Tom Hardy on Bane

Batman News.com supplied this video of Tom Hardy (STAR TREK: NEMESIS,  INCEPTION) fron the UK talk show ALAN CARR: CHATTY MAN.
Hardy advised that his interpetation of the powerful villain Bane will not be in the campy vein of BATMAN & ROBIN (1997), and dodged the question of whether the character will wear a mask in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Tom Hardy did confirm that he will be putting on muscle mass for the part over the next three months, before shooting begins in May for the Christopher Nolan film.

Kevin Costner in Superman?

Kevin_Costner_1According to Deadline, Zack Synder and Warner Brothers are interested in casting Kevin Costner (WATERWORLD) in a “key role” in the Superman reboot. 
Could he be under consideration to play Jonathan Kent or Daily Planet editor Perry White to Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent? Or might he be cast against type  as a villain?
The screenplay by David S, Goyer ( and some participation by Jonathan  and producer Christopher Nolan [THE DARK KNIGHT])  is still very much under wraps, though there have been hints that it will feature Clark Kent’s journey towards accepting his future as a superhuman champion of justice.
There have also been some rumors that the Kryptonian villainess Ursa may  be invovled, leading fans to suspect that General Zod might also play a role.
Personally, I hope no antagonists used in previous Superman live-action feature films will be in the movie in any significant way.
 More on this as it develops.

Henry Cavill is Superman

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Henry Cavill in THE TUDORS

From the Press Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall.
Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Henry Cavill was reportedly up for the role of Superman for SUPERMAN RETURNS, and in the running to the lead in BATMAN BEGINS.

Graphic Novel Clue to Superman Reboot?

Super_SO_CropContributor “superkal” at Comic Book Movie claims to have discovered hints at what may influence screenwriter David S. Goyer’s (BATMAN BEGINS) script for the Superman reboot film.
In the introduction to the Deluxe Edition of the Geoff Johns (SMALLVILLE)-penned Superman: Secret Origin, Goyer wrote the following.

“There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him.”
‘I don’t want to be someone else,’ says Clark. ‘I don’t want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent.’
[And here’s the kicker…]
‘I want to be your son’
“Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I’m not sure has ever really been done before. I had an ‘aha’ experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman.”
“As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It’s a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner’s film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well.”
“But I’ve got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn’t have– and that’s access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns– first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding.”

Sounds interesting. Whether this indicates yet another reiteration of Superman’s origin story, or simply a similar thematic approach to the character, is as yet unknown.

 

'Ghost Rider 2' Gets Leaner

GhostRIDERkaAccording to The Wrap, Sony Pictures has teamed up with Hyde Park Entertainment (PREMONITION), to cofinance and produce GHOST RIDER:  SPIRIT OF VENGANCE.

 
The 3-D sequel to 2007’s GHOST RIDER has also  had it’s budget reduced to a reported $75 Million, down from an original estimate of aproximately $135 Million.
Shooting in Europe, and using the efficent directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER) might figure into the new budget, which sounds more in line with the audience the film can be expected to attract; a very respectable showing,  but not a blockbuster.
Hyde Park will have the international distrubution rights, while Sony will keep the domestic rights.
Nicolas Cage returns as hero Johnny Blaze, joined by  Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds and Placido Violante.
GHOST RIDER:  SPIRIT OF VENGANCE  is being produced by Mike deLuca, Avi Arad and Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Armitraj.
Sony Pictures has not yet commented on the report, so treat this as unconfirmed as yet.

Zack Synder to Direct Superman Re-boot

superman-alexRossDeadline.com reports that Zack Synder (WATCHMEN) will be directing Warner Brothers Pictures’ SUPERMAN re-boot movie.
Talking to the site, Synder said:

“It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David (Goyer) and Chris (Nolan)have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish SUCKER PUNCH and get right at it.”
 

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter claims that David S. Goyer’s script features General Zod as the villain.
Well, if true, I suppose it’s better than yet another return of Lex Luthor — but I was hoping Superman might face someone he hasn’t already come up against in a live-action feature film, such as Brainiac or Metallo… or just about anyone else. Batman has always had a more interesting rogues gallery than Big Blue, and his human-level abilities make it easier for him to be evenly matched.
See my thoughts on A Darker Superman.

Donner on X-Men, Wolverine, Deadpool

xmen_firstclass_n1At the Saturn Awards this year, producer Lauren Shuler Donner (X-MEN) discussed  X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Some of her comments included thoughts on casting:

 “There are a lot of factors to consider. There are two mostly. One is the best actor possible because it is a movie. Then the best actor that approximates everybody’s image of these characters.”

 
Donner also revealed that the  Magneto film is likely to never be made, as much of his backstory used in the David S. Goyer script will be told instead in FIRST CLASS.
 
Despite the mediocre success of  X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE,  she confirmed that the Wolverine sequel,  to cover the Japanese saga comic book mini-series will go foward.
Laura Schuler Donner also said that a Deadpool movie is still in the cards, and that Ryan Reynolds is still involved with the planned film:

” You know, Ryan is so committed to being Deadpool. He is Wade Wilson. Well, no, he’s Deadpool. He is so committed to it that he worked with the writers on the script. Even though he’s doing GREEN LANTERN, he’s stayed involved in that project. I’m hoping we’ll get it off the ground next year.”

Read the entire interview at  CraveOnline

Columbus to Discover SUPERMAN?

SUPER_KIRK_CSo far merely a rumor, but picking up speed: Warner Brothers has offered the job to direct the next SUPERMAN movie to Chris Columbus (HARRY POTTER films).
So reports the Superman Homepage, quoting an undisclosed studio source.
When last I heard, Jonathan Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT), who was said to be co-writing the script with David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS), was the front-runner for the job.
The article claims that David Goyer also wanted the director’s chair for what producer Christopher Nolan has said was Goyer’s great idea to do Superman in a modern context.
Certainly Chris Columbus has a good understanding of effects work and flying action, not sure how well he would suit the scripts supposedly more realistic tone.