Yesterday, we saw Darren Aronofsky deflect the rumor he might be directing the “Wolverine” sequel. Today, The Los Angeles Times adds him to the list of possible “Superman” directors. “There would also be questions about how the relationship would work between two strong-willed auteurs like Aronofsky and Nolan. And the ‘Wrestler’ director has famously resisted taking on bigger-budget studio pictures in the interest of retaining creative control,” they write. “He and Nolan have had similar roots, if vastly different trajectories. Both gainedÂ acclaim for low-budget indies that told fractured stories (Nolan with “Following” and Aronofsky with “Pi”) and have continued to maintain an auteur vision even as they worked with bigger stars. If Warner Bros. and financier Legendary are going to give Nolan a significant degree of creative freedom, it makes sense to go with someone who knows how to make the most of that.” Of course, the interesting wrinkle here is Aronofsky’s own history with Batman. The director developed a “year one” style picture for Warner Bros before Nolan came on to make “Batman Begins.” Meanwhile, Moviehole hears word the director could bring a star with him — Natalie Portman as Lois Lane. “A friend that worked on “Black Swan” with Mr Aronofsky tells us that the filmmaker has actually “been talking about this for a while” and that they don’t think talks have “progressed beyond the suggestion of having Nat[alie Portman] be Lois. They wanted her first time around, this time they can get her – with Darren. But who knows where that’s at now,” writes Moviehole’s Clint Morris. If these two names could be locked in, it would give the whole production a huge boost.
Release date: 2012?
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
James McAvoy tells MTV News a bit about the relationship between Xavier and the soon-to-be Magneto:
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Ryan Reynolds also told MTV News about the importance of “Secret Origins,” Geoff Johns’ recent retelling of Hal’s first flights, in his version of the character:
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Mania reports a new contender for the Wasp is researching the role. “An exclusive tip from a scooper who is known to us tells us that in between filming sessions for ‘V’, actress Morena Baccarin was seen visiting a comic shop and purchasing ‘a bunch of Avengers comics.’ Our tipster further said she was asking the store workers to specifically point out comics with the Wasp in them.” Baccarin has history with director Joss Whedon and her current hair style even syncs up with the ‘Ultimates’ version of the character. I like this version of the rumor much better than the Eva Longoria one.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
3D Hollywood (via IGN) reports a planned post-process 3D version of “Inception” could precipitate the third “Batman Begins” movie to be shot entirely in stereoscopic format. “Prevailing opinions at Warner are that Nolan will not enjoy the luxury of taking a pass on 3D for the new Batman movie, which will surely be set up for 3D from the beginning.” writes 3D Hollywood’s Scott Hettrick. “Inception 3D”, if it happens, would either premiere on HBO’s planned 3D service or in a limited theatrical run.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Pietro Filipponi at The Daily Blam! spoke with actress Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif in the film. “She is very loyal to Thor and cares a lot about protecting him and protecting Asgard,” she says of the character. “As for a possible love relationship you’ll just have to wait and see the movie. My lips are sealed!”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Here at CBR, I have a review of the direct-to-video release. As I saw it at the Paley Center premiere last week, I can’t comment on the extras or the “Green Arrow” DC Showcase short. I may buy a Blu-Ray copy soon and give you and update in the endnote about those features on the disc. The film itself is pretty satisfying, offering more depth than the previous “Superman/Batman” adaptation. It also has a nice role for Big Barda, which is always a welcome thing.
Release date: Today!
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
Reader Mike spotted this story from USA Weekend about upcoming episodes, in which producer James Tucker revealed several Justice League members set to appear. “It’s Fire and Ice, the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, because we just love Aquaman. At some point, most of those guys had been in the JLI. Later on, Captain Marvel will be in it,” he said of the B&tB Justice League.
THE WALKING DEAD
The Daily Blam!‘s Keven Skinner chatted with Sonya Thompson, one of the featured zombie extras in the publicity materials and appears in the majority of the first season episodes. “My friends and family love it! They all agree that I am a very intensely, gross zombie,” she says of her appearances in various outlets. She also says the Atlanta heat was the toughest part of playing a zombie in the series, “Playing the undead in the 98 degree weather was the most difficult part. Being in prosthetics and having to wear a long sleeve cardigan, wow talk about hot. The one thing that I will take away from this experience is the great people that I met and worked with. I was truly blessed.”
SAVING UP SOME CHANGE
With the release of ‘Rock Band 3’ a month away, I’ve been saving up my change and, hopefully, can take some of burn off the game plus keyboard controller bundle. This time last year, I made a similar savings attempt for the Beatles version of the game and the George Harrison guitar controller. No matter what, there will be some “Rock Band” nights coming up soon. 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, ready for the future threat of more accessories.