According to Deadline, actor Geoffrey Rush will give Green Lantern Tomar-Re a voice. “Sources said that it’s Rush who provided the voice for Tomar-Re, the scientist who works alongside the title character in the Green Lantern Corps. Tomar-Re, who looks a bit like the Creature From the Black Lagoon, has a long history in the DC Comics version of Green Lantern,” writes Deadline’s Mike Fleming, who flags this news as unconfirmed. He also mentions the reports of Michael Clarke Duncan voicing Kilowog as “speculation.” I hope they give Salaak and Ganthet good voices, as well.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Hugh Jackman tells The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog that “we won’t settle for anyone who isn’t as good as Darren [Aronofsky]” in the search for a new director. Of course, production could also be delayed by the situation in Japan, where the actor and producer hoped to film. “That’s in limbo as well,” he says.
Release date: 2012?
COWBOYS & ALIENS
IGN has a description of the film’s first act from an edit bay visit last November. While I’ll leave the specifics behind the link, IGN’s Jim Vejvoda writes, “This isn’t an ironic, lightweight popcorn flick winking and nodding at its genre trappings. No, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is a straightforward western, with all the elements that you’d expect to see in a classic oater — that is, until something literally out of this world happens. It’s a largely dramatic western that just so happens to have sci-fi elements in it rather than a sci-fi film with cowboys. It’s an important distinction and is what separates ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ from anachronistic, goofy genre-benders like ‘Wild Wild West’ and ‘Jonah Hex.’ It’s also what makes ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ so engrossing right from the onset.” That’s pretty high praise. During my set visit last August, it seemed as though everyone involved knew they were working on something special. Of course, you still have to wonder if the audience will buy in.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Zack Snyder tells HeyUGuys (via Spinoff Online) that his Superman is separate from the “Justice League” film. “What Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with ‘Superman,’ what they’ll do with ‘Justice League’ will be it’s own thing with it’s own Batman and own Superman,” he says. “We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool.” I’m not sure where “kinda cool” falls on Snyder’s “Awesome Meter,” but I bet he was a little surprised by the announcement. Oh, there’s also video:
Release date: 2013
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Writers Christopher Markus and Stepehen McFeely continue their talk with MTV News. “Generally, the first act is what most people think the first act is going to be, and the third act, most people kind of know how we’re going to get him to ‘The Avengers,’ so it’s the second act where you do a million drafts,” says McFeely. “You have to ask what story is being told, and how you’re going to tell that World War II story while also leaving it baggy enough to go back – in case you want to imply that he had more than the one adventure in the first movie.” On the issue of loading the film with Marvel characters, Markus says, “The Howling Commandos, they’re in the movie, and then you have this knowledge about who the characters become. Whether or not anything comes of it, you can say, ‘That’s Union Jack right there,’ or, ‘That’s Dum-Dum Dugan.'” The writers also discuss their affinity for M.O.D.O.K..
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Amy Adams talks with the LA Times Hero Complex about playing Lois Lane. “What I love about Lois Lane is that she’s been very consistently strong, successful, independent. I’m very attracted to that,” she says. “She was able to be smart and be feminine and I think that that’s something I know I’m going to teach my daughter, that you don’t have to be a man to be powerful.”
Release date: 2012?
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
The official Facebook page added answers from actors Oliver Platt and Rose Byrne. The questions were provided by the Facebook community. Platt says his character runs a government branch of the CIA called “Division X,” which is something of a laughing stock in the federal government. “When Charles and Mystique become ensnared with the Agency” says Platt, “the Man in Black diverts them to his division with a deft bureaucratic sleight of hand. Erik soon joins them and The X-Men flourish under MIB’s protection.” Meanwhile, Byrne reveals the film version of Moira MacTaggert will be American. “No, Matthew Vaughn was adamant she be American – despite James McAvoy’s slight disappointment as he is Scottish,” she says. Also, IGN has an interview with star James McAvoy that they flag as spoiler-filled. “Hopefully we’ll find out why he lost his hair as well,” he says. “In the comics he loses his hair when he sort of gains or discovers his powers. But obviously that is not the way they wanted to go in this case.”
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
MTV News has a clip from the film:
Meanwhile, several Reelers responded to my request for a description of Hogun. Nicholas used the established structure with “Master of Swords.” Michael jokes, “‘He’s here because he’s in the comics’ was too long to put on the poster.” Finally, Facebook user Jon suggests, “Hogun Grim Warrior.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
TheOneRing.net has your first look at Andy Serkis as he suits up to play Gollum one more time:
Release date: 2012
As Spinoff Online reported, actor Kyle Chandler is eyeing a role in the pilot. He won’t commit, though, until the script gets some revisions. I guess that means he’ll be the lead?
Release date: TBA
Here at CBR, we spotted a video of the new Wonder Woman in action:
RIDING INTERSTATE FIVE
So, my road trip begins today. If you are so inclined, join me on Twitter as I update from the road. Keep a weathered eye for Mysterio as well, he may obscure the truth about comics related film and TV news for the next 24 hours. 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 WonderCon and the second annual April Fool’s Day Comic Reel.