Isaiah Mustafa, “the Old Spice Guy,” talks with Superhero Hype about his interest in the role. “I’ve already had a meeting with Marvel. I talked to them and I told them that I was a gracious reader of their comics and that I wanted to be Luke Cage. So we’ll see where they take it,” he says. “Luke Cage has a lot going on. He’s this man, he’s got all these powers and abilities and he can use them to save whatever major city, but instead of doing that he uses them to help Harlem. He wants to fix his neighborhood, and that’s what’s so admirable to me. Instead of leaving and going someplace bigger, he stays right where he needs to be and tries to do the best that they can.” According to Mustafa, Marvel has “something in mind” for the character.
Release date: TBA
Our pals at Spinoff Online have a few new images from the film showing off Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and his GL co-hort Tomar-Re:
Hal’s costume almost looks real in this shot. I wonder if I’d be able to tell if I didn’t know about the effects trickery involved.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Tron: Legacy” co-writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal are drafting the adaptation of the alternate history comic series. Oddly enough, the article mentions Johnny Depp is producing the project set in a world where “the Protestant Reformation was crushed by the Catholic Church, resulting in the continuing of a medieval power structure where magic is also real. The story is set in 1933 and centers on a pathologist who investigates the mysterious death of the priest who found him as an orphan, a trail that ultimately leads to a quest for the Holy Grail.” Y’know, I’m kind of surprised how long this one is taking to develop (Warner Bros first optioned the comic in 2006). With the success of “The Da Vinci Code,” you’d think another Catholic conspiracy story would get the fast track.
Release date: TBA
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Superhero Hype has another international trailer for the film which offers a few new shots from the previous one:
Meanwhile, producer Bryan Singer talks with IGN about the film and how it fits into the “X-Men” series. “It’s the first Silver Age marvel movie, so I think the period aspect of it, and this particular period, is really exciting,” he says. “I was struck by the idea that this movie that takes place in the past has to be at a time when no one knows that these mutants exist. So the fun is that on the surface there is this conflict happening between Russia and the United States, the building nuclear threat with the Cold War nearer developing into a nuclear war, and under the surface there is this whole other war brewing that no one really knows about. That intrigued me and I thought it would be really exciting to have those two things happening parallel to each other.”
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
According to MTV News, director Scott Stewart and star Paul Bettany appeared in New York Tuesday night to show clips from the film and answer a few questions. “I kind of see the movie [as] kind of a collaboration — it’s kind of a sequel, in a way, to the graphic novel,” said the director. The film is set a few hundred years after the bulk of the original Korean manhwa series. “I’m a big fan of Scott’s,” said Bettany. “We made a movie before for very little money, and he was given the chance to make a movie with me and three times the budget, and I thought, ‘Wow!’ To be able to see, to be able to be a part of seeing Scott really realize his vision onscreen and have some really great paints and a much broader canvas was a really exciting idea for me.”
Release date: May 13th, 2011
THE CROW (BEGINS)
So now “The Crow” finds itself in the midst of legal troubles. It seems The Weinstein Company believes they have control of the distribution rights Relativity Media has been shopping around town, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While no suits have been filed, yet, the two companies are engaged in war of words. In a letter provided to THR, Relativity’s lawyer wrote, “Your continued bluster about filing a lawsuit in an effort to force Relativity to distribute a nonexistent film through TWC is not only absurd, it is a blatant threat to breach the dispute resolution provision of the Termination Agreement.” I’m sure, in the end, there will be a settlement.
Release date: TBA
EXTRAS CASTING CALL:
Marvel Studios Casting Coordinator will hold Cleveland area Extras casting call for THE AVENGERS in early July. Additional details will be posted to www.clevelandfilm.com, to our e-newsletter (sign up at www.clevelandfilm.com if you do not yet receive it) and through local news outlets when it becomes available.
Meanwhile, Natalie Portman tells Today Online (via Comic Book Movie) that she will not appear in the film, but “I’m signed up for the next two (‘Thor’) sequels if they are made.” She also adds, “I think these inter-related Marvel movies are great fun. ‘The Avengers’ will be like Ocean’s Eleven with the superhero all-stars!”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
The New York Post reports that actor Christopher Tierney will return to rehearsals on Monday. He fell thirty-five feet into the orchestra pit early in the preview run. “His back’s fine. They’ve taken the bolts and the nuts and everything out,” said producer Michael Cohl. Wow, “the show must go on” indeed.
Opens: June 14th, 2011 … maybe
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Here at CBR, we have the first details of the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie, a telling of the classic Frank Miller story. The cast includes “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston as Lt. James Gordon, Ben McKenzie as Bruce Wayne, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle and Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen. Alex Rocco will lend his voice to Carmine Falcone. We even have a couple of stills from the movie:
Release date: Summer 2011
io9 has details of a number of changes made to the pilot in order to beef up Diana as a physical presence. “At one point, she confronts a pair of security guards, whom the script calls Frick and Frack,” they write. “They tell her she can’t go up to the roof of a hospital, and she says, ‘I’m Wonder Woman. How do you think this ends?’ And then she lifts one of them into the air by the throat and the other one by the chest.”
Release date: TBA
Kryptonsite has a gallery of images from the upcoming episode “Prophecy,” including this shot of the Fortress:
STORM CLOUD OF SICKNESS
Okay, I admit it. I’m under the weather today, but I did find one silly bit of geek-related news out there. According to the CBC (via Blastr), the Tolkien estate is enforcing a copyright claim against the Rivendell summer camp in Calgary, Canada. “It needed a change anyway,” says program director Peggy Rupert. “We had already been talking about changing it up and making it fresher because it’s been the same thing for a few years.” I guess that means I should quash my plans for a Moria themed restaurant. 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 litigious Tolkien heirs.