The Screen Watchers Guild Podcast #120: Strictly News: Superhero Movie Madness


DC drops a bombshell, Marvel drops a nuclear bomb, Fox hangs back for a bit, and Sony… well, Sony’s there I guess.

Avengers, Justice Leage, X-Men, blah blah blah…. SO MANY. We go over it all. Enjoy.

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‘Ant-man’ Found a Director



After a handful of directors turned down the chance to direct Ant-Man, Marvel found its director in Peyton Reed. As far as the film world is concerned, Peyton’s projects are uninspiring, including movies like Bring It On, The Break-Up, and Yes Man. To go from the man who created the Cornetto trilogy to someone with this resume is a bit of a disappointment to say the least. As far as television goes, Reed has directed some great stuff, including episodes of the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Weird Al Show, and a few episodes of New Girl. My hope is that the vibe of shows like these will have more bearing on the overall tone of the film. This coupled with a script that will have input from Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers), we might actually have some hope for this movie.

Steven S. DeKnight Replaces Drew Goddard on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’


Yet another creative change in the Marvel department, this time involving Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil. Drew Goddard has exited as show-runner, and is being replaced by Steven S. DeKnight, producer/writer of various shows,  including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelSmallville, Dollhouse, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, & Spartacus: War of the Damned. With a pedigree like that, I can’t help but think that this is actually a good move on Marvel’s part. While Goddard would have been a good choice, this one seems more in tune with the Marvel franchise. Having someone who’s worked closely with Joss Whedon can’t hurt either as far as the Marvel universe goes.

Spartacus was a show that I hated in the beginning. The first episode is so ridiculous, it turned me off completely. I heard it had gotten better, so I gave it another try. The next two seasons (the ones produced by DeKnight) were great. It was ridiculous when it needed to be, and was always thrilling. They managed to turn a highly stylized world into some compelling television by the end, and I look forward to what he does with the character Daredevil. Marvel’s official press release after the jump. Continue reading “Steven S. DeKnight Replaces Drew Goddard on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’”

Brian Hess is a freelance illustrator/animator from San Francisco, California. He has a distinct style and has a wide range of fan art including some of our favorite comic book heroes, Disney characters, and movies. He also does commission work so if you wanted to get some great art to make that house or apartment of yours look extra fancy, be sure to drop him a line.

Check him out at his blog and DeviantArt page.

Some more examples of his awesome work after the jump.

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