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DARK KNIGHT News, Rumors & Spoilers!


By Rob M. Worley     January 10, 2011
Source: Various

We've got a bat-cave full of Dark Knight Rises news, rumors and potential spoilers! Plus: Wonder Woman cant' catch a break. Captain America's cosmic cube. Green Hornet this week and more! It's your Comics2Film 11.1.10!




Stan Lee Tweets up His SPIDER-MAN Cameo

Stan Lee tweeted up news of his Spider-Man cameo last night. We'll just let Stan tell you about it:

"It’s been an exciting week for me, but I got a phone call last night that really flipped me out! I’m bustin’ to tell you about it. My pal Avi Arad, producer of the new Spider-Man movie, called to tell me how excited he is about the film. Then came the surprise: Avi told me my cameo is all set for Spidey 4, and when he described it, I realized it’s the best, most unusual one yet! I wish I could tell you what my cameo is, but that would kill the surprise. But I’ll tell you this much—I’m finally in an action scene! Since it’s common knowledge that people go to the movies just to see my cameos, I don’t know why EVERY movie doesn’t have one for me. After we save the world, our next mission will be to convince Hollywood to have an Oscar for Best Cameo. Till then—Excelsior!"

Sounds like fun! Yes? We're also impressed by Stan's propensity for typing grammatically proper sentences in the twitter/texting age.




Deadline.com reports that the just-announced David E. Kelley Wonder Woman TV show is dead on arrival.

Apparently Kelley developed his spec script for the pilot and Warner Bros. TV shopped it to the major networks, all of whom passed on the deal.

ABC was said to be the most likely home for the show, but supposedly politics prevented them from picking it up. See, ABC is owned by Disney, who also owns Marvel and is developing shows based on Marvel characters.

Fox passed, which was expected as it was seen as a bad fit for the network. The CW probably would have liked it now that Smallville has run its course, but Kelley's take on Wonder Woman was too expensive for them.

Deadline says CBS' executive team "was split" on the show. And NBC is undergoing a regime change and greenlighting a big-budget show for them was impossible.

So, the show is apparently dead for now, although Warner Bros may make another try at it in the near future.

Thanks to ninjaBam for the submission.




Gearing up for this Friday's debut of Green Hornet 3D, Now Live will broadcast the film's premiere event. According to the site: "Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and other celebrity guests will walk the red carpet at the world premiere of The Green Hornet. Tune in to the live premiere event on Monday, January 10 at 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT!"

And Bleeding Cool serves ups the new "international quad" poster for the film. Like them, we don't know what the term refers to, but the breakout image of Black Beauty is pretty cool.

The movie opens January 14th.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

International Quad Poster for GREEN HORNET 3D



C2F Quick Hits

  • The Daily Blam has a new image of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, taken from the cover of a tie-in novel.
  • Collider.com has posted what may be a production schedule for Zack Snyder's Superman movie. They say principal photography begins August 22, 2011 and will run through April, 2012, with post-production going from May to November 2012.  The release date will be in December. Click through for details and potential spoilers.
  • Comics creator/TV mogul Robert Kirkman tells USA Today that fans can expect to see neo-samurai Michonne in season two of The Walking Dead, though they won't be doing the Governor storyline just yet.
  • Bleeding Cool translates a report from Allocine.fr which has actress Valerie Lemercier cast in the upcoming Asterix: God Save Britannia film. Catherine Deneuve is also said to have been cast as the Queen of England.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



CAPTAIN AMERICA's  Cube, Director

Fans who saw Joe Johnston's The Wolfman may be fearing what the director will do to Captain America: The First Avenger.

In an interview with Sci Fi Media Zone, the director admits that the ill-fated horror film was done under the worst circumstance. He boarded the pic three weeks before filming started and called the production, "a leaky, rudderless ship in a perfect storm."

He goes on to say that working on the Marvel movie has been the polar opposite experience.

"I had thirty weeks of prep on Captain America. I have a small team of qualified, supportive, creative producers who are actually helping me achieve my vision of the film. I had a dream cast headed by Chris Evans. I had the best designers, artists, sculptors, craftspeople…a creative team that could design, build and photograph anything and have it look amazing and beautiful," he said. "We had unbelievable luck with the weather wherever we shot in England. The weather was so good we were compelled to make it rain for a couple of sequences just for some variety. At times I felt as if the gods were saying, 'Ahem, sorry about that wolfman thing…let us make it up to you.'

"Captain America was probably the most universally positive experience I’ve had in this mad business."

And from what we've seen of the move so far, we're inclined to believe it's shaping up nicely.

And over at Superhero Hype, they've got an image of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull (sans face makeup) holding the Cosmic Cube (simply referred to as "the cube" in the movie). Awesome!

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, holding the Cosmic Cube



DARK KNIGHT RISES News, Rumors and Potential Spoliers

Not surprisingly, there's tons of buzz on uber-director Christopher Nolan's sequel The Dark Knight Rises swirling the web. Spoilers are presented at the very end, after a warning barrier.

First up, Deadline.com talks to the Inception director about his decisions not to use 3D technology on that movie, or the Batman films. He said for last year's blockbuster, the technology wouldn't have allowed him to film the movie the way he did, and none of the post-production processes were satisfying enough to make him want to go with it.

"In the case of Batman, I view those as iconic, operatic movies, dealing with larger-than-life characters. The intimacy that the 3D parallax illusion imposes isn’t really compatible with that. We are finishing our story on the next Batman, and we want to be consistent to the look of the previous films."

So, while there's been speculation of a 3D release of Rises, Nolan appears to be sticking to his guns on the issue. We have to believe that Warner Bros will honor their star player's wishes.

In location news, we're tickled silly by the news reported by Reel Chicago that the movie will be filming in C2F's home town: Detroit! Though we're quite surprised that Chicago didn't get the bid, given Nolan's comments about consistency.

On the rumor front, the interwebs have offered up every villain from Batman canon as a possible contender. Now Batman-news.com is claiming that Bane may be in the mix for Dark Knight Rises as well. [Updated: we've learned that the Bane talk is extremely sketchy. The cited source of the rumor contacted us directly to say they don't believe (nor did they ever) that Bane would be in the movie. It was simply some loose message board chat that Batman-News seized on and published as a story.]

And then Script Flags has a summary of what they believe is a legitimate draft of the movie's screenplay.  They say they've read a document that's 165 pages long and dated October 2010, credited to Jonathan Nolan & David Goyer from a story by Christopher Nolan. By their assessment, if it's a fraud, it's a very elaborate and well-constructed fraud.

Frankly, their report indicates a movie so laden with character appearances and villains it seems out of step with what Nolan's done with the franchise so far. That makes us fairly skeptical that this is the actual script. We could be wrong.

Their summation of it reveals some spoilers of which characters are included in the film. If you want to avoid them, stop reading now. Otherwise, proceed past the SPOILER BARRIER.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.










 According to Script Flags:

  • The movie opens with a prison break in which Deadshot is liberated and sent to America
  • There he meets with "The Society", a secret organization operating out of Gotham.
  • The Black Mask is the head of this organization.
  • Crime in Gotham is way down and Batman keeps a very low profile. He's almost become an urban legend.
  • Batman has a drone plane called "The Wraith."
  • The Batmobile has an EMP device.
  • Wayne Manor is rebuilt and a new Batcave has been constructed as well.
  • Wayne Enterprises is under legal fire from a competing corporation: Daggett Industries. They are in allegiance with The Black Mask and The Society.
  • The development sees Lucius Fox turning on Bruce Wayne in order to save the company.
  • Somewhere Edward Nashton (aka The Riddler, though he's never called that in the script) is involved. He's learned Batman's identity and "toys with him."
  • Talia Al Ghul appears briefly
  • Gordon is ordered by the Mayor to bring Batman to justice (a la the oft-rumored Prey storyline). He is aided by Detective Adams.
  • Sadly, the script does not include Selina Kyle.
  • There is said to be a more current draft of the script which may contain major revisions



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2, #3 and #4 are in stores now. The paperback collection is available for pre-order . Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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cyberbilly 1/10/2011 6:52:15 AM

 I call foul on the Dark Knight "spoilers".  Sure it may be a work in progress, and yeah some of what was said may end up happening, but it seems like way too many balls in the air for the usual crafting of the Nolans.  Something about it just doesn't sit right with me.  But who knows, maybe it is legit and a lot of it will be hashed out in other revisions.  

CaptAmerica04 1/10/2011 6:58:14 AM

 Most of that Batman stuff seems like crap... and unlikely crap at that!  The only part I believe is that stately Wayne Manor is rebuilt and the Batcave has received a facelift.

As for my namesake film, I am rebuilding my faith in Joe Johnston!  It's looking really good!

LocoLobo73 1/10/2011 7:29:04 AM

STAN THE MAN LEE: gotta love him, i always look forward to seeing him in everything marvel

Wonder Woman:  dead, well they should nt be shopping this around at the big three anyway. give it to someone who is going to put more into it, like an Amc or Starz, Have nt they learned that a company like USA or Fx are better suited for genere shows.

CAPTAIN America: we want a trailer!!!!!!!

Batman : Who cares about the rumors we want facts show me a casting breakdown then I will beleive who is who .

noahbody 1/10/2011 7:38:51 AM

Stan Lee rules..... nuff said!

Hugo looks spot on. Need to see the trailer soon!

Batman I'll beleive when it's official.


cdauch36 1/10/2011 7:43:49 AM

none of that batman stuff is true....none of the characters that nolan uses alot .(i.e. alfred, gordon, etc.) are used for the plot...they have been for the last two so its so not true. it seems to me that some fan just watched a ton of batman TAS and wrote a fake script. nolan has more respect to the material, and the continuity he put together that he wouldnt ruin it....if he didnt care for the story like the spoilers indicate, the movie might as well  be in 3D. another dead give away, is that there's supposed to be two female LEAD roles...no selina, and brief talia does not make sense budget wise..why would you get a "natalie portman" and blow a ton of money on her for a brief cameo. this is so fake!

Wiseguy 1/10/2011 8:50:23 AM

Stan "the effing man" Lee, I second his motion to give him a cameo in every single movie and then give him an Oscar for it. My guess is that Lee gets in a fight with Toomes (Vulture) since he was the rumnored Spiderman villain a while back

Wonder Woman, I have the solution. Base it on Themyscira, have some Amazon nudity and bloody fights with the Gods and even men and put it on HBO which is owned by WB anyway

I didn't realize Johnston had that much time to prep for Capt. America, it seemed like he jumped on it in a rush after all the post production stuff with Wolfman. I am confident but it is the one movie that I'm trying to temper my enthusiasm for because if it fails it will hurt me the most. And I'll second the motion for a trailer already

Batman rumors are full of shite.

I'm starting to look forward to Superman more and more, with Snyder leading the project not even Nolan can fuck it up


Hobbs 1/10/2011 8:53:58 AM

I love how posts don't show up on mania half the time.

Hobbs 1/10/2011 9:02:35 AM

Someone had way too much time on their hand in thier parents basement to write up a 165 screenplay.  Seriously man, do something valuable with all that time.

I'm one of Johnston's biggest negative critics.  That explains the wolfman movie but not all the others he's done before it.  Here to hoping he'll have his career game with Cap.  A nice triple double would be great.

Wonder Woman surprises me.  I think it would make a great movie and or TV show.  Too bad it's going to be stuck in limbo for the next few years.

SgtTechCom 1/10/2011 9:23:59 AM

Hugo's great and to think his actual fask is the mask , can't wait till we get a glimpse of the "actual" red skull haha kick ass.

Why's stan lee calling it spidey 4? Isn't it a reboot? l

Batman is going to be lame sorry , Unless two face returned the remaining villans suck. Been saying it all the long. Joker/Scarecrow/TwoFace were the best . I so hope there's no stupid female villians and they should do a Robin but Total Tim Drake Style the heck with Grayson.

jfdavis 1/10/2011 9:48:34 AM

Most of the Batman rumors have to be crap (The Riddler inclusion was the clue for me) but Talia, Black Mask, Bane and Deadshot would be awesome together. I may have to write that one myself...

The Red Skull better not be disquised the whole movie or I'll be pissed.

WW: ABC is moronic. No! We can't have both Marvel and DC shows!  CBS and NBC would kill it too fast and maybe Fox too. I'm glad The CW can't afford it though.

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