As the film finally comes out on Friday, we’ve got plenty of coverage. Let’s start with some video from MTV News:
There’s also some video with the director, co-screenwriter, and stars of the film at the LA Times. I’d embed it, but that feature is not available for this video. Latino Review has an interview with actor Aaron Johnson. “The whole thing, and why ‘Kick Ass’ works, is that everyone can kind of relate to the fact that these kids are sort of brainwashed inasmuch as comic books are all they read everyday or they watch ‘Spider-Man’ and that sort of thing – that’s their world. They kind of work on that and that’s where their imaginations take them and they sort of naively go into these things and not think about the consequences or circumstances that they put themselves in. I think that Hit-Girl is a great example. Like, you tell a kid that they can do anything and they go out and do it. Young boys like skateboarding and go down half-pipes and shit. Adults wouldn’t do that because you know that you’re going to break your neck if you fucking do it, but kids don’t know what’s going to happen and they can do it. She goes out and is trained to kick ass and fucking beat people up and that’s all she knows she can do,” says the actor. Finally, Variety has an interesting article about the mood of the picture. Director Matthew Vaughn explains he and his director of photography initially saw things differently. “He read the script and thought dark and edgy. I was like, ‘no, no, no, let’s create something like a comic book, bright and glossy. It should be shocking.’
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
Geoff Johns appears to confirm the CGI Lantern costume rumor. He posted to his Twitter account the following: “The rumor is that Ryan’s #GreenLantern uniform will be CGI — hell, yeah it will be! Generated from his ring in Ivan Reis-like glory!!”
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
Here’s an interactive trailer from ironmanmovie.co.uk that is filled with extra information. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to play with all the interactive features, but hopefully you’ll have a chance to enjoy it:
Entertainment Tonight also features some new video in regards to the film:
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
The New York Times reports Sid and Marty Kroft are teaming up with animation company Ruby-Spears to produce a number of projects based on storyboards and designs Jack Kirby did for the Ruby-Spears company when he worked for them in the early 1980s. “Among the far-flung, unrealized projects that Mr. Kirby helped create or contributed to were ‘Roxie’s Raiders,’ an Indiana Jones-style serial about a female adventurer and her allies; ‘Golden Shield,’ about an ancient Mayan hero seeking to save earth in the apocalyptic year 2012; and ‘The Gargoids,’ about scientists who gain superpowers after being infected by an alien virus,” writes the NY Times.
Release date: TBA
IESB has an interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Asked if there was a concern in taking on another comic book movie, Morgan responded, “I didn’t really think about it. It was brought up to me by the agents and stuff, and they said, ‘Maybe it’s too soon to jump into the graphic novel world again, after ‘Watchmen.” But, I approached this as being a little bit different. ‘The Losers’ is a great graphic novel. I think Andy Diggle and Jock are two of the most talented guys in this world that there are. But, ‘Watchmen’ was this iconic Bible and, when we shot it, we didn’t deviate. It was almost panel-for-frame conversion, and it needed to be that way.
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, release date: April 23rd, 2010
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Director Joe Johnston tells Earth’s Mightiest Ed Gross, “Casting Captain America is really casting two roles…Steve Rogers before and after the transformation from 98 pound weakling to perfect physical specimen. I can’t divulge how we’re going to do it, but the performance will be Chris Evans from beginning to end. An actor playing Captain America has to embody that backstory and let it inform his understanding of his new self. One of the interesting aspects of the character is the effect that kind of total transformation would have on the his psyche. It gives the character more dimension and the actor playing him a wider range of interesting choices.”
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
THE LONE RANGER (BEGINS)
Jerry Bruckheimer updates IGN on the project:
Release date: TBA
With all the work piled up, it’s hard to believe it’s only Tuesday. Who knows what tomorrow could bring? Coming up, I’ll be telling you about a “Kick-Ass” costume contest in Hollywood, a “Losers” press conference, reviews of both films and I think twelve other things that have nothing to do with “Doctor Who.” 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 in-box.