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Is ‘Spider-Man 4’ Coming to the World of Comics?

It looks like Marvel might be doing what DC should have done: making a comic based on an un-produced movie.

For those unaware, DC comics infamously turned down a pitch by Joe Quinones and Kate Leth, who had the idea of a comic book version of Time Burton’s Batman 3, the nearly-made sequel where Robin Williams might have been the Riddler and Billy Dee Williams would certainly have been Two-Face.

 

Time Burton's Batman 3

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In case you don’t know, Billy Dee Williams only signed on to play Harvey Dent in an extended cameo in Tim Burton’s Batman because he was suppose to later play Two-Face. One of the many early drafts of Batman Returns had Harvey Dent helping out the Penguin before Selina Kyle’s Catman electrocuted him, giving him his scars, but Harvey Dent was written out and replaced by Christopher Walken’s Max Shreck, who instead died after Selina Kyle jammed a taser in his mouth while pulling on electrical wires.

 

Dead Shreck

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The pitch was rejected and many fans (such as myself) were upset. However, Marvel recently tweeted THIS on Sunday morning with the hashtag “#MarvelComics.” No other information has been made available.

 

 

Could this mean we’re getting a comic book version of Sam Riami’s Spider-Man 4?

In case you don’t know, Riami wanted to have Sandman and Harry Osborne’s Green Goblin as the villains in Spider-Man 3, but Sony wanted him to add Venom. He did, the film came out and, well…

 

In a podcast, Riami had this to say about the film:

Raimi: [But] directors don’t like to talk about their bad films.

Hardwick: I don’t think that “bad” is the right word.

Raimi: Awful!

 

As a result, Raimi “wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all“.

While no plot synopsis or script was ever revealed, stuff has floated around the internet. Notably, in 2016, concept artist Jeffrey Henderson shared some pretty awesome storyboard art  and in a followup interview revealed that the idea for Spider-Man 4’s opening was to show Tobey Maguire’s Spidey going up against not only a Bruce Campbell-portrayed Mysterio, but C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino. He elaborated:

We had kicked around the idea of beginning the film with a montage of C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists. Mysterio, The Shocker, The Prowler, the old school- onsie- wearing version of The Rhino, etc. We thought it would be a lot of fun.

So the opening was going to have Spider-Man catching C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino before capping it off with this?

 

 

Spider-Man bringing Mysterio into a police station

Mysterio's helmet popping off

Bruce Campbell as Mysterio

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Bruce Campbell as Mysterio! Not the announcer, bouncer, and snooty waiter from the previous films! As a side note, would they ever acknowledged that Mysterio gave Spider-Man his name?

 

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Without this, we would be watching the Human-Spider series!

The main villain would have been Vulture! Raimi was eyeing John Malkovich “Malkovich Malkovich” for the role, who looks scary as heck:

 

John Malkovich as Vulture

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Felicia Hardy was also set to make an appearance and would have put on a costume, but she wouldn’t have adopted her infamous Black Cat persona from the comics. Instead, she would have become… The Vultress!

I don’t know what to think of that, but to be fair, I don’t even know how any of this would have panned out. It sounds like the passion was there though, so what happened?

Sony wanted to have Dylan Baker as Curt Connors, a minor character in the previous films, to finally become The Lizard!

To be brief, Raimi was getting Spider-Man “three villains proved too many” 3 and told Sony:

I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.’ And [then Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor.’ So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios.

Sony did reboot the franchise, calling it The Amazing Spider-Man and having the The Lizard be the main villain in a plot where he wanted to turn everyone in New York into a lizard.

Recently, Micheal “I’m-Batman-not-John-Malkovich” Keaton appeared as the Vulture in Spider-Man Homecoming, proving that a white guy in a bird suit could be scary.

 

 

Michael Keaton as The Vulture

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Chills!

But maybe we’re overthinking this. Maybe this Tweet is about a Spider-Man/Fantastic-Four crossover. But for now I have my hopes and dreams that one day we’ll see some of the early plot lines for this movie…

 

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Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way!

"The Last Ones Left Alive" Cover

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Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City.

Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.

 

Sarah Davis-Groff

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The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women’. Her enjoyable debut novel suffers from no such deficit,” and that might be the best summation of this novel.

Feminist, kickass, The Guardian noted that the novel “runs compellingly enough to an irresistible internal logic of violence,” with the The Irish Times writing “Davis-Goff blends narrow and wide lens writing to good effect”.

 

"The Last Ones Left Alive" Cover-2

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Perhaps it’s shouldn’t be as astonishing for the novel to get a film adaptation, but I can’t help but be blown away considered it was published by Tinder Press just a month ago on March 7, 2019.

Treasure Entertainment

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Screen Daily reports that Treasure Entertainment has bought film rights. Producer Rebecca O’Flanagan said in a statement that:

From my first read, I was struck by the visual nature of the book and could immediately see that it was a story that has huge potential to hit international screens with iconic and far-reaching success.

So far it’s not known who will be involved in the project. Davis-Goff is said to be “creatively involved” but will not write the screenplay. That makes sense, considering that Totally Dublin reports that “Davis-Goff has signed a two-book deal with publisher Tinder Press, so horror fans can expect another page-turner in the near-future”.

What are you more excited for: the film adaptation or the sequel novel?

 

 

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Obi Wan screams

Shock as ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Poster Leaks!

The Star Wars: Episode 9 Poster has been leaked! Well, it might not be the official poster, heck it might just be a draft that was floating around, but it does give us a sneak peak at what’s in store.

 

star wars episode 9 poster

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Rey holds a lightsaber, Chewey stands with a tilted head behind her, and behind him is a women in a fluttering cape. Below Ray is C-3PO wearing a shoulder belt and armed with a bowcaster, on the left is Finn with an fish-headed alien over his shoulder, and on the right is is Poe armed with a plaster, a purple bodysuit-wearing individual behind him and BB-8 behind her on the rightmost side.

Below them we Kylo Ren below Rey holding his lightsaber. His helmet is back. Off to the right below him are the iconic storm troopers, and to his left is a cluster of what looks to be the Knights of Ren.

Now at the bottom are a team of Storm Troopers, but they are blood red. Of course there are star fighters and other star wars ships in the background, but notable the title below is just the iconic Star Wars insignia.

Looking at this poster, questions arise.

Why is C-3PO wearing Chewey’s gear?

Who is that fish-headed alien? The next Porg? Are the Porgs gone?

 

Porg

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Who is the woman in the cape?

Who is this person in a purple bodysuit?

The Knights of Ren? They’re here?

 

The Knights of Ren from Force Awakens

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Now we got some answers, but not a whole lot. Games Radar claims that “[a]ccording to some character sheets that MakingStarWars picked up along with the poster, those last two characters are Jannah and Zorri respectively.”

Jannah has been on Star Wars: Episode 9 set photos before. She packs a bow. It must pack a powerful punch considering all the villains have blasters.

 

Zorri, the person is purple, is possibly played by Keri Russell. She previously played Ellis from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Lindsey Farris from the J J Abrams’ Mission Impossible III. There’s not much we know about her character, but she’s cool so she gets Star Wars points.

 

 

The Knights of Ren are back. We don’t have much on them besides what we know from Force Awakens, which is they are the other students Luke trained who, when given the option, went with bratty Ben Solo instead of Luke Skywalker. We don’t even have a comic on them.

 

After Star Wars The Last Jedi

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But we do have a comic called Star War Poe Dameron written by Charles Soule with art by Angel Unzueta that takes place directly after Last Jedi, bringing Poe and Rey together at last. There’s not much action, but the character banter is great. Poe brags about being the best pilot in the galaxy and how he survived so many crashes, causing Rey to ask him if he’s the best pilot in the galaxy, then why does he crash so much?

While it doesn’t fill in any information on the Knights of Ren, it does bring to light how Poe survived the crash on Jakku and has more scenes with Princess Leia.

 

 

The comic has new scenes with Carrie Fisher. For those unaware, Digital Spy reported that director JJ Abrams said in a statement in July:

 

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Star Wars Poe Dameron comic

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Until Episode 9 comes out….

 

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Warner Bros. Eyeing Muslim Actor for Role of Hawkman

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

🎶 Rumor has it 🎶

 

Okay, I’ll stop quoting Adele – even though Rumor Has It is a great song – but according to  WeGotThisCovered and CosmicBook , DC and Warner Bros are looking for a Muslim actor to star as Hawkman:

Sources close to We Got This Covered can confirm that as has been rumored a few times now, WB is definitely developing a Hawkman movie and apparently, are eyeing a Muslim actor (who wasn’t named), between the age of 30-39, for the lead role. Furthermore, it’s said that Hawkgirl will feature as well, though no details on who may play her were disclosed.

 

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This would be a great win for diversity in the comic book world, as well as for Hollywood over all!

 

For those who don’t read comic books (why don’t you? They have words and pictures! The best of both worlds!) Hawkman is a dude named Carter Hall. Introduced back in 1940, he’s an archaeologist who finds an ancient knife, and upon touching it, he realizes he is the reincarnation of Khufu, the Egyptian Prince which an evil priest named Hath-Set killed with that very knife.

 

Illustration of Hawkman- with the caption 'The Hawkman- Peril of the Night'
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Well, that’s the Golden Age origin. He’s also got a second origin, which basically just adds to his first origin.

Basically Prince Khufu reincarnates himself using alien technology and becomes cursed to be reincarnated countless times – always finding the reincarnated love of his life before being killed by a reincarnated Hath-Set. Who knows how far they are going to dive into his origin?

In fact, who knows anything? Let’s face it: DC movie news is constantly in flux. Remember when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was cast as Black Adam.

 

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For those of you who don’t know Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam since forever ago. Heck, back in August of 2018, Hiram Garcia, president of productions at Seven Bucks Productions, told Collider that, “…I pitched [the character] to Dwayne early on, and he loved the idea, and we’ve just kind of kept it in the back of our mind”.

So Dawyne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam – they just need a movie to put him in. Could this Hawkman movie be it? Or will it go the way of “Rumor has it Michael B Jordan might be Superman” and disappear from our consciousness, making this article obsolete?

 

Illustration of Black Adam
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Let’s hope not.

 

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Actress Receives Standing Ovation

The word ‘timeless’ is thrown around a lot when speaking about 1962’s To Kill a Mocking Bird, but the film truly hasn’t seemed to age. Logically, of course, in a way it doesn’t. When the film is on, Atticus Finch always looks like a forty-six-year-old Gregory Peck, Scout Finch always looks like a ten-year- old Mary Badham, and those bright summer days always seem to fly by.

 

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“I have a vivid memory of watching it in my living room with my parents,” People reported  Celia Keenan-Bolger, the award-winning actress, telling a large audience. Near tears, Keenan-Bolger’s nostalgic tale drives home at what all stories strive for: emotional core.

However, by their nature emotions aren’t rational. They drive right past logic and stay with us in the back of our minds. Celia Keenan-Bolger told the awaiting audience how there was a “profound impact that Mary Badham’s performance as Scout Finch had on my life”. That’s not hyperbole, that’s emotional impact.

 

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There is a reason why we remember this story. After reaching fame as a child actress, Mary Badham told the Telegraph how, “I always called him Atticus and [Gregory Peck] still called me Scout right up to the end”. Since Mr. Peck’s death, Mary Badham has kept busy. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, she visited the Episcopal School  in Knoxville, Tennessee and spread the message of Harper Lee’s novel and its film adaptation, telling them how “[e]ducation is the key to freedom.”

When Aaron Sorkin underwent the challenge and now his adaptation of To Kill A Mocking Bird has hit Broadway. In what seems to be out of a fairy-tale,  Celia Keenan-Bolger, teary eyed, faced the audience and told them how Mary Badham’s performance as Scout became “an enduring icon to me and to young girls for many generations, so you can imagine what it felt like to find out that she is here today.”

 

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Afterwards Mary Badham was welcomed to the show with a sea of applause and, for one moment, people came closer together. Perhaps this is why we see stage adaptations of old favorites. The new mediums gives the story a new light, the actors a new inflection, and, despite the differences, we still find the same thing we found before.

 

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