 07:34:57 pm
Another that seems unlikely, but something akin to a live-action Young Justice would suit me just fine.

TNT is reportedly nearing a pilot-production order for "Titans," a live-action dramatic adventure series based on the 'Teen Titans' series and characters from DC Comics.

Warner Horizon Television is producing the series about a group of young superheroes-to-be who are recruited from every corner of the DC universe.

The action follows Dick Grayson, the former Robin who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing. He leads a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire and Raven. It's presently unclear which additional DC characters could be introduced in TNT's adaptation.

Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes will executive produce. The series follows a virtual flood of DC Comics adaptations on the small screen including "Arrow," "Gotham," "Constantine" and "The Flash" along with a rumored "Supergirl" series.
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