According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros sees actor Viggo Mortensen as a “person of interest” for the part of General Zod. The article mentions that “interest” is contingent on his deal for “Snow White and the Huntsmen” falling apart, freeing him up to play the Kryptonian villain. The most interesting aspect of the article is the mention of Zod. Director Zack Snyder previously denied the presence of the General in his film. Meanwhile, Moviehole hears about another actor being considered for a part. “I’ve heard they’re looking at Daniel Day-Lewis for an unspecified role in this film too, and I can only assume, now having read this news, that he’s also on the ‘Zod’ wishlist. I like Day-Lewis, and he’d probably do a good job of Zod too, but unlike Mortensen, I can already envision the Brit great’s response to being offered the role,” writes their West Hollywood Resnorter. I would also love to see Day-Lewis in the role. I think he’s a better fit than the former king of Gondor. I bet you thought I’d make it through this entire item without mentioning “The Lord of the Rings,” right? Sorry to disappoint.
Release date: 2012?
Jeremy Renner tells MTV News that he’s read the script:
MTV also spoke with Mark Ruffalo about how the Hulk will be presented in the film and Gwenyth Paltrow on her chances of returning to “Iron Man 3.” Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool points to this curious item in the Plain Dealer which reports that Ohio Governor John Kasich is negotiating to bring a “$40 million Marvel/Disney superhero movie to Cleveland.” The movie in question was to be shooting in Michigan, so it must be “The Avengers,” but why is the budget reported as only $40 million? Our old friend at Bleeding Cool suggests, “that may just be the amount spent filming in location.” That seems reasonable enough as we know some shooting will be happening elsewhere.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
GHOST RIDER: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
According to Superhero Hype, Australlian effects house Iloura will be part of the team setting Nic Cage’s head on fire. As written in the press release, “Iloura’s executive producer, Simon Rosenthal, said that this project would see the studio’s continued growth in capacity as more artists join the studio to complete the 500 plus shots on the film.”
Release date: February 17th, 2012
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Director Christopher Nolan offers very little to MTV News about the film while talking on the Oscar red carpet last night:
Release date: July 20th, 2012
G.I. JOE 2
Heat Vision reports that director Jon Chu will helm the “G.I. Joe” sequel. Chu directed the recent Justin Bieber documentary. The article also mentions there maybe some recasting afoot. “While Channing Tatum is expected to return as Duke, it is unclear if Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose dance card has filled out considerably since breaking out in ‘Inception,’ will return as one of the villains,” they write. “Insiders say Sienna Miller is also unlikely to return, with her Baroness role being recast or perhaps divided into a couple of new characters.” I don’t think new characters are neccesary. Just recast; it’ll be fine.
Release date: TBA
Michael Fassbender offers a little bit of information about the “Alien” quasi-prequel to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a different story, but it’s also got the traditional roots. “Alien” fans will recognize things in it. It’s not ignoring “Alien,” there’s still a link to that world. But it’s a different story. It’s definitely connected, though,” he says while walking a tight-rope of non-disclosure agreements. Just as long as it ignores “Alien vs. Predator,” I’ll be happy.
Release date: June 8th, 2012
TheOneRing.net has a few new spy shots from the production as it prepares for barrel-riding:
Release date: 2012
Ain’t It Cool News points to this trailer for the anime series:
As our pals at Spinoff Online reported, FX has ordered a pilot for the series based on the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Avon Oeming comic. “It’s official! Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out,” wrote Bendis over Twitter. Of course, the pilot is one step in the development cycle. Once completed, the network will review it and decide whether or not to take it to series. It is always possible an episode order could happen while the pilot is filming, but generally a finished product is necessary to gauge how successful the concept might be on television. I do wish it luck, though. It could be a very fun and creative television show.
THE LAST RAZZIE BENDER
With the Academy Awards comes the Golden Raspberry Awards for the lack of cinematic excellence. Collider has the full list of “winners,” but I should mention it was a big year for “The Last Airbender” and “Sex in the City 2.” Both films took the lion’s share of awards. 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 my own Razzie.