SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL
Our pals at Spinoff Online offer us a first look at Russell Crowe as Jor-El in the new film:
Oh my. That is something of a departure, but I spy a blue union-suit under those curious robes and monochrome S-Shield. I like his beard, though. Jor-El becomes more distinctive with it. I happen to be sporting a similar one at the moment, but it’s fare less gray.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013
Josh Dallas, who played Fandral in the first film, tells IGN that he’s excited to return to Asgard, even if Kenneth Branagh has chosen to depart. “[It’s] obviously a huge shame, because he came in and created that world and created the language and the look of the whole thing. But he’s kind of set it all up for us and I think he’s staying on as a producer. But yeah, there’s going to be some more adventures in the Nine Realms.” He also praises Marvel’s apparent choice of director Patty Jenkins. “She’s done some great work before. Marvel always have a really good idea for those directors that are going to come in and they may seem out of left field, but they always have a plan and they’re always really smart.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: July 26, 2013
Release date: June 28th, 2013
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
MSN‘s UK site has a new international trailer for the film:
That is a substantially better trailer than what we’ve seen so far. I remember at Comic-Con, Spielberg mentioned a lot of the action sequences were still rendering in the computer. I’m glad they finally finished one because that bike chase looks pretty sweet.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, release date: December 21, 2011
GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
Superhero Hype reports that directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine will appear at New York Comic-Con on Saturday, October 15th. Presumably, they’ll have some more clips from the film. Too bad they couldn’t get Nicolas Cage to come with them. That would’ve been a hoot.
Release date: February 17th, 2012
BEWARE THE BATMAN
Spinoff has details of the next Batman series, “Beware the Batman.” It will be a CGI series (ugh) and feature a “gun-totting Alfred” (what?) and Katana (really?) as the Batman’s sidekick. The series will also dig deep in the villains gallery, with Grant Morrison’s Professor Pyg appearing on early promo art. All of this info comes from the the MIP Junior conference where Warner Bros. executive vice president for creative affairs Sam Register discussed the upcoming DC Nation block on Cartoon Network. In addition to the new Batman show, programing will include shorts, live action interstitials with fans and creators, and something I think is really special: a Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl series called “Super Best Friends Forever.” It’s from the creator of the recent “My Little Pony” series and could do a great deal to patch up the bad blood caused by the Starfire incident.
A HORSE IS A HORSE, OF COURSE
Worse than a glut of superhero movies, more harrowing than a phalanx of board game movies, far more insidious than another “Transformers” movie comes word that “Mr. Ed” will finally make it to the big screen. I know a lot of you are asking “who?” and it warms my heart to know that this will fall flat on its face. For those of you who are blessed with blissful ignorance, here’s the premise: a hapless WASPy guy owns a talking horse. That’s it! I’d say this project is a surer sign of cinematic apocalypse than movies based on “Ouija” and “View Master” toys. 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 film based on “My Mother The Car.”