The Dark Knight Rises, X-Men: First Class, The Hobbit: Mar 9th Comic Reel

Wed, March 9th, 2011 at 8:13am PST | Updated: March 9th, 2011 at 8:27am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Gary Oldman tells MTV News that the story brings back elements from "Batman Begins."

The actor also gives this hint to E! Online about another possible antagonist: "I think it's a villain from one of the old, old, from way back from the old comics." So ... it's Killer Moth, then?

Release date: July 20th, 2012

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

IGN offers a preview of their visit to the film's London set. "Well it looks like 'X-Men: First Class' will be an utterly original take on the superhero genre, setting it apart in a summer chock-full of masked men," they write. Director Matthew Vaughn stresses that the film will be set apart from the first "X-Men" series. "What I'm doing no one has done in superhero films. It's James Bond, it's a political thriller and it's an 'X-Men' movie. It's not like the other 'X-Men' movies which I think is important. I think they need to sort of take on a new... you know, what 'Batman Begins' did for all those Batman movies? We bloody well need it. I'm not saying it's going to be as good as 'Batman Begins,' but it's the same sort of attitude," he says. Meanwhile, the official Facebook Movie page has a couple of new poster images, including this one of Xavier:

It looks a little ... unfinished.

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

THE HOBBIT

Ian McKellen reveals on his official site that he visited the production offices and saw Bilbo. "I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras," writes the actor. "Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum."

Release date: 2012

PROMETHEUS

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has set up shop in Toronto for a three week shoot. "Production across seven stages for the Charlize Theron-starrer is also notable for the Pinewood Studios Group, backed by Ridley Scott and brother Tony, managing the Toronto mega-studio." Seven stages for three weeks of filming? I guess they need to house the Space Jockey somewhere.

Release date: June 8th, 2012

VOLTRON

The Defender of the Universe is now at the center of a bidding war, according to the Vulture Atlas Entertainment and Relativity Media are both interested in the property which, until recently, was bogged down in legal woes. At some point, one of these media companies will get to form the arms and body of the giant robot. World Events Productions, the owner of the series, is set to premiere a new animated "Voltron" show called "Voltron Force" in May. World Events VP Mark Koplar (he forms the head) expects the feature film to be ready by 2013 or 2014.

Release date: TBA

SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

The New York Times reports that the show is headed for a delay ... again. While it completed it's 99th preview performance on Tuesday -- shattering an old Broadway record -- it could go dark to "give the cast a break and to hold new rehearsals" and, perhaps, to buffer a major creative overhaul. "Who would oversee the creative changes has been an open question. The producers on Tuesday continued negotiating with their director, Julie Taymor, and her fellow creators, U2's Bono and the Edge, about the composition of the artistic team going forward and about whether it would continue to include Ms. Taymor," writes the Times. It is entirely possible Taymor may leave the production.

Opens: March 15th, 2011 ... maybe

HUMAN TARGET

TVLine's Matt Webb Mitovitch makes a case for the show's renewal. "Most simply said, we need testosterone TV like this, and ever since the clock ran out on '24's' Jack Bauer, it's been Christopher Chance's (Mark Valley) mantle to carry, and his alone. (Really, who else is walking away slo-mo from fiery explosions anymore? It's a dying art.) Plus, we already 'lost' the excellent Chi McBride once before, when 'Pushing Daisies' got plucked. And thirdly, I give you four words: Jackie. Earle. Frickin’. Haley," he writes.

Airs: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Michael Rosenbaum offers Zap2It a few more details about his final scenes on the series. Rather, the specific number of scenes. "We did four different things. Two nice scenes and then two other specialty things that I won't tell you about. I'm a part of the finale and I think it's important," he says. So ... two scenes and some "specialty" material? I'm betting one of these is a brief moment at the end of the second-to-last episode heralding Lex's return; the old "emerges from the shadows" shock reveal moment.

Airs: Fridays

HOTEL DAY

Good luck to everyone looking to score a convenient hotel room for Comic-Con today. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly. 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 the shanty town outside of Hall H.

TAGS:  the dark knight rises, x-men: first class, the hobbit, prometheus, voltron, spider-man turn off the dark, human target, smallville

 
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