Chris Hemsworth and director Kenneth Branagh tell CBR‘s executive producer Jonah Weiland about taking on the project, braving Comic-Con and the Heimdall casting controversy.
Meanwhile, co-star Tom Hiddleston talks with Collider about playing Loki and his part in “The Avengers.”
Finally, Branagh discusses the sequel possibilities with MTV News:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Joseph Gordon-Levitt tells Zap2it (via Comic Book Movie) that he’s excited to be working with director Christopher Nolan again. “He’s making a movie from his heart. Even though Chris makes these gargantuan movies, he manages to maintain that purity of storytelling,” says the actor. “I think that’s a big part of why so many people love his movies.” Since I’ve had fun making up crazy “DKR” rumors this week, here’s one more: Gordon-Levitt’s character will become Batman at the end and we’ll learn his name is really Richard Grayson.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
IGN has an early review of the film from the UK. They call it a “cocktail made by an average bartender” with a melange of “‘Matrix’ wire-fu, ‘Star Wars’ costuming, post-apocalyptic ‘Mad Max’ western trappings, vampires reminiscent of those in ‘Blade 2,’ all set in a world not unlike that of ‘Equilibrium.’ It’s a helluva mix, one which many fanboys will undoubtedly find cool, but it’s nevertheless derivative and, ironically for a film about clergy, soulless.” They credit some of the supporting actors with making more of their parts and describe the sequence where Paul Bettany’s title character gets caught at a vampire reservation as “kind of cool.”
Release date: May 13th, 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
MTV News got its hands on several “character trailers” that give the movie a more human face. I like the one that focuses on Havok the most because it shows something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in an “X-Men” film: people excited about mutant powers.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE
According to Heat Vision, actor Jay Baruchel — along with writing partner Jesse Chabot — has signed on to adapt the Kickstart Comics title. They describe it as “the blood-soaked story of two comic creators and their ultimate horror character Slasherman creation gone very wrong. The creators start to see success flowing like a river, but when that river turns bloody and people start dying in the midst of a signing tour, it becomes clear that their creation has taken a life of its own.” Baruchel recently co-wrote the film “Goon,” which has no relation to the Eric Powell series.
Release date: TBA
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
I can’t decided if the funniest part of the video is the sound of all the camera shutters or the assistant director shouting “No flashes!”
Release date: May 28th, 2012
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells The Playlist that the Hulk (and Bruce Banner) is a part open to a series of performers “like James Bond changing actors many times or Batman changing actors many times, or Dr. Who changing actors, every actor brings something different to it.” He adds, “I think what we’re going to find [with Mark Ruffalo is] a pathos that I think we haven’t seen in Bruce Banner since Bill Bixby … Ruffalo is I think going to be matching that in terms of really sort of feeling for that character and caring for that character.”
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
THE DARK TOWER
According to Variety, Universal may get out of the “Dark Tower” business. “Sources tell Variety that in the past few days, the project, based on Stephen King’s sweeping seven-book-and-counting series, has run into budgetary complications that have caused Universal execs to rethink original plans. Insiders expect U brass to meet in coming days to decide whether to put the project into turnaround, whereby producer Imagine Entertainment could shop it to another studio, either to partner with Universal or take over entirely,” they write. Of course, this is just a rumor and Variety was quick to add, “As of Thursday, Universal is moving ahead as if the project is going forward. The studio had no comment.” The project is pretty ambitious: three films and two companion television series. If they could make it work, it would be a crown jewel of corporate synergy, but you have to wonder if they can temper Stephen King’s epic series to fit such a mandate.
Release date: May 17th, 2013
Deadline reports that “David E. Kelley’s ‘Wonder Woman’ pilot has been delivered and it’s getting positive reaction.” That’s a good sign for a possible series commitment at NBC.
Release date: TBA
Star Tom Welling talks to Zap2it about completing ten years as Clark Kent. “I would imagine it’s like the last mile of a marathon,” he says of filming the final scene. “Where the adrenaline kicks in and really allows you to finish strong. At the same time, it was ‘Make sure the shot’s good.’ The last image, for me, sums up not only the end of Clark Kent but the birth of Superman. I hope that’s what people can take away … that Clark is still out there fighting the good fight, but we’re just not able to go with him.”
Cue up “Queen II” and get me a rum drink — it’s the weekend! Luckily, it’s also a weekend without plans. It’ll be nice to play loose with the next couple of days. Oh, except for that Mother’s Day thing. I should probably get my mother some kind of a gift. Yeah … maybe the weekend won’t be as restful as I thought. 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 the week to come.
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