Another day, another Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice casting report. Deadline reports that Scoot McNairy has joined the cast, though they can’t confirm what his role will be. McNairy will reunite with Ben Affleck, having also appeared in Argo. The movie is on schedule for a May 6, 2016 release.
Guardians Rocks Again in new TV Spot
The fourth TV Spot for Guardians of the Galaxy goes back to rock music with some new footage and dialogue that seemingly hints to story developments further along in the film. Check it out (and rock it out) below.
Favreau Familiar with Wright’s ANT-MAN Struggles
When Marvel announced that writer/director Edgar Wright had left the Ant-Man movie, that news wasn’t met well by anyone. Jon Favreau knows what that’s like; when it was announced he wasn’t returning to direct Iron Man 3, many people worried about the future of that franchise and Marvel’s larger movie prospects. But in an interview with Shortlist.com promoting his recent filmChef, the veteran actor-turned-director gave his thoughts onWright’s exit and how it might have happened.
“I think [Edgar Wright has] been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories,” Favreau said. “I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn’t going to be fulfilled in the process. That’s all I can really say.”
Although Marvel has only been making movies on its own since 2008, it has a long list of directors who have left its projects during pre-production; from Favreau leaving Iron Man 3 to Wright leaving Ant-Man, but there’s also the numerous directors on the Thor franchise that left such as the first Thor’s original director Matthew Vaughn, the eventual director Kenneth Branagh demurring from a sequel, and announced Thor: The Dark World director Patty Jenkins leaving just two months in.
According to Favreau, Marvel has a rough formula for making its movies that was based on Fox’s Fantastic Four movies. Although they pale in box office numbers to later films like Iron Man and Avengers, the veteran director said at the time Marvel was very specific as to what they put in and what they wanted out of their movies.
“The model was the Fantastic Four films with Fox. You were expected to spend a certain amount of money that would make you a certain amount of money back as long as the effects are good. They wanted to figure out a way to get the movie to audiences for a price,” Favreau explained.
“I think by casting Iron Man the way we did, it classed the brand up. It allowed us to bring a certain humorous tone that had been lost from, say, the Bond franchise,” Favreau said. “With Daniel Craig, those movies gained a harder edge, meaning there was definitely room for a new humorous cad adventurer. That archetype had not been filled in a long time. Through Iron Man, Marvel found its tone and voice, but nothing was expected of it. And then the success came, and then there was pressure to continue that brand, and that’s where it becomes more challenging.”