This thing just looks better and better. Yeah, it has a CGI storm cloud ... but it has Kilowog! And Sinestro being arrogant! Who would've ever thought those things would actually be in a "Green Lantern" movie?
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
MTV News asks Chris Hemsworth about the detailing on props like Mjolnir:
The sequel talk heats up with director Kenneth Branagh telling Entertainment Weekly that, "I am not sure I am done with Thor's universe, or if it is done with me. I guess it will likely depend on how massive it is and how the reviews are, and then schedules and all that nonsense." (Thanks to reader Holden for the link)
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
I'm still unsure about CGI in my sword and sandal movies, but portions of this trailer are certainly "metal." Meanwhile, screenwriter Sean Hood responds on Quora to a question about the amount of sex and violence in the film. "While the movie is unflinching in its depiction of barbarism, slavery and warfare, the violence and nudity emerge from the fabric of the story.Â It isn't gratuitous," he writes. "Robert E. Howard's stories, although violent and perverse for their time, were not intrusively graphic either. So this is ultimately a movie about the character Conan, a character that will hopefully launch a healthy franchise of movies with stories and characters that celebrate Howard's work. Yes, you'll see blood and boobs, but this isn't a Cinemax movie; it's epic action/fantasy." He also mentions that the film has an R rating.
Release date: August 19th, 2011
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The Hindustan Times (via Comic Book Movie) reports that the two "desert sequences" filming in Jodhpur will account for "a fraction scene [sic] in the movie and perhaps the audiences won't even come to know that it's India." The article also mention "other sources" who say the scenes will involve the League of Shadows. Of course, it's silly to even suggest story threads at the this point. The India shooting could just as easily revolve around a retired Bruce Wayne taking residence in a fortress far from Gotham with his new bride. No, I'm not trying to get a new rumor started.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells Popcorn Biz (via reader Holden) that he wants to get the Sorcerer Supreme into movie theaters. "I'd like to tap into two things: tap more into the world of magic - which 'Thor' isn't, really, but Strange entirely is, and I like that a lot; and then also continue to explore this sort of cosmic side of our universe, which Thor is a big part of, but not the only part. So those two things, in addition to the solid foundation of what's happening on Earth, I think, could be great," he says. With that in mind, I have three words for the executives at Marvel: Fin Fang Foom. He needs to be part of this project.
Release date: TBA
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Bryan Singer gives IGN the indication that Wolverine would be welcome in a subsequent "First Class" film. "I think there would definitely be room," he says. "I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself before, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing." I can see it now: "X-Men: Second Class," set in the 1970s and loosely based on "Giant Size X-Men #1." I know it rips up the previously established continuity, but it's too good an idea to pass up.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
In this video on the CW's YouTube account, actress Cassidy Freeman talks about how she learned of Michael Rosenbaum's return and her scene with the actor:
The YouTube account also features this video with executive producer Brian Petersen talking about Friday's episode, "Prophecy."
BACK IN TIME
Reader Enrique sent me a link to this curious story in which CNN reports that China's State Administration of Radio Film and Television declared stories about time travel as going "against Chinese heritage." The group also discouraged other fantasy and metaphysical concepts in the media as a "lack of positive thinking." Such a sweeping animosity toward fantasy makes me feel like I'm in grade school again. Also, the Reel mourns the passing of actor Jackie Cooper, who memorably played Perry White in the first four "Superman" movies. The actor also directed plenty of TV shows and the early 80s TV movie, "The Night They Save Christmas." He will be missed. 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 extreme "Doctor Who" censorship.