Today’s collective of news, insights and thoughts include bits from Avengers Age of Ultron filming status, Extant’s schedule and ratings, a tiny bit on the new Fantastic Four movie, something about the Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie, Fox’s TV show, Gotham, a curious website bit about The Hunger Games, and a little something about the new Mad Max movie.
Avengers Age of Ultron
In case you were wondering, principal filming has wrapped.
We get what amounts to a decent sci-fi series with fascinating or smart story lines, and it flounders in the ratings. And because it is floundering, CBS has moved the show’s season finale to September 17th.
The story did start slow, but they took their time developing the characters and story. But maybe they started out too slow. Even I was having a “I don’t care” feeling about the show at first.
But in recent weeks, we’ve had mysterious alien interaction, human turncoats, subterfuge in boyfriends and stupid humans doing violence with guns and what not and now, things are getting fun and interesting.
Because it’s floundering a bit, averaging around 6 million viewers, I’d suggesting distancing yourself emotionally from the show in case they cancel (do not renew) it.
Word on the street is one of the things we’ll see in this new film are Doombots. Because, you know, something like that is a worthy headline. Then again, with the web, a headline can happen in a split second.
Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG)
If you’ve seen this movie, GotG, and stuck around for the usual end-credits scene, then you saw the Collector sitting there, in his “room” of things he’s collected. It’s been noted, without giving away any spoilers, that there are quite a few things to see.
I don’t remember seeing all that much in the room afterwards (well, except for that one “elephant” in the room) but maybe in the middle of the movie, there’s more to see.
For instance, there’s been a huge cocoon spotted both during GotG and in the Thor end credits scenes that is being surmised to be what’s holding Adam Warlock. And in various pieces around the web, director James Gunn says that it is indeed Warlock. or, at least, did contain him.
Events in GotG broke the cocoon open.
GotG 2 is slated for a July 2017 premiere. And if that feels rushed, no worries. Director James Gunn has already mapped out quite a bit of content and ideas about the sequel, both in subject and story.
Some ideas he spoke of (SPOILERS?) included continuing the story about or around Peter Quill’s mystery father, making Yondu an important character in the franchise, and keeping a focus on Nebula in some future story.
But this is pretty early on in the development. I’m sure we’ll hear more as time approaches the release date and obvious production time.
WHEN ACTORS SPEAK
Sometimes it’s funny how the news that makes it to the masses comes from the “help.” Have you ever noticed when an actor surmises something or says they want to play a specific role, the soundbyte races around the world?
Well, now Vin Diesel has been quoted as saying that “Marvel will have a lot of options after this movie and one of those options will be integrating teams.”
Meaning, that this supports the instant rumors right after GotG ended, that there might be a crossover event between them and the Avengers.
I think that’s an awesome option, but I tend to take these sound bytes with a grain of salt.
Gotham is Fox’s prequel to the world of Batman, where all our familiar characters are children in the formative years of becoming the Penguin, Joker, Cat woman and the likes. Sigh.
The premise hasn’t truly grabbed me yet, but the focus will be on Commissioner Gordon and his job dealing with crime in the city.
Early reviews have spanned the gamut, from those saying it’s great to some of the latest words saying the pilot episode is trying to cover too much territory early on. And if you come around these parts of Brusimm often, you know that I don’t have high hopes for shows that shove everything down your throat in the first episode.
The series summary says “The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. ”
Some might also call it an entertainment production vehicle to further another Smith career (LOL). here’s a quick rundown of casting for Gotham:
- Jada Pinkett Smith,
- Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon,
- Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
- Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle
- Erin Richards as Barbara Kean
- Sean Pertwee as the young Alfred Pennyworth (Apparently there were children butlers???)
- David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne
- Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (pre-penguin)
- Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper
- David Zayas (Dexter) as mobster Sal Maroni
In outline, this feels like a stretch to be creating child versions of the soon to be bad guys from the comic franchise, but hey, who knows.
We’ll find out in late September when it premieres on FOX.
The Hunger Games
Did you know that the rebels with the Hunger Games world, have their own website now?
Yes, a new Mad Max film is coming our way. It’s titled Mad Max: Fury Road and it looks to be a reboot of the film franchise, with the film summary looking as follows:
“An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. “
It’s being directed and written by George Miller, who also wrote and directed the original Mad Max films. Hmm. How interesting. Moving on, the cast includes
Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky;
Charlize Theron as Furiosa and
Zoë Kravitz, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays and many more desert dwelling rats.
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That’s all I have for ya in this piece!