Kick-Ass, Flash Gordon, Conan: Feb 24th Comic Reel

Wed, February 24th, 2010 at 7:58am PST | Updated: February 24th, 2010 at 8:33am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

KICK-ASS

IGN has a review of the film from Australia that is fairly spoiler free. "Never forgetting its roots as a comic book, Kick-Ass delights in breaking into generic trademarks. "Meanwhile" is highlighted in a breakout text box for instance, and later in the film, series of panel-by-panel sketches and illustrations guide the narration, gently reminding audiences that this film has its tongue firmly planted in cheek," writes their reviewer. "There are a few storytelling shortcomings. There's a definite overreliance on narration from Aaron Johnson which tends to detract from the subtlety (though, that's hardly a word we could apply to most of 'Kick-Ass' production) of the direction. The core story is ultimately as flimsy as you might expect – the high school setting provides the usual gag set-ups, occasionally subverted with some strong banter from the supporting cast."

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

FLASH GORDON

Breck Eisner tells Collider the script is currently being prepared and tone will be straight. "It's not in any way connected to the camp of the '80s and it's not connected to the serials of the '50s. It's very much looking back to the original Alex Raymond strips; it's imagining that Alex Raymond were to draw the strips today instead of in the '30s and '40s and what would they be? It'll be action and adventure; it'll be aggressive and dynamic and intense with a really strong lead character who goes on an interesting personal journey over the course of the movie." That's pretty much everything one hopes an action movie to be, right? I'll admit the 1980 "Flash Gordon" is one of the few films based on a comic to get the camp tone right. Eisner also says the film will be in 3D.

Release date: TBA

CONAN

WWE's Shad Gaspard tells MTV News about auditioning for a role in the film. "I found out I would be allowed to audition for the film on a Tuesday while recording WWE Smackdown, and had to audition for it on Friday. So after [the TV show], I had to buy a one-way flight to L.A. When I got there on Wednesday, my agent gave me the breakdown for the role and let me know I only had two days to prepare," says Gaspard. "The audition itself was pretty simple. I actually got to meet Jason Momoa, and it was kind of funny because, both being tall guys, we measured each other up. And in case you're wondering, I am bigger. But he has put on some size for the role and is really taking it serious."

Release date: TBA

TRON LEGACY

So that countdown timer on the Flash Lives site is due to hit zero today and Ain't It Cool notes the countdown page now lists twenty-four cities where something is going to happen. AICN's Harry Knowles writes, "The city name of AUSTIN appears along with 24 other cities all of whom have the capacity to screen 3D IMAX... and because IMAX's twitter retweeted a link to the countdown page... is this going to be an AVATAR like IMAXian presentation for the hardcore TRON geeks?" UPDATE: the countdown has ended and, it appears, the game begins. Clicking on the Flash Lives link now takes you to a page full of odd code and pdfs telling you where and when to go for your next clue. There's even passwords and the like.

Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010

BATMAN 3

Batman on Film reports location scouting may already be taking place in Chicago. While I'm still running with the official boilerplate of "there's no script," it's becoming clear with Christopher Nolan's next film "Inception" done that attention is being paid to the third film in this cycle. If BoF's information is correct, there is at least a solid enough story in place to begin some official pre-production work.

Release date: TBA

SPEEDY GONZALES

Heat Vision reports New Line is set to make a film centered around the Looney Tunes character. George Lopez is set to voice the lead character and, well, people are already getting ready to draw some blood over this. "We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s -- the racist Speedy," said producer Anne Lopez. Speedy tends to be a divisive image in the Latino community. I tend to think Speedy's cousins were the worst things about the concept, but Speedy himself breaks the old image of lazy Mexicans in film, even if it started as a joke. Since I am of Mexican descent, I'd like to put my name in the ring to voice a neutral accent version of Slowpoke Rodriguez.

Release date: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has a gallery of images from the upcoming episode "Conspiracy." Secret labs with cold storage chambers are never a welcoming sign for a would-be man of steel.

New episode: Friday

SLOW CYCLE

If you've noticed the news cycle has slowed, good job. It does seem something is subdued in town. Maybe it's the Olympics or people waiting on the casting of Captain America. I could also just be a natural slump. In the meantime, I can say I enjoyed "Crisis on Two Earths" and found the live-action "Wonder Woman" pilot included on the Blu-Ray disc fascinating. It straddles a weird divide between camp and sincerity. While surrounded by actors from "Laugh In," Linda Carter never breaks character and it's easy to see why TV audiences of the time fell in love with her. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, 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 a news avalanche.

TAGS:  kick-ass, flash gordon, conan, tron legacy, batman

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