Kick-Ass, Red, Battle Angel: Dec 15th Comic Reel

Tue, December 15th, 2009 at 7:58am PST | Updated: December 15th, 2009 at 8:26am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

KICK-ASS

As CBR reported last night, UGO has a new poster for the film featuring Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy. It's interesting to think Cage was once an Oscar winner, but I like the pulpy, gyrating, manic action movie Nick Cage a lot more than serious Cage. UGO also has a clip from the film:

Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010

RED

As if the film adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer's comic wasn't bursting with talent already, Variety reports actor James Remar ("Dexter", "The Warriors") has joined the cast. No mention of who he might play, but Ellis did mention last week the film expands greatly on the book and will feature "Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle." This quote will probably appear in every subsequent story and item in connection with the movie.

Starring Bruce Willis, release date: November 19th, 2011

BATTLE ANGEL

For years, James Cameron developed both "Avatar" and "Battle Angel." Previously, he told the press he would make which ever movie became technically feasible first. With "Avatar" finally completed, Cameron now tells MarketSaw 3D, "I am not even sure that I am going to do that film." Based on the manga "Battle Angel Alita," Cameron's interest in the property brought it mainstream attention. MarketSaw's interview features audio with the director and even gets into some technical detail.

Release date: TBA

IRON MAN 2

Latino Review and various sites are pointing to a second clue in the viral marketing campaign for the film. I'll admit I generally have a hard time following these scavenger hunts. This clue is also a newspaper clipping detailing Tony Stark's decision to leave the defense industry behind. I imagine there's something more to the image, but you'll have to look close at the high-res image to find it.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010

THE HOBBIT

Director Guillermo Del Toro tells the community at theOneRing.net that all systems are go. "Its simple: we may say what we want but until there are two scripts delivered and budgets and schedules to support them we will be all under a yellow light of development. THAT we have not stopped. As I have reported in the past, we are scouting, designing (my last 3 hour meeting with Weta was this morning) and will not stop. BUT the greenlight and thus commencement can only be granted by the studio. Pete as producer and me as director will do everything we can in the meantime," writes Del Toro. Meanwhile, Latino Review has substantiated something Tobey Maguire said while promoting "Brothers." The actor is apparently in very early discussions to star in the two "Hobbit" films as Bilbo Baggins. This is not set in stone, but Maguire's representation was willing to confirm there is discussion with the production.

Release date: December 2011

XERXES

Superhero Hype spotted a mention of the "300" follow-up in Los Angeles Times Hero Complex article about the upcoming fantasy film slate utilizing Greek myths as a starting point. "It's the battle of Marathon through my lens," says Frank Miller of the prequel now titled "Xerxes." As with "300," Miller will first write and illustrate a comic from which Zach Snyder is expected to adapt. "I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork," Miller explains.

Release date: TBA

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

It seems Universal is one step closer to a remake of the 1954 horror movie that has, in one form or another, been in development since the early 1980s. Variety reports director Carl Erik Rinsch is in early talks to helm the picture. Of course, that Variety term "early talks" could lead to anything. At one time, John Carpenter was set to do the remake in the late 80s, but could never come to agreement on budget and various other things with the studio. The first "Creature" film came at the tail-end of Universal's classic monster cycle which began twenty years earlier, but the gill-man image has stayed in the popular culture ever since.

Release date: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has screencaps from a promo for upcoming 2010 episodes. Some of the shots feature clear images on the Sandman, Green Lantern Alan Scott's ring, and even a portrait of the JSA in their prime with characters ranging from the Star-Spangled Kid to Mr. Terrific featured.

New episodes : Janurary, 2010

TOO MANY SUPERHEROES?

James Cameron tells MTV News that there are too many superhero movies. According to Cameron, all the good heroes have been done, leaving just "the guys that would not be asked to speak at the annual superhero dinner." I disagree. I think we're getting to some of the more interesting work because all the big guns are getting sewn-up. With clear directions for Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man (and Superman lost to the Phantom Zone), we can now get some riskier properties. 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 Ambush Bug movie.

TAGS:  kick-ass, red, battle angel, iron man 2, xerxes

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