CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
It's trailer day and Spinoff Online has it:
Here at CBR, we have screenshot gallery that includes this picture of actor Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Latino Review hears word that Edgar Ramirez, star of HBO's "Carlos" miniseries, may end up a villain in the film. "I don't know if it's for General Zod or another villain role. The secrecy surrounding this project is that tight. I also don't personally know if Edgar auditioned, or his name is simply being tossed around, or the producers have gotten into it with Edgar's reps," writes LR's El Mayimbe. Meanwhile, director Zack Snyder avoids answering a question about Superman's costume despite MTV News's helpful visual aids:
Release date: 2012?
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Actor Nicholas Hoult answers a round of questions at the official Facebook page. In preparing for the role, he says, "I watched lots of 'Frasier' and listened to people who spoke with a similar accent to Kelsey [Grammer, who played Beast in "X-Men: the Last Stand"], my dialect coach and I worked on creating something towards Kelsey's dialect but without being an imitation. I also did lots of fitness training as being in the Beast costume and make up could be very tiring and tough physically." The Facebook page also has a new still of Hoult as Beast having a day out with Mystique:
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Collider has a video interview with director Zack Snyder:
He also spoke with Comingsoon.net about the film. "The movie was always deemed in its own weird way like a musical in my mind," he said. "I always felt like... I remember talking (about it) early on and saying, 'These action sequences are going to be like these Busby Berkley-style action scenes.' That's my version of them, and I think that was the approach, that was my feeling and that's why the music plays such a strong part in the whole structure of the movie and the way that the adventures are designed, the music is really the key in and out." Finally, the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex presents its own set visit report.
Release date: March 25th, 2011
WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS
Following on the heels of "Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods," comes another comic creator-focused documentary. According to a press release sent to CBR yesterday, the film "features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given. It spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation 'Red.' The documentary not only spotlights his iconic persona, it reveals the more nuanced person as well." The filmmakers are looking for additional funds to complete the project via Kickstarter. Here's the trailer:
Release date: TBA
Reeler Liam has an update on the curious image that Sky Movies has been using in connection with the film. "I have found out the image I sent you yesterday is fan made," he writes. "Shame, it is a pretty cool poster. I have however found the full image which also includes Nathan Fillion as Ant Man." So it was wishful thinking on the part of the creator. I wonder how Sky ended up using it?
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
As we reported here at CBR, Cartoon Network will premiere a programing block called "DC Nation" in 2012. "DC Nation on Cartoon Network will be the first-ever dedicated broadcast destination to showcase the depth and breadth of the DC Universe," said DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson in a press release. While no shows have been announced for the block, current programs based on DC properties like "Batman: The Brave and The Bold" and "Young Justice" have been renewed.
"I saw a bunch of press about whether there is or isn't a 'Sandman' TV series: as far as I know, nobody has actually optioned 'SANDMAN' as a TV series from DC Comics, who own it," writes Neil Gaiman on his official website journal. "Eric Kripke (of 'Supernatural' fame) pitched his approach to DC and to me last year, and we liked it and we liked him, but it didn't feel quite right at that point, so we passed." Well, that explains Kripke's statement that started this round of press interest. Gaiman adds, "I think that this year the people at DC Comics (and me) will talk to a lot of people who want to make a 'Sandman' TV series, and if we find the perfect person with the perfect way of treating the material, it'll happen. And otherwise it won't."
Yesterday, I joked about a fourth Narnia film, but it seems that it is actually going to happen. Various sites, including IGN report the producers of the series have selected "The Magician's Nephew" as the next story. That book, the sixth in the series, is actually a prequel, revealing how the Wardrobe connected to Narnia and how that lamppost ended up on the border. It is, in essence, "Narnia Begins" with only Aslan as a returning character. Interesting that author C.S. Lewis included a reboot button in his work. 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 Silmarillion" getting optioned.