The Franchise: The Superhero Comedy That Just Might Work

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In order that explains why we’re cautiously enthusiastic about The Franchise, a just-announced HBO comedy about making superhero films. Right here’s the premise:

“It follows a hopeful crew trapped inside the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero movie-making. If and after they lastly make the day, the query they need to face — is that this Hollywood’s new daybreak or cinema’s final stand? Is that this a dream manufacturing facility or a chemical plant?”  

Assuming the present isn’t a rant about superhero films destroying “actual” cinema, we’re in. You’ll be able to’t argue with the behind-the-camera expertise — the pilot was cooked up by Veep creator Armando Ianucci and James Bond director Sam Mendes, guys we wouldn’t thoughts seeing behind the digicam for nearly any superhero enterprise. (Mendes was certainly one of Marvel’s preliminary selections to helm The Avengers.)

From jacked actors wearing greenscreen bodysuits lined in ping-pong balls to costume constraints inflicting toilet misery to falling in love with Zendaya, superhero film manufacturing appears ripe for satire. Was Robert Downey Jr. happy along with his motion determine likeness? We’re guessing Kevin Feige has a number of tales he might inform.

Perhaps the present’s finest preliminary joke is that it was greenlit the identical week that the HBO powers-that-be killed its Batgirl film, a real-life instance of the WTF shenanigans this present can be mining for laughs. 

No phrase but on casting, however we’ve acquired our fingers crossed for some good comedy in regards to the dumb choices behind cinematic super-heroics.

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