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Spider-Man Sequel Confirms Return Of Director & Star

In probably the most groan inducing and obvious news to ever surface, a sequel to this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man is in the works. After the first one came out to a generally positive reaction from audiences, this money grab new franchise reboot seems determined to follow through with its shameless planned effort to make a new Spider-Man trilogy. At the time however, director for the first film, Marc Webb, was unconfirmed for a return. Now it seems like we’ll have to endure get to see another film starring the wonderful Mr. Garfield and his spectacularly lame portrayal of the hippest, least relatable, and most lame-sauce version of Peter Parker yet. [Editor’s Note – I totally disagree, Garfield > Maguire]

Aren’t I tortured?

Now if it wasn’t clear, I’m not a fan of the movie. I found myself trying really hard to stay positive about the movie right up until I actually saw it, but boy was I ever let down. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece of epic proportions, nor was I even expecting a knockout, drag down epic superhero film. What I got instead was probably one of the stupidest, most uninteresting, boring superhero films I’ve ever seen. As I was watching it I found myself groaning in disgust or facepalming at the inanity of everything, literally every 5 minutes. Not to mention the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in a movie since the Hulk Dogs from Ang Lee’s Hulk; The goddamned lizard mouse. Plus the sweaters Peter wears, oh GOD the layers on this guy! What is he anemic? Dude wears at least 4 layers of clothes in every scene where he’s not in his Spider-Man garb.

4! Four layers of clothes! Ah! Ah! Ah!

I’ve never seen a film with such a perfect mix of boring, dumb, and redundancy. I kept trying to forget all of the previous things in the film that I found retarded, for lack of a better word, but they just kept coming. Eventually I realized the true meaning of this film lied in it’s franchise value, and the lack of any substance, or anything new or interesting was because of this. People often talk about who is or isn’t a hack in Hollywood, and the guys who wrote this, god bless them for trying. They’re obviously fans of the character, who had to deal with immense studio pressure to make the film as toyetic, commercial, broad and franchisable as possible. What I mean by this, is that it’s the case of a studio counting its eggs before they hatch. The whole film felt like an attempt to make a movie, solely to make other movies, rather than actually tell an interesting, coherent, original story.

Script? Story? Just make the damn movie, we need that Spider-Cash!

So hearing that Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb are coming back isn’t exactly a surprise, but leaves me with no real feelings of joy either. I had no huge problems with Garfield, although he did seem to be sleepwalking through the scenes that didn’t have to have him crying, skateboarding, or crying while skateboarding. He’s not the blame for his character being utterly shit-tastic. I’ve never seen a guy whose shit was so ruined despite looking cool, having a hot babe be obviously into you, being rad at skateboarding, and being a goddamned genius. Furthermore all of the awesome camerawork that was promised by Marc Webb was mostly absent, as I recall a big hooplah being made about the POV swinging sequences, of which I can barely remember. I don’t mean to trash them both, because they did what they could with what they had. The entire thing was a massive failure on every level, except for monetary gain. Which it was made for to begin with, so in that regard it’s a success. I know I’m in the minority with that opinion here at GB, (4.5/5) but It’s how I feel.

Seriously, look how tortured he is!

Will I be looking forward to seeing the new Spider-Man film? No. Will I see it? If somebody else pays for the ticket, snacks, and then is willing to sit through my rant after the film is over? Yes. Will I be continuing further coverage of the sequel as plot details are released? Yes, but only because my editor hates me. [True.]

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‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Does Well, Also the Sky Is Blue

In the least surprising story from over 4th of July weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man decided to destroy everyone in its path on its way to a $140 million dollar tally in North America, and a total worldwide tally of $341 million dollars according to EW and various other sources. Obviously the chatter is high on this movie about the future because  possible sequels, and that ending. In fact, no one will shut up about theories on the ending. We will obviously leave that last because it will be spoilerish if you have not seen the movie yet so let us tackle the movie future of Spidey.

Trilogies are the thing these days and you know that the new Spider-Man will follow in the same footsteps as Tobey and Sam Raimi. According to GammaSquad and FilmDrunk, looks like we are heading that way. It was already thrown on the official Facebook page that the movie would be the first in the trilogy, and obviously I believe everything on Facebook (seriously, that bitch should dump that asshole for posting that status about her), but even the producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are definitely in the mood to raise the bar. 

Sinister Six? I mean if The Avengers can do the hero version, why can’t Sony just throw the villain version their one Marvel property that does not star Will Smith (MiB for those that forgot about the Malibu/Marvel buyout)? But a trilogy that leads to six villains who will not (and should not because of the title of the movie) get the same setup that Avengers did with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America might be a bit ambitious. Don’t get me wrong, if you can throw Doc Ock, Vulture, Mysterio, Kraven, Sandman, Rhino, Electro, Hydro, or whoever they want to fill their lineup, that will make for some damn good action sequences. But Spider-man against the six seems almost overkill. I am still smarting from seeing Franco, Spidey, Venom, and Sandman battling out on the silver screen, and having a bored and unimpressed taste in my mouth. Then again, Avengers pulled it off so that’s the reasoning in Hollywood. If they did it, we can too! Hence 80% of the productions in Hollywood being sequels or reboots.

Regardless, check those links out above for the full interviews but Avi Arad reeks of movie producer and looks sleazy so I am more entertained by that image of him being part of the Sinister Six. The part of him being the one that exploits Spider-man and bleeds him of any financial profits and culture importance until they are forced to reboot six years later because ‘Venom played by Eric Forman’ was a shitty idea. Speaking of, Venom is happening and shockingly, it will be tied into the Spider-man universe. Again, obviously nothing to do with the success of The Avengers and the producers swimming in a vault of gold coins. Please do not mess Venom up. A great character, but if Garfield struts down the street as the evil Fonzie then I will scream for a reboot. Again. For the 3rd time.

Okay, now that is out of the way, let us jump into the ending. First off, stop if you have not seen the movie. If you go further, you suck as a human being because you are depriving yourself of a good movie. Actually, no you are not. The spoiler ending is pretty much telling you exactly nothing and let us be honest, who here thought Spider-man would lose to the dude from Notting Hill posing for paparazzi in his skivvies? Anyways, when Dr. Connors is locked in his cell, we see a shadowy figure appear out of nowhere with Dr. Connors trying to make sure Peter Parker remains out of the grand scheme of plans that Oscorp may be up to. But who is it has been burning up the intraweb lately. We can ask Dr. Connors himself thanks to GammaSquad via AICN, although whether he’s a credible source remains to be seen.

Capone: Okay, what do you think about that ending?

Rhys Ifans: Well, Connors is basically locked up in a very high-security mental institution.

Capone: We were debating whether it was a prison or a mental institute.

RI: It’s not a zoo. [laughs] I kept seeing it as maybe a mixture of both. Then a representative from OsCorp appears miraculously in the room. How he gets in there and how he leaves, we don’t know. Maybe we will find out. But it’s not Norman Osborn.

Capone: It’s not? You can say that?

RI: Yeah. But it is someone who is in the employ of Norman Osborn without question.

Capone: Someone we’re familiar with, who we don’t know is employed by Osborn?

RI: Yeah.

So supposedly, it is not Norman Osborn. Of course not, that would imply he got better from whatever debilitating illness he had been suffering. So it is someone of his own employ. We can all speculate and I did myself before seeing that part of the interview. I was thinking Vulture because he was an older man and it would seem to fit that path. Although if it is not Malkovich doing the Vulture, I am not interested at all. Regardless, we shall see. We will see a Green Goblin appearance later down the line whoever that may be in the same prison cell because…well…Gwen Stacy is involved. And we all know what happens there. Or at least the cool people do…

Japanese Trailer for ‘THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN’

So, sometimes in the haze of all the hype surrounding The Avengers, Marvel is also putting out another movie this year that looks pretty solid – Ghost Rider 2 The Amazing Spider-Man. And I’m not just saying that because Dennis Leary is playing Gwen Stacy’s dad. After the disaster that was Spiderman 3, I’m glad they didn’t wait too long to reboot things and get that taste out of my mouth.

Anyway, much like with The Avengers, the Japanese trailer gives us some previously unseen footage, and had got me a bit more pumped for that movie than I was yesterday. Anyhow, without further ado, here it is…

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Hero Express – ‘Booster Gold’ Gets a Pilot, ‘Dark Knight’ Rumors Rise and ‘Star Trek 2’s Unlikely Villain

Welcome back to the Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.

This is the Hero Express for November 23rd, 2011:

SyFy shooting Booster Gold Pilot – (MTV)

Here’s a short one to lead us back in to where Scoot left off in yesterday’s Express: Andrew Kreisberg , whose work you may know from Fringe, is slated to write a pilot for SyFy based on DC hero, Booster Gold. Executive Producer Greg Berlanti will be backing the project, which fits in nicely with his previous work on Green Lantern and No Ordinary Family.

It will be interesting to see if DC can find a place for its lesser-known heroes on television, as it seems they remain unable to find a lasting home on the silver screen.

‘Powers’ Pilot getting another Shot on FX – (MTV)

A while ago it was announced that the popular comic, Powers, was shooting a live-action pilot for FX, though it seemed initially like it wasn’t going to make it through. However, word is that FX has passed on a competing pilot and given Powers another chance, provided they can go back and do some more work on the special effects.

The comic’s writer, Brian Michael Bendis, tweeted happily about the news:

“In regard to ‘Powers’ TV: the pilot was crazy expensive and very lovely and shows incredible potential for a long series,” Bendis wrote. “The reshoots are planned for January and are all about tone and clarity. I am very proud of the pilot, as [is] [Michael Avon Oeming]. Stay tuned.”

Supposedly, according to Bendis, the process of going back to work on a pilot is not necessarily a bad sign, as FX is known to do this sort of thing. He mentioned that hit series Sons of Anarchy had to do the same.

A Slew of Set Photos from The Amazing Spider-Man – (SuperHero Hype/Newscom)

Two sets of photos have surfaced regarding The Amazing Spider-Man production. One features an extensive gallery of the cast on set for re-shoots, which you can see here. The other is much smaller, but much more revealing:

Most exciting to see, at least for me, is Rhys Ifans‘ ugly hand up there, which looks a lot like it means Connor’s experiment was a success (Giant lizard-monster transformation notwithstanding).

Empire Magazine’s TDKR Issue – (SuperHero Hype)

And here we are with the the Hero Express segment that likely overshadows the rest of these links; welcome to Dark Knight Station. Here are some photos (The best quality the internet has of them so far) of the Empire issue dedicated to the upcoming Batman movie:

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