Akira, Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers: January 6th Comic Reel


It seems the nightmare is over. Or maybe postponed. Spinoff Online reports that the film's production office in Vancouver, Canada has been shut down while the studio looks at the film's budget. The production currently has $90 million to play with, but "studio executives, said to be nervous that 'Tron: Legacy' star Garrett Hedlund is the only actor signed on to the project, would like that figure in the $60 million to $70 million range." According to Deadline, though, the issue isn't really about the budget. "The studio suddenly wanted changes made to the script, the most recent draft of which came from David James Kelly. They will quickly set a high-end writer to do a polish and then Warner Bros will have to a final decision to make," writes Deadline's Mike Fleming. Either way, the saga of making American "Akira" never fails to be filled with twists.

Release date: TBA


MTV News offers a wrap-up of plot points from the Prologue attached to select prints of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." Obviously, it's filled with spoilers, but here's something I think is safe: Bane's first line. "Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane," says the film's major villain at some point during the opening scene.

Release date: July 20th, 2012


USA Today has stills from several upcoming films, including this new shot of Thor and Cap:

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012


Co-screeenwriter Jane Goldman tells MTV News that she doubts Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel. "I think the only thing that is fairly sure is that right now, Matthew doesn't have any plans to direct it. He and I are not currently talking about writing it either," she reveals. "It may well be that Matthew oversees ['Kick-Ass 2'] in a producer role, and I may also be involved in that capacity. I know that there is somebody that Matthew has been talking to who would be interested in writing and directing that. That would be cool." She also admits that she doubts the film version of "Kick-Ass" even needs a sequel.

Release date: TBA


Nicolas Cage tells Collider that the film is part of his fascination with mythologies. "Whether it's Arthurian or ancient greek or even Marvel universe. I've always connected with it on some level. These are like abstract archetypes that trigger emotions in people whether they are aware of it or not consciously it still lands, it still has an impact," says the epic actor. "Somewhere along the way I thought if I'm dealing in some kind of fantastical landscape I can get as violent as I want and give you as many entertaining thrills as I want without resorting to slasher or gratuitous violence for violence's sake. We are dealing in a much more fantastic landscape."

Release date: February 17th, 2012


It seems, while no one was looking, the film version of Mark Millar's "Nemesis" fell apart. Bleeding Cool notes a Twitter conversation between Millar and co-screenwriter Joe Carnahan. "Mark, my brother and I were going to adapt NEMESIS at Fox and it got fucked off! We were waiting for you to finish the series," writes the Hollywood veteran. Millar's reply: "Seriously? That's hilarious. Follow me so I can DM you." Presumably, the two are now discussing what went wrong. Tony Scott had been attached to direct the film, but that may no longer be the case.

Release date: TBA


Benedict Cumberbatch offers Empire a quote that has the whole Tolkien obsessed internet speculating. "I'm playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the Five Legions War or something which I'm meant to understand," says the actor. "He's not actually in the original 'Hobbit.' It's something [Peter Jackson]'s taken from 'Lord Of The Rings' that he wants to put in there." Well, the Necromancer is referenced in "The Hobbit" and we later learn Gandalf left the dwarves to fight him in a fortress at the southern tip of Mirkwood. If you don't know who the character really is, I won's spoil it, but Cumberbatch's offhand remark that the Necromancer would appear at the Battle of Five armies -- granted, he doesn't seem clear on what it's called or actually is -- has everyone wondering if Jackson will really divert from the book that much. Me? I doubt it. The actor is either being tricksy or still lacks a clear idea of what he's doing in the film. Either way, I imagine we'll have a battle with the Necromancer to kick off the second film.

Release date: December 13th, 2013


So, Reelers, today marks my last day on the Comic Reel. I leave it in the capable hands of CBR's Steve Sunu to tell you all about the comic book movies in 2012 and beyond. I'd like to thank you all for reading every morning, liking on Facebook, and sending me tips whenever the spirit moved you. Steve is good people and I'm sure you'll all be as welcoming to him as you were to me. I'll still be around the CBR orbit, so keep an eye out for my by-line. Also feel free to bookmark The Satellite Show, where I indulge in talking about all my favorite non-superhero stuff. 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.

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