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With Spider-Man’s triumphant arrival to the Marvel Cinematic fold that has fans cheering, too the end credits double-take of our favorite martini drinking, bad attitude duck at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy” last summer, may inspire many a fan too wonder what could perhaps be in store for the two classic characters at there local movieplex in the not-to-distant future . .

But why these two you say?  Well, other than there very recent present’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of late, the duo have had quite a marvelous relationship since the 1970’s, sharing a similar style & humor, appearing in each others comic runs, cartoons and strips, quite effortlessly up to today, with the amazing one usually swinging in and saving Howard from getting squashed any way he can.

Now with the upcoming blockbuster sequel, Captain America: Civil War starting the team-up’s in the movies, seeing different Marvel heroes come together & buddy-up is sure to become more & more common place. So putting these two ultra popular & off-the-wall characters in a movie down the road seems like it might be a fun leap for the ever expanding & daring studio.

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If it’s one thing that Marvel has shown everyone since there 2008 arrival as the studio to top, it’s there fearless & long-term vision when it comes to putting there beloved properties on the big screen. There ability to dip into whimsy & have fun with there characters has also been hailed as a strong suit by fans and critics alike. As movie-lovers have very little to fear and more to be excited about if the wacky team-up should ever materialize on the silver screen.

It’s of course very doubtful that this would happen right away as the studio just acquired the shared rights to Spider-Man from Sony Pictures after a long struggle in the 2000’s. As of this writing, the wall-crawler’s official debut isn’t even until Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, so The Marvel Company has plenty of time to lay out plans for the famous duo that will most likely equal other film outings before risking an even more out-there team-up for Phase 5, 6 or even 7 and beyond.

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Keep in mind that this is just simply the opinions of the author and in no way a fact, but if one could do there best and try to read between many of the lines, we at CinemaZone would say that it’s certainly a great possibility and a big reason too be excited about going too the movies in the years to come. Thanks for stopping bye . . .

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Director Matt Reeves Returns To The Batman!

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Well, here we are again folks it seems. In more crazy Batman news this month, it’s being reported that Mr. Matt Reeves- who at one point was the director that Warner Bros. Studio was looking at most prominently too take over after Ben Affleck stepped down from the project, has now returned and officially signed on after stepping away from the project over a week ago himself. So hopefully you got all that, cause it was exhausting to write . .

Even though this head spin of a story makes many people quite dizzy, this is actually somewhat common place in crazy ole Hollywood. Directors and teams leaves projects, others come in only too have there script or direction not work and then leave themselves.

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This is certainly nothing new at all to Warner Studio’s, as they have endured many a false start or a falling out, when it came to their Batman and Superman franchises over the years, including very recently. Now adding to those Flash, Wonder Woman and Aqua-Man all having a lot of trouble in there respective productions and multiple directors . . .

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Could The Batman Be In Trouble?

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Well it’s certainly been quite a month for Batman fans. First we got the news that Ben Affleck was still not happy with the script and the film had been pushed back from it’s original release date of 2018. Then we got the news that Affleck has officially stepped down from the directors chair, which in turn sparked more controversy and speculation about the state of the DC Film Division at present . .

In the wake of all that, it was then revealed that 39 year old Matt Reeves ( Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ) is on the shortlist as the next director on the project. Although nothing has been set in stone just as yet and Warner’s is still looking to other bigger names as well.

Now according to the latest rumor mill coming from our friend ~( ComicBookCast2 )~ Ben Affleck actually wants out altogether on the Batman project and the DCU. Now this report claims it comes from three distinct insider sources on the film, but as always should be taken with a large grain of salt.

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Where this latest rumor does gain some traction, is that for months now we’ve been hearing of a downward spiral where Affleck hasn’t been very happy with what the studio wants of him and has seemed visibly irritated when talking about the project, especially after his latest Warner’s film bombed at theaters. So only time will tell if this rumor holds any truth for the on & off production . . .

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Did Hugh Jackman Tease Character’s Classic Yellow Suit in the Upcoming Film?

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Well it seems that big-time actor Hugh Jackman took to twitter recently to shake things up & give fans a little something to talk about in the weeks ahead until his final film outing as everyone’s favorite cigar chomping, claw wielding mutant in Logan, due out this March . .

Wolverine first appeared in Bryan Singer’s X-Men back in 2000, to which the team mostly suited up in black leather get-ups. That has largely been the case in subsequent movies too follow. But in a deleted scene from “The Wolverine” the yellow costume was seen in a box that was gifted to Logan as he departed Japan. So could Logan finally be where the suit shows up?

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In the second trailer for Logan, we saw the young mutant X-23, played by Dafne Keen, holding an X-Men comic book. Outside of that being self-referential, it did provide some context that would make the yellow costume showing up in the movie less jarring and seemingly out of place. Since Logan is set in a not-too-distant future where most mutants have disappeared and the landscape is very bleak, a bright yellow superhero costume might not be appropriate.

So finally, here’s what the actor posted on his official Twitter page, featuring something that all X-Men fans can get behind. Given the very subtle way some things are teased these days, it seems possible that this could be a sign that the suit may make an appearance in Logan. If it really is the last time we see his version of Wolverine onscreen, that would be a fun thing to see and would serve as a great bit of fan service . . .

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Unbreakable II Outline Is Now Done Says M. Night Shyamalan . . .

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Fans were treated to quite a surprise at the end of Shyamalan’s newest horror-thriller Split, which confirmed that film was actually connected to one of the filmmaker’s previous movies. Over the weekend, the filmmaker revealed that he already has a treatment for this particular sequel done and ready to go. This is your last chance to avoid SPOILERS so read on at your own risk . .

Like most of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, Split is set in the director’s hometown of Pennsylvania. And fans got quite the surprise at the end of the thriller, when it was revealed that this story is set in the same universe as Shyamalan’s 2000 hit film Unbreakable.

The scene in question happens just before the end credits, set in a diner where there is a news report playing about James McAvoy’s Kevin, who’s earned the nicknamed “The Horde,” who plays host to 24 different personalities. A woman in the diner recalls another strange criminal with a name she can’t quite place. We then we see Bruce Willis reprising his role as David Dunn, telling the woman she’s thinking of Mr. Glass ( played by Samuel L. Jackson ). Here’s what the director had to say on Twitter:

“O …..have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split….you know what’s coming.”

There has been a lot of talk of an Unbreakable sequel in the past but nothing has really come of it. The director reveals on a recent podcast appearance that there were originally more Easter Eggs that reference the Unbreakable characters in his newest film. Here’s what he had to say below.

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“In the script, there were more Unbreakable Easter Eggs, and I had to pull them out. There were things alluding to what’s happening in the city, and with the kind of the mania that is happening in the city. And it kept referencing… there was a version of the script where they were actively battling. Mr. Glass and David Dunn. And that was so distracting from the movie. And you are wondering, What’s going on? And then you get to the end and it confused people.”

It’s possible those discarded ideas may be used for Unbreakable 2, which the director confirmed earlier this week that he is going to start writing soon. Unbreakable was a solid hit in 2000 and while it’s definitely not M. Night Shyamalan’s biggest film as a director, it is the one movie fans keep asking for a sequel too, and now that may finally happen . . .

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Disney’s Scrapped Boba Fett Film Had a Secret Teaser Trailer!

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It seems the big news of the day is that there is now a known Boba Fett teaser trailer from Josh Trank’s completely shelved Boba Fett feature film from Lucasfilm Disney. Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that Lucasfilm prepped the teaser and was planning to show it at Star Wars Celebration last year in order to officially announce the upcoming movie to fans . . .

This is actually how close the film was to being a real thing. Unfortunately, after the fallout from the poor performance of Fantastic Four and reported behind-the-scenes drama related to Josh Trank, he left the project. The director still claims it was for personal reasons, but there were many other reports that say he was fired. Either way, the Boba Fett movie was inches away from actual screen reality.

“It came so close to being officially announced, Lucasfilm even prepped a big teaser reel to show at Star Wars Celebration in spring of 2015, sources tell Entertainment Weekly. At the last minute, the split with Mr.Trank totally backburnered the whole project.”

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What this unreleased teaser trailer consists of is anyone’s guess at this point. Is there actual shot film footage or just a vague space-like preview. More importantly for fans is the question of will we ever get to see this shelved teaser? Anything is possible, but given the secret nature of Disney, it’s highly doubted. But rest assure Boba Fett will indeed hit movie screen’s one day in our near future . .

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The 20th Anniversary: Things You May Not Know About 1996’s “the Phantom”

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Over 20 years ago in the summer of 96 there was a fun, little adventure film that made it’s way across silver screen’s about a odd looking jungle man in a purple outfit from the golden age of cinema, who fights for the good of the world and protection of his island home called “the Phantom”.

Although it somewhat failed to completely resonate with a fickle, midish-nineties audience unlike many other moderate too successful period-piece style, comic book films of the day, such as Dick Tracy, the Shadow, the Rocketeer, Tim Burton’s Batman films and the box office smash: Mask of Zorro two years later, among many of the flaws in it’s crafting as a film, it still none the less captured the fun & imagination’s of many young boys and girls of that time, introduced them to a very charming pulp hero from the 1930’s and achieved a sort of cult-like status in the realm of popular culture.

Now on it’s big 20th birthday, test your trivia knowledge as Cinemazone looks back at some fun things you might or might not know about 1996’s “the Phantom”. . .space bar

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Some Like It Hot: ‘She’s like Jell-O on springs…’

Last year in August marked the tragic and untimely death of actress and icon Marilyn Monroe, but the grace & myth of Marilyn endures. Her star has burnt brighter in death than it did in even in life, it’s luminescence aided by  . . . . .

Source: Some Like It Hot: ‘She’s like Jell-O on springs…’

Archie’s Riverdale Series Comes To CW Television . . .

transparent_spaceThe CW is very quickly becoming television’s home for all things comic book. In addition to all the other properties on there DC Comics slate as of right now, the network has just announced they’ll be picking up Riverdale, a high school drama based on the classic characters from Archie Comics . . .

After being totally rejected by Fox, the Riverdale pilot quickly became a favorite over at the CW, where the Greg Berlanti-produced show has now been given a full season order. Though featuring famous teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, Riverdale isn’t intended to be an exact adaptation of the long-running Archie Comics.

The new television series is pulling more inspiration from the recent All-New Archie Comics, written by Mark Waid with current artwork from Veronica Fish, the artist also responsible for Riverdale‘s promo artwork ( seen above ) that puts a slightly different spin on our beloved characters of old.

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The Riverdale pilot, and presumably the season to follow, stars newcomer KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhard as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veroinca Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. Also appearing is Ashleigh Murray as Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats), Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews.

Given the controversial new direction of the recent comics and fans mixed response too them, will this new take fly at the CW or ultimately crash and burn? Only time will tell, but we’ll certainly keep you posted as more comes in . .

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Does Walt Disney Studio and the Star Wars Saga Still Need George Lucas?

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Very recently in the fan community, there seems to be a sudden outcry by some, for the author and creator of all thing Star Wars for the past forty years and recently retired, Mr. George Lucas, to return once again to the folds of his beloved universe ( in different capacity’s according to the fan asked ) and even an odd call to direct one of the series future installments. Although, quite funny enough at first glance, this does very much seem like a complete turn around – reversal, from how many felt in the late 90’s. But all jokes put aside for the moment, would this ever be a good idea, let’s talk about it and you decide . .

In the past several years, the famed director & producer has admitted that one of the problems with his somewhat more recent Prequel Adventures, was in fact, the task of writing it. Although much of those films are meant to be very 1930’s and hokum in nature, George admits that his strength is not in his writing abilities, as he had a hard time showing deep emotion and nuance in the screenplay, as well as trying to write for, & get great performances from younger children, as in one of it’s past installments.

“Showing how much Anakin & Padm’e deeply care for each other is one of my weak points. I’m so in love with you that I’d do anything and sacrifice it all & make that real & stick it in two minutes. I can’t go to deep in the psyche of these people beyond a stylistic reality I’ve created for myself. So it’s my own fault really.”   –  George Lucas

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In retrospect, there are some who felt that the main problem with the prequel installments in general, wasn’t just the scripts themselves, but in the fact that George tried to tackle too much. As the large task of witting, directing, producing and generally ramping up his award winning effect’s house ILM, too bring an entirely new set of massive Star Wars motion pictures to the big screen with slightly less of a collaborative nature then had been done in the past was certainly a daunting one, and stretched the filmmaker a bit thin, as evidence by some of the behind the scenes footage & many of the weak spots in the movie’s themselves.

Although too be fair, there are quite a lot of fans who genuinely enjoy various elements of the prequel adventures warts and all, as there are many around the globe who look at his last installment  –  Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith as more of an upwards success & general return to form cinematically in the space saga, but yet might still come to wonder what the classic San Francisco filmmaker could really do with a higher-level screenwriter and much less on his plate for any future endeavor’s with the ongoing series.

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“Yeah, . . . the Sequel Trilogy is about the children of Luke and Leia, but there grown up now and much older, in there early to mid 20’s, you know. So don’t worry, it’s not the Phantom Menace movie all over again.”  –  George Lucas

Certainly many fans would agree that when it comes to being an idea man, creative consultant and general guide for all thing Star Wars, there is no one better suited too that particular task, and is certainly a big part of what has made the classic space fantasy such an enduring franchise in the overall staple of pop culture in years past.

As the leadership at Walt Disney Studio’s would certainly come amiss not too listen to the overall advice and vision of the series original creator, a lot like the much closer-nit relationship between Paramount Pictures and beloved Star trek mastermind, Gene Rodenberry, while they still had him around.

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“One of the things that not many people know, is that R2D2 is not only the hero of the movies, but the record’s keeper of the entire Star Wars Saga, as he recounts the whole thing to the Keeper of the Whills, over one hundred years after Return of the Jedi.”  – George Lucas

Recently, some fans have voiced there complaint’s when Disney’s newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last month, despite it’s massive success and general positive reviews, according to certain fans here and there, felt a bit rehashed at times & lacked some of the original charm, scale, and intricate knowledge of the past saga that George Lucas brings.

Another negative bit of criticism of the film by some, has also been the lack of composer John Williams presence in the film, as his stunning themes and overall music that has come to drive the outer space saga since it’s original conception, seemed much less powerful & showcased in Disney’s latest installment as in previous episodes before.

“They ( Disney ) wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t really like that. Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different from one another creatively, with different planets, with different spaceships, characters, make it completely new.”  –  George Lucas

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So should in fact, the Walt Disney mouse house ask for George Lucas’ helping hand in molding the future of the series, while they can still get it? Would you like to see ole George return in some type capacity, or perhaps even to direct a lone Star Wars film or another type project with Disney? Or should the former director and creator stay far, far away from that galaxy of long ago. Please feel free to comment and share, and thanks so much for stopping by to see us again . . .

 

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Obi-Wan Kenobi To Appear In Star Wars: Rouge One & Beyond?

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According to the good folks down at “Schmoes Knows” ( who are said to have legitimate contacts at Disney Studio’s ) a new rumor has very recently surfaced claiming that none other than big time star, Mr. Ewan McGregor, who played our favorite Jedi Knight –  Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi in the prequel adventures, will in fact be reprising his role and have a small cameo in the upcoming Gareth Edwards Anthology story, Star Wars: Rouge One, coming to a theater near you next Christmas . .

One of the big reasons behind this sudden interest & major push in the character is that the studio definitely has big plans in store for the famous Jedi, mapping out an entire set of Anthology movies in the years to come, as well as whatever plans they might have for old Ben in the new Sequel Trilogy. But of course one should keep in mind that these are all still rumors, as not much official news is being released from the studio.

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So could this in fact be true you say? Well, given the new film’s settings, it does make very good sense, given the particular Star Wars timeline is perfect to introduce the character again to audience’s. It would also tie in quite well if Kenobi does indeed have some kinda role or cameo in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The director of Rouge One, Gareth Edwards has said that the film will be grounded and gritty, dealing more with rebels and troopers than a Jedi or Sith movie. Neither the less, a small cameo in some fashion does not sound out of the picture. Thankfully for fans, we don’t have to wait too long for those answers, as Rouge One comes out in less than a year. So time will certainly tell if this piece of rumor mill info proves to be true . . .

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