Superman, Captain America, Conan: Feb 25th Comic Reel

Thu, February 25th, 2010 at 7:58am PST | Updated: February 25th, 2010 at 7:59am

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Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

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SUPERMAN BEGINS?

As we reported yesterday at CBR, David Goyer is set to write the Superman reboot, "Man of Steel" based on the John Byrne miniseries of the same name ... maybe. After Latino Review's intial story, several outlets ran with it. Both Ain't It Cool News and HitFix's Drew McWeeny both holes in the story. IGN then countered with a report of both Goyer and "Batman Begins" co-hort Jonathon Nolan taking up the pen for Superman. IESB followed up by mentioning the first draft of "Batman 3" is done. They actually mentioned the "Batman 3" script a couple of weeks ago in a story that, curiously, did not mention "Batman 3" in the headline. As of press time, nothing is really confirmed. Goyer is probably writing the Superman reboot. The Brothers Nolan may actually be involved. It may actually end up being called "Man of Steel" -- a name originally bandied about for a direct sequel to "Superman Returns." Will it actually be based on John Byrner's 1986 reboot miniseries? Probabaly as much as "Dark Knight" owes a debt to "The Killing Joke." There are also still contracts to be sorted out, so no one wants to confirm anything until it is all ironclad. I'm also guessing this, along with "Batman 3," are part of the long awaiting DC Entertainment film announcements. I'm sure once the newshole has had its coffee and danish, the story will continue to develop faster than a runaway pun.

Release date: 2012?

THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA

With only a handful of days left in the month -- director Joe Johnston's self-imposed casting deadline -- the shortlist has arrived. The shortlist first appeared at Heat Vision, but here at CBR, we have a handy side-by-side comparison of each man on the list. The most surprising name on the list is John Krasinski of "The Office." After our initial story, Heat Vision added a seventh name to the list, "Generation Kill's" Wilson Bethel. In the past few months, official casting announcements shortly followed the appearance of shortlists like this one. If the pattern continues, expect a name Friday afternoon.

Release date: July 22nd, 2011

CONAN

Heat Vision reports Mickey Rourke has resumed negotiations to play Conan's father in the film. Rourke was previously "in talks" to appear in the film, but those talks broke down, proving the importance of keeping the term "in talks" separate from confirmed casting or even "took a meeting with the studio." Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has confirmed writer Sean Hood has taken over re-write duties on the film. The film will see Conan avenging his father. Friends of mine who have read more Robert Howard than I have would like me to mention no such revenge plot ever took place in a Conan book.

Release date: 2011

TRON LEGACY

Yesterday's Zero Hour event led to a new website, Pit Cell and a trully awesome new still from the film. On this new site, members of Flynn Lives will have the chance later today to get tickets to a special IMAX event on Saturday. This Saturday is actually one of the busiest for me personally in some time, so I can't even try to make it to this thing, but I'd love to hear about it if any of you get in.

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

THOR

Comic Book Movie has a behind the scenes photo of ... ice caps!? Yeah. Ice caps. Huge sheets of ice-like platforms on flatbed trucks. Still, better than the phony pre-production art that tends to get posted around the Internet in connection to the film.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011

THE LOSERS

TheMovieBox.net has posted a TV spot for the film on YouTube. It's actually more frantic and slightly more fun than the trailer.

Starring Jeffey Dean Morgan, release date: April 23rd, 2010

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Collider rounded up a number of Twitter posts in connection to a test screening of the film. More praise for the film from people lucky enough to see it. Is it August yet? I want to see this.

Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: August 13th 2010

NEWS AVALACHE

Well, I did say it was possible for something big to happen. I just wasn't expecting a Superman story as confusing as actually making a Superman film. I was expecting the "Captain America" casting update because the deadline is almost up. This, of course is when things get interesting and the race for accurate information hits the levels of Olympic Speed skating. Will we have the answers by tomorrow morning? Maybe. Either way, 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 Captain America's identity.

TAGS:  superman, captain america the first avenger, conan, tron legacy, thor

 
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