SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
A source tells Batman-news.com that scenes taking place inside LexCorp may be shot next week. "In Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel, LexCorp is described as a young, edgy company," they write. "Think of it as a .com or Google type workplace. It's a smart company with a stylish vibe, a youthful clash of rock and roll, preppy, and nerdy employees. Hipsters!" I'm calling it now, we're all getting LexCorp branded hoodies next summer. The site cannot confirm if Jesse Eisenberg will be in the scenes, but mentions yesterday's report about the military extras needed for scenes shooting next week. Perhaps it's a block of Lex stuff. Time will tell, of course.
Release date: May 6, 2016
Various sites are point to this Instagram photo posted by "The Vampire Diaries" Steven R. McQueen featuring the actor alongside "Arrow" star Stephen Amell:
The show's producers have long wished to bring Nightwing to the series, but always mention it is unlikely as the character is tied up in the Batman film rights. However, Comic Book Movie notes that McQueen "has increased the 'easter eggs' on his Twitter account by retweeting Scott Snyder's Batman quotes and images, and by uploading images of DC Comic book titles." They also mention this could all be wishful thinking on the part of an actor who already has steady work on another series. I suppose Amell and McQueen could just be having fun.
Returns: Fall 2014
And speaking of actors hoping to play superheroes, Channing Tatum updates MTV News on his hopes to play everyone's favorite Cajun mutant. "There are only conversations and dreams right now, really," he says, though he considers himself lucky to even be having these conversations. Asked if Gambit might show up in "X-Men: Apocalypse," the actor replied, "We've talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the 'hero, superhero movie.' Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He's a thief. He walks on the gray. I'm hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones."
Release date: TBA
While talking to The Telegraph, Hayley Atwell appears to have confirmed Dominic Cooper's involvement with the series as Howard Stark. "He's incredibly naughty," the actress states. "So I'm going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too." This seems like a pretty casual admission, so maybe Cooper's involvement is better known overseas?
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
As we reported here at CBR yesterday, the first TV spot for the film has arrived online, courtesy of Marvel:
CBR also reported that director James Gunn took to his Facebook page to discuss the 3D and IMAX versions of the film. "I've been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it's spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy," the director writes. "3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D."
Release date: August 1st, 2014
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Various sites are pointing to a Vanity Fair article in which actress Eva Green discusses the kerfuffle over the "Sin City" poster banned by the MPAA. "I find it a bit odd," she tells the site. "It seems like it's all just publicity -- a lot of noise for nothing." Yeah, I could agree with that. She adds that the image itself is "kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it."
Release date: August 22nd, 2014
WHO WILL DIRECT ANT MAN?
Well, we've reached the end of my one-week guest stint here at the Reel and we're no closer to knowing who will take the director's chair -- which we should probably start calling the Siege Perilous -- on Marvel's "Ant Man" film. At least, as of my press time. Keep in mind that without a director, key production posts, like the director of photography, are also vacant. The movie is a little more than a year from release, and I'm starting to wonder if the short prep time is the reason so many directors are whispering "no" when asked to helm the picture. That's tough for any film, let alone a major studio project under intense media scrutiny. Anyway, it was fun taking up the Reel for the week and thanks for reading. Steve will be back on Monday. Maybe at that point, "Ant Man" will have a director.