CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
As we reported here at CBR, yesterday, Stanley Tucci has joined the cast as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who facilitates Steve Rogers's transformation into Cap. Meanwhile, Neal McDonough tells MTV News he will be playing Dum Dum Dugan in the film:
Also, Collider has a new logo for the film from the same source that gave them the "Thor" costume art last week:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
It should look familiar to you as one of the more iconic images of the character seen around the Internet. Filiponi and the CBM community were able to confirm this new version of the image is official movie material. "Variety Senior Editor Marc Graser was kind enough to respond to my information request about this image, considering his article was where it first appeared," writes a CBMer who goes by the handle of Interesting John. "This is artwork that Warner Bros. Consumer Products had exclusively reproduced by DC Comics, and was given to him directly from Warner Bros. It''s inspired by Green Lantern #10, Volume 4. Warner Bros. Consumer Products is working in conjunction with Mattel to create Green Lantern movie-based merchandise; some of which will be displayed at next week's Licensing International Expo." I know the ring has had this particular look in the past, but I've become quite fond of the modern version with the logo within a circle.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Showbiz 411 reports actor Michael Fassbender may very well end up playing young Magneto -- or should I be referring to him as Erik Lensherr? Either way, Fassbender is in the running, but there is a catch. "At the same time, Fassbender is being pursued to play the villain in 'Spider Man 4,' aka 'No Toby Maguire Here," writers Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman. Meanwhile, Production Weekly noted on its Twitter feed that the film is scouting locations in Michigan, complete with a link to Mlive.com. The report there is quick to mention that it's all very preliminary and could easily just be second unit filming as it is understood the bulk of the film will take place in London.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Comics Continuum hears tell of the classic Batman origin story will be adapted as a DC Universe animated film. "According to sources, the film will be directed by Sam Liu, who co-directed 'Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths'," they write. I'm sure they're aware the film was actually titled, "Crisis on Two Earths," but scoop itself is interesting. For years, "Batman & Robin" director Joel Schumacher wanted to adapt "Year One" into a film; he's even mentioned pitching the concept to the studio at the time "Batman & Robin" was being designed. Following Schumacher's departure, Darren Aronofsky worked on a "Year One" inspired treatment that was eventually abandoned, but gave way to "Batman Begins."
Release date: TBA
It seems the race to cast the lead part is heating up. IESB has a rundown of the latest rumors including our old friend's assertion that Jaime Bell will play the part. IESB notes other actors have been dropped from consideration because they're too old at 24. Bell himself is that age. Another name floated about: Josh Hutcherson. Could the short list be far off ? With such a relatively quick turnaround on the project, the production must find its Peter Park soon.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
MTV News has the specs for the film's DVD and Blu-Ray release, complete with a glimpse at the special features:
The three disc set will include the usual documentaries and commentaries, but also feature one of those "Maximum Movie" type modes that brings all the supplemental material up while you watch the movie. Me? I'll just be happy to have the movie on hand to show people who may have missed it.
Release date: August 3rd, 2010
NETI THE NASTY
With the summer allergies already causing me a few headache days, I've resorted to the final option: a Neti pot. Yeah, I know, it's nasty. While actually using one feels a little bit like drowning, it is kind of exhilarating to breath clearly after ... and I'm sure I'm not the only one that longs for a clear breathing. 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 pollen counts.