IRON MAN 3
As we reported last night here at CBR, writer/director Shane Black is “talking” with Marvel about helming the third “Iron Man” film. It’s important to note that these discussions are informal. At the moment, both Black and Marvel are looking to see if they have a common vision. If we start hearing reports that he is “in talks,” then it becomes a matter of hammering out an agreeable contract. I, for one, would like to see it happen. Black directed Robert Downey Jr. to a great performance in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” His action sensibility also lends itself well to the brighter reality of the previous “Iron Man” films.
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
SFX offers a small clip from their interview with director Zack Snyder. In it, he reveals one aspect of his vision for the film. “I think Superman needs to be physical.” You’re darn-tooting he needs to be more physicial. Too many Superman movies ignore the simple pleasure of watching the Man of Steel hit things with his fists. The director also says he came on board because writer David Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan found the “why of Superman,” a key for Snyder to place the character in a modern reality.
Release date: 2012?
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
As our pals at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the trailer for the film is set to premiere on the film’s Facebook page sometime today. Fox also offered a new glimpse of Magneto and the film’s official logo:
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Producer Joel Silver tells MTV News that rights issues are holding back the project. “I’m not sure if we could clear that up but we’re always working on something. We like the idea of making a 3-D version of that story, but it’s not something we can do right now,” he says. He also mentions “Sgt. Rock,” explaining that project is also in a development limbo. “These things are there, and sometimes they come about, and sometimes they don’t, but it’s hard to talk about them until they’re real movies,” he adds.
Release date: 2012
IGN confirms with Marvel that a press release adding model/actor Kevin Pennington to the cast as Agent Wendell Vaughn — aka Quasar — is “a fabrication.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The Daily Blam! and other sites are pointing to an article on the Hungarian gossip site BorsOnline that mentions Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway will be filming in that country. It also has this curious statement, “No word if Morgan Freeman, Robin Williams, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman will be involved.” Robin Williams!? I imagine it’s just static from ancient rumors. Since the time of “Batman Returns,” Williams gets mentioned as a possible cast member of the upcoming Batman film. The actor also mentioned on several occasions an interest in playing the Riddler. If anything, let’s hope the Hungary filming will feature a jewel heist. Meanwhile, Batman-News.com (via Latino Review) reports the production is using both “Magnus Rex” and “Fox Hills Green” as working titles while filming around the world. These particular working titles are meant to obscure the exact crew and film in a given location. It is not uncommon for high profile movies to work up alternate names while filming to elude shutter-happy fans and press. “Return of the Jedi” famously went out to the Arizona sand as “Blue Harvest.” This “Batman” cycle employed “The Intimidation Game” and “Rory’s First Kiss” as working titles for “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”
Release date: July 20th, 2012
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the musical tells Entertainment Weekly, “The PILE-ON by the critics was ridiculous and uncalled for. Their actions are unprecedented and UNCOOL!” On Monday, one of the old premiere dates for the troubled production, high profile critics released their reviews of the show, breaking a tradition to hold them back until the official opening night.
Opens: March 15th, 2011 … maybe
Deadline reports director Jeffrey Reiner is closing a deal to helm the “Wonder Woman” pilot written by David E. Kelley. Reiner directed the pilots for “Caprica” and “The Event.”
I knew the pause earlier this week wouldn’t last. It never does. Even in our subset of movie-making, there’s plenty of deals, leaks, scoops, and non-answers to be had. As soon as that “X-Men” trailer arrives, we’ll be on it. 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 bigger news day.