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Alternate Takes 01.18.14: 2014 Comic Book Movie Preview, Part 2
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 01.18.2014

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

Comic Book Movie Knockout

Here is a look at last week's winners:
The Dark Knight beat X-Men, 319-66
Dark Knight Rises beat The Crow, 246-130 (this one made me sad)
X-Men 2 beat The Wolverine, 272-95
X-Men: First Class beat Amazing Spider-Man, 206-176
The Avengers beat Thor, 356-27
Batman beat Sin City, 221-158
Captain America: The First Avenger beat Amazing Spider-Man, 247-130
Iron Man beat Batman Begins, 202-175


2014 Comic Book Movie Preview, Part 2

Last week we looked at the first seven comic book movies coming out in 2014:

I, Frankenstein
Justice League: War
300: Rise of an Empire
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Scribbler
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Edge of Tomorrow

Release Date: June 6

Tom Cruise stars in the comic book movie Edge of Tomorrow this summer, a movie where he stars as a man who dies only to continuously come back to life until he can figure out what it is that he is supposed to do. While it sounds a lot like the 2011 Duncan Jones movie Source Code, this movie is based on the Japanese graphic novel All You Need is Kill from 2004. The original novel was about a Japanese soldier who is caught in a time loop where he has to figure out what he needs to do in order to change his fate. Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton also star in the movie, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).

Hercules: The Thracian Wars

Release Date: July 25

While January's The Legend of Hercules had nothing to do with really anything in Hercules' mythology or the comic book versions of the character, The Rock starring Hercules: The Thracian Wars is pulled straight out of the comic book world, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Steve Moore. This is not the Marvel Comics Hercules character but is based on the story of Hercules, after his 12 labors when he finally turned his back on Zeus and became a hired mercenary with six of his friends. For those who don't know, Steve Moore was the man who helped Alan Moore break into comics, a friend of Alan since the more popular Moore was only 14.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release Date: Aug. 1

Who doesn't know about this movie by now? I really thought Guardians of the Galaxy would be a hard sell for Marvel Studios, but they have done a great job of getting the word out about the movie. The story is about a team of misfits led by Starlord Peter Quill and includes an assassin (Gamora), warrior seeking vengeance (Drax the Destroyer), a tree-like being from a royal race (Groot) and an angry genetically enhanced creature that resembles a raccoon (Rocket Raccoon). In this movie, they fight the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) and will help set up the character of The Collector (last seen in Thor) and further the Thanos (Avengers) storyline.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: Aug. 8

The one movie that comes out in 2014, no matter what genre and no matter who directs it, that will be given no chance by most people is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It has two things going against it from the start. First of all, it is produced by Michael Bay. Second of all, an early script leak showed they were considering making the turtles aliens instead of you know mutant turtles changed by ooze. Well, Bay seems to have backed off on the alien thing and at least one of the comic book creators Peter Laird read that early script and said all Turtles fans should be happy they discarded those ideas before moving forward. It won't matter. No one will give this movie a chance. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is directing the new Turtles movie.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Release Date: Aug. 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the long awaited follow up to Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of the Frank Miller classic comic books. The first movie featured a number of stories played out like a connected anthology and it remains one of the most loyal adaptations ever made for a comic book movie. This new movie is actually a prequel to that first movie. That means that Marv (Mickey Rourke) is still alive and Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as Dwight, which makes sense because the character had plastic surgery in the comics to change his appearance. In this stage, Dwight takes center stage in a classic Noir where a dame asks him for help from her abusive husband.


Release Date: Oct. 31

Here is one that almost none of you have probably heard of. Abattoir is a comic book created by Darren Lynn Bousman, the dude who directed three of the Saw movies as well as Repo: The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival. He released the comic through Radical Studios (the same company who released the Hercules comics I talked about earlier). It is a horror story about a real estate agent who tries to work out how to sell a home that a bloody massacre occurred in, only to be confronted by an old man who draws him into untold horrors. Not much is known about the movie, but it is scheduled for a Halloween release.

Big Hero 6

Release Date: Nov. 7

The final comic book movie to hit theaters in 2014 is Marvel Studios first theatrically released animated comic book movie. The story is Big Hero 6. The comic was created in 1998 with former X-Men member Sunfire leading the group of brand new Japanese heroes (plus Silver Samurai). The movie is being co-directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) and will not include Sunfire (probably because he is owned by Fox), but will feature a young inventor named Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax who put together a team of heroes to go after a man who stole his designs.


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