Archive Page 2013
March 16, 2020
Universal Pictures breaks tradition, will stream new theater releases
Invisible Man, Emma and The Hunt effected
Though its probably the last thing theater owners wanted to hear, under the current circumstances with the coronavirus spreading and sending people into self-imposed house arrest, this might be the only way to create earnings for the theatrical films now in release. The question is whether other studios will follow Universal's lead.
Story at Forbes
Doctor Strange chose to defeat Thanos in a particular fashion that guaranteed the decimation of the Avengers?
Theory about Avengers End Game gets explanation at Digital Spy
Batman movie may feature demise of Alfred
That's the speculation around internet.
Also, The Batman movie set has shutdown for coronavirus for at least two weeks.
Story at We Got It Covered
Comic book stores reacting to coronavirus
"Many stores are on a razor’s edge already. I would expect this will push many stores over the edge. The timing is not good for our industry....."
Story at Newsarama
Captain America artist from WWII has died
Allen Bellman — the last surviving artist who drew the Marvel superhero during World War II — died Monday in Tamara, Fla., at age 95."
Obituary at MSN News
Finding comic shops with curbside service and delivery
Story at Bleeding Cool
Coronavirus impacts box office
Dropping revenues as public places face rapidly shrinking audiences, and the possibility of a full shutdown looms (which has already occurred in many places around the world).
Meanwhile, here's some numbers:
Bloodshot - Probably couldn't pick a worse time to premiere (though next week would probably be far worse). Some good reviews are backing up this release with a worldwide take at approx $25,600,000, so far, but the misfortune of opening on the same weekend as the premier of coronavirus panic isn't in any films favor.
Birds of Prey - this isn't exactly a bomb, but is only crawling forward with an accumulating box office now on the verge of $200 million. Officially at $198,363,557 (boxofficemojo)
How many Spider-Man projects can there be at one time? A lot.
- Spider-Man 3
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
- Madame Web
- Venom 2
- Black Cat/Silver Sable
- The Roberto Orci not-titled-yet Spider-Man Project
- The Sinister Six
- Kraven, Mysterio, Nightwatch, and Jackpot Projects
Story at Gizmodo
Here it comes: coronavirus fear begins a massive reshuffling of the movie release schedule
Fast and Furious #99 rescheduled to another year Collider
James Bond No Time to Die - Movieweb
A Quiet Place 2 - MSN News
"Shutdows and cancellations spread through Hollywood" - Variety
Blockbusters delayed - MSN News
At Variety "Coronavirus Sends Hollywood Into Unprecedented Crisis"
At USA Today "Movie box office receipts were down about 40% last weekend from the same period a year ago"
The Batman movie may be based on the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale graphic novel The Long Halloween
Claims made at Movieweb
Sony making new effort to create its own mini-Marvel Universe on film
Click-burger: The top ten Batmobiles
Analysis at CBR Com
Batman cast member Peter Sarsgaard talks about coming film
Video at Broadway World
Universal Studios hauling out Dracula for remake
Because Invisible Man has had box office success, the idea of launching their "Dark Universe" is again underway.
Story at Hollywood Reporter
More: "Invisible Man Producer Jason Blum Wants To Remake Another Classic Horror Villain" at Cinemablend
Bloodshot creator profile
Story about longtime comics pro Bob Layton at MSN News
Johnny Depp as Joker?
No, don't do it. All the same, here's the idea explored at comic book
The Batman turns eighty
Profile at NY Times - "The Batman and his many Robins"
French "Spiderman" scales sykscraper
Story at Hindustan Times
Ben Affleck stories galore on internet:
Comic Book - Ben Affleck didn't know Batman was so iconic
People - Ben Affleck borrowed the batsuit for son's birthday party
Newsarama - Ben Affleck enjoyed Batman V Superman more than Justice League
Comic Book - Why Ben Affleck quit Batman
Hollywood Reporter - Justice League was one problem after another
Henry Cavill back in the Super-suit for Shazam 2?
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who is cast as Black Adam) wants Cavill and the built-in connectivity Cavill brings to the previous DCU films.
Story at International Business Times
Telecom AT&T owns DC Comics, and may not want DC Comics to continue in comic book publishing business
Article goes back and forth on the reasons AT&T might want to save some money and kill the printing biz part of DC Comics, and then also argues why it is necessary to keep a firm grip on the comic book biz part of DC Comics in order to keep a firm grip on the lucrative licensing and movie biz.
Story at Fool Com
Coronavirus is scaring conventions and film premieres
Emerald City Comicon refunds - Newsarama
Superman Red Son premiere cancelled - Movieweb
Black Widow start date staying steady - Comic Book
DC Comics cancelling Con appearances - Hollywood Reporter
Ultraman comes to Marvel Comics
Story at IGN News
New Batman car is a recognizeable contemporary automobile
The early Batmobiles (in the Batman serials and even the Adam West Batmobile which was based on a concept car the Ford Futura) were all in that vein. Story at Variety
(Speculation: the reason there are "stock" cars used as the Batmobile in the the coming film is because Batman will be going through a lot of them over the course of the story, and building a bunch of custom jet-engine batmobiles isn't efficient if you're going to be going through cars like kleenex. Usually, the Batmobile is a sacred object of idolatry in the Batman universe, somehow surviving unscratched as Bats careens through Gotham night after night. It would be quite a change to have Batmobiles used as disposable machines, like cop cars involved in lots of high-speed chases. Again, this is all just speculation.)
Rumors mount about the "Snyder Cut" version of Justice League being released
Speculation include prospects for reshoots (by Zach Snyder) to finish the film a certain way; the finished film might lead the way for the launch of the HBO Max streaming service; and Newsweek specifically says there's a need to shoot new scenes with Martian Manhunter, Superman, Batman and Lois Lane.
Main rumors at Movie Web
Supposedly, Warners has offered $10 million to Snyder to finish up his version at We Got This Covered.
Avengers Endgame cut scene would've had Doc Strange in Iron Man suit
Story at BGR about costume-switching between Tony Stark and Stephen Strange that didn't make it into the finished film.
Harley Quinn Birds of Prey
Now at $188,382,133 worldwide. That shows the film isn't a disastrous bomb, but an underwhelming just might break even project.
Original page March 2020 | Updated September 2021