After Samuel L. Jackson announced his Nick Fury would be getting a sidekick, a flurry of rumors went out fast across the internet about the ladies auditioning for the role. By mid-day yesterday, Heat Vision had a list of four contenders. They include Joss Whedon all-star Morena Baccarin, "Melrose Place" reboot's Jessica Lucas, Cobie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" fame and "Scott Pilgrim's" Mary Elizabeth Winstead. According to the article, "The test deals for the role involve a nine-picture option, so whoever snags the role has a chance to be seen in subsequent Marvel movies. There is also a 30-day hold on the actresses." Heat Vision also suggests that the part may be that of Janet van Dyne/The Wasp.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
Writer Marc Guggenheim tells SciFiNow (via Comic Book Movie) a bit about his vision for "The Flash" as a character. "Flash is untethered to the limitations of time and space – he can be everywhere at once and with that, I think, comes a certain freedom. Who hasn't wanted to be faster? To get someplace quicker? And because Flash does so by means of running – instead of, say, flying or teleporting – there's an athleticism to the wish fulfillment that other superheroes don't have," he says. Like "Iron Man," the writer sees "The Flash" as a character audiences recognize, but know little about. He also offered a few of the questions he and his fellow writers, Greg Berlanti and Michael Goldenberg, asked themselves about Barry Allen: "What's missing in his life? What problems does he have? What personal foibles? And how are all those things impacted by the ability to run fast? I don't want to spoil the answers that we came up with, but this was very much our approach: You make running fast interesting by creating a character who is challenged and fulfilled by getting the ability to run fast." That's certainly key to making the character work on screen.
Release date: TBA
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Our pals at Spinoff Online found a few scans from the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine featuring Cap on the cover. In this photo, we see the Super Soldier Lab and, oh, look, Tommy Lee Jones!
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
According to Variety, Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are being considered for the female lead in the film, but the part is "not Lois Lane." Hu-wah!? Get your speculation into overdrive for this one. Could it be Lana? That mermaid people make a fuss about? A completely new character? Time, of course, will tell.
Release date: 2012?
The Daily Blam! spoke with actor Joshua Dallas, who plays Fandrall in the film. "I got a call from the casting directors on 'Thor' [Tamara Notcutt and Randi Hiller] asking if I would come and meet with heads of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige and Louis D'Esposito and Director Ken Branagh. Thirty minutes after the meeting, I was offered the role and they told me to get back down to the studio as soon as possible. This was a Thursday evening and I started shooting Monday morning!" he said of his casting. In getting to know his fellow Warriors Three actors, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano, he offered, "There might have been a few... late night parties after that first week... just to deepen the bond. But I'm not saying anything." Heh.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Heat Vision reports that director Peter Jackson has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery for a perforated ucler. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Release date: 2012
LOCKE & KEY
Actor/Singer Jesse McCartney -- who also voices Robin on "Young Justice" -- has been cast as Tyler, the male lead on the show, according to Deadline. "As Ty, McCartney will be able to show off his music talents. According to the character description, Ty was the closest with his dad and carries a special guilt for his father's death. He isolates himself a bit by retreating into his music," writes Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.
And speaking of "Young Justice," we have a clip from tonight's episode, "Schooled":
THE WALKING DEAD
Spinoff Online has a trailer for the first season DVD/Blu-Ray release:
On DVD/Blu-Ray: March 8th
Geoff Johns offered this update on his Twitter feed: "Need to say thank you to Tom Welling for directing the hell out of BOOSTER!! And, damn, Eric Martsolf is perfect." Meanwhile, producers Kelly Souders and Brian Petersen talk with TVLine about the challenges Clark faces in the later half of the season. Asked about flight, Petersen answered, "We've talked about a couple [options], but we haven't solidified anything." As for the evolution of Clark's unassuming persona, Souders say, "[Lois is] kind of all over him as far as how he's dressing, what his hair looks like… but for a very, very good reason."
It's a UFC fight this weekend, which means gathering around with the gang and watching tough dudes pummel one another. While I'm not the most serious fan of MMA, I enjoy it from time to time. Also, good luck to those trying to get Comic-Con badges tomorrow. I know I'll be trying to get one for somebody special. 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 blood in the octagon.