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 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.
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.
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!
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.
According to Script Flags:
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