THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Chris Cooper tells Moviefone a wee bit about his turn in the Spidey-sequel. "This is the introduction to Norman Osborn, and apparently it's going to lead to other things down the road," he said adding, "This is a very strange introduction for Norman Osborn. I just can't reveal why it's that way, but this is not the beginning of Norman. It is the introduction, but it's not the beginning, and I think that's as far as I can go." So the film isn't "Osborn Begins," then? The actor also mentions he spent no time in front of a green screen for his role, but expects it to be a big part of his time on "The Amazing Spider-Man 3."
Release date: May 2nd, 2014
And now, I present a tale of superhero movies that never were. While interviewing director Peter Segal about his new Stallone/De Niro fight film "Grudge Match," Coming Soon got the goods on his attempted Shazam/Captain Marvel. "After Bryan Singer's 'Superman Returns,' it seemed like there was a moment in time where 'Shazam' was going to see the light of day. That's when you heard those stories. Now that Superman is being invigorated and going up against Batman, I think it's difficult for DC to figure out how to launch this character in the wake of Superman's resurgence." His vision included humor from the basic concept of a boy stuck in a superhero's body and some "great action" mixed with pathos. Alas, maybe they'll find room for the Big Red Cheese in a Justice League movie one day.
Release date: Not in this reality
But in more concrete superhero movie-making news, Lynda Carter tells Metro that Wonder Woman's appearance in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel may work out in the long run. "She won't have to carry the whole film. It takes the pressure off. I wish [new Wonder Woman gal Gadot] well. I'm just glad she's going to be out there again," said the former star of television's iconic take Diana Prince. While the role will always be close to Carter's heart, she hopes future screen versions will continue.
Meanwhile, producer Wesley Coller tells mlive that his daughter's love of Wonder Woman will have an impact on how the character gets presented on screen. "I have a special place in my heart for the idea of a strong, empowered female superhero being out there," he explained.
Release date: July 17, 2015
According to Moviehole, there are rumors that Justice Leaguer Vibe appears in the pilot filming in March. According to the site, "should he prove popular, [he] could become a regular on the series." If cast right, that could work quite well. The "family-you-make" ensemble also seems vital to making these shows thrive, so why not have a few familiar comic book faces in the cast?
In case you missed it in the midst of holiday plans, our pals at Spinoff Online posted this preview for the next episode:
Meanwhile, Stephen Amell discusses the possibility of the television characters sharing the same universe as the feature films at around 15:30 of this episode of the Quiver Podcast (via Comic Book Movie):
Returns: January 15th, 2014
And in our last item of superhero movies that never were, Comic Book Movie spotted this tale from "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" author Sean Howe concerning Sir Paul McCartney's near-miss with the Herald of Galactus. Sometime last year, the writer posted this scan of a letter the film's producer Lee Kramer received from McCartney's people. This was in 1980 and the ex-Beatle seemed receptive to the idea of some involvement should the film ever materialize. History proved that it did not and as Kramer eventually made "Xanadu," I can only imagine what kind of head-trip the film might have become. Those were exciting times when everyone was looking for the next "Star Wars" and sneaking in some crazy ideas. Maybe McCartney can finally write a song for a Silver Surfer film in the years to come.
Release date: Maybe someday ...