Captain America, Superman, Iron Man 3: Feb 18th Comic Reel

Fri, February 18th, 2011 at 8:23am PST | Updated: February 18th, 2011 at 8:37am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Chris Evans talked with Total Film about taking on the part. "I think a lot of the comic books deal with after he's become Captain America, so to some degree we had to take some liberties. But you want to make sure you've done your homework," he said. "It wasn't until we got our hands dirty with the script and had a good couple of scenes in the can, that I thought, 'Man, I think I'm actually getting this guy.' I feel like the character now, much more than a shield or a mask." He also mentioned his reported nine-picture deal with Marvel is now only for six films.

Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011

SUPERMAN (BEGINS)

Entertainment Weekly offers a preview of its cover story, featuring Henry Cavill in his first official photo as Superman. In the preview, director Zack Snyder talks about the biggest test for an actor trying to play Superman -- the suit. In this case, Snyder had all the auditioning actors put on a replica of Christopher Reeve's suit from the 1979 film. "If you can put on that suit and pull it off ... that's an awesome achievement," Snyder says. "Other actors put that suit on, and it's a joke, even if they're great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go 'Wow. Okay: This was Superman.'" Oddly enough, Christopher Reeve auditioned in a shabby Superman suit and, like Cavill, impressed everyone with his ability to transform into the Man of Steel. As for Cavill? He thought the suit would sink him. "The actor inside me was going: 'You're not ready! You're not ready!' Snyder saw something — or rather someone — different." Meanwhile, Diane Kruger addresses the Superman casting rumors a couple of minutes in this interview with Collider:

Release date: 2012?

IRON MAN 3

As we reported here at CBR yesterday, Shane Black is in "final negotiations" to direct the third "Iron Man" picture. Unfortunately, it is still not clear if he will be writing the film. Hopefully, he'll get a pass at it. He's one of the best dialogue writers in the business.

Release Date: May 3rd, 2013

GREEN LANTERN

Comicus.it has an interview with Paul Parducci, that actors lending his voice to Green Lantern G'hu in the film. "I studied the History of the Lantern Corp. G'Hu at his foundation is a Soldier, so I started there," he says. "Since I approach all Role-preparation the same way, I had to find him physically as well. Whether or not I am seen or heard, real is real and my goal is always to bring a living breathing character to the story. I studied all the available images of Gh'u and was eventually able to 'fill' the character. In the case of Gh'u I found the character in my fingers."

Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011

THOR

As we reported yesterday, a new trailer for the film arrived, courtesy of Yahoo!

I have to say this trailer is more impressive than the first and I liked that trailer, too. There's so much absurdity in this one, but it all seems to work. If the movie strikes this balance, it'll be the best Marvel movie so far. Meanwhile, director Kenneth Branagh offers a little info on the villains to Entertainment Weekly. He says of the Frost Giants, "They — as might be suggested by the name — are enormous creatures of incredible power who have been robbed of their power and glory by Odin, Thor's father. What fuels a lot of this intense battle is revenge. This is an angry race, trying to get back at Thor and the Asgardians, the self-proclaimed guardians of the universe."

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011

AKIRA

Variety reports writer Steve Kloves has been hired to give the westernized version of the script an additional polish. Kloves wrote seven of the eight "Harry Potter" films and "Wonder Boys," amongst other credits. Curiously enough, The Vulture tells a story of how Mila Kunis jumped ship from the project and secured James Franco for "Oz, the Great and Powerful." "After a recent meeting with Raimi and Wizard James Franco, all agreed that Kunis would be perfect for the part of Theodorah, the younger sister of Evanorah who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West ... With her involvement assured, we're told that Franco finally agreed to do the picture," they write. Kunis was considering the part of Kei in "Akira." The Vulture also reports the project is in a bit of disarray as director Albert Hughes and the studio cannot agree on a lead actor. Since Franco was mentioned as a possible lead last week, I wonder if this is the true story of that rumor.

Release date: TBA

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Don't call it a reboot? The boys at Think McFly Think spotted this quote from executive producer Avi Arad in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (which should be on sale now): "You have to look at it this way: Do you want to know more about Spider-Man? This movie is going to tell stories that you didn't see in movies 1, 2, and 3." Actually, I think we're all fine with it being a reboot at this point. There's no reason to pretend otherwise.

Release date: July 2nd, 2012

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

January Jones tells Moviefone a little bit about her costumes in the film. "We had a lot of fun with the costumes in that we wanted to make them very revealing and sexy, and they're always white and pearl-ized. We got that Emma Frost look, but with a '60s twist -- and a lot of sparkles, because she turns into a diamond. We did all the research from the comic books and took bits and pieces of her costumes from different time periods and meshed it all together. We did a lot of leather," she says. The actress also says that she got personally involved in the costume design. "I have to feel good in it. I'm the one who's got to wear it 18 hours a day," she explains. "It was a lot of boots, a lot of hair, a lot of boobs. You can't please everyone, but the goal is to not disappoint everyone."

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite has a galley of stills from the upcoming episode, "Scion," featuring actor Lucas Gabreel as Conner Kent:

Airs: Fridays

WEEKEND PARTY

Cue up a Lucky Soul track and get me a White Russian, it's the weekend! My dance card is filled from dawn to dusk, so it'll be an interesting couple of days. Tonight, I'm going to see Henry Rollins, which is always a good time. After that, it's party, party, party. Much to my surprise, I'm a social butterfly. Sounds weird to hear me say it, right? 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 steam on Sunday.

TAGS:  captain america, superman, iron man 3, green lantern, thor, akira, the amazing spider-man, x-men: first class, smallville

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