In my anticipation to talk about how fucked up the race card is being played in the new “Fantastic Four” reboot I forgot all about Marvel’s latest trailer to pop up, the awesome “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
I’m going to preface this by saying I know jack squat about “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Never read any of the comics and since they haven’t been on any recent Marvel television shows my knowledge was strictly limited to what I saw in the trailer. I must say I was thoroughly impressed.
Basically the movie is about this group of people who are thought of as, well as the trailer puts it, a-holes. They call themselves the guardians of the galaxy. That’s all I know and it was good enough for me. Check out the trailer here for yourself.
The movie has a pretty star-studded cast which is super cool for a Marvel movie. Chris Pratt from “Parks and Recreation” and “Everwood” fame plays Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Zoe Zaldana plays Gamora, a hybrid machine/person thingie who is also a daughter of Thanos. WWE wrestler Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer. Brad Cooper is voicing the talking raccoon known as Rocket. Rounding out the main cast is Vin Diesel voicing a giant talking tree known as Groot. That’s pretty bad ass all in its own.
The rest of the cast is just as impressive. Djimon Hounsou plays some dude named Korath who is a villain. Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro play Nova Prime Rael and The Collector respectively. Having Glenn Close is pretty awesome because she’s a well-respected actress within Hollywood circles. It’s the same as having Robert Redford in the upcoming Captain America sequel. And my favorite casting choice for this flick is John C. Reilly. I’m sorry but that dude makes any movie better, he’s hilarious.
So before the trailer dropped we knew the cast was pretty stellar but the question remained about the tone of the movie and how it will fit into the larger Marvel universe. While the latter question remained unanswered the movie looks fantastic from the trailer so far. The visuals are really impressive, especially for Groot and Rocket and the script and writing seems spot-on for a Marvel movie. Witty and quick. It’s take the subject matter seriously but doesn’t take itself too seriously at the same time. It’s a rare trait that Marvel has mastered while Warner Bros. and DC still look to nail it down.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is being called Marvel’s biggest gamble to date because it’s with characters not highly known, it’s in outer space and there’s a talking raccoon. My opinion is Marvel has built up enough good credit with its audiences to take a shot like this and from the looks of the trailer, it’s going to pay off. I’m amped to see the movie.
Speaking of Warner Bros. and DC, they released the first promotional picture for the upcoming CW show” The Flash.” It’s only a head shot of Grant Gustin in the Flash costume. Quick backstory here, the plan for DC was to introduce the Barry Allen character on “Arrow” and build his origin story through that show and have the episode where he finally appears in costume to be a backdoor pilot for the Flash’s own show. The network thought so highly of the show they canned the backdoor pilot idea and green lighted the show to have a regular pilot shot for itself. So now I’ll never see the Flash and Green Arrow kick some ass together. Asshats.
I’m still looking forward to seeing the Flash in his own show and the helmet for his costume looks pretty cool. It’s a modern, realistic uptake on the costume so I can’t wait to see what the rest of it looks like. You can check out the pic below for yourself. It looks like the costume is going to be leather but then again what super hero costume isn’t leather in today’s world. Seems like our heroes got a little S&M thing going on. That’s a story for another day.