Extras! Marc Webb says Spider-Man will be funny, The Dictator gets a website, Avengers trailer breakdown and Max Landis explains the Death and Return of Superman, Back the the Future: The Musical? Plus much more!

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

In keeping with the theme of “Look how much of a badass I am” established in earlier shots, here’s a newly released image of Vin Diesel in the upcoming Riddick sequel:

The Guardian is reporting that plans are underway to turn Back to the Future into a on-stage musical production. Director Robert Zemeckis, screenwriter Bob Gale and composer Alan Silvestri are all also involved in adapting the classic 80’s film for the stage. I think this is great idea, I just wonder at how they’re going to get up to 88 Mph in a theatre.

If you thought James Bond looked a bit worse for wear in the last released Skyfall image, well these new on-set pics have him looking downright haggard. Apparently drinking martinis and making love to random women is not as rosy a job as some of us may think:

Director Marc Webb spoke to Comic-Con Magazine (Via Latino Review) about the tone of his upcoming Spider-Man reboot:

There’s this trickster quality we were very keen on exploring, with that humor and that fun and that wisecracking stuff. We wanted to keep that alive, but we wanted it to be realistic. We wanted that humor to come from a real place. My aim was to create a world where you could feel all those emotions. There are certainly darker, more intense feelings in this movie. There is betrayal, there is tragedy, but there’s also humor and romance. So it’s a very complex bouquet of emotions, but what you have to tread on is what feels authentic and what feels real, and you have to earn those different emotions. There are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely. But are there moments of humor and levity and whimsy? Absolutely. Andrew was really great. He used this term to describe Peter Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man in particular: he’s a trickster. He was like “How would Spider-Man web this guy? He’d give him a wedgy or he’d dos some awful graffiti.” There’s a punk rock quality to Peter Parker that’s really irreverent and fun and that’s something that Andrew embodies in a way that we haven’t seen before. Certainly the materials that have come out have a darker sentiment or there’s a darker projection, but we’re very keen on staying loyal to the humor of Spider-Man.

Let’s hope that the humour is not the unintentional kind, like emo Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3. I still have recurring nightmares about that scene. Oh the horror of that haircut. The horror.

I’m still undecided whether Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest film, The Dictator, appeals to me or not. His humour is a bit of a hit and miss. In this film he portrays South African cricketer Hashim Amla an autcratic dictator of fictional country, Wadiya. And now a parody website has launched for the country. The entire site is faux Arabic text, but the pics and links to be found on the site are quite funny. Go check it for yourself.

GeekTyrant has taken the new Avengers Superbowl trailer (posted earlier today) and broken it down scene by scene. Most important for me being the very brief scene in which we glimpse the new alien threat that Marvel has been keeping so tightly under wraps.

Now to me, those look like either the instectoid inhabitants of the Negative Zone, or the alien Badoon race, both of which would go against any hints or rumours thus far. Could we be seeing Annilhus in this film? Or perhaps this is some setup for the proposed Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Either way, colour me excited.

Screenwriter Max Landis’ Chronicle is currently riding high in both commercial and critical success. But before the young Beverly Hills native made it big in the film world, he used to present a hilarious online video segment where he would dissect popular comic book storyline. Well, the man has returned to his roots, and this time, with the help of his newfound Hollywood friends, discusses The Death and Return of Superman. Even if you’re never heard of the controversial story (I don’t think this is possible though. There are last tribes in Papua New Guinea that have read this book), I would still advise you to give it a watch as it is side-splittingly funny.

 

That’s all for today, folks. Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to go punch some 90’s comics in the testicles.

Last Updated: February 6, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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