Tag: comic book movies

Not so fantastic: ‘Fantastic Four’ fails commercially and critically

The movie poster for "Fantastic Four" (2015)

When will it work for Marvel’s first family? Once again, another adaptation of the Fantastic Four has failed miserably with critics and moviegoers alike — marking their third cinematic failure of all time.   All told, in its opening weekend, “Fantastic Four” garnered around $26 million at the box office, although executives at Fox had anticipated… Read More

We all need to calm down: Channing Tatum officially signs on as Gambit

Despite rumors to the contrary, Channing Tatum has officially signed on to play the Cajun mutant Gambit in a stand alone entry to Fox’s “X-Men” franchise.   “X-Men” fans practically broke the internet last week when reports started to circulate that negotiations between the “Magic Mike” actor began to break down. As any Hollywood producer… Read More

Jena Malone reportedly playing Barbara Gordon in ‘Batman V. Superman’

Jena Malone juxtaposed next to an image of an animated Batgirl

Just when we thought the cast of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” had reached critical mass, Latino Review obtained supposedly reliable rumors that actress Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” franchise) will feature prominently in the film as Barbara Gordon.   Although Malone’s presence in the film had already become common knowledge months ago, most had… Read More

Opinion: Why I’m giving ‘Gotham’ a second chance

Gotham show logo

It goes without saying that comic book adaptations have become a fairly common. Between “Daredevil,” “The Flash,” and even the upcoming “Suicide Squad,” they have taken over almost every entertainment medium. I don’t think I am alone in my belief that the freshman season of “Gotham” missed the mark by a considerable degree.   As… Read More

Joining forces: ‘X-Men’ director alludes to connection with ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot

Characters from the "Fantastic Four" and "X-Men" comics

Cinematic universes have become all the rage these days, especially in the realm of superhero movies. We’ve talked about this at great lengths before, but it bears repeating: Fox’s “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” properties have quite a bit of ground to make up to catch Marvel and to a lesser extent, Warner Bros.   They… Read More

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ first look suggests Fox is stylistically merging comics and film

Cast of the upcoming "X-Men" film

Fifteen years ago, Brian Singer’s “X-Men” ushered in the modern age of comic book films. Sitting together in their muted, uniform black outfits, Cyclops (James Marsden) scoffed to Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) at the notion of wearing “yellow spandex” as a costume. This mindset remained pervasive throughout comic book films for years to come; no matter… Read More

Too ‘urban’: Why Zoe Kravitz was denied a role in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Zoe Kravitz in "Divergent"

Comic books have a reputation as a progressive artistic medium. Featuring numerous characters that range greatly in areas like race and sexual orientation, comics often find themselves considerably ahead of their curve. The irony of this, however, is that their film counterparts tend to stay behind this curve.   Actress Zoe Kravitz (“Divergent,” “Mad Max:… Read More

No laughing matter: Warner Bros. upset over ‘Suicide Squad’ leak

Jared Leto as the Joker in the trailer for "Suicide Squad"

Amid all of the excitement at San Diego Comic-Con, one reveal stood out above the rest: the “Suicide Squad” trailer.   Check it out below:       It’s nearly impossible to watch that trailer and not feel unfettered excitement over the future of the DC Cinematic Universe. Everything from the film’s tone, to the… Read More

‘Ant-Man’ proves that the superhero genre works well with others

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man promotional graphic

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hit theaters this weekend and seems poised to continue the studio’s hot streak.   Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is an ex-con who just wants to get his life together so he can see his daughter again. Desperate and unable to hold a job, he finds his way into the presence of Hank Pym… Read More

One bad day: “Batman: The Killing Joke” animated film announced

The animated Joker from "Batman" comics

It’s nearly impossible to choose one definitive Batman story from comic book lore. From “Year One,” to “Knightfall,” to “The Dark Knight Returns,” each one just as iconic as the last. However, the same cannot be said for his arch-nemesis: The Joker. Ask just about anyone to name the greatest Joker storyline of all time,… Read More