EW has posted the full interview from its 2012 Preview Issue with “Avengers” director Joss Whedon, who outlined his plans for Captain America and the world of “The Avengers.”
“[‘The Avengers’] is very much about people who are alone – because I’m writing it,” Whedon told EW. “[Captain America] is kind of the ultimate loner in that way. There is an anachronism to him, and Chris and I have always tried to, without making it goofy or too obvious, make him that same grounded ’40s Steve Rogers he was in the other movie.”
“You get them in a world, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., where they fit in,” the director said. “And you say upfront, these are monsters. These are freaks. These are not you and me, and what are they doing here? How are they human beings? Let’s just investigate that.”
Comic Book Movie tracked down an account of some spoiler footage of Scarlett Johnansson’s Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk shown at a toy fair in Asia.
Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everyone. Opens May 4.
THR’s Heat Vision blog (and our own Spinoff Online) reports Marcus Nispel is slated to direct the film adaptation of Image Comics’ “Hack/Slash.” Best known for “Conan the Barbarian” and recent remakes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th,” Nispel is the latest in a series of directors attached to the project.
According to a video by Comic Book Therapy (found by Bleeding Cool) of Rob Liefeld and Scott Lobdell at Arizona Comic-Con, Liefeld may have seen eight minutes of the rumored “Deadpool” film, one that he says is definitely rated R.
“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script,” Liefeld said during the panel. “I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated. They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you, it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated ‘Deadpool’ movie.”
A few new images from the upcoming Disney adaptation of “John Carter” from the official site.
Director Andrew Stanton spoke with the L.A. Times’ HeroComplex and revealed Willem Dafoe’s character, Tars Tarkis, has not changed much from his original counterpart.
“Anybody I had ever met that had read the book, that tended to be their favorite character,” Stanton told HeroComplex. “As a kid, you wanted to meet him, and you were kind of jealous that John Carter got to hang out with him. Tars Tarkas was one thing we didn’t want to mess with at all.”
Finally, a new TV spot, courtesy of Disney’s official trailers YouTube channel.
Opens March 9
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
A new image of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, wielding a small sword — could it possibly be Sting?
Opens December 14
Another new image of Noomi Rapace in her Mass-Effect-style armor.
Opens June 8
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX is mulling over whether to continue with reshoots for the “Powers” pilot. When speaking to THR, FX president and GM John Landgraf characterized the adaptation as “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.” A decision whether development on “Powers” will continue is expected in the next few months.
MEN IN BLACK 3
Here’s a new image of Will Smith as Jay and Tommy Lee Jones as Kay — with a neuralizer!
Opens May 25
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
Comic Book Movie uncovered an interview with “Ghost Rider” director Brian Taylor in SFX Magazine, where he described Nicholas Cage’s performance as both Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider.
“We thought it would be fascinating and a lot of fun to have Nic approach this dual role and create a completely new persona for this creature,” Taylor told SFX. “Nic took it on as a creative creature challenge. He did a lot of research and had a lot of nightmares, and really went deep into what his version of that demon would be. He was coming at us with some really crazy stuff, like ancient Egyptian ceremonial dances, and we wanted him to study insects, and the way that they move. Some of the things that we came up with are so leftfield that we almost didn’t think they’d make the movie, but we ended up putting them in. As a character the Rider is constantly keeping you balance and doing odd little that you don’t expect – as much as he’s burning people alive, it’s almost more about psychological warfare.”
Opens February 17
According to Variety, Fox is looking at Josh Trank to direct the “Fantastic Four” reboot. Trank, the 26-year-old director of “Chronicle,” is largely unknown and his directing credits are mostly from the 2007 television show “The Kill Point.” Trank coming on as director for the FF reboot seems to be contingent on “Chronicle’s” performance — Fox is waiting to see how the film’s debut at the box office does to offer Trank the job.
GERVAIS AT THE GLOBES
For those that missed it, here’s Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue for the Golden Globes where he takes shots at NBC, Kim Kardashian, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and the Oscars — even better for us comic fans, “The Adventures of Tintin” took home Best Animated Film.