Nolan's next 'Batman' to be 100% IMAX? Plus: Marvel chief talks 'Avengers' 'Iron Man 2' and more. 'Green Lantern' troubled by currency markets? Jolie to return for 'Wanted 2'? More! Breaking the shackles and shaking the tackles, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.26!
The Green Arrow has become a staple player in the ranks of characters featured in 'Smallville'. He's been unsuccessful in one endeavor on the show though: recruiting Clark as his full-time partner in crime-fighting. Well. KryptonSite suggests there may be a remedy for that, as season 9 of the show will introduce Arrow's original sidekick Speedy.
Well, not the original, exactly. Mia Dearden is set to appear in an upcoming episode. She was introduced in Kevin Smith's revival of Green Arrow back in 2001 and went on to take up the role of sidekick archer.
Check out KryptonSite's description of episode 7 for more on the 'Smallville' version of Dearden.
Producer/director Timur Bekmambetov told MTV Splash Page that he expects to begin filming 'Wanted 2' this winter and aims to include Angelina Jolie in the cast. Fans who enjoyed the first movie may wonder how that's possible since she apparently sacrificed herself at the end of the original.
"If you remember from the first film, we have a recovery room with the baths of wax," Bekmambetov told MTV News. "We know how to do this, but it's still tough to do, because the bullet is inside her head."
Bekmambetov says what is more important is that they have a good reason for reviving Fox for the sequel. From a story-telling perspective, he said he believes they've found the reason.
Australian website Inside Film reports that the producers of 'Green Lantern' may be backing off of the idea of filming in Australia. Plenty of Hollywood productions have ventured to the land down under in recent years, largely due to massive tax breaks provided by the government designed to stimulate the country's film industry.
Another factor has been the weak Australian Dollar (AUD) which allows the US Dollar to stretch even further.
However, in recent months the AUD has been getting stronger and making rapid gains against the USD. Taking a look at the graph on Google Finance you can see that back in March the AUD was significantly weaker. If a Hollywood studio spent $10 million back USD then, they'd get about $14.3 million in Aussie goods and services. Now $10 million USD only gets them about $12 million.
With the world economy making gains, the AUD may get stronger still, which is less advantageous for folks spending American currency there.
According to Inside Film, Warner Bros. is asking the New South Wales State Government to make even greater tax concessions to help make up for the less favorable money market conditions.
So, if the upward trend continues, Warner Bros may be looking to other locations to save a buck, including the numerous states in America (which are now offering generous tax incentives to Hollywood productions) not to mention other foreign territories looking to attract movie dollars.
Comic Book Resources scored a one-on-one interview with Marvel Studios top dog Kevin Feige at the recent Comic-Con International.
Feige talked about 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor', 'Captain America' and 'Avengers'.
The chief said to expect the new shell-head pic to show a larger scale than the previous one.
"I think our end battle this time will be slightly more epic in scale. It’s that balance of delivering the character. All we really care about in these movies are the characters. But also, delivering a spectacle," Feige said. "On the highway and the rooftop in the last movie was great and the connection between Jeff [Bridges] and Robert was great but we wanted to give it a little more spectacle this time around for the finale."
He also talked about the studio's unique position to build several tent pole movies that feed into one mega-movie, i.e. 'The Avengers'.
"We’re learning as we go. It’s a new thing. Jon clearly is enthusiastic about it. ['Thor' director] Kenneth Branagh is enthusiastic about it. [Director] Joe Johnston is just getting into the mix now on 'Captain America,'" Feige said. "It’s actually fun having the screenwriters have conference calls amongst themselves in terms of what we’re doing, and sometimes we’ll change something. We’re not going to lock ourselves into something because it pays off in three movies. You know, 'It’s not great for this one but you kind of have to do it for three movies.' No, if it doesn’t work for the movie we’re making, we shuffle it."
Feige also said he thinks Hulk should be part of the 'Avengers' movie, but couldn't say whether or not Edward Norton would get involved.
'Captain America' will begin picking up the pace in October.
He also talks about Scarelett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson's roles in current and upcoming productions.
Click through for his complete comments.
The 'Batman' rumor du jour comes to us from Ain't it Cool News. Harry Knowles claims that when Chrisopher Nolan returns to the 'Batman' franchise, he may be looking to shoot the entire movie in IMAX format.
Fans know that 'Batman Begins' was transferred to IMAX where it enjoyed a strong run, and 'The Dark Knight' had several segments that were filmed for the IMAX screen.
Knowles does not source his info, so we have no idea where the suggestion came from, other than the fact that Nolan clearly loves the format. However, the director also admitted that the IMAX portions of 'Dark Knight' were difficult to shoot, as the technology involved is currently not quite as flexible as standard cameras. The process may also be prohibitively expensive, if we're talking about the entire movie.
Ain't it Cool also claims that one of the reasons Nolan has done 'Inception' is not just as a creative recharge, but also to allow time for IMAX to refine its camera technology.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are we excited about an all-IMAX Batman 3? Post your comments below...
Warner Bros has released over a dozen new images from 'Whiteout', the graphic-novel based film arriving in theaters on September 11th.
For U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko, things are about to get even more dangerous. The only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, she has just been sent to investigate a body on the ice. Antarctica's first homicide. A shocking discovery in itself, it will plunge her into an even more bizarre mystery and the revelation of secrets long-buried under the endless ice...secrets that someone believes are still worth killing for.
As Stetko races to find the killer before he finds her, winter is already closing in. In the deadly Antarctic whiteout, she won't see him till he's a breath away.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, a Dominic Sena Film: the action thriller "Whiteout," starring Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), Gabriel Macht ("The Spirit"), Columbus Short ("Stomp the Yard") and Tom Skerritt ("Contact"). The film is directed by Dominic Sena ("Swordfish") from a screenplay by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber and Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes, based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber and published by Oni Press.
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