THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
So that bootleg that was making the rounds had a few big problems with it: it was a bootleg and it was dark. As we reported here at CBR, both issues have been fixed with Sony making the trailer officially available in a high quality format:
Release date: May 28th, 2012
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette (via Latino Review) has a few more details of the filming taking place in town. "From Aug. 10 to 21, streets will close, parking will be restricted and sidewalks will be blocked at various places throughout the Golden Triangle. Explosions and gunfire will erupt. High-speed chases will occur," they write. "It will snow." The scenes to be filmed will be a major effort with buses being diverted off the effected streets. The production is also footing the bill for guides to help pedestrians get around the blocked-off streets. So if you happen to be in Pittsburgh during the filming, remember to send some pictures my way.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely tells CBR News that Ed Brubaker's take on the title had a real influence on how they shaped the film's script. "[Brubaker] really somehow managed to give the modern-day guy weight by connecting him to the WWII guy and moving fairly frequently between the two, making you always conscious of what the man inside Captain America has been through," says Markus. "And [he] reinvented Bucky -- that's another reason we point to that stuff ... Bucky wouldn't be in the movie without Brubaker," adds McFeely. The writers go on to discuss more elements of the plot, like why the USO scene was essential to Steve Rogers eventual superhero name. Meanwhile, Roger Ebert enjoyed the film. "It has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film. You know, like with a hero we care about and who has some dimension. And with weight to the story," he writes.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Variety reports that the Slave Labor series has been picked up by Walden Media, the group behind the "Chronicles of Narnia" films. Here's how Variety describes the plot: "The series follows Rex Libris, head librarian at the Middleton Public Library -- who's over 1,000 years old and also the librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He's also aided by an ancient god who lives beneath the library branch and travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books and to confront alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees." Yeah, that could be a fun flick.
Release date: TBA
COWBOYS & ALIENS
The good folks at Universal let me know that a telegram service has been made available during Comic-Con. If you're having trouble reaching someone who's here (or vice versa), just head on over to telegramstop.com, use the promo code CA2011and send a message.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Spinoff Online reports that the Canadian hero has been earmarked for film development. "Minds Eye Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Captain Canuck, the Canadian superhero introduced in 1975 by Richard Comely and Ron Leishman," they write. Comely will work with Minds Eye on the adaptation.
Release date: TBA
Spinoff also has a look at the Marvel booth here at Comic-Con, which features a very "Avengers"-centric set peice:
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
And in other Marvel related booth news, Bleeding Cool has a few photos of the bikes from the new film:
Release date: February 17th, 2012
Sadly, one movie not coming to Comic-Con this year is "The Hobbit." According to Deadline, the director put the rumors of a surprise appearance to rest via his Facebook page. "New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There's so much more of the films still to shoot," he explained. As a consolation, the director offered the third in his series of set videos:
Release date: December 14th, 2012 & December 13th, 2013
COMIC-CON DAY ONE
I've arrived and my room is quite nice. For once, I'll be able to stroll down the marina to my assignments and not have to worry about cabs, foot traffic, and all that other stuff. I think I've reached the point where its the little things that really make me happy. 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 Day Two.