Month: April 2017

12 Actors Who Have Featured In DC And Marvel Movies

Marvel and DC are titans and main rivals when it comes to the comic book superhero universe. That rivalry is really beginning to heat up with so many future releases from both parties set to drop in the next couple of years. Naturally there is going to be some form of crossover between both worlds so here’s a list of just some of the actors and actresses who have featured in both Marvel and DC movies:

Ben Affleck – Affleck is currently portraying Batman role for DC as seen in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and briefly in Suicide Squad, but he also donned the rather forgettable Daredevil outfit for Marvel – both were fairly terrible movies. He returns as the Dark Knight later this year in Justice League.

set_ben_affleck_daredevil_batman.png

Ryan Reynolds – Everyone now knows Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Deadpool, a distant member of the X-Men family for Marvel. He actually first played the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity all the way back in 2004. His appearance for DC was definitely a low point in his career, playing the lead character in Green Lantern.

m9sovmd1v89qaoblpfgb.jpg

Halle Berry – Obviously best known for her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men series, Berry took a quick trip to the DC universe in 2004 in the painfully awful Catwoman and returned to Marvel without ever looking back.

Halle-Berry.jpg

Tommy Lee-Jones – Remember all those terrible Batman movies throughout the 90s? Lee-Jones featured in one of them, playing Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever – a role that he has since claimed he hated (as did we). Fast-forward 16 years and he appeared for Marvel, playing Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, a slightly more commendable role.

tommy.jpg

Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix cool guy cameoed in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Daily Planet editor Perry White. In 2007 he voiced the Silver Surfer in Marvel’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

marvel-and-dc-actors-emgn-6.jpg

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Spare a thought for Adewale who must have spent hours in makeup for both DC and Marvel roles. He featured in last year’s Suicide Squad as Killer Croc, so you can be forgiven for not recognising him in that. He also featured in Thor: The Dark World, playing Algrim/Kurse – again, caked in makeup and costume.

adewale-akinnuoye-agbaje-suicde-squad-20th-century-fox-thor-paramount-042416.jpg

Josh Brolin & Michael Fassbender – DC’s Jonah Hex was one of Hollywood’s glorious failures, financially and critically despite an impressive cast. Many of whom have gone on to much better things and these two in particular. Fassbender of course has had a couple of outings in the X-Men series as a younger Magneto in First Class and Days of Future Past. We may have only seen Brolin portraying Thanos briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron but expect a larger role as the large headed villain in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

jonah2.jpg

James Marsden – One of Hollywood’s underrated sons, probably best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men series before being killed off in The Last Stand. Like Berry, he jumped over to the DC world, featuring in 2006’s Superman Returns, reteaming with X-Men director Bryan Singer who made a similar leap.

james-marsden-superman-returns-warner-bros-x-men-20th-century-fox-everett-042116.jpg

J.K Simmons – One of Simmons’ most loved characters is J. Jonah Jameson, the quippy news editor of the Daily Bugel in Marvel’s Spiderman of the noughties. Since then he has starred in the likes of Whiplash and Patriots Day, the latter of which portraying a glorious moustache. He will star as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League later this year probably thanks to his fantastic facial hair.

jk.jpeg

Willem Dafoe – Dafoe featured alongside Simmons in Spiderman, playing the terrifying Green Goblin. He’ll be seen playing Nuidis Vulko in this year’s Justice League as well as the stand-alone Aquaman production in 2018.

willem.jpg

Michael Keaton – Despite doubts over the casting, Keaton did a good job of playing Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. He re-entered the superhero world in the alternative Oscar-winning Birdman a couple of years ago, but later this year he will be starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fittingly playing the villainous Vulture.

michael-keaton-batman-returns-108814.jpeg

Advertisements

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Trailer #1

If you were a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman – The Secret Service’, than expect big things from the sequel.

An almighty cast has been assembled including five Oscar winners in the form of Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth and Elton John. In addition to that, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong return, with Channing Tatum also making an appearance.

The trailer promises twice as much spy game as the first, check it out below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Teaser Trailer

The long wait for a first look at the next Star Wars movie is finally here, and following the ending to ‘The Force Awakens’, there is huge anticipation for its release.

Rey and Finn return along with Luke Skywalker, and following her family’s acceptance to show her images, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia will also make an appearance.

Keep an eye out also for some interesting cameos including Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow…

Directed by Rian Johnson, the man behind Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released in the UK this December. Here’s a sneak peak:

Transformers: The Last Knight – Trailer #3

So following the release of the latest trailer for the umpteenth Transformers movie which is set to be released this year, director Michael Bay claims that there are plans to produce 14 more films in the franchise…14?!

Whilst you digest that horrific news, here’s the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight, which features Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, some cheesy lines and a load of robots making lots of noise. There’s 14 more of these to come…

Transformers: The Last Knight is set to be released this June in the UK

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer

Today we were given a sneak peak into the third Thor movie, Ragnarok. But it seems to have raised a number of questions – Thor a slave warrior? Hulk and enemy? Thor with short hair? JEFF GOLDBLUM?!

Among Jeff and of course the returning Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett joins the Marvel party as the villainous Hela with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange set to make some form of appearance.

From indie director Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok is set to be the third Marvel movie of the year when it comes out this October following the summer releases of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Check out the trailer below:

 

All 16 Disney Classics Getting the Live-Action Treatment

Following the release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last month and my blog entry questioning whether the live-action remake was necessary, here is a complete list of all Disney classics getting the live-action gloss:

The Lion King – Possibly the most beloved Disney movie is set to be remade by Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau. Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.

lion king.jpeg

Pinocchio – Daniel Hedges, who wrote the screenplay for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’, is working on a slightly darker, live-action remake based on the 1883 novel of the wooden boy who comes to life. Guillermo Del Toro has been working on a stop-motion version of the movie, while Ron Howard has been rumoured to direct Warner Bros’ take on it, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Gepetto.

Aladdin – Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct this remake, similar to the original. There’s also suggestion there will be a separate movie titled ‘Genies’, dedicated to the background behind the Genie – a difficult role to fulfil following Robin Williams’ portrayal in the 1992 original.

aladdin.jpg

The Little Mermaid – Not much has been mentioned about this one other than Broadway legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda teaming up with original Disney songwriter Alan Menken to recreate the songs that featured in the animated version of the movie.

Dumbo – Tim Burton, who already has experience when it comes to Disney remakes following ‘Alice in Wonderland’, is set to direct with Eva Green and Danny DeVito also signed up to feature. Colin Farrell is also rumoured to feature in some capacity with ‘Transformers’ writer Ehren Kruger behind the story.

dumbo.jpg

Cruella – Emma Stone is set to portray the fur-loving villain in this origin story behind the ‘101 Dalmations’ character. ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ co-creator, Alex Timbers, will be directing this one.

Night On Bald Mountain – This one will be a little unknown to some people but it’s actually a remake of a sequence in the musical classic, ‘Fantasia’.

The Jungle Book 2 – Following the success of the 2016 live-action remake, Jon Favreau is set to direct the sequel to the Disney classic after last year’s success. Writer Justin Marks and Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli, are both also set to return with the release date considered to be sometime in 2019.

Maleficent 2 – Another successful Disney remake/adaptation was 2014’s ‘Maleficent’ and like ‘The Jungle Book’, is set for a sequel, with Angelina Jolie returning as the wicked sorceress who originated from ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

male.jpg

Peter Pan – Rather conveniently, the man behind 2016’s remake of ‘Pete’s Dragon’, David Lowery, will be directing the live-action rebrand of ‘Peter Pan’. The real-life version of the boy who never grows up is set for release next year and leads us on nicely to our next entry.

Tinker Bell – Peter’s beloved fairy companion is getting her own spin-off movie, with Reese Witherspoon playing the lead role.

tinkerbell.jpg

Winnie the Pooh – The honey-loving bear is set to get the live-action gloss with a story based on an adult Christopher Robin, and will be directed by ‘Spotlight’ writer and director, Tom McCarthy. There is also to be a biopic based on the man behind Pooh, AA Milne, released next year starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson.

Prince Charming – Many Disney movies’ focus is on a princess in some capacity, but this time that will be changing to the male side of things. It’s unclear however as to whether the Prince Charming in question is based on the character from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.

Rose Red – Again, this is a take on an alternative character from a famous Disney movie. The first movie in fact – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. This time though, the focus is on Rose Red, the sister of Snow White who works with the dwarves to save her when she famously bites the poisonous apple.

Mulan – The live-action remake of the 1998 original is set to be released in November next year and Niki Caro is rumoured to be directing but there have been no suggestions as to who will be playing the lead role as of yet.

mulan.jpg

Sword in the Stone – ‘Game of Thrones’ writer, Bryan Cogman is penning the script for this one. Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, which is released later this year, also shares a later affiliation to the story of the lead character.