The Avengers, Man of Steel, Red 2: September 26th Comic Reel

Mon, September 26th, 2011 at 7:58am PDT

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THE AVENGERS

According to the Metro (via Comic Book Movie), Robert Downey Jr. hit Scarlett Johansson into a stupor last week while filming a scene in which the pair examine the Iron Man suit. "Knocked silly, she staggered backward, then lost her balance and fell off the low platform they were standing on," says a source. I was going to make a joke about the suit knowing the quality of her last film, but I can't remember what her last film was ... "Iron Man 2" maybe?

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL

Deadline reports that Julia Ormond is out as Lara, and Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is in. Unfortunately, they have no details on why Ormond has left the production. Maybe she finally sat down and watched "Sucker Punch." Zurer is expected to being filming her scenes this week.

Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013

RED 2

Bleeding Cool points out that Helen Mirren told UK chat show host (and comic book writer) Jonathon Ross that the film will be shooting next year. Yeah, it seems like a game of telephone, but I think we can trust Mirren as a source.

Release date: TBA

THE LONE RANGER

As Spinoff Online reported last Friday, the project is back on. The studio has agreed to a budget in the area around $215 Million, but there are doubts the film will hit its original release date. I still wonder why a western needs to cost over $200 Million to make. Is it more mechanical spiders? I know we can't get enough of those in our westerns.

Release date: December 21st, 2012?

THE FLASH

"Real Steel" director Shawn Levy tells Collider that his attempt at "The Flash" may have been premature. He explains, "I oversaw a draft for about three-and-a-half months. And, at that time, I learned two things. One, if you're going to take on a character like that… I was still the family comedy guy. And I just felt like, I gotta get a few more under my belt before I can claim the legitimacy of making a movie like that. And that's what I'm doing, to be very honest. I'm not saying I have a master plan to go back to 'The Flash.' In the end, 'The Flash' went away because 'Justice League' was gonna happen. And then it didn't happen. To my great dismay, because I would have been first in line for that, too." He's got a point. I would've been skeptical of him considering a resume that includes "Just Married" and remakes of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "The Pink Panther."

Release date: TBA

G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION

The lads at Comic Book Movie noted this Twitter post from actor Ray Park:

"I was thinking of adopting Timber Wolf while I'm shooting but i'd have no home and wife to go back 2;("
I suppose that means the ninja's pet wolf will be joining the cast. Now if they could just do something about Channing Tatum.

Release date: June 29th, 2012

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Okay, it's Catwoman picture time (courtesy of Spinoff Online and Just Jared):

Why can't it just be Darwyn Cooke's redesign all the way? Long hair seems like such a liability to a cat-burglar.

Release date: July 20th, 2012

THE WALKING DEAD

"Look, I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't a very tough, jarring thing for us to go through. I love Frank," says actor Jon Bernthal of executive producer Frank Darabont's departure. Bernthal, who plays Shane, and other castmembers opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the change. "He is one of the best creative minds that I've ever had the pleasure to work with," the actor continued. "He's one of my heroes and I miss the hell out of him. That being said, this cast and this crew loves the heck out of each other, we love the heck out of this show, and nothing was going to slow us down or keep our eyes off the prize."

Premieres: October 12th, 2011

BLOCKBUSTER RETURN

I'm done with my first Blockbuster rentals, but neglected to send either of them back over the weekend. My plan is to mail one directly and use the other at my nearby Blockbuster location for a free rental. I think with that, I'll be able to determine if the service is truly worthwhile. 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 a disc-based reality.

TAGS:  the avengers, man of steel, red 2, the lone ranger, the flash, gi joe retaliation, the dark knight rises, the walking dead

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