As we reported yesterday here at CBR, director Christopher Nolan is set to "godfather" Superman back to the big screen. The news comes from Deadline Hollywood. While it is unconfirmed at the moment, Deadline's rumors tend to be as good as fact. According to their article, "We doubt Nolan would direct. This wouldn't be a sequel to 'Superman Returns' but a completely fresh franchise. As one of our insiders reassures: "It would definitely not be a followup to 'Superman Returns.'" As this is all early stages, one has to assume Nolan will be a producer and that he and his brother Jonah Nolan would cook up a story that tells the origin in a new light. Of course nothing, not even the name I'm filing this news under, is confirmed. While we're talking assumptions, Deadline also mentions the Brothers Nolan and David Goyer have an idea for the third "Batman Begins" picture. My assumption: the two films will be developed concurrently with Nolan leaving the Superman project to its chosen director when he begins shooting "Batman 3." Of course, there's still the possibility all of this is the work of Mysterio.
Release date: 2012?
Anthony Hopkins tells MTV News while "Thor" has Shakespearian dimensions, it shall not feature the language of the Bard:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
UNTITLED MARK MILLAR PROJECT
IGN pulled some new details out of Mark Millar about his directorial debut. Here's the skinny: it's a new concept, shot straight (not for comedy), and it will be shot in Scotland. Oh, IGN got the whole thing on tape:
Release date: TBA
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
We're just a few short weeks away from the release of this direct-to-video flick and today, we here at CBR have a great little fight clip of both Leagues engaging in what they do best: smacking their adversaries.
Release date: February 23rd, 2010
Superhero Hype noticed a couple of interesting message on Stan Lee's Twitter account regard the long in development Hank Pym-centric flick. First, Stan posts this message: "To make up for my previous grievous error, here’s a little item that may have escaped you. Marvel is prepping a movie starring-- Ant Man!" He shortly followed up with, "I had lunch with the cool , young director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and, as you’d imagine, we had fun discussing the tiny hero." Wright has long been attached to the film in at least a writing capacity. While he still has a few more months work on "Scott Pilgrim," it's possible the plan for "Antman" is firming up as a post-"Avengers" project. Wright posted on his Twitter feed, "Sometimes you shouldn't meet your heroes in case they disappoint. @smilinstanlee does not disappoint."
Release date: TBA
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Collider and other sites now have hi-res versions of the new posters for the film. While I won't shout for its release today, I will post the Kraken:
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: April 2nd, 2010
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
The Los Angeles Time Hero Complex blog has a first look at the next DC Universe direct-to-video feature. They write, "Written by Judd Winick and based on his 2005 Batman comics story line, it's Batman versus another vigilante, Red Hood, who doesn't mind cleaning up Gotham by leaving dead bodies in his wake. Animated guru Bruce Timm exec produces this pretty violent look into crime on the streets, and it's directed by "Superman Doomsday" co-director Brandon Vietti."
Featuring the voice of Bruce Greenwood, release date: TBA
THE BLACK HOLE (BEGINS)
"Tron Legacy" director Joseph Konsinski is taking on another Disney black sheep project in the form a "Black Hole" remake. Kosinski tells MTV News, "This one will be a reimagining. For me, it would be taking ideas and iconic elements that struck me as timeless and cool and preserving them while weaving a new story around them that's a little more '2001.'" The director recalls the film from his childhood and mentions a few key concepts he hopes to build on. "What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of Anthony Perkins. That freaked me out and that's definitely going to be an element that will be preserved. The design of the Cygnus ship is one of the most iconic spaceships ever put to film. From a conceptual point of view, we know so much more about black holes now, the crazy things that go on as you approach them due to the intense gravitational pull and the effects on time and space. All that could provide us with some really cool film if we embrace it in a hard science way."
Release date: TBA
An old friend reports police were called to the Toronto set of the film. He writes, "Shooting last night in Toronto had a little too much, well, shooting for local residents liking. And both seeing and hearing gunplay on the Keele & Sheppard streets, an area that has suffered gang-related gun crime, several vigilant curtain twitchers called the cops." After permits were checked and no doubt a few autographs signed, the po-pos went let filming resume. I think it's good hype for the film. "Action so real, nine out of ten by-standers can't tell it's a movie."
Release date: October 22nd, 2010
While I can't embed this video from Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, follow the link to a clip from the show featuring Erica Durance in Storm Trooper gear. Not a hoax. Not a dream. And I'm sure at least a few of you out there have demanded it.
New episode: Friday
MASS EFFECT WITHDRAWAL
So I finished "Mass Effect 2" and immediately found myself missing the adventure. Bravo, BioWare. I started a new Shepard in the first "Mass Effect" because I've never completed a Renegade run. Also, I'd like to thank the reader who offered to explain Curling to me. I may take you up on the offer once the games begin next week. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird, or spot Mysterio up to his usual hi-jinks, 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 drinking up the future threat of "Mass Effect 3."