Greg Brelanti, one of the “Green Lantern” screenwriters, talks with The Los Angeles Times about the film. “Donald De Line, who’s the lead producer of the film and is an old friend of mine, we were away on a vacation and I mentioned to him my interest in ‘Green Lantern.’ He really championed me and led the way. I used my TV experience to try to develop multiple stories for it. I worked with an artist, and we drew out 20 or 30 images. I went in and pitched Warner Bros. and said, ‘This is what I think the three movies could be.’ In my mind, Green Lantern was always the thing that succeeded the most at mythology. There was this whole space-opera element. There were all these additional characters, the guardians of the universe who the Green Lantern Corps sort of work for. … It seemed to me that this character was an avenue, in a way, of getting to those other stories and characters,” he said of the concept and the basic spine for the films. He also touched on the status of “The Flash” saying, ” I’d love to say that I knew [what] was going to happen next, but I just never know — especially while we’re in the middle of the script … There are all these ways to connect; there’s an element of our society that feels like it’s on speed, for lack of a better word. There’s something very timely about the story of the Flash at this moment, Barry Allen’s story.”
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
According to NY Mag’s Vulture, Mark Ruffalo will do the complete performance for the Hulk. “They’re going to do the ‘Avatar’ stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I’ll actually play the Hulk. That’ll be fun,” the actor told them. The previous actors in the Bruce Banner role did not do the motion-capture for the character. Reportedly, director Ang Lee provided the Hulk with his movements on the first “Hulk” movie. Ruffalo also said he was an admirer of Bill Bixby’s take on Banner from the TV show. “I’m gonna shoot for that a little bit. He was an everyman in it. He’s always on the run and trying to find love. It’s really a sympathetic character, before he turns into the Hulk and fucks everything up.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Last week, David Slade weaved around the Wolverine sequel question, the morning, MTV News presents you with director Darren Aaronosky also slippand and sliding around that very same question:
Release date: 2012?
Andrew Garfield, the new Peter Parker, tells the Telegraph UK (via Comic Book Movie) about getting the role. He says he has loved Spider-Man since his mother dressed him up as the character for Halloween. “When my mum dressed me in the costume she and my dad explained what it meant and explained what Spider-Man stood for, and how he was just a teenager and skinny and small and goes through the same problems as all teenagers but he is stronger inside than he looks on the outside … that became really important to me and it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life. Spider-Man has all the elements I can relate to,” he said.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
Director Joe Kosinski spoke with Collider about taking the high anticipated sequel. “My thought was that I wanted to embrace the original movie, with the story, the characters and the aesthetic, and not make a movie like ‘The Matrix’, but make a movie that felt like ‘Tron’, though an evolved version of it. And, I didn’t want to make a movie about the internet, or anything like that,” he says of the initial pitch. This led to the short test film shown at Comic-Con two years ago. “Hopefully, people aren’t discounting it as a video game movie. We’re trying to change that perception. There is real human drama here, and that’s what the heart of the story is. It’s a father-son story, and I’m excited for people to see that aspect of it.”
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Deadline has a curious article about a brewing war between the production company charged with bringing “The Hobbit” to the screen and a consortium of unions that have labeled the production “non-union.” It’s someone what labyrinthine and Peter Jackson offers a sprawling letter to show, from his point of view, the whole thing is a shakedown by an Australian union to get a foot-hold on the New Zealand film business. To me, it’s another in a long line of strange, acrimonious stories related to the struggle to get this two-part film made. It just seems like a lot of people don’t want to see it finished. As a Tolkien nerd, that does make me sad.
Release date: TBA
IRON MAN 2
But in happier news, I got the chance to see Raytheon’s new XOS 2 power suit in Salt Lake City at the end of last week. This is the story I was teasing in my end notes. The unveiling was timed with the release of “Iron Man 2” on home video and the suit is a startling reality of just how compact and close we are to the sort of power armor seen in films like “Avatar” and the “Iron Man” series. Also, I slipped into the suit for a moment and geeked out:
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: September 28th, 2010
Zachary Quinto tells Entertainment Weekly is his disappointed the series will never see its wrap-up film. “Unfortunately that’s just the nature of network television….Nothing really surprises me in terms of network and studio bureaucracy. It’s the way it goes,” says the actor.
Release date: October 22nd on Earth-329
THE WALKING DEAD
Our pals at Spinoff Online spotted this new sizzle reel for the series:
One intrepid Smallville fan uploaded the teaser for the upcoming episode entitled “Shield”:
POWER SUITS AND SUPERHEROES
That exosuit was a pretty amazing thing. Growing up with “Robotech,” it was always a childhood with to have something like the armored Cyclone seen in that series. While something like that is still in the distance, the XOS is just startling for how advanced it is already. 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, ready for the future threat of operational mobile suits.