Extras! Batman bale's out of the league, Warcraft is almost a go, Buy James Bond's car, Find some justice forever, Shredder is definitely a white guy, and Pacific Rim is not Transformers, damn it! 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!

The first clip is out for controversial auteur Lars Von Trier’s upcoming sexual-drama, Nymphomaniac, and very surprisingly (and mercifully), it doesn’t actually feature Shia Labeouf having sex for real. What we do get is a rather provocative little conversation though.

Based on Von Trier’s previous works, I’d like to think that the moment that train carriage door closes, somebody gets all violent on their own genitals while a planet populated with creepy foxes crashes into Earth. Or you know, that girl has sex with that guy. Whichever is easier.

Marvel co-founder, Stan “The Man” Lee, took time out of his busy schedule of popping up in superhero movies and tweeting vaguely militaristic statements, to confirm that Marvel are indeed working on Doctor Strange and Black Panther feature films at the moment.

“I’m not involved in those decisions anymore, but the people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think ‘what will we do next?’ and there’s a damn good chance that they will think of just what you mentioned, ‘cos it would be a great idea and little by little everything you want to see will come along, because [Marvel] are just like you, they’re fans of the stories and they’re trying to think ‘what would the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?’ So they’re working on Ant-Man, they’re working on Doctor Strange, they’re working on Guardians of the Galaxy, they’re working on god knows what. And did I say Black Panther also. Those are the ones I know about and there are others that I don’t even know about, and shame on them for not telling me.”

When it comes to Bond cars, everybody has their favourite. For me, the submarine-capable Lotus Esprit used by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me will always be my pick and now, thanks to it being auctioned in September, I’m one step closer to owning it. Unfortunately, there are probably still about a couple hundred thousand (or millions, depending on the Rand/Pound exchange rate) steps to go.

You may be familiar with Venn diagrams, but now I give you… the Venn Dieselgram!

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Damn, that is uncanny.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I live in a world where people are not excited to see giant robots and giant monsters punch each in their respective giant mouths, but that’s apparently the case as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim is tracking pretty poorly, as we reported last week. However, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull though is not as concerned with this whole “tracking” thing.

“Audiences that have seen the movie, love the movie. I think in our core audiences and, sort of, the fanboy groups that want to see the movie…we have seen tracking wildly on all of our movies so, at this point, all we can say to audiences is if you go see this movie, you’re going to love it and you’re going to tell your friends – that’s all we can do.  The other stuff, it has almost become like sporting events.  Every weekend, it’s so wildly reported on and now even opining about tracking, which is kind of weird to me.  I can tell you, when I was a kid and Star Wars came out, I wasn’t like, ‘I don’t know, the trailer looks cool, but the tracking sucks.’  I don’t know what that is.”

While Tull has a point, it has to be said that more could have been done to pump the human element/actual story (which by all accounts is actually pretty good) in the film’s promo material, because clearly when people just see robots on screen it must mean that Pacific Rim is actually just another Transformers movie. Oh, bee tee dubs, don’t click that link if you want to retain your faith in humanity.

There’s a new Riddick poster out, and while it features our favourite shiny-eyed anti-hero in a cool, action figure-like pose, it also boast the aneurysm-inducing tagline of “Survival is his revenge”. So in other words, if you piss off one Richard B. Riddick, he will get back at you by living?! 

“Ha, look at how alive I am! Take that evil villain who violently massacred my entire family! Feel the righteous sting of my luminous vitality!”

Read  Rumour control: No, Idris Elba has not had talks to play James Bond

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When it was confirmed that William Fichtner would indeed be playing grating villain, Shredder, in the upcoming Ninja Turtles, I’m sure that a few of you responded with “Y U NO ASIAN?!”. There were some holding out hope that somehow Fichtner would indeed be playing the very Japanese Oroku Saki (hey, it kind of worked for Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice!). Those hopes have now been crushed, as Fichtner revealed his very non-Asian sounding identity.

Who the what now? Fichtner also revealed that we should expect some “radical” plot elements for the movie.

That Thomas Tull sure is a busy guy! Earlier he was talking about Pacific Rim and now he’s talking to SlashFilm about another movie to feature some monstrous characters. Tull shared just what the progress was on the Duncan “Moon” Jones directed adaptation of World of Warcraft and also what the challenge is in bringing the immensely popular online role playing video game to the big screen.

So for us, it’s [almost] that we don’t know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game. It’s the incredible story, the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they’ve created, and so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. We’ve taken our time [developing this property], because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place where we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just [think], ‘This guy gets it.’

Personally, I think their biggest challenge won’t be getting a good script, it will be convincing people to stop playing World of Warcraft long enough to brave the outside world to watch World of Warcraft.

If you’re like me, then there’s very little that you enjoy more than kicking evil square in the balls (not too violently though, or Jim Carrey might get upset). And luckily for us, there exists a group with the same ball-kicking outlook on life: Justice Forever. And even luckier, the superhero organization, comprised of such members as Battle Guy (Clark Duke), Insect Man (Robert Emms) and Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison) want you, as you can see in these Kick-Ass 2 recruitment viral videos.

Ever since the first fanboy made it back to his keyboard after seeing The Dark Knight Rises, there have been rumours that Christian Bale would be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader in a future Justice League movie. These rumours are all wrong. I know, because Batman himself said so.

“I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it.

“It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

Hey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt! What’s your schedule look like in 2015?

Speaking of what somebody else can do with Batman… I have this annoying habit of mixing up the names Wade Wilson and Slade Wilson. The latter is the identity of DC comics villain Deathstroke, soon to be featuring quite heavily in the new Batman: Arkham Origins video gamewhile the former is the psychotic Marvel anti-hero that’s currently featuring in his own video game, as well as once having his character molested on screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now, I’m not saying that Bat In The Sun, the creators of the following, seriously badass short film showing Batman taking on Deadpool (as well Darth Vader vs Gandalf, Lara Croft vs Nathan Drake and Batmobile vs Batmobile, among others) made the same mistake I did, but it would be an easy one to make. Either way, the comic book universe hopping result is rather amazing.

Last Updated: July 2, 2013

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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