THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Over at the Superhero Hype message boards (via Comic Book Movie), one reportedly reliable Pittsburgh scooper writes the following: "At the corner of Smithfield & the Blvd of the Allies, there is a small comic shop. I went in for the first time yesterday and started talking to the guy who runs it, and he was telling me about some of the crew who came into the shop. This is what he told me: He said that a weapons prop crew member was in the shop talking about the filming, and said that ROBIN WAS BEING INTRODUCED IN THIS FILM." According to the post, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the character and be in costume "in the next film." Any Pittsburgh Reelers want to confirm the existence of the store and the story? The whole thing sounds like my original "wild speculation" idea back from when JGL was first cast, so take this with a grain of salt.
Update: Reeler Tim confirms the shop exists. He identifies it as "Bill & Walt's," but warns "I wouldn't trust anything they say."
The pic is from the Turda Salt Mine in Romania, which is a pretty awesome looking place in and of itself. Even if the production doesn't shoot there and just took inspiration for the new cave from the Salt Mine, it'll be a pretty cool set.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Spinoff Online reports that the script is getting an overhaul to include the following plot points: "[The] story will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy."
So I guess we should start calling it "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2" again, right? Also, a character named "Viper" is getting an expanded role in the new version by "Race to Witch Mountain" writer Mark Bomback. You may remember "The Wolverine" was written by Christopher McQuarrie of "The Usual Suspects" fame. I'm not saying Bomback is bad a writer or that McQuarrie's script couldn't be improved upon, but ... "Escape to Witch Mountain" versus "The Usual Suspects." U-Decide!
Release date: 2012?
Stellan Skarsgard tells I Am Rogue a little bit about his role in the film. "Well with the scene we did in Thor, it was like Loki, one way or the other, entered Eric's mind. And in 'Avengers,' you will see more clarity in how Loki is using Eric's mind," he says. "[My character] is of importance but the size of the role is not big. It’s a small role and it is a pretty crowded film with a lot of actors in it. "
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Director Mark Webb and Total Film chat about the "experimental 3D" used in the film. " [It's] really fantastic and we're experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he's jumping over these buildings," Webb explains. "We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street." Well, at least those "Mirror's Edge" shots were done practically and not generated in a computer -- wait, but they look like CG shots in the trailer, what gives?
Release date: May 28th, 2012
Tom Hiddleston talks sequel with MTV News. "I think that probably in 'Thor 2' ... he'll have to take responsibility for what he's done," says the actor. Presumably those previous actions will include his choices in "The Avengers," which will be a prequel of sorts to the second "Thor" film.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: July 26, 2013
THE WALKING DEAD
According to Spinoff Online, the show will get a 90 minute premiere ... but it will also be using the "split-season" schedule. "Six more one-hour episodes will air in the following weeks," they report. "But then The Walking Dead will take a break, returning Feb. 12 for the final six episodes of the season." I suppose there are plenty of Valentine's Day and "Dead of Winter" puns they can use to market the second half of the season, so bully for them, I guess.
Premieres: October 12th, 2011
A WOUND IN THE FORCE
Cue up "The Imperial March" and get me some blue milk -- it's the weekend! All this talk of George Lucas altering the Original Trilogy again has me nostalgic for the "Knights of the Old Republic" games. While I loved the journey of the second outing, it has a weird abbreviated ending. It turns out developer Obsidian offered the assets of their planned ending to the world and some intrepid fans have put together a patch that restores that material into the PC version of the game. I may find myself on Malachor V again very soon. 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 visiting the HK-50 robot factory.