COMIC REEL: "Batman v Superman" v "Star Wars"; George Lucas Revisits "Howard The Duck"


If you spent the past week on the side of a mountain, communing with nature and ignoring the rat race of the modern world, welcome back. While you were gone, Disney released a new trailer for JJ Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens":

And shortly thereafter, Warner Bros. new trailer for Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was leaked and then followed by an official full release:

While the former led to effusive praise from the fanboy faithful, the latter has received a mixed reaction -- mostly depending on one's personal feelings towards Snyder's "Man of Steel."

As the discussion swirls, Graeme McMillan has a whip smart piece at The Hollywood Reporter on the perils of pre-judging any movies based on scant seconds worth of footage that would do well to carry us all through the months and months before either film finds release.

Meanwhile on the "Star Wars" front, THR also brings us word from a Tribecca Film Festival event with Force mastermind George Lucas where moderator Stephen Colbert got the legend to open up on his resistance to corporate control of the galaxy far, far away.

"There is a word out there called the creative industrial complex, which means the industrial part rules everything and they screw around with the creative people," he said. "To think you know how to do it is just full of hubris, it's not real. ... There's the corporate world, and they're not creative - they're lawyers, accountants and they think they're creative.

"They refer to it as their movie, even when they had nothing to do with it," he continued. "The guy who actually sweats blood and tears is the one that actually makes the movie. But they don't see it that way at all...Star Wars is a children's film, those are the ones that make all the money - wake up!"


During the same event, Lucas also opened up about the somewhat reviled Marvel Comics adaptation he produced in the '80s, saying that even panned movies can "float up to the surface of the lake, and then they become cult classics. ... It means you made an interesting movie or a weird movie, and a small group of people love it.

"Even 'Howard the Duck' is a cult classic. I have a feeling that Marvel's gonna redo it because of the technology they have today," he said, adding of the 1986 film, "I told the producer and writer it's not gonna work. ... You can't put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work!"


While on the press rounds for his upcoming George Clooney picture "Tomorrowland," director Brad Bird talked about his plans for the sequel to his acclaimed Pixar superhero picture, which he'll start work on soon.

" I would say that the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over - it's kind of like a field that's had too many games on it, and it's just dried up dirt at this point," he said. "I think that the greatest special effect is caring about a character. A lot of movies seem to forget that, and they bring out a lot of fireballs and then wonder why the fireballs don't have that much impact, no matter how loud and how big they are. But the truth is that the fireball isn't that exciting unless you care about the person running from it." (Via Comic Book Movie)


Earlier this week, the documentary about the legendary dead-ended Superman film by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage revealed its poster ahead of its April 30 debut:

(Via ComicBook.com)

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