Underdogs and Boxoffice Disasters

Will this year be worth remembering?

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By Wesley Colvin - 3/6/2011
How much can you really tell from a movie trailer? Will it be a small budget gem, critical success, hardly seen by anyone? A big budget financial blowout that looks like garbage, trashed by critics, but like a junky in a need of a fix, we're willing to slap down the money to see it? Hoping that it won't suck as badly as we know it will. Comic movies are no different. This year with the releases of The Green Hornet, Captain America, Thor, Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens and Xmen: First Class will easily be one of the best years for this genre. But with Seth Rogan's godawful take on The Green Hornet's Britt Reid (and cowriting the film) we've already hit a speed bump (I work for a movie theatre, seeing movies for free and I STILL wanted my money back. I'm not a Seth Rogan fan). With Marvel's 'in house' productions of Kenneth Branaugh's THOR with Chris Hemsworth looking every bit the God of Thunder and Joe Johnston's CAPTAIN AMERICA with Chris Evans feeling more and more like the Star Spangled Avenger every day, we don't really need the luxury we've had with trailers, interviews and behind the scenes footage to know they're in good hands. With the creative involvement of producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, an all-star cast and Jon Favereux at the wheel, hell's likely to freeze over if Cowboys & Aliens sucks.

On the other hand, what's been released for Green Lantern, including a trailer with unfinished special effects, is a little worrying. With a talented director like Martin Campbell (off of successfully reviving James Bond), Ryan Reynolds (finally getting some respect with the public. See BURIED if you don't believe me.), Mark Strong (a man who understands arrogant and menacing) and beautiful, smart actress Blake Lively, did with we just catch them before they had a chance to tweak the product or is this another example of a people who just don't get it? Everything I've seen so far relating to Xmen: First Class leaves me wanting and anticipating more. The actors (especially, actors James McAvoy and Micheal Fassbender) and director Matthew Vaughn feel genuinely involved in this project. Genuinely proud. But it's a film produced by FOX. That alone may hurt boxoffice numbers, critical opinions and we still can't say if they've finally listened to the fans and made a worthwhile adaptation or if they've screwed the pooch again. Considering their reputation, they're on EXTREMELY shaky ground. All we can do now is wait and hope that our worries are unnecessary and that this year will be one to remember!

P.S.: Anyone know when the Cap' trailer is debuting?
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Weedbeater - 3/5/2011, 11:07 PM
first of all: you act as though your opinion on the green hornet is fact, just sayin
second; we really zhouldn't judge by trailers, i hate when the people here do that
skidz - 3/5/2011, 11:21 PM
That's my point, people freaked out when the GL trailer came out and nobody really knew anything and most trailer releases from FOX have been pretty misleading. As for the Green Hornet, that's just an opinion I'm sticking to. I really mean it when I say it.
LEEE777 - 3/6/2011, 4:10 AM
Lmao @ Wesley!

Anyone that's looking forward to that insult called X-MEN FIST A$$ needs their head read and should be ashamed to be an actual comic book fan!

GREEN LANTERN will be as EPIC as THOR, no worries there!

Only sh1t coming up is First class.
CraptainAmerica - 3/6/2011, 4:35 AM
^ I then needy head examined and should be ashamed to be a comic book fan? Just because I have trust in a director like Vaughn? Because the cast looks good and the trailer looks great?! I'm looking forward to First Class as much as I am Thor, Cap and GL simply because I get to see my favourite characters on the big screen, in whatever capacity it may be. I'm not gonna just on the hate bandwagon just because unread a handful of interviews and a minute of footage. Naive
Weedbeater - 3/6/2011, 7:40 AM
lmao LEEE for judging by a trailer. massive fail right there
marvel72 - 3/6/2011, 9:41 AM
green hornet shit trailer & is a shit movie.

i can't get excited over x-men first class,sorry i'm an x-men fan & i want to see what i read & see in the comics on the big screen.

this isn't it.
IronicMan - 3/6/2011, 11:44 AM
Green Lantern looks like Episode 1: shite, absolute toy-selling kid-pandering shite. Aye.
Havok89 - 3/6/2011, 11:56 AM
Kick-Ass was amazing and now I expect nothing but greatness from Matthew Vaughn.
If X-Men First Class will be better or at least as good as X-2, I will consider it a success.
writernick - 3/6/2011, 12:11 PM
I'm a comic book geek, and personnally I've rarely been this excited for the summer to get here: I want to see them all!
soundwave129 - 3/6/2011, 3:56 PM
Excuse me, Lee. X-Men First Class has potential. Stop whining. Perhaps we should SEE the movies before we bash them?
Boekelaar - 3/6/2011, 9:13 PM
Green Hornet was sick, considering it's based on a character that became prolific for being camp I don't see how anyone could not be expecting a comedy. I'm so sick of comic book movies and comic books being dark just because it's popular. It's been a nice change of pace to see comedic CBMS and the only problem I have with Green Hornet was that more people saw it than the superior Scott Pilgrim.

My only fear for this year is that we know that there's bound to be one shit movie out of the big three. Thor, Cap or GL. I'm hoping that First class will shine through with enough shitness to allow the others to flourish in awesomeness but with Vaughn at the helm I really find that hard to imagine. GL is my tip to bomb if any of these bomb. Most non-comic book fans I talk to have no idea who he is and on the otherside the Marvel Cinmetic Universe is starting to become more well known so I think because of that Thor and Cap will go pretty well.
felixxx - 3/6/2011, 11:40 PM
GL will do great........at the Razzies.
BigK1337 - 3/10/2011, 7:21 PM
@Leee777 & felixxx
Really you too, you guys are going to make fruitless insults on movies that have potential. -_-'

I mean, first of all I actually really wanted to see Green Lantern; and I feel the trailer was perfect at capturing the character. Not the character we see in the later adventures where we see a serious space epic of him fighting alot of space supervillians, more like the early adventures where he is this cocky, beginner starting out as a member of the core fighting over the top Earth villains.

As for First Class; as much as I don't trust Fox with the series anymore, the trailer might be impressive. I am not going to just see it on the first day just like that, just when I read the reviews first then go hit the theaters and watch. The plot to me seems off, but I feel I may enjoy the acting however (as long as its good).

Seriously, you two need to have some optimism for the movies you deemed shit.

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