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Captain America, Man of Steel, The Red Star: July 20th Comic Reel

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Captain America, Man of Steel, The Red Star: July 20th Comic Reel


Director Joe Johnston tells CBR News about his interest in the 1930s and 40s. “I wasn’t alive then, and I’m probably getting this from the movies and the photographs that were probably very carefully staged — it wasn’t all glorious, but it just felt like people cared about the way things looked,” he says. “The clothes were fantastic. They had great fashion in the ’40s. I mean, men wore hats, women wore dresses! It was great!” Reminded that he made another period comic book movie with “The Rocketeer,” Johnston explains, “It’s not that the movies are similar, but I recognize things in ‘The Rocketeer’ that I had totally forgotten about — like, the secret bookcase is in ‘Captain America.'” A few other details connect the two films, though the director claims it was all accidental. Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has a video interview with Johnston and the cast of the film:

Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011


Superhero Hype also has a few new pictures from Plano, Illinois as the partially destroyed Smallville sets takes shape:

Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: 2012


Heat Vision reports that producer Neal Moritz and Warner Bros have picked up the film rights to the alternate world science fantasy “The Red Star.” The project had previous been at Universal, but was put into turnaround. The article mentions that no creative types are attached to project at its new home.

Release date: TBA


While Trailer Addict notes that the trailer will be available on Thursday, Spinoff Online may have found a way for you to see a cameraphone video of the preview.

Release date: May 28th, 2012


The Los Angeles Times 24 Frames blog reports that Top Cow’s “The Darkness” is coming to the big screen thanks to Mandeville Films. Here’s how the Times described the plot: “The graphic novels center on a mobster named Jackie Estacado who discovers he has inherited a murderous power known as ‘the darkness’ that allows him to summon creatures from another realm. Estacado must then find a way to tame the power while vanquishing his enemies within the crime family in which he operates.” The articles notes the series has been optioned before, but now might be the right time for the darker toned concept.

Release date: TBA


And in further options news, The Wrap (via Spinoff Online) has learned that Waternman Entertainment has picked up the rights to the Marvel comics series. The article described the concept as being set on “an Earth that has been conquered by aliens. Scientists develop a way to grant humans superpowers — but with a terrible cost: Within a year of getting the powers, people die. Though they’re doomed, they battle the aliens.”

Release date: TBA


Creator Jeff Smith tells The LA Times Hero Complex about seeing short clip of “Bone” animation put together by Warner Bros. “Fone Bone was falling in the water and going through cliffs and canyons. The dragon moved in from off camera in the shadows with smoke around him, all in 3-D. It was pretty mind-blowing,” he says. “[I’m] actually excited about the movie for the first time in a long time.”

Release date: TBA


Starburst Magazine (via Comic Book Movie) has a glowing review of the Batman stage show. “Any reservations we had (and we had a few considering the ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ debacle) were quickly wiped away upon entry – there before us was Gotham City itself, dwarfed by a colossal video screen back-drop (rendered as the iconic Bat insignia),” they write. “The screen itself is an amazing lynchpin that compliments the ultra-modern pantomime beautifully, providing not only hugely inventive ways of extending each location, but also aids the narrative with the use of Joe Cubert-inspired comic-book panels. The Gotham City set is comprised of Monopoly piece-like constructs that, once your suspension of disbelief has been appropriately adjusted, work extremely well.”

Release date: July in the UK, August 2012 in the US


Packing is done. The tickets set. Hotel confirmed. It’s Comic-Con time and I’ll be there later tonight. Hopefully, it’ll be a good year. 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 Day One.

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