Melissa Rosenburg talks ‘Jessica Jones’, Callan Mulvey’s and Jena Malone’s roles in Batman v. Superman and Bryan Singer teases Archangel

Hope everyone had a good July because we are about to close it out.  Can’t believe this is the last day of month 7 in 2015.  The summer movie season wraps for me (I’ll be heading back to Fort Yukon on Sunday) and I hope to have an opportunity to watch Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation before I take off.

So here is our film news headlines for the day.  Lots of cool topics to get to.

Melissa Rosenburg talks ‘Jessica Jones’

So, in case you haven’t heard, Netflix is teaming up with Marvel to create a TV corner of their shared universe.  This includes Daredevil, which was released earlier this year.  But Daredevil is acting as the Iron Man between Marvel and Netflix: it is what will kick off the TV universe.  Other shows that are planned is a Jessica Jones and Luke Cage film series to tie in with Daredevil.

Jessica Jones is a retired heroine who is now a “hero for hire” essentially.  She runs a private investigation business and she is primarily located in Hell’s Kitchen, the same place Daredevil resides.  Now, Jessica Jones teams up with people like Luke Cage (another hero for hire).

Melissa Rosenburg (who has worked on Dexter and Twilight) is going to be running the show.  She gave an interview recently to E! talking about the character, played by Krysten Ritter.

“She’s funny! She’s dark! She’s the real deal. She’s utterly compelling, both the actress and the character[…] The first time I saw [Ritter] do drama was Breaking Bad. And she was just a guest star. We pushed her to some really dark, emotional places, and she just keeps going there. She’s got incredible range!”

We are getting a different kind of hero in this story.  Jessica Jones will also be, in Rosenburg’s words, a “psychological thriller.”  She is out to pay the rent, which makes her a more complex character.  She isn’t like a typical hero, who will be doing good because of some traumatic event; she will do good when it helps fulfil her needs.  This makes her a very relatable and compelling character.  What I’m wondering is how this will a thriller.  She will probably be working with and for shady characters but also be working on some intense stories.  After all, she will be the person that people go to when the police can’t handle it.  This also lends her to interacting with Daredevil on more than one occasion.

The other thing about this show is that it, again, isn’t an origin story.  We are picking up after Jones’ stint as a costumed hero.  In fact, we’ll be seeing Ritter in costume but probably in flashbacks.  I like when Marvel just jumps right in with their characters.

I also enjoy her approach to Jones.  While this is Marvel’s first show or film starring a woman, Rosenburg has stated that gender will not define Jones.  Rosenburg wants her to be more than just a kickass woman and show it in your face; she wants Jones to be compelling on her own and not use her gender as a crutch.

I am so loving these comments and the directions as to where this is going.  We aren’t getting “I am woman, hear me roar” story.  We’re getting a human story.  This section of the MCU is shaping up quite nicely.  What’s ABC doing again?

Jessica Jones is set to be released in late 2015

Bryan Singer teases Archangel

So, Bryan Singer tweeted out a picture of him holding what appears to be a piece of Archangel’s wings.  Archangel, previously known as Angel, is a mutant with wings.  After he makes a deal with Apocalypse, Angel’s flesh wings are traded for metal.

So, is Singer also hired the marketing?  The dude tweets and instragrams out hints and pictures at least a few times a week.  The dude loves this film and is loving making it.  I have to say, it’s nice not having to rely on “leaked” crap.  I like that Singer is so proud and excited for this work that he wants to share so much.  I wonder what Fox thinks of this?  Chances are they don’t really care as long as it keeps the film in the forefront of everyone’s mind.  I get the feeling we’ll keep talking about this film until it is actually released next summer.

To the wing itself.  Looking at the concept art and the prop I will say that Archangel looks like a complete badass.  I’m so happy how his costume is turning out and it has such a feel of the comics yet still looks real.  I’m also glad there are some practical effects going into the film and that we won’t be getting a big, CGI crazy film.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be released on May 27, 2016

Callan Mulvey’s and Jena Malone’s roles in Batman v. Superman

OK, so Callan Mulvey is supposedly cast as KGBeast.  His real name is Anatoli Knyazev and he will be one of Luthor’s bodyguards.

Meh.  While I see the teases happening left and right, I don’t see much screen time for him.  It’ll be mentioned and the comic book crowd will love it but for the film it doesn’t sway it one way or another.  I think it’ll be nice to have for future films but it might also be like a Scarecrow villain in the Dark Knight trilogy: he shows up and loses in the opening scene then goes back to jail.

Jena Malone, however, is supposedly playing Batgirl or Oracle.  I’m leaning more towards Oracle for a couple of reasons.  One, this is a world where Robin is dead and Batman/Bruce Wayne is retired.  I don’t think that Batgirl will be running around.  Secondly, while Malone is young (she’s 30), if DC was going to go through with Batgirl they would probably cast someone a bit younger.  Gosh, I feel terrible for writing that.  Damn you Hollywood for corrupting my mind!

Anyway, Oracle would work well.  If there is no Lucius Fox in this world then Oracle could potentially play the super smart side character in the solo Batman film.  Also, that would mean that The Killing Joke story has happened, which would totally make Leto’s Joker more of a badass and give Batman and this world more depth.  If we do get to see Oracle, it will only be for a scene to introduce Barbara, probably in a wheelchair.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be released on March 25, 2016.


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