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Earlier today we reported that, despite rumors involving potentially trading characters with Marvel, Fox was not interested in moving forward on Joe Carnahan's Daredevil pitch. The news originally came from Joe Carnahan himself this morning, who expressed his dissatisfaction tweeting: "Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side." He later returned to respond and then, tonight, after getting enough followers decided to post the two videos of the Daredevil pitches he put together for the public's entertainment. They're good.
I knew we'd hear something about this sometime soon, but I didn't realize it would be this soon! And this kind of name! Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros has "approached" Ben Affleck to direct their in development Justice League movie, which got kicked into high gear after The Avengers broke box office records. Affleck went from actor to director a few years ago, and is currently finishing up Argo for Warner Bros, where he also made The Town, so they've worked with him quite a bit already. He's not signed on and is "the only candidate who's been sent Will Beall's Justice League script", but he's the first big name to land.
Last month a small bit of information from a stuntman prompted the assumption that Thor: The Dark World would be dealing with Dark Elves somehow. And given that bit of information, we assumed that the new villain, originally slated to be played by Mads Mikkelsen before he dropped out due to scheduling, would be Malekith The Accursed, the leader of the Dark Elves. It turns out our assumption is correct is Deadline reports Christopher Eccleston is set for the villain. However, at this time specific story details about the plot, or how Loki might come into play with this new villain have yet to be revealed. More below.
This isn't so much a big piece of news, as it just a cool filmmaker's "tip" to tie in with everything Batman and Christopher Nolan. The director hasn't done too many interviews, and doesn't speak with any press from online, but Empire (being a magazine) was lucky enough to catch up with him for an interview, which they ran in this podcast. Batman-News.com points out a great quote during the interview with "advice" to anyone who will be taking on the Batman character in future years. Yea, you know what we mean. He's done, but I think even Nolan knows Warner Bros/DC Comics will likely bring back Batman back, one day.
Though the excitement for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is high (the title alone gets comic book fans all tingly), there's certainly been some skepticism amongst fans about hiring sibling TV directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their work on "Community") taking the reins from Captain America: The First Avenger helmer Joe Johnston. Thankfully, an intrepid reporter caught up with Anthony at the Television Critics Association panel and, at great length, talked about how he and his brother landed the job, what they intend to bring to the film (without giving anything away), and much more. Read on!
Here's something exciting for Superman fans. While any other news related to the movies this weekend has been overshadowed by the tragic shooting, there's a story definitely worth hearing about the new Superman trailers playing this weekend. We've expected Warner Bros to finally debut a trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel playing with The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, and while they definitely have, early reports coming in are that there's an alternate version. In fact, there may be two unique, different teaser trailers for Man of Steel playing out there, with slight variations and our first look at any Superman footage.
Sadly, Casino Royale bad guy Mads Mikkelsen has stepped out of the villain role in Thor: The Dark World (which is the sequel title we learned at Comic-Con last weekend). Of course, we can only be so disappointed since we never learned just what villain the actor would be playing. However, today we might have a thread leading us to figuring out that mystery. Stuntman James Grogan was recently interviewed by a site called I Review Too (via ComingSoon), and he talked about working on the Thor sequel, along with a certain bit of direction that "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor gave him and the stuntmen. Read on!
Though most of the people paying attention to Comic-Con after seeing The Avengers were preoccupied with Iron Man 3 footage, the test reel for Ant Man shot by Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, and the title reveals for Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (check out our reaction to all of those things on our Marvel panel video blog), comic book fans were just as excited to hear that Guardians of the Galaxy was officially heading to theaters on August 1st, 2014 complete with a team including Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot and Star-Lord. Who the hell are these guys?
In case you weren't paying attention to our own Alex Billington or yours truly on Twitter this weekend (or you haven't yet checked out our informative and geek-filled video blog from the Marvel panel at Comic-Con on Saturday), the comic book movie studio announced the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger now has the official and exciting title of Captain America: The Winter Solider. We'll get to what that means below, but first Heat Vision has word of a new cast member for the film as Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Real Steel) is in talks to play Falcon, one of the first African American superheroes. Read on!
Ever since The Avengers destroyed the box office earlier this summer, Hollywood has been in a frenzy over comic book movies with ensemble groups. Word is that Warner Bros is back developing another Justice League script, there may be a Guardians of the Galaxy feature coming soon, but what else can we expect to see? Vulture is reporting that Men in Black series director Barry Sonnenfeld is apparently attached to DC Comics adaptation Metal Man, in development with producer Lauren Shuler Donner since 2007 but mostly stagnant until this year. I think we have a better idea of what to expect - more of a comedy ensemble.
"This case plays a big part in our future," Kevin Feige says, pointing to the case with the tesseract in it. What secrets does it hold? Thanks to our buds at SlashFilm, there's a fantastic new 8-minute video that you've got to watch if you're geeking out over Avengers, and how damn good it is. The D23 Armchair Archivist made a video, down at USC, where they've got a display of the props used in The Avengers, featuring Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussing many of the props used, their evolution, and some possible hints are things to come. It's the perfect video to follow back-to-back viewings of Avengers this weekend. Enjoy!
It's high time for Marvel Studio's The Avengers, as the studio is finally ready to unleash this fanboy wet dream superhero team-up worldwide this week - and the best news of all is that it turned out awesome. That means any and every piece of marketing, plus fanboy masterwork, and any other artwork related to the movie has just about hit the web—and a few galleries—in time for its launch. There's so much hitting, I've decided to roll everything up and feature a few favorites. Starting with, of course, Mondo's final Avengers poster in their series, this one a Tyler Stout creation and boy is it gorgeous. There's also a massive gallery of art from Gallery 1988's Avengers show, and a fantastic gallery of fan art as well, to round everything out.
It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's... the logo! A brand new Superman logo, one with some darker red colors and gritty look, has debuted on Facebook for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Starring Henry Cavill as our new Superman and Russell Crowe as his father Jor-El, as well as a new cast of bright faces. But we don't get to see any of them here, as this is just the logo. We have yet to see any footage or a trailer yet, but I'm sure we can expect one this summer, at least with The Dark Knight Rises. In the meantime, it sounds like we should keep an eye on this Facebook page, as it looks like more will be hitting there soon. Thoughts on the logo?
Here we go again. Will this version make it to the big screen? For years we followed DJ Caruso's adaptation of the beloved comic series Y: The Last Man, which is in development at New Line (now part of WB), but unfortunately it fell apart a few years ago due to script problems. Now Heat Vision reports that its back on track, still at New Line, with a whole different set of writers and producers involved. I'm glad they're giving it another shot, but will these guys be able to do the comic justice (with a trilogy?) and satisfy the studio? TV producers-turned-writers Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations for a new take.