(since the video is too long for Tumblr, click the image and it will take you to the footage of the SDCC “Hannibal” panel)
With 2012′s ‘Chronicle’, director Josh Trank brought a new spin to the super hero movie genre, employing a “found footage” look, meaning the movie is supposedly spliced together from hand-held film footage shot by the characters in the movie itself. This technique was similarly employed in ‘Cloverfield’ and perhaps most famously in ‘The Blair Witch Project’. Now it seems Trank will also utilize this technique in the controversial remake of ‘The Fantastic Four’.
When asked whether Trank would indeed use found footage in ‘The Fantastic Four’ movie, Fox’s President of Production, Emma Watts stated rather matter-of-factly:
“It’s Josh, so it can’t not have that feel. That’s his talent, that’s what he does and that’s what excites him about it.”
She went on to discuss the controversial cast:
“It is a really interesting young cast [Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell], and [Trank] is the magnet that’s brought them all together.”
She certainly seems to be in support of Trank’s vision, although some fans are skeptical. The thought of adding in the found footage feel is sure to raise even more eyebrows. (Here’s a thought: since Trank was removed from ‘Chronicle 2′, do you think he’s using ‘Fantastic Four’ as a substitute?)
Comic conventions are a place of wonder and amazement! A place where dreams of meeting your favorite childhood hero celebrity or finding that one rare collectible you’ve hunted half of your life for can become a reality! They’re a magical place where you can be ANYONE you want to be, even if that means just being yourself! But on the off chance you don’t feel like being yourself, there’s plenty of room for amazing cosplay!
The team here at ScienceFiction.com was on site at Wizard World Philadelphia 2014 to witness some of these amazing cosplay costumes firsthand! You’ve already seen a few of them in the Part One of our Cosplay Gallery from the convention, but just in case that wasn’t enough we’re bringing you Part Two! (Make sure to click the picture for an enlarged version!)
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We recently reported that four new characters were going to join the show, along with descriptions. Many speculate that the names provided are fake, a common practice in Hollywood to prevent spoilers, especially with properties based on existing works. One of the new characters is a villain. Here is his original description:
‘SETH’ – A well-educated criminal with grand ambitions and a knack for chemistry, this potentially recurring character gains power over his enemies by exposing them to a drug that drains their willpower. Oh, and he is very much a physical match for The Arrow.
And now even more information about this villain have come to light:
‘Member the “Seth” guy I told you about a couple of weeks ago? Well, the casting for that role has since been tweaked, and he is now described as a “shade of a man” with a quiet intensity, a “criminal mastermind who whistles classical music” as he goes about his devious business. There’s also talk of him having “reptilian eyes.” Whomever he is, he will be the Big Bad for the season opener.
The villains on ‘Arrow’ are generally tweaked from their comic book versions, so the majority of this description sounds like it’s original but will be grafted onto an existing DC Comics villain. The big reveal is the reference to ‘reptilian eyes’. That narrows things down considerably. Only the first episode is mentioned, so does that make “Seth” a one-off/recurring villain, or will be play a larger part, like Sebastian Blood and Deathstroke last season?
If the villain is more of an over-all villain that will recur throughout the season, it’s possible he will be Kobra. In the comics, Kobra is Jeffrey Burr a.k.a. Lord Naga, raised to lead the Kobra Cult and bring about an age of destruction. His followers are a ninja-like, religious cult, which does fit into the world of ‘Arrow’ and many of his most recent appearances have been written by Geoff Johns, the executive producer and writer for the series. However, the cult angle may mirror last season’s Sebastian Blood story, even though they changed a lot of things about that character on the show. So it sort of depends on how they handle the character to see if he works on the show.
If ‘Seth’ is more of a one-off or recurring character, there are two likely possibilities.
First is Copperhead, probably the best known of the three possibilities. He’s a long-running DC villain, typically depicted as a man in a snake suit that has reptilian powers. At times he has certainly been depicted with ‘reptilian eyes’ and even a forked, flickering tongue and a tail. The character has evolved over time, and most recently was shown to be more of an actual hybrid snake-man. If he’s used on ‘Arrow’ expect something closer to his more classic depiction.
But my money is on King Snake. There’s nothing inherently reptilian about him. He’s just a mercenary and expert martial artist. (Fun fact, he’s Bane’s biological father.) To be honest, given the flashbacks’ recent shift from “the island” to Hong Kong and the show’s heavy use of DC’s martial arts experts, King Snake seems like a more comfortable fit for the show.
What do you think?
Michael Bay is taking the criticism of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ in stride and has this to say to his critics.
'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', the fourth movie in the franchise and, in a sense, a reboot, is sure to be the biggest movie of the weekend, but it's not getting a great reaction from movie goers and certainly not from critics. Disappointing, since many thought the new human cast, coupled with Bay having already been heavily criticized for the last movie ‘Dark Of The Moon’ would have produced something better. The Rotten Tomatoes critical ranking is a whopping 16%, but the audience reaction is much higher, 65%. Much higher, but still just barely better than average.
This is sure to be a let down considering how many of this summer’s big hits have had excellent word of mouth. Those that didn’t, like 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' quickly faded from theaters and memory. We’ll have to see if ‘Transformers’ stumbles as badly as ‘Spider-Man’, but for his part, Bay is taking the criticism in stride.
"I used to get bothered by it, but I think it’s good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it’s good."
"[Naysayers] love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re still going to see the movie! I think it’s good to get a little tension. Very good."
This may be true. Most reaction to ‘Age of Extinction’ is not downright hateful as it was with ‘Dark of the Moon’, but not glowing either. However, it’s unclear whether or not Bay plans to return for a fifth installment, despite Paramount’s announcement that they planned to release a new movie in 2016. Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has since stated that this might be too ambitious but hopefully a new movie will be ready by 2017 and that there were plans currently to switch directors. I guess it’s in Michael Bay’s hands whether he returns for another installment or walks away from the franchise.