Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has lined up his next directing gig – and no, it’s not the Spider-Verse sequel. Instead, he’ll make the jump to live action for the first time and direct a film called Love in Vain, an “unconventional biopic” about famed blues musician Robert Johnson. Johnson, a 1930s guitar player who has become legendary in the blues community, is arguably most famous for being the subject of a story that he sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to master the instrument.
Deadline brings word that Paramount has bought the pitch for Love in Vain from up-and-coming writer Krystin Ver Linden, who wrote the initial script for the Sally Ride biopic about the first American woman in space. Ramsey, who directed the underseen 2012 animated film Rise of the Guardians as well as last year’s Spider-Verse, is set to direct. Based on his previous work, I wouldn’t have guessed that this would be subject matter that interested him, but I’m excited to see what he does in the world of live-action – and I’m especially interested in the “unconventional” aspect of Ver Linden’s screenplay. Are we looking at a new Rocketman, or something even more stylistically adventurous? Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mike Menchel, and acclaimed musician Lionel Richie will produce the film.
Not much is known about Johnson’s real life, which is the best way for rumors and legends to become believed as facts over time. Johnson was a small time musician who only participated in two recording sessions in his life, resulting in only 29 songs before his early death. But those songs, initially recorded in low quality, were re-released in the early 1960s and inspired artists like Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, and Eric Clapton, who once referred to Johnson “the most important blues musician who ever lived.” Johnson pioneered the Delta Blues genre of music, influencing an entire generation of performers despite being a relative unknown during his lifetime. He died at age 27, becoming an early member of what would be known as the “27 Club” or “Forever 27”: musicians like Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse who all died at that age.
If you want to do some more research into Johnson’s life before this movie comes out, there have been several movies made about him: The Search for Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?: The Life and Music of Robert Johnson, and a 48-minute Netflix movie that came out earlier this year called Devil at the Crossroads.
How did Henry Cavill react to Ryan Reynolds jab at the Superman mustache debacle? Does Jeph Loeb deserve anywhere near as much praise as Kevin Feige? Will you read the new Amazing Spider-Man 2099 comic? What’s the latest report from The Daily Bugle? Who had part of Avengers: Endgame spoiled for them by Chris Evans? Are you ready for Japanese Spider-Man in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
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#thorthedarkworld Marauder sketches. I was brought on to do a bunch of fast concepts for these guys in the beginning of the film. I did a lot ranging from sci-fi to fantasy. It was a lot of fun. #sketches #costumedesigns #thor #mcu #marvel #conceptart
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Last week Sony announced what fans had all been hoping for, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is coming and will web-sling its way into theaters in the spring of 2022. Though that clearly means it will be some time before we are given any real details about the plot of the movie, it has already been revealed who the first alternate Spidey will be. Without further ado, we give you Takuya Yamashiro, the main protagonist from the Japanese Spider-Man television series from the 1970s.
The reveal comes courtesy of Into the Spider-Verse writer Phil Lord's official Twitter account, who after being contacted by a fan on Twitter offering to design the Japanese Spider-Man if he were to feature in the upcoming sequel, responded simply with:
Though we have no idea how he will be introduced, or what exactly he will look like, it is encouraging to know that Into the Spider-Verse 2 will continue bringing audiences the more bizarre versions of our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
But, who exactly is the Japanese Spider-Man? Originally premiering in 1978 and running for 41 episodes, the Japanese Spider-Man series came from the same studio that gave us such beloved series' as Sailor Moon, Digimon and Dragon Ball. The series featured some of the more familiar Spider-Man iconography, but diverged massively in some areas, particularly the character's origin.
Related: Japanese Spider-Man May Show Up in Into the Spider-Verse 2
Instead of Peter Parker and the more recently introduced Miles Morales, the series follows young motorcycle racer Takuya Yamashiro who witnesses a UFO falling to Earth. The UFO happens to be a space warship cheekily named the Marveller, and Takuya calls in his space archeologist father, Dr. Hiroshi Yamashiro, to investigate the downed craft. Sadly, Hiroshi is killed upon finding the spaceship, with the incident also attracting the attention of Professor Monster and his evil Iron Cross Army, an alien group with plans to rule the universe.
After following his father to the Marveller, Takuya discovers Garia, the last surviving warrior of Planet Spider, an alien world that was destroyed by Professor Monster and his army. Garia explains that he was looking to find and defeat Professor Monster, but now needs someone to carry on the fight for him, and injects Takuya with some of his blood.
Rather than killing Takuya, the blood gives him spider-like powers, and as if that wasn't enough, Garia also gifts Takuya with a bracelet that can activate his costume, web-shooters and even controls the Marveller ship, which can of course transform into a giant battle robot called 'Leopardon'. Takuya takes on the name 'Spider-Man' and using his new gifts, must battle Professor Monster and his Iron Cross army to save the world.
You were warned that the origin diverges slightly.
The episodes featured many of the tropes that will be familiar to fans of the Power Rangers television series including lots of generic masked henchmen, martial arts fights and enemies who in the final act would transform into giant monsters, forcing Spider-Man to unleash his giant robot. So far, it sounds perfect for the Spider-Verse treatment. This news comes direct from producer Phil Lord.
Dear @philiplord, @chrizmillr, @JDS_247 and @shinypinkbottle,Now that you’ve announced Spidey 2, IF, through some miracle of miracles, Japanese Spider-Man is written into the film, I will happily design him for you.Sincerely,Shannon pic.twitter.com/2jd7FfPr7Z
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduced several different versions of Spider-Man from across the multiverse, and it appears that the recently-confirmed sequel will continue that trend.
Phil Lord, one of the Spider-Verse producers, revealed on Twitter that Japanese Spider-Man will appear in the sequel. And if you know anything about that version of the character, you know his appearance should be a lot of fun.
The Playlist pointed us to this recent tweet from Phil Lord, revealing in a response to a fan that Japanese Spider-Man has already been designed for the upcoming sequel:
— Phil Lord @philiplord November 5, 2019
40-plus years ago, Marvel licensed the TV rights to Spider-Man to a Japanese production company called Toei, who produced 41 episodes of the show and a movie! from 1978-1979. The Playlist has a great description of the resulting series:
The series followed a motorcycle racer named Takuya Yamashiro. Yamashiro discovers a crashed UFO and brings his father a space archeologist, naturally to investigate. There, they find the last remaining survivor of the planet Spider, who gives the young Yamashiro a bracelet that turns him into Spider-Man and allows him to control his very own large robot.
If you grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, you’re familiar with the quality of the robot battles that appeared on this show. But that description, as bonkers as it is, can’t compare to seeing this character in action. Here’s the entire first episode, but if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, just stick around for the opening theme song:
As you can see, this is unlike any traditional version of the character that’s existed before – which makes him a perfect candidate for jumping into the animated Spider-Verse. And as we saw with Peni Parker, the anime-inspired comic character who appeared in the first film, the filmmakers can take ideas that seem ludicrous on the surface Peni has a psychic link with a spider who lives inside her father’s robot??? and mine pathos out of them when the situation calls for it. So I feel like there’s an equal chance that Japanese Spider-Man just pops in as a quick joke and that he sticks around and manages to tug on the heartstrings a little.
It seems unlikely that Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and their team at Sony Pictures Animation would go through the trouble of designing a character for this movie only to leave him on the cutting room floor, so strap in, because the Spider-Verse sequel is about to get weird.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is slated to web its way into theaters on April 8, 2022.
No offense to Marvel Cinematic Universe stalwarts, but last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was easily one of the best Spider-Man movies ever made - let alone one of the best comic book adaptations in recent memory. Now that Sony is hard at work on keeping its license for the character with a Spider-Verse sequel due sometime in 2022, fans are left to guess which incarnations of the hugely popular character will be popping up this time. Will Miles and Gwen get to rekindle their budding romance? Will Spider-Ham ever dry his hands?
Or, as one budding fan asked the first film’s co-writers and executive producers, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, will the Spider-Man from the uniquely odd Japanese television series from the late ’70s get his chance to shine? It turns out, the answer is yes.
— Phil Lord @philiplord November 5, 2019
That’s right, folks. It looks like motocross racer Takuya Yamashiro, also known as Spider-Man, will be in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Or, at least a version of the character will be appearing somewhere in the upcoming sequel. Whether he and Leopardon, the giant robot he pilots to fight against various monsters, will serve as major supporting characters or mere backdrops remains to be seen.
Either way, the truly wonderful opening theme song from the Toei Company and Marvel Comics Group-produced series must be included in the sequel. It’s essential and we won’t take no for an answer, Phil.