The Amazing Leaked E-mail

I just came across this on Twitter, from user @TylerHuckabee.

It’s a leaked e-mail from one producer at Sony to another, and it’s an incredible insight into what was going on behind-the-scenes at Sony while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was in development.

Date: 2013-11-07 17:08:49
From: nick.shore@[redacted]
To: amy_pascal@[redacted]

Subject: Spidey thought

Hey Amy – just a couple of rando thoughts from 35,000 LAX-JFK:

– A rising trend we see with Millennials are the really extreme forms of experiential exercise like Tough Mudder (a sort of filthy triathalon), the Color Run and even things like Hot Power Yoga, veganism etc. Millennials will often post “N.B.D.” on their social media after doing it , as in No Big Deal, also known as the “humble brag”…..wondering if Spidey could get into that in some way….he’s super athletic, bendy, strong, intense….and it’s all NBD to him, of course.

– EDM (electronic dance music) is the defining music for Millennials. Wondering if there’s an EDM angle somewhere with Spidey? His movements are beautiful, would be awesome with a killer DJ behind it

– Snapchat just launched a “story” functionality, which is sort of “day in the life of me” told in a series of snapchats that expire after 24 hours. It has a very VIP quality about it, since invitation only. Getting invited into Spidey’s Snapchat circle would be huge, and very buzzworthy and cool.

Very VIP.

This guy knows what he’s talking about. As my brother said when I showed him this, “He’s clearly read all of the reports.”



Have you seen the new Aquaman photo?

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Rated ‘D’ for Doom: A Look at Superhero Movies in 2015

Welcome to my annual blog round-up discussion thing for all the upcoming superhero movies of the coming year!

This last year (2014, duh) was a pretty big one for superhero movies, with two of the top three grossing movies at the box office featuring men in tights battling the forces of evil.

Predictably, those were a couple of Marvel Studios products: Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. And not only were they wildly successful money-wise, but they were also really cool movies, to boot!

Sure, they both ended with giant spaceships or helicarriers hovering in the skies above a couple of major cities, raining hellfire down upon the innocent people below, but only one of them threatened the entire world with destruction. The other just sort of threatened the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Now that’s what I call restraint! And I applaud Marvel for changing up the formula from time-to-time.

The only other big superhero movie from last year that managed to be a heck of a lot of fun was X-Men: Days of Future Past. Surprisingly, it’s not a Marvel Studios property (it’s one of two Marvel franchises still produced by 20th Century Fox – – the other one I’ll get to in a minute), yet it still managed the feat of not being bowling-shoe ugly.

As a matter of fact, now that it’s all said and done, I think it was my favorite of the three good superhero movies of 2014, though it’s a very close call.

Of course, before we move on, I would first like to point out that X-Men 7 was the only surprise of the year. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers 4 were predictably terrible, though they somehow were even worse than I expected they’d be.

We haven’t written reviews of either of them on Doomkopf yet, but real quick, I’d like to make it absolutely, 100% clear: Those movies were two of the worst movies ever made, superhero or otherwise. I can’t simply mention them, say they were bad, and then magically move on. I need you to understand this: Those movies were offensively awful.

Hopefully nothing that bad will come out in 2015, right?

Now, you may remember at the end of last year that all the Marvel and DC properties in production were given release dates, so that their schedules are now meticulously plotted out until the year 2072.

Of course, those release dates are subject to change, I’m sure, as nobody really believes we’ll ever see a Cyborg movie, because obviously. And the way the Suicide Squad production has been moving, it might have to be pushed back (apparently, nobody wants to star in what will inevitably be a depressing, angsty piece of over-crowded trash – – who knew?).

But, for the most part, we have things mapped out. We will be getting about a dozen superhero movies per year, from now until the end of time. It’s the way things are now. It’s what we do.

The question, however, is whether or not they’ll be any good.

And that’s where I come in. Now, for your reading pleasure, a chilling vision of things to come: (more…)



Arrow: S1/E2

Somehow I missed in the first episode that Walter had an English accent. Did he have that in the first episode?

Something about the drama in episode 2 felt a little more over-the-top in a bad way, but I like the evolving relationship between Oliver and the tough-talking veteran bodyguard.

The scene with Oliver fighting the birds off his dad’s corpse was an important touch though. So far we’ve basically seem Oliver come back from five years on an island with incredibly advanced fighting skills; it’s good and meaningful to show those struggles because otherwise so far island time seems really awesome and I don’t think that’s useful to the framing of what Oliver went through.

I also loved the light touch of Oliver’s mom thinking Green Arrow is just going after rich people. The different interpretations of the still-new vigilante’s actions based on perspective are good depth while also a nice nod to Oliver’s politics from comics history.

Most improved character: Oliver’s sister. She’s still annoying but the backyard cemetery scene at least have some depth to her obnoxious rebellious teen persona.

Best (paraphrased) line: I don’t have this verbatim but Oliver’s quip about people thinking he got his MBA on the island was nice awareness of the absurdity.

Worst character as of this episode: Detective Dad. That guy is a joke and the weakest part of the snow.



Arrow: S1/E1

Doom DeLuise has long sung the praises of Arrow, or maybe it was Doominator (I get those two confused. They both have Doom in their name), so I’ve decided to get caught up from nothing and add to our archives in the process by blogging about each episode as I watch it. And maybe someday we’ll be caught up and reviewing them as they come out.

Right away, I’m guessing I’m about the millionth person to notice the similarities to Batman Begins, but I think that’s almost a plus; Arrow gets to build on those similarities — and the time the Batman franchise spent laying that foundation — and stake out some obvious and meaningful differences.

Oliver is a proactive hunter rather than a reactive detective and protector. As an extension of that, Oliver kills. Oliver also can’t trust the people closest to him. Oliver’s playboy persona has actually caused harm, rather than just provide distance and cover. Oliver hates tennis.

Being a network drama, there are what seem to be unavoidable cheesy elements, like the goofily over the top bad guys, after-school-special sibling relationships, the CGI island and the mean detective.

I think it can get away with that stuff because the fight scenes are also over the top, but they are fun. And so everything is just cranked up to the same level, and it works.

Also it was super cool to hear a local band’s music playing at the welcome home party.

Great cliffhanger too. The pilot sets the stage for a series very well.



The Doomino Effect for Jan 21, 2015

I forgot to do this column for the past 80-some weeks so let’s get back in the swing of things, shall we?

Speaking of swinging, that reminds me of The Amazing Spider-Man #13, part 5 of Spider-Verse.

I cannot tell you the last time I thought a crossover was this much fun. I think on paper, this is probably everything I would hate about crossovers. A lot of the action happens in other series, and there are a lot of other series in which that action is happening, meaning if you want the whole story, you have to buy a lot of other books. There are ridiculous characters, such as a spider-pig and a 1960s Spider-Man, and one that appears to be newspaper Spider-Man, presented in all their absurd glory, and often presented for laughs. Much of the storyline is little more than let’s fight, flee, argue, repeat.

But my goodness, it is flawlessly executed — story and art — and incredibly fun.
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Comic Book Movies We Would Actually Like to See

[Editor’s Note: This piece was written before Marvel announced their plans for Phase Three of their Cinematic Universe]

With the upcoming slate of DC/WB superhero movies recently announced through the next twenty-five years, we started to talk amongst ourselves about how none of it really interests us all that much. I mean, we can only see the same couple of formulas play out on the big screen so many times before we start itching for something better.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy repeatedly watching the same climactic sequence involving a giant alien warship hovering over a city-in-peril, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t be nice to have a bit more variety.

So Doominator and I decided to cook up a list each of comics movies we’d actually be pumped to see come soon to a theatre near us.

Feel free to comment with your own ideas of stuff you’d like to see, but, in the meantime, here’s what we’ve got:

Doominator

Dredd 2

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Podcast of Doom (transcript): Survivor Series 2014 Predictions

[SFX: Intro music]

JIM DOOM: Hello and welcome to the latest Podcast of Doom. I’m your host, Jim Doom, and with me as always is Doom DeLuise.

DOOM DeLUISE: Hey.

JIM DOOM: Ever since Fin Fang Doom declared us to be a wrestling site also, we’ve made a little more effort to talk about wrestling —

DOOM DeLUISE: Definitely more of an effort than we’ve made to talk about comics.

[audience laughter]

JIM DOOM: — and last month, we previewed WWE Hell in a Cell. I don’t remember how we did, but shall we take this month like we did last month, and start from the bottom of the card and work up?

DOOM DeLUISE: Yes!
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The Music: 24 Hour Comics Day 2014



UPDATED: Comprehensive Schedule of Upcoming Superhero Movies

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Logo

Yesterday morning, Warner Bros. issued a press-release with the upcoming dates for all of its big DC Comics movie properties through 2020.

If you’ve been paying attention, though, you’re no doubt aware that there are also a lot of upcoming Marvel Studios properties with release dates set for roughly the same time frame. UPDATE: A week after publishing this list, Marvel announced their Phase 3 plans, with release dates up through 2019. These have been added below.

That’s not to mention the upcoming schedules for the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters still controlled by Fox, as well as the Spider-Man characters still held by Sony.

All told, there are so many upcoming superhero movies with release dates in place that it’s hard to keep track of when what is coming where.

Not anymore. I’ve scoured the Internet for press releases (and Wikipedia pages) to compile, for your reading pleasure, a complete list of every superhero property currently scheduled for an upcoming release. I’ve color-coded them so you’ll know which properties have the potential to cross over with one another, based on which studio owns the rights to the characters. Enjoy. (more…)