Deadline reports that shooting may be pushed back to 2012. “Fox was looking at a Fall 2011,” they write, “But now that may push back to Spring 2012. The screenplay mostly takes place in Japan. But studio insiders tell us it’s hard finding just where to shoot in Japan these days because of weather-related considerations. Now the location might switch to Canada or become a combination of the two countries.” Strange, I thought the decision to move to Canada had already been made. I wonder if star/producer Hugh Jackman is insisting on shooting some of it in Japan. Meanwhile, Comic Book Movie points to this article on Abba-Nibbi which claims Sarai Givaty is up for a role in the film. According to the story, “[she] has already passed two auditions for the role of one of Wolverine’s sexy hunters, and now she’s set for an audition with the movie’s director, James Mangold.” I didn’t realize auditions were like tests.
Release date: 2012?
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Tom Hardy tells Variety that he’s sorry for comments made at Comic-Con that likened working on the film to slinging Raspberry Mochas at Starbucks. “I’m really sorry if anyone misunderstood what I said about comparing working for a huge franchise to being like working for Starbucks. I didn’t mean it like that. I mean, it could have been British Airways, it could have been Virgin, it could have been Nike, it could have been any huge company,” he explains. “I’m human and I do read things and I get hurt. My friends say, ‘Don’t read anything, just ignore it,’ but I do. And I read comics. And I cry.”
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Heat Vision reports that Victoria Secret super-model Marisa Miller has joined the film as Jeff Bridges’ “human avatar.” According to the article, she will appear as “the form humans see when Bridges’ character is in his earthly form.” I suppose the first question I have for the model turned actress is this: Can she act like The Dude?
Release date: June 28th, 2013
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL
This Comic Book Movie post reveals the most important thing you never knew about Smallville:
The post is also filled with spoilers in text form and the claim that Superman will wear his boxers in the film.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013
Here at CBR, we have a review of the Batman related stage show. Covering old ground, like the origin of Robin, reviewer Michael Glenn notes an overall tone that is similar to “Batman: The Animated Series.” That’s no accident as “TAS” writers Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett are part of the show’s scripting team. While he calls the production a “technical success,” he notes a few tweaks to the story that may irk longtime fans, such as this alteration to Robin’s back story: “Right after the death of the Graysons at Tony Zucco’s hand. Instead of Bruce warmly offering to adopt the newly orphaned Dick Grayson, Commissioner Gordon has to convince a resistive Bruce to adopt Dick.” Say … that is odd.
Release date: Open now in the UK, August 2012 in the US
Spinoff Online reports that Showtime is developing a series based on the Oni Press comic by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.
“Described as ‘The Sopranos go the Hell,’ … [it] follows a cursed man named Eddie who gets drawn into a turf war between three demon families that control Chicago’s crime cartels while trafficking in human souls,” they write, also noting that the book’s original Prohibition setting will be updated to present day.
Release date: TBA
LOCKE & KEY
Various sites, including Collider, are linking to this trailer for the pilot:
Release date: TBA
In a blow to the forces of mediocrity, Heat Vision reports that the “Ouija” board movie has been cancelled, citing a prohibitive “tentpole” budget. Really? “Ouija” needed $200 million to tell its complex story? I’m sure the people behind “View Master” are nervous now. 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 a “Yahtzee” movie.