MARVEL PHASE TWO
While speaking with MTV Splash Page, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige confirmed that there are not any current plans for a Hulk standalone film in Marvel’s Phase Two. However, there may be hope for the Hulk to return in a solo venture following “The Avengers 2.”
“Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in ‘Avengers’? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could,” Feige told MTV. “We certainly are not even going to attempt that until ‘Avengers 2.’ So there’s a lot of time to think about it.
“Part of what’s fun about the way we played him in ‘Avengers’ is the ensemble quality of it,” Feige continued. “I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that’s there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn’t get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing.”
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART ONE
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One” producer Bruce Timm spoke with Comic Book Movie about the animated film, which debuts on DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow, and a myriad of topics ranging from the lasting effects of Frank Millar and Klaus Janson’s original story and the decision to split the movie into two parts.
“It was really the only way to get the thing made,” Timm told CBM. “When we first started talking seriously about doing it, the length of the piece came up really early on in the conversation. We said, ‘This is one that we cannot cut down. We cannot squeeze the entire story into one 70-minute movie. If we’re going to do this, we have to do two movies. We have to do part one and then part two. Fortunately, the home video people bought into it right away. They didn’t even hesitate.”
Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 25.
The second “Skyfall” TV spot has been making the rounds online with a bit of new footage.
However, the more interesting news doesn’t have to do so much with “Skyfall” as what comes after it. Express.co.uk reports “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play the villain in the next James Bond film set to debut in 2014.
“Work on the next film will begin next year and the plan is for Benedict to be on board,” Express’ source said. “He grew up watching Bond, so it would be a childhood ambition fulfilled. Playing a Bond villain is one of the plum roles in film history and he’d jump at the chance.”
Opens November 9
The Huffington Post spoke with Michael Bay about his upcoming film “Pain & Gain,” and the director elucidated his reasons for continuing with the “Transformers” franchise following “Transformers 3.”
“When you look what’s going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is [James] Cameron doing two more ‘Avatar’ movies?” Bay told The Huffington Post. “Why is Peter Jackson doing three more “Hobbit” movies that are in the same world as ‘Lord of the Rings?’ When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.”
Bay further confirmed that legendary Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen will be back for “Transformers 4,” despite reports that the new film will center around an entirely new cast of characters.
Opens June 27, 2014
Jim Carrey is set to play Colonel Stars, the leader of Justice Forever in “Kick-Ass 2” and Comic Book Movie has posted behind-the-scenes pictures of Carrey in his uniform along with the other members of Justice Forever.
Opens June 28, 2013
The official “The Hobbit” Twitter account has posted a new poster featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins with Sting in his hands.
Opens December 14
Here’s an interesting YouTube short from graphic designer Adam Levermore — it’s essentially his video resume to try and get a job on Joss Whedon’s upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” television show. It’s actually quite clever and entertaining and stars Levermore with appearances by “Mythbusters” member Grant Imahara and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Amber Benson.