IRON MAN 2
G4 Host Oliva Munn tells Complex (via Superhero Hype) her role in the film has changed. “[Director] Jon Favreau called and was like, ‘I’ve got good news and bad news: This is what’s happening in editing but we all really like you.’ Marvel and Jon had to add another character from the Marvel universe to keep me included.” Of course, she did not reveal either character she played, but did mention a reason for the change, “they started to edit they realized it was becoming darker than what they’d expected and what my scenes had allowed for. My parts were lighthearted and comedic.” Feel free to speculate, but awhile back, it was rumored she would be playing Scarlet Witch.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
Warner Bros Home video has opened a promo site for the direct-to-video flick. It doesn’t have much beyond some very nice full color illustrations of Batman and the Red Hood as they’ll appear in the film. Also, the lads at Comic Book Movie found a nice promo shot of the upcoming Red Hood statue. He happenes to be pictured with box art for the film.
Release date: Summer 2010
MTV News spoke with screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay about adapting the series for features. “This kind of take on superheroes is actually — despite the rough edges — much more accessible to people these days. It’s much more understood by even the non-fans [of comic books], because you’ve got movies like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight”‘ where you have characters who are so flawed and yet they’re heroes. So now you understand the concept of questioning who these heroes are,” says Manfredi. As for some of the more extreme scenes, Hay tells MTV News, “I can also say with a lot of confidence at the moment that pretty much every signature scene that popped out at us — at least, as huge fans of the book — is represented in some fashion. And in many cases, they’re represented in a very, very direct fashion.”
Release date: TBA
CLASH OF THE TITANS
A “Clash” trilogy? “Warners came to me and said ‘we’ll greenlight your movie if you promise us [two more,]'” director Louis Leterrier revealed to Firstshowing.net “You can tell that that story the story doesn’t end at the ‘Clash of the Titans’ … And I said ‘thanks a lot’ because I love doing that. And I had to write two stories. So Clash of the Titans is … actually a bigger movie.”
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: April 2nd, 2010
Mark Millar tells MTV News about the some the changes he’s heard are coming to the sequel:
Release date: TBA
Kryptonsite spotted this photo in the Twitter feed of actor Michael McKean who returns as Perry White in an upcoming episode:
Annette O’Toole also appears in the episode, returning to the role of Martha Kent.
New episode: April 2nd, 2010
In an article on Deadline, James Cameron reveals he is critical of the growing studio mandate for 3D films. While he is making himself available to help filmmakers utilize the technology, he is disappointed to see the choice to use it is more a monetary decision than a creative one. “This is another example of Hollywood getting it wrong,” says the outspoken director. “Sony says, ‘we’re doing ‘Spider-Man’ in 3D.’ The director doesn’t say, ‘Hey, I want to make the movie in 3D.’ The studio says, ‘You want to direct this movie? You’re doing it in 3D, motherfucker!’ That’s not how it should be. I’ve tried for the last seven years to get filmmakers excited, and they all hung back while Pixar and DreamWorks did animation and me and a couple others did live action. We prove the point, and now filmmakers are being told to make their movies in 3D.” The bulk of the article concerns the conversion of 2D films to 3D, which Cameron worries will introduce a lot of inferior product into the market and possibly poison the public’s appetite for 3D.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
THE LONE RANGER
Jerry Bruckheimer updates MTV News on the status of the project, which will be an origin story:
Release date: TBA
BACK IN TRAINING
Compared to the last couple of days, the newshole is quite this morning. Which is just fine with me. Convention season is about to hit and “Clash of the Titans” usher’s in the summer movie season in just a couple of weeks. My busiest part of the year is coming up, which means I need to lose some winter weight. 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 a gym membership.