A report yesterday that Fox was considering trading the rights to use characters from the “Fantastic Four” universe in exchange for a time extension on “Daredevil” has since turned out to be false — especially considering Fox’s prime placement of a “Fantastic Four” reboot at the hands of “Chronicle” director Josh Trank.
However, the original story did reveal that Fox is reportedly in discussions with director Joe Carnahan to direct a gritty “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore ’70s thriller” version of “Daredevil.” However, Carnahan has not yet received an offer from Fox.
DARK KNIGHT RISES
Hot on the heels of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” has surpassed $732 million worldwide to become the second biggest movie of the year. Domestically, it clocks in at $353.9 million as the third biggest film of the year behind “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games.”
Meanwhile, The Huffington Post spoke with President Barack Obama, who said his favorite part of “The Dark Knight Rises” was Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Selina Kyle.
“She’s spectacular,” President Obama told the Huffington Post. “I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”
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Jeremy Renner spoke with The L.A. Times about his newfound role as an action hero and his time playing Hawkeye in “The Avengers.”
“At the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play,” Renner told the L.A. Times. “I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden — All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So there’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for SHIELD or not. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that. At least I was still in the movie. And I was glad for that. The closest thing I could really link to was Scarlett [Johansson’s] character, Black Widow, because they have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things.”
Premieres on DVD/Blu-ray September 25
Guillermo del Toro spoke with Collider about the live-action “Hulk” television series during its massive interview with the director — a special treat considering there hasn’t been a peep about the series for quite some time.
“I had one meeting with Marvel after ‘Avengers’ and we had a very, very good chat,” del Toro told Collider. “We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name. I can’t reveal it, but we want to wait for that writer. It’s a writer who is otherwise engaged. So right now we are in a holding pattern until that writer becomes free. Then we’re going to do a new draft of the script.”
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
According to Deadline, Mickey Rourke has officially entered talks for a return as Marv in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Presumably at least part of the film will take place before his character’s death in the first.
Opens October 4, 2013
The Daily Mail has posted photos of a sleeveless, bearded Hugh Jackman on the Australian set of “The Wolverine.”
Opens July 26, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter revealed “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Kenneth Williams is currently in talks to join the upcoming “Robocop” reboot. Should negotiations be successful, Williams will play the partner to star Joel Kinnaman’s police officer Alex Murphy.
Opens August 9, 2013
Here’s a cool trailer for an upcoming fan-made webseries based on Bryan Q. Miller’s “Batgirl.” Titled “Batgirl: Spoiled,” it seems to focus on many of the DC Universe’s mainstay female heroes including Stephanie Brown, Oracle, Batwoman and the Question.