Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel: January 24th Comic Reel

Tue, January 24th, 2012 at 8:45am PST

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THE AVENGERS

Comic Book Movie has posted quotes from the Empire Magazine Avengers issue from Joss Whedon and Chris Evans.

"It was an up-all-month job," Whedon said of writing the script. "Finding the characters' voices was not only easy, but glorious fun - it doesn't suck to write Tony Stark - yet finding the structure was just brutal. I haven't had that much trouble making a screenplay work since Serenity, and embarrassingly, for the exact same reason: there's just too many characters."

The director went on to describe a darker side of the actors when they were distracted on set. "When I had everybody on screen, you really saw an uglier side of all these guys, because they would not stop chatting," Whedon said "Giggle giggle giggle, chat chat chat. Literally the only time I raised my voice when were filming was because these guys would not shut up and we had to roll. Don't get me wrong - you would see them standing next to each other going, 'Is his costume cooler? Are his muscles bigger?' But every single one of them was rooting for the other."

Evans described geeking out when in a scene with the fully costumed Thor and Iron Man. "The first time I came on set and saw other people in costume, it was a night-time scene in the woods and it involved myself, Chris Hemsworth and Downey Jr," the actor told Empire. "I had just seen THOR maybe two nights before, so I got on set and I saw Hemsworth in the cape and immediately thought, 'God, there's Thor, I'm looking at Thor,' and then I saw Downey Jr. in the suit. It's amazing. The kid in me would say, 'I didn't get to act with Robert Downey Jr., I got to act with Iron Man.' I'd never had that before, where I had seen actors in a film that I was not a part of and then come to work and help them to extend that character's life. It's like being a little kid."

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens May 4.

DARK KNIGHT RISES

Following the spoiler that 13-year-old actress Joey King plays a young Talia al Ghul in "Dark Knight Rises," ShowBizSpy reports Liam Neeson will be making an appearance in the film reprising his role as Ra's al Ghul from "Batman Begins." However, there was so much secrecy on set, the actor didn't have much to reveal.

"I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” the actor told ShowBizSpy. "I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about. So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen."

Meanwhile, Christian Bale spoke with the New York Daily News about his final hurrah as the Caped Crusader and revealed Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's "Batman: Year One" was pivotal to his understanding of the role.

"Suddenly, I found Batman has so many issues, he’s not a healthy individual, this is somebody that is doing good, but he’s right on the verge of doing bad," Bale told the Daily News. "He’s got that killer within him that he’s desperately not trying to let off his leash. And that’s what I always return to."

Opens July 20.

MAN OF STEEL

The rumor of Jadin Gould playing Lana Lang in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot has been confirmed to Superman Super Site by Gould's agent. Dylan Sprayberry is still rumored, though unconfirmed, to be playing a young Clark Kent for the film.

Opens June 14, 2013

THE CROW

Apparently, the lawsuit between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company has been resolved out of court and the remake of "The Crow" can move forward. According to MTV Relativity Media released an email saying all claims were dismissed on both sides. Unfortunately, both director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and actor Bradley Cooper have since left the project, meaning the remake will likely have to start from scratch.

JOHN CARTER

Comic Book Movie has posted some new images from Disney's "John Carter." One of Matai Shang, played by Mark Strong and another of Sab Than, played by Dominic West.


Opens March 9

OSCAR NOMINEES REVEALED

It's that time again -- the Oscar nominees have been announced, but there's not a lot of love here for comic fans. Despite winning the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, "The Adventures of Tintin" is nowhere to be seen in the Oscar category. "Hugo" got a Best Picture nod and we now live in a world where Jonah Hill has been nominated for an Academy Award. Even "The Muppets" got a little love as one of two nominees in Best Original Song -- Bret McKenzie's "Man or Muppet" is up against "Real in Rio" from "Rio."

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