Joss Whedon tells SFX (via MTV News) there are “stipulations and restrictions” in what he can do with the characters, but his voice will be a part of the final film. “Kevin Feige is very active as a producer and worked with me a lot on the story, but they are absolutely honouring the fact that this is my film. What I kind of think ultimately defines Marvel Studios was the first thing they did and that was cast Robert Downey Jr. They said, ‘What if we got great actors and let them have some time to be the people they’re supposed to be instead of going through the paces of hitting this mark and that mark?’ They don’t always get it right, but nobody does. But if you look at who they already had, and who they allowed me to add to the cast, they are thinking about the integrity of the characters.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Pietro Filipponi at the Daily Blam! notes the children cast in the film sometime have finally synced up to the parts they played. “10-year old actor Gattlin Griffith had been cast in Green Lantern, though his exact role in the film could not be discovered. Today I’ve learned he will in fact be portraying the young counterpart to Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan; a.k.a Green Lantern. Jenna Craig landed the role of 8-year old Carol Ferris (portrayed as a adult by Blake Lively), who’s childhood is integrally tied to the Jordan family,” he writes. “The latest additions – or rather, updates – are Brock Kaufman as young Jack Jordan, Clay Moncure as young Jim Jordan and John Kepper as young Hector Hammond.” The film reportedly has a sequence set when Hal was young.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Though the film is not yet released, there is already talk of a sequel. The Conan Movie Blog (via IGN) reports a treatment exists from screenwriters Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain. According to their scooper, it is based on a single (unnamed) Robert E. Howard story. Read this description and tell me if it sounds familiar. “There is a determined female monarch, but she is not a warrior swordswoman with a fifth degree black belt and behaves pretty much as in the original story.” He goes on to write, “Blackman and McCain provided their Conan with some pretty cool quips that are much more Eastwood than Bond. I thought they enlivened the character without getting too contemporary.” There are a few changes, including a pronounced villain, but scooper feels the treatment is faithful to the character. Let’s see if it survives the development process.
Release date: TBA
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
I love how much the cities in the UK have embraced the scooper spirit for this film. In some ways, it’s the riskiest of the Marvel set by being a period film and all these photos offer a nice look at things.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Hey U Guys have a French poster for the film that plays up the quirkier aspects of the film:
Release date: October 15th, 2010
According to Bleeding Cool, the series has been optioned by Scorpio Studios. “They’re certainly not shy of genre fare, but they also seem particularly keen to target family audiences. They look to me like ‘Narnia’ and ‘Bridge to Teribithia’ producers Walden Media on a lower budget. They don’t appear to have adapted any comics before, so perhaps this project is the dawning of a new approach for them, on one front or another,” writes Bleeding Cool’s Brenden Connelly.
Release date: TBA
Here at CBR, we have an interview with director Lauren Montgomery. On the return of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy to the roles of Superman and Batman, she says, “they’ve spent so much time with these characters, it’s probably almost second nature to them at this point. We always know and depend on them to bring their A-game. And their performances are always amazing. That just makes our life easier. We know we won’t have to coach anyone or do a million takes because we know they’re going to get it really quick and really easily.” Asked if the “Superman/Batman” series would continue with the next story arc, “Absolute Power,” she replied, “I honestly don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did because it’s ‘Batman/Superman.’ Anytime you put Batman and Superman together, it sells pretty well [laughs]. And being that they are all about doing Batman or Superman, I’m sure they will eventually do another ‘Superman/Batman.’ I don’t think there is a script in the works right now, but I definitely would not be surprised if it did come in the next year or two.”
Release date: Out now!
I have another backlog of DVD’s to watch. I have “Iron Man 2” and whole season of the old “Doctor Who,” a few “Mystery Science” episodes and the discs I’ve had from Netflix for the last two months. I have to clear all of that before the “Alien” Blu-Ray set arrives. 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 the holiday DVD season.