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SDCC 2014: Ant-Man Gets Some Concept Art

Marvel, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, have released some concept art for 2015′s Ant-Man. The movie is one of Marvel’s more ambitious movies, with a “B/C” level character, and has had some issues getting going. Peyton Reed is now directing with a script re-write from Adam McKay. Out of all of their projects this is the one I’m most nervous about.

But, lets move past the issues, what do you think of the designs?

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Sinister Six and Spidey 3 Get a New Date. Marvel Movies In on the Action.

Shepard_Plants_Flag_-_GPN-2000-001120Rumors leading up to San Diego Comic-Con swirled that Sony‘s Sinister Six movie was cancelled, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was in trouble. Both of those rumors have been squished like a bug, keeping up last year’s horrible record for pre-convention bullshit lies well-sourced information poor reporting.

Sinister Six will now open on November 11, 2016. The film is written and directed by Drew Goddard. Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 are being pushed back and will follow on an as-yet unspecified date in 2018 for 3, and 4… who knows.

In slides a movie based on the Uncharted video game which will be released June 10, 2016, when Spidey 3 was supposed to.

Disney and Marvel have taken advantage and claimed May 4, 2018 which was to be Spidey 4. That’s also the weekend of that year’s Free Comic Book Day. A “comic” movie has opened that weekend for a while now. That adds another movie to Marvel’s already announced 5 movies. So, add a sixth one…. can you say Avengers 3?

Planting flags for movie dates far in the future seems to be pretty popular now. I expect an Olympic Sport of it eventually.

Apes Rule the Box Office Again. Transformers Rule Globally.

dawn of the planet of the apesDawn of the Planet of the Apes remained in the top spot at the box office. The film earned an additional $36 million, only a 50 percent drop from the previous week’s debut, which isn’t bad since other sequels this summer have seen a much sharper decline.

In other geek movie news… Transformers: Age of Extinction was fifth this past weekend, and to date, the film has earned $227.2 million. The film has a chance to challenge for the top spot as far as domestic grosses.

Domestically, the top comic related films of the summer are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, still holding strong with $258.4 million, X-Men: Days of Future Past is in third at $230.5 million. Transformers is fourth. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is at $201.6 million for sixth. 300: Rise of An Empire is at 17 with $106.6 million, and Edge of Tomorrow has earned $96.6 million. Snowpiercer is at $3.5 million.

Globally, thinks are a bit different. Transformers: Age of Extinction tops things globally with $886.3 million earned. X-Men is second at $736.3 million. Cap is third at $712.7 million. Edge of Tomorrow has earned $357.9 million. 300: Rise of An Empire has earned $331.1 million. Snowpiercer has earned $83.7 million.

 

Archer & Armstrong Headed to the Big Screen

AA_001_CVR.1Valiant Entertainment this week announced that they are adapting their award-winning comic book series, Archer & Armstrong, into a feature film. Valiant has partnered with the Sean Daniel Company for the production and has funded a script from writer BenDavid Grabinski. The film will be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, and Dinesh Shamdasani.

Archer & Armstrong is an action-adventure/buddy comedy colliding a drunk, delinquent immortal who has given up on saving the world and the idealistic young man who needs him for a globetrotting quest to stop history’s oldest conspiracy from toppling modern civilization.

Co-created by former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and legendary comics creators Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob LaytonArcher & Armstrong first appeared in 1992 and quickly became one of the most successful comic book franchises in history, selling more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

Most recently, Valiant re-launched the property with a new series in 2012 to an immediate worldwide sell-out and rave reviews. The series’ debut issue garnered three printings; earned numerous awards and accolades; and was named as one of the Best Comics of 2012 by Crave Online and Bloody Disgusting, as one of the Best Comics of 2013 by Comic Book Resources, and was nominated for Best New Comic Series of 2012 by IGN.

The company previously announced that Shadowman, another award-winning franchise from Valiant’s library of more than 1,750 comic book characters, was being adapted into a feature film. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski has been hired to adapt Shadowman with Valiant funding and producing alongside the Sean Daniel Company. Additionally, Bloodshot – another Valiant property with sales in excess of 7 million copies to date – has been optioned by Sony Pictures with Matthew Vaughn attached and a script by Jeff Wadlow. Valiant has partnered with Original Film for the project. Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Dinesh Shamdasani are producing.

“We couldn’t have more apt partners than Sean Daniel – who, as an executive at Universal, shepherded the seminal movies in the genre in BLUES BROTHERS, MIDNIGHT RUN, and ANIMAL HOUSE – and BenDavid Grabinski, who just turned in a truly awesome adaptation,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’re bringing the same quality and creativity that established our success in comics to our film and television adaptations. SHADOWMAN, BLOODSHOT, and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG are just the beginning.”

A first look at Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron

In the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly has their special issue discussing a lot of what we’ll be buzzing about next week (and the months to come). On the cover though, we’re given a first look at Ultron, as well as Iron Man’s new armor, and a slightly redesigned uniform for Captain America, all appearing in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the movie, actor James Spader will be providing motion capture and the voice of the villain Ultron. Ultron’s origin is changed around, as confirmed in this issue. Instead of being created by Hank Pym, who has yet to appear in the Marvel cinematic universe, this version looks like he’ll be created by Tony Stark, as the next version of his automated Iron Man suits. This has been a long time rumor, that’s been confirmed in EW’s issue.

I expect a lot more at this year’s SDCC, it’ll be fun what’s in store, especially if this is what’s been revealed.

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Apes Top Robots at the Box Office

dawn of the planet of the apesIt’s not much of a surprise, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes topped the weekend box office earning an estimated $73 million. That debut is about a 33% improvement from 2011′s Planet of the Apes which debuted with $54.8 million.

The film’s audience was 58% male and 55% over the age of 25. Diversity was also present with the crowd roughly 48% Caucasian, 23% African-American, 16% Hispanic, and 14% Asian. The film received an A- CinemaScore and is currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

When it comes to other comic related movies, Transformers: Age of Extinction dropped to second, earning $16.5 million. Domestically the film has earned $209 million and internationally $543.5 million.

The Edge of Tomorrow earned an additional $1.865 million the past weekend to bring it’s domestic gross to $94.55 million in it’s sixth week at the box office. Internationally the film has earned $256 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was in 16th place adding a little over $1 million to bring the domestic total to $229.2 million. Internationally the film has earned $731.4 million.

Snowpiercer added $677,000 to it’s total and brings the domestic amount to $2.7 million. Internationally the film has earned $80.2 million. Interestingly in this third week of release the film was released on video on demand, so the amount earned that way isn’t reflected in the total.

As far as worldwide grosses for 2014 of comic related movies, Transformers is now on top with $752.5 million, X-Men is second at $731.4 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is third at $712.4 million, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is fourth at $705 million, the Edge of Tomorrow is in tenth place at $350.6 million, 300: Rise of an Empire is twelfth with $331.1 million, Snowpiercer is 33rd with $82.9 million, and We Are the Best! has earned $157,000 to be at spot 150. At the end of the month Guardians of the Galaxy opens, which is likely to vault into one of the top earning spots of the year.

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Wednesday sees new comics hitting the stands! What has folks excited?

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Comic Vine – ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Extended Edition on the Way – Very nice. I’m interesting in seeing what was cut.

The Beat – DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy – Some times it’s best to not ask.

Bleeding Cool – Ant-Man Movie Hires Two New Writers – Hrm.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

iO9 – All-New Ultimates #4

CBR- Lazarus #9

Rob Patey’s Comics and Corporate Communications Blog – The Will of Captain Crown Vol. 1

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