Monday, August 13, 2012

DC Movie News Aug 13, 2012

The next project for DC that has already been announced is a Superman reboot simply titled 'Man of Steel'. Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) will be at the helm for this one. General Zod is said to be the main villain along with another surviving Kryptonian that has yet to be announced. The story.... is probably exactly what you expect from a Superman reboot. I had the same feeling about the Spider-Man reboot but that turned out pretty well, so I'll wait to see how this one turns out too. There's already a trailer out for it, check it out:

After The Dark Knight trilogy came to a close, the only other project that is openly being worked on is the Man of Steel movie. All other DC properties seem to be in the very early stages of development or are just rumors currently.

The Flash is one movie that they seem interested in putting out next. They apparently have a script but nothing else and, after seeing how Green Lantern bombed, are taking extra precautions with their superheroes. This seems to be the closest to becoming an actual release but is still far from actually being filmed or even confirmed as a project. The writer has confirmed that this is very high on DC's list of movies that they're interested in.

On that note, they are also considering Green Lantern 2 as a possible sequel. With the first one not doing as well as they had hoped, they're interested in going with a different director and possibly a new creative team for a sequel that is supposed to be 'edgier' than the first. I'm sure audiences will be skeptical about a sequel unless they completely re-vamp the character and go with an all-new creative team. This one is pretty much just a rumor and hasn't taken any real steps towards actually being filmed.

Another project that is just in "talks" at the moment is a possible Teen Titans movie. This project was actually announced YEARS ago but has been in development hell ever since. The idea was originally to use the Nightwing character as opposed to Robin, so they can go for a darker tone in the movie. This obviously would not follow any canon that the comics or TV shows have laid down already. Also, it wouldn't even make much sense as this team is supposed to consist of teenage heroes and sidekicks that have come together to form a team of their own. Robin doesn't adopt the Nightwing persona until he's much older. Also, I'm sure fans of the wildly popular Teen Titans series on Cartoon Network will be disappointed in this kind of re-telling of the story. (I was also a HUGE fan of that show!)

And, of course, the overall idea is to eventually move towards a Justice League movie. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz that Ben Affleck has been approached to direct after Christopher Nolan declined the position. Affleck is also reported to not be interested in the position but is meeting with Warner Bros. execs to discuss further. There are also rumors that, unlike Marvel, they might release a Justice League movie first and then have individual spinoff films that spotlight each character. I wouldn't disagree with this move as DC has never been very good at pushing their heroes other than Batman or Superman. This would give them a chance to put out a big Justice League movie first and then spotlight the most popular characters from that movie. All of this is speculation though, as nothing official has been announced.

And that, pretty much concludes DC's plans for superhero movies. Much further behind Marvel's schedule, which already has multiple sequels lined up as well as an Avengers sequel planned, DC has a lot of catching up to do.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Marvel Movie News Aug 8, 2012

I think the biggest news this week was that Joss Whedon has official signed on to be the writer and director of Avengers 2. In addition to this, he has signed exclusively to Marvel through 2015 to help develop a Marvel themed TV show. The Reel Bits has the scoop on Whedon's involvement with the Marvel franchise.

Despite just having recently been announced, there is already a big buzz about Avengers 2 and Whedon's involvement. That project is still in the far off future as we still have:

Iron Man 3 coming out May 3, 2013. There seems to be no official plot yet but is rumored to be based on the Extremis story arc from the comics. Coldblood and Firepower have been confirmed as villains with The Mandarin as more of a behind-the-scenes villain.

Thor 2 (The Dark World) has also been announced for November 8, 2013. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has this to say about the plot, “We're going to see the other side of Asgard. It's not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of 'Avengers' will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.” 

While no official villain has been announced, Loki will be returning and Mads Mikkelsen has signed up to be a villain. Although it is not sure yet which villain he will be playing, apparently Thanos has been written off since Feige says he won't be incorporated into the Marvel movies until much later.

Captain America: The Winder Soldier is said to be picking up right where The Avengers left off, with Captain America working closely with Nick Fury and trying to fit into this modern world. While there is no official plot yet, the sub-title Winter Soldier alludes to Bucky (his sidekick in the comics, and best friend in the movie, who loses an arm and his memories in a plane crash) being revived in Moscow and reprogrammed as a Soviet assassin after the accident. Codenamed Winter Soldier, his missing arm is replaced with a bionic one that is upgraded every time the technology allows for it and used to carry out covert wetwork missions. In the comics, Winter Solider is said to have helped Wolverine escape from the Weapon X lab but later kills his wife and their unborn child.

On a somewhat related note, 20th Century Fox is releasing a sequel to the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie from 2009. Logan heads to Japan where he starts a forbidden romance with the daughter of a crime boss who has already promised her hand to someone else. As a result, he has the Yakuza after him as well as The Silver Samurai, who will probably be a rival and have the biggest fight with Wolverine. Also, Viper is said to be in the movie with no word on what her role will be. (Friend or foe?) This movie is slated for a summer release on June 26, 2013.

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World) will be directing this movie about a shrinking superhero that will play out more more like a comedic comic book movie. Supposedly, this one won't have as much to do with The Avengers crossover storyline and will be intended as more of a standalone film that follows Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man from the 60's) and his successor Scott Lang.

Finally, during the Iron Man 3 panel at Comic Con, they announced that Guardians of the Galaxy will be coming August 1, 2014. The lineup seems to be Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora. While there is no official storyline yet, they do have a past with Thanos in the comics. Since Feige dispelled any speculation that Thanos will be the villain for the new Thor movie, perhaps he will be the main villain for this one. In the comics, they also aid The Avengers during a fight with Thanos so there's a strong possibility of a crossover eventually. Marvel also premiered some concept art for the upcoming film at Comic Con. (see below)

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