Mike Sampson Biography

Mike Sampson is the Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to watch movies and TV for a living. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of JoBlo.com for 10 years. He lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and overthinking things.

‘Deadpool’ Trailer Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Does His Best ‘In a World’ Voiceover

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by Mike Sampson August 3, 2015 @ 10:18 AM
We normally like to steer clear of the “trailer for a trailer” phenomena that results in photos of a 6-second Instagram video of a 15-second YouTube video teaser of an actual trailer. It’s a toxic fad in the world of movie promotion and one we hope goes away quickly, but we couldn’t resist sharing this trailer for a trailer for Deadpool. For one, it’s almost a minute long, and for another, it’s just funny.

Scoot McNairy’s ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Mystery Role Revealed

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by Mike Sampson July 31, 2015 @ 3:11 PM
Getty Images
Last summer, Scoot McNairy was quietly added to the cast of Batman vs. Superman with Warner Bros. refusing to comment on the character he’d be playing. The mystery was stoked later that year when McNairy was spotted on the set of the film wearing knee-high greenscreen socks. What did it all mean? A brief look through Google right now turns up speculation that he’s playing The Flash (which we now know is obviously untrue), Metallo, Blue Beetle, Robin, Maxwell Lord and even Doomsday (!!). Well, internet, speculate no longer. We can now tell you who Scoot McNairy is playing in Batman vs. Superman.

Bryan Singer Defends Oscar Isaac’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Costume, Shares New Photos From the Film

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by Mike Sampson July 30, 2015 @ 8:01 AM
20th Century Fox
When an Entertainment Weekly cover revealed our first look at Oscar Isaac as the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, most fans were not impressed, drawing comparisons to cheesy Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze. But, director Bryan Singer is back to defend the costume, saying it’s actually “very similar” to the comic book design, and has shared some new hi-res X-Men: Apocalypse photos at the same time.

Ben Affleck Says His Batman Is ‘F---ed Up’, Plus Even More ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Pics

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by Mike Sampson July 29, 2015 @ 8:40 AM
Warner Bros.
After yesterday’s three new Batman vs. Superman images from the pages of Empire magazine, today we have even more from the upcoming superhero film. From that same magazine article, we have both Ben Affleck and director Zack Snyder talking about this film’s version of Batman (which Affleck describes as a “f---ed up Batman”), plus a bunch of new photos from the film.

Official Look at [SPOILER]’s Costume From the ‘Ant-Man’ Post-Credits Scene

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by Mike Sampson July 28, 2015 @ 10:32 AM
Marvel
There has been a lot of talk about the two Ant-Man post-credits scenes, specifically the one that sets up Captain America: Civil War. We talked about that one yesterday, as Sebastian Stan sought to explain a little bit about what was going on. Today, we’re going to talk about that other post-credits scene as Marvel has officially released a photo teasing a major new superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man spoilers ahead!

New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Pics Show Off Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor

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by Mike Sampson July 28, 2015 @ 8:46 AM
Warner Bros.
Following the Batman vs. Superman info dump that came out of Comic-Con, we thought it might be a while before we saw or heard anything from the upcoming superhero movie. After all, we did get an extended new trailer, new images and a new poster. But today, we have three new Batman vs. Superman pics each showing off one of the film’s three main characters: Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor.

‘Spider-Man’ Writers Want to Make New Reboot the Funniest Superhero Film

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by Mike Sampson July 27, 2015 @ 8:59 AM
ABC
Comic book fans know that Spider-Man has always been something of a wise-ass, cracking a lot of jokes while on his way to defeating Doctor Octopus or Mysterio. The laughs in the cinematic versions of Spider-Man have varied. The three Sam Raimi film captured the tone of the books, but were mostly light on laughs (emo Peter Parker notwithstanding). The two Amazing Spider-Man movies captured some of Spidey’s goofiness (remember when Spider-Man pulled Rhino’s pants down?), but tried to balance that with a humorless plot. The new Spider-Man reboot is still a few years off, but the writers of the film are at least talking a good game about making Spider-Man’s humor crucial to the plot.