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renodc wrote a comment about the news item Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Headed for the Big Screen
Splinter Cell has a good base story to work off of, but I'm more excited to hear they are finally getting some movement on Without Remorse, which is one of my all time favorite books. John Clark is pure bada$$. It's been a long time since I've heard anything on it being turned into a film. The last traction I saw on it was back a couple of years after the book came out when Clint Eastwood was trying to option it as directorial vehicle for himself. I was bummed when he turned his attention elsewhere.
It would be interesting to see who the most successful untalented actress of all time is. Whoever it is, Kristen Stewart is giving her a run for her money.
This will definitely be a stretch for Kutcher to pull this off.
@kidd Sparks Possibly so, but I do distinctly remember reading in Entertainment Weekly back in 2007 that Ben Kingsley was in talks with Sony to play the Vulture, but the character had been scrapped because Arad and Ziskin felt the Vulture and Kingsley were too old for the intended audience and that Venom was red hot in the comic world at that time.
@Mr-White and @junior Roberts. From what I understand, Raimi's intentions were very close to what the two of you had discussed. His initial vision was to continue the Harry Osborn arc and introduce Vulture (Ben Kingsley was in talks) as the heavy in a organized crime boss role and to have Flint Marko as the conflicted underling who becomes the Sandman. The character of Eddie Brock would play a intermediate role, but Venom would not emerge until the fourth film. From what I had read, producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin felt that they needed to strike with Venom while the iron was hot and forced Raimi to take out the Vulture, who they felt wasn't a viable character, and replace him with Venom. It all boiled down to lack of patience, which looks like what Arad is doing again trying to rush Venom to the screen.
So, why didn't they do this the first time? I know because Avi Arad is an idiot and anything he has large amounts of control over turns to $h!t.
renodc wrote a comment about the news item Dredd Poster
Poster looks good. With no star power in the cast line up, I'm not sure the character can carry an audience in the fickle domestic box office, so hopefully they are ramping up an international marketing push or else this is going to bomb badly.
renodc wrote a comment about the news item Man of Steel Promo Art
@ROFLitschristian I think it's hit or miss with Snyder. I thought Watchmen was right on the money. I wasn't as fond of 300 as most, but it was OK. My biggest concern with Snyder stems from the fact that he did make that steaming pile of cr@p Sucker Punch. That was an absolutely atrocious movie.
renodc wrote a comment about the news item Man of Steel Promo Art
Superman is as good a character as he ever was. What dates Superman is the massive shift in moral culture. Using a professional wrestling term, he is the ultimate clean-cut "face" (i.e. good guy), and if you followed wrestling in the past those guys like Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, etc. got over huge with the fans. Today, if you introduce a wrestler in those molds nobody cares, but introduce a face that is completely irresponsible, cusses, drinks and questions "the man" and the fans will go nuts. Case in point, Dwayne Johnson was booed relentlessly when he debuted as Rocky Maivia because he was being played in the traditional face role, but they reinvented him as the "pie eating" and "jabroni slappin" wise a$$ known as the Rock and the fans went crazy. Same holds true with Superman he's too clean cut, responsible, and morally conscious for today's fans. Probably one of the reasons why the U.S. is going to sh!t at a break neck pace. For Superman to be a monster success, they are going to have to make him a little more edgier.
The biggest problem with Warner and DC in the past has been that Warner allows DC a lot of latitude in the animation side which is why it's so good, but on the feature film side Warner's is notorious for studio intervention that rarely turns out well. The other thing that this is going to boil down to is writer, director and casting as well as budget. Superman Returns and Green Lantern both had out of control budgets that didn't really seem to reflect in the finished product. Whoever greenlit Green Lantern for a $200 million budget hopefully has been long since fired.
Would have liked to have seen them go younger but wisdom and experience is probably a safer move.
This is a sign of the extreme instability of the domestic box office. Americans are very picky right now at the box office which is why a few movies are blowing up the bank while the rest are barely scraping by or failing miserably. The only stability lies in the international market, so I can definitely buy the concept that they are possibly revamping their marketing push for the international market. Look at Battleship, Tin Tin and John Carter, all have been enormous failures domestically based on their budgets but all 3 have made over 200 million in the international market.

On another note, I'm not so sure that the idea of writing Tatum back into the story has as much to do with his star power as it does with the notion of possibly pi$$ing off the hardcore fan base by killing off the character of Duke.
@thedude1 Yep. I think he ended up with a broken leg.
I haven't found anything out there suggesting that RDJ will leave after Iron Man 3 that isn't just pure speculation. The rumors seem to have started after Kevin Feige was asked a complete "what if" question about rebooting Iron Man if RDJ ever decides to leave, and Feige said they would continue without him but hoped he would stay on for a long time to come.
Unfortunately, there isn't a Dances with Wolves 2 & 3 for Cameron to rip-off for Avatar sequels.
I keep seeing more and more shots of suit/no mask, and it is really making it hard not to write this off. For crying out loud, why can't they shoot a freakin Spidey movie where he keeps his d#mn mask on the entire time.
renodc wrote a comment about the news item Daredevil Reboot Gets Writer David James Kelly
@josh That was David E. Kelley
Some people just like to complain. I've heard some positive comments coming from the preview as well.
That is amazing
Minus the lips, I liked the the first films more classic version. The new look is ok, but he kind of looks like Firefly from Paul Dini's Batman: The Animated Series, especially in that first photo.