IRON MAN 2
During the press day for Sherlock Holmes, Rotten Tomatoes spoke with Robert Downey Jr. about the film. “Once you tell an origins story pretty well, that’s usually where things start to get dull, and one or two or three things start to happen over and over again. So, we made Tony Stark’s challenges very much outside the usual realm of activity. As much as anything else, it’s much more of a side job for him the second time around. And the great thing, too, is that the Marvel universe is wild; it’s so far out. That’s the big balance to strike. It would be so easy to go so far out it would intergalactic and nothing would be grounded in reality any more,” says the actor. Meanwhile, IESB and other sites have a new photo from the film featuring Tony Stark and some serious technology.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
The film played in a rough form at the Ain’t It Cool News sponsored Butt-numb-athon in Austin, Texas. AICN’s Quint discusses the film, some of the audience reaction, and a technical glitch in the early part of the film. Vaughn’s film is a love letter to super hero comics and movies that manages to stay true to the mythology of those stories while also working as a deconstruction of those archetypes. That’s the dangerous line this movie walks. There are moments of over the top action that would have turned into a Zucker-ish spoof if Vaughn had taken it one step further. And if that had happened it would have ruined the movie,” writes Quint. He goes into some detail, so consider this a red giant spoiler warning.
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Various sites are linking to a Russian film site, Filmz.ru which has a new — and frankly better — trailer for the film. It features much more footage of the various creatures Perseus must fight and the three words that makes any film worth watching, “Release the Kraken.”
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: March 26th, 2010
At the press day for “Book of Eli” on Saturday, writer Gary Whitta mentioned he was no longer involved in the project. In my interview room, he only mentioned this in passing on the way out, but SuperHero Hype discovered a little bit more. “The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel,” says Whitta. He has not worked on the film in about a year and jokes, “Now I go on the internet to find out what’s happening with it like everyone else.”
Release date: TBA
If you happen to live near or travel past the corner of Santa Monica & Glendon in West Los Angles, Ain’t It Cool News reports the first in a series of images from the film will appear. “I’m told the pics will ‘change’ every month until the movie’s release. By ‘change’ I don’t know if this means the location of each pic will vary, or if the imagery at the Santa Monica/Glendon location will be swapped out regularly,” writes AICN’s Merrick. He also mentions a “Tron: Legacy” presence will begin to happen at the Disney parks. I used to love the Peoplemover at Disneyland because it was as close to a “Tron” ride as I could get. Meanwhile, Game Trailers has a trailer for the tie-in video game, “Tron Evolution” which features one shot of the Recognizer from the films. Hopefully the updated design from the game will feature in the film.
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Sigourney Weaver may have spilled the beans about the film over the weekend. She tells Channel 4 in the UK that the film will feature her character’s grown-up son Oscar as a Ghostbuster. More tantilizing is the following quote: “Bill Murray might have a little bit more to do with it … he might be a ghost.” Ain’t It Cool News tracked down the actual footage and from watching it, it’s hard to tell if Weaver is joking with the interviewer or seriously letting a detail of the film out.
Release date: TBA
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA
While not really news on the film as such, Sci Fi Wire asks actor Sam Worthington if he would like to play Cap. Worthington’s answers are hilariously evasive as he balances being a fan of the character with being a working professional. After a little prodding, he finally says, “I know how to hold a shield.”
Directed by Joe Johnston, release date: July 22nd, 2011
BACK TO THE WORK WEEK
Between the “Book of Eli” press day and the various parties, it was a busy weekend. In fact, it felt more like a Holiday season weekend than I’ve had in a few years. 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 the week ahead.