THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Gary Oldman tells Collider that the story for the film is "fantastic," saying, "You think you can't top 'The Dark Knight' and I think [Christopher Nolan] may have."
Meanwhile, Liam Neeson tells Empire he does not expect to return as Ra's Al Ghul. "That rumour's totally not true. In the comic books, Ra’s Al Ghul goes into a life bath of some sort and immerses himself to become immortal. So that's probably where that comes from," the actor explains. "But no-one's approached me with an offer. I'd like to if it happens." The Lazarus Pit does seem a bit far-fetched for the more realistic tone of the "Batman Begins" cycle. I'd like to posit the following: Ra's Al Ghul is always the leader of the League of Shadows because you can kill a man, but not an idea.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Mark Ruffalo, the chattiest Avenger, tells E! Online that he's hitting the gym in preparation for his dual role as Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk. "I've lost 15 pounds and I've put another five on of just strapping, pure USDA beef," he tells them. The plan is for a leaner and fit Banner.
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
IRON MAN 3
According to a reader at Ain't It Cool News, Shane Black will write the film after all. "He is scheduled to meet with Robert Downey Jr. this week when he returns to L.A.," he writes. "Downey will be contributing to the story and Shane will be writing it in addition to directing." Apparently, the plan is to make it more like a "Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villians." The reader saw Black speak at the Omaha Film Festival, where he talked about his career and the upcoming Marvel project.
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
Here at CBR, we have a couple of new posters for the film, including this rather classy face-time image of the title character:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
G.I. JOE 2
As our pals at Spinoff Online reported, "Rise of Cobra" co-star Rachel Nichols revealed a list of returning characters via her Twitter account last week. "The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE," she wrote. I guess that means Ripcord's out? I actually liked Marlon Wayans in the role. Hopefully, that list will grow as time goes on. Meanwhile, Paramount has set an August, 2012 release date, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Release date: August 10th, 2012
Spinoff Online also reports that actor Cary Elwes has joined the cast as Henry Demeter, the "CEO of Themyscira Industries who oversees the day-to-day operations while Wonder Woman fights crime." It is possible he could become a love interest for Diana.
THE WALKING DEAD
So, my weekend assignment for CBR was the "Walking Dead" event at the 28th Annual William S. Paley Televsion Festival. Most of the stars, executive producer Frank Darabont, creator Robert Kirkman, and producer Gale Anne Hurd entertained a crowd of appreciative fans with memories of their first exposure to the concept and some hints of the upcoming season. Asked if viewers would ever learn what Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick, Darabont replied, "Sure! What kind of communist turds do you think we are?" He also said they are "investigating the possibilities" of Morgan and his son returning. Meanwhile, Kirkman tells MTV News that new characters will appear this year. "There are definitely people from the comic that haven't appeared yet that will be appearing for the first time in the second season," he says. "And as far as new characters that haven't appeared in the comic, we'll be seeing some of them, too."
Airs: Fall 2011
THE EMOTIONLESS PICTURE
I got into a "Star Trek" kick over the weekend thanks to the audiobook of William Shatner's "Star Trek Memories." I may have mentioned before that I have a special place in my heart for the first film. It flounders as the writers never quite cracked the plot, but the central concept is totally worthy. It has gorgeous production design, but the performances are surprisingly flat. As it happens, one of the lads at Comic Book Movie spotted this YouTube clip of Shatner discussing the film on TNT. Considering how the actor looks, this could be over 15 years old.
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