In a Los Angeles Times profile of Warner Bros Motion Pictures President Jeff Robinov (via Collider), the notion of a DC superhero meet-up is mentioned. “He’s then aiming to release new ‘Batman’ and ‘Superman’ films in 2012 and ‘Justice League,’ a teaming of DC’s top heroes, in 2013,” they write. There is no direct quote from Robinov, but, as Collider points out, LA Times writer Ben Fritz had to get that idea from somewhere. Is this an accidental announcement of the plan?
Release date: TBA
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
As Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the cover of the May issue of Empire will feature the film’s cast:
There are two variants of the cover; one features January Jones, Jason Flemyng and Michael Fassbender as their respective characters while a third cover for subscribers features Fassbender and James McAvoy in that classic Professor X pose.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Director Adam McKay updates MTV News on the project and suggests a possible star:
Release date: TBA
One of the lads at Comic Book Movie spotted this Twitter post by composer Stuart Thomas, who is working with James Newton Howard on the film’s score. “Saw new CGI on #GreenLantern today. This thing is awesome!” he writes. If there’s one film where the CGI has to work, it’s this one. Thomas’s post is the first public vote of confidence in those effects.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
We have a few new photos from the film at CBR this morning, including this action pack photo of Peggy Carter:
Meanwhile, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the trailer with MTV News. “I’m very surprised that ‘Now, Mr. Stark’ makes people tingle,” says McFeely. “It’s kind of nice. Without giving too much away, we’ve lived with that for so long, and people say it’s kind of bad-ass, but I forget that it’s so bad-ass that Tony Stark’s father is part of the back story in ‘Captain America.'”
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
According to Heat Vision, writer/director Scott Beattie has taken the reigns of the project based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel which “pictures a modern-day world where the classic literary monster stands between humans and a host of other supernatural creatures looking to rise up and take over.” Beattie made the successful Australian film, “Tomorrow, When the War Began.” The article suggests that the war scenes in that film brought Beattie to the attention of the film’s producers.
Release date: TBA
A little bit of “Thor” press today, starting with Kenneth Branagh’s comment on the Idris Elba “controversy.” In the latest of Empire‘s Brit Director Diary series, he writes that the whole thing was “a surprising – and daft – moment.” He also heaps praise on Elba as an actor. “He provides all the characteristics we need from Asgard’s gatekeeper, the man who says, ‘Thou shalt not pass,'” he writes. “When Idris Elba says that, you know you’re gonna have a problem.” Meanwhile, Cinema Blend reports that footage containing Jeremy Renner’s cameo screened at CinemaCon, the annual film exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. “The scene we saw featured Renner as Hawkeye, working with the infamous Agent Coulson, played as he was in the Iron Man movies, by Clark Gregg,” they write. “The scene features Hawkeye using his famous bow and arrow and he has multiple lines, so while we’re talking about something a little more than a momentary cameo, there’s no way to know if his involvement will go any further than that one scene.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Here at CBR, we have your first look at Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle as they’ll appear on the show:
“This guy always shows up at the last second to make a dramatic rescue, which is really suspect,” writer Geoff Johns tells TV Guide, “Sometimes you laugh with Booster, sometimes you laugh at him.”
KICKING THE TIRES
I’ll be driving up to San Francisco for WonderCon, which means it’s time to give the car a pre-trip inspection that includes cleaning up the back seat. That’s always fun. 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 road trip snacks.