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Zack Snyder Takes On The Man Of Steel

5 Oct

by Captain Oblivious

Thank holy God in heaven! As a nerd you wish certain things would happen that will make your nerdiness seem worthwhile and today is one of those days. Zack Snyder has been tapped by Christopher “the godfather” Nolan to direct Superman: The Man of Steel.

When it was announced that Snyder was on the short list of directors I was readily excited but still kept my reserve thinking the job would go to someone else. Nolan must have seen what I have in Snyder’s work. A love for the material he directs and an attention to detail that is almost unmatched except, possibly, by Nolan himself. Snyder is no stranger to the superhero flick already having the excellent Watchmen under his belt. Now he can add the apex of superheros to the mix.

Now the only question is who will Nolan, Snyder and company pick as their new Man of Steel. I would hope Brandon Routh would at least be given a chance to come back but I realize this is a reboot and it will be a fresh face.

Superman: The Man of Steel is targeted for a holiday 2012 release.

Christopher Nolan Hard At Work On The Superman/Batman Front

24 Sep

by Captain Oblivious

A couple of notes to pass along on this otherwise boring Friday.

Christopher Nolan seems to be moving on from his summer blockbuster Inception and putting more focus on two huge projects. First up is the news that he has finally started on the screenplay for his third Batman outing which is due summer 2012.

The director had this to say about his next trip to Gotham:

“I don’t like to talk too much about things until I’m further along with them.  But I’m working on the script right now.  My brother Jonah has done a draft for the script and now I’m writing on it.  We have set a release date and as far as the film being officially greenlit, they haven’t told they don’t want to do it. So I’m hopeful.”

Next up is his “godfather” role in helping Warner get a new Superman movie out by the end of 2012 when the studio loses the rights to the character. David Goyer is already hard at work on the script which Nolan has already said he approves in the way it brings Superman into a “modern context”. He supposedly will be making his suggestion to Warner Bros. for a director in the next few weeks from a short list and my thoughts on them are this:

– Tony Scott (I like him but I don’t want Denzel as my new Superman)

– Johnathan Liebsman (probably a no-go since he’s already attached to Clash of the Titans 2: Clash Harder)

– Duncan Jones (I loved Moon and would wonder how he would handle an iconic character with a big budget)

– Zack Snyder (in a perfect world yes. A thousand times yes)

– Matt Reeves (I liked Cloverfield and Let Me In looks like it should be good. Could he handle the pressure?)

Inception Review

17 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

We now have another reason to praise 2008’s The Dark Knight. It’s success gave Christopher Nolan the clout to request 200 million dollars to make his dream project, pun intended.

Inception is a big time summer movie but one that sets itself apart from all the rest in that it makes you use that piece of gray matter lodged in your skull. If all you thought by the preview was this movie was as simple as keeping up with a dream inside of a dream you are in for a mental lock. This movie keeps piling on layer upon layer of dream worlds all with their own set of rules, cons and concepts of time. I hope the general audience truly appreciates the world or worlds that Christopher Nolan has crafted.

You are instantly thrown into the fire and must learn who the players are and what their parts are. Terms like extractor, point man, forger, architect and the shade all have their role to play in the job at hand.

The job I am speaking of is called inception. Thought impossible by most it is more than just stealing a secret from someone’s subconcious, it is breaking into someone’s mind to plant an idea. An idea that the mark must believe was their own and not put their by someone else.To try and describe all the layers of Inception would cheat anyone out of the beauty of the complexities of the movie.

Just as in The Dark Knight the entire cast is pitch perfect. Starting off with Leonardo DiCaprio who I thought was amazing in Shutter Island.He carries this massive movie on his shoulders with ease. Along with DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt shines brightly as he is finally getting over the stigma of being a child actor and is quickly becoming one of the best actors in Hollywood.

Even the side players like Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Ken Wantanabe make this movie feel like a complete experience, not just a flick with a big star and a bunch of also rans.

It has only been twelve hours since I left the theater and my mind is still working on all the intricacies that Nolan was able to fill this movie with. It is not hard to understand but the thing that will keep your brain working overtime is how beautiful the concept is and how well it was translated to film by a film maker that is at the top of the game right now. A visionary that followed up a truly great movie with something that will be remembered for years to come…..his masterpiece.

Score: 9.5/10

Robin Williams Can’t Ask Any More Plainly Than This

29 Jun

by: Captain Oblivious

Hell maybe it’s time to throw Robin Williams a bone. He has long wanted to be in a Batman movie and was twice shoved out. Now he is throwing his name out to director and friend Christopher Nolan for any role available in the third Batman outing. Williams had this to say in an interview with Empire Magazine.

“I would work with Chris again in a second, playing anyone in anything. I’d play The Riddler in the next Batman, although it would be hard to top Heath Ledger as the villain, and I’m a little hairy for tights.”

I’m using this article as an ad. Chris, call me, I’ll do anything. I could be a great character – or some weird little man in the background in Arkham Asylum.”

See….come on Chris give Robin something here….he’s willing to be a bit player even! He went on to talk about his previous encountrs with the Batman franchise.

“The Batman films have screwed me twice before” he explains. “Years ago they offered me The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey. I’d be like ‘OK, is this a real offer? If it is, then the answer’s yes. Don’t pump me again, motherf**kers’.”

While a lot of people will automatically shoot down Williams for any kind of major villain role I would suggest they go watch him in Nolan’s Insomnia and the very creepy One Hour Photo and see that he can and will play very disturbing roles that would fit well into Nolan’s vision of the Batman universe.

Here Is One Possible Batman 3 Rumor I Can Get Behind

10 Jun

by: Captain Oblivious

We’ve heard it all when it comes to casting rumors from Eddie Murphy as The Riddler to Cher and Angelina Jolie playing Catwoman and I have let it all go to rumor hell where it deserves but this is a tasty little tidbit that may turn into something real.

Seems a few Hollywood sites are reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on director Christopher Nolan’s shortlist to play criminal genius The Riddler in his third (and presumably final) film in Gotham City. Now while this is all pure speculation (the script is not even finished yet) there may be a good chance Levitt would make it into Nolan’s film even if it was not as Edward Nygma.

Levitt is in Nolan’s summer blockbuster Inception, which opens July 16, and many on set reported that JGL joked with Nolan about getting a table read on the third Batman. As filming continued it went past the joking stage into more of a real talk of Levitt participating in the film in some way. Only time will tell.

It is no surprise that I am a JGL fan and this would be a welcome sight if this came to fruition.

Christopher Nolan Says No More Joker….Ever.

4 Jun

by: Captain Oblivious

Speaking to Empire magazine director Christopher Nolan finally gave a definitive answer when asked if he would bring back The Joker for his third Batman film.

“No”, says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it”.

Well that should answer all the fanboys who keep throwing their two cents in as to who Nolan should get to replace Heath Ledger in Batman 3. I think Nolan understands the gravity of Ledger’s performance. That it is one man’s legacy and shouldn’t be tampered with.

2010 Movie Preview- Inception

11 May

by: Captain Oblivious

Inception has been a mystery wrapped in a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. The plot line was kept mostly secret during filming and the teaser trailer did us no favors in giving us clues. Now the full length trailer has been released and all I can say is that Christopher Nolan seems to have crafted one trippy a** movie.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a man that specializes in subconscious security or Inception. They create a dream world which their targets believe are real and divulge their secrets which DiCaprio breaks into to steal the information.

Co-starring Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon Levitt who is losing his kid image in Hollywood and is becoming a very good actor.

The soundtrack is being done by Hans Zimmer and is already sounding amazing from the sounds of the preview.

Inception releases on July 16th.