Archive for the ‘Comic Book/Superhero’ category

Boatload Of Baddies For ‘Dark Knight’

July 9, 2007

anthonymichaelhall.gifMore news from the Batman front.  I reported a while back that there were rumors floating around that Anthony Michael Hall was supposedly playing Edward Nygma, whose alter ego is the Riddler, in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins.  These rumors are now making the rounds again, and I feel pretty confident that they are true.  This might work out fine if they are introducing Nygma pre-Riddler and don’t try to rush to him becoming his bad guy persona.

Not only that, film ick has reported that , who is playing Harvey Dent aka Two-face, has been seen on set, by a spy, in Two-face makeup.  The spy says,”Scarring acoss the nose just a tad bit. One of his eyes is deformed. And little bubbles across the scarring (They’re manips that look similar). Wicked cool.”

I’ll admit, these actors playing these characters is pretty exciting, however, I can’t help but be a little bit nervous.  I keep thinking about Spiderman 3 all the problems that movie had with too many bad guys.  I think Christopher Nolan is a very talented director and more that capable of handling the overload (if one exists), but I’m just not sure how this will play out.  The guys at film ick commented that maybe Two-face’s part would end up being an epilogue and kind of set up the scenario for a 3rd sequel.  That would definitely lighten the load, but there’s still a lot going on.

Pics Of Will Smith On ‘John Hancock’ Set

July 8, 2007

will-smith-john-hancock.gifEven though we’re still waiting for the release of I Am Legend, Will Smith is already in the process of working on his next film, John Hancock ( previously titled Tonight, He Comes).  The movie is about a superhero who falls out of public favor and ends up turning into an alcoholic.  A PR guy (Jason Bateman), that Smith’s character once helped, decides to try and help him rebuild his public image.  Things get messy when Smith hooks up with Bateman’s wife, Charlize Theron.  Sounds like an interesting premise to me.  The film is directed by Peter Berg.

Anyway, my point was to show you all some photos of Smith on the set of the film.  Head on over to JustJared if you want to check them out.  In the pics, Smith looks a bit goofy as a booze-hound , but I’d imagine that is the point.  They’ve got him on some wires so they can simulate flying later, at least thats my guess.  Anyway, it gives you an early look at his character at least, but this one won’t be in theaters until July 2, 2008.

Milk Can’t Stop ‘The Man of Steel’

July 7, 2007

superman.gifJust a couple of days ago, I reported that there was news of The Man of Steel being delayed by another movie, The Mayor of Castro Street, a biopic about Harvey Milk. The news came as quite a shock, especially since Bryan Singer, set to direct both films, had already said the Superman sequel would be his next project after his current one, Valkyrie.

Well, that didn’t sit right with the folks at IESB, so they decided to contact some of Singer’s people to get a confirmation. As it turns out their hunch was right. This is what their source had to say, “That’s total horse sh**, I would say the same thing if I was producing that film but don’t you realize that most of the Superman producers are working with Bryan on Valkyrie? Gil Adler and Chris Lee both are in Germany with Bryan and I can guarantee you that there is some work being done with Superman right now.”

So there you have it Superman fans, it looks like the film is still on schedule to start in early 2008. Why would the Mayor producers make such comments though? “It’s their job as producers to keep that movie on their front burner, but really, Bryan’s deal with Warner Bros. for the Superman sequel is already done and signed and that’s the priority,” say the sources.

I’ll keep you posted if anything else comes up concerning this issue.

And Now A Word From Jon Favreau

July 7, 2007

favreau.gifIt’s been a while since we’ve had any kind of update — no news, no trailers, no nothing– about Iron Man and that is just kind of depressing. The film’s director, Jon Favreau, finally had some time to post a message to everyone on his MySpace blog. In it he discusses the story, cameos, and Comic-Con.

He starts out by acknowledging the fact that there wasn’t a trailer out in front of Transformers, or anywhere for that matter, but then goes on to say that, “[We’ve] secured a prime slot Saturday afternoon in the big room at SDCC. We will split an hour with Marvel and Hulk and plan to cut something together to reward the fans for their interest, support and patience. ” Sounds to me like Comic-Con fans are in for a treat, which sucks because I was trying to make plans to go, but it didn’t work out. Fear not loyal readers, my brother will be on hand at the convention and will be providing me with first hand information about all things movie related. At least that is the plan.

He then goes on to try and answer some questions about the story and about what villains might be showing up. “We took certain liberties to keep things fresh and unexpected but we are essentially using the books to inspire our story. Iron Man fans should have no problem piecing together what’s what.” He goes on to reiterate that he considers this to be the first chapter in the Iron Man story and says that this film definitely leaves the door open for more movies, should the first perform well.

Lastly, the blog hits on the rumors of cameos. He doesn’t confirm anything, in fact he pretty much debunks all of them, except maybe one. “I’ve read that Sam Jackson and Hilary Swank are Shield agents and that I myself play a Vegas security guard. There is no truth to any of these rumors. (Well, maybe one is true.)”

So much secrecy!  Oh well, perhaps it will make us enjoy it all the more when it is released  May 9, 2008.   That’s too far away.

Spawn Joins ‘The Dark Knight’

July 3, 2007

jaiwhite.gifMTV has gotten confirmation that Michael Jai White has joined the cast of The Dark Knight, which is currently being filmed. I don’t know if this is really considered a spoiler, but be forewarned that it does give some character and plot info:

“…the role of “Gamble” has officially gone to Michael Jai White, the muscular martial artist/stuntman/actor best known for roles in such films as “Spawn” and “Exit Wounds.” Thomas and Roven also cleared up fan confusion over who, exactly, the baddie is, explaining that Gamble is one of several mob bosses attempting to take over Gotham’s streets now that Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson in the first ‘Batman’ flick) is out of the picture.”

I just don’t think this movie can fail. *knock on wood* It’s due to hit theaters in 2008.

‘Dark Knight’ Cast Additions

June 28, 2007

melindamcgraw.gifVariety is reporting that Melinda McGraw and Nathan Gamble have been added to the cast of The Dark Knight, the upcoming Batman sequel.  McGraw will play Lt. James Gordon’s (Gary Oldman) wife and Nathan Gamble will play his son.

Raimi Talks ‘Spidey 4’

June 26, 2007

samraimi.gifIn an interview with MTV, Sam Raimi got to talking about the possibility of returning to helm Spiderman 4 and also some ideas he has, should he decide to take on the project.  Of Spidey 4, Raimi said, “If I can’t find the right story that would work for me and that I could tell really well, I would like someone else to tell that story,” he said of the already-announced Spider-Man 4.”

To check out the rest of this great interview, click here.