Manu Bennett has the terrifying villain thing down to a science.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he's unleashing his final performance as the Orc king Azog, and is also set to reprise his role as Deathstroke on CW's Arrow. Add to that a role in the hotly anticipated fantasy adaption Shannara, and you'll likely be watching more of Bennett in 2015.
Now that Peter Jackson has finished his trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, what lies ahead for him in terms of movies? If you’ve been looking at his Middle-earth and thinking that he’d be perfect to head up another fantasy or comic book franchise, prepare to be disappointed.
If there’s one thing that seems slightly… off in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s the presence of Josh Brolin’s Thanos. He doesn’t really accomplish anything in the movie, beyond reminding us that he exists, and he risks making Ronan the Accuser look like little more than a minion by his very presence. It turns out, the movie’s co-writer and director, James Gunn, had exactly the same concerns.
One of the more unexpected developments to come from the still-unfolding events concerning North Korea’s role in the Sony hack and the potential connection to the (now-shelved) Sony comedy The Interview was the news Wednesday that New Regency has dropped plans to adapt Pyongyang into a vehicle for Steve Carell, with Gore Verbinski as director.
While the last-minute shelving of Sony’s The Interview may be nothing but an expensive headache for those involved, James Gunn found a little humor in current events. The director shared an image online revealing the unexpected way in which Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has been affected by what’s going on.
Legendary Pictures has optioned the rights to The Damned, the upcoming novel by Andrew Pyper.
The supernatural thriller centers on a man who survived a near-death experience but is haunted by the spirit of his vengeful twin sister. And when he finally has a chance at real happiness with a new wife and stepson, the sister decides to strike them as well.
The novel is due to hit shelves in February. The tone is said to be the in the vein of The Sixth Sense and Jacob’s Ladder.
So, Avengers: Age of Ultron is all about a team of superheroes beating up an evil robot, right? Well, maybe not — according to writer and director Joss Whedon, there's much more moral ambiguity in the movie than that.
With the lawsuit between Marvel Entertainment and the estate of comic creator Jack Kirby finally settled, it was announced Wednesday that Marvel will issue King-Size Kirby next year, an oversized hardcover collecting examples of the creator’s work for the company across four decades.