Superman, First Class, DK Rises: Feb 22nd Comic Reel

Tue, February 22nd, 2011 at 8:15am PST | Updated: February 22nd, 2011 at 8:23am

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Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

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SUPERMAN (BEGINS)

As our pals at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, Kevin Costner is rumored to be a person of "heightened interest" in regards to a role in the film. Latino Review hears word that the role is Jonathan Kent. Which ... isn't a bad choice considering the actor.

Release date: 2012?

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Just Jared Jr. (via Comic Book Movie) pulled the following Lucas Till (Havok in the film) quote from the March issue of August Man:

I definitely remember wanting to be Wolverine, but Havok is a great consolation prize. I can shoot energy beams out of my entire body, and I’m the brother of Cyclops. Havok has always historically been the brother with more potential, bu because he has less control over his powers, he has always been secluded and separated.

So I guess there will be a brotherly relationship between the two Summers. Rumor had it that their relationship might altered for the prequel.

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Batman-News posted this video of Tom Hardy telling British chat show host Alan Carr a bit about playing Bane:

Release date: July 20th, 2012

THE AVENGERS

A Reeler sent me this article from the Detroit Free Press which mentions that the film will not be shooting in Michigan. "[The production] has already decided it won't be filming in the state, several people with connections to the film told the Free Press," they write. "The 'Avengers' story echoes the buzz spreading through the local film industry that projects wanting to come here are either holding off on their plans or changing their locations to another state." The issue? Governor Rick Snyder's plan to cut tax incentives for films shooting in Michigan. Film companies will always look for a location with the best tax breaks and Michigan may have priced itself out of business for awhile.

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

PROMETHEUS

According to Sky Movies, the strange pilot of the derelict ship from the original "Alien" will appear in the film. "I've had further confirmation that the Space Jockey creature is definitely in 'Prometheus' and has been built as an eight foot animatronic," a source tells them. "I've also had it confirmed that HR Giger is working on the project but only in an advisory capacity. By the way, people are going to be in for a shock when they sit down to watch 'Prometheus' and there's an enormous semi-human head piloting a spaceship." Well, it's not shocking now, is it, Unnamed Source?

Release date: June 8th, 2012

SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

According to The New York Times, a new consultant has been brought in to aid the show. "The producers of the Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' have brought on a veteran musical supervisor and conductor, Paul Bogaev, as a consultant to help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements, and sound quality of the songs and numbers." Sounds like a pretty extensive "consultation." This, along with other rumored hirings, could mean the show will push back its opening day for the sixth time. I've been saving an "Ides of March" joke for the occasion, but it's looking like I'll have to use it soon.

Opens: March 15th, 2011 ... maybe

ALL STAR SUPERMAN

Here at CBR, we have a bevy of "All Star" goodness. First, we have interviews with writer Grant Morrison and star Christina Hendricks. "The best Superman stories, particularly in that era I was talking about, is stuff like 'The Death of Superman' and 'Superman's Return to Krypton.' There were really love stories or stories of grief, but as I said, you do them on a biblical scale with cosmic weaponry and space ships and it looks great. I think comic books should be about that stuff. I love the comics that have big energy and superheroes in big conflicts," says Morrison. We also Robot 6's review of the film, which Chris Mautner calls "reverent and faithful."

Release date: February 22nd, 2011

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

Co-director Sam Liu offers The Daily Blam! a little info on the upcoming DC Animated feature. "The graphic novel itself is a little bit short. Normally we're taking like 12 issues of something and kind of like compress it, and in this case it's a pretty short graphic novel so we were actually under [our running time]," he says."What we had to do was add a short on top of it. So, instead of just creating some thing to put into the story; we decided to just end it where it ends and then just add something else." An interesting solution to their problem, I think.

Release date: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Michael Rosenbaum tells the Evansville Courier & Press (via Comic Book Movie) that he's returning to the show to please the fans. "I've got to make the fans happy. Lex is an integral part of the show. No one expects a show to last 10 years. I gave them seven years and I thought it was pretty commendable. Now it's been on three more years. Clark is starting to look like he's in his 30s," he says. He also mentions he will be wearing a bald cap for this outing. "There are other projects that I am working on that require hair [and] it takes four months to grow back," he explains.

Airs: Fridays

THEATER SAFETY

Okay, it's getting weird out there, but that's no excuse to go in guns blazing at the movie theaters. According to The Telegraph, a Latvian man was shot dead because he ate popcorn too loudly during the end credits of "Black Swan." The article mentions gun violence is rare in Latvia, so what's the deal? Oh, there's no punchline here. It just saddens me to see the theaters become unsafe. 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 metal detectors at my local theater.

TAGS:  superman, x-men: first class, the dark knight rises, the avengers, prometheus, spider-man turn off the dark, all star superman, batman: year one, smallville

 
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