Considering how important Superman is to the world of comic books, and how massive a pop culture icon he is, it’s remarkable that only three actors have ever played the role on the big screen since the 1970s. Part of the reason for that is that, while there have been many more attempts to bring the hero to the screen, many of them have failed for various reasons, which means many actors who could have been Superman never had the chance.
One of Superman movies never made was the J.J. Abrams penned Superman: Flyboy, and one of the actors who auditioned for the lead role when that idea was still in development was Brendan Fraser. His audition included actually putting on the Superman costume, which the actor recently admitted, was like turning into an actual superhero.
One can only imagine what it’s like to put on a screen ready version of the Superman costume. Of course, it makes you feel like you can actually fly. We’ve seen just happen on the screen. With the cape and everything it’s not surprising that Brendan Fraser apparently felt like he could leap into the air and actually start soaring, wouldn’t you?
Unfortunately, for Fraser, he never really got close to actually becoming Superman. Others, like Paul Walker and James Marsden also auditioned, but Abrams script would never actually get made. When Bryan Singer ended up in the director’s chair, he took the project in an entirely new direction and cast Brandon Routh in the movie that would become Superman Returns.
And of course, all of this happened after Tim Burton’s ill-fated Superman project, that would have seen Nicholas Cage play the role of the Man of Steel.
Brendan Fraser’s comments to Yahoo seem to indicate he doesn’t take not getting the role too bad. He’s mostly just happy to have been one of the few to actually don the costume. Very few can actually say they’ve had that chance, and so he wears the fact like a badge of honor, or like a superhero’s cape as the case may be.
Henry Cavill would become the third man to actually play Superman on the big screen in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The future of the character is in question at this point. None of DC’s announced films are Superman or Justice League movies, so there’s no obvious place for the character to appear again. Some reports have indicated that Cavill is done with the role, but that seems to be an open question at this point.
Fraser still gets to be part of the popular superhero genre, as he co-stars in the popular Doom Patrol series for the DC Universe streaming service.
The DC live-action universe went through some growing pains during its early stages, although Warner Bros. seems to have found its rhythm recently. Rather than crossover-heavy ensemble projects, DC has been releasing director driven movies that solely focus on one protagonist. This is a method that worked out for Shazam! and Aquaman, and likely factored into the development of Todd Phillips’ Joker.
Joker will break new ground for the franchise, as a movie that is disconnected from the larger shared universe. It will also give the titular Gotham City villain a true origin story, something that is typically lacking in his appearances on the screen and page. Into theSpider-Verse actor Brian Tyree Henry has a mysterious role in Todd Phillips’ upcoming movie, and teased that the Joker will handle its protagonist different than other iterations. As he put it:
Well, that certainly doesn’t sound like Mr J’s typical onscreen MO. Rather than simply being an agent of chaos, Joker will give the title character a fleshed out back story, and reasoning for becoming the villain we all love to hate.
Brian Tyree Henry’s comments to Observer may cause a mixed back of emotions for DC fans out there. The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in comic book history, so he seems like a great character to give an origin story to. There are Bat-fans out there who want to get as much Joker related content as possible, despite the character recently being portrayed by Heath Ledger and Jared Leto recently.
But there are also hardcore comic book fans who may take umbrage with the Joker’s story being truly explored in the upcoming DC movie. Part of what makes the iconic Batman rogue so terrifying is that there is no rhyme or reason to his actions. He’s typically an anarchist, who is content with nothing but dismantling society and seeing Gotham City burn.
That’s certainly how Heath Ledger played Joker in The Dark Knight. The performance was so strong that Ledger won an posthumous Oscar for his performance. That version had a different story for his scars for every time it came up, highlighting that there was no regular human consciousness in the character. So Joker seems like a big change from what we’ve previously expected from The Clown Prince of Crime.
Joker will arrive in theaters on October 4th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
The Shaft franchise has given the world more than the original 1971 that kicked off Richard Roundtree’s career as a bad ass, as well as the Blaxploitation movement’s first big success. In total, the franchise has seen four sequels, including both the 2000 and 2019 reboots of the series. So sequelizing this particular bad mother is something that Hollywood can dig, and has dug for almost 50 years.
Should director Tim Story’s turn in the chair with this week’s Shaft turn out to be another successful entry in this historic series, he’s definitely got some ideas that can be worked into a potential sequel. And one big idea, that CinemaBlend learned while talking to Story during the film’s press day, was this pitch for a truly family affair:
With Richard Roundtree’s John Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson’s second generation John, and Jessie T. Usher’s J.J. all part of the action by the third act of Shaft, we get to see three generations of action kick into high gear. We also see them flashing identical outfits, walking across a street in New York City and even stopping traffic with their attractive jaywalking.
While the film leaves the obvious opening for the return of all the Shaft family members present and accounted for, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a potential Shaft sequel would have naturally followed the path of bringing everyone back. If new writers are brought on board and/or Tim Story doesn’t reprise his role as the franchise’s latest director, there’s a chance a possible Shaft 2 may still not go that route.
Which is why it’s important for this weekend’s entry into the franchise does well, as Tim Story’s idea to bring back John, John II, and J.J. sounds like the best way to keep things going. Even better, with the idea of family coming together present in Shaft, the sequel would be wise to have all of the main cast returning, as it would give Regina Hall’s Maya and Alexandra Shipp’s Sasha a chance to get in on the action as well.
It’s already known that both Hall and Shipp would love to jump back into the franchise, as during our talk with them during the Shaft press day, both expressed their interest in getting to partake in the action. So a potential follow-up might just have the machine guns and glitter grenades that the women of the Shaft franchise want to inflict upon anyone who steps up against them and those they care for.
Most of all, the enthusiasm that Tim Story shares for telling this kind of Shaft story in a franchise that’s already started to change itself into the vessel to do so, is too good to pass up. Be sure to watch Story talk about why he feels this is the best path for a sequel, courtesy of the footage from our sit down, below:
Shaft movies have made huge strides towards not only modernizing the action that represents a hallmark of the franchise’s history, but they also have become a more inclusive experience for a new generation. To continue down this path of expanding the family, and letting the Shafts be themselves, is a sure fire way of honoring the spirit of the past, while proceeding in the name of the future.
Again, we’ll have to see what happens with Shaft’s opening this weekend, before any sorts of speculation can truly be had. You can catch the film for yourself, starting with early showings scheduled for tonight. However, if you’ve already bought tickets for this weekend, then you can always head over to our 2019 release schedule, and see what else is on the horizon to take your hard earned ticket money.
Few Hollywood productions have as storied a legacy as Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and one of the most notable aspects of that history is the relationship between the film and the creator of the original source material. While many hail the adaptation as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, Stephen King is not a fan of the big screen take on his haunted hotel in the Colorado Rockies (and when you compare Kubrick’s version against the novel, and take into consideration his intentions with the story, you can see that he has some legitimate grievances from an authorial perspective).
This bit of trivia has stirred debate among fans for decades – which is the superior take? – but now a whole new layer is being added to the conversation. In the coming months, director Mike Flanagan will be releasing his adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining published in 2013, and as long as the project has been around there has been a prominent question lingering in the air: will it simply be a straight adaptation of the novel, or will it take into considerations the changes made by Stanley Kubrick and operate as a cinematic sequel? Now the question has been answered, and, odd as it may sound, the answer is… both.
Those familiar with both Stephen King’s book and Stanley Kubrick’s film will notice that the two blend together quite prominently in the debut trailer for Doctor Sleep that was released this morning – and that important merger was also a major part of the discussion held during a trailer preview event yesterday in Los Angeles with Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy in attendance. Following a back-to-back screening of the first look preview, Flanagan and Macy took questions about their work developing the film, and the immense influence of both King and Kubrick.
Mike Flanagan fully acknowledged the popularity of the aforementioned lingering question, one of the first subjects brought up during the Q&A session, and explained that it was never something they could fully answer with just words. Instead, it was something they could only demonstrate with the film actually coming together – which is why it’s being addressed now that the trailer is out. Said the filmmaker,
It’s the most common question we’ve had since the project was announced, and the question we couldn’t really answer until we had material to present because the answer is really complicated. The answer to all of those questions for us has always been, ‘Yes.’ It is an adaptation of the novel Doctor Sleep, which is Stephen King’s sequel to his novel, The Shining. But this also exists very much in the same cinematic universe that Kubrick established in his adaptation of The Shining. And reconciling those three, at times, very different sources has been kind of the most challenging and thrilling part of this creatively for us.
Getting The Stamp Of Approval
Mike Flanagan has some past experience in what he calls “Stephen King’s sandbox,” having previously directed 2017’s Gerald’s Game – which was based on King’s 1992 novel of the same name. While you might think that this would lead to at least some kind of enhanced comfortability between the two men, Flanagan admitted that he still found himself experiencing two of the most nerve-wracking moments of his career getting the stamp of approval for Doctor Sleep.
It was right at the start of making the film that Flanagan understood the necessity of getting Stephen King on board with his specific approach – particularly because of the acrimony behind The Shining. According to him, one of the first moves made was setting up a meeting with the author, and telling him what they wanted to do with Doctor Sleep. And apparently if that meeting had gone any other way than perfectly, he wouldn’t have continued working on the project:
I went back to the book first, and the big conversation that we had to have was about whether or not we could still do a faithful adaptation of the novel as King had laid it out, while inhabiting universe that Kubrick had created. And that was a conversation that we had to have with Stephen King to kick the whole thing off. And if that conversation hadn’t gone the way it went, we wouldn’t have done the film.
I’m sure all of you know, Stephen King’s opinions about the Kubrick adaptation are famous, and complicated – and complicated to the point that if you’ve read [Doctor Sleep] you know that he actively and intentionally ignored everything that Kubrick had changed about his novel and defiantly said, ‘Nope, this exists completely outside of the Kubrick universe.’ So the first conversation we had to have, other than that, we as fans of King and apostles of The Shining, really needed to try to bring those worlds back together again. We had to go to King and explain how.
To Flanagan surprise, he added, not only did he walk away with Stephen King’s blessing on the project, but his “encouragement.”
This is definitely going the extra mile – but it doesn’t stop there. Not only did the Doctor Sleep production feel the need to get King’s approval, but also the endorsement of Stanley Kubrick’s estate. The vision for the movie required a revisiting of the iconic style of Kubrick’s The Shining, and Mike Flanagan and company felt doing so needed to be sanctioned.
Fortunately, this excursion also had wonderful results – and even a few extra benefits. As Trevor Macy discussed the relationship the film forged with the Kubrick estate, Mike Flanagan fully geeked out about getting to see the genius filmmaker’s original, annotated designs for the Overlook Hotel. Said Macy,
From the Kubrick estate’s point of view, they have such a long relationship with Warner Bros., and they were generous with some of the original plans from The Overlook. That was a good day.
Looping back to where this started, Mike Flanagan said that sending his Doctor Sleep script to Stephen King was one of two most nerve-wracking moments of his career… so what’s the other one? Apparently it happened fairly recently, and it involved sending early cuts of the movie to both King and the Kubrick estate:
The second was at the end, very recently, of this post-production process when the film was sent to Stephen to watch, and also to the Kubrick estate… Both went very well. And that was always the hope going in, was that if there was some universe in which Stephen King and the Stanley Kubrick estate could both love this movie… The dream of threading that needle has been the source of every ulcer we’ve had for the last two years.
Marrying The Material
With Doctor Sleep still months away from release, Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy couldn’t give away everything about how Doctor Sleep marries both King and Kubrick’s visions of The Shining, but they did acknowledge that the challenge was much bigger than just making a movie both parties could appreciate. King wrote the novel specifically as a follow-up to his original book and not the movie, and that led to a couple of logistical issues.
A perfect example of this is the fate of Dick Halloran. Those who are familiar only with the movie will remember the Scatman Crothers character getting an axe in the back and dying at the hands of Jack Torrance… but that’s not how it went down in the novel. Instead, on the page he played a crucial role in helping Wendy and Danny Torrance escape the Overlook, and he remained a close family friend for years – as depicted in Doctor Sleep. So how will the movie deal with an issue like that?
Mike Flanagan wasn’t exactly throwing out big reveals left and right, but he did acknowledge the need to pay special attention to those specific conflicts – not to mention the challenge of matching it with Kubrick’s vision of the Overlook for flashback sequences:
Some of [the blending] amounts to very practical questions about certain characters who are alive in the novel, The Shining, who were not alive by the end of the film, and how to deal with that. And then in particular, how to kind of get into the vision of The Overlook that Kubrick had created.
(It’s worth mentioning that Carl Lumbly is currently credited as playing Dick Halloran in Doctor Sleep, so whether he survived the Overlook or not, the character definitely has a role to play in the new film).
A Most Exciting, Delightful, Intimidating, Nightmarish, Wonderful, Incredible Experience
The full scope of how Doctor Sleep will attempt to mend the fence between Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick won’t be revealed until this fall, but the great takeaway from the Q&A session with Mike Flanagan is the immense passion that he displayed for the work he is doing. To borrow a phrase from Trevor Macy, there is no ignoring the fact that he’s “standing on the shoulders of literary and cinematic giants,” but the experience appears to be both humbling and enriching for the filmmaker.
Expressing how Doctor Sleep brings together two of his great loves, Mike Flanagan told the crowd of reporters,
As a lot of you guys know, I am a Stephen King fanatic going back to my childhood. So any opportunity to play in Stephen King’s sandbox has always been a dream and an honor for me. But as a student of cinema I idolize Stanley Kubrick, and I think the kind of storm of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick on this for me has been the most exciting, delightful, intimidating, nightmarish, wonderful, incredible experiences that I’ve ever had professionally. But it has come with more pressure than… I don’t want to say we didn’t expect it. We knew what we were getting into. But it’s been quite overwhelming in a wonderful way.
In Doctor Sleep, Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Danny Torrance, who has spent his entire adult life badly processing the extreme trauma he experienced as a child (see: The Shining). After hitting his rock bottom, he goes on the road to recovery, and tries to make a new home for himself in a small New Hampshire town. However, what’s waiting for him in New England is not only the discovery of a young girl named Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a young girl who he discovers can also Shine, but also a group known as The True Knot that preys on individuals with special abilities.
Co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Elily Alyn Lind, Jacob Tremblay, and more, Doctor Sleep will be hitting theaters on November 8th – and you can be sure that between now and then we’ll have plenty more coverage of the film coming your way on CinemaBlend.
One of the most prolific authors when it comes to the sheer volume of film adaptations based on their work is the master of horror, Stephen King. And lately, writer/director Mike Flanagan has been not only a highly regarded purveyor of that same genre, but he’s also been known to work with King’s material rather well.
Which makes the unveiling of today’s trailer for Doctor Sleep all the more exciting, as ever since his announcement as the writer/director on the sequel to The Shining, we’ve been wondering what sort of magic he’d weave. Wonder no longer, courtesy of the trailer below:
Set decades after The Shining took place, Doctor Sleep sees Ewan McGregor playing the role of a grown up Danny Torrance. Still imbued with the powers of “The Shine”, Danny has followed his father Jack’s footsteps into alcohol dependence, while using his gifts to help comfort the dying before they pass on.
But he’ll need to sober up if he’s to perform a greater duty: defending others with his very same gift. For you see, other children with that special Shine are being snatched up by the insidious Top Knot cult, run by Rebecca Ferguson’s Rose the Hat.
In addition to today’s trailer for Doctor Sleep, we also got a simple, but evocative teaser poster that makes a very specific callback to the lore of Stephen King’s The Shining. Take a look for yourself, as that poster is shared below.
Doctor Sleep opens on November 8, but if you’re looking for something scary in your neighborhood a lot sooner, take a look at our 2019 release schedule. Do so alone, and in the dark, at your own peril!
These days, it seems every celebrity who wants to be in Star Wars can do it. Daniel Craig got to be a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and even the Princes William and Harry got to cameo in The Last Jedi, though their scene got cut. However, it seems that it wasn’t always so easy to get into a Star Wars movie, as Emma Thompson says she once tried, and got turned down.
Playing a game for Wired alongside her Late Night co-star Mindy Kaling, the pair answered questions created by Google autofill queries. One of the answers people apparently have been searching for is whether or not Emma Thompson was in Star Wars. In response the actress revealed that, while she’s not in the franchise, it’s not for lack of trying…
My agent actually said to the last people who were making the last Star Wars, I get very confused because obviously there’s so many spinoff-y things, and they said, ‘Well, ya know, she’d be really interested in being in Star Wars,’ because I actually really like Star Wars. And they said no. I’m not in Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars.
It’s not entirely clear from Emma Thompson‘s comments exactly when she tried to be in Star Wars, when referring to “the last Star Wars” she could be talking about a previous film in the recent series, but the reference to the “last people” might mean she’s actually talking about the prequel era. It doesn’t really matter. One thing is clear, if somebody told Emma Thompson they didn’t need her in a Star Wars movie then clearly somebody is out of their damn mind.
I feel like, whatever movie you’re making, if Emma Thompson is interested, you figure out a way to make it work. If I’m David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the pair currently working on the next Star Wars movie following The Rise of Skywalker, then I’m figuring out which role in my new movie is best for Emma Thompson and penciling in her name right now. If there isn’t a good role for her, write one, there’s plenty of time.
Emma Thompson could make for an excellent Imperial/First Order officer. She’d also be a fantastic elder Jedi. Who wouldn’t want to see Emma Thompson in a lightsaber duel? She’d totally kick ass.
Check out Emma Thompson’s complete comments on Star Wars in the video below.
The wait for Avengers: Endgame was a long one, especially after the wild events of Infinity War. The cast and crew were tasked with guarding Endgame’s myriad plot twists, ensuring audiences got the full theatrical experience. These efforts largely paid off, and The Russo Brothers released the spoiler ban after two weekends in theaters.
With the ban lifted and Endgame currently in theaters for nearly two months, everyone has gotten chatty about the film’s events. This includes Thor’s plot line, and the surprising physical transformation he made. Thor gained weighed as a result of his depression and beer consumption, and Chris Hemsworth shared some hilarious footage of himself in the body suit. Specifically, playing Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” to show the character’s anguish.
Move over Logan, because “Hurt” has found another iconic superhero to be associated with. While Hugh Jackman’s final go as Wolverine used the Johnny Cash track in its marketing material, you can’t beat Thor singing and playing along to the emotional ballad from his place in New Asgard. So big ups to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for sharing it with us.
Thor’s transformation and depression was definitely a plot twist no one saw coming, and his appearance was one of the biggest sight gags in Avengers: Endgame‘s first half. Thor was struggling with the guilt he felt about not aiming for Thanos’ head in Infinity War, which ultimately resulted in half the population being snapped out of existence. And his only way of coping has been letting all of his former priorities go.
In fact, Thor was unable to even hear Thanos’ name when Rocket and Banner tracked him down after the time jump. The Avengers needed the God of Thunder in order to make the Time Heist happen, but it took some convincing. Chris Hemsworth’s character was busy wallowing in his self-loathing, and drinking himself into a stupor. Luckily, Rocket had beer on board The Milano.
Chris Hemsworth isn’t typically associated with his musical prowess, but “Hurt” was a hilariously perfect song choice to pick for Thor in Avengers: Endgame. Johnny Cash’s melody is haunting, and it’s a song often used in media to represent a character at their rocket bottom. That was certainly the case for the character in Endgame, although he was able to overcome his self-hatred after a conversation with his mother, and helping to finally rid the world of Thanos once and for all.
It should be interesting to see what comes next for Thor. While Chris Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel Studios is up, the character made it out of Endgame alive and well. He seemingly joined the Guardians of the Galaxy during the film’s end, leaving New Asgard to Valkyrie. So both Thor 4 and a possible role in Guardians 3 don’t seem out of the question. We’ll just have to wait and see.
You can catch Thor in Avengers: Endgame now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Nick Fury’s last course of action before being dusted at the shocking end of Infinity War was to call on Carol Danvers. But before we could witness her join the Avengers in the battle against Thanos, fans were treated to her origin story. Captain Marvel was a $1.1 billion box office success about the titular hero … and grunge looked good on her!
Now that the movie has made its way to home release, she has her own Honest Trailer and it’s a particularly hilarious episode that targets all the ‘90s set pieces, just how “emotional” Carol is and Fury and Goose’s relationship. Take a look:
The trailer starts off just as Captain Marvel does, with that heartbreaking tribute to Stan Lee as “Epic Voice Guy” John Bailey gets a bit emotional. Since this movie was the first MCU flick since the comic book legend’s passing, it really turned up our tears by featuring his cameos instead of the heroes as the Marvel logo hit screens. Lee’s actual cameo in the film was also a sweet one that involved Captain Marvel flashing a smile at him before her train fight sequence.
The video moves into making jabs at the confusing distinction as to who the “first avenger” is. It’s technically Captain America, but the name “Avenger” was Carol’s call sign and Fury’s inspiration to start the team. As the voiceover guy starts to get confused between the generations of heroes before her, he settles on “she’s the ‘90s one”! It’ll get back to that though.
First, the Honest Trailer points out how just about every character tells her to keep her emotions in check when she’s clearly not much of an emotional type. As they say: “she likes to keep it in neutral.” After showing a series of scenes with Carol emoting some flat reponses, the commentary jokingly tells her to calm down.
Maybe it’s because she had amnesia, or because the Kree she was dealing with just weren’t used to dealing with humans in general. They got lucky though, because Carol doesn’t break down or get too angry the whole film.
The video also characterizes Jude Law’s Yon Rogg as her “problematic Yoda” and Lashana Lynch’s Maria, who is her “Marvel issued black friend”. With the exception of Black Panther, just about every MCU movie has one black character in a supporting role, so it’s a solidi call out.
Another jab is at Annette Bening’s character who is a bit muddled as both Dr. Lawson and the Supreme Intelligence. Nick Fury steals the show but the trailer also points out how some scenes can’t quite mask the fact that Sam L. Jackson is 71 years old.
A great segment in the video goes deeply into the ‘90s references in Captain Marvel, which are a bit forced. The movie includes Blockbuster, Alta Vista, Street Fighter 2, Gameboy, Trolls, Mallrats, Nerf guns, Nine Inch Nails, Radio Shack to name a few.
To close out, Honest Trailers point out how next to other female superhero origin stories made in the past (besides Wonder Woman of course), its Citizen Fucking Kane, poking fun at the trolls who were against the film due to its female protagonist. They’ve been keeping track and there’s still over 50 more films with a male superhero at the center.
As tradition goes, the movie gets its own Honest Trailer title which is “Brie Kree Phone Home”. Anyone else want to just call it that from now on?
Captain Marvel is now available to own on Digital and Blu-Ray.
Talented, handsome and accomplished, Chris Pine is the real Hollywood deal. Ever since he stole the hearts of audience members everywhere in 2004’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Pine has continued to grow in a dependable, versatile actor — capable of expanding into various genres and narratives. In fact, the actor has proven his acting chops and cinematic skills in a number of projects since his career went into hyper-drive back in 2009.
The actor has appeared in plenty of good movies across many different genres in the past decade-plus, but which are the best? Everyone has their favorite Chris Pine movies and it’s rarely a bad day at the cinema when Pine is on the screen. With that, let’s break down the best Chris Pine movies and rank ’em just for fun.
Though it is perhaps best known as the final film from director Tony Scott before his untimely death, Unstoppable is worthwhile on its own merits. A briskly-paced, action-intensive thrill ride that constantly keeps itself in motion, as the title suggests, it’s an electrifying ride — in more ways than one.
Beyond its sharp forward-moving story and exhilarating Speed-esque suspense, one of the keys to Unstoppable‘s success is the back-and-forth between Denzel Washington’s Frank and Chris Pine’s Will, an engineer and a conductor who need to do everything they can to stop this train. While the characters are doing all they can to stop this freight train from endangering anyone’s lives, Unstoppable is an entertaining thriller that exhilarates.
9. Z For Zachariah
In Craig Zobel’s apocalyptic science-fiction drama Z For Zachariah, our central three actors — Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine — are often left to carry the dramatic tension and the narrative focus. With so much desolation and devastation happening around them, it’s up to our main characters to carry the heft of the film, making sure that our attention is squarely focused and that we never lose interest in the film, despite its somber and sullen tone.
With that in mind, in addition to his co-stars, it’s a testament to Pine’s charisma in the role of Caleb that Z For Zachariah is able to succeed. The third survivor that creates tension between our two leads, Pine is bring layers to this film’s initial subtly and helps produce a quietly engaging tale.
8. Outlaw King
Outlaw King, Chris Pine’s second collaboration with director David Mackenzie, didn’t earn the same acclaim as Hell or High Water, their first team-up. But while it doesn’t quite rank to the same standards, this biographical 14th century tale shouldn’t be overlooked. Bringing the mythic Scottish king Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick to the big screen — or, more accurately, computers, tablets and streaming screens attached to distributor Netflix — around the world, Pine remains a commanding, compelling screen presence.
In fact, he brings humanity and understanding to this historical figure for modern audiences. While it doesn’t quite reach the same heights as Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, this Scottish action-drama is nevertheless worth clicking ‘play’ one.
7. Star Trek Into Darkness
Look, I know it’s an uphill battle to put Star Trek Into Darkness on this list. And I don’t think I can convert anyone into believing that’s secretly a whole lot of fun, flawed though it very, very well might be. But when it comes to exhilarating, well-paced summer blockbusters, filled with action, suspense and a whole lot of thrills, J.J. Abrams knows what he’s doing. Returning to the role of James T. Kirk, Chris Pine continues to hone his characterization of the popular space captain. It’s a good performance!
His performance becomes more refined with each new Star Trek film, even though the movie around it with this sequel is anything but that. It’s truly commendable how Pine makes such an iconic character his own in these movies, while remaining respectful to William Shatner’s iconic, decades-spanning performance. It’s far from a perfect Star Trek movie. But when it comes to fun popcorn entertainment, it’s a blast.
6. Star Trek Beyond
In the broad scheme of things related to Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond is the most overlooked of the recent Star Trek blockbusters. With J.J. Abrams moving on to another galaxy altogether with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the fanbase feeling stung — justly or otherwise — by Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond is one that never got its full due. That’s not really fair, in my view.
While Beyond isn’t on the level of the all-time great Star Trek movies like The Wrath of Khan, for instance, or The Voyage Home (hopefully that does not offend any more Star Trek fans than I’ve already upset), director Justin Lin’s respectably narrowed, more focused installment to the extended franchise is distinctly more modest, more character-focused new addition to the series, one that feels more respectful to the source material compared to the bombast of the previous two Star Trek movies. It didn’t end up making a big splash, compared to the first two movies in this reboot series, but this likable installment works well.
5. Rise Of The Guardians
While the DreamWorks Animation branch is often known for their more franchise-friendly fares like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon, to only name a few, 2012’s disappointingly overlooked Rise of the Guardians is the sort of creative, imaginative, massively heartfelt and richly inspired fantastical original story that only occasionally comes out of their established animation house.
Based on the children’s book series The Guardians of Childhood, and directed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse helmer Peter Ramsey, this fantasy film reimagines Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman as a ancient guild of guardians who bring Jack Frost (Chris Pine) into the fold in order to defeat Pitch Black from bringing the world to darkness. It’s a shame that it didn’t find an audience, because there’s a lot of franchise potential left untapped here.
4. Wonder Woman
There’s no denying that Wonder Woman is Gal Gadot’s film. She makes the most of Diana Prince’s first cinematic foray, and the key to the film’s warm success often lies on her engaging mix of exuberance and ferociousness in the lead role. But one of the reasons why director Patty Jenkins’ hit film worked for audiences in a way that many other recent DC adaptations did not was because of the lead character’s sizzling chemistry with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, an army pilot who finds up crossing paths with the super-heroic world-saver and forming a tender, then heartbreaking, relationship with our lead.
While it’s not hard to fall in love with Chris Pine, Gal Gadot and her leading man make a hell of an impression together. Their bright on-screen dynamic played a key role in making this origin superhero movie into the record-breaking DC adaptation that lassoed in audiences around the world.
3. Hell Or High Water
After appearing in a number of different genre films, ranging from science-fiction to action flicks to comedies to romances, Chris Pine finally got his chance to prove himself as a dramatic actor in David Mackenzie’s incredibly engaged, intensely well-made drama-thriller, 2016’s Hell or High Water. A confident, diligently well-crafted character piece with a punch, made with a great sense of location, structure and social commentary, its well-polished screenplay and its dutiful direction do the movie a lot of favors.
Yet the top-notch performances from its well-established ensemble do wonders to make Hell or High Water pop. While Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster get the lion share of praise for their individual performances, respectively, Chris Pine’s Toby shouldn’t be ignored here. His compelling, layered performance showcased an actor willing to expand and establish himself in unique, exhilarating new ways.
2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
What can be said about Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse that hasn’t already been said? The animated superhero movie hasn’t been out for over six months yet, but there are many folks out there who are willing to deem it a new classic in the overcrowded genre. And for good reason. While there are no shortage of Spider-Man movies out there, particularly good Spider-Man movies, Spider-Verse is among the cream of the crop. It’s an exhilarating, impressively balanced comic book adaptation that springs to life with wit, heart, humor and bundles of creative energy.
The only reason it doesn’t rank higher than it is on this list is because there were some back-and-forth regarding whether-or-not it’s actually a Chris Pine movie, instead of a film that features the incredible voice talents of Chris Pine. No matter. Pine’s Peter Parker doesn’t have a long stay inside the film, but his role is important and undeniably among his most beloved roles in cinematic history. And when it comes to ranking his best movies, one would be hard-pressed not to put this one close to the tip-top.
1. Star Trek (2009)
While Chris Pine was working his way up the ladder as an actor before he got his biggest role to date as James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, it wasn’t until he found himself in the captain’s chair that his chair excelled into hyper-drive. The actor impressed hard-to-please Star Trek fans everywhere with his balance of charisma, charm, stamina and dexterity playing the iconic role, careful enough to not make it simply an impression of William Shatner’s familiar affectations while also paying respect to the man who found himself in the chair before.
The result is a wonderful blend of new and old, bringing the world of Star Trek back on the big screen in a major way while also paying tributes to the hallmarks of this legendary series. While this film didn’t bold go where no men have gone before, it created a new route – one that paved the way for Pine’s acting career in a major way.
There are several other Chris Pine titles that we didn’t end up listing here. Though you should know that we didn’t forget about them, even if they weren’t listed above. For instance, we recognize that there are many fans of Just My Luck, Smokin’ Aces, Horrible Bosses 2, People Like Us and the aforementioned Princess Diaries 2. They didn’t make the cut here, but that shouldn’t make them any less special to you if you love those movies. And we’re sure there are other Chris Pine titles, possibly including Blind Date, Into the Woods, The Finest Hours and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, that you may believe were unjustly overlooked in our ranking process. If that’s the case, then please feel free to hit the comment section with your own personal picks.
In any case, we look forward to seeing Chris Pine on the big screen again — particularly in hotly-anticipated upcoming movies like Wonder Woman 1984. Chris Pine’s profile is only continuing to grow. And we’ll continue to follow his career with interest right here at CinemaBlend.
It’s been nearly two months since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters, and new information about the blockbuster is still being revealed. Fans were eager to catch up with the surviving heroes after the events of Infinity War, as well as bring heroes like Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Captain Marvel into the story. The latter showed the true extent of her powers, coming in to save the day multiple times.
Captain Marvel also got a new look in Endgame— one that more closely related to her comic book appearance. After the five year time jump, Carol Danvers was shown rocking a short haircut, as well as a new costume containing her signature sash. But the new do almost didn’t happen, as Marvel exec Victoria Alonso recently explained:
Once again, Marvel Studios is proven to be a place where every decision is approached methodically. This includes Captain Marvel’s short haircut in Endgame. Because the MCU didn’t want to have their own Felicity situation on their hands.
Victoria Alonso’s comments to IGN do make sense, as Carol Danvers was the newest addition to the MCU ahead of Avengers: Endgame‘s release. Her ’90s set origin story made a ton of money at the box office, but casual moviegoers only recently met Captain Marvel. So drastically changing her appearance 1/3 of the way into Endgame had some risk attached to it.
But ultimately, the hair cut was something that comic book purists were very happy about. It gave Brie Larson’s Marvel hero a more comic book accurate appearance, and also helped to show the passage of time since Thor beheaded Thanos on The Farm. And to make sure nobody was confused by the new look, Don Cheadle’s War Machine made a joke about it during their meeting with Black Widow.
It should be interesting to see if Captain Marvel has the same short haircut during future appearance in the MCU. While Phase Four is a complete mystery at the moment, Kevin Feige teased that Carol Danvers would help lead the MCU. And considering the success of her first movie, a Captain Marvel sequel seems inevitable.
Of course, Brie Larson might not want to rock the short wig for a long shooting period, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns out. But considering how strongly audiences responded to the hair cut, it’ll no doubt be another conversation for Victoria Alonso and company to have.
You can catch Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.