Cowboys & Aliens, Man of Steel, Thor: Apr 15th Comic Reel

Fri, April 15th, 2011 at 8:21am PDT | Updated: April 15th, 2011 at 8:28am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

COWBOYS & ALIENS

The trailer dropped last night, as promised, and we have it:

We also have a gallery of screenshots from the trailer, including this shot that looks very familiar:

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

MAN OF STEEL

Star Henry Cavill tells PTI (via Yahoo! India) that he's glad the Superman job past him by a few years ago when J.J. Abrams's "Superman Flyby" project collapsed in favor of Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns." He admits, "As much as I wanted it at a younger age, you get to a certain point where you go, 'OK, I'm ready for most things now.' Back then, you believe you're ready for it. But as soon as it happens, you think that it's a little heavy. I'm glad it's happening now as opposed to any other time."

Release date: 2012?

THOR

Comicus.it has an interview with actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the film. Asked about the character appearing in other Marvel movies, he responded, "When I signed my contract, I signed to play Loki in five more Marvel movies, but they were unspecified. So, if there will be more movies or not remains to be seen, but I like the idea of Loki turning up in the shadows when people least expect him, but you never know these things, the world changes and the things change, but I feel like I know who Loki is, so I wouldn't mind." Now that is a diplomatic answer. Meanwhile, Superhero Hype notes that Marvel has launched an interactive guide to the film. You may notice an "April 27th" release date on the application. That's when "Thor" arrives in the UK.

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

WANTED 2

IGN asked James McAvoy for a status update. "I know that the script came out a while back which I don't think they were happy with in the end," he said. "I think that if you are going to go without the guaranteed box office draw of Angelina then you need to have an amazing script and an amazing story. I think the studio is keen to make it, and we really want to make it, but we want to make it if it's right and when it's right, and that might not be ever." Superhero Hype also asked Mark Millar for an update on the sequel. "It cost $70 million but they made $250 [million], so they want a sequel, but they killed off the reason that it made that money, so they're trying to figure out a way of bringing Angelina back from the dead, and they can't figure it out," he explained. "Every month or so I'll talk to the guys at Universal, and they'll say 'We'll talk to some screenwriters, we'll do another draft', and Angelina's like 'my character's dead, I'm not coming back.' There's been two or three screenplays." A very interesting deadlock. McAvoy actually suggested a solution in his IGN interview. "Maybe they'll do it in the future with a whole new kid - a new lead character. And the premise of the 'Wanted' movies is how becoming an assassin changed my life," he said.

Release date: TBA

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

According to this Examiner article (via Comic Book Movie), it seems the production may blow up an arena. No, really! "The ability to explode the Civic Arena and use the footage for a key scene in the movie may have been the key bargaining chip," writes Fiore Mastracci. Apparently, there were some closed-door talks between various responsible groups, a local preservation society, and the new PA Governor Tom Corbett (not the '50s sci-fi hero.) "While no one sitting in executive offices will comment on the deal, the rank and file members talk as if the destruction of the Civic Arena is a go," continues Mastracci. "The Arena has been featured before in several films, most notably 'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,' and 'Sudden Death.'  Now it appears the structure will be immortalized by its destruction on film in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'"

Release date: July 20th, 2012

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss sequel possibilities with MTV News. "It's sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there's going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven't shown. We're going to have two entire timelines to play with," says Markus. "I wonder if the reaction to ['The First Avenger'] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well... Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there's pressure to return there in a large way," adds McFeely. "But if they don't embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there's less pressure to do that — you can just keep him in the Avengers universe."

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

300 SEQUEL

Producer Mark Canton tells Spinoff Online that "We're in a very good place. We've taken a lot of time, we didn't want to just make a sequel. We're very close to the group of people who made that movie and very respectful of what the fans think of the movie, so I can assure that we're determined to make a great follow-up. It will not be a conventional sequel at all."

Release date: TBA

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Actress Jennifer Lawrence will be all over the upcoming issue of GQ. Their website offers a preview of her spread and this choice quote from director Matthew Vaughn: "There are a lot of young American actors right now who haven't got any technique ... And to be blunt, a lot of these kids assume that just by having a good set of teeth and tits, smiling for the camera's gonna be enough. I needed someone who could act." I think talent and looks are fair things for a director to want from an actor. Meanwhile, Lucas Till talks with Bleeding Cool about playing Havok in the film. Asked which side he'd choose in the mutant struggle, the actor answered, "As a selfish, you know, fanboy, I'd just wanna be on Magneto's side, 'cause he gets to do all the fun. As a human being, of course, I'd go with Xavier, because you have a conscience, and Magneto does all that killing. It's a tough decision, but I'd definitely go with Xavier."

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

THE AVENGERS

Mark Ruffalo tells The Advocate (via MTV News) that he has not been asked to shave his chest air off to play the Hulk ... so far. "They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible," he says. "As they're modeling him, they're using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don't know to what extent."

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

Brendon Connelly over at Bleeding Cool hears an interesting rumor about an animated adaptation of the acclaimed Frank Miller classic. "[It's] already in the early stages of development. According to our sources, several veterans of Batman toons past will be on the crew list, though we're still trying to confirm who is writing and directing the film," he writes. I guess that means it'll be a DC Universe Animated Original Movie, much like the upcoming "Batman: Year One," also based on a Miller tale.

Release date: TBA

POWERS

Here at CBR, Brian Michael Bendis offers us an update on the developing TV series:

Airdate: TBA

SMALLVILLE

The CW posted an interview with executive producer Brian Petersen on YouTube in which he discusses tonight's episode, "Kent."

Airs: Fridays

WEEKEND ANNIVERSARY

After a hard drive crash, prep work for a series of upcoming articles, and the usual turn of the Reel, I'm ready for that rum drink and the weekend! It's also one year since my special lady, Heather, joined me on this strange journey. Here's to many more to come! 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 week ahead.

TAGS:  cowboys & aliens, man of steel, thor, wanted 2, the dark knight rises, captain america, 300 rise of an empire, x-men: first class, the avengers, the dark knight returns, powers, smallville

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