London Underground Comics » » Movies Latest Movie and Comic News Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:31:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why Marvel’s New ‘Spider-Man’ Will Surprise You Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:54:04 +0000 The new Spider-Man reboot will be very different from its predecessors, according to writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo recently teased several details about the upcoming movie’s plot, confirming that fans shouldn’t expect just another retelling of the hero’s origin story.

The movie is still in the “extremely early” stages, but it’s slowly starting to take shape. As expected, the film will focus on a young Peter Parker (played by British actor Tom Holland) who is struggling to figure out how to deal with his abilities, while also facing plenty of high school issues. This time around though, audiences won’t be seeing the all-too-familiar story of how Peter got his powers.

“I think that everybody feels like we know he got bit by a spider and know that Uncle Ben died and we probably don’t need to revisit that,” Goldstein told Grantland’s Andy Greenwal in a new interview, captured in the video above.

Instead, the film will focus on capturing Peter as a real high school student, who is struggling equally with navigating his teenage life and his superhero identity. “We want to explore that. Just because you get superpowers doesn’t make you into a sophisticated, successful adult,” Goldstein stated. “He’s still a kid and he’s clumsy and he’s a geek and he’s a bit of an outcast and in many ways the superpowers amplify that and exacerbate his trying to fit in.”

This new emphasis on Peter’s high school experience – and not just his superhero one – is what made finding a younger star like Holland so important. “It’ll be a fun departure from the Peter Parker that you’ve seen where now, he is truly a kid,” Daley explained. “And I think the stakes are increased in that his struggle through high school is very real and isn’t just a sort of side note. It matters now.”
The high school-oriented focus fits in with previous talk that the upcoming reboot will boast a John Hughes-like tone. Hughes directed ’80s teenage-themed classics like Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club that are known for being both emotionally heartfelt and filled with comedic moments. As Marvel head Kevin Feige suggested in the past, the Spider-Man reboot will look to mimic that same feel.

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” Feige said in an interview earlier this summer. “Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

Daley and Goldstein’s recent revelations expand on that theme, making it clear that this Spider-Man film won’t be anything like the ones we’ve seen over the last decade. Whether their film will be successful in giving the franchise a much-needed refresher remains to be seen.

As for Holland, he’s expected to make his debut as Peter Parker in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Though details about his cameo haven’t been revealed, the actor has reportedly already shot his scenes for the movie.

The first solo Spider-Man movie with Holland is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK – Still going ahead Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:56:31 +0000 Warner Bros. is reportedly moving ahead with the long-teased “Justice League Dark” film under the guidance of producer Scott Rudin.

According to The Tracking Board, the project is no considered a priority by the studio, which hopes to begin production next year.

Featuring some of DC Comics’ supernatural heroes, like John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna and Swamp Thing, “Justice League Dark” had been in development by Guillermo del Toro since 2012. However, the director left the long-simmering project over the summer, later explaining that Warner Bros.’ scheduled conflicted with his own plans for “Pacific Rim 2” (which has since been bumped from the Universal Pictures calendar).

“Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of ‘Pacific Rim 2,’” del Toro said in July. “I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do ‘Pacific Rim 2.’”

He’ll reportedly remain on board as a producer.

Although script details have been closely guarded — as much as del Toro talked about the film, it was only in relation to characters — The Tracking Board suggests the story may involve a series of ancient books stolen by a madman who wants to destroy humanity. Constantine then seeks out heroes specializing in the supernatural to help save the world.

Rudin has a long list of film credits dating back to the early 1980s, including “Sleepy Hollow,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

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Upcoming comic book movies, and when to expect them Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:09:14 +0000 Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.

Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, and plenty of other spandex-clad projects scattered around without dates (we’ll stick them at the end of this enormous article).

Without further ado, then, here’s your guide to when each of these comic book properties – including the Avengers, Superman, Deadpool, Batman and many many more – will make it to the big screen…


What’s it about? Deadpool is one of the newest Marvel comics characters to take off in a big way. He first appeared in 1991, and quickly won minds and hearts as a snarky, certifiably insane, wise-cracking ‘merc with a mouth’ who constantly breaks the fourth wall.

Previously on film, Deadpool appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Ryan Reynolds. Although the film was far from a fan favourite, Reynolds will get another bite of the anti-hero cherry here.

Not much of the plot is known, but it’s rumoured that Deadpool himself will be self-aware, ragging on his poor portrayal in the Wolvie prequel throughout. We also know it’s going to be R-rated, playing into Wade Wilson’s potty mouth status. Read why we’re hoping this could be a game-changing comic book movie here. The first trailer landed at SDCC 2015 to a huge reaction.

Who’s involved? Ryan Reynolds will star. Newcomer Brianna Hildebrand plays his partner in crime, Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Tim Miller will make his directorial debut, and that Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (who co-wrote Zombieland together) have worked on the script.

When’s it coming out? 12 February 2016 in both the UK and the USA.


Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

What’s it about? Ah, a film that needs no introduction. But heck, we’re going to give it one anyway. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is a film so pre-discussed that even the semantics of the title have been rigorously analysed.

Once a simple Man Of Steel sequel, this flick will see Batman (Ben Affleck) in a bust-up with Superman (Henry Cavill) in Warner Bros/DC’s first step towards shared-universe mega-bucks.

Subverting the usual worry that sequels are too villain-packed, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is quite clearly the big bad here, with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all popping up on the heroic side of the fence, as well as the two title characters.

Who’s involved? As well as that stellar cast, members of the team from Man Of Steel seem to be back too. We know that Zack Snyder will return as director, with the story idea being a collaboration between him and David S Goyer. From this, the full script was written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio.

When’s it coming out? 25 March 2016 in both the UK and the USA.

Captain America: Civil War

What’s it about? Here’s a film that Marvel has so much confidence in that it refused to budge when it looked like Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice wanted to nab its date.

In the comics, Civil War is a sprawling crossover arc from 2006, which saw Tony Stark go toe-to-toe with Cap over a government bill aimed at forcing superheroes to register with the powers that be, reveal their identities and essentially become part of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The film? Well, we had a more detailed look at it here. Short version – it looks like Captain America: Civil War will take elements from the books (namely the Cap v Stark show-down and issues with the government), but perhaps steer away from an all-properties-inclusive mammoth crossover. Either way, it’s likely to be a huge turning point for the Marvel cinematic universe.

Who’s involved? Robert Downey Jnr and Chris Evans will return, and probably a few other familiar Marvel cinematic universe faces. We will also get the Marvel cinematic universe debut of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). On the directorial side, Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s dynamite duo – the Russo brothers – will return. On scripting duties are their fellow Winter Soldier alumni Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Interestingly, this is rumoured to be the film where Spider-Man will make his MCU debut. We await confirmation or denial on that, which we will pass on. If he does appear, he’ll be played by Tom Holland of Wolf Hall.

When’s it coming out? 29 April 2016 in the UK, 6 May 2016 in the USA.


X-Men: Apocalypse

What’s it about? Well, with the franchise-fixing double-bill of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past ameding a vast amount of damage previously thwarting the X-Men movie universe by introducing a new cast and undoing a lot of things, X-Men: Apocalypse looks set to step forward on very confident footing.

We will witness the First Class cast gracing the 1980s, so we’re hoping for truly gratuitous amounts of hairspray. In this new decade, Xavier’s pupils will face off against Apocalypse – an ancient and immortal mutant hell-bent on destruction. If you stayed through the Days Of Future Past credits, you would have got a sneak peak of this film’s big bad and his powers.

We’ve been told this is considered the closing chapter of a trilogy, so we’d expect some big emotional beats. The film begins shooting in April 2015, so expect more casting announcements soon.

Who’s involved? The main players from the First Class crew are all expected to return, with Quicksilver also believed to be re-joining the gang for another run-around. Hugh Jackman isn’t confirmed, but seems a likely inclusion given the ending to the last X-Men film.

One of the godfathers of the modern comic book movie – Bryan Singer – will again return once more to the franchise he built back in 2000. Simon Kinberg will again script, in collaboration with Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty (who both worked with Singer on X-2 and Superman Returns).

When’s it coming out? 19 May 2016 UK/ 27 May 2016 USA.


Suicide Squad

What’s it about? The Suicide Squad is a faction of villains from the DC universe that’s coerced (through not very friendly means) into doing missions for the US government. Fans of Arrow have seen an incarnation of this team recently, but don’t expect the same cast or characters for the movie.

Sharp-shooter Deadshot will be played by Will Smith. Harley Quinn will be portrayed by Margot Robbie. Jared Leto’s Joker will also appear. Batman appears briefly in the first trailer. We’ve also heard rumours that Warner Bros. are trying to snare Jesse Eisenberg for another performance as Lex Luthor for this one.

You can read more about the Joker’s role in Suicide Squad here, or see our detailed preview of the film here.

Who’s involved? David Ayer (who most recently helmed Brad Pitt tank movie Fury) is set to direct. The huge cast also includes Joel Kinnaman of RoboCop reboot fame.

When’s it coming out? 5 August 2016, in the USA, is all we know. Well, other than the 4 August 2016 Danish release date.


Doctor Strange

What’s it about? Following on from a cheeky namedrop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this standalone film will see Marvel induct Stephen Strange to the Marvel cinematic universe. He’s a surgeon, and a bit of a dick, who becomes a master of the mystic arts soon after losing his ability to work in a car accident.

We discussed a potential source of comic book inspiration for this one here, but there’s years of material to choose from. A sidekick called Wong features regularly, and happens to be a bit of a bad-ass.

Most importantly though, this movie will open up possibilities for parallel worlds and strange magical lands in Marvel Studio’s interconnected universe, which should be very interesting indeed.

Who’s involved? Scott Derrickson of Deliver Us From Evil and Sinister fame will direct. Mr Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to be starring.

Interestingly, Rosario Dawson has played Night Nurse (a sometime ally of Strange) in Marvel’s Netflix universe, though it’s unclear if she’ll feature in the film world too.

When’s it coming out? 6 November 2016 in the USA is all we know on this one so far.


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Captain America: Civil War – what to expect Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:31:03 +0000 The film that made Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice blink and change its release date, Captain America: Civil War, is all set to be one of Marvel’s biggest movies ever. Indeed, it’s got the biggest cast of any non-Avengers Marvel movie ever seen.

You’ll see Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man at the centre of a feud that includes Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Paul Bettany’s The Vision, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, as well as two newcomers in the shape of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

With all of those folks crammed into a film that promises to be both a Winter Soldier sequel and as superhero showdown on an epic scale, there’s sure to be a lot going on in Civil War. Here’s our primer, then – everything you need to expect…
Good question – just why are the Avengers, established brothers and sisters in arms, at each other’s throats? Well, there are plenty of clues out there regarding that one. The biggest of these come from the comics, namely Mark Millar’s Civil War run that has inspired the film.

In the comics, a reality TV show about a group of young superheroes – the New Warriors – goes badly wrong. This leads to the supervillain Nitro causing an explosion in Stamford, Connecticut, that claims 600 lives – including an entire elementary school.

Naturally, the government cracks down on unsupervised superheroics following this tragedy and demands that the vigilantes of the Marvel universe unmask themselves and submit for training and surveillance from the government. This decision splits the superhero community in two, with some heroes (led by Tony Stark) making a stand against secret identities while others (led by Steve Rogers) believe that heroes should be allowed privacy. Fisticuffs ensue.

In the film, we’ll likely see similar beats play out but with different names and places subbed in. The post credits sting from Ant-Man suggests that Cap and Falcon will be leading the underground resistance to the government controls.

Cap is trying to hide Bucky, with Ant-Man’s help, from the outside world. Perhaps, then, Bucky will be involved in the film’s equivalent of the Stamford incident, causing damage in the public eye and forcing the government into action. Steve Rogers mentions the ‘accords,’ and that they might not allow Tony Stark to help. ‘Accords’ sounds like a government group – with Iron Man on their side – to us.

The inciting incident – whether caused by Bucky or not – will split the Avengers down the middle, with two teams forming. Here’s some concept art that reveals who might be teaming with who…

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Why Do Marvel Comics Make Great Films? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:39:44 +0000 From Comics to Films


Around the world, many people love comic book super heroes and there are a lot of reasons for this. For one thing, their larger than life personalities have a lot of the symbolic power of the world’s greatest myths. In addition, the comic book format is easy to get into and offers unique styles of art that really do excite us.

The big stories of characters from Marvel Comics, like The Punisher, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and X-Men have been favorites of many because they are pure fun. It should come as no surprise, then, thatMarvel Comics movies are some of the most popular films of all time. Let’s take a look at what makes these movies such big favorites with audiences. You can probably relate to many of the points made here and once you see how much fun all of these movies are, perhaps you will decide to watch an old favorite again or maybe find a new film you hadn’t thought of.

Classic Characters of Marvel Comics Reach Across Generation Gaps

There are a lot of classic characters from Marvel that are big favorites for audiences of all ages. Spiderman is perhaps the best known character with quite a history, but Captain America can trace his roots all the way back the 40′s and is, in fact, the first movie version of a Marvel Comics character to be made.
In 1944, the world saw this serial. It would be 42 years longer before we would see another movie from Marvel and this time, it would be the surprising Howard the Duck film that was well loved by kids and adults alike. In 1989, The Punisher followed, but the 80′s and 90′s saw fewer movies than have come out since 2000.


We’ve seen Man-Thing, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor – all classic Marvel characters with huge histories. These characters reach audiences of many ages and that is a big part of what makes them so much fun.

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