THE MAN OF STEEL
Is change afoot? Depending on who you believe in a report from Ain’t It Cool News, director Louis Leterrier (of the recent “Incredible Hulk”) may or may not have entered into discussions with the studio about replacing Bryan Singer.
What’s most interesting about that is the timing, as both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are reporting that Warner Brothers and DC Comics are feeling pressured by Marvel’s cinematic success, and that change may be coming. It was more than a rumor, because the company had to issue a statement: “While we are not going to go into the specifics of the meetings, we’re constantly looking at how best to exploit the DC Comics characters and properties. DC is an incredibly valuable asset to Warner Bros. and plays an important role across the entire studio by providing development and franchise opportunities for all media, including films, television, home entertainment, animation, consumer products, video games and digital platforms.” Hm …
There’s also a spoilery sneak preview at Digital Spy (which seems apropos) …
Finally, here’s a look at what the new webisodes will be like …
IRON MAN 2
According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily, Jon Favreau has come to terms with Marvel and will return to direct Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel.
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
CBR News has a feature article with executive producer Bruce Timm.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Before we leave Gotham, it seems the Joker was busy this week. First off, even though screenings are already sold out, he’s giving away tickets to IMAX showings. How many IMAX showings? Try a record record ninety four IMAX screens, with already 100 showings sold out.
The Clown Prince of Crime even tagged up the official site (it’ll load, be patient) and most of the viral sites (including the pizza place, the newspaper, the bank, the district attorney and other Gotham organizations among others).
Finally, Superhero Hype has video interviews with cast members.
Keeping it mysterious and masked, have you seen the new theatre standees? They’re at Comics2Film.
INCREDIBLE HULK 2?
Maybe not so much for a sequel, says this story from Reuters. “Five years ago, ‘Hulk,’ the first movie based on Marvel’s hulking green comic book character, rang up $245 million in worldwide box office but was widely dismissed as a commercial failure. The second attempt, ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ amped up the fun factor and dialed down the brooding of director Ang Lee’s original but is unlikely to gross significantly higher than its predecessor and might not spawn a sequel. And it’s been dubbed a success. What gives?”
IGN has a new video blog showing artist Dave Gibbons’ visit to the set.
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Another new clip’s out. It’s at the official site.
Meanwhile, creator Mike Mignola was studied at Comics2Film talking about letting go of the character. “You’re sitting there in the office with him and I’m saying, ‘why don’t we do this?’ and he’s going, ‘No, no, no. We’ll do this,’ I kind of go, dude, that’s my character, man,” Mignola said. “But you’re asking me to help you change it into something different. So, while we didn’t run into any real big conflicts, there was a mental adjustment period for me, but so much of that mental adjustment was done on the first picture, that with the second picture I really went into it feeling like I was working on his characters, and actually I only remember one moment during the filming of the second one, there was a scene where Hellboy comes out and he’s wearing no shirt but the coat, and that’s the way I’ve always drawn him in the comic, and so there was that one moment, I went, ‘Ooooh, it looks my character,’ and somebody else had to point out — they’re all your character, but at this point, I had mentally shifted them so far into being his characters that it needed that one moment to go hey, I recognize that guy!”
A new article in the Evening Times discusses the Matthew Vaughn-helmed adaptation, which is set for April 2009, as well as what could be next from Millar’s stable of ideas.
A bit afield, but CBR News has a special interview with actors Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell.
SAG STRIKE WATCH: REVENGE OF THE GUILDS
On Tuesday it was announced that the 70,000-strong American Federation of TV and Radio Artists would take a deal from the AMPTP. However, there’s another guild — you may have heard of them, SAG, the Screen Actor’s Guild, and their 120,000 members — which said “wait a minute, Sally!” Could there be a strike? The jury’s still out — literally.
THAT’S A WRAP
We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Warner Brothers?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, we’ll have fresh comics reviews online late Saturday afternoon and in just three days what is The Hundred and Four will be revealed. Change is coming: brace yourselves.
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