The senses-shattering news that Disney, home to Marvel Studios, has acquired 20th Century Fox‘s library was met with elation by many comic book fans, but the blockbuster deal also struck fear into the hearts of some, who worried that the family-friendly brand would neuter Deadpool’s famously NSFW aesthetic and turn the foul-mouthed and bloody murderer into someone acceptable at a small child’s tea party.
While not a promise, it sounds like Disney is at least willing to consider releasing R-rated superhero movies like Deadpool and Logan in the future — as long as they are segregated from the PG-13 heroes and the kiddie stuff.
In the second-best news a Fantastic Four fan could possibly hope to hear — the best would be that the film rights to the franchise have returned to Marvel — signature villain Doctor Doom will star in his own live-action movie. Even better, that flick will be made by Noah Hawley, the brilliant auteur behind FX’s LEGION and FARGO!
Hawley declined to share any details about the project after announcing it at San Diego Comic-Con during his panel centered on LEGION.
Doom is the arch-enemy of the Fantastic Four — Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and Thing — and his character has been butchered even worse than the superheroes’ in 20th Century Fox’s previous FF movies.
Face it, True Believer: He is the classic Marvel villain!
In the comic books, Doom is more of a tragic figure, the misguided ruler of the fictional European nation of Latveria who was horribly scarred by his own experiment in college. In the Fox movie universe, Doom is depicted as a hanger-on to the title quartet who just happened to be mutated in a bad way while the others got to be heroes. Ugh.
Director Bryan Singer used his Instagram (as usual) to announce that Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Condor is the definition of a Hollywood newcomer, with no known TV or film credits. Jubilee has appeared in cameos in previous X-Men films. She was played by Katrina Florece in X-Men (2000) and Kea Wong in X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilee first appeared in 1989’s Uncanny X-Men #244, and was a mainstay in the 1990s animated series.
Don’t laugh; it’s no small thing that the lead character’s onscreen costume will resemble what he wears for his four-color adventures in print every month — just ask the X-Men!
Star Ryan Reynolds unveiled his latest superhero threads — remember the atrocity that was his Green Lantern costume (and movie)? — this morning by aping a famous Burt Reynolds pose.
Of course a character that I despise gets a great costume…
In news that strikes me more as a threat than a promise of things to come, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter today to give fans a peek at his costume for the upcoming Deadpool movie.
The photo he posted was tinted, but the mask appears to be pretty close to the Marvel comic book version.
Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early. #deadpool #prototypes
Ryan also refers to the fact that the film is one year away from release. Remember, though — Deadpool is a 20th Century Fox property, not a Marvel Studios production.
Who could forget Reynolds’ portrayal of… well, some version of Deadpool from 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Or his portrayal of… some version of Green Lantern?
No matter how hard we’ve tried.
(From left) Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell
Deals are not yet signed with anyone, but it looks like 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have picked a cast for the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, according to Deadline.
In addition to Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan (who has been the only consist name associated with this picture) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Fox is said to be finalizing deals with Miles Teller (Divergent, The Spectacular Now) to play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman; and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac, King Kong), who would take on the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.