BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 1
MTV has posted this sweet new trailer for the upcoming “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1” DC Universe animated film. New footage abound!
Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 25
The CW’s “Arrow” is getting closer and closer to its fall premiere and the reveals keep on coming. After the announcement that Deadshot would appear in the series’ third episode, TV Guide revealed Canadian actor Michael Rowe has been cast as the assassin-for-hire.
“Deadshot doesn’t speak much, so he has to have that physicality,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told TV Guide. “And Michael certainly has that. He has that look.”
Meanwhile, Green Arrow TV posted an interview with Guggenheim and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about the show and the possible involvement of “Smallville’s” Justin Hartley, who portrayed Oliver Queen.
“We have some funny ideas for how to do that,” Kreisberg told Green Arrow TV. “More than anything, Justin has been so amazing and so supportive of this. Neither of us really knew him before we worked on this pilot. We actually met him during pilot season, and he’s just been so cool, saying ‘I’m happy for you guys,’ so great… and he and Stephen have actually developed a nice friendship. So, we hope, in the same way that in the Superman movies, you’d see actors from previous incarnations joined in some way… if there’s an opportunity down the road for Justin to play with us, that would be great.”
Premieres this fall on the CW
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
According to The L.A. Times, “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb wants to come back for the planned sequel, but he’s already got a deal for one more film for Fox Searchlight. Fox gave Webb a break so he could do “Amazing Spider-Man,” but the studio execs are unlikely to give him another. Hopefully a solution can be found so that Webb can continue to help build the new Spidey universe.
A familiar face from the old “Spider-Man” films, J.K. Simmons, spoke with Crave Online about the possibility of portraying J. Jonah Jameson in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
“Oh, I’m open to anything,” Simmons told Crave Online. “Obviously that was enormous fun playing that character. A big part of the fun was doing it with Sam [Raimi] and with Tobey [Maguire]. Like I said I literally have not seen the movie. I don’t even know tonally how different it may or may not be. I’m a fan of the actors, the director and everything else. Yeah, I’m always open.”
Opens May 2, 2014
Comic Book Movie has posted a hi-resolution version of “The Avengers” post-credits scene featuring Thanos included on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release.
Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 25.
A local Australian news affiliate covered “The Wolverine” production in Kurnell, Australia where the film has constructed a set that looks like a Japanese P.O.W. camp, implying a possible World War II connection.
Opens July 26, 2013
A rumor is currently circulating that Edgar Wright’s “Ant Man” film may be set for a 2014 release. This would place the movie as the third Marvel Studios in-continuity release for 2014, along with “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Deadline reports “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” director Jon M. Chu is currently in talks to helm another live-action adaptation of a toy line. Mattel has begun negotiations with Chu to direct a live-action “Masters of the Universe” film. The Mattel toy line has been around since the ’80s and spawned a very popular animated series. Screenwriters Alex Litvak and Mike Finch penned a screenplay for the film called “Grayskull” for Escape Artists, but it has since gone back to Mattel.
Yahoo! Movies has posted the full theatrical trailer for “Skyfall.”
Opens November 9
According to Deadline, actor John Leguizamo will join the cast of “Kick-Ass 2” as Javier, the bodyguard assigned to protect Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s character Red Mist. Along with Mintz-Plasse, the film also sees the return of Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass, Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl and Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy.
Empire has posted a new international TV spot for the “Total Recall” remake premiering this Friday. It’s pretty lengthy for a TV spot — nearly 1 minute, 30 seconds long — and it has some pretty cool new footage.
Opens August 3
Peter Jackson has confirmed “The Hobbit” film adaptation will be a trilogy. Originally slated as two films, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” director Peter Jackson spoke up about the decision to expand the adaptation to three movies.
“We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance,” Jackson said via Facebook. “The richness of the story of ‘The Hobbit,’ as well as some of the related material in the appendices of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.”
As for the title of the third film, Fusible has done some digging and come up with a few domain registrations made this week that indicate the upcoming movie may be titled “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” or “The Hobbit: Riddles In Dark.”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opens December 14
In an interview with The New York Times, “Avatar” director James Cameron indicated a sequel would likely not release until 2015 — which is a year past Fox’s estimated 2014 date. The rest of the piece is a profile on Jackson and his recent purchase of 2,500 acres of farmland in New Zealand. It’s worth a read, though.