DARK KNIGHT RISES
Although Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on July 20, fans of Nolan’s Batman will have to soak up all the Dark Knight goodness in this film because it’s unequivocally the director’s last.
“No. Never,” Producer Emma Thomas told SFX Magazine when asked if Nolan could be persuaded to come back for a fourth film. “No, that’s truly a never. I cannot imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back. At a certain point it’s fun to go off and do something different, you know. We’ve spent almost 10 years of our lives making Batman films. He was very excited about this film, and the story that he’d come up with, but I just cannot imagine that he would get that excited about another version of the same thing. The great thing about a trilogy is that it feels like you’ve got a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s like an extended version of a regular film. Once you get into a fourth film then it’s just episodic, and I just can’t see him getting excited about making another film where basically you’re just wheeling in different villains.”
However, it looks like Warner Bros. continues to pull out all the stops in marketing Nolan’s final “Batman” film — even going so far as to destroy billboards in Batman’s name. (Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the photo.)
Finally, Dark Knight News reports that Warner Bros. is beginning to release interactive cardboard standees that allows you to record a message with a mask of Batman, Bane or Catwoman superimposed over your face. It’s certainly an interesting concept — if you see this standee out in the wild, let us know!
Opens July 20
Comic Book Movie has posted six new stills of “The Amazing Spider-Man” cast from the upcoming film. Check out this sweet picture of Andrew Garfield testing the strength of Peter Parker’s synthetic webbing and click through for the whole gallery.
Speaking of Garfield, Sony has finally released his official featurette where he speaks about his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the design of the Spider-Man suit and his desire for revenge.
The New York Daily News has posted an interview with much of the cast and crew of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” including a portion where Andrew Garfield describes how he almost drowned during the film.
“I had to get wet, and I just kind of dove in and didn’t realize that water on the mask made it impossible to breathe,” Garfield told the NY Daily News. “So I was kind of, like, suffocating. I couldn’t get any oxygen! I water-boarded myself.”
The story also has quotes from Martin Sheen, producer Matt Tolmach and others.
Finally, IamRogue spoke with film editor Alan Edward Bell about the process and challenges of editing a “Spider-Man” film and teases a few Easter Eggs to look out for.
Opens July 3
MAN OF STEEL
This one’s only a rumor, but news has been pretty sparse for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” that any rumor is worth taking a quick look. Comic Book Movie cites unnamed sources as saying a “good portion” of “Man of Steel” will take place on a “war torn Krypton.” More information will undoubtedly surface during Comic-Con International at San-Diego in July.
Opens June 14, 2013
THE BOURNE LEGACY
The latest in a vast number of pushbacks in the movie world, Deadline reports Universal Pictures has announced it is bumping “The Bourne Legacy” from August 3 to August 10 in order not to clash with “Total Recall” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” According to Deadline, the studio says the delay has nothing to do with recent reshoots of the film. At least it’s not nearly as much of a delay as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Opens August 10
IRON MAN 3
Want China Times reports that actor Andy Lau, who had all but been confirmed for a role in “Iron Man 3,” has pulled out of negotiations in order to spend more time with his newborn daughter. According to the news outlet, frontrunners for the role are said to be Chen Daoming and Wu Xiubo.
Opens May 3, 2013
Bleeding Cool has posted an intriguing rumor about Edgar Wright’s “Ant Man” film — apparently, four separate people have showed up at Gosh Comics in London asking for “Ant Man” issues. The fourth individual reportedly specifically asked for an issue with Ant Man’s echo time locator from “the old series.”
MovieHole has posted a revealing update to the “Kick-Ass 2” plot and casting, mentioning that “Kick-Ass” cast members Aaron Johnson, Chloe Mortez and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will definitely be back for the sequel with negotiations begun to bring back Garrett M. Brown as Kick-Ass’ father.
MovieHole further reveals that the film will deal with Hit-Girl’s identity now widely known and details a plot point where a group of “mean girls” led by a girl named Brooke start socially torturing Hit-Girl’s civilian identity and Hit-Girl gets back at them in a “rather spectacular fashion. It involves gadgetry, projectile vomiting and much begging.”
With “Brave” now released in theaters, it’s on to Pixar’s next big thing, “Monsters University” — and /Film has revealed some pretty snazzy concept art for the film. Check it out below.
Opens Summer 2013