Green Lantern, Iron Man 2, The Losers: Apr 9th Comic Reel

Fri, April 9th, 2010 at 8:00am PDT | Updated: April 9th, 2010 at 8:08am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

GREEN LANTERN

Comic Book Movie has a couple of set photos from the college campus shoot. While not as dramatic as the spaceship from the other day, they offer a glimpse at the process as it appears these exterior shots are intended to be in the rain:

Meanwhile, writer Marc Guggenheim tells The Los Angeles Times a little about the tone of the film. "Honestly, I can only speak for the tone of the script because the tone of the film is really the province of the director and they've only just started production.  However, our goal from the outset was to write a movie that was extremely faithful to the comic book and that includes the tone.  In other words, it's not broadly comedic or silly.  Nor is it overly dark. It's very much in keeping with the spirit of the character," he says.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011

IRON MAN 2

The Los Angeles Times continues its countdown to the film's release with a discussion of the number of new characters introduced. While they mention adding numerous characters has been the downfall of many sequels, director Jon Favreau believes it is service of their story. "One way to approach that is shift the dynamic with the introduction of new characters. So you have Justin Hammer [Rockwell] inserted into the Tony-Rhodey relationship, and you have Natasha Romanoff inserted into the Tony-Pepper relationship. When done right, a superhero movie has the character's personal life mirroring what's happening in their superhero world, and sometimes you have to force things to do it. In this case, I'd say, we found an organic way to do it. We wanted both A-story and B-story to be affected by these new characters." Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. praises co-star Mickey Rourke in the Independent. "I'm not fully a Method guy but I like playing around with that energy sometimes. And Mickey wanted to do his part in Russian; he had a dialect coach who taught him and translated, so that was a very unique take. From the very start, he said, 'I don't want it to be Dolph Lundgren from Rocky V. I want to bring humanity and dimensions into it.' And I think he did that," says the actor.

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

THE LOSERS

MySpace Video has new clip from the film:

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

KICK-ASS

I'm pretty sure I've been writing about "Kick-Ass" since I took over the Reel last July. In a week's time ... I'll still be writing about "Kick-Ass." Heat Vision has a a Q&A session with director Matthew Vaughn. It's quite spoilery about the ending, which does differ from the book. On that topic, Vaughn says, "I'm probably a bit more of an optimist than old Mark Millar. Right now, everyone needs something to smile about." They go on to discuss Hit-Girl and how the studios were terrified of her. Meanwhile, our old friend has been told not post the tracking numbers of the film a week from its US release, but that doesn't stop him from talking about them. "Total awareness is up from a two weeks ago from 50% to  61%, but definite interest has not moved that much with it, from 36% to 39%. Basically, if you wanted to see Kick-Ass before, you still want to see it – but few others have been persuaded. There has been a very slight uptick for women’s interest but it’s still relatively low and doesn’t bode well for couple’s cinema intentions," our friend writes.

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

PREACHER

Producer Neal Moritz tells Collider they're in the market for a new director. "We now have a terrific script that John August wrote. We were originally talking with Sam Mendes about doing the movie. Sam Mendes is going to go off and do the Bond movie, so there's another director that we're talking to right now," says Moritz. Menedes had been attached to director for several years and would say he was waiting on the script whenever asked about the film's status. Moritz also updates on "The Boys," amongst other films.

Release date: TBA

DANGER GIRL

Producer Adrian Askarieh tells The Los Angeles Times about his plans for the film version. "I would say to the uninitiated that the book is a smart, hip, fun and beautifully drawn love letter to the best action/adventure movies of the last 30 years. It is the story of a lost girl who, through this incredibly kick-ass adventure, finds her destiny, comes of age and helps save the world," he says. The producer says he intends to harken back to the movies of the 1980s that had serious plots, but room enough for fun. "Those movies were all serious and fun at the same time. For the audience, feeling the jeopardy for a character should not be mutually exclusive with having a fun ride with the movie itself," he explained. It's a good point and something I've actually been discussing with people recently. These action movies need to be fun again. Here at the Comic Reel, we take the controversial stances.

Release date: TBA

DOCTOR WHO

I think the only reason I didn't write "Doctor Who" items over the last year was because there was so little of it. Enterprising YouTube user jozcoz gives us a glimpse at the second episode of the new season, "The Beast Below":

Airs: Saturday in the UK, April 24th in the States

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

Cue up The Parallelograms and get me a rum drink, it's the weekend! It also happens to be my birthday weekend. While I do have a press conference to hit up on Sunday, I intend to celebrate another year completed on the Earth in the traditional manner: cutting up a Cookie Puss. 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 a birthday hangover.

TAGS:  green lantern, iron man 2, the losers, kick-ass, preacher, danger girl, doctor who

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