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Australian actor and telephone archer extraordinaire Russell Crowe is in active negotiations with Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. Pictures to star as Superman's biological father Jor El in Zach Snyder's 'Man of Steel'. Played by Marlon Brando in the previous film incarnations, Crowe could definitely bring a new tone to Jor El's typical stern speeches if cast. The studio is still searching for someone to play Superman's biological mother in the film, which is set to begin production next month.
I can't help but feel that they missed an opportunity however, as another actor they were actively interested in playing the role was 'Children of Men' star Clive Owen. Somehow the thought of him giving one of Jor El's somber monologues in typical Kryptonian garb and the family spitcurl just seems a better fit for the role. However, this is WB's show and with 'Green Lantern' receiving such horrendous early reviews, they are most likely looking for as high-caliber of actor as they can find.
Meanwhile, out in the web-o-sphere the following picture has surfaced, rumored to be the first look at the new film:
However, this is what happens when you have an entire world full of people who own photoshop and internet sites that don't bother to check their sources, because the picture is (insert trumpets) FAKE! Originally reported as a still from the new film (in which Lois was rumored to be more of a geeky glass-wearing type), is actually just a rather decent edit of this scene from the CW's 'Smallville':
Poor Tom Welling... first Henry Cavill takes over his role, and now he's taking his body as well!
Nearly three months after the departure of Darren Aronofsky from Fox's 'The Wolverine', the studio has finally landed themselves a replacement: director James Mangold. While this puts the film back into active production, their choice of director couldn't be more hit-and-miss. Sure, he's been around the block a few times so it's unlikely he'll get pushed around by the studio like Gavin Hood was on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', but if you look at his film history there are some disturbing missteps.
Yes, he helmed the brilliant '3:10 to Yuma' so we know he can make a good showdown. But, he also made the mindless action dud 'Knight and Day' with Tom Cruise so we know he's capable of sleeping his way through overdone tripe. He's capable of dark introspective character pieces like 'Walk the Line', but the last time he worked with Hugh Jackman we got the time-traveling romcom 'Kate and Leopold' (you know, the one where Liev Schreiber accidentally sleeps with his great-great-grandmother?). Whichever way you look at it, this could either end up great or terrible. Only time will tell.
Thanks to our buddy Drew McWeeny over at HitFix we have what could possibly be a major bombshell/spoiler for WB's upcoming film 'The Dark Knight Rises'. As per his request, we're going to do something that we almost never do here on Spill: we're going to use spoiler text. If you want to read the spoiler, simply highlight the invisible text in the box below:
So there you have it: possibly a massive reveal for the plot of 'The Dark Knight Rises'. For more info, definitely check out the full article over on HitFix.
Another downside to 'Green Lantern' currently being bashed by critics worldwide is that now there's even more pressure on Joe Johnston's 'Captain America: The First Avenger' to succeed. Had it directly followed the tide of goodwill that 'Thor' created with audiences, it would be a much easier sell. Today we have a brand new TV spot for the film which shows a little more of Cap fighting and some of the recently finished special effects:
We also have this (extremely poorly filmed) video of exclusive scenes created for the DisneyXD channel, which has a lot of scenes we've seen before, but enough new footage and dialog to make it worth a look:
And last but not least, we have some costume news that is sure to rile up a certain site animator (you know who you are). We have our very first look at Cap's "USO suit" from the film. As we learned from Chris Evans, after the scientist responsible for Steve Rogers' transformation is killed, Rogers is deemed to important to lose and is placed in the USO to do song-and-dance numbers for the troops and to sell war bonds. As a nod to the original costume design and to explain why Cap would want to leave the USO to go out and fight, the team tried to make it look as ridiculous as possible. Mission accomplished:
But, we also have what could be the very first look at Captain America's redesigned suit for 'The Avengers':
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Premiering at this year's Licensing International Expo, the poster depicts Hawkeye (also our first look), The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Iron Man. While the artwork is a commissioned piece for Marvel, the final design of the costumes may be slightly changed in the course of production (for instance, I doubt Iron Man would go back to a circular chest beam after Iron Man 2's triangular upgrade), much like the first images of Cap's WWII suit were added upon before filming (the mask had wings painted onto the sides, etc). For now, this is our best bet for how the beloved character will be adapted for the modern day superhero team.
Until next time!