THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
According to Bad Ass Digest, sources inside the Batcamp have offered them some interesting details about the film. It seems Catwoman will appear in her feline persona, but not necessarily end up a villain. The two will team up to fight … The League of Shadows! As for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role? “My source didn’t know, but did know that Levitt is certainly an antagonist and involved with the League of Shadows,” writes BAD’s Devin Faraci. Of course, we’ve heard rumors about Talia, Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter, before and Faraci warns that the Batcamp has been known to purposely leak disinformation, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time The League of Shadows has been mentioned as a serious rumor and not wild speculation by yours truly.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
According to Ain’t It Cool News, a special trailer has been shot featuring Loki. Count him as an antagonist. Latino Review may have the word on who will be helping out the Asgardian in his war against the superhero community: the Skrulls. Whedonesque provides a rough translation of a Swedish newspaper that reports the following: “Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd confirms to TT Spektra that he will play the same role as in the upcoming ‘Thor’: Doctor Selvig. Not much is yet known about the character apart from that Selvig is a scientist in New Mexico.” Is any of it true? Quite possibly. I think the Skrulls were always a given for the film with Loki a possibility as both appeared in “The Ultimates.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe takes many of its cues from the first two stories in that series. One thing we can confirm, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) will appear at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo for a Q&A on Saturday March 19th according to Superhero Hype.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
MEN IN BLACK III
Deadline reports that screenwriter David Koepp has been brought in to polish the unfilmed portions of the script. “The picture still has to shoot the time travel sequence of a sequel that sends Will Smith’s Agent J back to 1969, with Josh Brolin playing a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K character, and Alice Eve playing the younger Emma Thompson (she’s the head of the Agency),” writes Deadline’s Mike Fleming. Koepp is a reliable writer for big productions. He wrote “Spider-Man” and “Jurassic Park” amongst others. He also wrote the underrated David Fincher film “Panic Room,” which I think is one of his best scripts. Oh, he also adapted “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” in which he played “Unlucky Bastard.”
Release date: May 25th, 2012
Spinoff Online reports that actress Diane Lane has been cast as Martha Kent, forever shattering that character’s established image as a frail country widow. I know Annette O’Toole did a pretty good job demolishing the old Ma Kent look on “Smallville”, but the cinematic version, last played by Eva Marie Saint in “Superman Returns,” retained the outdated style of the Silver Age. “We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination,” said director Zack Snyder in a press release. Now, give us some villains and tell us Lex Luthor isn’t in the film. Anybody but Lex! I’ll even take Titano the giant ape over Lex!
Release date: 2012?
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Various sites, including Bleeding Cool are linking to this “motion” poster for the film:
It’s got the lone hero on a mountain of skulls, but it’s still missing something …
Release date: August 19th, 2011
The OneRing.net has a bead on the possible names of the two films. “Mr. Underbelly [a Ringer Spy] noticed that New Line has recently registered the following two film titles: ‘The Hobbit:There and Back Again’ and … ‘The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey,'” they write. If these names are the real deal, I expect “There and Back Again” to be the name of the second film.
Release date: 2012
Here at CBR, we have more details on the Batman area show, which will focus on the origin of Robin. According to the press release, “Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, “Batman Live” focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, millionaire Bruce Wayne – who secretly happens to be Batman.” It still lists “summer 2012” as the US start date for the tour.
Opens: July 19th, 2011 in the UK, 2012 in the US
According to TVLine, the show’s finale episode will premiere on NBC.com “sometime in March.” The series was pulled due to bad ratings.
Airs: Sometime in March
THE WALKING DEAD
As Spinoff Online reported, the new AMC website for the show teases the second season as premiering in “Fall 2011” despite “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston suggesting that both series would air together over the summer. Meanwhile, creator Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly that “We’re breaking our backs, story wise, to make sure the next season is twice is good, or three times as good, with a lot of twists and turns and pushing the envelop of what you can do on TV.” He also mentions Hershel’s farm is on Frank Darabont’s list of locations to visit. “We’re looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and playing with that and coming up with some cool zombie visuals. We’ll see some of the locations of the first season, but we’re going to mainly focus on breaking new ground,” he says.
“Blade Runner” is the best movie I don’t actually like. It’s endlessly compelling; full of amazing visuals and whispered ideas that force you to ponder the underlying themes of Philip K. Dick’s original novel. As a summer tentpole movie, it’ a complete mess. That said, Heat Vision reports Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros want to revisit the world first glimpsed in the 1982 film. “The company is in final negotiations to acquire the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller,” they write. I wish them luck as everything that makes the film so beloved by fans also makes it a tough sell in theaters. 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 “Brazil Begins.”