COWBOYS & ALIENS
It seems Jon Favreau had enough of people asking him if Latino Review‘s Harrison Ford rumor was true. The director posted to his Twitter feed the following: “Please stop asking if Harrison Ford is in ‘Cowboys & Aliens.’ Okay? He is. Please don’t tell anybody.” It appears not to be a joke as Heat Vision reports the casting of Ford is true. “While the tweet took DreamWorks execs as well as Ford’s agency by surprise, it isn’t the first time that Favreau, an avid tweeter, has gone rogue with his Twitter account,” writes Heat Vision.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Cinematical talked with Mark Strong about being a go-to antagonist, which means talking about Sinestro. Strong is still working on “John Carter of Mars” and will not be on the set until June, but offers a few thoughts about the character. “In [this first film], he is a very powerful presence, and I think his whole thing, Sinestro, is that he’s very confident and very convinced in his own rightness and so kind of almost militaristic in his precision about how things should be that he has this single-minded way of the way the world should be, and that’s what I need to bring to the film.”
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA
E! Online reports actress Alive Eve is now the front-runner to play Peggy Carter. Also in the running is Hayley Atwell. “I’m told both actresses are screen-testing for the second time for the coveted role tomorrow in London. I also hear that Keira Knightley is no longer in the running,” writes E!’s Marc Malkin.
Release date: July 22nd, 2011
Superhero Hype caught up with Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse at SXSW. Johnson talked about the physical differences between himself and the character as drawn in the comic. “Well, actually I said, I’ll try to replicate as much as I can. I went to Matthew and said, ‘Will I have to have blonde hair?’ and he said, ‘Aw, f*ck off, ’cause have you ever seen f*cking Alexander?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, exactly,'” he recalled. “Then he didn’t want me with glasses or anything like that. And Dave Lizewski was just this really sensitive kid who was a nobody at school, and then he creates this other persona, which is Kick-Ass, and I sort of went by that really. It’s this guy looking for an escape route, and that’s where the character sort of came from.”
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
GHOST RIDER 2
Have we gone a day this week without some mention of Nicholas Cage? The actor tells Fandago, “I think I have a lot of room to go yet with ‘Ghost Rider’ because the first one is really an introduction and the character was kind of an innocent. The effects of the Ghost Rider force inside of him could allow for some interesting developments down the road. I have more to say with that character, to grow with it and flesh the whole thing out.”
Release date: TBA
THE GREEN HORNET
Producer Neal Moritz gives Collider a brief update on the film. “I think we’re able to capture a really real good tone for the movie that also lends itself to the humor that Seth does but it’s really grounded real humor vs. broad silly humor. But with great action and with Gondry’s visual flair. I mean we saw a very early version of a fight scene that he’s doing where we do a thing called Kato Vision where Kato can kind of see things before it happens in fight scenes so he knows how to take people out. And it was amazing,” says the producer.
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: December 17th, 2010
IRON MAN 2
Director Jon Favreau tells The Los Angeles Times Sam Rockwell was on the short-list to play Tony Stark. The actor is now in the sequel as Justin Hammer. Favreau chose him for good reasons. “He’s very poised and he also puts in a good performance no matter what’s going on around him. I had worked with him before and I know that he could hold his own and let Mickey be a strong brooding type who spoke mostly Russian. I knew Sam could handle the exposition we needed, and that’s way we added the character of Hammer, who is quite different here than he is in the comics,” says the director. Meanwhile, Heat Vision reports the film will premeire at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre — Disney’s movie palace.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
BATMAN: THE BRAVE & THE BOLD
At CBR, we have a few clips from Friday’s episode, “Chill of the Night!” In the following clip, Batman takes down the majority of his rogues gallery. I think he even gives Solomon Grundy his what-fors:
Mark Valley tells MTV News what he looks forward to on the series:
Micheal Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly reveals Black Canary is not the only superhero cameo in the season finale. He writes, “The finale will also feature comebacks by Hawkman, Cyborg, and Stargirl.” He also comments further on the death rumor hovering over the year’s final episode.
I actually feel pretty rested this morning, but I thought I’d stick with the theme as I’ll no doubt need to catch up on some sleep before a very special screening tonight. I’d also like to thank readers Kurt and Tom for letting me know Abin Sur’s preference for spaceships has an explanation (written by Alan Moore, no less!). 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 a good night’s sleep.