IRON MAN 3
Various sites, including MTV News, are reporting that Robert Downey Jr. "sustained an ankle injury" while filming. In a statement, Marvel and Disney said the production will experience "a short delay" as Downey recovers. I also sustained an ankle injury yesterday, so I can particularly sympathize with the actor on this occasion. It hurts like the dickens and requires intervals under ice.
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL
As Spinoff Online reported yesterday, the "Kick-Ass" sequel has a release date and two new castmembers. Morris Chestnut will play Hit-Girl's stepfather Marcus and Robert Emms will take on the role of Insect-Man. The film, which will feature Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse in their original roles, will be released on June 28th, 2013. Hmm, next summer will be literally stuffed with superheroes.
Release date: June 28th, 2013
THE DARK KNIGHT CONTINUES
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is starting to talk about the implications of the last shot in "The Dark Knight Rises." If you haven't seen the movie yet (which, frankly, would surprise me), stop reading now. I'll give you a second.
Okay, stragglers out, too.
Good, so, The Hollywood Reporter straight up asked the actor if he'd take over. "I always choose scripts the same way," he responded. "If it's a great script and a great filmmaker, then I'm interested." It's the classic non-committal, committal. The THR article also quotes the actor responding to the same question on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." When Kimmel pressed him about the cape and cowl, Gordon-Levitt said "I don't think [the ending of 'The Dark Knight Rises'] is necessarily a set-up. I think it is the great ending for that trilogy ... Even if you go back to 'Batman Begins,' he's talking about how Batman is more than a man, it's a symbol, and a hero can be anybody and we all have heroes inside of us." I happen to think the actor is something of a gift for the franchise and actually examining a successor, like Grant Morrison did in "Batman & Robin", is great material for the next film.
Release date: TBA
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Bleeding Cool points to a possible log line for the film on The Wrap's paid tracking board, It's on the Grid, which claims the film will revolve around a "U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants." Bleeding Cool's Brendon Connelly notes the same description was printed in an issue of "Production Weekly" earlier this month. Since Marvel's space stuff always makes me a little dizzy, I'm assuming this sounds accurate to the concept?
Release date: TBA
Next summer will definitely be dominated by superheroes and comic book-inspired movie as "R.I.P.D.," Ryan Reynolds' second dip in the pool, is shifting released dates to accommodate the addition of "Kick-Ass 2," according to Superhero Hype. Just to review, we have a "Wolverine," a "Kick-Ass," a "Man of Steel," and an "Iron Man" all next year, plus "R.I.P.D." Wow. That makes for a busy year around these parts.
Release date: July 19, 2013
And speaking of "Wolverine", Bleeding Cool notes that director James Mangold has joined Twitter and offered a few comments about the film. "Amazing images being made. Great actors in this show. Exhilarating to direct a in multiple languages. Real emotion transcends language," he writes. This prompted questions from followers about the nature of the Japanese spoken in the film. According to Mangold, there will be "much" Japanese spoken by "native speakers". Get ready for subtitles! The director also offered a list of movies he's thinking of while shooting: "Eastwood's 'Josie Wales,' Powell's 'Back Narcissus,' Hitchcock's 'Rear Window,' 'Marnie,' 'Vertigo' Ozu's 'Floating Weeds,' Kurosawa's 'High & Low,' Polanski's 'Chinatown,' everything by Wong Kar Wai And Chris Doyle, Besson's 'Professional.'" Now that's a great list even if you're just watching movies. I can't recommend "High & Low" enough. Also, if you've never seen an Ozu movie, they're very different from the others, but quite captivating.
Release date: July 26th, 2013
And just in case you missed it, as we reported here at CBR, "Torchwood" star John Barrowman has joined the cast of "Arrow" as a man "as mysterious as he is wealthy ... he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City." Good to see Barrowman on high profile work. I just hope there's a place for him in the 50th Anniversary "Doctor Who" celebrations.
Airdate: October 10th, 2012
Y'KNOW, FOR KIDS!
So, if today's news has proved anything, it's that the comic book-based flicks are going to a be around for awhile, much to the consternation of director David Cronenberg. While talking with NextMovie, he dismissed "The Dark Knight Rises" as "by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids." Let's all collectively groan now at such an outdated and ill-informed statement. It's strange that Cronenberg would say such a thing as he's directed a film based on a comic book in he form of "A History of Violence." Maybe I'm being unfair, let's see his argument: "I don't think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it's still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don't think it's elevated."
Oh boy. I suppose this comes down to a major difference of opinion on what "film" should be. Should every movie be "elevated art?" I honestly don't think so. Big budget motion pictures should entertain primarily and not leave you feeling cheated at the end (e.g., "Die Hard"). Should they try to contemplate the human condition while punching aliens and Nazis? Sure! That's what the best movies do. Also, the marketplace should always make room for pictures that primarily ruminate on those so-called "elevated" themes as variety makes all creative work better. Just some food for thought.