Box Office Barometer 7-25-11: A Look Back At Captain America’s Casting Rumors

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Captain America opened this weekend to a healthy $65.8 million.  This figure is one of the reasons that Disney bought Marvel for $1 billion: they can pump out movies for better-than-average returns.  Accordingly, the actors themselves are not as important as the title of the comic, a sentiment that’s backed by Grantland.  Since the role … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 5-9-11: Thor Breeds Hope

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Finally, a good wide-release movie to kick off the summer.  Although Thor is not like it’s May predecessors Spider-Man, Iron Man and X2, it comes pretty damn close.  Visually, Asgard was beautiful and looked like a real environment.  Script-wise, the story is a good analysis of privileged children and how perspective can be gained through … Continue reading

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Casual Racism: The Superhero Edition

Let’s just get this out of the way now: Henry Cavill just got cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot of the franchise. And I’m pretty damn excited. But that’s not what I’d like to discuss. What I’d like to talk to you about today is the immediate backlash of fans and non-fans alike … Continue reading

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The Fate of Captain America and Thor

So I have been keeping up with the Comic Con coverage, getting more excited about the movies that I’ve already been excited about.  Well, all except Captain America and Thor.  While reading their coverage, the reaction has been, “It seems like it will be pretty cool.”  For a company that was purchased for $4 billion, … Continue reading

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