All purpose “Batman” producer Michael Uslan tells MTV News nothing about the upcoming Nolan-ized rethink of the property, but does offer this analogy: “When ‘Star Trek’ first came out as a big motion picture,” he said. “I couldn’t wait for that big motion picture that was one of the most expensive films ever made at the time. But I was bored to death during the movie. They spent so much money, and excuse the pun, but it was like an alien experience compared to the ‘Star Trek’ I knew and loved … [then] they came back with ‘The Wrath of Khan.’ It was a kick-ass movie that brought back a villain from the show, it was action-packed, and it was something that the guys could all really get into. I would hope that Superman will have his own ‘Wrath of Khan’ in the years to come.” It’s a provocative thought … and the same exact comparison Bryan Singer was making about his his own proposed “Superman Returns” sequel.
Release date: 2012?
IRON MAN 2
The Los Angeles Times continues its countdown to the film’s release with Jon Favreau talking of War Machine. “The fun part is the ridiculousness of it — just how many guns can you put on this thing? That’s the fun part of this character. With the movie, we make this effort to make everything emotionally correct but you also really want to cut loose and have fun in the places where it seems consistent to the story we’re telling. And with the design and fighting style of War Machine we really went to town.”
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
My new “Batman 3” Boilerpate: Always beware rumors surrounding this film. That said, Batman on Film suggests a Comic-Con timed announcement for the film. “It’s looking like we’ll finally get an official announcement for ‘Batman 3’ this July — probably around the time of Comic Con in the latter part of the month. As a point of reference, ‘The Dark Knight’ was officially announced right after Comic Con 2006,” they write. It isn’t the crazy guess. Personally, I keep expecting to happen before the release of Christopher Nolan’s new film, “Inception,” so the journalists can actually focus on that movie instead of asking for scraps on a Batman project … but since we’ll all ask about it either way, I suppose it could be held back for Comic-Con. In more concrete happenings, cinematographer Wally Pfister tells Cinematical both he and Nolan are disinclined to use 3D on the project. “Lord knows that the 3-D fad might pass by the time that summer comes around,” says Pfister. “But I know one thing about the film that Chris is adamant about is that he wants to shoot on film.”
Release date: TBA
In case you missed it, here at CBR, we have a new photo of Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex:
Release date: June 8th, 2010
THE WIZARD OF OZ (BEGINS)
The LA Times 24 Frames blog hears tell of Robert Downey Jr. joining the project (currently being called “The Great and Powerful” around town) as The Wizard. “The wizard, who in the Baum books was a charlatan in Kansas before arriving in Oz, is a more dark and complex character in the Roth/Kapner version than the desperate and doddering wizard of the MGM musical (played by Frank Morgan) would suggest, which in turn makes it seem like it would be perfect for Downey (and few others),” writes 24 Frames’ Steven Zeitchik. Word also has Sam Menedes being bandied about for director.
Release date: TBA
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
Release date: Summer 2010
Yes, it does seem a slow week. It seems with “Kick-Ass” not succeeding enough, everyone saying evertyhing they possibly could about “The Losers,” and everyone else holding their breath for “Iron Man 2,” the news cycle has slowed down considerably compared to last week. Of cource, that could always be just a redoubling of resources as the next wave of comic book inspired films get prepared. 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 having too much to report.