Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disney/Fox Part 3: Confirmation!






It's official.

Link.

It looks like Fox will still exist, and the pieces of Fox not owned by Disney will call themselves "New Fox".

It's going to take another 12-18 months to hammer out the literally millions of fine legal details, so that gives plenty of time for the current batch of X-Men films to come out, and for Marvel to plan out how they're going to integrate X-Men and Fantastic Four into their Phase 4 slate.

More details are going to come out later today.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The history of Marvel's movie deals.



Recap for those who haven't kept up.....



All righty, so, back in the 90's, Marvel the comic book company was being mis-managed as badly as WB/DC movies are being today.
There's a whole long saga I could write about that, but let's skip past that for now.
The company finally filed for bankruptcy.
They came > < this close to winking out of existence.
Thankfully for the world, they didn't.

As part of the path to climbing out of the hole, they scattered their movie rights to the four winds like dandelion fluff to just about everybody.

This is where ALL the fucking trouble started.
All the bullshit getting the pieces to come back together has been because of this.


Blade Trilogy (1998-2004)



New Line got Blade, and they were the first ones out of the gate with a Marvel movie.
This got the ball rolling.
This showed everyone else you could make a successful movie with these characters.

Marvel has Blade back now, but they haven't done anything with him yet.


X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra
(2000-2017)



Fox got all of these, and started off with X-men, which was a hit, and they're still playing in that universe today.

Daredevil and Elektra, not so much.

They reverted back to Marvel, and Daredevil got made into a Netflix show, and Elektra has popped up on his show. As has the Punisher, but we'll get to him.
The Netflix shows of course, connect to the MCU.

X-Men and Fantastic Four are about to go back to Marvel as we speak.
Which is why I'm writing this post in the first place.


Spider Man (2002-Present)


Sony got Spider-Man, and after X-Men proved successful, they made the first Raimi-Spidey, which was a monster hit, and that truly (IMHO) led to the MCU.

Sony and Marvel cut a deal to share Spidey, so Marvel doesn't technically "have Spider-Man back", but he gets to play in the MCU, and they profit off him being in their films, so....to every fan's mind, he's effectively back.

To Marvel's mind he's back too, that "Homecoming", in the title doesn't just mean Petey goes to the school dance.

Spidey is about to be in "Avengers: Infinity War", and in a couple years, a sequel to "Homecoming".
Whether Sony will re-up the deal after that is anyone's guess.
They'd be total fools not to though.


Hulk, The Incredible Hulk (2003, 2008)


Universal had Hulk, and once they saw Spider-Man be a huge hit, they jumped on making a Hulk film.
Critics weren't kind, a lot of geeks still sneer at it, but I liked it.

Then, when the MCU started to be a thing, they shared with Marvel, and put the next one into canon.
As I've pointed out before, you can kinda sorta almost wedge the Ang Lee one into MCU canon if you really want to.

Universal has a weird deal where they still own the distribution rights to solo Hulk movies, but if Marvel puts Hulk into a team-up movie, Universal gets nothing.
Which is why Hulk has stayed in Avengers movies since 2012.
When/if Universal's rights lapse is anyone's guess.

Hulk was last seen in "Thor: Ragnarok", and is going to be in "Avengers: Infinity War".

Universal is still sitting on the rights to Sub-Mariner....but no one seems to care.
Hey, if they some day crank out a Sub-Mariner movie, I'll be there, but it's not a character I'm dippy about. Wake me when it happens.


The Punisher, Punisher: War Zone, Man-Thing (2004-2008)



Lionsgate got these.

I of course worship the 2004 Punisher.

War Zone I've grown more affectionate towards.
Patton Oswalt built a cult around it just by raving about it on a podcast.

Lexi Alexander (director if War Zone) has directed a bunch of TV, and is about to do a bio-pic on Chris Benoit.
Disturbing subject matter, but a story that needs telling.
She's awesome, I hope the flick is a hit.
If not, then maybe Oscar bait.

Man-Thing....is the worst thing ever done involved with Marvel.
I finally saw this a couple years back.
Screw "Howard The Duck", screw "Inhumans", screw "Iron-Fist", even screw Roger Corman's "Fantastic Four", this ought to be the movie that trips off people's tongues when they talk about the bad end of the Marvel spectrum.

Boring story, boring pace, shitty detestable characters, below porno level acting, it's a fucking abomination.
No theatrical release, this went straight to SyFy.
WTF were they thinking?

Punisher reverted back to Marvel, and he premiered on Daredevil's Netflix show, and then just this year got his own Netflix show which was the best of all the Netflix/Marvel shows, and was (IMHO) the best Punisher adaptation period.
Yep, sorry Tom Jane, you've been bumped down the list.

Man-Thing reverted back to Marvel, and his face as a statue is an Easter egg in "Thor: Ragnarok".
So, there's a missing movie somewhere where he fought in Goldblum's gladiator ring.


Ghost Rider, 
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance 
(2007-2011)


Columbia got these.

I finally saw them.
First one's watchable if you make fun of it.
Second one is just torture.

Ghost Rider reverted back to Marvel, and they put him into "Agents Of Shield".
Which of course connects to MCU.
He was awesome.
I wish they'd just give Ghost Rider a spinoff, cancel Shield, and give GR their time slot.
It's what everyone wants!
But..they're being stubborn.
Or, more specifically, Ike Perlmutter is being stubborn.
ABC just tried to cancel Shield, but Perlmutter said "no".


The Marvel Cinematic Universe 
(2008-Present)


Kevin Feige worked on 13 of the above movies that led up to this, and his experience with those showed him what worked, and what didn't.
So, with a fistful of characters that reverted back to Marvel because no one else used them, and a bold vision, and balls big enough to carry in a wheelbarrow, he hatched his plan.

He took out a multi-billion dollar loan, using the box-office of X-Men, and Spidey, (and some of the others that did all right, but also didn't suck) as proof to the bank they were a good risk, and founded a separate Marvel studio.

Then, out rolled Iron Man, and they were off to the races.

Then, Disney bought them out for 5 billion, which paid off their loan, and wiped away the residual bankruptcy damage, and got them back into the black once and for all.

The first movie under Disney was "The Avengers".

Their ABC shows spun off soon after.

The first season of Daredevil on Netflix not long after that.

Along the way, they got back Spider-Man (see above).

And, Disney's supposed to announce their acquisition of Fox Studios, and thus the return of X-Men and Fantastic Four, this Thursday.

The next couple movies are gonna be "Black Panther", and "Avengers: Infinity War".

So, while the slow re-assembly of the Marvel universe in movies may have been torture for geeks like me, if Kevin Feige didn't gain experience with those first 13 movies, and if some of them weren't the hits they were, there'd BE no MCU for them to re-absorb into.

So, in the long run, that Marvel bankruptcy had its good side.
Who woulda thunk, huh?

Maybe DC needs to crash to be reborn too.
Who knows....


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Finally!! Fucking finally!!!!


They finally did it!!
Marvel's re-assembled all its pieces!!!


Disney is buying big chunks of the Fox pie, including Fox studios, the Fox network, FX, FXX, 30% shares in Hulu (making them majority shareholders), NatGeo, and...some other foreign channels I don't care about.

Fox as a company will still exist, and have Fox News, Fox sports...and all that right-wing redneck crap I don't care about.

What MATTERS, is Disney/Marvel will finally get back X-Men, and Fantastic Four!!!!!

Fuck, I never thought this would happen, but then, I never thought the Marvel/Sony deal to get Spider-Man into the MCU would happen, and look how that turned out!!!

Anyhoo, here's what's happened...

The two big bidders for Fox were Disney and Comcast.

Even if Comcast had gotten Fox, Disney/Marvel would have still gotten those X-Men/FF rights back, because those license agreements were/are non-transferable, meaning Comcast couldn't have them, meaning they'd revert back to Disney/Marvel anyway.

As tasty as it would be for Marvel to have all their characters back home, that would just be frosting, Disney wanted/wants that whole Fox cake, because they'll own every property they've ever made going back to the beginning of cinema, and with that, they can have a giant library to help launch their streaming service to compete with Netflix.
Not just to stream, and re-release on disk, and play on basic cable, but to turn into TV shows and cartoons forever and ever.

Netflix is going to devour the whole world, and Disney doesn't want to go down without a fight, they want to be Pepsi to Netflix's Coke.

Aaaaanyhooo Comcast JUST right now today dropped out of the race.
Disney is totally going to get Fox.
It's a forgone conclusion, they just have to sort out details.
Announcement could come any day now.
But, I'm sick of waiting.
I'm calling it right now.
Like election results.

Comcast made their concession speech, but Disney is taking forever to give their victory speech, and I suspect Marvel will take even longer to lay out what this means for MCU.

Will the Brian Singer X-Men verse continue?
If so, for how long?

Will R rated Deadpool movies continue?
If so, for how long?

Will Disney make R rated Marvel films under another brand, like Touchstone?

Will the X-Men all be rebooted and recasted, like Spider-Man was?

Will Deadpool be immune to the reboot, and make a joke about it?

Will Phase 4 be a long arc involving Fantastic Four?

Will FF be rebooted?
(They'd better be!)

Will we be slave to Disney's planned slate, and we'll get less movies, or will all the Fox employees get to double up on production?
Y'know, like how Sony technically produced "Spider-Man: Homecoming"?

Will the Fox logo and fanfare still be a thing?
(I bet not)

How soon can we expect the inevitable crossovers?

What if anything will the crossover flicks bump out?
OR, will the characters be dropped into already slated flicks, like Spidey into "Civil War", and "Infinity war"?

So many questions....

I'll update this story as it develops further.

But for right now, YAAAAAAAYY!!!! FUCKING YAAAYYYY!!!!!!


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Superheroes Seven.


All righty, let's just get this done...

First, last year's-

Superheroes Six.


Now, as I said here...

I don't wanna do these anymore at all.
I need to get these monkeys off my back once and for all.
They served their purpose, time to move on.
I'll observe Halloween and Christmas, and I'll always keep the archive of these old ones up,

So, this will just compile the last "all-purpose superhero/SF thread".
Don't need to have that annoyance on my bookmark toolbar anymore.
Freedom!!


DC


  • Wonder Woman came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Justice League came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Justice League Dark came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Lego Batman came out, and I reviewed it.
  • I ranked the whole DCEU so far.
  • I ranked the 12 Batman movies so far.
  • Justice League is a disaster with critics, and at the domestic box-office, and the fate of the DCEU is up in the air.
  • Kevin Sujihara sabotaged JL just to get his bonus check, so he needs to be homeless and eating garbage from a garbage can lid as his plate, and salting his meal with tears.
  • Shazam is casted, and it's Zachary Levi, and Billy Batson's casted, and it's Asher Angel.
  • Zachary Levi says the tone of Shazam will be like "Guardians Of The Galaxy".
  • Wonder Woman 2 seems to be going ahead.
  • Aquaman is definitely coming, because its all shot.
  • Margot Robbie seems to be under the blissful impression that her 4 Harley Quinn films in development are happening.
  • Matt Reeves is under the blissful impression that he's doing a Batman trilogy.
  • Chris McKay, who directed "Lego Batman", is under the blissful impression he's doing a Nightwing movie.
  • Ben Affleck is under no blissful impressions, as he wants out of DCEU, and isn't even hiding it anymore.
  • Adam West died. :-(
  • "Batman vs Two-Face", the sequel to "Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders", and Adam West's final performance came out, but I haven't seen it yet.
  • "Dr. Marston and The Wonder Women", came out, but I haven't seen it, but it's getting good buzz.
  • A movie is being developed about the time the Superman radio show blew the lid off the KKK.

Marvel


  • Logan came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2 came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Thor Ragnarok came out, and I reviewed it.
  • Inhumans came out, and unfortunately it counts as a movie, so here it is. 
  • Up next for Fox-Marvel, New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
  • Fox-Marvel is developing an R rated Multiple Man movie with James Franco.
  • Disney-Marvel might buy Fox studios, which would re-unite X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Avengers at long fucking last. Downside, scary monopoly, PG-13 X-Men movies, and possible actor rebootings. The last 2 would destroy the Deadpool, X-Force, New Mutants series.
  • Infinity War had a trailer, and it's the most viewed trailer ever. I'm not linking it, because math says you saw it.
  • Black Panther had two awesome trailers. Ditto the above.
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp is finally filming.
  • Sony is moving ahead with their Venom movie, with Silver & Black, Kraven, Mysterio, and Morbius lined up for the next ones. Oh, Sony, you're adorable. *Head pat*
  • I ranked the MCU so far.
  • I ranked the Fox-X-Men-verse so far.

Off-brand Superheroes.



All The Rest.



TV.
  • Marvel-
  • Inhumans is the worst Marvel thing ever.
  • Second place for worst is Iron Fist. I didn't hate it, there's good things in it, but it's the least good of the Defenders-verse shows.
  • Defenders was pretty good. Not up there with Daredevil season 2, but pretty damned good. It even fixed the Iron Fist character.
  • Punisher was fucking incredible. Best Marvel show ever. Best Punisher thing ever.
  • Cloak And Dagger is on its way.
  • Legion was fucking incredible.
  • I'm hearing great things about The Gifted, but I didn't keep up on it after the pilot.
  • I'm hearing great things about Runaways, but I haven't seen it.
  • The Big Hero 6 cartoon come out, but I didn't see it.
  • Agents Of Shield is going to space.
  • Damage Control died.
  • New Warriors is still in development.
  • DC-
  • "Crisis On Earth X", happened, and was better than "Justice League".
  • Preacher season 2 was another incredible triumph.
  • Powerless is cancelled.
  • Gotham is still plugging along.
  • Krypton is still in production.
  • Black Lightning is coming really soon to CW.
  • Teen Titans live-action has casted, and is in production.
  • Misc-
  • Star Trek Discovery came out, and is excellent.
  • The Orville is like having new episodes of TNG back. But with funny parts.
  • "American Gods", is fucking glorious.
  • MST3K's kickstarter comeback happened. Haven't seen it yet.
  • There's still going to be an "Umbrella Academy", show, and Ellen Page is signed on.
  • The Boys is in production by Seth Rogan.

No updates for....
  • The Marvel mystery movies for 2020.
  • The Hasbro Universe.
  • Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection.
  • Jupiter's Legacy.
  • Wildcards.
  • Stretch Armstrong.
  • Essex County.
  • Alien Nation reboot.
  • Xena reboot.
  • The Valiant universe, and anything in it.
  • Chrononauts.
  • Infinite Horizon.
  • I Kill Giants.
  • Chew.
  • Crash Ryan.
  • Blood Brothers.
  • Lumberjanes.
  • Imagine Agents.
  • Nemesis.
  • 100 Bullets.
  • League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot.
  • Brilliance.
  • Vicious.
  • Steelheart.
  • Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets.
  • Mega Man.
  • The Six Billion Dollar Man.
  • Dreadstar.
  • Sex Criminals.
  • Lazarus.
  • The Wicked And The Divine.
  • Hack/Slash.
  • Greatest American Hero reboot.
  • Rambo the series.

And that's that!!
I'm free!!!!!
See you next time for Christmas!!


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Big Winter Movies Part 3. (Part 6).

Bonus episode!
I just had to talk about....


Crisis On Earth X (2017)


Hey, if I can loophole TV in with "Inhumans", and "Ash vs Evil Dead", then why not?

This is the sixth overall crossover of the DC CW shows, and the second crossover of all four shows.
Basically, it's a four hour movie (well, 3 and some change minus commercials).
Best one yet!

I gotta talk about it, because dammit, it's better than "Justice League".
It really fuckin' is.

And they had WAY more characters to manage, and only a budget of a little over a million an episode.

And it's a better story.
And all the characters shine.
And there's more fights, and they're done really well!!
And you'll even cry in places!!

It's not perfect, some of the dramatic scenes can get a little schmaltzy, and TV budget CGI can look video-game-y in spots, but the story is the thing, and this kicked JL's ass.
And I loved JL!!

DC CW has been killing it, and they REALLY killed it this time!
I dunno how they can top it next year.

But they MUST have set themselves the goal of one-upping JL.
They did it!
Son of a bitch, they did it!

Learn from this, DC, you don't have to spend 300 million fucking dollars to tell a good story.
Somewhere between 4 million, and 300 million, there's got to be a reasonable price tag for these things.

Anyhoo, track it down if you missed it.
Netflix might have it, Hulu might have it, CW Seed has it, Spectrum On-Demand might have it.
However you've gotta get it, get it.

The pieces are Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends Of Tomorrow, in that order.
All under the "Crisis On Earth X", banner for episode title.

Enjoy!!!


Next time, Last Jedi for sure!!


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Friday, November 24, 2017

Ranking Batman so far (2017)


Previously-

Well, Batman is 12 movies deep, and it's looking less and less likely that Ben Affleck wants to stick around, and Matt Reeves wants to change things up, and the very existence of the DCEU is in doubt. SO, what better time to recap the flicks as reference for whatever Bruce Wayne's next outing is?

Here we go...














1. Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

"What??!?! Not Dark Knight?!?!", you must be saying.
Nope.
When you get out the scalpel, and dissect it, this one has the best depiction of Batman, and Bruce's struggle between having a normal life, and being Batman.
It's tear jerking.
Other Batman movies have great villains, this movie is actually about Batman.
Therefore, it's the best Batman movie.
QED.
Also, where this is a wide release theatrical film, you can officially count Kevin Conroy among your favorite Batmans, and Mark Hamill counts as a movie Joker.













2. The Lego Batman Movie

"Lego Batman!?!?! Are you fucking mad?!?!? It's Dark Knight!!!".
Nope.
I love the shit out of Dark Knight, but this is a celebration of EVERYTHING Batman.
If you're a longtime Batfan, this is for you.
It's wonderful.













3. The Dark Knight

There you go, there's Dark Knight.
You can exhale now.













4. The Dark Knight Rises

I genuinely don't understand the retroactive hate-boner some people have for this flick.
I think it's fucking great.
I mean, I've heard some of the lame nitpicky reasons why, and they don't fly.
Dark Knight can be nitpicked too, but people give it a pass because they love Ledger's Joker so much.
No one was ever going to equal or beat Ledger.
That was a once in a generation thing.
Me, I loved Tom Hardy's Bane just fine.
There's nothing that sucks in this movie, people are spoiled and like to bitch.













5. Justice League

It really shouldn't have taken 75 years for this to be a thing.
But we're finally here, and it feels good.













6. Batman v Superman

Ditto.













7. Batman Begins

Best live-action depiction of Batman's origin story you're likely to ever get.
I hope they never redo the origin again in my lifetime.
We've got it.
We know it.
Let's move forward.
Same with Spider-Man.













8. Batman Returns

My favorite of the Burton/Shumaker quadrilogy.
Remember, this one happens at Christmas, so it's "The Batman Christmas Special".
If you get sick of Rudolph and The Grinch, you've always got this to pop in.













9. Batman

Still iconic, so much so, Danny Elfman swiped the theme for bits of Justice League.













10. Batman The Movie

People razz on the Adam West incarnation, but his version pulled off the offbeat humor that the Shumacher ones failed miserably at recapturing.
It's a tricky balance.
West's Batman is a very weird guy who takes himself very seriously, but the people around him are forced to take him seriously too, because he always wins.
That goes from funny, to all the way back around the dial to cool.
West makes it look easy, but fuckin' Kilmer and Cloony couldn't do it.
RIP, Adam.













11. Batman Forever

If these are what we had to go through to get to Nolan, then I'm fine with it now.













12. Batman and Robin

Ditto.


And that's Batman's cinematic big screen adventures.
See you next time for Jake Gyllenhaal, or whomever dons the cowl next.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving the 8th.



Previously...

My comment on the pic: Yessss, children, tear the flesh, WEAR the flesh!!
Ahahhahahaa!!


Yeah, last year was a shit pile.
Ma got sick again, and she wasn't home, and everyone awesome was dying, and we got our shitty president, so...I was pretty much dead inside.
This year feels a little bit better.
Even though we've still got the shitty president.
*Shaking dice gesture* c'moooooon, impeachment!!

"The Last Jedi", comes out next month.
That's a good thing.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story", comes out in May somehow.

"Justice League", is getting mutilated at the box office, and by critics.
Weird.
Whodathunk?


This Christmas will be the last "all-purpose superhero thread", thingy.
I don't need that anymore.
The superhero movies devoured Hollywood.
We won.

So, I guess I'm thankful for that.

Have a happy!


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