The Playlist reports John Hamm has denied rumors of his involvement in the forthcoming Superman film. TV Squad actually has the footage from “Live with Regis and Kelly” where he actually explains the game of telephone (which stretches back to the original July 26th post on Think McFly Think) involved in his name being linked to Superman:
Oddly enough, I was explaining to a relative yesterday that there are only two ways we can percieve the Man of Steel at this point: the square-jawed paragon of mid-Twentieth Century American power (personified by Hamm) and Christopher Reeve. If we can’t have Brandon Routh playing to the Reeve qualities, we want Hamm beating up scary un-American ideas. With his fists.
Release date: 2012?
Speaking in Melbourne, Australia, Joss Whedon talked a bit about the script. Luckily, omg-squee.com (via Comic Book Movie) has a transcript. When asked if he wrote the first draft for the film, he replied “There was a script, but I had a different take on it. And when they showed it to me I said ‘But this doesn’t work for me, I would do something different.’ And they said, ‘Well tell us what you would do,’ and now I’m doing it.” Meanwhile, Jeremy Renner tells MTV News about his connection to Whedon:
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
JoBlo has some exclusive concept art from the film that um, well, just look for yourselves:
Release date: TBA
DC COMICS FILM SLATE
Heat Vision reports the long awaited DC Entertainment master plan will be announced soon. “There will be an organizational announcement next week, then in about a month Warner Bros. will unveil a spread sheet detailing how the various superheroes will be reintroduced to consumers, and on more than just feature film platforms,” they write. The information comes from Warner Bros CEO Barry Meyer, who is looking to change up the relationship with the DC stable, which he characterizes as classically being a “custodial way.” All I know is there better be a B’Wana Beast movie on that slate.
Release date: TBA
Talking with The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex‘s Geoff Boucher, director Kenneth Branagh discusses some of the ways his film is different from “Iron Man.” While those films are famous for looser scripts to accommodate improvisation on set, Branagh prefers a tighter framework. “I think ‘Thor’ comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure,” Branagh explained. “As least on the Asgardian side of things; there’s a semi-ornateness to all of it that means we start from a more ordered universe, then the story turns toward the chaotic.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Time for some video from the Manchester set thanks to some local scoopers and Comic Book Movie:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
ALL STAR SUPERMAN
Heat Vision reports James Denton, Christian Hendricks and Anthony LaPaglida will voice the principle characters in The DC Universe Animated adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Superman tale. According to the article, “the story begins with the Man of Steel (Denton) oversaturated by radiation during a rescue mission near the sun, accelerating the degeneration of his cells. Knowing that he has a limited time before he dies, Superman sets out on a journey that sees him revealing his secret to Lois Lane (Hendricks), giving Lex Luthor (LaPaglia) an epiphany on humanity and ensuring the safety of Earth for when he is gone.” Ed Asner will be onboard as Perry White (kind of a change from his reoccurring stint as Granny Goodness) and Dwayne McDuffie provides the script.
Release date: Spring 2011
With the the upcoming DCU release in just a few weeks, Ed Gross has one of those interview/press releases for the film. In this one, Kevin Conroy discusses returning to Comic-Con for this first time in many years. “The experience with the fans always re-energizes me for Batman. I’ve always been really into meeting and interacting with the fans. I understand why a lot of actors don’t like to do that because it can be very invasive of your private life. But I’m just so appreciative because I figure I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for them. Also, my background is the theatre, and the fun of doing theatre is the interaction with the audience, the feedback you get every night. You just don’t get that in Hollywood. You don’t get that with television or film, and you certainly don’t get it working in animation. So the only place you get it is to go to places like the Cons,” he said. “Plus, you get funny perks. I went to a Starbucks in downtown San Diego, and they said, ‘Oh, Mr. Conroy, you don’t pay for coffee today.’ (he laughs) I thought, well, that hasn’t happened in a long time.”
Release date: September 28th, 2010
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