THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Composer Hans Zimmer tells MTV News a little bit about the score. “We’ve got some D minor going on. No, we are thinking hard about that one right now. That’s going to be extraordinary,” he jokes before offering this little tidbit: “There’s something in the core of the story that allows you to get the music much bigger and much more sort of, iconic.” Well, isn’t that an intriguing statement. The character has a bevy of iconic themes; from the 1960’s TV show to the classic 1989 Danny Elfman composition. The “Begins” cycle went against that grain, with the Batman theme becoming a much more subdued affair.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
MEN IN BLACK III
According to The Los Angeles Times 24 Frames blog, production has hit another snag and shooting has been delayed to March 28th. The reason? “Ongoing script issues, according to a person close to the 3-D production who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.” It would appear to be the same script problem that has plagued the production for sometime — a dissatisfaction with the 1969 portion of the film. The shooting schedule was originally built with a hiatus so the present day material could be filmed before the holidays. The scenes set in the past were due to go before the lens this month.
Release date: May 25th, 2012
D.J. Caruso tells Spinoff Online a little bit about why he likes the comic book. “I think there’s something, as cool and as fucking gnarly as they are, there’s a great sort of core good vs. evil. The genesis [in ‘Preacher’] being the mating of the angel and the Devil in a way,” he says. “I love that kind of stuff. I love big themes, things like that.” Interestingly enough, he offered these comments before the rumor of him directing the film got out. Clearly, “Preacher” is on his mind.
Release date: TBA
According to The Vulture, Warner Bros is eying Guy Ritchie to take over the director’s seat on the “300” sequel. Zack Snyder, the presumed director, appears to be having trouble at the studio. Vulture hears a number of theories, including a major script problem with “Superman” and a poor test screening of “Sucker Punch.” “That, plus with Snyder’s last two films (‘Watchmen’ and ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’) having under-performed, some insiders posit that offering Ritchie ‘Xerxes’ means that Warner’s ardor for all things Snyder may be cooling just a bit,” they write. Alternatively, it could just be a major scheduling crunch.
Release date: TBA
All right, poozers, here’s a nice close-up of Kilowog’s mug, courtesy of Bleeding Cool:
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Irrfan Khan tells NDTV (via Superhero Hype) that his part in the film is “pivotal” saying, “Marc Webber had seen me and wanted to work with me and he approached me for this role. I play one of the villains in the movie. It is a pivotal role.” Reportedly, Khan is playing Nels Van Adder, the Proto-Goblin.
Release date: July 2nd, 2012
THE CROW (BEGINS)
Fangoria reports F. Javier Gutierrez, director of “Before the Fall” is in line to helm the film. Previously, Stephen Norrington of “Blade” fame was attatched to direct, but left the project late last year.
Release date: TBA
ALL STAR SUPERMAN
MTV News offers a glimpse of the film’s New York premiere. “The film received significant applause from most of the audience,” they write. Christina Hendricks, who plays Lois Lane in the direct-to-video feature, was surprised to learn of the much larger world Superman inhabits. “It was amazing and so exciting to see this whole world that was developed that I didn’t even think about,” she says. The actress’s previous knowledge of the character was mainly the Christopher Reeve movies.
Release date: February 22nd, 2011
Asked the odds of Terrance Stamp appearing on-screen as Jor-El before the end of the series, Michael Ausiello at TVLine says, “Vegas oddsmakers put his chances of him returning in the flesh at 90-1. But here’s where things get interesting: The odds of him coming back in a strictly voiceover capacity are 2-1.” Meanwhile, here at CBR, we have a couple of clips from upcoming episodes, including this one for “Masquerade.”
“We have some decisions to make about that,” says Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly to Entertainment Weekly regarding the show’s future (and that of “Lie to Me”). “These shows are not being rejected. They’re doing a consistent and solid number,” he explains. “There are networks that would be happy to take those shows. We have to look at our shelf space.” EW suggests the decision will be made after Fox knows how many new shows its picking up for next season.
TOYS OF SUMMER
I think the following picture (via Collider) encapsulates the new reality actors face when getting involved in franchise movie-making:
Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans are confronting toys that will have their faces stamped on the box cover. While they’re definitely amused to have action figures with their likenesses (and the royalties that come with them), I think we see here just a little discomfort in posing with the playtime hammer and shield. Still, I bet, just like the “Hulk Hands” a few years back, these toys will be the hot items. What kid wouldn’t want to wield Mjolnir? 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 the secondary market.