SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL
Actor Michael Shannon tells Collider that he's surprised by the cadre of fans snapping pictures near the set. "For me, it is like, 'Why would you want to do that?' It would be like knowing what your Christmas presents were before Christmas morning," he says. Also, since he can't really comment on much else about the film, he's promised to have long conversations about it upon release.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Tom Hardy gushes about Gary Oldman to Shortlist (via Comic Book Movie). "Gary Oldman is my absolute complete and utter hero," says the actor. "He’s the [frick]ing man. I look at him and I want to be like that for my generation." He also admits to being star-struck when he first met the veteran actor, but soon got over it.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
Kotaku spotted a post on production company Legendary Films' blog about the upcoming video game adaptation. It's dated August 3rd, but clearly got lost in the churn of news until now. According to Legendary, the film will feature a male version of Shepard, a new story, and a Joker who is not played by Seth Green. While a male Shepard is kind of a forgone conclusion, the choice not to follow the game's rather interesting storyline is ... odd, to say the least.
Release date: TBA
While I normally don't mention James Bond news, this item piqued my interest. Various sites are pointing to a report on WhatCulture! in which writer John Logan teases the possible return of Blofeld. "During the talk last night Logan was reminded by an audience member of a quote that he said some ten years ago that, in his opinion, 'Bond should always fight Blofeld.' When pressed on this he gave a wry smile and said 'Bond should always fight Blofeld,'" they write. To me, this feels as obvious as making "Mass Effect" with a male version of Shepard. All that "Quantum" business in the previous films has been leading to a SPECTRE-like organization, so why not just do it? Nice of Logan to offer a good quote, though.
Release date: TBA
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Spinoff Online has the first clip from the upcoming DC Universe Animated Movie:
Release date: October 18th, 2011
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
Comic Book Movie unearthed another interesting item lost in the churn. Earlier in the month, Guillermo del Toro went to his official site and offered this update on the "Hulk" TV series: "We've been coming up with an angle that is really strong. I am a fan of Peter David, Pak and Loeb but I like very much what individual writers and artists have done through the decades. I only gravitate to "monster" superheroes- (Blade, Hellboy, Deadman, Hulk-) because I have no interest on the straight ones -even when I've been offered the keys to the kingdom."
BLOCKBUSTER, DAY 3
One of my first Blockbuster-by-mail rentals arrived yesterday. I'm assuming the other will appear today, but I find it interesting that email from Blockbuster gives the discs a three day window to arrive. 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 delayed shipments.