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Franchise Killers: Blade: Trinity


Wesley Snipes - Blade: Trinity - 2004

Wesley Snipes – Blade: Trinity – 2004

The original Blade came along at a time when comic book movies were deemed “too risky”.  The year before, a hat trick of comic-based failure consisting of Batman and Robin, Steel and Spawn all struck out at the box office.  Marvel movies weren’t cool yet, so the first Blade was sold as a low-budget vampire movie rather than the adaptation of a comic book.  Blade was a decent enough hit to generate two sequels and a TV series.  Writer-director David Goyer clearly had plans to carry on the Blade franchise.  In fact he seemed to be using the third Blade movie to set up a series of spin-offs.  But instead, Blade: Trinity killed the series and ended up with everyone embroiled in a bitter lawsuit.

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First Picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman


Gail Gadot as Wonder Woman

DC Comics has released the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from their upcoming super hero flick, Batman v. Superman.

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Wonder Woman Cast!


wonder woman

I have been a vocal critic of this year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel from Zach Snyder and David Goyer.  Their involvement in the sequel has me less than excited about the project.  The announcement that Ben Affleck would co-star as Batman had me even less excited – both because I didn’t care for the casting and because I didn’t really want to see Batman crowding Superman out of his own movie.  I had suggested that if WB wanted to team Superman up with another hero, it made more sense to have Wonder Woman co-star.

Well, apparently I will get my wish.  Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the untitled sequel.

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Personal Musings: Nerd Rage


batfleck

“I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd … it’s not about what you love.  It’s about how you love it.”

Wil Wheaton, King of the Nerds

It’s hard to believe it has been over a month since the world learned that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.  It seems like only yesterday, the internet was in an uproar over the idea of the former Daredevil playing the Dark Knight. 
 
Since that time, every celebrity with any connection to Batman or Affleck has been put on the spot and more or less forced to say, “Give Batfleck a shot”.  Big surprise, Matt Damon thinks his best friend is up to the task!  After the initial outrage on Twitter died down, there followed a wave of shaming.  It was as if everyone who didn’t have a strong reaction to Affleck’s casting felt the need to shame those who did.
 

Review: Man of Steel


Man of Steel

This year marks 75 years since Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938.  When he first appeared, he wore a circus strongman’s outfit while performing feats of strength.  The original Superman couldn’t fly.  He leapt tall buildings in a single bound.  Over the years, Superman has been adapted to stage, screen and radio.  He’s been on TV and the movies both in animation and live action.  Not surprisingly, the Man of Steel has changed with the times.  In the post 9/11-era, the original super hero was in danger of seeming outdated.  To that end, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the creative force behind the Dark Knight trilogy, have teamed with Watchmen director, Zach Snyder, to reinvent Superman for the 21st Century.

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