“He’s the first hero of the 21st Century… and he’s our only hope. (more…)
THE YEAR: 1961
THE DIRECTOR: Ishiro Honda
THE WRITER: Shinichirô Nakamura, Takehiko Fukunaga & Yoshie Hotta (story), Shin’ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)
THE CAST: Frankie Sakai, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizumi, Ken Uehara, Emi Itô, Yûmi Itô, (more…)
THE YEAR: 2009
THE DIRECTOR: Andrzej Bartkowiak
THE WRITER: Justin Marks
THE CAST: Kristen Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Robin Shou, Taboo (more…)
THE YEAR: 1989
THE DIRECTOR: Jim Wynorski
THE WRITER: Neil Cuthbert, Grant Morris
THE CAST: Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas, Dick Durock
So, following a successful outing directed by a master of horror, where do you take your dark comic book franchise next? You hire a storied exploitation and porn director to make an over-the-top comedic movie! Obviously. But how does something with such a contrary tone end up being closer to the source material than its more serious predecessor?
Well, let’s branch out and hit the rewind button to take a look… (more…)
THE YEAR: 1982
THE DIRECTOR: Wes Craven
THE WRITER: Wes Craven
THE CAST: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Dick Durock, Ray Wise
Comic book movies were still far off from being a big thing, mostly due to limits in the special effects needed to give many superheroes their fantastic powers. Horror, however, was a booming business and DC Comics had been publishing a dark man-versus-nature tale that had piqued the interest of one of the genre’s top directors. Despite issues along the way, the movie has stayed a cult favorite.
So let’s wrap a vine around the rewind button and see what happened… (more…)
THE YEAR: 1987
THE DIRECTOR: Paul Michael Glaser
THE WRITER: Steven E. de Souza (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
THE CAST: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jesse Ventura, Richard Dawson
How many directors does it take to transform a Stephen King novel into a science fiction action vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger? Five, apparently. Through the years, despite the changes in leadership, The Running Man has remained a classic in Arnold’s catalog. But what happened behind the scenes? And how does the film hold up now?
Well let’s race to the rewind button and see what we find… (more…)
THE YEAR: 2005
THE DIRECTOR: Rob Bowman
THE WRITER: Zak Penn, Stu Zicherman, Raven Metzner
THE CAST: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout, Terence Stamp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Spin-offs have always been an odd thing. They are often obscure in relation to the original work, trying to place a smaller, supporting character into a lead role. The results over the years have been all over the map, sometimes eclipsing the popularity of their initial source, sometimes disappearing without notice. In the case of Daredevil, however, the character of Elektra already had a built-in fanbase that rivaled Daredevil himself. Surely giving Elektra her own movie was a guaranteed win after Daredevil‘s success?
Well, let’s ninja attack the rewind button and see what happened… (more…)
THE YEAR: 2003
THE DIRECTOR: Mark Steven Johnson
THE WRITER: Mark Steven Johnson
THE CAST: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau
After a string of huge hits like Blade, X-Men and Spider-Man, Marvel properties were on a roll and the comic book movie blockbuster trend was still in full swing. Looking for something with the grit of Blade but with the colorful acrobatic action of Spider-Man, the studios landed on The Man Without Fear himself, Daredevil. Both fans and audiences have let a seething hatred for this movie grow and fester over the years. Was this the first misstep for the golden goose of Marvel movies?
Well let’s blindly hit the rewind button and find out… (more…)