Actor Robert Downey Jr. spoke to MTV about crossing over with a certain gamma powered reboot. “It happens to be a scene where I basically approach [William Hurt’s character, General Ross], and we may be considering going into some sort of limited partnership together,” Downey said. “The great thing is he — and I don’t want to give too much away — but he’s in disrepair at the time I find him. It was really fun seeing him play this really powerful character who’s half in the bag.”
Plus, Italian site Bad Taste has an image of a new theatre standee that may come to cineplexes near you.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Speaking of MTV, director Christopher Nolan discussed the direction of the Bat-sequel. “In this case, literally, we were able to directly carry on and explore the idea that Gary Oldman brings up at the end of ‘Batman Begins,’ which is the idea of escalation,” Nolan said. “We have seen the rise of Batman, we have seen his rise to power, now what are the criminals going to do? How are they going to fight that? That’s the jumping off point for this film, and we just ran with it as far as we could. Batman’s got a lot of gizmos and gadgets and things. The Bat Pod [motorcycle] being the largest of them, the most apparent. He also has this very cool sticky bomb gun that fires mines with timers on them, that he uses to set off explosions in sequence, and it folds up in this very peculiar manner and fits on the belt.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Cera is in final negotiations to star in the Edward Wright-helmed adventure romance, which is being produced by Marc Platt and Eric Gitter. Wright and Nina Park also are producing. The project is based on the Oni Press graphic novel written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Michael Bacall and Wright wrote the screenplay. Thanks to Oni’s Randal C. Jarrell for emailing us about that one.
The Sydney Morning Herald that Australia is about to lose the George Miller-directed team up movie after it was refused the Federal Government’s new film production rebate. They also noted that the film is to be called “Justice League Mortal,” whatever that means. “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking,” Miller said. “If that’s going to be the final decision, they’re throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs.”
Comics2Film has a press release discussing actor Byung Hun Lee starting work as Storm Shadow.
A report in Variety notes that the Sci Fi Channel has signed on to create a pilot for a comic book property co-created by actress Rosario Dawson.
Mmm, fresh spoilers from TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello …
Comingsoon.net has posted interviews with producer Joel Silver and stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci and Matthew Fox from the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
THE CASTING COUCH
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