THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
As we reported last night here at CBR, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to appear in the film. His role is currently unknown, so let's get down to speculation, shall we? He was rumored to play the Riddler before director Christopher Nolan announced that character would not be in the film. That could be a lie. He could be Dick Grayson, replacing a broken (or dead) Bruce Wayne. He could even possibly be ... the Joker? Controversial? Sure. Could he pull it off? Absolutely. He could also appear as a completely new character. Time, of course, will tell.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
According to our pals at Spinoff Online, Zack Galifianakis is in talks to take on a starring role in the film alongside Ryan Reynolds. "Galifianakis would play Reynolds' partner, a wise-cracking ghost who's been hunting spirits since the 19th century," they write. The premise concerns a police division staffed by ghosts with Reynolds as a recent "hire."
Release date: TBA
What's Playing (via Spinoff Online) calls it the "Hunt for Lois Lane." They outline five actresses mentioned in the running for the role. They include Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" fame, Malin Akerman, "Glee's" Dianna Agron, Jessica Biel, and Rachel McAdams. Out of that list, I like McAdams the best for the part, but Latino Review offers a sixth person: Olivia Wilde. "What I was told today was that Olivia Wilde ('TRON: Legacy,' 'Cowboys & Aliens') has tested for Lois Lane in 'Superman.' The source knows this because they've been hired to work on 'Kin' [a crime thriller with Eric Bana] and the dates may be pushed back to accommodate the 'Superman' schedule should she get the gig. They also mentioned to me that the Rachel McAdams story is true," writes LR's Kellvin Chavez. While their news comes from an unnamed source, it's one I hope becomes a reality. She might be the best choice of the rumored ladies so far in terms of looks, acting chops, and screen presence.
Release date: 2012?
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
According to Ain't It Cool News, the first poster for the film should be arriving this Friday in anticipation of the Super Bowl ad on Sunday. I suppose that starts the countdown to release, so it should be an interesting time. Of the Marvel movies on the slate, this is the one I've been looking forward to the most.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool got his hands on the David E. Kelley penned pilot script. There's plenty of mild spoilers, but I'll keep most of them behind the link. I will mention this note from Connelly: "Long ago, government man Steve Trevor crashed onto Wonder Woman's island and brought her back to New York, but now they've split up. She still loves him, though, and it's obvious that their relationship is going to be a focus." I guess that means the often-told origin of Princess Diana will be referenced or seen in flashback, but not driving the main story. This is actually a good thing as the character has a great origin that often runs out of steam once you get her to the world of men. In Kelley's version, she also has a third identity and many jets at her disposal.
According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has axed three episodes of the show, changing its thirteen episode commitment to ten. It is also struggling in the ratings and a recent management change at NBC could spell the end for the freshman series.
Here at CBR, executive producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti discuss the new show and it's approach to the characters. "We'd both, in the pasts of our careers done teenage superhero shows, and there's a lot of '-isms' that are sort of common to those shows," says Vietti. "We wanted to put all that behind us and try to find a new way to do a teenager superhero show. We've really focused on trying to ground the series and make it feel more realistic than anything we've done before. We thought that would make a great stamp of originality on 'Young Justice' as a series. From the bottom up, we think of it a little bit like a teenager reality show. We're just dealing with teenagers who happen to be superheroes."
Kryptonsite has a gallery of images for the upcoming episode, "Masquerade," including this shot of Chloe in an awkward position:
Have you seen the new "Thundercats" line that's coming out soon? It's an anime-infused update of the old Rankin-Bass series. Superhero Hype has roundup. Snarf is particularly lost in the translation. I suppose it's good to refresh these concepts every so often, but "Thundercats" came from a more innocent time when we didn't notice our cartoon were really commercials. 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 "Turbo Teen" update.