Avengers (and related)
Comic Book Resource reports (by way of The Hollywood Reporter) that action writer (and sometimes director) Shane Black is in talks to helm Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013) – though, to date, he is not a lock. Do I dare get my hopes up? Black could/would be the ideal guy to step in for Jon Favreau – Black is the master of balancing hard action with a light mood (Lethal Weapon, Monster Squad), and he directed Robert Downey Jr. to one of his best performances in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang… Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22, 2012) scribes Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have signed on to do the sequel – which will be a modern story, taking place after the big Avengers (May 4, 2012) movie. Collider has some nice pics of Chris Evans and Chris Hems worth (Captain America and Thor, respectively) at the Hasbro booth in this year’s Toy Fair in New York. [Remember: a wise man once said that pictures of movie toys are like tea leaves, often saying many things, in advance, about a movie.] And in a serious bid for the most left-field news, so far, dealing with the comic book movie: Marvel, by way of IGN, says that rumors of Kevin Pennington being added to the cast as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Wendell Vaughn — who becomes the superhero Quasar in Marvel comics — are “a fabrication.” That’s good, because everyone I know was wondering if Quasar would be in the…
X-Men: First Class (June 3, 2011)dffdfdfd
I, and I’m sure I’m not alone, am grateful for the simple things in life. In the case of this movie, another week of news that doesn’t involve on the set turmoil. The first trailer debuted… well, everywhere. And it is good! From the outset, this franchise had to make an uneasy choice between adhering to strict continuity in the comic, or going with more familiar, popular characters – many of whom hadn’t debuted until a decade or two since the title’s debut in the 60’s. The choice of who would make up the X-Men team in this film was no easier, as the continuity that exists in the comics has been out the window since the first movie, but the fan base is still there – and on top of that, there’s a significant segment of the audience who just aren’t comics people. Either way, Fox is doing a great job at playing the ball where it lays. This film, plus the Wolverine “prequel” (and even the upcoming Captain America film) indicate that the predominant feeling just may be that the future of the X-Men franchise is in the past. If you want to see Michael “Magneto” Fassbender’s take on the trailer, check out this bit on MTV News. Bryan Singer (director of the first two, and producer of this go-round) tells Hero Complex he’s excited about bringing characters like Havok (Cyclops’ brother) and Azazael into the franchise, as well as expanding on characters already familiar to moviegoers, like Mystique.
Green Lantern (June 17, 2011)
Three words: pictures of Kilowog. For those not in the know: five more words. Best. Alien. Green Lantern. Ever. He trains the new recruits of the Green Lantern Corps.
The Amazing Spider-Man (July 2, 2012)
The big news here is that it finally has a title – well, see above. Fantastic idea, no gag intended. There had been rumors since Sam Raimi’s trilogy that “Amazing” would be a title of one of the films. Though not as endemic to the character as “Fantastic” is to the Four, the adjective “Amazing” is associated with Spider-Man, in the same way that “Incredible” is associated with the Hulk. Personal note – to me, it adds a comic book “feel” to the title as well. Entertainment Weekly is among the many with pictures of Andrew Garfield all suited up. Despite Glenn Beck’s on-air weeping and gnashing his teeth (you really have to watch the video) no word on when Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is set for the big screen treatment.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012)
The big news this week is that Marion Cotillard has signed on for a role in the film – then it turned out she was just “in talks.” If it happens, that’s two cast members from Inception in this film. No word as of yet as to who she’d play. Ain’t It Cool weighed in with a pretty logical choice: Talia Al’ Ghul, daughter of Ra’s, one of the baddies from …Begins. Perhaps the craziest log on the rumor fire comes from The Daily Blam! By way of Hungarian gossip rag (you heard me) BorsOnline: Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway will be shooting key scenes in Hungary, but “No word if Morgan Freeman, Robin Williams, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman will be involved.” If you’re confused as to why it sounded like a record skipped in your mind, perhaps it’s the name Robin Williams. The last time his name was heard in association with a Batman film was when he wanted to play The Riddler in the 90’s. Could be cool – though Williams hasn’t exactly been the edgiest knife in the drawer in recent years, Nolan did get a great performance from him in Insomnia.
Odds and Ends
Joel Silver tells MTV News that the Swamp Thing and Sgt. Rock films are still in development limbo…Another DC/Vertigo title that’s been in the development mill for well over a decade, Garth Ennis’ Preacher, may have a director in D.J. Caruso. It’s going to depend on whether I Am Number Four goes to number one, or just turns out to be “number two.”… Spinoff online reports that, with the buzz surrounding the upcoming Conan (August 19, 2011) re-launch, a Red Sonja film is back on the table, and set to be released between the first and second Conan films. Highly unlikely that (former) RS director, Robert Rodriguez’s ,choice for the title role will work out, as Rose McGowan is now in the first film, as another character.