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Possibly the biggest news this week is the massive tremors rippling through the comic book community caused by Warner Bros. executive Jeff Robinov and his seemingly out-of-nowhere announcement that not only is a Justice League movie a priority for their company, but that they want to have it completed in 2013 - a deadline that would be intimidating for even a basic superhero movie, let alone a team film.
It all started when Robinov included the Justice League in a list of upcoming projects, causing fans to scratch their heads in dismay. Was it a slip up? Did we miss something? As it turns out, not only is there a JLA script in the works, but a Flash and Wonder Woman film as well that would spin-off into their own properties afterwards. Quick to dismiss questions about whether a film would conflict with the dreadful looking Wonder Woman TV series, Robinov remarked, "Wonder Woman could be a film as well, the same way that ‘Superman Returns’ came out while ‘Smallville’ was on", which really doesn't help his case either way.
Now, that alone was enough to make fans' heads spin, but the rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper - now, Robinov has announced plans to reboot the Batman franchise post-Nolan, with the beloved director (and wife) as producers. So, it looks like there will be Wonder Woman, Flash, Batman (just maybe not the one we already know)... but what about Big Blue himself, Superman? Well, that's where it gets weird. In a recent interview, Superman director Zack Snyder was quick to respond as to how his upcoming film fits into plans for the Justice League film:
Essentially, it means that Nolan will wrap up his Batman trilogy and Snyder will finish his Superman film, all the while WB will be working on a brand new version of both heroes to be included in their own Justice League film. On one hand, this news really won't diminish the rumors that Snyder's Superman is just a rushed production that is only being made to retain the film rights, but it also means that we may not be seeing Bale suit up for Batman a fourth time. Brilliant financial move or just one big early April Fools joke on the entire comic film community?
Speaking of the Wonder Woman TV show, we have new pics that prove yes - the squeaky wheel gets the grease. After the increasingly negative response NBC received about Wonder Woman's pleathery new suit, the design team went back to the drawing board and gave her... gym pants? In a much-improved (but still so-so) version of the costume, WW now sports skin-tight, dark blue, stretchy cotton pants instead of the shiny car-interior look she once had. They also fixed the boots, making them the classic red and white, instead of blue. All in all, we have to say that at the very least it now looks "good enough for TV". Not that anyone has any kind of expectations that the show will be any good, but at least it shows that someone over at NBC reads the internet.
Here are on-set photos of the new costume, taken from a scene in the pilot where Wonder Woman is chasing down a mannish Marilyn Monroe impersonator through a crowded street (again, we're not making that up - that's what actually happens). Here is actress Adrianne Palicki (huge thanks to GotCeleb):
'The King's Speech' star Geoffrey Rush has signed on to voice the role of Tomar-Re in Warner Bros. 'Green Lantern'. Tomar-Re, who non-fans will recognize as "that big bird looking guy from the trailer", is a famous member of the Green Lantern Corps in charge of training new Lanterns and the very first person Hal Jordan ever met in the Corps. Close friends with Jordan's predecessor Abin Sur, he was very supportive of the first human Lantern and became good friends with him as well.
'Green Lantern', which is frantically racing against the clock to finish post-production before it's June 17th release, is being closely watched by the studio (probably because they have yet to produce a successful superhero film this decade without Nolan at the helm). While it's not uncommon to replace voice actors at such a late point in a production, I'm sure adding such a high-profile actor as Rush will help ease the tension and add some much needed star power to the film (which has not been as warmly welcomed by fans as Warner Bros. had hoped).
Head of "X Projects" over at Fox, producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently sat down with Empire and dished out some info on upcoming projects, including 'The Wolverine', future X-Men films, and the much-maligned 'Deadpool' spin-off.
According to Schuler, 'The Wolverine' is still right on track, and that it will have "depth and dramatic backbone". No word yet as to how recent tragedies in Japan will affect the production (which takes place almost entirely on the island), or who will replace Darren Aronofsky as director, but Schuler commented, "We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it's very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own..."
As for Deadpool, fans everywhere can breathe a small sigh of relief - Schuler confirmed that the spin-off film would be the Deadpool from the comics, not the mute, laser-eyed, teleporting, Baraka-like version in the scarring 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine':
And finally, in regards to future installments in the X-Men franchise Schuler told interviewers, "We took the [X-Men 4] treatment to Fox and they love it... And X4 leads into X5". It makes sense that the company would want to move forward with more sequels now that Bryan Singer's "X-Men: First Class" - which was intended to be a reboot, but instead became a loose prequel to the original movies - is starting to pick up steam.
Now that the first trailer has finally arrived, we have some new set pictures from Joe Johnston's 'Captain America: The First Avenger':
And lastly, Marvel and Paramount just released a brand new clip from 'Thor' which looks... well, not good.
I know that we're seeing the scene out of context and all, but the hokey dialog "Hammer! Hammer! ...yeah, we know you're hammered" and Chris Hemsworth's odd look of... surprise, I think?... really does not do a good job of selling this film. While this scene doesn't do much to showcase Hemsworth's acting chops, Loki actor Tom Hiddleston recently had nothing but nice things to say about him: "Chris [Hemsworth] is like Christopher Reeve [in Richard Donner's 'Superman'] in that he can do two things: he can wear a big red cape without a shred of self-consciousness. But he's also funny as hell, and he's so sweet. So with all the fish-out-of-water stuff... he's so funny. So he does almost two jobs in a way."
I think we can pretty much sum up our thoughts on the footage thusly:
Until next time!