When Jon Favreau said he would not be available to direct "The Avengers" for Marvel, he opened the doors for speculation about who would be behind the camera.
Favreau's "Iron Man" breathed life into the current wave of Marvel films culminating in 2012's gigantic crossover event, but someone else will have to step in to bring his storyline together with "The Incredible Hulk," "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "Thor."
Here are five directors who might be able to pull it off and make the "Avengers" movie fans want to see. Read More...
The much-awaited "Zombieland" hits theaters today, and while there isn't a direct connection to comics, we're no less excited to see the flick. The Woody Harrelson-starring zombie comedy has received plenty of praise from critics and theatergoers alike, and as a fan of the horror genre, I personally cannot wait to catch this movie.
In honor of the "Zombieland" premiere, I've run down five comic books filled with flesh-hungry goodness that you'd be wise to check out—certainly if you ever hope on surviving the impending zombie apocalypse. Read More...
By my count, Bruce Willis has taken on some sort of law-enforcing, crime-solving, humanity-protecting, uniform-wearing big-screen role 18 times in his career. You might say the guy has something of a cinematic Messiah complex.
Today, the sci-fi graphic novel adaptation "Surrogates"—in which Willis plays an FBI agent in a world where humans uses robotic doppelgangers in everyday life while they chill in the safety of their homes—brings the actor's total to 19 and climbing. Here are some of our favorites.
John McClane (the "Die Hard" films): Any conversation about Bruce Willis and cops must begin with McClane, whose foul-mouthed catchphrases have entered the pop culture lexicon and whose barefoot-on-broken-glass disregard for his own well-being continues to set the bar high for adrenaline-raising action flicks. Heck, it was enough to earn McClane a Greatest Movie Badasses Of All Time" nod. Read More...
This weekend, the HBO vampire series "True Blood" wraps up its second season, but don't expect the bloodsuckers to stay dead for too long—not only will this year's ratings ensure a third season for "True Blood," but many of the cast members will be popping up in other places outside of Bon Temps, Louisiana.
One such place, believe it or not, is the comic book world—whether in a film adaptation or in the paneled pages themselves, these five "True Blood" regulars all have a connection to comics.
ANNA PAQUIN: Currently, actress Anna Paquin is best known as the telepathic Sookie Stackhouse on "True Blood," but comic book fans know her for a different role: the power-absorbing mutant Rogue in the "X-Men" franchise.
Although her character hasn't been seen since "X-Men: The Last Stand," Paquin has expressed interest in returning to the franchise, assuming she gets a little more butt to kick, that is. Read More...
Now that the heroes of the DC Universe might receive some extra attention thanks to the newly developed DC Entertainment, could some of the company's highly-anticipated, yet unproduced superhero films finally see some movement?
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson recently told Comic Book Resources about her desire to prioritize several DC properties including "Superman," "Wonder Woman," "Justice League" and more.
But a production company can only churn out so many movies in a given time—so where should they look first? Read More...
With "The Beatles: Rock Band" hitting shelves today and creating a lot of buzz around the InterWebs and gaming scene, we figured it was a good time to take a look at the Fab Four's contributions to the comics world, too.
The Beatles' song catalog has a home deep in the heart of pop culture on both sides of the Atlantic, so it's appropriate that American and British comics creators alike have seen fit to give them cameos in some of the most celebrated series of all time. Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and many more have integrated their lyrics, haircuts and mythology into their stories, and the following five issues showcase how diverse those appearances have been:
"HERBIE" #5 (1964): For anyone who doesn't understand how well Herbie Popnecker captured the spirit of his times in glorious, hilariously surreal superhero form, look no further than this issue's story "Herbie, Boy 'Beetle!'" where Herbie gets a call from the United Nations to save India from a Communist threat. Of course the quest leads him to a "Beetles" concert (yes, that's how they spelled it) and he fulfills his destiny as a rock star. (For more on "Herbie," check out "Adapt This!") Read More...
It's "9" week here on Splash Page, and while the post-apocalyptic animated adventure doesn't have too much in common with the comic book world on the surface, there are always links between the film reel and the paneled page. The Shane Acker-directed film is no exception, as several of the movie's voice actors and production crew have direct ties to comics.
Behold the following "9" actors and producers, all of whom are connected to the comic book community in some way, shape or form:
TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV: His name might be unfamiliar, but "9" producer Timur Bekmambetov's work became surprisingly popular barely a year ago. Bekmambetov is the director of "Wanted," the Angelina Jolie-starring comic book adaptation of Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' graphic novel. Read More...
FROM MOVIES BLOG: With "Predators" being produced by Robert Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios, it stands to reason that the film will shoot in Rodriguez's Texas-based studio. But what's a "Predator" movie without lush landscapes and dangerous jungles? Rodriguez seems to understand that necessity, which is why he's booking a trip to Hawaii.
According to Tim Ryan's Reel Hawaii, "Predators" is hoping to film in Hawaii for 18 days starting in October. And do you know what other beloved franchise is filmed in Hawaii? None other than "Lost," ABC's hit television series that concludes with the upcoming sixth season. That's right—the Predators are coming to the Island!
Continue reading 'Lost' Meets 'Predator' When Robert Rodriguez Heads To Hawaii over at MoviesBlog.MTV.com.
Disney now owns Marvel Comics, along with its 5,000 characters, and meetings have already occurred between Pixar and Marvel about potential crossovers. Introducing Disney fandom to Marvel fandom must be done delicately, though, as the two companies have some of the most demanding followings in entertainment.
For today at least, fanboy conversations about Batman and Daredevil crossovers have been completely set aside in favor of Mickey and Magneto suggestions. Here are five Disney properties I'd like to see matched up with Marvel counterparts.
The Incredibles meet The Fantastic Four: There's an astonishing amount of cross-pollination that's already taken place between Marvel and Disney over the course of their creative histories. Seeing as how Disney and Pixar modeled their in-house hero family off of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's boys and girl in in blue, it would be only fitting that they get together for lunch once in a while now that they live under one corporate roof. Read More...
As Multiplayer editor Russ Frushtick points out in his review of "Batman: Arkham Asylum," there's a lot for gamers to like about The Dark Knight's latest adventure. But if you're a comic book fan, it's even better.
Having finished the main storyline and found 80 percent of the game's secrets, I'll have a review of "Arkham Asylum" posted shortly with an eye toward providing a comics-side take on the game. Until then, here are some of my favorite nods and winks to the comics world to keep an eye out for—and an open ear—during "Batman: Arkham Asylum."
THE BEST AT WHAT THEY SAY: Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill provided the voices of Batman and The Joker, respectively, in what is one of the duo's most celebrated incarnations outside of comics with "Batman: The Animated Series," so it's a great nod to fans' love for that series that they were brought in to reprise those roles in "Arkham Asylum." No one pulls off The Dark Knight's growl like Conroy (not even Christian Bale), and just a few hours with "Arkham Asylum" will remind you why Hamill has become the go-to voice for the Clown Prince of Crime. By the end of the game, you're fighting the urge to kill The Joker just as much as Batman. Read More...