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After playing the noble Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and teaching Bruce Wayne the deadly and theatrical art of the ninja in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Liam Neeson is no stranger to genre films. But if fans are hoping to see Neeson pop up in a galaxy far, far away or mix it up again with more superheroes, maybe don’t hold your breath.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Neeson gives a very blunt response when asked about his cameo in The Dark Knight Rises and whether there are other films in the superhero-verse that he’d be willing to explore. “I’ll be honest with you, no.” Turns out Liam Neeson leans heavily towards Team Martin Scorsese in the “Marvel movies aren’t cinema” debate.
I’m really not a huge fan of the genre. I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff - which I admire - but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape.
Sensing an opportunity to get some things off his chest, an unprompted Neeson then went off about Star Wars, which he apparently views in the same light as comic book movies.
The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new. I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.
Despite offering up his frank assessment on the current trend in blockbuster films, Neeson had nothing but kind words to say about his fellow actors who are still willing to go through the tights and/or CGI gauntlet. “I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it - and do it fantastically.”
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Welcome back toThe Hollywood Reporter's weeklyComics Watch, a dive into how the latest books from Marvel, DC and beyond could provide fodder for the big and small screen.
The heroes of the future are here. Wednesday saw the release of Legion of Super-Heroes No. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ryan Sook. This relaunch, following Bendis' two-part prelude, Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, sees the teenage heroes of the 31st century joined by Jon Kent, Superboy and son of Superman. While few would consider the dozens of Legionnaires, each hailing from different worlds within the United Planets and possessing different powers, to be top-tier DC characters, they've long held a special place for the top brass of DC Entertainment. There have been several attempts to revitalize the comic book property for the 21st century, yet none have had staying power. But Bendis and Sook may be the ones to change all of that.
Bendis, who made his transition from Marvel Comics to DC in 2018, has largely been associated with his work on Superman and Action Comics. When news of his coming to DC was first announced, it was accompanied by the hopes that Bendis would have the same effect on DC Entertainment that his work had, and still has, on Marvel Studios. While many took this to mean that his stories would determine the plot and scope of future Superman movies, Bendis' investment in not only creating new characters but exploring B and C-listers likely suggest a different level of influence. The Legion of Super-Heroes may well be the future of the DC movie universe.
The original Legion, consisting of Saturn Girl, Lightning Boy, and Cosmic Boy, first debuted in Adventure Comics No. 247 1958. Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, the original team drew inspiration from Superboy Clark Kent in the 20th century and became prominent supporting characters in his adventures. The ranks of the Legion of Super-Heroes grew exponentially over the years with new heroes like Braniac 5, Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Star Boy, Karate Kid, and Ultra Boy filling the ranks over the years as more planets united to overcome threats that affected them all. The most popular, and referenced era came from Paul Levitz during the 80s, and his arc “The Great Darkness Saga” greatly increased the popularity of the characters and is often cited as one of the best DC stories of all time. There have been a number of reboots since then and given the number of characters, and the future setting, Legion history and continuity is nearly as confusing as Marvel's X-Men titles. Yet, what makes Bendis' current run so engaging is that it plays with an awareness of all of that.
Teenage voices are one of Bendis' strong suits and LOSH gives him a opportunity to further utilize those skills with cheeky dialogue that plays up...
Quarantined viewers tuned into Saturday’s all-day, virtual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Summit were treated to a special surprise in the evening when filmmaker and TV titan J.J. Abrams crashed the party as the surprise special guest. He arrived just after his fellow “Star Wars” scribe Tony Gilroy “Rogue One” and the upcoming Cassian Andor series finished his conversation about the craft of screenwriting.
Abrams’ Q&A touched on a range of topics, from the origins of 2015’s “The Force Awakens” to scaling “the mountain,” as he called it, of writing a screenplay, and to the Golden Age of television happening now. It’s an era Abrams helped to launch with his ABC mystery series “Lost.” “I know my role in that. I’m not talking as if I had nothing to do with this,” he said.
“It’s the Golden Age of television, as they call it, even though I don’t know what television really is anymore,” Abrams said. “That’s because huge chances are being taken. Talent that might not have gotten the chance otherwise suddenly have the opportunity. For me, when I watch a show like ‘Atlanta,’ which takes the most spectacular risks in point of view, in genre, structure, and character […] every story has been told, it’s kind of all been done before,” remarking that the FX series tells its stories in unique ways.
Abrams also praised the Emmy-winning Prime Video series “Fleabag,” created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“You see ‘Fleabag’ and you’re like, well, yes, the fourth wall has been broken [before], but not like that,” he said, referring to the protagonist’s tendency to face the camera and address the audience. “Yes, there have been amazing love stories, and stories of family, but not like that. What I love is the thing that makes you feel like, ‘Oh my god, this is so amazingly specific.'”
Abrams pivoted to discussing Hollywood’s place in a moment dominated by streaming content with originality that far exceeds what’s being reproduced on the big screen. “Hollywood used to be a place where something would happen, there’d be a movie where people would see it and think ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing. Here’s my answer to that,’ or ‘here’s my version,'” he said.
“Hollywood has become a place where, for the most part, studios say, ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing. Let’s do that literally again.’ And that’s OK, and I think that will continue, but I really hope that all the writers who are here and others in the guild are as excited as I am about this new opportunity with streaming platforms. How many different stories are going to be...