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X-MEN Director Almost Directed CASINO ROYALE?

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

Matthew Vaughn gave X-Men: First Class a sense of 1960′s James Bondian intrigue mixed with mutant drama. Vaughn directed Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new espionage film based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

 

Now Vaughn reveals he almost directed the film that relaunched the 007 franchise and turned Daniel Craig in the modern day James Bond. Continue reading

14 Geek Wishes for 2014 Movies & Television!

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

2014 will be superstar year for comic book and sci-fi fans with Marvel movies, a new Doctor Who, The Walking Dead returns and Godzilla’s comeback!

 

But a geek can dream – here’s what I hope to see or announced in 2014.

 

1. All New Cast for X-Men: Apocalypse!

Bryan Singer revealed he’s on board for 2016 film set to star the First Class cast. After the time twisting elements of X-Men: Days of Future Past – it’s  a perfect opportunity for Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) to start over and discover a young Cyclops, Jean, Storm and even the impossible task of recasting a wild loner named Logan!

 

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

2. Hugh Jackman in Wolverine and Kitty Pryde.

I know I’m countering my previous wish but if Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold return for a solo Wolverine movie I hope it’s based in part on this other classic tale by Chris Claremont set in Japan. Ellen Page as Kitty could join Jackman in this supernatural tale of family, honor and demons.

 

3. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SPECTRE!

Don’t “Khan” it! Producers have the rights to bring back the classic S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and their sinister leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, back to the big screen for the first time since the Sean Connery era! I want to see Craig’s Bond kill and seduced his way up the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. food chain until a final showdown with the bald, bad criminal genius with a fondness for white kitties.

 

4. Fantastic Four teaser in X-Men: Days of Future Past!

I think Fox’s Marvel movie team (including Mark Millar) have a “Fantastic” teaser moment in the post-credits sequence for us! How about Dr. McCoy calling on a young Reed Richards in class or Logan and Ben Grimm sharing a brew?

 

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

5. The Massive will become a movie or television series!

Brad Pitt as sniper/professional soldier turned conservationist Callum Israel and executive producing a big-screen version of Brian Wood’s epic series of pacifist environmentalists now fighting for survival and searching for their sister ship in a post-apocalyptic world. With Naomi Campbell as Mary, Callum’s tough devoted lover and Dwayne Johnson as Mag, Callum’s fellow soldier turned activist.

 

 

6. Rian Johnson

The director of Looper should be up for any superhero movie he wants! How about Doctor Strange?

 

7. Lex Luthor in Superman vs. Batman!

Enough speculation – let’s have the charming but ruthless genius/C.E.O. manipulate the conflict between the DC titans but in a sequel having him fitted for a Lexcorp Battlesuit!

 

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

8. Doctor Who, Agent of ?

 

I’d like to see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) forced to an agent of a greater power. I always enjoyed when the Time Lords forced the Third and Fourth Doctor to go on missions for them. My first Doctor Who arc was Tom Baker on a quest for The Key to Time by the White Guardian. The Time Lords forced Baker’s Who to investigate the Genesis of the Daleks. Capaldi reminds me of Jon Pertwee, who was a UNIT scientific adviser. I liked seeing the anti-authority rebel Doctor sometimes forced to work at the whim of a higher authority.

 

9. Spacey cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Collector, The Nova Corps and Ronan the Accuser will appear in the big screen adventure based on Marvel’s space faring team. I’m sure if Ronan is a villain then we’ll see the Supreme Intelligence or Yon-Rogg, the Kree officer connected to the transformation of Carol Danvers into Ms. Marvel – now known as Captain Marvel.

 

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

10. Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man 2! Sony is spinning spinoffs starring Venom and the Sinister Six but have about Peter Parker’s femme fatale? There are some reports Felicity Jones will play Felicia Hardy – the cat burglar anti-heroine.

11. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing in Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones.

The tough private detectives (Knight Wing Restorations) aka the Daughters of the Dragon are integral players in the world of Murdock, Cage, Rand and Jones. Misty and Danny Rand always made one hot couple.

 

 

12. Steranko in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Stan Lee deserves every cameo he wants but how about giving the legendary Jim Steranko a role in the ABC series or flashback arc that salutes the groundbreaking Steranko era of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

 

13. Fatale The hit horror/crime noir Image series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips would be a smash and (would have to be on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax.) Josephine is cursed and so is every man who falls in love with her as she runs through the decades from demonic forces and killer cults.

 

 

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

14.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This is THE story that made be love Steve Rogers all over again. Ed Brubaker’s epic take on the Star-Spangled Avenger and his resurrected best friend is one of my all-time favorite comic book storylines. I hope this sequel is such a smash that we see a Winter Soldier/Black Widow movie based on Brubaker’s spinoff series.

 

 

There you have it – my 14 geek wishes I hope to see or have announced in 2014. What’s on your wish list? Comment below or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter @comicsblend and check out our Best of 2013 recaps.

 

By Editor

MAN OF STEEL That Could Have Been JAMES BOND

Man of Steel courtesy Warner Brothers photo by Clay Enos

Man of Steel courtesy Warner Brothers photo by Clay Enos

Henry Cavill is soaring as Superman in Man of Steel and will fly again in sequels and a possible Justice League movie.

 

Imagine Cavill as James Bond or Edward Cullen?

 

Cavill’s road to Superman includes a list of roles in other huge film franchises that he lost. The star reveals to ABC News he lost out on playing James Bond in Casino Royale to Daniel Craig. He lost Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire and Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga to Robert Pattinson. Craig has starred in 3 James Bond films and is contracted for 2 more.

 

“Daniel Craig was absolutely Continue reading

Awards for Comic Book & Sci Fi Movies: My Geek OSCARS

courtesy Warner  Brothers

courtesy Warner Brothers

As we count down to this year’s Oscars I can’t help but sigh that the Academy fails to recognize the powerful performances and amazing talents behind 2012′s big sci-fi and comic book (I’m including James Bond because I love him and why not) based films?

 

Here are my films, stars, creators that should be nominated plus some of my own geeky categories:

 

Best Picture: The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Skyfall

 

Best Actor: Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises

 

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

 

Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson

 

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine, The Dark Knight Rises Javier Bardem, Skyfall Michael Fassbender, Prometheus

 

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises Emily Blunt, Looper

 

Best Song: Skyfall, Adele

 

MVP of 2012: Continue reading

How James Bond Writers Changed the SKYFALL Finale

courtesy 007.com

courtesy 007.com

The James Bond franchise will be celebrated with a special tribute at the Oscars this weekend. The billion dollar success of Skyfall capped the 25th Anniversary of the series. Two men who have made their mark on 007 are Robert Wade and Neal Purvis who have co-written every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough in 1999. I wanted to share this interview with the writing duo Continue reading

Take James Bond Home With SKYFALL

courtesy 007.com

 James Bond may love ‘em and leave ‘em (or they end up dead) but you can give the action movie fan the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift!

 Skyfall is out on Blu-ray February 12th. It seems like just a week ago I was seeing the latest 007 film for the fourth time!

Here’s what I said after I saw it the first time:

  Skyfall may be the best 007 movie ever. Sam Mendes has crafted a passionate homage to 50 years of Bond films while creating his own epic that propels the super spy into the future. This adventure is thrilling and emotionally gripping.

A list of deep cover agents is lost. M and MI6 are humiliated then attacked. Bond is left Continue reading

OSCARS Celebrate James Bond

courtesy 007.com

courtesy 007.com

This year’s Oscars ceremony will feature a special celebration of James Bond. The celebration is described as “a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise”, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” this year’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) said.

“Starting with Dr No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

Skyfall just became the first 007 film to cross the $1 billion dollar mark at the global box office.

Oscar nominations will be announced January 10th. The ceremony will happen February 24th.

Thanks to Digital Spy.

A James Bond tribute is excellent news but how about some Skyfall nominations? Adele for Best Song? Javier Bardem (Silva) as Best Supporting Actor, Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography?

By Editor

Ian Fleming’s James Bond Lives in SKYFALL

courtesy 007.com

  Skyfall celebrates 50 years of the James Bond film franchise with clever lines and out-and-out brilliant homages to previous films. Director Sam Mendes packed the new Daniel Craig Bond film with influences from the series while making an entirely modern 007 movie.  

  Mystery woman Severine, the Macao casino and the voyage to the Dead Island of the villain Silva (Javier Bardem) took me back to The Man With the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore and Christopher Lee. You can see a huge influence on Skyfall from Ian Fleming’s later novels You Only Live Twice and The Man with the Golden Gun. The death of rebirth of Bond is seen in Skyfall and the aforementioned Fleming novels.

  I wanted to share this insightful article by Neill McNally for MI6.Com. The author examines the parallels between the new film and shows how Ian Fleming’s vision of James Bond is alive and thriving in the Daniel Craig era.

  The James Bond series is now available on Blu-ray with a spot in the collection for Skyfall. You can already pre-order Skyfall but I want to see him a few more times in the theater!

By Editor