Akira, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spider-Man: May 9th Comic Reel

Mon, May 9th, 2011 at 8:00am PDT

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

AKIRA

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Keanu Reeves is talking to Warner Bros about appearing in the film as Kaneda. I suppose all one can say is "Whoa." They write, "In the script, the action moves from Neon-Tokyo to New Manhattan, where a biker gang leader tries to save his best friend from a medical experiment that threatens to unleash destructive powers." While Reeves has not been offered the role yet, his involvement could change the status of the project and, no doubt, the script as he is older than the original character or the previously mentioned short-list of twenty-something actors. Also, since the article mentions both Kaneda and Tetsuo by name, I think we can safely assume the westernized "Kendall" and "Travis" identities are off the table for now.

Release date: TBA

GREEN LANTERN

The Daily Blam! continues its devotion to the Corps by spotting the curious Newton Astronomers website and Dr. Amanda Waller's personal blog. It would appear the Alternate Reality Game for "Green Lantern" has begun.

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

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Comingsoon.net has several new photos from the set, including this one of Rhys Ifans minus Lizard scales:

Oh, but he's still wearing green F/X costuming.

Release date: May 28th, 2012

THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME

Deadline reports that "Law Abiding Citizen" director F. Gary Gray has signed on to helm the film. The describe it as "futuristic tale" in which, "America responds to a second major terrorism attack by developing technology that eliminates the impulse to commit crimes of any kind. Worthington leads a heist team that plans to pull off a final job five days before the signal rubs out the criminal instinct." Sam Worthington is set to star.

Release date: TBA

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

If you haven't already seen it over the weekend, the lads at Comic Book Movie spotted this grainy photo of ... the Lazarus Pit?

The photographer writes that it is a "green screen set up over the well," but is it possible Ra's Al Ghul's resurrection technique will really come into play in the film? Wild speculation: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really a young Henri Ducard, rejuvenated in the waters of the Pit!

Release date: July 20th, 2012

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Comicus.it has an interview with actor Kenneth Choi, who plays Jim Morita in the film. While a fan of comics as a child, Choi knew nothing about his character before taking the part. "I went online and found any existing information on him which was minimal. What I did find was helpful. I also did a lot of WWII research especially in regards to the "Nisei" soldiers, or Japanese-American soldiers," he says. "I wanted to get as much true, real-life information for a guy 'like' Jim Morita fighting in WWII. I felt that if I had built a 'factual' basis for him, I could then let go and permit the character to exist in the Marvel Universe which allows for a lot of imaginative circumstances."

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

PRIEST

Director Scott Stewart tells Collider that he was initially concerned about comparisons to his previous film, "Legion," but "they're literally superficial, in the sense that there is a religious element in the movies and Paul [Bettany] is a supernaturally gifted ass-kicker, kicking creatures butts. Those elements are literally the same, but the world and the mythology is really different. 'Priest' is really a science fiction film and a Western. It's not a horror film, per se. It's much more of an action movie. Thematically, we were asking literal theological questions in 'Legion,' but I don't see 'Priest' that way at all. I don't equate it to this world's Church. It's really an Orwellian state, and it's much more about war powers and fascism and the enemy that we don't understand but we keep fighting, and about soldiers. It's an emotional story in principle, and it’s about sacrifice, on a character level."

Release date: May 13th, 2011

THOR

Reeler Holden wrote in about the treasures in Odin's vault, indenitifing The Eye Of Aggamoto. The Daily Blam! was also curious about the All-Father's loot and scanned in this page from "The Art of Thor:"

I recognize the Infinity Gauntlet and The Daily Blam! lists the Eternal Flame and Warlock's Eye as part of the stash. Meanwhile, it what will probably be my last mention of the film until it comes out on Blu-Ray, "Thor" opened in the US to the tune of $66 million. A healthy sum for the picture.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: Out now!

THE CAPE

According to TV Shows on DVD, the complete series will be out in July.

Release date: July 5th, 2011

POWERS

As our pals at Spinoff Online reported Friday, actor Charles S. Dutton has been cast as Captain Cross. You might remember him from "Alien 3" or his Fox comedy "Roc." He's always a welcome presence and will be a great fit with the leads ... once they're finally cast. As of now, actor Kyle Chandler is still "in talks" to play Gabriel Walker.

Airdate: TBA

THE WEEK AHEAD

The next couple of days are going to be busy. Hopefully, I'll have some time to unwind with a good movie, or, a marathon of the "Rocky" series. 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 Stallone.

TAGS:  akira, green lantern, the amazing spider-man, last days of american crime, the dark knight rises, captain america, priest, thor, the cape, powers

 
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