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Will Deadpool Be PG-13?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Many a comic book fan rejoiced last week when it was announced that a Deadpool movie will finally hit theaters in 2016. However, it may not be the movie some are hoping for…

Shmoes Know is reporting the film will have a PG-13 rating, which could considerably water down the notoriously bloody actions of Deadpool. This, reportedly, was from the mouth of director Tim Miller.

The site reports: “I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all going to hate this, that they figured out how to make it PG-13 and therefore not lose its soul – that’s a quote - of the script so they can make it.”

Obviously this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the only official news we have regarding Deadpool is that Miller will direct, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned the script, and the release date is set for February 12, 2016.

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Ben Affleck Talks Batman’s Anger

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Can Ben Affleck relate to a character like Batman? Apparently, the answer is yes.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Affleck talked about how he himself deals with anger, and how it’s helped him in playing the role of Batman.

“For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts,” Affleck said. “I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with… then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over. I’m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do… That is an interesting thing that you point out. That’s my personality… By the way, that’s a character flaw, I think. I should sit down and say, ‘Listen, I just want to let you know what happened there wasn’t OK’, instead of going, let it go, let it go, let it go … ‘Ah, that’s not a big deal’, until finally you just pop!”

Affleck’s first go-around as the Caped Crusader will be in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which comes out March 26, 2016.

Source and Image: ComingSoon.net

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Batmobile From Batman v. Superman Revealed

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Via Warner Bros. and Ain’t It Cool News, we now have our first look at Batman’s new ride.

Images of the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice have emerged online. Largely colored gray, the vehicle features two doors that open vertically, exposing a two-person cockpit.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

Source and Images: Newsarama

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No Iron Man 4 For Robert Downey Jr.

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as strong as ever (see Guardians of the Galaxy), there’s one character who won’t be seeking solo stardom again any time soon: Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr., who has played Tony Stark/Iron Man in three Iron Man films, as well as The Avengers, recently told Variety the following regarding a possible Iron Man 4: “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man.”

While the actor is contracted to return for two Avengers sequels, he is reportedly reluctant to return for any more.

When Downey was asked if he would “let” another actor play Tony Stark, he joked: “I like that the idea is that it would be up to me, like I’m casting director for Marvel.”

Downey’s next appearance as Iron Man will be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters May 1, 2015.

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Dwayne Johnson Announces His Role as Black Adam in Shazam

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

After much speculation, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made it official via Twitter this week: He will play Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam movie from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

Johnson tweeted: “‘Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.’ My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics” The tweet was accompanied by an image of the Gary Frank art used for the cover of Justice League #21.

Variety later provided an update, reporting that Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema would produce the film, and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Jack the Giant Slayer) will serve as screenwriter.

Toby Emmerich, president of New Line Cinema, told Entertainment Weekly that Shazam would be different from other comic book movies, and ”will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor. But the stakes have to be real.”

In the DC Comics universe, Black Adam is the arch nemesis of Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel). He’s been portrayed as both an outright villain, and an anti-hero. Judging by Johnson’s tweet, this film will portray him as the latter.

Reportedly, Shazam may reach theaters as early as July 2016.

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Hawkeye’s Cut Scene in Captain America: The Winter Solider Revealed in

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The world hasn’t seen Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye on screen since he appeared in The AvengersHowever, the character was at one point slated to appear in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

In an interview with Screen Rant, co-director Joe Russo revealed Hawkeye was to have been one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives hunting down Steve Rogers.

“We were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends,” Russo said. “If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.”

While the idea was cut, Russo said that may have “streamlined the movie and made it a little bit more propulsive.”

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Lynda Carter Talks Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Costume

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Lynda Carter, the woman who helped define the Wonder Woman character for a generation on the TV show of the same name, recently weighed in on Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Carter noted that while she was hesitant to be critical, she did miss some of the color present in her old costume.

“I was missing the red, white and blue, I have to say,” Carter said. “Maybe there’s a lot more color in it than what we saw in the picture. It’s almost impossible to play a superhero anyway. You can’t. You just have to play a character that happens to do these amazing things. That’s the only way you can do it. And the costumes all take care of themselves, but it was a little more – I’ll have to wait and see. I hate to comment on something that I haven’t seen and I’m very supportive of Gal Gadot. I’m very supportive of them doing Wonder Woman, putting her in any capacity. I think she needs to be out there. … It’s high time somebody took a chance and did it and so I’m really happy about that.”

Gal Gadot will be the first actress to portray Wonder Woman on the silver screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which comes out March 15, 2016.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Back on Top at the Box Office

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

After two weeks in the second place spot, Guardians of the Galaxy has returned to the top of the domestic box office charts.

The James Gunn-directed Marvel film took in $17.6 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $251.9 million. It has now become the highest earning movie of the summer domestically, besting Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $243.4 million.

Guardians bested Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which brought in $16.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $145.6 million.

Both Guardians and Ninja Turtles continue to hold strong against their competition. For instance, If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, premiered at third place this week with $16.4 million. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For made its debut in eight place, with $6.4 million.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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First Official Image of Paul Rudd in Ant-Man Surfaces

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The first official image (shown right) of Paul Rudd in Marvel’s Ant-Man has hit the web.

The film commenced principal photography this week. Rudd plays Scott Lang, who with the help of his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), must “plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man will hit theaters July 17, 2015.

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A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review – When The Fanboys Are Right

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
STARRING: Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville (voice), Noel Fisher, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard,
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Liebsman
STUDIOS: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, Platinum Dunes, Gama Entertainment, Mednick Productions
RATED: PG-13
RUN TIME: 101 min
RELEASED: August 8, 2014

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The fanboy/fangirl community has earned the right to be skeptical. Over the years we’ve been let down by so many lackluster takes on comic book stories and concepts. Too many to name here. So when this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was announced, with Michael Bay attached as a producer and Megan Fox cast as April O’Neil, a lot of justified skepticism and criticism was leveled at the project. Fans would go on to scratch their heads at the sight of these new CGI motion capture Turtles, and roll their eyes when Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub were brought in at the last minute to do voice over work for Leonardo and Splinter.

But as both a critic and a fanboy, my philosophy is that while you have every right to be skeptical, you’ve got to see the full movie before you can officially condemn it.

And as a life-long, die hard Ninja Turtles fan, it breaks my heart to tell you the skeptics were right. Not only that, but the film’s three major problems were all evident in the trailers and the advertising:

1. They overthought the concept.
2. They forgot to have fun.
3. They cast Megan Fox.

As expected, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a rehash of the origin story. There are some tweaks here and there, but essentially it’s the same. Our heroes are Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. They have a sensei/father/humanoid rat named Splinter, a human friend named April, and an arch enemy called The Shredder. In this film, The Shredder and his scientist pupil Eric Sacks (William Fichtner) attempt to steal the mutagen in the Turtles’ blood, and use it as a cure for a bioweapon they plan to unleash on the city, thus allowing the Foot to extort massive amounts of money and rise to power.

There’s been a lot of talk as to why the Turtles and Shredder were tinkered with so much in this film. They’re all gimmicked up for no real reason. Leonardo wears bamboo armor, Michaelangelo wears pants when none of the others do, Donatello wears taped glasses and is geared up like a friggin’ Ghostbuster. Meanwhile, Shredder is no longer a sinister ninja master wearing some intimidating bladed armor. Now, he’s essentially a nameless, faceless big bad who puts on a techno wondersuit and becomes an evil CGI Transformer. All the pure hate and evil has been sucked out of him, and he’s been reduced to a mere special effect.

So why has so much been tinkered with to the point of ridiculousness? There could be a multitude of reasons. But my gut tells me the filmmakers wanted to give us something a bit different than what we’ve seen before, while also making our villains more dangerous, and raising the stakes. This is all fine on paper. But remember, you’re catering to a vast audience ranging from little kids to grown adults, and all these people are expecting these characters to more or less look a certain way. For the Turtles, it’s been bandanas and elbow/knee pads for 30 years. If you’re going to change that, give me a reason. Donatello’s techno attachments make sense, but they overdid it. Ditto for Shredder. It’s a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

This notion of four talking turtles and their enemy who wears knives on his arms is pretty damn far-fetched. But if you pull it off the right way, you can suck the audience in and get them invested in this ludicrous fantasy. But make it TOO ludicrous, and give the audience too many questions to ask, then the whole thing falls apart and you lose that connection. Ninja Turtles lost that connection with me once friggin’ RoboShredder walked on screen. They stretched our suspension of disbelief too far and robbed us of an awesome villain in one fell swoop.

Ninja Turtles isn’t much fun to watch, either. Mikey brings some great comic relief to the table, as he should. But the boys in green spend most of the movie either bickering with each other or dealing with the battle at hand. I believe they’re brothers, but the fun of seeing them interact on the big screen is missing. It’s ironic that one of the elements that the Nickelodeon show really nailed, the Nickelodeon movie let sail over its head.

And then there’s Megan Fox’s portrayal of April O’Neil. This version of April, much like the one we saw in the ’80s cartoon, is a hard-nosed journalist who’s not willing to risk her safety to get the big story. She’s the Lois Lane of the TMNT universe. In Ninja Turtles, she’s in many ways the main character. She’s also the one we’re supposed to connect with, and it’s her actions that drive the story forward.

But in the end, casting Megan Fox as April O’Neil was a TERRIBLE mistake, and it’s her presence on screen that drags the movie down more than anything. Instead of coming off as ambitious and brave, the character becomes annoying and stupid. It boggles the mind just how many better actresses could have been chosen to play this part (for instance, Mae Whiteman, who voices the character on TV). But instead we’re forced to endure Fox’s wooden, and at times downright irritating performance.

Casting aside Megan Fox (gladly) for a moment, one can argue the April character was overemphasized in this film anyway. When we open the movie, she’s struggling to be taken seriously as a reporter. Her cause isn’t helped when she brings her boss (played by Whoopi Goldberg) this story about six foot turtles that can talk and do karate. But is the movie about her, or is it about the Turtles and the oddball family they’ve created together? Thus, the film becomes unfocused. Come to think of it, that whole “April wants respect” plotline isn’t even resolved. So in the end, it didn’t even matter…

The sad thing is that from a story standpoint, what we see in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t necessarily bad. If we’d made a casting change or two, simplified everybody’s look, and fleshed out Shredder, this could have been a passable attempt to revive the TMNT movie franchise. It wouldn’t have been perfect, but it would have at least been respectable. Instead we have this. A joyless, largely lifeless CGI suckfest. And ultimately, that’s pretty much what the skeptics said it was going to be, isn’t it?

Fate added insult to injury, what with this movie being released one week after Guardians of the Galaxy. That movie did the whole sci-fi/action/comedy flick in a way that got almost everything right. As much as I love the franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got almost everything wrong, just as we all feared it would. If you’re looking for your Turtle Power fix in the modern era, my advice is to stick to the TV show.

RATING: 3.5/10

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