4:08 PM 2/27/2013 by Jeff Giles
Nobody outside the Sony boardroom thought the Spider-Man franchise really needed a reboot so soon after it started, but director Marc Webb made the most of the situation with The Amazing Spider-Man -- even if the movie itself was sort of pointless, it told Spidey's origin story (yet again) with a reasonable amount of panache, and with a terrific cast besides.
5:38 PM 2/26/2013 by Jeff Giles
Playing superheroes tends to take its toll on an actor, mentally as well as physically -- witness Christopher Reeve's ambivalence about Superman, or Tobey Maguire's "back injuries" while playing Spider-Man. But as is so often the case, Robert Downey, Jr. appears to be the exception to the rule.
5:21 PM 2/26/2013 by Jeff Giles
Guillermo del Toro means well, but he can't seem to stop attaching himself to projects that don't actually have any hope of ever seeing the big screen -- and since almost all of them sound pretty cool, it can be sort of frustrating for overly optimistic film fans. Case in point:
1:12 PM 2/25/2013 by Jeff Giles
We still have more than two years to wait before The Avengers 2 reaches theaters, so we can definitely expect plenty of rumors, half-truths, and assorted spoilers over the coming months. In the meantime, Joss Whedon is one of the only people who really has any idea of what we can expect from the all-star superhero sequel -- and he dropped a pretty dark hint on Saturday (February 23) during a Q&A session in Ireland.
12:51 PM 2/22/2013 by Jeff Giles
Marvel's recent successes at the box office would be impressive enough if all they were doing was churning out well-made superhero movies -- but without getting too hyperbolic about it, their best films haven't just redefined the genre's commercial possibilities, they've also redrawn its artistic parameters.
6:18 PM 2/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
While Marvel continues to lay the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-phase series of films that could end up revolutionizing the way filmgoers think of comic book movies, Warner Bros. seems stuck at loose ends in terms of what to do with its many DC properties. The latest case in point:
5:31 PM 2/7/2013 by Jeff Giles
Justice League is sort of the superhero equivalent of Terry Gilliam's perpetually derailed Don Quixote flick -- every time it looks like Warner Bros. might be getting close to actually filming it, everything falls apart and the studio has to go back to the drawing board.
3:50 PM 2/5/2013 by Jeff Giles
Well, this is interesting: Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie seems to have found its leading man, and he's none other than Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt.
3:34 PM 2/5/2013 by Jeff Giles
The reviews may have been a shade less than spectacular, but Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man raked in more than enough box office cash to justify a sequel -- and now that the follow-up has started production, Webb is wasting no time offering glimpses of the set in action.
7:41 PM 1/29/2013 by Jeff Giles
The first rule of sequels is that you have to make everything bigger (as well as better, if you can help it), so we kind of figured Marvel had some pretty heavy stuff in store for the God of Thunder in Thor: The Dark World. And now, thanks to executive producer Craig Kyle, we have a clearer idea of what he'll be up against.