Superman, The Avengers, The Hobbit: Oct 5th Comic Reel

Tue, October 5th, 2010 at 8:09am PDT | Updated: October 5th, 2010 at 8:13am

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Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

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SUPERMAN (BEGINS)

Just in case you missed it, we reported Zack Snyder is taking on the director's chair for the Superman reboot film. According to the Heat Vision article that broke the news, "[David] Goyer is writing the script, which is rumored to have, like 'Superman Returns,' a Richard Donner Superman connection. In the movie's case, it's a villain connection: General Zod." Well, that's some welcomed news. Zod is a character Superman can hit with his fists. Talking with MTV News, Snyder offered a hit to the theme of the film, "All I'll say is that those guys — Chris and David — have created an amazing story and the 'Why Superman?' question is definitely being looked at with care. That's all I could hope for as a director — that those guys have already gone a long way to making him, [addressing] the 'Why?' of Superman, [and] toward understanding him. ... Everyone always says 'Why Superman?' Why is he relevant? Who is he now? I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That's the real trick." He also mentioned he'd be diving right into the film once he's finished crossing the Ts on "Sucker Punch."

Release date: 2012?

THE AVENGERS

Mark Ruffalo tells Empire, "The way I see it, Edward Norton has bequeathed this role to me. I reckon the part is my generation's Hamlet, and there's still some room for interpreting who The Hulk is." So how will he take on the angry green Prince of Denmark (to further his metaphor)? Quite possibly, it'll be similiar to the old TV show. "You had the main character, played by Bill Bixby, and he had this calming quality to him," Ruffalo says of the show's take on (David) Bruce Banner. "I watched it again recently, and it was so different from anything on TV at the time. You could really see the character struggling with the human aspect of what was happening."

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012

THE HOBBIT

The Wrap reports Peter Jackson will direct the film. "Now his deal is all but complete, according to individuals close to the project. Both Jackson's directing fee and percentage of the gross have been settled, though a number of lesser deal points remain outstanding," they write. If it's down to points and such, Jackson has accepted his fate as the only live action interpreter of the Professor's work. Of course, he still has to deal with fires at the special effects house, the attempted Australian Union coup, and MGM's forty year meltdown to contend with. The Wrap article mentions the film will be in 3D and even offers December 2012 release date. This is probably the most solid "Hobbit" news I've ran since Guillermo del Toro left the production. Now, let's get to the important part, where do I audition to provide the voice of Smaug?

Release date: TBA

LUKE CAGE

Actor Idris Elba (Heimdall in "Thor") teases Total Film with this statement about other Marvel characters he would like to take on: "I wouldn't mind having a crack at bringing Blade back, personally ... But erm, there's a couple of things there that they have... Luke Cage is... very interesting." I'd watch him in either part, but if there must be a "Luke Cage" movie, let it be set in the 70s and let it be about Cage stomping over an entire country to get the $200 he's owed.

Release date: TBA

THE THING (BEGINS)

Our pals at Spinoff Online have the first official photos from the film, which means I can now post a picture of Mary Elizabeth Winstead wielding a flame thrower:

Since I haven't talked about this movie since last spring, here's a little recap. It is a prequel to 1982's "John Carpenter's The Thing" and focuses on the Norwegian South Pole base that first encounters the blood-borne alien invader that can mimic any organism it encounters.

Release date: April 29th, 2011

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

And while we're on the photo kick, tabloid Livejournal community Oh No They Didn't! has a few non-blurry pics from the Oxford shooting of the film:

Well, the Professor sure looks suave with his hair and legs that work, don't he?

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

GRANT MORRISON: TALKING WITH GODS

MTV News reports the the documentary will screen over the weekend. "Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods" will be screened at the downtown NYC theater Cinema Village (on E. 12th Street) this Saturday (October 9) at 11:30 PM EDT. Tickets to the screening will cost $11 for adults or $8 for students," they write. Since I won't be at NYCC, I'd very much like a minireview from an intrepid Reeler (and we need to decided if "Reeler" is a good name for the readers).

Release date: October 26th, 2010

RUNAWAYS

Will the Internet's "Fred" have a part in the film? Lucas Cruikshank, the young man behind the high pitched YouTube character tells Movieweb, " I auditioned for that a couple months ago, but I don't know. It was a really fun audition. So I will just wait and see what happens." With the film going into production early next year, expect that cast to film up over the next couple of months with or without Fred.

Directed by Peter Sollett, release date: 2011?

THE WALKING DEAD

AMC has released another behind the scenes video in support of the series:

Premieres: Halloween

SMALLVILLE

Here's another clip from the upcoming episode, "Supergirl," thanks to an intrepid fan of the show:

Airs: Fridays

STORMY WEATHER

It's finally cool, cloudy, and kind of rainy here in Los Angeles. Sadly, it won't last. The weekend is expected to be hot again, which I'm just plain over. I want sweater weather already. 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, ready for the future threat of an October heat wave.

TAGS:  superman, the avengers, the hobbit, luke cage, the thing, x-men: first class, grant morrison: talking with gods, runaways, the walking dead, smallville

 
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