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Alternate Takes 01.11.14 - 2014 Comic Book Movie Preview, Part 1
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 01.11.2014

Welcome to Week 284 of Alternate Takes, my name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.

Well, it seems like there is a burnout with the Knockout tournaments and people don't seem as interested as in the past, so we will just fly through the rest of the matchups until we come up with a winner. This week will be the final bracket from the second round and then next week we will do the entire Sweet 16, the next week the entire Elite Eight and so on. However, since this is losing interest, I won't talk about the matchups and just list them at the top of the column for you to vote on.

Here is a look at last week's winners:
Captain America: The First Avenger def. Superman, 273-228 (This was a HUGE surprise to me)
The Amazing Spider-Man def. Road to Perdition, 317-151
Batman Begins vs. Blade II, 402-110
Iron Man def. V for Vendetta, 383-126


2014 Comic Book Movie Releases, Part 1

This week, I will start a two week preview of all the comic book adaptations coming out this year. There are 14 that I found, so I will break the column up based on when they come out, with the first seven releases this week and the second seven next week. Without any further ado, here we go...

I, Frankenstein

Release Date: Jan. 24

Based on the Darkstorm graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, Aaron Eckhart stars as the Frankenstein's monster in this movie by the producers of Underworld. In the movie, Dr. Frankenstein dies so his creation takes his masters surname and then the first name Adam (the first of his kind). In this iteration, Frankenstein has gained an intelligent and evolved creature and sets out to battle all sorts of demons, including Bill Nighy as one of the angels who fell with Satan in the beginning.

Justice League: War (Animated DVD)

Release Date: Feb. 4

The only DC Comics animated movie that I saw being released this year is Justice League: War, the follow up to the 2013 Flashpoint. While the 2013 movie was set in the world of the one event that changed the DC Universe into the New DC 52, this is the first movie in that new universe. This is based on the Justice League: Origin comic story written by Geoff Johns. There does look to be some major changes from that story, as Aquaman is not here and looks to have been replaced by Captain Marvel (Shazam), who was in the comics but in a separate running storyline.

300: Rise of an Empire

Release Date: March 7

This weekend saw the release of The Legend of Hercules, a horrible movie that tried to ape the look of 300, and failed miserably. In March, a second movie that will ape 300 hits theaters, and at least this one is a sequel. Let's hope it is better than Hercules. The movie centers on Themistocles and Artemisia and their battles with King Xerxes (the bald bad guy from the first movie). This movie will focus more on Xerxes and how he became king. I have low expectations, but I could be surprised.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 4

The first Captain America movie was fun, a historical epic more than a superhero movie, and Chris Evans did a great job portraying Marvel's most honorable hero. Now, in the second movie, his honor looks to be put to the test as he has to deal with a SHIELD organization that is less about fighting for the Red, White and Blue, and more about espionage, spying and deceiving the American people. Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier story that was so awesome in the comics (Ed Brubaker is just a genius writer) comes to life as Cap's former friend shows up to complicate things. Add in a debuting Falcon and Robert Redford as a SHIELD boss, and this is going to be an awesome movie.

The Scribbler

Release Date: May 1

I know pretty much nothing about The Scribbler. It is based on the graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer and is directed by John Suits (he produced Bad Milo, so that is a good sign). Since I don't know anything about it, here is the Amazon description to the comic book: "We're all part Yin and part Yang, but Suki's Yang is trying to get out! Witness the Siamese Burn, an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. And it works! Suki is down to her last unwanted identity, but now she's losing time and the machine is changing into something that's going to turn her world inside out. And that unwanted identity... what do you do when it turns out to be you?"

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 2

The second movie in the new Amazing Spider-Man franchise brings Spider-Man face-to-face with Electro (Jamie Foxx), delves deeper into the secrets of his father Richard Parker, introduces Harry Osborne and the evil Norman Osborne, and looks like it will set up the Sinister Six as the bad guys in the third movie (which is perfect since the Sinister Six is Spider-Man's most famous enemies). As a huge fan of the first one (I liked Andrew Garfield's modern day Peter much better than Tobey Maguire's geeky one), I am really looking forward to this movie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23

The final movie in Part 1 of the look at the 2014 comic book movies is my most anticipated movie of 2014 - X-Men: Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise and hopefully will set things straight, fixing what Brett Ratner screwed up and merging the universe into the First Class cast. The story is a time travel story as well as an alternate reality story, and by the end it will set up the X-Men: Apocalypse movie two years from now (Cable was born in the Future Past reality and comes back to our time to try to kill Apocalypse). I cannot wait for this movie. I have no doubt that it will be epic.

Next week, we finish the preview with the seven comic book adaptations from the second half of 2014:

Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Big Hero 6


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