Man of Steel, Thor, Conan: Apr 14th Comic Reel

Thu, April 14th, 2011 at 8:22am PDT | Updated: April 14th, 2011 at 8:39am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

MAN OF STEEL

There's plenty of "Man of Steel" chatter to start your day with. First, as our pals at Spinoff Online reported, actress Diane Lane let slip one detail about the film's plot. "I'm really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on," she tells E! Online. So, it is "Superman Beings," I guess. I'm hoping we get most of the origin in a quick flash, because it hardly needs half of another movie to get it right. Meanwhile, Latino Review hears a rumor about that "female villain" role. "The villainess is Faora," says their source, who offered the scoop on Kevin Costner and Zod in previous months. Faora is an established baddie from the Silver Age. Their source also has a few things to say about the origin aspect of the film:

  • You will see JOR-EL and his wife, Lara.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis was looked at for JOR-EL and not the villain.
  • Krypton will not be a crystal planet like the Donner film; this Krypton will PROBABLY look like the Coruscant skyline from Star Wars.

Hmm, all of that relates to Krypton. Since Zod is the bad guy, I suppose spending time on his origin is probably a good thing. Finally, The Hollywood Reporter has an update on the Siegel case against Warner Bros and the estate's attempt to get its rights to the character back. In this latest move, Warner Bros failed to get some documents admitted into evidence. "The documents are said to be 'consent agreements' between the Siegel and Shuster estates and their existence came to light during settlement discussions during the first phase of the Siegel trial," they write. "Once [Shuster lawyer Marc] Toberoff mentioned the presence of these agreements, Warners almost immediately demanded the documents be shared. During the first trial, Toberoff successfully got a judge to agree that those documents were protected by attorney-client privilege." It's going to be an interesting time for "Man of Steel" as it will be released just as the family is schedule to get back control of much of the Superman concept.

Release date: 2012?

THOR

Kat Dennings discusses her character with The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog. "[Darcy] is the one who says what the audience is thinking, she's like 'Wait, whaaaat?'" she says. "There wasn't much on the page for the Darcy role to begin with and I didn't even see a script before I took the job so I didn't really know who Darcy was at first. But  she really evolved — she's so much fun now even. She's very Scooby-Doo if that makes sense. She's always three steps behind and reacting to what's happening with these great expressions. 'Zoinks.' She gets things wrong and doesn't care. And she wears these [wool] hats. What could be better?"

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

CONAN

Star Jason Momoa admits to Fandago (via Comic Book Movie) that he's never seen the Schwarzenegger classic:

Did he say there's a Kraken in the film? Also, did she call the original "Conan the Barbarian" campy?

Release date: August 19th, 2011

GREEN LANTERN

Blake Lively talks all things Carol Ferris with ... The Wall Street Journal? Turns out their media blog, Speakeasy, was at WonderCon and got the dish. "She's very untraditional in the fact that she is head-to-head with Hal, and the fact that they are always challenging each other was something was really nice – she's not waiting for him to save her," she says of Carol. "There are times where he experiences weakness where she has to come in and save him, and I think that that's a little more like real life. It's nice to see that in a comic book film when there's a hero, he's the hero and he saves the world and he saves the people he loves, but the fact that other people can be heroes too is pretty cool." She also talks about the other wrinkles in the story that make "Green Lantern" compelling to her and about laying in the beginnings of Carol's eventual turn to the Violet Light.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

James McAvoy talks with MTV News about those weird silhouette posters from last month :

Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender tells IGN about Magento's quest to find Sebastian Shaw. "Shaw had him in these concentration camps and as we know, the Nazis were doing lots of experimentation - all sorts of things, like measuring skull and brain size and running experiments on human beings," he says. "So Shaw is trying to unleash this power in him - he's recognized that he can manipulate metal and so we catch up with Erik on a quest to hunt him down."

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

MEN IN BLACK III

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Michael Stuhlbarg will play "Griffin" in the film. Stuhlbarg might be familiar to you from "Boardwalk Empire" or "A Serious Man."

Release date: May 25th, 2012

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

So, hot on the heels of that glimpse of Caesar, we now have a full trailer for the film (via Deadline). As an old-time "Apes" junkie, I'll admit I'm intrigued.

Release date: June 24th, 2011

THE HOBBIT

Peter Jackson released his first on-set video for the film at his Facebook page. Sadly, it's not embeddable, but click over to watch him mercilessly tease aspects of the film and walk around the familiar sets of Bag End and Rivendell.

Release date: 2012

DOCTOR WHO

Spinoff Online spotted a couple of clips from the season premiere, including this rather tension-filled scene inside the TARDIS:

And if you don't know why "fish fingers and custard" matters, go rent the fifth season.

Returns: April 23rd, 2011

SMALLVILLE

Here at CBR, we have a preview of the upcoming episode, "Kent."

Meanwhile, executive producer Kelly Souders explains to TVLine why they chose to return to the alternate universe seen in "Luthor." She says that "Clark and his father have some things to work out, and believe me, watching [John] Schneider play the opposite of what we know him for is a blast." The producer also mentions the trip will end up impacting Clark and "some of the big decisions he'll be having to make."

Airs: Fridays

THE DOCTOR IN HIS TARDIS

I'll admit it, I'm really excited for the return of "Doctor Who." I think it might be driving my loved ones crazy with all my talk about the show, but it is the one thing I allow myself to truly geek-out over. Moreso than Tolkien. Moreso than Batman. This is the one thing. 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 Silence.

TAGS:  man of steel, thor, conan, green lantern, x-men: first class, men in black iii, rise of the planet of the apes, the hobbit, doctor who, smallville

 
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