DK Rises, Spider-Man, Wake the Dead: Jan 25th Comic Reel

Tue, January 25th, 2011 at 8:16am PST | Updated: January 25th, 2011 at 8:44am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

It is a day of blessings here at the Reel. First, Julie Newmar, the greatest Catwoman of them all, tells The Los Angeles Times All The Rage blog that she approves of her latest successor, Anne Hathaway. "She's going to be marvelous," says Newmar. It helps to imagine her purring it. While I'm still on the fence about Hathaway, that's one special endorsement for the young actress.

Release date: July 20th, 2012

SPIDER-MAN (BEGINS)

Our second blessing of the day comes from Tobey Maguire toward the costume for the new "Spider-Man" movie. Here's his verdict from on high -- I mean, Colorado -- thanks to MTV News:

Release date: May 28th, 2012

WAKE THE DEAD

Guitar God Slash has given his blessing for Steven Niles penned comic to become a film, according to our pals at Spinoff Online. They write, "Announced Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, Slasher Films is geared toward 'intelligent' horror. Slash was quoted as saying, "I want something a little more in-depth." The film will be part of a new venture for the guitarmeister called "Slasher Films." What a rather appropriate name.

Release date: TBA

SUPERMAN (BEGINS)

Moving away from blessings, Bleeding Cool reports a possible name for the next "Superman" film: "Kal-El." Their source is a web forum called ajb007 and a forum poster who writes the following:

Im close friends with an art director in the film industry, i wont mention his name but he has worked closely with production designer Michael Carlin and is about to start work in Canada on Kal-El, the next Superman movie. He was busy in 2010 on Bond 23 before it went into hiatus. He told me that the movie for a while had the code name Red Shadow, but when official documentation and the script arrived it contained the title Red Sky At Night and as such was reffered to as this by Sam Mendes, Michael Carlin and the producers and the studio etc.

My guess? "Kal-El," much like the "Red Shadow" mentioned in the post, is a working title to be used during production, but a more official title will appear later. If it is a prequel, I think only this film is in a position to get away with actually naming itself "Superman Begins." Meanwhile, various sites are pointing to this rather enigmatic Twitter post from the LA Times's Geoff Boucher: "Is "True Blood" werewolf star Joe Manganiello a frontrunner to play Superman? That's the rumor du jour in Hollywood." Okay, it's not really enigmatic, but it has no accompanying story link. It's enough of a rumor for the actor to respond to it, thanks to Extra:

Release date: 2012?

XERXES

According to MTV News, the new "Dark Horse Presents" will feature a preview of the Frank Miller prequel comic. "The 'Xerxes' preview will consist of several pages of the upcoming comic and an interview with with Miller about his decision to continue the story he began in '300,'" they write. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson tells them while Miller is hard at work on the book, no release date has been scheduled.

Release date: TBA

TRON LEGACY

Rumors are circulating about a special set of scenes to be included on the home video release which may set up "Tron 3." Here's Ain't It Cool News's account, complete with a now deleted photos proving at least some of the casting for these scenes is true. Click through if you want the spoiler-heavy info.

Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: Out now!

YOUNG JUSTICE

Here at CBR, we have a few preview clips from Friday's new episode, "Drop Zone," featuring Bane:

Airs: Friday

THE CAPE

Creator Tom Wheeler tells Collider, "I love what's out there. I'm a big fan of 'Watchmen' and 'Kick-Ass' and 'The Dark Knight,' but I'm also celebrating the superhero. It's a celebration of the thrill of the superhero. I think we go to dark places, but it's not constantly questioning the why of the superhero. The answer in being the superhero almost seems retro now, in a way. I'm just speaking to the kinds of stories, and want to tell the kinds of stories, that got me loving comics in the first place, when there was still emotion. They were still grounded and great characters, but it was also heightened."

Airs: Mondays

WONDER WOMAN

The LA Times Show Tracker blog reports the show is already defending itself from naysayers on the Internet. Look, I only made one "Princess McBeal" quip, I don't want the show to fail miserably.

Airdate: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Star Erica Durance tells IGN the cast is still in the dark in regards to the end of the series. "They're dangling the carrot in front of all of us. I think that we all want to do something that will do justice to having a show that's been around for ten years and I think that's what we're looking to do," she says. "Right now I'm at the point where I think we have seven episodes left [to shoot], so that's all I can say. Honestly, the one that is the next one up has just come hot off the presses."

Airs: January 29th, 2011

THE LOOK OF MILD DISGUST

According to Blastr, Colin Firth would love to play a villain on "Doctor Who." With his permanent look of mild disgust, I can think of no better part for him to play than The Master. Think about how dismissive he could be to the "juvenile" antics of the Eleventh Doctor. It could be fantastic! 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 series six.

TAGS:  the dark knight rises, spider-man, wake the dead, superman, xerxes, tron legacy, young justice, the cape, wonder woman, smallville

 
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