SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL
The Superman Homepage starts our morning with a couple of scoops. One is a set of rather spoilery photos that I won't repost, but the information contained in the them will not come as a surprise to people familiar with the lore of the character. The second scoop is a plot synopsis from an upcoming Canadian casting call:
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
That sure sounds an awful lot like "Birthright" to me. Meanwhile, Reeler Mike of Steel sent me the this note: "I talked to a friend of mine who was a 'featured extra' (which is apparently different than a regular extra) in the 'Man of Steel' filming down in bufu Illinois. He told me the scene he filmed, over a two day period, involves citizens running away from a tornado. Jonathan Kent is apparently swept up in the tornado and Superman has to fly up and save him." Thanks, Mike.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013
The lads at Comic Book Movie spotted another piece of alien tech on the Cleavland set:
Since it's not definitively one Marvel alien or another, it's fun to speculate on what this stuff could actually turn out to be.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
SIN CITY 2
Robert Rodriguez offers MTV News this update:
Release date: TBA
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Daemons.tv (via Comic Book Movie) spoke with actress Kelsey Chow about playing Sally Avril -- aka Bluebird -- in the new film. She says Avril is a "school character," so I guess the costume will be hidden in her locker. "Just being on the set was great, and I'm very excited to be in the movie and it was interesting to see Andrew Garfield work," she says of working on the film. "It's such a huge role and it's a lot to take on, and I think he's really has a vision with it as well Mark Webb. I think it's going to be a great movie."
Release date: May 28th, 2012
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Release date: August 19th, 2011
GRIFF THE INVISIBLE
In our CBR review of the film, Josie Campbell calls it a "breath of fresh air" in the superhero market, crediting good performances and a quirky story.. "[It's] a movie sure to delight the college-aged crowd with its arty eccentricities," she writes. "More indie romance than superhero movie, if your reaction to films like '500 Days Of Summer' is to roll your eyes and gag, save your money." Heh. That's a good warning as "quirky" films can be off-putting to some people.
Release date: TBA
Though still in prison for tax evasion, actor Wesley Snipes tells IGN that he'd love to get back into Daywalker mode once he's out of the clink. "It would be nice to fulfill some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with," he says. "Getting asked this question all the time, my response is: 'Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one.' But don't get me wrong, I'm not waiting around for the opportunity. I've got plenty to do."
Release date: TBA
THE LONE RANGER
Spinoff Online reports that an effort is underway to save the film, including director Gore Verbinski's revision of the reported $250 million budget. "[It] has been whittled down to between $242 million and $244 million, not nearly enough for studio executives, who would like to see it at $215 million or less. Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are said to have given up $10 million of their fees, but that won't be enough to bridge what's characterized as a 'substantial budget gap.' The director supposedly has a week to make the necessary cuts to hit the studio's target figure." Time to play laptop executive again. Do you know why the Western dominated genre filmmaking for the first fifty years of cinema? They were dirt cheap to make. If the accounting office is telling you your budget is over $200 million you're doing something wrong. Use standing sets (I know some still exist), raid some costume shops, share some trailers and get back to the ethos of "The Lone Ranger's" low-budget origins. It may actually benefit the film in the long run; both financially and creatively.
Release date: December 21st, 2012
"1000 YEAR AGO ..."
Actor Walter Koenig tells Trekweb that "Babylon 5" may return. "[J. Michael Straczynski] told me that he is in negations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future," says Koenig. Another "B5" story could be fun ... as long as we finally fnd out what happened with the Drakh Plague. 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 enigmatic speeches and tales of the distant past.