Tag Archive: Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has stepped in for Zack Snyder as the director of “Justice League.” Not only is he reportedly making the movie lighter in tone, but he may be changing the ending.

Potential spoilers are ahead.

According to /Film, the movie has been altered to focus on Steppenwolf as the main threat. Reportedly, before Steppenwolf was more like the Silver Surfer, heralding the coming of Darkseid.

Justice League stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (the Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and a host of others.


Big comic book movie news

For starters Alan Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” is coming to Fox television. The graphic novel series has already been adapted into a terrible movie starring Sean Connery as Alan Quartermain. But Moore has famously hated any adaptations of his work, including “V for Vendetta” and “Watchmen”. Well he’s not likely to change his mind now because “Green Lantern” writer Michael Green will serve as writer and show runner.

In other comic book movie news, Vin Diesel (“Fast and Furious 6”) confirms he met with Marvel Studios about an unknown project:

“Marvel meeting today, Diesel writes. “Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!”

He also posted a photo of him in front of an Avengers comic cover featuring Giant Man. But he also once posted a photo of Vision, which me managed to include in this post. Could he join Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers 2”?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Vin Diesel already starred in “Fast and Furious 6” and is returning to the world of Riddick with “Riddick”. But could he also join the Marvel film universe? Diesel tweeted that he was taking a meeting with Marvel, but didn’t know what for. Now before “The Avengers” came out from Joss Whedon, there were rumors that Diesel would play Vision. Then there were rumors he’d play Vision in Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man”. But, and this might be wishful thinking, wouldn’t it be cool if he played Kingpin in a DareDevil remake?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Bryan Singer has confirmed that Evan Peters will be playing Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. If you’re confused, that’s likely because Joss Whedon said Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch would be in “The Avengers 2”. Marvel’s Kevin Feige explains how this can happen:

“There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with ‘Avengers,’ but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with ‘The Avengers,” Feige told Super Hero Hype. Peters joins  Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing and Boo Boo Stewart.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the first full promo for Marvel Studio’s upcoming TV show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The show features the return of Agent Coulson. Clark Gregg stars along with  Ming-Na Wen (“Agent Melinda May”), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agent Jemma Simmons”), Iain De Caestecker (“Agent Leo Fitz”), Brett Dalton (“Agent Grant Ward”), Chloe Bennet (“Skye”) and J. August Richards in an unspecified role.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Joss Whedon talks Thanos

When Thanos appeared in “The Avengers”, to comic book fans it was huge. He’s one of the gold standard villains. To non-comic fans, they were likely left thinking “Who the heck is that?” Joss Whedon isn’t shying about talking about Thanos. Here’s what he told Screen Rant:

“Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful; he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about The Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”

It makes you think perhaps Thanos is being set up for “The Avengers 3” and not “The Avengers 2”. Anyways, “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley and more kicks off phase 2 this weekend.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s strange to even be asking this. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which brought together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) set an opening weekend record and became the highest grossing film in the U.S. and worldwide not directed by James Cameron. And it earned significantly more than any single Marvel film before it. Which makes it surprising that “Iron Man 3” earned $195.3 million internationally last weekend, besting “The Avengers” opening at $185 million. The question becomes, is “Iron Man 3” going to beat “The Avengers”? The short answer is I don’t think so. Even if “Iron Man 3” has decent legs internationally, it’s tough to see it earning more than $650-700 million. The wild card is its release in the U.S. The good news is that Regal and AMC are selling tickets for the film again, meaning Disney/Marvel worked out its disagreement with the two chains. But how big will it open? “Iron Man 2” opened to just more than $128 million in 2010. That means even if this film received a 30 percent bump like “Iron Man 2” did its first weekend from the first Iron Man, then we’re looking at roughly $170 million for its opening, well below “The Avengers”. That would be a feat in of itself though, given how third films in series tend to not do as well (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix: Revolutions”). So if this film builds on its opening at all, that’s a good start, the big question is will it have any legs. The answer to that is yes. This film is getting rave reviews right now, although that might indicate hype will become too high. Still, this film should reach $1 billion worldwide, just don’t expect it to get to “The Avengers” box office marks.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” has some huge expectations. The first film after “The Avengers” and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley, the film has teased epic battles and a lot of set pieces. Joss Whedon saw the film and reportedly asked afterwards “What am I supposed to do now? What am I going to do in “The Avengers 2″? ”

Not exactly the most promising quote. Hopefully it was self-deprecating humor.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Most overrated film of 2012?

Readers of the LA Times voted Joss Whedon’es mega-blockbuster “The Avengers” as the most overrated film of 2012, gathering 85%  of the vote. It’s important to note that 2,600 people voted, so it’s not too big of a sample size. Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” came in at second with 5% of the vote. “Bernie”, starring Jack Black, was voted the most under appreciated film of 2012.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Gary Ross helped kicked things off with “The Hunger Games” starring Jennifer Lawrence back in March. Since then, we’ve seen some flops like “Wrath of the Titans” but with giant sized hits like Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and some surprises like “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Hollywood had a record year. In all, $10.8 billion in ticket sales happened in 2012, up from $10.6 last year. Now of course inflation, 3D and stuff like that has something to do with it. But it was also the first time that Hollywood saw in increase in total ticket sales, with attendance up 5 percent from the previous year.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.