Universal’s The Wolfman was a disappointment in 2010. (It’s ranked #96 for the year on Flickchart.) Production woes and re-shoots resulted in Universal spending more money on it than they’d intended, so it might be surprising to learn that the company intends to reboot the franchise.
Reportedly, the new film (tentatively titled “Werewolf“) is intended to have much more in common with the 1941 original, The Wolf Man, than the 2010 film does. Werewolves haven’t been a big draw at the box office as of late (unless you count the Twilight franchise, which is really more about the vampires, isn’t it?), but Universal is apparently shopping for directors and hoping to begin shooting as early as this fall.
As Marvel Studios begins their big push to the 2012 release of The Avengers, their films are increasingly taking on more of a soap-opera-like continuity between them. This serialization might be a little aggravating, but so far, it’s not keeping the films from being enjoyable in their own right (at least for the most part).
Still, comic book superhero films in general (and Marvel films in particular) are only becoming more prevalent nowadays. This year, we’ll see the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. And, only five years after the hit-and-miss (mostly miss) Spider-Man 3, the webslinger will be getting his very own shiny reboot in 2012.
But in The Avengers is Marvel’s juggernaut, and before it brings together Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, it has to introduce more members of its roster in their very own films. It can be a little exhausting trying to keep up with these Avengers, so if we really only want to check out one Marvel movie this summer, which should it be? With that question in mind, Flickchart‘s Reel Rumbles take on a slightly different form as we present: Pre-Rumbles: Thor vs. Captain America: The First Avenger.
A good week all-around. Solid new releases, solid re-releases, solid Netflix Instant lineup, and even a solid DTV slate.
Alice In Wonderland – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Due to crazy ticket price inflation (you could buy a couple Blu-rays with what it costs for a family of four to see a movie nowadays), this is one of the six-highest grossing movies ever worldwide. I haven’t seen it yet, so I’m not going to deride it here. I did time my Netflix mailing to get it this week though, so I’m not going to say I’m not curious to see it.
Flickchart’s Global Ranking: #3462
Total Times Ranked: 6842
Percentage of Times Won: 42.84%
Users Who Have It In Their Top 20: 21
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The Wolfman – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Has anybody seen this? Is it as good as Wolf?