Thor, Superman, Akira: Apr 6th Comic Reel

Wed, April 6th, 2011 at 8:24am PDT | Updated: April 6th, 2011 at 8:30am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THOR

Star Chris Hemsworth talks with GQ Australia (via Comic Book Movie) about the film. "You have the massive world that was created by Marvel, and then you have these very intimate actors around you. There was as much character work on this as there would be on a little independent film. So, [I felt] very fortunate in that sense, and I had never had anyone push me in so many different directions or places that Ken did with my character," he says. "Instead of trying to track 'this is who he is and this is what we do,' we'd try one thing and say, 'Great, we've got that, now let's give this a go.' By doing that you constantly go, 'I didn't think of that, but I could use that here.' It was a constant evolution, which is a freer way to work. We weren't on this tightrope of, 'Oh fuck, don't do that, only do this.' And Anthony Hopkins is just incredible to be around — he lifts everybody's game. You soak up everything he is doing and learn from that."

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011

SUPERMAN (BEGINS)

In this video interview with Empire, director Zack Snyder talks about working with Christopher Nolan:

Meanwhile, a few sites are pointing back to this Twitter post: "according to HOward Stern, auditions are being held for lex luthor and miss Teschmacher." I imagine this is somehow connected to yesterday's story about Lindsay Lohan's attempt to get into the movie. RadarOnline reported that their will be a villainous female who works with Lex Luthor. It's possible Stern read the same article and made the connection.

Release date: 2012?

AKIRA

MTV News asked Robert Pattinson about his place on the Tetsuo short list:

That guy is genuinely hard to read. I can't tell if he's evading the question or just amused by the rumors.

Release date: TBA

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms the film will be shooting in their fair city. Director Christopher Nolan tells the paper, "We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman."

Release date: July 20th, 2012

300 SEQUEL

Producer Mark Canton informs MTV News that the project is no longer called "Xerxes."

Release date: TBA

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Collider has a longish WonderCon video interview with stars Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington:

Release date: April 29th, 2011

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Here at CBR, we have a report on the special preview director Jon Favreau and co-writer Roberto Orci brought to WonderCon. Here's my favorite part of the footage:

The first clip opened with Craig as cowboy Jake Lonergan riding up to a small farm. He inspects it for signs of life before entering. Bloody and injured, he cleans up and prepares to bandage a recent wound. Before he can finish, Meacham (Clancy Brown) arrives, holding a rifle to the back of Jake's head. He turns around as the other man says, "Only two kinds of men get shot: victims and criminals. Which one are you?"

"I don't know," replies Jake.

"What do you know?" asks the irritated Meacham.

"English."

Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

On Location Vacations got their hands on a copy of a Los Angeles County permit which confirms additional filming. It was issued to Vita Ray Productions for the filming of "Frostbite;" these are the production company name and working title for the film. The shooting will happen on Friday and Saturday at 555 W. 5th Street in Downtown LA.

Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011

PRIEST

Collider has a video interview with director Scott Stewart, who talks about the film and his next project, "Mortal Instruments."

Release date: May 13th, 2011

BREAKING IN

Tonight is the premiere of the new FOX comedy, "Breaking In." I happened to be in the panel for the show at WonderCon and wrote up a report on it for Spinoff Online. The convention was star Christian Slater's first and he was happy to be there. "I met the guy who played the Gorn," he beamed. The show is stuffed with geek references, including Captain Kirk's chair from the original "Star Trek."

As my report was going through editorial, the CBR/Spinoff Online offices in Hollywood recieved a cake from Contra Security, the show's fictional security firm. Here's video of the cake getting ... um ... unboxed:

Airdate: Tonight!

THE WALKING DEAD

Collider has an interview with creator Robert Kirkman. "There is all kinds of crazy stuff that is coming up," he says about the show's second season. "I'm really excited. I mean, you get 8 guys that like zombies that know they are doing a T.V. show like 'The Walking Dead,' and they know that you can get away with the kind of things that we got away with on the first season. It really becomes just an effort to just find that thing that AMC is going to make us change. So we all sitting there going, 'Oh, they are going to make us change that!' So there is a lot of cool stuff coming up."

Airs: 2011

DOCTOR WHO

A little bit more from WonderCon as I covered the "Doctor Who" panel for Spinoff Online. Season premiere director Toby Haynes, writer Neil Gaiman and actor Mark Sheppard entertained the crowd of excitied "Who" fans. Gaiman also praised the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. "You write stuff for Matt and he brings it in better, sometimes funnier, but definitely odder," he said. "He's the first of the Doctors who actually feels vastly ancient. … Almost for the first time since [Fourth Doctor] Tom Baker, the central entity and the body are two slightly different things." Spinoff compadre Kevin Melrose also compiled some story details about the two-part premiere and the first half of the upcoming season. Click through if you don't mind some mild spoilers.

Returns: April 23rd, 2011

SMALLVILLE

According to Michael Ausiello at TVLine, actor Terrence Stamp turned down an offer to appear on camera as Jor-El, but "you'll once again hear his voice in the penultimate episode when the Superman icon gives Lois the Best. Wedding. Present. Ever: Clark's powers for a day."

Airs: Fridays

REWIND THE TAPE

There's a groove I get into following a convention weekend. I have a transcription set-up on my desktop computer than makes it easy to get accurate quotes, but halfway through any given tape, I can start transcribing pretty fast. Of course, that never stops me from giving the tape a second listen. 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 finishing the transcriptions.

TAGS:  thor, superman, akira, the dark knight rises, 300 rise of an empire, dylan dog: dead of night, cowboys & aliens, captain america, priest, breaking in, the walking dead, doctor who, smallville

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