Our old friend at Bleeding Cool may have found one force that could stop the super-team: money. "Certain people are saying Marvel are demanding they get it all done on the relative cheap. For something not far off what Sony paid to make their first Spider-Man film (at least in real terms)," he writes. "While some people have walked off the project, others are planning a longer game. Basically do the work, then when they run out of budget (which they believe they will) trust that Marvel Studios and their investors will pony up the extra necessary cash rather than leave the movie unfinished." He notes some staff changes have already set pre-production on the film back by a few weeks.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Digital Spy notes an interview in Empire Magazine in which director Zack Snyder about his take on the character. "I won't say there's a break from the canon or anything like that, but there is definitely an approach that makes you go, 'Okay, that's a way to get at it," he says. While he says it's "too early" to say if the film will follow the "Begins" tradition, he also says dismisses all of the Internet leaks as so much swamp gas. "The internet has no idea what's going on," he declares.
Release date: 2012?
Our pals at Spinoff Online have a preview of their visit to the "Sucker Punch" set. "Some weeks from now, I'l be able to tell you (almost) everything about my visit to the set, including walking through the production offices alongside Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, meeting Hudgens and the rest of the movie's star-studded cast, watching partially edited sequences, viewing carnage and bloodshed on old battlefields, witnessing a seductive dance in the depths of the brothel, and experiencing an ambitious blockbuster come to life," teases Spinoff's Josh Wigler. We also have the newly released trailer:
Release date: March 25th, 2011
WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY
If you're in Los Angeles and free this Sunday, the new documentary will screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, according to The Los Angeles Times. As this weekend is looking to be fairly low-key, I may try to see it myself. Lee will be there, participating in a Q&A after the film.
Release date: TBA
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Oh, how Aaron Eckhart suffers. Pretty much from the moment he began doing press for "The Dark Knight," he has been asked about Harvey Dent's return. He's pretty much said the same statement every time. His most recent reaffirmation was to Showbiz Spy (via Comic Book Movie). He tells them, "I just don't have any idea. I really don't know and if Chris gives me a call, I'll come but I don't anticipate a call." Considering the different approach to these films, I'd be willing to say Harvey is dead as disco.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
"Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam" headlines next week's release of all the DC Showcase short films on home video. CBR was there during the Long Beach Comic-Con, writer Michael Jellenic discussed the project. "This is the story of Billy Batson getting his powers, and he has two choices to make. He can use that power, or he can use it wisely," the writer explained of the 22 minute short. "Superman represents the angel of good, Black Adam represents the abuse of power. We built the story around that." Meanwhile, MTV News has a clip from the short:
Release date: November 9th, 2010
As we reported here yesterday at CBR, NBC is developing "Rest" as a series for former "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia. He actually co-created the comic series that tells the story of a work-obsessed New Yorker who volunteers for a new drug that eliminates sleep. While it turns out to be trouble for Ventimiglia's character, I want to know where I can get some of that drug. Restlessness is my greatest foe.
Release date: TBA
TV Guide asked guest star Lindsay Hartley about her appearance as Mad Harriet on the show. "I'm not the superpower type at all. Harriet is supposed to be the leader of all these girls who kick ass — the other actresses were like acrobats in real life with these gorgeous muscular legs and I'm the leader? Any of them could kick my ass in half a second. [Laughs] I couldn't justify any of it, but I loved it!" she says.
As if going to the movies wasn't already a harrowing ordeal, Gizmodo reports the anti-piracy cameras already in use in many theaters could be turned toward a different purpose: collecting marketing data based on audience movement and attention span in a darkened theater. With all of that data available, it could mean the end of the creative process. Or I'm just being a hyperbolic doomsayer. 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 losing myself to the marketing machine.