Dark Knight Rises, Thor: The Dark World, Total Recall: July 26th Comic Reel

Thu, July 26th, 2012 at 9:07am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

DARK KNIGHT RISES

For those looking for some extra insight into "The Dark Knight Rises," io9 has posted part of the second chapter of Greg Cox's "The Dark Knight Rises" novelization, detailing the opening scene of the film.

In fact, Cox's novelization brings some insight to other areas as well -- including the possible whereabouts of the Joker. Nuke The Fridge has posted a quote from the novel that directly mentions where the Joker may be held.

"Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, [Blackgate Prison] had replaced Arkham Asylum as a preferred location for imprisoning both convicted and suspected felons. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really sure. Not even Selina."

Now in theaters

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Bleeding Cool has verified that some scenes in "Thor: The Dark World" will be filmed underground. Although Bleeding Cool hasn't been able to confirm the location (Earth, Asgard or somewhere else) the scenes will take place, it does mention some "long tunnels in London" will be used.

Making the news of filming in long, dark tunnels even more interesting, Universal Extras has posted a casting call for "men who are skilled in playing with fire to pretend to be warriors" in a new Marvel Super Hero feature film. While the call doesn't name "Thor: The Dark World" specifically, it seems pretty likely it's for the "Thor" sequel. Thematically, it would make very little sense to hire firespinners for "Iron Man 3."

Opens November 8, 2013

TOTAL RECALL

"Total Recall" is getting close to release and Collider spoke with director Len Wiseman about the possibility of a director's cut. The film clocks in at 1 hour, 49 minutes. Wiseman's original cut was 2 hours, 20 minutes.

“Whenever you see a director’s cut, how many times do you see a director’s cut and it’s like, ‘All the action put back in!’ Doesn’t happen. It’s always from a director’s point of view, from a storyteller -- usually -- of all the scenes that you wanted to continue, to just expand on them a little bit more," Wiseman told Collider. "I’m fascinated by the dilemma of the fantasy vs. reality and the kind of chess game that is played. There are scenes where it really comes into question about questioning his whole reality: I love that game, that’s why I did this movie. So there’s a lot more of that, so it often can feel like, ‘Is it repeating?’ I personally don’t feel like it is, I feel like it’s really diving in and really just chewing on it for a while, so I’m fascinated by that.”

Total Film has posted a clip of the upcoming remake that pays some major homage to the original film.

Opens August 29

THE AVENGERS

Jeremy Renner spoke with MTV about his desire to return to play Hawkeye in a future film, but noted that he really doesn't know when or how the character might return.

"It's a great character. There's a lot to explore there for me personally but I have no idea where they'll go with it," Renner told MTV. "That's another sort of, [there are] puppeteers, they have their own ideas. … I have no idea what's going on, people are probably more informed than I am of the reality of me being in another movie."

Now in theaters

DREDD

Karl Urban spoke with Movie Fanatic about his role as Judge Dredd in "Dredd" and the performance of co-star Lena Headey as Ma-Ma.

“I think there is a scary, beautiful, violent, way off-beat, amazing performance that Lena has delivered in this film. She’s enigmatic. You’re drawn to her when she’s on the screen. The choices that she made were so interesting,” Urban told Movie Fanatic. "I have to confess, there was one day we were shooting the scene where I’m confronting her and we’re at opposite ends of the room and I’ve got my helmet on looking at her and she’s looking at me. And she just starts laughing, manically laughing. And I just feel within me the rage growing. She is that [expletive] good. She knows how to push your buttons.”

Opens September 21

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

E! Online has posted two new stills featuring Andy Serkis as Gollum both before and after the CG effects from an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine.

Opens December 14

OLDBOY

It's been a while since we've heard anything substantial about Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake, but MTV spoke with actor Sharlto Copley, who has been cast as the film's villain, about the upcoming film.

"They've been very true to the spirit of it. It's dark, it's gritty. They're not sort of softening it, which to me was important. And I'm very excited about that movie. I'm very excited about working with Spike and with Josh [Brolin]," Copley told MTV. "I think it's going to be a film that is really worth redoing and make that idea that is such an unbelievable story accessible to maybe more people than it was originally."

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