Green Lantern, Thor, Boilerplate: July 30th Comic Reel


Pietro Filipponi at Comic Book Movie spotted this YouTube video of a crowd scene being filmed:

What ever could they be running from?

Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011


Here at CBR, I had a chance to talk to the main cast about director Kenneth Branagh. He gave them all homework assignments to help with their performances. Branagh himself explained the concept. "It's just to make sure that you start off saying, 'it's not going to be the usual thing.' Look for information anywhere...so you can [read books], you can do a TV show, it can be picture, you can be in an art gallery, whatever. Let's make it our own, let's make it special. You find you put your arms around the part that way," he explained. Meanwhile, Pietro at CBM hears the "Thor" reel and "Captain America" teaser will be hidden on the "Iron Man 2" Blu-Ray. This may explain where yesterday's contentious, but decidedly 2D version of the "Thor" rell came from.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011


This one, I'm trully excited about. As we reported yesterday, JJ Abrams production company, Bad Robot, has picked up the film rights to Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet's "Boilerplate". The character has been kicking around for a long time and the samples Guinan had on his website for the last several year was amazing. "Guinan and Bennett finally saw their version of Boilerplate hit last year in the form of the illustrated novel 'Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel' which include prose passages and illustrations which incorporated the character into real historical events from the Boxer Rebellion to the Spanish-American War," writes our own Kiel Phegly. Of course there is no telling when the film might materialize, "Boilerplate" fans are known for their patience.

Release date: TBA


According to MTV News, Javier Grillo-Marxuach will be adapting the comic series for director Dennis Iliadis. The writer created "The Middleman."

Release date: TBA


Ashley Wood and T.P Louise's graphic novel is set to become a film thanks to Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion, Heat Vision reports. "The story focuses on a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order charged with protecting humanity from the beasts of folklore who invade our world," they write. Cory Goodman, writer of the "Priest" film, is set to adapt the comic for the screen.

Release date: TBA


It appears the film is caught up in an odd censorship struggle in the United Kingdom. Bleeding Cool has the full story which includes the British Board of Film Classification classifying an amended version of the film because, "some explanatory captions had been removed and in the other case, a single use of very strong language had been removed" and Director Stephen Frears discussing how he would have liked to use the strongest of profanities three times in the film.

Release date: TBA


Zak Efron updates MTV News on the adaptation of one of Brian Michael Bendis's earliest comics:

Release date: TBA


Our pals at Spinoff Online note a remake of "Total Recall" is in the works, with "Underworld's" Len Wiseman at the helm. I've been trying to come up with an appropriate joke for this one since I added it to my queue for the Reel last night, but have failed. I'll just say, "Get your ass to Mars" and hope it produces a chuckle somewhere.

Release date: TBA


Ain't It Cool News notes Laura Mennell has been cast in SyFy's superhero pilot. Mennell played Jenny Slater in "Watchmen." When AICN's Hercules wrote, "Her superpower is she's superhot and can bend people to her will," I thought it was a joke, but it turns out her character, Nina, does have that superpower. According to the press release, "Seductive, intelligent and confident, Nina's Alpha ability allows her to influence people into doing whatever she wishes but her power can sometimes spin out of control."


It feels like I'm still at Comic-Con, but now that I'm pretty much caught up, I can afford to rest. Well, until next week, when everything spins up again. Until then, get me a rum drink and cue up some Queen, it is, at long last, the weekend! 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 sleep.

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