Happy new year one and all! Well, almost all, anyway. PANELS TO FRAMES is my comic book movie column which usually runs at LOST IN THE MULTIPLEX, but the site is currently undergoing maintenance, so the column is running here for now.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - FIRST OFFICIAL STILL RELEASED
The first official character still from Marvel's forthcoming sci-fi epic GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has been released, and it's well, a bit underwhelming. Basically a retread of the production art released a while back, it shows the cast in full costume, or in the case of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, their CG forms.
Starring Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Price, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro with Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY looks like a bit of a risky film for Marvel, but it'll be very interesting to see how it pans out. I'm hoping it's brilliant.
DWAYNE JOHNSON DISCUSSING DC ROLE
While I've never been a fan of wrestling, I do think Johnson has great presence in his movies, and definitely has the stature, voice and skills needed for a comic book movie.
But who could he be looking to play? I'm guessing it's not Catwoman or Harley Quinn. Maybe Big Barda. Heh.
CAPTAIN AMERICA - IS THE WINTER SOLDIER HERE YET?
With stills arriving on a regular basis from the forthcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and that spectacular trailer still getting views galore, excitement is building for the First Avenger's return to the screen. I must say that it's looking fantastic so far. Chris Evans seems to be settling into the role very well, even with the terrible dye-job on his hair.
It does appear that it's a third film where Cap rarely has his full costume on, but it also looks like an absolutely wonderful comic book thriller packed with action and much-loved comic characters. The Marvel movie universe seems to be maintaining its strengths, and here's hoping it continues to do so for a long time yet.