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Ryan Reynolds Struck By Hit And Run Driver

One of the movies all of us comic book nerds are waiting to see is “Deadpool”. And if you are a comic book nerd you know that Ryan Reynolds will be portraying the insane, sometime superhero. The film is being shot in Vancouver, British Columbia where Reynolds was born. Well, on Friday April 10th Reynolds was walking through an underground parking garage when he was struck by a car driven by a paparazzi photographer who fled the scene. Reynolds was not injured. Maybe playing an invincible superhero has rubbed off on him.

Since the “Deadpool” movie is still shooting, the production company as well as Mr. Reynolds are lucky the accident wasn’t more serious. It could have been an incident where production could have been delayed or where Ryan had to be replaced or where the production had to shut down all together. Reynolds actually first portrayed the role of Deadpool in the 2009 movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Also if the accident had been more serious it could have had an adverse affect on his family. He and his wife, Blake Lively just had their first child. A little girl they named, James.

Reynolds seems to be taking the incident all in stride. He jokingly tweeted back to a buddy Dan Newlin, who asked how he was doing, that he would call if the network would put the show “Beachcombers” back on the air. The Show run from 1972 to 1990.

The Atom and Firestorm: Two Heroes Too Many?

Another superhero television series is in the works and the show is slated to appear on the CW. Why wouldn’t the powers that be at CW not want to release a new D.C. Comics related television series? Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG (Facebook.com) know that the Flash and Arrow are both huge hits. The new series is going to be a team-up endeavor and will feature heroes who debuted on the two aforementioned hero programs. The Atom and Firestorm are going to make a really odd duo since they are such disimilar characters. Then again, The Atom is very similar to Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man and the Ant-Man film is going to be a surefire hit this summer.

Fans of superhero television and movie programs might be thrilled to hear this news, but the worrisome specter of “careful what you wish for” clouds is going to hang over this and other future D.C. projects. There are only so many superhero television shows audiences are going to accept before becoming burned out on the genre.

Sure, it is great that superhero and comic book properties are finally receiving positive attention from larger audiences. Too much of the same thing too soon could indicate the networks are trying to make as much money off the fad as possible before it burns out.

Sometimes, the better plan for long-term health of a genre or medium is to take things slow and allow the limited number of programs based on the genre to remain special. Too much of the same thing is hardly the proper definition of something unique or special.

For now, fans can look forward to The Atom/Firestorm team-up and hope it lasts.

Ant-Man Shapes Up To Be Summer Hit

Ant-Man is going to be a hit. The release of the recent trailer for the film achieved a massive 29 million – yes, million – hits on YouTube. To put things into perspective, Guardians of the Galaxy received fewer hits and was a shockingly massive success.

There is no reason to believe the Ant-Man trailer is going to turn anyone off from seeing the film. The trailer was loaded with action, humor, and provided insight to a very interesting story about a former criminal going straight. Going straight in this film involves more than just not breaking the law. Going straight involves becoming a superhero out to save the world. That is hard to do when you must meet with a parole officer regularly.

Ant-Man comes out in the summer of 2015 and likely will be the number two box office draw for Marvel behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. I know if I am out of the country when this movie comes out I will use elite traveler to make sure my friend, Christopher Crowley and I can see this movie. It will be the blockbuster of the summer.

Netflix’s Daredevil Will Wallow in the Gritty

Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has long since pointed out the forthcoming Daredevil Netflix series is going to be far from whimsical. The film focuses very early in the career of Daredevil and contrasts his learning how to be a superhero with the rise of Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk to prominence in organized crime. DeKnight mentioned Daredevil is going to be a lot like The Wire which Bruce Levenson loves. He also let it slip the series will be like a lot of classic gritty movies from the 1970’s. In particular, he mentioned The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, and Taxi Driver.

Those are all classic films that maintain a documentary feel to them. They are rooted in the dark and gritty world of urban decay. A sense of realism is present in these films that set them apart from over-the-top action found in most crime films or action-adventure spectacles. If Daredevil follows the trajectory of these types of films, the overall finished product is going to be both very real and very dark.

Do not think for a minute though that Netflix will allow the material to be excessively violent and morbid. Going too far in the adult direction will end up turning audiences off and Netflix and DeKnight know this. 

What saved the Daredevil comic book from cancellation in the early 1980’s was the decision to allow Frank Miller to take the hero down a path radically different from other titles. The TV series seems to be adhering to this approach, too.