As we reported at CBR last night, Angela Bassett has joined the cast as Amanda Waller, the well-known head of Suicide Squad and sometimes member of Checkmate. With Checkmate’s recent placing as a shadowy government agency with a mind to recruit super-humans in “Smallville,” I can’t help but wonder if Bassett’s Waller will appear in other DC Entertainment films. Yeah, it does kind of resemble the presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel films. This is complete speculation, mind, but Waller and Checkmate have rarely, if ever, tussled with Green Lantern … well, except for that time Alan Scott spent with Checkmate.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
Yahoo! Movies provides us with a new international poster for the film:
Is it just me, or do Iron Man and War Machine look like they’re sourced from a computer and not photos of Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle in suits? I suppose that makes practical sense, but the look oddly unreal here.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
BUCK ROGERS IN THE THIRD DIMENSION
Deadline reports Buck Rogers is returning to screens in a new 3D adventure. That’s sounds pretty cool, right? The project will be helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson, director of “Mortal Kombat” and “Event Horizon.” Other film sites have barely been able to containt their outrage and hostility at the news. While here at the Comic Reel, we try to keep things light and fun, I will mention Anderson isn’t exactly known as a dependable name amongst film nerds. Oddly enough I’ve been watching the late 70s NBC series on Netflix recently and, personally, I’m just sad we won’t see Hawk in the new film as he’s a creation of NBC/Universal and not part of Rogers rights package.
Release date: TBA
MTV News chatted with director Sylvain White about the film. “I thought, especially in recent years, there’s been a lot of really cool, pretty realistic action, but at the same time it’s usually paired with a dry, realistic tone. It’s never necessarily combined with light, fun characters. So I thought, just like in the comic, that this is the opportunity to create something like that. That sort of fun tone in action movies seems to be coming back around, but I think we’re going to be the first ones out there to really break ground with it,” responded the director when asked why he was drawn to the concept.
Starring Jeffey Dean Morgan, release date: April 23rd, 2010
In this profile on Costume Deisgners Guild (via MTV News), Deborah Ambrosino mentions working on the film. “There is a lot of fantasy in the different worlds that Thor lives in. The characters that populate that world are fantastical but not superheroes, which is great … there is a heightened realism,” says Ambrosino.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
The film has been quietly shooting in Canada, but Production Weekly reports via its Twitter feed the following: “Summit’s espionage-thriller ‘Red’ has moved locations from Toronto to New Orleans for a 2 weeks shoot.” That part of the production begins today. Maybe the “Green Lantern” spy photo brigade can get a couple of shots of that film, as well.
Release date: October 22nd, 2010
CLASH OF THE TITANS
IESB has an interview with director Louis Leterrier. He discusses various topics, including “The Avengers,” but I found his thoughts on remaking “Clash of the Titans” particularly interesting. “There’s a hesitation to do any remake. I think it’s very tough to do a remake. I was very afraid of breaking it. You have a beautiful image in your mind of this world, but you were also haunted and it made your childhood exciting. And, you’re offered the opportunity to do it again, differently, but you’re very afraid of messing it up and breaking it for generations. What I wanted was to make a fun movie, but also if the movie was good enough and the shine was bright enough, it would shine back onto the Ray Harryhausen/Desmond Davis movie,” said Leterrier.
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: April 2nd, 2010
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
The makers of the film sat down for a press conference last Friday and CBR was there. Co-director Dean Deblois discuessed adapting the material. “Part of that was creating a level of believability within this world, so that we understood the stakes and peril. That meant removing a certain amount of magic and replacing it with elements that we understand,” said the director.
Release date: Tomorrow!
Shock Till You Drop has a look at Adrian Brody’s character Royce:
Starring Lawerence Fishburne, release date: July 9th, 2010
IGN has one of the more intriguing marketing efforts for the film: an interview with actor Bruce Boxleitner as his “Tron” character Alan Bradley. Bradley teases an upcoming event in San Francisco:
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Kryptonsite reports actor Blu Mankuma will appear in the upcoming episode “Charade” as Franklin Stern, owner of The Daily Planet. The episode will also feature Maxwell Lord’s first live action appearance.
New episode: April 2nd, 2010
WALKING ON AIR
We’re sad to report the passing of actor Robert Culp. Culp, 79 at the time of his death, is fondly remembered as Bill Maxwell on “The Greatest American Hero.” 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 threes.