FIRST LOOK: Morbius

Marvel’s Morbius is sinking its vampiric jaws into theaters Summer 2020

Summer 2020 a new Marvel movie is coming featuring Jared Leto as Morbius.

Was not familiar with this comic book character (is he a deep cut?), so had to do some research for this post. Turns out his full name is Morbius The Living Vampire, and originally an antihero of Spider-Man’s.

Despite his initial status as one of Spider-Man’s horror-based rogues, he went on to become a brooding and gritty, albeit heroic and tragically flawed antihero in his own series and other titles. His true identity was former award-winning biochemist named Michael Morbius imbued with pseudo-vampiric superhuman abilities and physical traits stemming from a failed biochemical experiment which was intended to cure his rare blood disorder, as opposed to supernatural means. The rest of his appearances feature his struggles with his non-human vampiric persona, his insatiable lust for human blood and his subsequent efforts to cure his horrific condition, along with his eventual stint as a brutal and nightmarish vigilante.

Wikipedia entry for Morbius

Ok, Morbius now has me very interested. There is a teaser trailer which makes me want to see it even more.

Teaser trailer for Marvel’s Morbius released 1/13/2020

One interesting side benefit of these comic character movies that is not often discussed is that it can lead people to greater research into past art. I consider myself a light comic fan, not a diehard reader by any stretch, but I am unfamiliar with Morbius.

Until earlier this year, I didn’t know about Harley Quinn either. Maybe I’d heard her name mentioned before but having not seen Suicide Squad, I missed Margot Robbie’s portrayal. Now that she will be appearing in Birds of Prey, I took a closer look into the character, going back to the comics and her new adult animated TV series on DC Universe. This has opened my eyes to a wealth of creative works involving the character.

Unless a movie is based on a novel or some other work, there isn’t this degree of depth beyond the movie. These comic book characters have a lot more depth than some are giving credit for, just because comic books may seem like a juvenile activity. They are not. These movies offer an exciting experience that goes beyond the two hours or so they are realized on screen.

Morbius opens in theaters on July 31, 2020.

Suicide Squad Joker Jared Leto Rumored Upset He Wasn’t Cast in Joker Movie

Jared Leto starring in some unfavorable news stories

You didn’t get the part.

Isn’t this common in the movie business? It’s a little bit like being in sales and not getting the sale. Handling rejection is part of the gig.

No idea if any of this is true, but am reading many different news reports that Jared Leto who played Joker in the Suicide Squad is upset that he wasn’t cast by Warner Brothers to play the part.

Sources say the actor felt his agents should have told him about the Phillips project earlier and fought harder for his version of Joker. Sources say Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn’t being treated properly as an Oscar winner (for Dallas Buyers Club). But a person with first-hand knowledge of the situation contends that by then, Leto had burned through four different teams of agents at CAA and there was little love for the actor there.

“You’ve Got to Stop This”: Jared Leto Fumed Over New ‘Joker’ Movie | Hollywood Reporter

I haven’t seen Suicide Squad Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, but last time I checked, he was in the long line of actors having played the Joker. I spotlighted Cesar Romero in a post: 1966 Joker vs. 2019 Joker.

Wonder if this rumor is even true? It sounds like Leto is in a dispute with his (former) agency and someone from there might have leaked this out to make him look like he’s difficult to work with. Just the kind of BS to mess with someone’s career because you didn’t get your commission. Boo hoo.

Let me break away from Jared Leto momentarily to share a brighter story, a real story, where the people are recreating their favorite scene … on the Joker stairs:

And it seems like those stairs, which connect Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street, are becoming a popular tourist attraction, potentially to the chagrin of actual Bronx residents.

The ‘Joker’ stairs might be New York’s latest tourist attraction – CNN

Cool stuff, huh? If/when I ever get to New York (Kara has been there, though), I want to check out these Joker Stairs.

Sorry, back to Jared Leto…

This is all speculation on my part, but for now I’m siding with Leto, especially because he is still working with Warner Brothers. He probably was disappointed that he didn’t get the Joker part, who wouldn’t be (it’s making a ton of $$$), but I doubt he’s going through some sort of Joker jealousy rage. Joaquin Phoenix did a great job playing Joker, but not even Joaquin will always be the definitive Joker. Somebody else will come along.

Just ask Tobey Maguire about Spider-Man.