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2015 Cape Movie Preview

Written by  Published February 4, 2015 12:04
Comic books, their respective TV shows and movies have come a long way since I was a kid. Sure we had George Reeves Superman, the Lone Ranger (he was a Superhero admit it), Batman 66, and cartoons when I was very young, and there have been shows like Hulk, Spider-Man, Superboy, and cartoons when I was still young, but they are nothing compared to what happens today. I still remember people standing up to clap when Christopher Reeve first appeared on screen as Superman, and as much as I didn't like Dolph Lundgren's Punisher I still went and saw it overseas, and then bought it on VHS. I also remember talking to all of my comic book friends at the times over the years hoping that someday we would have all these great stories and characters on the big screen. It has been hit or miss in this new age of comic book big screen dominance, some movies were all that, some were OK, and some were just plain bad, but the fact is, it is fun to go to the theaters and see them come to life on the big screen. Last year was a blockbuster year of mega proportions, and it looks like the years to come won't be any less, what with 20 some movies coming out over the next 10 years or so, but this is 2015 and that means it is time for the 2015 Cape Movie preview.  

 

First up is an animated movie

JLJustice League: Throne of Atlantis: Rob Richardson has a full review at this very site for you fine folks and you all should read it.

Until you do, please feel free to add your favorite Aquaman joke or snide comment about him here as that is what I am doing as I type this.

For example, DC finally makes an Aquaman movie and calls it Justice League, yea they know it will be boring too! Aquaman starred in a movie and I still got 8 hours of sleep!

Next up is an Indie comic book getting the silver screen treatment.

Kingsman: Secret Service February13th: This is a comic book fromkingsman-poster-main Icon which was written by the duo of Mark Millar and David Gibbons called just Secret Service. One of the very cool things about this movie is that it is directed by Matthew Vaughn of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class and in fact he turned down the job of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past to make this film. His reason for turning down a BIG box office movie? He wanted to make a "fun" spy movie. From what I have seen so far it looks to be just that. We know he can run a big cast, we know he knows how to make characters come to life on the screen, and we know that the other two Cape movies he has made, made a bunch of money. So what does all that mean? It means it could be all sorts of good.

Add in Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Michael Caine and the fact that the comic is pretty darned good and it looks even better!

 

 

Next up is the biggest movie of the year and the most anticapted sequel in comic book history!

ultron-full-avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-revealed-with-full-superhero-rosterAvengers: Age of Ultron May May 1st:  is that movie. Marvel's Avengers grossed 1.518.6 billion dollars and just from the previews alone I will say right now that this movie will out do that. Just to see the Hulk vs Iron Man Hulk Buster alone this movie is worth the door price, but add in the Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver along with the cast from the last movie PLUS Jame Spader as Ultron and what we have here is awesomeness surrounded by mega blow your mind awesomeness!

The previews for this have been off the chart cool, and the "There Are No Strings On"  Me jingle playing behind the first trailer was a stroke of brilliance. I don't need or want to sell this one, if you aren't excited by now then you don't read, watch or know a thing about comic books.

 

 

Much like Guardians of the Galaxy last year, this next movie could be this years "sleeper" block buster.

Ant-Man July 17th: OK so this was a weird wild ride to get to the screenant to say the least. Marvel who normally handles everything with the whole shroud of secrecy thing going on didn't do that with this. Who knows maybe they tried but it sure didn't work. The fallout from the maybe firing/ I quit of Edgar Wright was less the norm and had a lot of folks (me included) wondering what we would get from this film. Then the trailer came out and all seems to be good, or is it?

I'm not one to think just because things went into a different direction than the original vision is a bad thing, but it does add questions into the mix. When speculation is allowed to enter the discussion on the why's of something that speculation is usually bad.

Paul Rudd is a fan favorite and Michael Douglas isn't too shabby either, so we have that going for us. Problems arise when you think about Ant-Man following Avengers this year. That is one massive act to follow and here is to hoping that the fans after the grim and gritty are hoping for a reason to laugh. Also another thing in it's favor is the debut of the Fantastic Four movie that most of us think will suck harder than a Hoover vacuum. Finally it is from Marvel so we can expect some really cool special effects and a pretty decent story.

 

 

Next up is the movie that has been pronounced garbage, and that was before we saw the Doom still.

fourFantastic Four August 7th: OK so first was the stills, yea BAD. Then came the actors comments, yea REALLY BAD, next is the trailer which you can see right underneath this and yea...not real good.

If you are thinking this will be like the source material at all you are going to be disappointed. A good friend of mine Stephane Trahan and I discussed the Super Hero movies once and he said he doesn't really care how they change things up because he considers them more like Elseworld stories. I agree with him to a point on this. What I can't stand though is a total rewrite of the source material, for a reboot of two other bad films.

FF is near and dear to me and I got to tell you, unless one of my buddy's here at ENR see it and tell me "Dan, you got to see this" I'm not going to bother.

 

 

OK, this is a Cape Movie column, but I would be remiss and I think untrue if I didn't mention three more movies coming this year that I am really excited about. No, Arnold's new Terminator movie isn't one of them. I'm talking about Mad Max, Jurassic World and Star Wars! If I am being honest besides Avengers: Age of Ultron the only other movie I won't be seeing at the drive in when it gets there on discount night is Star Wars and maybe Jurassic World. Ah who am I kidding I will see Jurassic World for full price! I'm not doing a write up on them, but here are the trailers.

 

 

That is it for me, until next time.

Dan Robertson

If you're looking for the grim and gritty, peek-a-boo bad girls, and graphic content you won't find it in DXXL. D(XX)L is the family side of comics and you can consider it to be the XXL size family dog that will do what it takes to protect his family and those around them. Like that dog D(XX)L's author Dan Robertson is laid back relaxing in the sun, but also like that dog when his hackles rise he's much more likely to bite before he barks. He will be exploring all forms of family entertainment, from all ages comics whether web based, Indie, digital or the Big2, to movies games and TV in the comic and pop culture subsects of eXpertComics in a never ending quest to tell you what they are, where they are, and why you should or should not check them out.

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