“Guess who’s back; back again!” – Eminem in “Without Me”
Yep, that’s right, the prodigal son has returned! I’m sure there are a million references I could shoehorn in here but we’ll stick with one okay? But seriously though, I’m really sorry about my absence from these parts as of late but I’ve been acting like an actual person and doing real life stuff that has rendered me pretty exhausted. That said, the length of my hiatus went on a bit longer than I intended so that makes me feel even worse. On the bright side, it’s left with me with the ability to talk about a plethora of interesting film and TV news. However, there’s perhaps a bit too much so what’s going to happen is I’m going to talk about the six biggest/most interesting stories (film and TV) while I was gone. To somewhat make up for that, though, be on the lookout for a special, giant, mega, super-spectacular edition of Trailer Tuesday that features a ton of great looks at some tremendous films in the latter half of the year. So, how about enough of my rambling on and on about being back and let’s get to film and TV stuffs?
(Note: The format for this will be a little different than normal FNN and TVNN articles and be prepared to see me play around with the formatting of those articles going forward.)
FILM #1 – I’m pretty sure that the first story was pretty obvious from the get-go. You may remember that shortly before my hiatus, I talked about the news from Comic-Con that the sequel of Man of Steel would not only be happening but that the Caped Crusader (Batman) was going to make an appearance as well. Well, shortly after that, David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) revealed that the anticipated sequel’s title would be Batman vs. Superman. If that wasn’t enough, a couple weeks later, a shortlist of names were rumored to be in the running for the coveted role of the rebooted hero. That list, headlined by Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) and Ryan Gosling (Drive) also featured a crop of actors on the cusp of some very big things like Richard Armitage (The Hobbit franchise), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Max Martini (Pacific Rim). Personally, I think Gosling would be the best choice because he’s the best actor on the list and I think the reaction that he wouldn’t be right for the part is a bit short-sighted. I say that as huge admirer of his work, though so I could just be incredibly biased. Outside of him, my choice from the list would Martini just because he has that grizzled look that Warner Bros. supposedly desires. However, my ultimate choice (if Jon Hamm [Mad Men] isn’t available that is) would be Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6). Yes, he’s a bit younger (though older than Gosling) than the supposed target but I feel he has the right look for Bruce Wayne and if you’ve seen Fast 6, then you’ll know that he could also add the twinge of menacing needed in order to pull off Batman. That said, Evans is clearly a rising star as he’s already been tapped for a couple of major roles but I have no doubt in my mind that he would drop out/put those on hold in order to put on the cowl. We’ll see what direction Warner Bros. goes because their casting is going to have to be pretty perfect in order to pull off a reboot of the character so soon.
(Note: This story obviously turned out to be nothing more than rumors as the actual announcement has already been made by Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck [Argo] is putting on the cowl.)
TV #1 – I’m going to be honest, the only real reason this story is number one out of the TV stories is because Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) is probably my favorite actor (at least in the Top 5) and the prospect of him having a TV show is almost too much for me to handle. It’d have been better had it not been on a network like Showtime but who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me. Hoffman is one of the industry’s hardest working actors so it’s no surprise to see him tip his toe in the TV field, an industry that’s booming creatively right now. And if that wasn’t enough, a couple weeks later it was announced that Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) was also joining the cast. Showtime has, at the very least, cast a show that felt like it was ripped from my brain so I’m definitely going to be checking this out.
Film #2 – The prospect of Guillermo del Toro’s (Hellboy franchise) Pacific Rim getting a sequel is another big story for both me (huge fan of his) and the industry. You may recall that Pacific Rim ended up having a below average showing at the US box office ($99 million) but with $298 million elsewhere, a sequel is looking like a definite possibility. This is great because while reboots are fine, original ideas getting sequels is fantastic news for the industry and hopefully inspires enough confidence in the other studios to take a chance as well.
TV #2 – People may criticize DC for not utilizing the movie industry quite in the same way that Marvel is but there’s no denying that DC has had a better foothold in TV. And that isn’t going to change because what the producers are doing over on Arrow is impressive. In the upcoming second season, The CW show will introduce Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash) in a series of episodes that will then spin-off into his own series on the network. Despite some rockiness to start the season, the first season of Arrow turned out to be pretty fantastic and the idea of just looking forward to another season of that, we’ll also be getting an entirely new hero in the not-too-distant future, as well. DC would be wise to use these shows to their advantage as they build the world that will ultimately culminate in the Justice League team-up film.
Film #3 – Warner Bros. is having a busy week. With the news breaking late in the week about Ben Affleck’s participation in WB’s current monster franchise, it was surprising to hear traction in another one of their properties. They’ve been trying to get a reboot of The Twilight Zone for awhile but were never able to pin down a director. That’s changed now, though because Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) is now in talks to helm it. Kosinski has shown great promise with Tron: Legacy and Oblivion but has yet to find himself directing a great script. If you get someone with a great script and let this guy direct it? The sky’s the limit.
TV #3 – As if it’s inevitable demise wasn’t bad enough, NBC’s Parks and Rec is losing a couple of its all-stars as both Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are leaving the upcoming sixth season of the comedy. What sucks is that this move really does confirm the show is probably entering its last season on the air. That would mean that Parks and Rec and Community would end at the same time (unless Community somehow gets miracle sixth season [and a movie!]), essentially leaving the fate of NBC’s relevance on the shoulders of Michael J. Fox, a shaky situation to say the least. Alright, tasteless joke aside, the fact that the network is putting the future of its sitcoms to one potentially good one isn’t exactly smart. Par for the course, I guess.
That’s all for the catch-up article! Be on the lookout for new editions of FNN and TVNN, as well as a giant-sized Trailer Tuesday this week. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly.