‘Can’t You Be a Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man?’

So this new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is really fun, and makes the movie feel a lot like the classic Spidey comics, in which ol’ Webhead is a wisecracking hero having the time of his life stopping street-level crime in New York City. This is a good thing. A very good thing.

Who wouldn’t want to watch that movie? I think Homecoming has a lot of potential to appeal to non-superhero fans, which could really boost its box-office numbers. And that’s not even factoring in fans of Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark/Iron Man.
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Michael Keaton is Back — as Birdman?

He may never have entirely gone away, Michael Keaton is coming back in a big — and kinda sorta autobiographical — way with a quirky new movie called  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) , about an actor trying to escape the prison of typecasting after playing a superhero.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), Birdman… follows a actor who wants to put his superhero career behind him by mounting a Broadway play, but no one believes in his talent — not even his family. Does he believe in himself?

The film also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Oct. 17. Check out the film’s official site.

International Trailers Hype RoboCop’s Return

It remains to be seen if remaking Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 RoboCop, an unassailable action classic, was a good idea — the smart money says it’s not — but director José Padilha and the rest seem sincere, and there’s some talent in front of the camera, including Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Haley. If nothing else, at least this movie should remind people that the excellent Michael Keaton is still out there.

The first trailer is better, containing the most new footage — including badass Samuel L. Jackson in a shockingly ridiculous wig. The second is a cut-down version, but still has a couple of different (very brief) scenes.

It appears that Murphy’s wife (Abbie Cornish) is the one pressing Murphy to rediscover his humanity — the role played by his partner, Officer Lewis (Nancy Allen), in the original.

RoboCop opens Feb. 7.

Dead or Alive, You’re Watching This RoboCop Clip!

I have to admit that this trailer took my by surprise — I actually like it. The 1987 RoboCop is a movie that absolutely, positively did not need to be remade; it was perfect the way it was, so any reimagining had better bring something new to the table, otherwise, what’s the point?

Well, I’m still not convince that this reboot — due in February — has anything new to say, but I will concede that this trailer has turned me from aggressively disinterested to… I’ll call it interested to see more.

So, a suit of black armor, Sam Jackson, Gary Oldman, ED-209 and Michael Keaton? Plus Abbie Cornish? This might have a chance. Might.