X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
“It’s kind of a love story, like ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ which, really, was a love story between two men,” says James McAvoy in an interview with The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog. “This is the first time in their lives they’ve met someone who is an equal of sorts, someone who understands them and can connect and push them too. Especially Charles, he’s fascinated with Erik and his potential. For Erik, Charles is the first person he’s trusted to really tell about his past and the first person to understand the horrible things he’s been through.” He also discusses Xavier’s ego, the “dodginess” of director Matthew Vaughn, and the future of superhero movies.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Bleeding Cool notes the curious conversation between wrestler Shad Gaspard and director Brett Ratner over Twitter. In the initial posting, Gaspard links to a picture promoting himself as a contender for Chapel:
Ratner eventually responds with: “I will get you an audition when Youngblood is ready!” Of course, that still requires a workable script. It could be sometime before Gaspard gets his chance.
Release date: TBA
CHUD has an in-depth interview with screenwriter Don Payne. “Thor’s a unique character, and it’s an unusual story we’re telling. When you’ve got something like Captain America, the premise is easier to get right away — he’s a superhero fighting Nazis in World War II. Whereas we’ve got an extra-dimensional being once worshiped as a god by the ancient Norse who’s banished to earth and stripped of his powers to learn humility, all set amidst the Shakespearean intrigue of a dysfunctional royal family. It’s not as simple to grasp,” he says of the challenge in constructing a workable screen story. He utilized the already relatable aspects of Thor’s world to balance out the odder elements. “I think what really makes Thor relatable are the family relationships. There’s a lot of dysfunction in the House of Odin. Thor’s got a hard-ass father and a jealous brother. But for all of Thor’s hardheaded rebelliousness, he, like Loki, is really just trying to live up to his father’s expectations and make him proud. I think people can relate to that father and son dynamic,” the writer explains. He also talks about working with director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel, the creation of Kat Denning’s character Darcy, and mentions writer J. Michael Straczynski filmed a cameo. Meanwhile, Branagh talked with Ed Gross about threading “The Avengers” into his film:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
And speaking of “The Avengers,” Glen Foster — Robert Downey Jr.’s regular stunt double — gives Bleeding Cool this little tidbit about the film: “There are teams here in new Mexico now, prepping and rehearsing. General rehearsals for the stunt team will start next month and filming will start in April. The stunt co-ordinator is a guy called R A Rondell, a big time American co-ordinator, very prolific. I know who the characters are, but I don’t know much about the story or the script and not really sure of what will be required of me. I’m sure Tony Stark will be up to lots of good stuff so there will be plenty for me to do.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
Nicolas Cage tells Fearnet that his character gets exorcised. Well, one of his characters anyway. “There’s an exorcism scene I just did where Johnny Blaze is being exorcised. And then I also play Ghost Rider, who’s the spirit of Zarathos, who’s a corrupted angel. So it’s like completely different entities,” he explains. “The movie is not like anything I’ve done before. It’s completely original. I think it’s a really high adrenaline ride. And I think you’ll see things in it that are mysterious as well.” I certainly hope so. Combining Cage and the directors of “Crank” can only lead to greatness.
Release date: February 17th, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Behind this link to On Location Vacations is a description of a scene shooting tonight at the Sony lot featuring a character not formally announced as appearing in the film. Take a look if you dare.
Release date: July 2nd, 2012
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
Here at CBR, we have the trailer for the upcoming DC Animated title featuring several Tales of the Green Lantern Corps.
Well, I welcome any “Green Lantern” animation, particularly with Nathan Fillion taking on the role of Hal Jordan.
Release date: June 7th, 2011
THOR: TALES OF ASGARD
According to IGN, Marvel is set to release the new animated adventure on May 17th, 2011. “The story will go back to Thor’s earlier years, before he ever lifted his mighty hammer. It follows the upstart god’s quest for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur,” they write. “To help in the search, Thor teams up with his loyal brother Loki, a budding sorcerer with a knack for conjuring up trouble, and the fabled Warriors Three, a band of boastful travelers.”
Release date: May 17th, 2011
ALL STAR SUPERMAN
At CBR, we also have an interview with director Sam Liu. “I’m really curious how fans are going to react. The fans of Superman and the people that know the history of Superman, I think and I hope that they’re going to love it. But I’m curious about the fans who aren’t as familiar with Superman,” he says. “I grew up with the Christopher Reeve movies and I really loved the stories. How do you make someone that powerful vulnerable and likable and you still feel safe around him? And Christopher Reeve, he really set the definitive Clark and Superman alter ego dynamic. I think in this story, it explores that even more.” He also talks about the film taking on more mature themes and his wish to direct a “Sandman” story.
Release date: Out now!
THE WALKING DEAD
According to the official AMC blog, the first season will air as a marathon on Friday, March 4th. Meanwhile, one intrepid YouTuber posted this clip from one of the DVD special features. Warning: the video contains zombie gore.
Emily Blunt tells Collider why she hasn’t made a superhero movie. It all comes down to multiple film commitments. “I think the joy of the job for me is the about the unknown and ‘who knows what’s coming next” so to feel like I’m straight-jacketed in some way might be tricky.” I think that is a fair reason to turn down a role in a high profile superhero flick. Making a series of films is hard and signing on for, potentially, ten years is a daunting prospect. In fact, long term contracts kept “Superman” films from being made in the past and saw Cary Grant turn down the role of James Bond. It’s one of those rare times where a personal preference trumps money. 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 the “Thin Man” series being remade.