Ending months of speculation, director Zack Snyder tells The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex that the film will be a reboot. "Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other 'Superman' movies." He also adds, "Our Superman, he's got things to figure out but he's a physical cat." I don't think he means that literally, but I'm sure you all know how I feel about a physical Superman. He needs to hit things. Preferably, with his fists. The article also mentions the film will "likely" be called "The Man of Steel," but that still hasn't become official. On the issue of further casting, Snyder offers, "There's more [announcements] to come and I think it's consistent in its ... awesomeness." Meanwhile, Diane Lane, the new face of Martha Kent, tells USA Weekend a little bit about going to Smallville. "I've always wanted to raise a good man," she jokes.
Release date: 2012
Feature Film Casting (via Comic Book Movie) has a casting sheet for lead and supporting roles in the film. These are just quick descriptions without character names, but at least they indicate some of the characters we can expect in the sequel. One role is described as "Female, Japanese. Early to late 20's. Quintessential beauty, very graceful and majestic."
Release date: 2012?
Moviehole's West Hollywood Resnorter hears a rather unexpected casting rumor. "With David Slade given the job, there's 'some kind of talk' about Robert Pattinson -- who, with the 'Twilight' series winding up, is going to be looking for a new well-paying gig -- playing the part of Matt Murdock," he writes. Of course, that talk could just be the idle sort since Slade directed him in "Eclipse." Meanwhile, our pals at Spinoff Online report that the film may be based on "Born Again," the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli storyline from the 1986. "Daredevil's drug-addicted girlfriend Karen Page sells Matt Murdock's secret identity in exchange for a shot of heroin," they write. "The information finds its way to the Kingpin, who begins a six-month crusade to destroy his nemesis, dismantling Murdock's life -- he loses his money, his home and his law license -- and pushing the Man Without Fear over the edge." That's definitely good material for a second "Daredevil" film.
Directed by David Slade, release date: TBA
GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
Actor Johnny Whitworth confirms for AMC Theaters (via Superhero Hype) that he will be playing Blackout in the film. "I'm not a very nice guy. I'm bad. I get turned into, for those who read 'Ghost Rider', the character Blackout," he says. "I get turned into him by the devil to complete my job. That gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural abilities to compete on some level with that guy." Here's the video:
Release date: February 17th, 2012
Superhero Hype has a bevy of new images from the film featuring the Asgardians and oh, look at this, a frost giant:
Just kidding. It's Volstagg, but there is a image of a frost giant that I thought might be too spoilery. The images themselves come from Upper Deck's trading card series for the film. Click through if you want to see the other Warriors Three, the frost giant, and several new shots of Thor on Earth.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Marvel Television Development Associate Harrison Wilcox updates Marvel.com on the series' development. "Because this is our 'Spider-Man' show, and the first show that Marvel is producing itself, Jeph [Loeb] wanted to do things a little differently and have a writers' room meet together to break the story," he says. Utilizing the traditional live action TV model, Loeb along with talent like Joe Kelly, Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Duncan Rouleau, Paul Dini and Brian Michael Bendis got together to breakdown the season's storylines. While everyone contributes, not everyone is involved in actually writing the individual episodes. "As you break a story, it will click with one or two people really well, and it will become evident over the course of the discussion of the episode [who's best to write it]," Wilcox explains.
WonderWomanTV hears a rumor about Diana's costume. "The costume that we'll be seeing in the Wonder Woman pilot will be the one that premiered in last year's 'Wonder Woman' #600 comic book," they write. The modernized costume still divides fans and there was always the presumption the change was made to aid a film or television project. It's not a bad design, but the real test will be how the costume designers on the series translate it for a living, breathing actress. Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool has a report from the set courtesy of Geoffrey Prince. "THE SCENE: Veronica Cale leaves her (?) office and is besieged by reporters and camera crews before she coolly gets into her chauffer driven Rolls Royce and drives away," he writes. It's a moment in the show that he watched being filmed countless times.
SHILLING PART III
As with any themed end-note series, it wouldn't be complete without a word from William Shatner for AT&T. Here, he discusses the future of computing ... way back in 1976. It's a long one, so you might want to get a snack:
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