THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
According to The Times of India (via IGN), that odd green-screen crater is, in fact, the Lazarus Pit. “Sources say that this backdrop of the Fort has been used to establish that Batman is in an exotic location which is isolated too. However, this backdrop isn’t meant to be shown as India in the film. Back in the UK studios, this 30 ft x 30 ft green screen will be digitally modified to create the Lazarus Pit,” they write. “For those not in the loop, a Lazarus Pit is used by Ra’s Al Ghul for gaining restorative powers. Scenes of Bale being carried into the pit and then jumping out of it were also canned. A couple of locals were cast as extras in the scenes that were shot in India.” Of course, this is all from an unnamed source who could easily turn out to be the Riddler. As it happens, Latino Review found a much cleaner daytime photo of the alleged pit at the Official Facebook Dark Knight Rises Community page:
Release date: July 20th, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Martin Sheen tells the lads at HeyUGuys a little bit about Uncle Ben. “I’m not in any of the scenes where he’s Spider-man. He’s still a little boy. He’s a teenager when it starts. I’m a surrogate father really, I’m his uncle. And so all of our scenes are just like you and I talking now,” he says. “I’m dealing with this adolescent who is havingÂ problemsÂ withÂ changes, with hormones changing and his getting out of hand. I have to give him the marching orders and so forth. It’s all very normal.”
Release date: May 28th, 2012
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
IGN got its hands on a new poster for the film that features Conan fighting … samurai?
Release date: August 19th, 2011
Collider has a new banner for the film featuring the Corps in impressive poses:
I’m sure they’re all just recharging their rings.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
Collider also posed a few questions to “Priest” baddie Karl Urban about various topics, including the “Star Trek” sequel and “Dredd.”
Release date: TBA
“Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosiniski gives The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex a little update on the development of the third film. “We’re pulling together ideas,” he says. “We’ve got some ideas we’re really excited about. Obviously, we hinted at a lot of opportunities at the end of our film in that final scene between Sam and Quorra. We’re at the script stage, and we want to develop the right story and the right script and make sure we can get the right team together for Disney to make that decision sometime in the future.” Original “Tron” director Steven Lisberger adds, “As one of the creative people involved with it, it’s our job to put something in front of Disney that Disney can’t say ‘no’ to, but it’s their decision.” I don’t know, it seems Disney invested a lot in “Tron” as a franchise this time around and would be quicker to sequelize in this instance.
Release date: TBA
THE WALKING DEAD
While talking with The Hollywood Reporter on Free Comics Day, creator Robert Kirkman addressed the persistent “fired writers” rumor. “We have a full writing staff; there are three full-time staff writers and a freelancer: Evan Reilly (Rescue Me), Scott Gimple (FlashForward) and Angela Kang (Terriers) and one freelancer,” he said. “Darabont and [new executive producer] Glen Mazzara and myself are all working on the show. All that reporting about the writers being fired and going freelance, that was all something that never really happened.” Meanwhile, here at CBR, we have video of Kirkman discussing beards and other topics with our executive producer Jonah Weiland during WonderCon:
Airs: Fall 2011
According Ain’t It Cool News, Geekshow’s Scott Carelli saw the pilot and reveals Diana will have a costume change into her more traditional outfit during the episode. He also reports that “the pilot felt more like a cross between ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Boston Legal’ than ‘Wonder Woman,'” with star Adrianne Palicki good in the part, but “let down” by the script.
Release date: TBA
Here at CBR, we have video of Michael Rosebaum reflecting on the show’s version of Lex Luthor:
We also have a preview clip from the final episode, “Finale.”
THE KANEDA SHOUT
Looking at the Facebook comments from yesterday, it seems very few people are excited by the notion of Keanu Reeves as Kaneda or even an “Akira” film at all. It does feel like a fool’s errand to adapt such a classic for that mythical “general audience.” Hopefully, power players like Reeves can be swayed by public opinion and avoid accepting a part he’s just a little too mature to play. 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 Arnold Schwarzenegger as Tetsuo.