DARK KNIGHT RISES
A massive overhaul of viral marketing for “The Dark Knight Rises” hit this week with a better look into the inner workings of Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City. Did you know Wayne Enterprises has its own website? Apparently the company is also having a job fair — but if you take a look at the listing, there’s an intriguing trail to follow.
“It’s me. Look, I’m in but I do NOT want to make a habit of using this site for messages. Even though I work here this is NOT an easy hack,” text on the Jobs Fair listing reads. “I think the best site to get into regularly will be the one for the place we met Flass.”
The Wayne Enterprises website leads to another Wayne-sponsored organization, The Wayne Foundation, named in honor of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The website allows visitors to download a detailed Wayne family history that chronicles stories going back to 1290 about the Waynes and their relationship to Gotham City.
If that wasn’t enough, The Gotham Post reveals a few hilarious tidbits about Nolan’s Gotham and its place in the DC Universe. The stock market watch lists WayneTech, STAR L&R and LexCorp as the top three stocks to watch and the Gotham football team is hilariously named “The Gotham Rogues.” There are very few links you can actually follow on the page, but the “Crime Wave” links take users to Gotham After Dark, which chronicles the tales of ordinary people affected by the events of “The Dark Knight.”
Finally, if you want to get super creeped out by a toy, Hot Toys has released photos of its new Joker 2.0 action figure, based on Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime in “The Dark Knight.”
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Surprisingly, not much to end the week with for Marc Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man” reboot, but there is this hi-res clip of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker conversing with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.
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Spinoff Online has posted a brief “Transformers 4” update from director Michael Bay, who clarified the film will not be a reboot.
“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” the director said. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen – the story we’ve told in three movies already – and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.”
Bay went on to discuss the possibility of bringing the action to space in the upcoming installment. The director said it “feels like the way to go, doesn’t it?” but that he didn’t want to “go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.”
IRON MAN ANIMATED
According to Spinoff Online, Disney may be in the market for a new “Iron Man” animated series.
“Two months ago, we launched Marvel Universe on Disney XD, which became the exclusive home for new Marvel television content,” President of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve developed ‘Ultimate Spider-Man.’ Subsequent to the success of the ‘Avengers’ movie, we’ve been developing a new ‘Avengers Assemble.’ We’re talking about a Hulk series and an Iron Man series, too. They’re going to spend $150 million to $200 million to make these [movie] properties and then half of that to market them; I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Thank you, Lord, you’ve made me look good.'”
File this under the rumors category. While speaking with HitFix about “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” actor Anthony Mackie expressed his desire to be a part of the rumored Marvel Studios film “Black Panther.”
“I was hoping I would be the Incredible Hulk, but that didn’t work out,” Mackie replied, laughing. “I would love to be a part of [‘Black Panther’]. I love Black Panther and I love the story behind it. It would be cool to be a part of it.”
CAPTAIN AMERICA 2
Dominic Cooper spoke with Spinoff Online about his role in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and noted that he would like to reprise his role as Howard Stark in possible flashback sequences in “Captain America 2.”
“Please, yes! There should definitely be some flashbacks!” he told Spinoff Online. “Haven’t quite heard anything.”
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