Fanboy News: More R-Rated Movies?! Yes, Please!

Welcome to another installment of Fanboy News where we talk about the movies you really care about and this week, we’re not gonna start with Star Wars news even though there will be one little piece of Star Wars news in this week’s installment. Instead this week we’re gonna start with some Deadpool-related news or what is starting to come to pass in the wake of Deadpool’s box office success. So without further ado, here we go.

In the wake of Deadpool’s massive four-day 152 million dollar take on President’s Day weekend which is not only the biggest February opening weekend ever but it is also the biggest opening ever for an R-rated movie, more comic book movies are now considering an R rating for some of their characters, not that it didn’t exist before. After all, all three Punisher movies have R ratings and also the Blade trilogy. And there are several comic book characters whose movies actually warrant R ratings. One of those characters is Todd McFarlane’s character Spawn. And speaking of which, McFarlane recently posted that he has finished the first draft of the Spawn movie script which is supposed to be a reboot of the 1997 film which actually was cursed for a couple of reasons: 1) It was released to theaters with a PG-13 rating (even though an R-rated cut of the movie does exist on DVD) and 2) It was released on the heels of Batman and Robin after that movie notoriously bombed which temporarily put the comic book movie genre in a state of limbo until the first Blade movie, the first X-Men movie and especially the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man film revitalized the genre.

However, McFarlane revealed that his Spawn script will be less of a comic book movie like the 1997 movie was and more of a horror/supernatural/suspense type movie where Spawn will mainly be a boogeyman-type character who basically stalks the New York underworld. And in addition to writing it, McFarlane wants to direct the movie himself. Now I actually like McFarlane’s work, most notably on Spider-Man and I also collected the early Spawn issues he did. And in a way, McFarlane’s request makes sense because thanks to Deadpool, there can be no harm in giving Spawn back to its creator which can give them the opportunity to do the character right and like I said before, many comic book characters simply need R-rated movies to do them justice.

And Spawn isn’t the only comic book movie that is lobbying for an R-rated reboot, the third Wolverine movie (which is supposed to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine that will be released in 2017) is also lobbying for an R rating. The last time they tried to give us an R-rated Wolverine movie was with the last solo Wolverine movie back in 2013 which I did see in theaters. Unfortunately, it ended up being a PG-13 even though an unrated version exists on DVD. Then there is also Deadpool 2 to which an R rating is inevitable and from what I heard about Deadpool 2 is that the ending of that movie is supposed to set up an X-Force movie and guess what? The filmmakers want an R rating for that too.

Also in the wake of Deadpool, there seems to be new interest in giving Suicide Squad an R rating despite the fact that Warner Bros. is still very strict about the fact that every DC Cinematic Universe movie has to be rated PG-13. However, I do believe that Suicide Squad looks like it could benefit from an R rating. However, there’s still plenty of time until August 6 so at that rate, anything’s possible.

And just recently Warner Bros. announced that they will in fact be releasing an R-rated version of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice when it is released on Blu-Ray.

You know what we all need in our life? A lot more Transformers movies, at least that’s according to Paramount Pictures, which has announced that the fifth and sixth installments in the film franchise (as well as a spin-off movie featuring the character Bumblebee) are coming to theaters whether you want them or not.

As far as Transformers 5 goes, it has officially entered production. Michael Bay is back as director and will once again star Mark Wahlberg from Age of Extinction. Let’s just hope the next movie is not three fucking hours long. Anyway, Transformers 5 comes out June 23, 2017. The Bumblebee spin-off film which will not be directed by Michael Bay will be released to theaters June 8, 2018 and Transformers 6 will bow June 28, 2019.

 

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Meet Rowan: The main ghostly villain in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot.

And time for some more news in regards to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters movie in which the main villain of the reboot was revealed at a recent Toy Fair. And I just happen to have an image of it right here. Take a good look, folks. The main villain of the new Ghostbusters movie is the ghost on the fucking logo. And the ghost has formally been identified as Rowan and a majority of ghosts that the female Ghostbusters will be facing include the ghosts of bad guys from New York’s past, which includes pirates, Revolutionary War soldiers and also gangsters. While for now I’m still saying no to this movie, the trailer for this movie is supposed to be released March 1.

In other casting news: Kurt Russell has been cast in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in an as-yet undisclosed role but there are hints that Star-Lord’s father will be in the movie so if Kurt Russell is playing him, that would be awesome. I finally was able to see the first Guardians movie and it was awesome. So hopefully Volume 2 will be awesome as well. Aw, who am I kidding? Of course it will be awesome! It’s got Chris Pratt in it.

And finally, Star Wars fans, rejoice because Episode 8 is now officially in production and they have also added cast members Benicio Del Toro (even though I knew this from about a year ago) and Laura Dern. And as far as I know, what roles they will be playing in the film is unknown but as far as the plot goes, it’s going to be set immediately after The Force Awakens and again it will focus on Rey as she will be trained in the ways of the Force by Luke Skywalker. And of course Episode 8 will be released in the same December slot that the previous film held and Rogue One will be released in, except we’ve gotta wait until 2017 for Episode 8.

And with that said, it’s time to end this week’s Fanboy News. So in short, do we want more R-rated comic book movies? Yes, we do.

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

Well it’s been a while since I’ve actually seen a kids movie in theaters primarily because there are none that were released that were actually interesting. Well that is until now. This movie I am reviewing today is a movie that has received almost unanimously positive reviews and you would think at first that the concept would be silly but it is probably one of the most brilliantly executed movies in a good long while. And this movie also marks a milestone for me because this movie is actually not the first movie that I have seen in 3D overall (that honor belongs to Friday the 13th 3D) but this movie marks the first movie released to theaters that I have seen in 3D. So without further ado, here is my review of the movie that has taken the world by storm: The LEGO Movie.

This movie has been in development for several years even though I’m pretty much convinced that this film’s existence is primarily due to the success of shows like Robot Chicken and also due to the success that LEGO has had with its video game adaptations of popular film franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Batman, and Pirates of the Caribbean among others and there are plans to release games based on Ghostbusters (in June) and Back to the Future (next year.)

However, enough said here. Now let’s get on to the movie.

The movie focus on a LEGO minifigure named Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt) who is basically an Average Joe construction worker who isn’t really creative or popular yet maintains an overly optimistic outlook. However, he is soon mistaken to be the man known as the Special who will find the Piece of Resistance which is the key to stopping a weapon that threatens all of LEGO-kind. Opposing him is Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) who is also the president of the dystopian LEGO city that Emmett lives and works in and his right-hand man Good Cop/Bad Cop (voiced by Liam Neeson.) When we first meet Lord Business, he is wearing a headpiece that kind of makes him look like Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and he is seen stealing the secret weapon known as the Kragle which has the ability to freeze all the LEGO figures in place.

Soon Emmett is joined in his quest by a mysterious woman called Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks from The Hunger Games), her boyfriend LEGO Batman (yes, you heard that right. Her boyfriend is LEGO Batman and he’s voiced by Will Arnett who actually does a decent job portraying the LEGO version of the Dark Knight,) a wise blind sage called Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) and Princess Uni-Kitty (voiced by Community’s Alison Brie) among countless other.

As far as the pace of the movie goes, there isn’t really a bad thing I can say about this. Pretty much every joke used in the movie works. The 3D effects are pretty good and I also like the effects involving the construction of many various LEGO objects and they put the number of the product right next to the blueprints. I also like the transistions that pop up throughout the movie like for example at the beginning of the movie where Emmett is singing the theme song of the movie he remarks that he could sing that song for hours. Then the caption comes up “Five hours later…” and he’s still singing. The voice acting is pretty decent, especially by Liam Neeson, who sounded like he was having a good time playing the bad guy. And there is a bit of a twist toward the end that I won’t spoil here. And also look for some cleverly-placed cameos from all the characters that LEGO adapted into video game characters, such as LEGO Superman, LEGO Wonder Woman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even a cameo by the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo with Lando Calrissian and C3-PO in tow (Note: With the exception of Han Solo, Lando and C3-PO are voiced by the original actors.)

So in short, if you haven’t gotten out to see this movie, you have to see it while it’s still in theaters. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a kid at heart and don’t let people say that you’re too old for a movie like this. I’m 36 and I enjoyed this movie. I’m glad I went to see it and I’m really proud to say that this is the first movie I saw in 3D in theaters.

So there’s nothing really left to say about The LEGO Movie except that just like the theme song says, “Everything is awesome!”