When Marvel was looking for someone to direct the two-part Inhumans premiere, they turned to veteran director Roel Reiné. Reiné has had experience delivering cost-effective action films in a timely manner, and with a tight schedule and the promise of big-screen spectacle, the director turned out to have just the vision they needed.
Reiné was interviewed by CNET and talked about how he got the job directing Inhumans. He said:
“I think they liked me for the job because I was able with my action movies to shoot in a very short time, or with very low budgets, action that looks like a big-budget movie. It was not a feature film, it was a TV episode, but they still wanted to have the scope.”
The director went on to discuss the details behind the production. The episodes were shot with IMAX cameras, requiring some effort in order to complete the project:
“The schedule was super-tight. I had TV schedule time to shoot it with IMAX cameras, 20 days to shoot two episodes. It’s nerve-wracking but I come from a low-budget film world, so 20 days for me is luxury.”
He concluded by detailing his experience in collaborating with Marvel, a studio with the reputation of keeping a close eye on directors. This is mainly to ensure each individual piece of the universe fits together in the best way. Reiné explained:
“There was always a Marvel executive around me, just to make sure that whatever I did, or whatever we did together, would tie in with other characters in other universes, in other comics, in other series or movies. They’re very protective. … These people are very passionate about their product and about characters and about doing the best version of everything. I heard all of these horror stories of working with Marvel, but I didn’t feel that way. It was very collaborative. … Nine out of ten times they liked what I pitched — even radical things.”
Check out the series’ synopsis below:
After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran and Ellen Woglom as Louise.
The first two episodes will be screening in IMAX theaters for two weeks starting on September 1. Inhumans will then premiere on ABC at 8/7c on September 29.
10 Sub-Genres We Want To See In Superhero Films
Superhero films have existed since the 1920s (if you count Zorro) and have always been a part of our public lexicon. However, recently, superhero films have had an exponential uptick in production, thanks to CGI and film budgets finally being able to accurately keep up with our imagination. Currently, the superhero film is the mainstream blockbuster. Ever since Iron Man hit theaters way back in 2008, the amount of modern-day superhero films has continued to grow. Sure, there were superhero films before that, from Superman in 1978 and Batman in 1989, as well as Blade in the late 90s to X-Men in the early 2000s, and Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy. But now, superhero films are the dominant form of pop culture entertainment. This year alone, there are 7 superhero movies hitting theaters. It’s a good time to be a geek! Many of our favorite characters growing up are now getting their due on the big screen.
As we are now knee-deep in the age of the superhero film, these projects also have the potential to oversaturate the market. There’s always talk of “superhero fatigue” and some even predicting that superhero films will go the way of the Western by showing the same thing over and over again. After all, there are only so many ways heroes can face off against a villain to stop a “sky beam” before things get stale.
Luckily for us, the superhero genre has ways of reinventing itself by introducing new sub-genres in these films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave us a political thriller wrapped in a superhero movie. Ant-Man gave us a heist film disguised as a superhero movie. Doctor Strange gave us a film of sorcery. Guardians of the Galaxy gave us a space-opera. Man of Steel gave us a darker edge of heroics and the calamity that they can cause (which Captain America: Civil War also did). Of course, Logan knocked it out of the park by giving us a superhero Western. The Batman is promising to be a noir film while The New Mutants and Sony’s Venom are expected to be full-on horror films.
So, there are obviously a lot of places that the superhero genre can continue to evolve and grow upon. Here are a few sub-genres that could exist in future superhero films. Click Next to take a look….