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Friday, January 31, 2014

BLT Buffet #4: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, and More!

Hello and welcome to BLT Buffet #4. This week I will be discussing multiple big casting announcements, new posters, and film cancelations. I'm Linus Schill, and this is my review of the latest and greatest news from the world of entertainment.

Man of Steel Sequel: Casting and Date Change

Now I will start off my discussion of the Man of Steel sequel with this, just today it was announced of the casting of Lex Luthor and Alfred in “Man of Steel 2”. Now I had originally planned to discuss the moving of the film to 2016, and what this could mean for the movie, but I feel I should spend more time discussing the casting.
So as you may or may not know by now, Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Lex Luthor in the sequel to Man of Steel. The second I looked online today I found this piece of news and my initial reaction was disbelief. First of all, I had not expected someone so young, I was expecting an older, more classic Lex Luthor. However, I think the casting is great. It depends on how they want to approach this, but if they are going for a Smallville-type Luthor, one that inherits the company young, Eisenberg will do this splendidly. Another piece of news that came along with this was that Jeremy Irons will be playing Alfred. Now I will be completely honest, I have not seen Irons in anything so my reaction to that is little. Although it is nice to hear as much as we can about this movie, given that it is now 2 years away.
When the news broke that the Man of Steel sequel would be moved to 2016 I was extremely disappointed. I love Man of Steel and think it is a great movie, but I was not particularly excited when I found out that it was going to also star Batman. I touched on this in BLT Buffet #3, but it is not because of the casting of Ben Affleck, it is because Man of Steel should get a sequel. There is so much that could be done, like the introduction of Lex Luthor as a main villain. As it turns out, we are getting Luthor, but not in the sense that he will be the main villain…that we know of. Man of Steel shouldn’t just go from being a great stand-alone film to jumping the shark and doing a Justice League movie, which could be what is happening soon. Because of the date move, I can no longer say “Man of Steel 2 is coming out next year!”, now yet again, it is two years away which makes me very angry. 

Ant-Man: Casting and Date Change
When I first discussed the casting of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man in BLT Buffet: First Course, I had not taken into consideration that that was not the only Ant-Man we would be getting in the film. When the news broke that Michael Douglas would be playing Hank Pym in Ant-Man, I thought there was a typeo, or an error, or something. I refused to believe it. Then I read a little into it, and it turns out there are multiple “Ant-Men” throughout the comics, and thus, there will be two in this film. 
Paul Rudd will be portraying Scott Lang, who is a thief, that steals the Ant-Man technology, originally developed by Hank Pym decades previous. I also have not seen Michael Douglas in many films, but it is never a bad idea to recruit talent in a film. Now I don’t know much about the mythology of Ant-Man so I can’t wait to see how it will play out on the big screen, because both actors are great and will bring something different to their roles. 
Another thing that came out recently regarding Ant-Man was that it would be taking the Man of Steel sequel’s place on July 17th, 2015. There isn’t much to say about that, other than it is somewhat rubbing it in DC’s face saying that they have a movie ready and fine, but DC doesn’t. I love this, because anything that helps to get that movie sooner to me seeing it is great. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire Photos
As is when any new posters come out for an upcoming movie come out, I feel inclined to browse through all of them because a poster could be something that buys or sells a movie for me. I was a little surprised by the fact that there were 25 unique different covers to that specific Empire magazine, but still I viewed them all. Now before I get into it, I will preface this by saying that I am extremely excited for this movie, and it doesn’t really matter at this point what posters come out, it would great if they are good, but I am so pumped all I need are some good trailers. That being said, some of these posters are awful. None of them are excited, and most of them are disappointing. Wolverine looks cool as always, but its just his normal aggressive pose. If you want to see these posters, you can download them here: DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK
Havok does not look nearly as good as he did in First Class, (and I’m not just talking about his hair). What is going on with Magneto too? Since when did magnetism entail have a magical swirling wind appear in your hand? The costumes are also not good, notably in Toad and Quicksilver. On the topic of Quicksilver, what the hell went wrong there?? The effects look terrible, the costume is terrible, and it in no way gets me excited for this rendition of the character being portrayed on the big screen twice in the coming years. The pictures, to me at least, look like the actors were called in to do one last thing for the film after shooting finished, and they stood bored in front of a green screen while the photos later had weak Photoshop applied to them. I can’t wait for this movie, but this does NOT get me more excited. 

Quentin Tarantino cancels The Hateful Eight
I am a big fan of Tarantino, and look forward to seeing everyone of his movies coming out, so when I heard The Hateful Eight was canceled I was very disappointed. I looked into why it was canceled and was angry when I found out why. It is one thing for a movie’s set photos, or a poster, or maybe even for a trailer to be leaked, but for a movie not even in production yet for the entire script to be not only leaked to agents in Hollywood, but to the internet for literally billions of people to see. It offended me at the lack of integrity people have. I also later found out about the lawsuit being filed at, and had mixed feelings on this.
On one hand I completely see where Tarantino was coming from. He trusted a small circle of actors involved in the film, and that trust was violated and it was leaked. Tarantino is angry, pissed, and wants to get it off the internet because it is, in many ways, theft. However, I do not completely agree with the actions that were carried out. Gawker is a news site, and they report the movie news. That week’s headline, and top story was the leaked script of Tarantino’s newest film being let loose onto the internet. Gawker linked to where it could be found, while discussing and providing information on what happened regarding the cancelation and leakage. Suing Gawker, to me at least, does not seem right because it wasn’t Gawker who uploaded this, stole it, or hosted it on their servers. Tarantino and his legal time should be shutting down and suing sites that uploaded it and do host it. 
I would have loved to see this movie come to theaters, but now it looks like it never will. Out of respect for Tarantino, and the irony that it would entail, I WON’T be posting a link to this script, and I don’t intend to read it or look for it either. I strongly hope you don’t either. 

Thank you for reading my discussion of the casting and date change news for the Man of Steel sequel, the casting and date change news for Ant-Man, the X-Men: Days of Future Past Empire Magazine character posters, and the cancelation of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Be sure to “Like” us down below, or visit our Facebook page at See you next time! 
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