GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Vin Diesel tells The Hollywood Reporter how he and Marvel came to agree on him becoming Groot. Though, at the end of the this video, he points out it's in the hands of his agents to arrange a deal:
Meanwhile, Star(-Lord) Chris Pratt offers IGN some words of faith in the film, saying, " I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the 'Citizen Kane' of movies other than 'Citizen Kane.'" The actor also mentions that he hopes the Guardians will intersect with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Release date: August 1st, 2014
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Things I did not know until this morning -- or, at the very least, forgot were happening. 1. The "Sin City" sequel is still happening. 2. It's been delayed to 2014. 3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in it. 4. In a scene with Lady Gaga!? The actor/writer/director/once-and-future Robin tells JAMN 94.5 (via MTV News) that the singer delivered the goods in their scene together. "Like, she's a great actress. And I didn't know that. You know she came in and I was like, 'OK sure, they're having a huge pop star do a scene in the movie, I understand,'" he explains. "But then she came in and like, nailed it! She had her character down, and she was like a total pro and did a great job. I was really impressed."
Release date: August 22nd, 2014
According to Superhero Hype, Detroit will be the home of Gotham and Metropolis in a film that I think they should call "World's Finest." The site quotes a press release from the Michigan Film Office, which states "Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014." In the same statement, director Zack Snyder says, "Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie."
Release date: July 17th, 2015
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Superhero Hype has the first TV promo for the film:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: November 8th, 2013
MAN OF STEEL
So remember all the jokes and theoretical insurance adjusting that happened in the wake of "Man of Steel's" apocalyptic battle of Metropolis? Turns out they were right. Director Zack Snyder tells The Japan Times (via The Hollywood Reporter) that though it was not explicit in the sequence, the death toll in the battle was mythic. "In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence," he says. "In America, we don't have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman … is probably the closest we get. It's a way of recounting the myth." Yeah, I remember all those Superman comics where he failed to save all the people, don't you? It's part of the basic premise of the character.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: June 14th 2013
BLU-RAY INTO DARKNESS
If you liked the most recent "Star Trek" flick, you might want to wait on buying a Blu-ray copy until Paramount gets all its special feature ducks in a row. According to a scathing post by Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt, the home video release of the J.J. Abrams sequel will see the special features content split across several retailer exclusives and the commentary track appearing only as an iTunes extra. "Taking fully half or more of the disc-based special features created for a major Blu-ray release and casting them to the winds as retailer exclusives, thus forcing your customers to go on an expensive scavenger hunt – if they even know about the exclusives at all – is, I’m sorry, absolutely outrageous," he writes. I'm inclined to agree. While I'm not a great fan of the movie, I'd hate to see this strategy implemented across the industry. Things are bad enough in the home video market, why create even more confusion that will lead to consumers just opting out and waiting until the film is available "for free" on a streaming service? Seems a dangerous precedent to me.