Green Lantern, Deadpool, Akira: May 18th Comic Reel

Wed, May 18th, 2011 at 8:06am PDT

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

GREEN LANTERN

In case you missed it, we have several set visit articles here at CBR. It was an unusual and interesting day last August when production designer Grant Major took us on a tour of the art department. It was my first glimpse at how the film would actually look and I was pretty impressed with the care and faithfulness. Costume designer Ngila Dickson talked about designing costumes no one would ever wear and producer Donald De Line showed off an early effects test of Salaak. Geoff Johns happened to be there and chatted about the film, other characters and titles he'd like to see on the big screen and more. We also have longer interview with star Ryan Reynolds and directors Martin Campbell. Meanwhile, Warner Bros encourages you to take the Infinite Oath, a fun project on the film's website.

Fans can upload videos of themselves reading the Lantern oath. It will be added to the mosaic of others reciting the famous lines. The effect is pretty awesome. I'd have one on their, too, if my laptop hadn't died a few weeks back.

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

DEADPOOL

At the time I visited the set of "Green Lantern," Robert Rodriguez was the rumored director for this film. MTV News asked him about his involvement and he set them straight. "I was working with Fox already on 'Predators' and I asked what other movies they had coming up," he recalled. "They said I might want to see 'Deadpool.' So I said, 'Sure, send it to me.' Almost just out of curiosity. And if I really, really wanted to do it, maybe I could figure out a way to do it. But that wasn't really going to happen. I just couldn't fit it in with other projects." The project now has a director in F/X master Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds is still set to star. "It's a great script and action-packed and it's a great character," Rodriguez added.

Release date: TBA

AKIRA

A crisis has been averted as JoBlo.com reports that Keanu Reeves has passed on the project. Considering the difficulty the studio is having in finding a lead, the whole thing might ultimately collapse.

Release date: TBA

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Nicholas Hoult tells IGN a little bit about playing Dr. Hank McCoy. "It's fascinating to see the difference, when he becomes the Beast, from this very animalistic and scary-looking character," he said. "The Beast we've got is very different to Kelsey Grammar's Beast. People are quite intimidated by it, and it's great to have that with the contradiction of the character with somebody who's not that comfortable with himself." Meanwhile, Fox Russia made a clip of the character available on its YouTube account:

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

According to Hollywood Chicago (via Comic Book Movie), the production is gearing up for some sort of action sequence on the streets of London. A source informs them that "Security has told me if we want to see something we should come after 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). They said we would most likely see something. I reckon the big action sequence will be tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon." Considering all the police vehicles the CBM lads spotted yesterday, I'm betting it's another jailbreak. Hopefully we'll get some good pictures from the shoot later today.

Release date: July 20th, 2012

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Bryce Dallas Howard heaps praise on her Gwen Stacy successor Emma Stone in this MTV News video:

Release date: May 28th, 2012

THOR 2

A source tells Cinema Blend the "Thor" sequel could be released along side "Iron Man 3" in 2013. Their man inside even offered a few names for the villain roles. "In contention to face off against Thor are two characters named The Enchantress and The Executioner," they write. "The Enchantress is a powerful Asgard sorceress named Amora. In the comics her first appearance involved an attempt to take out Thor's love interest in order to have him all to herself. That notion seems to fit pretty well with where the first movie left us." The Executioner is, according to Cinema Blend, in love with Enchantress and does her dirty work.

Release date: TBA

THE LONE RANGER

All hail the new Lone Ranger! According to Variety (via Spinoff Online), actor Armie Hammer has been cast in the part opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto. You may remember Hammer as the Winklevoss Twins in "The Social Network." The actor also had a close call with playing Batman in a now defunct "Justice League" project.

Release date: TBA

LOCKE & KEY

Entertainment Weekly suggests that there may still be a chance for the project to become a series. "Sources say 20th Century Fox TV is talking to Syfy and The CW about picking up the project," they write. While EW considers SyFy a good fit for the show, they warn that "making the leap from broadcast pilot to a cable network doesn't happen very often, and 'Locke' isn't the only busted genre pilot to approach the cable network. But know there's still attempts being made to get this on the air."

Airs: TBA

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"

Ian McKellan sure enjoys posting goofy photos of himself. Blastr spotted this one:

I guess he's enjoying life right now, even in the beard and robes of Gandalf the Grey. 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 first photo of Bilbo Baggins.

TAGS:  green lantern, deadpool, akira, x-men: first class, the dark knight rises, the amazing spider-man, thor 2, the lone ranger, locke and key

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