Marvel Still Hasn’t Hooked Joaquin Phoenix for Doctor Strange Movie

Doctor-StrangeMarvel has been after Joaquin Phoenix to play the role of Doctor Strange in their upcoming movie scheduled to begin filming in 2015. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to get a commitment out of the actor.

As you might imagine, shooting a major Marvel movie isn’t easy. Green screen, special effects, and extensive reshoots take up a lot of the actors’ time. Couple that with the fact that Marvel requires multi-movie contracts and becoming a superhero can be a huge time commitment.

Joaquin Phoenix is famous for roles in movies such as Gladiator, Walk the Line, and Her. He is certainly no stranger to blockbuster movies, but Marvel is certainly on a higher level and requires more strenuous physical and time commitments from its actors.

News should be coming along soon about the final actor selection, as Doctor Strange will start production early next year.

Dwayne Johnson to Play DC Movie Villain Black Adam

Black Adam in Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros. 2013)DC has announced that Dwayne Johnson’s role in an upcoming Warner Bros. project Shazam as the villain Black Adam.

If you’ve never heard of the character before now, you’re not alone. It appears that DC is digging deep to keep up with Marvel’s extensive two-year movie list.

Black Adam began as a hero who was given powers by the ancient Egyptian wizard Shazam. However, the powers corrupted him and Shazam banished Black Adam from Earth. When he returned from outer space in modern times, he was tricked into speaking the magic words that relinquished his powers and forced 5,000 years of aging on him all at once.

Since his first appearance, he was rebooted as an anti-hero who was noble and well-meaning, but had a notable anger problem. He was a main member of The Justice Society of America until he received his own series in 2007.

Dwayne Johnson stated that Black Adam was always one of his favorite characters, and he was quite fond of anti-heros in particular. This comes as no surprise that Johnson was cast as Black Adam, as he played another Egyptian role in The Mummy spin-off The Scorpion King.

5 Blizzard cinematic trailers better than Frozen

Let’s be honest here: Blizzard is the company that makes THE best cinematic promos/cut-scenes/trailers, period. In spite of that and the anticipation of the new World of Warcraft movie, prepare to be blown away by these cinematic experiences that put a dunce cap over Frozen’s excuse of a cartoon:

5. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

At a certain point, I stopped caring about the game this trailer tried to promote, and instead planned on how many times will I re-watch the awesome Kung-Fu moves made by a giant Panda fighting an Orc and a Pirate.

4. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

The latest expansion from Blizzard… ah, but who cares. Yet another gorgeous looking (their best animation up to date) cinematic experience shows an alternate timeline (multiverse!) in which the warrior Gromash refuses to subdue his will to a poisonous vial offered by a Warlock named Gul’dan to him. Just hearing those names reminds me of something bloody, mystical, yet interesting enough to watch.

3. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

And while closely resembling an incarnation of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s Witch King of Angmar, the main antagonist in the short/cinematic shows more character in 3 minutes than Elsa of Arendelle in an hour and a plus! For those intrigued enough, there’s also a backstory of how everything came to be (not me).

2. Heroes of the Storm

It’s like the ultimate Blizzard good VS evil battle-royale event, full with awesome confrontations of epic proportions. And you thought reading the Iliad was interesting?

1. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

I would really, really like to see this developed into a feature movie.

Actually, I would like all of these to be developed into a feature movie! You hear me Blizzard?