The Avengers, Superman, The Green Hornet: Dec 23rd Comic Reel


Looks like Chris Hemsworth is headed back to New Mexico. Various sites, including Spinoff Online, are quoting this press release on New Mexico Film Office site in which Governor Bill Richardson announces the film is coming to the state. "I'm announcing this as a Christmas present of sorts to the people of New Mexico. This is a perfect example of the incredible job creation, economic impact and global visibility this industry has brought our state over the past eight years, and of the need to keep it moving forward," he said. Marvel also shot portions of "Thor" there; the state has also hosted such recent films as "Book of Eli" and the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens."

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012


Various site are also pointing to this post at Comic Book Movie which suggests writer David S. Goyer may have used Geoff Johns's "Secret Origin" as a starting point for his "Superman" script. Here's the key quote from Goyer's introduction to the hardcover release of the Johns retelling of Superman's origin:

"There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him."

'I don't want to be someone else,' says Clark. 'I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent.'

[And here's the kicker...]

'I want to be your son'

"Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I'm not sure has ever really been done before. I had an 'aha' experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman."

He goes on to mention he's lucky to have the Superman stories Johns wrote in the past few years. While some believe this is an indication the film will be "Superman Begins," I can't help but think Goyer was talking about a more abstract concept: the character's humanity. The 1979 "Superman," which the writer also name-checks, is considered to be a winner because director Richard Donner focused on the human love story between the title character and Lois Lane. Putting my writer's hat on, what if you could take it to the next level and make a film about Clark discovering his love for the entire planet? The very thing that makes him sacrifice a normal life and use his powers to better his adoptive planet. I know, it seems kinda highbrow, but you can still talk about that sort of stuff while the Man of Steel hits things with his fists.

Release date: 2012?


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is tracking well amongst boys and men. This means awareness for the film is surprisingly high during the crowded Holiday season of films. While they caution good tracking numbers doesn't necessarily mean a high box office return, it looks like "The Green Hornet," which had a difficult time making it to the screen, could do well next month.

Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011


Mark Millar posted the following on his Twitter page yesterday: "Huge News: Superior movie just locked down most high profile actor of 2010. Official release in January." I guess that can only mean one person ... Nicholas Cage! "High profile" is a difficult term to parse. It could mean the actor was in big movies over the past year or just kept getting his name mentioned in the entertainment press. Which could still lead to Cage. We'll know for sure next month.

Release date: TBA


Awhile back, actor Stephen Dorff suggested he wanted to make a film about his "Blade" character Deacon Frost. He offers Dark Lord Bunnykins a little bit more info. "Me and Steve Norrington had a cool treatment for that, and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a 'Scarface' Deacon Frost movie," says Dorff. He says the legal wranglings between New Line and Marvel could keep it from happening. An uber-violent rise and fall of a vampire underworld figure is an interesting premise and the actor suggests he and Norrington may just excise the "Blade" connections from the concept and go at it as an original idea.

Release date: TBA


Capesite has the official description of the first two episodes. Both episode will air together as a two hour event on January 9th and repeat the next night. I'm keeping the descriptions behind the link in case anyone is avoiding spoilers. Capesite also has a photo gallery for the second episode, "Tarot," which is as good a reason as any to post a picture of co-star Summer Glau:

Airdate: January 9th, 2011


Deadline reports the show was dark last night as scheduled preview performances were canceled following the injuries I mentioned a few days ago. According to the article, they took the extra time to "incorporate the extra safety procedures designed to eliminated the variables that led to an aerialist falling 30 feet into the orchestra pit." Gosh. When you say it like that, the show does sound dangerous.

Opens: 2011


Comicus.it has an interview with composer Bear McCreary. "I tend to write character themes for my scores," he says. McCreary also wrote music on "Battlestar Galactica" and other shows. "However, I found that approach would not be appropriate for 'The Walking Dead'. Instead of focusing on how different each character was, by writing something unique for each of them, I strove to unify them musically. Their differences are obvious.Their common plight is what brings them together, and the music helped underline this idea. So, I wrote thematic ideas for over-arching plots and sub-plots, but those themes were free to jump from character to character as the story required."

Airs: 2011


Shoping done. Packages are wrapped (even if I can't find the tags) and its time to bake some cookies and apple sauce cake. As the town is basically shut down, I'm not sure if the Reel will spin tomorrow morning. Just in case it doesn't, have a happy Yule and eat generously whether you celebrate or not. 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 walking off all the holiday treats.

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