Welcome back to Hero Chat, SuperHeroHype’s semi-regular readable podcast, where hopefully the third time’s… well, the third time. As always I’m here with my co-host, Mr. Spencer Perry. What do you have to say to the fine folks, Spencer?
“Every time we get together to do a new Hero Chat I always think of a few topics that come to my mind that I’d like to talk about, but that is getting harder and harder to do. So, I’d like to open up an invitation for you good people to make suggestions for topics for the next Hero Chat and if we like it, we will definitely use it! Back to you Ed.”
Our guest this episode is Mr. Jamie Williams who has provided this rather thorough bio:
“Jamie Williams was always your typical anonymous film nerd giving his two-cents on Comments sections. It wasn’t until back-and-forth correspondence with Vic Holtreman that led to his tenure writing for the popular movie-news site Screen Rant. That led to him and good friend Peter Georgiou forming their own site Think McFly Think starting in 2009 where it continues today. TMT also houses the video-podcast Movie Moan, hosted by the British Gentlemen Agent Phil Gee, Queen Kristina, Captain Ed Hocken and Jamie.”
I’ve appeared on Movie Moan and it was a lot of fun, so we’re returning the favor as Jamie joins us for conversations about the directors of the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, the recently-announced ABC S.H.I.E.L.D. show, what options Warner Bros. has for their planned Justice League movie and a rare discussion about actual comics as we compare Marvel Now! to DC’s New 52! So you can keep track of who is speaking:
TOPIC #1 – MARVEL STUDIOS’ DIRECTORS
Obviously the upcoming Marvel Studios slate has been a big topic of conversation the last few weeks, so one thing I wanted to discuss with you guys is the choice of directors or at least the ones we know for sure. The most recent one is James Gunn for “Guardians of the Galaxy” which has yet to be confirmed or denied as happening. This is what we have: Shane Black (IM3), Alan Taylor (Thor 2), the Russo Brothers (Cap), Gunn? (Guardians) and then back to Joss Whedon for Avengers 2.
Also Edgar Wright for the Ant-Man movie whenever that is.
Right, if that ever is…. but yeah, Edgar Wright is a long time attachment and if that movie ever happens I imagine he’s directing. Have either of you seen the Iron Man 3 footage from Comic-Con by any chance? I haven’t.
I haven’t sadly.
Russo brothers on Cap is peculiar move on Marvel’s part.
I like “Community” but I see no connection between that and Cap unless they’re going to make it more humorous which I don’t think would fit.
It also makes you wonder with them at the helm what direction Cap 2 will take. With the Winter Soldier being the focus it has to be a little darker, right?
Well sure, but there still has to be some “fun” there.
I haven’t seen either of those but I believe you Ed. I think they’ll be able to handle themselves with the action sequences but the exposition will be heavy stuff.
Well its not like the Russo Brothers are going to have huge say here.
I was wondering if we would touch on the directors as Marvel puppets.
I wouldn’t go that far but yeah… one does get that impression at times. I’m just more concerned with tone. Alan Taylor on Thor for example seems like a good fit since Game of Thrones has that big bombastic Norse God vibe at times anyway.
Yeah, he makes the most sense to me as a director for the sequels, though honestly I can’t remember which episodes of the show he directed.
Alan Taylor? He directed a LOT of both season 1 and 2. Most of the big shows like the openers/closers.
I’ve known James Gunn for a long time and I just don’t see him being a “puppet”… same with Edgar Wright. These are very outspoken, very clever guys… actually, same with Joss Whedon. It’s almost like those three and at least the Russos and presumably Taylor are on different playing fields.
Yeah, it’s a strange mix which is a good thing in the long run I think.
Maybe Anna Kendrick is going to be Ant-Man!! Oh, wait… Silas isn’t here… strike that!
Yeah, there’s a clear line in the sand between them.
Guardians also has the best chance for doing well with merchandising.
I’m not holding my breath for Daredevil, but I want it bad.
Let’s put it this way, guys. Instead of doing another Hulk movie (where that character stole Avengers), they went against conventional wisdom and doing Guardians. Daredevil seems best for cable TV.
I agree. Someone said on Twitter, can’t remember who, that it could work great as a procedural.
I think the real test will be once the first Iron Man 3 trailer hits and we can see if it looks that different from what Favreau did although that franchise at least already has a lot going for it since Downey knows the character. I think Alan Taylor and James Gunn will have the toughest tasks ahead of them. All I know is that I’m not going to miss the Marvel panel at Comic-Con next year. I’ve already gotten some tips on how to sneak into Hall H if need be.
The next big play for Marvel will be getting back the rest of their titles.
On page 2, we talk about the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show!
(Alan Taylor Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN, James Gunn Photo Credit: C.Smith/ WENN.com)