The project has suffered another blow as Deadline reports that director Albert Hughes has walked away from the project. “The intention of the studio is to keep the picture on a fast track, which means they will find a director quickly,” they write. “The studio has been wrestling with the approach on the film for the past year.” Everyone I know says the best approach is not to adapt it at all.
Release date: TBA
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Comicus.it spoke with Digital Domain about their contribution to the film. “[Sebastian] Shaw’s ability to absorb energy in the comics is rather plain, and we wanted to create a much more visual and visceral representation of this power. Working closely with John Dykstra on the ‘kinetic echo,’ we decided that Shaw feels extreme pain and discomfort whenever he absorbs energy, but he’s able to withstand the pain because he knows he will be able to use it against those trying to hurt him,” they explained. While they also worked on the “mirror room” sequence, any shot of Shaw using his powers is their work. Meanwhile, Spinoff Online rounded up a bunch of Hellfire Club-centric clips from the film, including this scene in which Shaw tempts the proto-X-Men:
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Latino Review has learned another villain will appear in the film. This is a pretty huge spoiler, so I’m leaving the character’s identity behind the link. Of course, their information is unconfirmed, but if its true, it changes the nature of the film. Click through only if you don’t mind being spoiled.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
MAN OF STEEL
Robot 6 has a Superman court case update! On our last episode, Warner Bros was trying to get access to documents stolen from Siegel attorney Marc Toberoff. This week, “U.S. Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky ruled Wednesday that the documents, stolen from the office of attorney Marc Toberoff and delivered anonymously to Warner Bros. in December 2008, were not protected by attorney-client privilege,” writes Robot 6’s Kevin Melrose. “However, he postponed a final ruling until Toberoff and his attorneys can seek a decision from U.S. District Judge Judge Otis Wright.” While the wrangling between Warner Bros and the heirs of Superman’s creators might seem a bit “inside baseball,” this case forced the studio into fast-tracking the film and, should the heirs regain control of the character, it could change the way future “Superman” films are made.
Release date: 2012
MEN IN BLACK III
Wait, they’re fighting Daleks?
Release date: May 25th, 2012
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Following U2’s performance on the “American Idol” finale, frontman Bono told reporters that the musical’s official debut next month has not been cancelled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re very excited about it. It’s almost there — it will be there by opening night,” he said. It better be there, I don’t think the show could survive another postponement.
Opens: June 14th, 2011 … maybe
WEEKEND REST STOP
I’ve got the “Rocky” Blu-Ray box set and a few new drinks to try out, so I’m avoiding the Memorial Day Weekend traffic as much as possible. Oh, I might have a barbecue or two to hit up, but I’m keeping things as chill as I can. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of the week ahead.