THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
After a few days of getting comfortable with the thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be playing mob-prince Alberto Falcone, Entertainment Weekly reports that bit of information is "incorrect." Let's start talking conspiracies and alternate characters that he could play. Batman-news.com notes that Batman On Film apparently removed all references to Black Mask in a post about Falcone. I'm going to go out on limb and say Gordon-Levitt is playing Killer Moth.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
From this somewhat pixelated and echoy video posted at Comic Book Movie, it appears Entertainment Tonight will air the "Captain America" trailer that hits theaters on Friday.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Deadline has your shortlist of potential stars for the film, which now has a possible August start date. It's a curious list. "For Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script," they write. "For the role of Kaneda, the script has been given to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix." I hope all these actors are tested on how they shout each others' character names.
Release date: TBA
Director Zack Snyder tells MTV News why Henry Cavill won the role:
Snyder also spoke with Latino Review about a few "Superman" rumors. Well, actually, he said answering a lot of the rumors floating around would "give to much away." He clarified that actor Viggo Mortensen will not appear in the film. "Viggo is not going to be in the movie," he said. "Let’s say that right now. I can clear that up". For the director, shrugging off the previous films allows him to look at the story in a new way. "Trust me when I say I want this movie to be awesome and I want Superman to be awesome, you know that's true," said Snyder.
Release date: 2012?
Rene Russo tells E! Online that she's unsure how often she'll appear in future "Thor" outings. "Eventually they'll kick me out, so who knows how many I'll do," she joked. Russo plays Frigga, Thor's mother, in the film.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
According to Bloomberg News (via The Hollywood Reporter), Daniel Ezralow, the choreographer who designed the flying sequences for the show, has left the production. According to an unnamed actor, Ezralow was one of ex-director Julie Taymor's loyal troop. Indeed, he worked with her on the film "Across the Universe" and other productions. Ezralow will likely be replaced by Chase Brock. "In February, Brock choreographed the Encores! revival of 'Lost in the Stars' at New York City Center," Bloomberg writes. "His last Broadway credit was as assistant to choreographer Kathleen Marshall in the 2003 revival of 'Wonderful Town.'"
Opens: March 15th, 2011 ... maybe
THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA GAME PREVIEWS
Just in case you missed it, I went up to San Francisco last week to preview Sega's "Thor" and "Captain America" tie-in games. From the demos, it's easy to see the developers have a lot of respect for the characters. I particularly enjoyed the "Captain America" games on Xbox 360/Playstation 3 and the Nintendo DS.
Release date: TBA
THE WALKING DEAD
It seems the rumors are true. Spinoff Online reports that writer Stephen King is in talks to write an episode of the series. "It remains to be seen whether it would be for Season 2 or Season 3," they write. "But wait! There’s more! King reveals the plan is for him to co-write the episode with his son Joe Hill, bestselling author of 'Heart-Shaped Box' and 'Horns' and writer of the acclaimed comic-book series 'Locke & Key.'" King, along with executive producer Frank Darabont, has a history with writing about prisons. Hmmm...
Writer David E. Kelly tells The Los Angeles Times that taking on a superhero was "way out of my comfort zone." He found a hook that drew him into the series. "Not so much her super powers but what it's like to go home at the end of the day. It's very scary to do, hopefully we're going to pull it off." He offers New York Magazine's Vulture a similar story prompt: "What if there were such a person in today's world and what must it be like to be her?" He also discusses casting Adrianne Palicki, who met all of his requirements. "She's got to be strong, smart, emotionally accessible — and oh yeah, an Amazon!"
From the rain, time-change, and the approach of WonderCon, it must be Spring ... and that means organizing the clutter around my office and, trust me, there's clutter. I still need to find a good place for that amazing Kubrick book I got for Christmas a few years back. 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 tackling the book stack.