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Sci-Fi Movies Saturday: Superman, The Wolverine, Spider-Man, Dredd, Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens, Harry Potter 7 + more November 20, 2010

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Sci-Fi , trackback

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column we start off with casting news from both the Superman and Spider-man films. Plus the next Wolverine movie has a name, and there are lots of new trailers and previews including The Green Lantern, Battle: Los Angeles and more Check it all out below.



Superman casting begins; Production set to begin in June

Warner Brothers, producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder have officially begun the process of casting for the "Superman" remake. Deadline reports that they have cast a "wide net" for Clark Kent/Superman and the studio is open to someone who isn’t well known. We also know that the age range will be between 28-32. Some rumored names for the Man of Steel include Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello and Ian Somerhalder:

The Superman search will likely take time to play out, as did the hunt for the new Spider-Man which went to Andrew Garfield. There will be inevitable buzz on actors like Armie Hammer, the strapping 6’5" actor who played Cameron. And Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network and who was eyed by the studio to play Batman in a Justice League movie that Mad Max helmer George Miller was poised to direct until the film got scrapped. But Hammer is only 24. The studio could go the TV route with True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, who claimed during a recent movie junket that he’s being considered and is certainly a strapping 34-year old. Or an actor like Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries, who is turning 32 and listed at 5’9+".

Production is expected to begin next June and the film will be released in 2012.

Denis Leary cast as George Stone in Spider-Man reboot

Denis Leary is in negotiations to play George Stacy, the father of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb’s 3D "Spider-Man" reboot. In the comics, Stacy is a police captain who comes in frequent contact with Spider-Man. Here’s an excerpt from the Wiki entry on the character:

He is Gwen Stacy’s father and he strongly approves of his daughter’s relationship with Peter Parker (Spider-Man). He is also a strong supporter of Spider-Man, often defending him when others accuse him.

During a fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, he is crushed by falling debris while saving a child, in the classic The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #90 (Nov. 1970). As he dies, he reveals to Peter that he had known his identity for some time (something Peter had suspected anyway), and asks Peter to take care of Gwen.

It’s unknown whether Webb and writer James Vanderbilt will remain faithful to the comics depicition of the character.

Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine sequel will be called "The Wolverine"

Darren Aronofsky has revealed that the follow-up to 2009’s "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" will be called "The Wolverine". Aronofsky also told HitFix that the film will be a "one-off", with the site noting that the director "emphasized that the film isn’t a sequel in any conventional sense." In other news, cinematographer Matthew Libatique has confirmed that he’ll be re-uniting with Aronofksy for "The Wolverine".

New Trailers: Green Lantern and Battle: Los Angeles

It was a big week for trailer reveals. First up, we have the debut of the previously teased teaser trailer for Martin Campbell’s "Green Lantern". The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Feris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond and Mark Strong as Sinestro.

Green Lantern [via Trailer Addict]

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Next up is the teaser trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s "Battle: Los Angeles". The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Michell Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan.

Battle: Los Angeles [via Trailer Addict–watch the international teaser trailer here]

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

Battle: Los Angeles is scheduled to hit theaters on March 11, 2011. "Green Lantern" hits theaters in 3D on June 17, 2011.

Promotional artwork/posters for "Green Lantern" [IGN, (2)]

Deathly Hallows: Part 1 breaking franchise records

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1", the first half of the final part of the "Harry Potter" saga, opened nationwide this week and took in $24M in estimated box office from a record 3,700 theaters in the U.S. and Canada in midnight-Thursday screenings. That’s a new high for the franchise — topping the $22.2M for HP6. And on Friday night the film brought in another $61M, another franchise high and the fifth highest single-day of all time.  According to early numbers, the film looks headed for an opening weekend of $140M.

Previously on First look at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd

Karl Urban, Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy, is currently shooting "Dredd", where he plays the title character in the "Judge Dredd" comic adaptation. Today the first image of Karl as Dredd has emerged, click to enlarge:

"Dredd" is expected to release in 3D in 2012. Click here to read the rest of the story

Previously on First Look at teaser trailer for Cowboys & Aliens – Written by Orci, Kurtzman & Lindelof

Another trailer release was for the sci-fi western "Cowboys & Aliens". Before Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof started working on the script for the Star Trek sequel, the movie that was taking up much of their time for the last year was "Cowboys & Aliens". Watch the teaser trailer and a few more images below.

Here’s the film’s synopsis (click here to read the rest of the story which includes more images, a look at the teaser poster and more):

Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

"Cowboys & Aliens" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 29, 2011

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Black Swan

Poster [IMP Awards]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

International trailer [YouTube]

Watch four new clips here

Green Hornet

Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

Gulliver’s Travels

Promotional stills [more at IGN]

I Am Number Four

Featurette [YouTube]

Mars Needs Moms

Promotional still [AceShowBiz]

Men in Black 3

Set images [more at Daily Mail & Splash News Online]


Poster [Empire]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Teaser poster [IMP Awards]

Red Riding Hood

Teaser poster [Trailer Addict]

Teaser trailer [Trailer Addict]

Scream 4

Promotional stills [more at Shock Till You Drop]

Season of the Witch

Trailer [Trailer Addict]

Source Code

Teaser trailer [YouTube]

TRON: Legacy

International trailer [YouTube via Cinema Blend]

Watch another trailer here

Interview with cast and crew [Underwire | Wired]

Wonka: Legacy (Tron/Willa Wonka trailer mash-up) [YouTube via BuzzFeed]


CASTING BITES Sci-Fi TV and Movies will be off next week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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1. Steve-o - November 20, 2010

zippity doo-dah!
I cant wait for some of these films. most especially the Green Lantern!

2. Greg2600 - November 20, 2010

Man almost all of those movies look awful.

3. Vultan - November 20, 2010

Hmmm… Source Code looks interesting.

4. MJ - November 20, 2010

Love the Green Lantern trailer!

5. MJ - November 20, 2010

Memo to Nick Cage — dude, aren’t you getting tired of playing the same character over and over in every fantasy movie?

6. SonnyB. - November 20, 2010

Nick Cage had significant financial troubles to overcome, thus the recent surge in his movie making in “cookie cutter” roles. Still one of my favorite actors to watch!

7. joe - November 20, 2010

Source Code looks good, Battle Los Angeles looks good, Green Lantern looks good. I always look forward to Superman, Green Hornet looks terrible and I am sick and tired of Batman of course I never was the biggest Batman fan to begin with.

8. Corinthian7 - November 20, 2010

I’ll be definitely watching Cowboys and Aliens, Battle Los Angeles and Source Code. It will be interesting to see how Arofonsky approaches Wolverine.

9. snugglepuff - November 20, 2010

I am so stoked about battle los angeles! I can’t wait for it! Green lantern looks to be interesting as well as tron ans batman

10. DGill - November 20, 2010

From the looks of it, “Battle: Los Angeles” could shape up to be the next “District 9″ in terms of how emotional/exciting it looks. Even if the movie doesn’t fulfill any expectations, that was a well-done and scary trailer.

11. gingerly - November 20, 2010

Nic Cage outnerds us all. :) His love for comicbooks and wacky acting skills gets my full admiration.

If Red Riding Hood does well, expect more romance fantasies to take the place of Twlight. At least they’re targeting us girls now, in this genre. I just hope start putting some healthy messages in it.

I’m glad to see Ryan Reynolds getting a lead role like this. His charisma was overdue for one.

12. John Cooley - November 20, 2010

Bob? Are you writing lense flare into your scripts? Are YOU actually to blame for the Corneal edema and aqueous flare inducing lighting trends in movies you’ve scripted?! My GOD man, and here I’ve been cursing JJ for this when it was you all along. “STAR TREK” wasn’t enough, but now COWBOYS AND ALIENS to boot?! Enough already. I’m already billing Paramount for my vision care after “STAR TREK” as it is.

13. Zebonka - November 20, 2010

Movie news is becoming more and more like sitting down to a poo banquet. Seriously.

14. Thorny - November 20, 2010

Oh dear God…. someone actually thinks they can make a better “Wizard of Oz” than was made in 1939? Stop. Please, just stop.

15. Robert H. - November 20, 2010

For god sake, stick with Brandon Routh!!!!

16. MJ - November 20, 2010

@14. Agreed. Reminds me of that abysmal Willie Wonka movie that Burton and Depp did…why remake perfection???

17. Red Dead Ryan - November 21, 2010

So they have apparently ruled out Brandon Routh returning as Superman. A real shame!!!

And I’d really like to know who the hell Armie Hammer is! The name sounds like it belongs to a cartoon character for crying out loud!

And the new “Spider Man” flick sounds dumber and dumber every time we get news about it!

Also, unlike in 2009, there seems to be a lack of true sci-fi movies.

Looking forward to “The Dark Knight Rises”. Tom Hardy is a good actor and Hugo Strange would make a really interesting villain if true.

18. Red Dead Ryan - November 21, 2010


“The Wiz”, which starred Michael and Janet Jackson was an update on the original as well. It was totally awful. They should not do another remake of the classic 1939 film. Some things should not be remade.

Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” was great, but it was a different kind of film to begin with. It was more of an update as opposed to a remake of the original.

19. trekprincess - November 21, 2010

The only film I’m looking forward to is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 out of all of those films. I am going to see it today with my dad and brother and sister.

20. CarlG - November 21, 2010

Is it a bad sign that I’m the family nerd, but it’s my mom and dad that get hyped for the Harry Potter movies? (Of course, they mostly like going to them to play Spot the British Actor… :))

21. CarlG - November 21, 2010

Quick correction: Tyler Winklevoss is not one of the actors considered for Superman; that’s the character Armie Hammer played in the Social Network movie. :)

22. Jim Nightshade - November 21, 2010

yeh wizard of oz is about as great as any movie possible-they could never equal the cast or music–return to oz also already done–make up a new oz story instead–harry potter deathly hallows even more grim than last one but very well done–more realistic settings-coulda used a bit more humor but of course its understandable why not-dobys remarks in the movie were hilarious n then moments later touching—re-superman movie–i was hoping tom welling as he has kinda grown into the role for me but oh well—–nick cage was only ok as ghost rider to me–his work uneven since those national treasure movies -however his role in kick ass was great-wish his part was bigger in it–he was quirky n cool–

23. Harry Ballz - November 21, 2010

Superman Returns may have been a turd of a movie, but Brandon Routh was great as the Man of Steel. He deserves another shot!

24. Zarthana - November 21, 2010

Seriously, just stick to Brandon Routh. He’s doing good job in Superman Returns.

25. Antni Ellison - November 21, 2010

Cowboys & Aliens looks cool. So does Battle: LA so i think i’ll definitely be watching them :)

26. 16309A - November 21, 2010

I agree–Give Brandon Routh the roll!

27. 16309A - November 21, 2010

As Superman that is! lol

28. John - November 21, 2010

Source Code looks AWESOME

29. sean - November 21, 2010

I actually rate Return to Oz as far better than the original, but mostly because they reincorporated many of the elements that the 1939 original discarded. Also because Fairuza Balk actually looked like a little girl!

Besides, we’ll never have too many productions of Shakespeare, will we? Or retellings of The Odyssey? I say if something has reached classic status in the popular consciousness – as Oz has – then it can be reinterpreted for a new audience.

30. Thorny - November 21, 2010

18… “To each his own. My vocabulary is not great enough to adequately tell you how much I thought Mr. Jackson’s “King Kong” stunk. I’ll begin with “terrible, terrible movie”. Even the 1976 trainwreck remake was better.

31. sean - November 21, 2010

Green Lantern really looks terrible. Green Hornet, on the other hand, looks to be pretty funny.

32. Thorny - November 21, 2010

29. They’re not reinterpreting it (a’la “Tin Man” or “The Wiz”), they’re re-using the 1939 script. There is no way this can be good. None whatsoever. Where in the world are they going to find anyone who can fill the shoes of Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, or Ray Bolger? I can already see them hiring Miley Cyrus as Dorothy…

33. Jason - November 21, 2010

Green Lantern looks to be the next Batman & Robin or Superman Returns. At first I hated the idea of Ryan Reynolds in the role, then I heard Martin Campbell was directing so I was open to it (as Campbell was the director of Casino Royale), but this just looks awful and a bit campy.

34. dmduncan - November 21, 2010

Good news for all wannabe screenwriters?

35. sean - November 21, 2010


The problem with that thinking is that you’d never have any new performances of Shakespeare because ‘How could ACTOR A be as good as ACTOR B was in the 1842 stage production?!’. Hell, we wouldn’t have had Forbidden Planet, because someone would have said, ‘Oh The Tempest? It’s been done.’ A friend might have tapped Jimi Hendrix on the shoulder and said, ‘Just so you know, Bob Dylan already did All Along The Watchower’.

No one thought Michael Crawford or Sarah Brightman could be replaced in productions of Phantom, but obviously they could and were. We’ve been recycling stories for thousands of years (even Shakespeare did it), so I don’t see why the modern era should be any different.

Admittedly, yes, this can lead to monstrosities like Matthew Broderick Godzilla or the Lost in Space movie (though whether it was actually any worse than the TV show is a subject open for debate). But it can also give us films like The Magnificent Seven, Ben Hur, The Bourne Identity, etc. So I say wait and see, and judge the finished project.

36. Red Dead Ryan - November 21, 2010

It seems, judging by the number of people clamoring for his return as Superman, that the folks making the new “Superman” movie would do well to bring back Brandon Routh.

And I wonder who’ll be the new Lois Lane? Kate (Where is she now) Bosworth was plain awful. Maybe they’ll give the part to Erica Durance…….

37. boborci - November 21, 2010

Yes, Brandon Routh again, please!

38. Red Dead Ryan - November 21, 2010


Well, Bob, with your clout, (even though you aren’t involved with the new “Superman” production) I’m certain you can use your divine influence to get those guys to bring back Brandon Routh. Either that, or just use the Vulcan neck pinch on Zach Snyder if he doesn’t do what you tell him! :-)

39. MJ - November 21, 2010

@29 “I actually rate Return to Oz as far better than the original”

Sean, you are being sarcastic, right?

40. dmduncan - November 21, 2010

Why try to recast the part when the perfect actor for it was already found?

I also thought Superman Returns was a good movie. I thought Singer took his material too seriously when he got rid of “the American way,” and a crystal continent growing instantly out of the ocean was a bit much, but I felt the movie had plenty of good moments that outweighed the ones I had trouble with.

41. dmduncan - November 21, 2010

But you know, everybody’s gotta put their own damn “kilroy was here” on a project, and for the new Superman that probably means no Brandon Routh no matter how perfect a choice he is.

42. Winkie - November 21, 2010

“Movie news is becoming more and more like sitting down to a poo banquet.”

Man, nearly laughed myself inside out at that. I just hope no-one asks me to pass the gravy…

There are way too many derivative, re-makey, re-bootey stuff about though. Far too little original, creative, mould-breaking joy…

43. Thorny - November 21, 2010

35… Apples and oranges. Stage productions are there only for those in the audience and then lost forever, but “The Wizard of Oz” is now immortal. The story has been told perfectly, by the perfect cast. There is absolutely no need for a remake. Yes, it was already remade once (from a 1920s silent to the 1939 classic) and there have been variations ever since (“The Wiz”, “Wicked”, “Tin Man”) but no one has tried to remake the 1939 version, and no one ever should. Perfection is perfection. Leave it alone.

44. MJ - November 21, 2010

@40 Agreed, Superman Returns was a decent movie. It wasn’t dark enough I guess for all the comic book fans that want the sicker stuff on the screen these days. I am not looking forward to the new Superman — no doubt it will be darker and grittier — I can see where that makes sense for Batman, but I don’t think it is a good historical fit to take Superman dark.

45. Another Q - November 21, 2010

Brandon Routh for president! Uh….I mean
Man of Steel…sorry.

46. Phaser Guy - November 21, 2010

I know what the title is – Superman Bombs.

47. Basement Blogger - November 21, 2010

Watching the trailer for “Battle: Los Angeles” brings up a couple issues. First, that UFO video three years from Haiti is bogus. It was too good to be true. But looking at the alien ships in the “Battle:LA”, the alien ships bear a striking resemblance to Haiti alien ships. (Video link below.) Even more proof it was all a hoax created by some good special effects guys.

Second, is Hollywood sending us a message? “Skyline.” “Battle: Los Angeles.” J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8″ (Teaser below) I’m assuming that the thing trying to break out of the Air Force car is not Spielberg’s friendly E.T. looking for a phone. So, what’s Hollywood’s message? The aliens are coming and they ain’t a bunch of botanists. So, were the Mayans right about the end of the world in 2012? Okay before I’m enslaved by Kang and Kodos of Rigel VII, could they release the new Star Trek movie before the end of 2011? : )

Super 8 trailer

Haiti UFO, 14 million people have viewed this. Good publicity for the special effects guys.

48. sean - November 21, 2010


Nope, not kidding. Return to Oz better incorporates the darker elements of Baum’s early Oz stories. Wizard has good songs and great performances, make no mistake, but I’ve always thought Return to Oz was a more interesting, less sanitized continuation of the story. The characters – like the Tin Man, Scarecrow, etc. – are also far closer to the original illustrations.

I’m not suggesting anyone else think this, it’s just my personal opinion.

49. sean - November 21, 2010


Well, you basically make my point for me. Wizard was a remake to begin with, and if they’d thought it wasn’t worth reattempting then you wouldn’t have the film you’re so fond of. And again, beyond the stage, films like Magnificent Seven, Bourne Identity and even Hitchcock’s own The Man Who Knew Too Much would not have been made had they followed the reasoning that it had all been done before.

It’s all a matter of perspective, of course, but I’d point out that the best reason for remaking the 1939 version (though I’d much rather see a Return to Oz approach, sans the musical elements, or even a film version of Wicked) is to introduce the story to a generation that might find the 39 edition too dated to relate to.

Besides, even if it’s a total disaster, it will have no effect on the original. Much like Star Trek 2009 didn’t erase TOS from history. So I say let them make it and see what they come up with.

All that aside, last thing I’d heard was they were working on a prequel called Oz The Great and Powerful that was to revolve around The Wizard (Robert Downey, Jr). I’m not sure if this is a related project or something totally new. The book is public domain at this point, so anyone could make the movie, really.

50. Phaser Guy - November 21, 2010

Hasn’t Wizard of Oz been remade dozens and dozens of times? Why doesn’t Zemeckis do an original movie? Beowulf was just plain bad.

51. MJ - November 21, 2010

@50. Agreed. What happen to the great director who gave us Back to the Future, Contact, Forrest Gump and Cast Away? He hasn’t done anything decent in years…even Polar Express, while visually cool, wasn’t that great of a movie. And Beowulf plain stunk.

52. joe - November 21, 2010

I agree. I want Brandon Routh back as Superman as well.

53. dmduncan - November 21, 2010

51. MJ – November 21, 2010

I think they get old, they lose the love, the excitement, it becomes a job. The stuff that Francis Coppola is doing these days doesn’t really interest me. It seems very personal, not at all commercial, low budget…but he seems to still enjoy what he’s doing at least.

54. GO - November 21, 2010

I beg to differ… I thought Brandon Routh SUCKED as the man of steel.

He was wooden, mumbled his lines and had no charisma whatsoever (in my opinion). Also, (though this is mostly the writers’ fault) the Superman he portrayed was just all-round idiotic (not smart enough to tell the wing will just break off the plane when pulled at? or to secure the fortress of solitude against potential theft?), creepy (peeping Tom shenanigans over Lois’ estate) and whiny (when faced with Spacey’s ho-hum Lex and his dim-witted goons).

I say power to the producers for having decided to clean the slate and bring in a fresh face. You’re obviously all entitled to your own opinions, but… my faith is in Nolan!

55. Phaser Guy - November 21, 2010

If you want to see a wooden performance, wait until Green Lantern comes out.

56. Vultan - November 21, 2010

Or check out Hayden What’s-His-Face’s performance in the Star Wars prequels for genuine American oak. Woodpeckers must follow that guy around.

57. devonp - November 21, 2010

Again, I reiterate, Brandon Routh as Superman! Perfect Supes/Clark Kent duality. But, the fact that i want it means it probably won’t happen, a shame!

58. Basement Blogger - November 21, 2010

On Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Star Trek and 3-D. If you watch the trailer for Green Lantern and Green Hornet, you’ll notice they will be in 3-D. Both are conversions. That would be conversion from 2-D to 3-D. (stories below)

I’ve seen two movies that were 3-D conversions. “The Last Airbender” “Piranha 3D” Both were not good conversions. Primarily both films were too dark. “The Last Airbender” also suffered from the inability of the special effects to take advantage of the medium. “Piranha 3D” started out as a 3-D movie but was converted due to logistics. That worked out better because the director was thinking 3-D before he switched back to filming conventionally. (story below)

The problem is that I tend to see films when they open. So now I am dependent on film critics to tell me whether a 3-D conversion is any good. Producers can say all they want that this conversion on their movie is different but a conversion will not be as good as a film shot in actual 3-D.

How does this relate to Star Trek (2012)? If Paramount wants a 3-D release for Star Trek, then Trek Nation deserves the same quality as “Avatar.” After all, Star Trek is one of their franchises and the fans have made the studio a lot of money. If the movie is good and the native 3-D effects are spectacular (see Avatar) , fans will see Star Trek multiple times in the theater and pay extra for the 3-D.

1. Green Lantern conversion

2. Green Hornet conversion

3. Piranha 3D conversion was not an afterthought

59. Dr. Image - November 21, 2010

Ok, put Brandon Routh in a proper supersuit, and bring him back. I agree.

Why, oh why doesn’t Chris Nolan just shoot the whole damn movie in 70mm instead of screwing with IMAX?? What ever happened to that format? IMAX ends up at a point of diminishing returns, where 70 (or 65mm, to be technical) gives you the edge of quality W|ITHOUT the disadvantages.
You guys- HEY!!!

60. Phaser Guy - November 21, 2010

I won’t see another regular movie converted to IMAX unless it’s 3D like Avatar. I saw Iron Man 2 in IMAX and I don’t feel like I saw anything special.

61. Harry Ballz - November 21, 2010

Here’s one of the key reasons I liked Brandon Routh as Superman. He came across as someone who had a zen-like serenity about him, totally bereft of ego. Perfect for playing Supes! Here’s an idea…..if they get a “short list” of other actors they’re checking out, stick them in “the suit” and film a few scenes. If they they can’t pull off the same “vibe” as described, cast Routh in the part!

(and, remember, I AM the pickiest s.o.b. on the planet) :>)

62. SPOCKBOY - November 21, 2010

I really like Brandon Routh a lot, but his Clark Kent was a pale imitation of Chris Reeve’s. If you’re going to make us believe that Lois Lane and the gang cannot notice that Kent and Supes are the same man then your Kent has to be REALLY strong to pull it off. Maybe a different director would’ve made a difference. If he gets the gig I wish him luck and hope he pulls it off.


63. Harry Ballz - November 21, 2010

SPOCKBOY, good to see you here!

64. MJ - November 21, 2010

@58. Hey, we finally agree on something. I have been boycotting 2D to 3D conversions since they started these. I urge everyone else to do the same.

65. sean - November 21, 2010

I’m going to join in the chorus that agrees Routh was an excellent Superman. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in the role in the slightest.

66. gingerly - November 21, 2010


I sadly agree. Source Code looks like Deja Vu…but Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright’s presence is tempting me.

I worry for Green Lantern. I think comicbook superhero fatigue is setting in.

67. CaptainDonovin - November 22, 2010

Season of the Witch, Green Lantern, I Cowboys & Aliens look real good & I agree Routh should get another chance. Battle LA doesn’t really interest me & Green Hornet would be ok but I’m just not a Seth Rogen fan.

68. Majicou - November 22, 2010

I’m well aware of the dictum “never trust a trailer,” but I busted out laughing at the trailer for Red Riding Hood when it was shown in front of HP7 a few days ago. My first thought was “Twilight warmed over,” which is a pretty dire prospect in itself, followed by “It sounds like they based a movie on the parlor game Werewolf.” (Werewolf is a game in which people sit in a circle and try to guess who are the werewolves in their village.) Then the dramatic reveal of the title came, which surprised me since the whole thing bore no resemblance to the Brothers Grimm or Perrault, and I lost it. It was like a parody you might see on a sketch comedy show or in a comic like Penny Arcade. Total narm from start to finish. Maybe the producers are in cahoots with the guys at Rifftrax and get a cut of the riffing profits.

69. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 22, 2010

To me the one person that should be cast to play superman is Tom Welling. He is the best choice for Superman. But for Harrys sake cast a new lois for the big Movie.

70. Frederick - November 22, 2010

It’s a shame that Bryan Singer goofed so badly on “Superman Returns” that they couldn’t even make a sequel to it. Routh would have rocked in a proper movie with a decent costume and plot. We would have had a second one by now and looking toward a third.

Thanks a lot, Singer. You made a good X-Men movie, but dropped the ball when it counted. Now Routh, the only perfect Superman we could have without Reeve being around, has to be replaced, just to have a fresh start that wipes the slate clean, which you messed up.

You are OFF my Christmas list.

71. Gary - November 22, 2010

Remake “The Wizard Of Oz” ? WHY? You can’t do it better than the original….

72. Brett Campbell - November 22, 2010

I haven’t read Lewis’s Narnia books in some years, but “Dawn Treader” was my favorite. I hope it’s good and that the filmmakers don’t take too many plot liberties.

73. Graham Laurie - November 22, 2010

Dear oh dear, looks like the Brandon Routh minority brigade have hi-jacked this thread and that Capt Mike, myself, oh and just another 58% of Superman fans want Tom Welling to play the Man of Steel in the 2012 Movie. One thing I would say is that I don’t see why Erica Durance shouldn’t play the Movie Lois Lane as she and Tom have been a dynamic partnership in Smallville, the best Clark & Lois since Reeve & Kidder.

If Mr Snyder flies in the face of fan opinion just as his predecessor did in “Superman Returns” and casts someone else in the role, then I am confident they will have another Box Office Turkey as Tom will be fully recognised as this generation’s Superman when he finally puts on the suit and takes to the skies at the conclusion of “Smallville”.

74. Robman007 - November 22, 2010

Today is 14 years since Star Trek: First Contact.

Wow, does time fly. I remember being in the 9th Grade and skipping school to go see the flick. Awesome stuff. My Favorite of the TNG Films.

75. AJ - November 22, 2010

Better to start Supes from scratch again. No A, B, C or D.

76. PEB - November 22, 2010

brandon routh was cool and all but his take on superman was to make him a sugar cookie. i mean superman is wholesome and a boyscout, yes, but it felt like it was taken a little TOO far. i really like what welling did in smallville and hopefully for this new movie they’re merge those two versions of the character. or hey better yet, why dont they just look at the dc animated movies, those have been the best depictions of the characters in my oppinion. they even got wonder woman right (jolie needs to do it already before she gets any older or thinner…)

77. Thorny - November 22, 2010

74… Second-best Trek film, after TWOK and just ahead of ST 2009.

78. Chadwick - November 22, 2010

Yea I would love to see green lantern, cowboys and aliens, the new judge dredd, and POC 4 but……no Star Trek news is still no news….:(


79. CommanderJacobs - November 22, 2010

I want to see a ‘remake’ of THIS ISLAND EARTH, based upon the original BOOK, not the screenplay. I used to think the movie was a timeless classic, and MST3K was horribly in error when they selected it for their movie harrasment… But I found a hard cover version of the novel from 1951, and it is so far above the original movie in scope and content, that I think this needs new treatment. Bob Orci – are you listening? If you want to borrow my book, it is available to you (or any other respectible film-maker) (NOT Tim Burton)…
Actually I think it would make a good miniseries, something that would have been good for Harry Potter – 6 or 7 hours a year EVERY year the kids were at Hogwarts…

80. DavidJ - November 22, 2010

Man, I was really looking forward to the Thing prequel. But the fact it’s being pushed back is NOT a good sign. : (

81. Majicou - November 22, 2010

Also on trailers: after the Cowboys & Aliens trailer, the dude sitting next to me in the theater said “They’ve run out of ideas.” He didn’t say this regarding the Kung Fu Panda sequel, the Green Lantern adaptation, the Green Hornet adaptation, or (*shudder*) the live-action Yogi Bear movie. For my money, C&A was the most original thing on the trailer slate that night. I admire it for what I can only call its “gonzo high concept.”

82. Tyrone Alfonso - November 22, 2010

I hope Tron makes a killing. I’m very anti-disney, but I’d love to see more like this. Maybe even a sequel to Enemy Mine!

83. Elliot - November 22, 2010

Man, That Battle For L.A. trailer SUCKED.

84. - November 22, 2010

Is red riding hood any relation to robin hood?

85. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 22, 2010


Supermen Returns was a thinly made and HORRIBLE ripoff of the WELL MADE Richard Donner 1979 movie. OBVIOUS.

I thought that was easily recognized. Wow, they flipped Lex’s plan from the west coast, to the east coast. Just one of the many problems with that leaky script.

Was it supposed to be a remake? I don’t think so. Perhaps Bland-on-Broth and Bosworthless can get work again, but I won’t be watching. Seriouly. Did either read the script themselves? No integrity there.

And Mr. Singer – NO MORE SUPE FOR YOU!!! NEXT!!!

I’ve explained it before but the post was deleted. What’s up TM?
It’s starting to smell like the TSA around here.

86. Jim Nightshade - November 23, 2010

I have to agree against routh as supes–he looked the part but as others have said his kent was a weak imitation of chris reeves wonderful nuanced performance–superman returns was a ripoff/tribute to the donner reeves epic superman–itt even had multiple lines from the original movie-great lines i guess singer n writers couldnt think of any good lines for their movie–hackman was a better lex,margot far better lois, etc–all returns did was make me wanna watch donners movie again instead of their movie–tom welling is a great kent but—except for reeves performance-every other clark has been just as brave, heroic,smart as superman,including welling–etc so his kent with glasses would need to be different from his current kent-but i would like to see him as the next superman but i know it wont happen–smallville has paid homage to the donner movie this season done so well almost brought tears to my face like when lois got on supermans boots to fly, the helicopter rescue etc–now that is how to pay homage–too bad singer screwed up on superman his heart was in the right place-he shoulda instead made the 3rd x-men also to stop them from killing off major caracters for no reason ruining that xmovie for everyone—

87. Phaser Guy - November 23, 2010

The Battle for LA and The Thing prequel already look dated.

88. - November 23, 2010

I would love a decent fantastic 4 movie. Wonder if that will happen. George Clooney as Mr Fantastic.

89. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 23, 2010

86. Jim Nightshade – November 23, 2010
“…smallville has paid homage to the donner movie this season done so well almost brought tears to my face like when lois got on supermans boots to fly,”

Me too, Jim Nightshade. That was the BEST Smallville that I have seen to date. That ep is what is making me tune in every week, despite its horrible timeslot. Can we PLEASE get Smallville twice a week, WB?

90. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 23, 2010

88. – November 23, 2010
I would love a decent fantastic 4 movie. Wonder if that will happen. George Clooney as Mr Fantastic.

I like that casting. But I don’t think Clooney has the chops to really use his acting “talents” in a “Superhero” movie. His Batman was soooo bad.

Sorry for the double posts, TM.

91. Mr. Wolverine - November 23, 2010

THE WOLVERINE is going to kick some serious @ss. Aronofsky has made excellent films so far. The crew reads like best of the best in the genre, and everyone knows that Jackman IS Wolverine.
I am looking forward to this release, much more than to all the others (yes, even more than to XII, although I enjoyed the first one).
Aronosky (The Wrestler) + McQuarrie (The usual suspects) + Jackman = Blockbuster with demand, character development and fantastic story!
Cannot wait!

92. Captain Braxton - November 23, 2010

HOW ABOUT SCI FI MOVIE NEWS FIRST, GENRE NEWS LAST? this is a sci-fi website, not a comic book website.

The green lantern looks unbelievably stupid. I don’t know how people can watch that low-ball crap.

Battle: los angeles looks about 10 times better than skyline. skyline was so awful, i can’t believe it wasn’t direct to dvd. it wasn’t even good enough for television.

93. MJ - November 23, 2010

@91 Do we really need any more Wolverine movies? He is a conflicted, sad, violent guy with swords in his arms — I get that now and am becoming bored with it.

94. John from Cincinnati - November 23, 2010

I really hope Battle: Los Angeles doesn’t end with all the aliens dying of a virus. or having their mothership blown up by a suicide bomber.

95. Mr. Wolverine - November 23, 2010

@ 93: So we really need any more Star Trek movies? They are about a sleek starship in space, traveling around – I get that now and still I am not bored with it. ;)

Seriously: The Japan story is THE Wolverine story… and he is one of the most fascinating comic characters around, so why not?

96. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 23, 2010

As I stated. Tom Welling would be the ideal Superman. As Smallville goes off and he becomes Superman they should take him to the big Screen with the big Budget and recast Lois with another well known actress. This season of smallville has realy got me hooked and I have seen all of the Eps for the past 10 years. They have saved the best for last.

97. gingerly - November 23, 2010


No disrespect to Tom Welling, but he doesn’t have the chops or charisma as Supermen to carry the reboot.

The guy they hired for Supermen Returns was fantastic. He was just stuck in a terrible script with a horribly miscast Lois Lane and a non-scary villain.

Oh and lots of emo about the girl that got away and “his son” *shudder*.

Yeah. They should keep Routh, but pen a script worthy of him.

98. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 23, 2010

I liked Roth as Superman as well. He was also on a day time soap for a few years as well and he can act. Either him or Welling.

99. Harry Ballz - November 23, 2010

96. “recast Lois with another well known actress”

You show both good taste and gifted insight. :>)

100. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 23, 2010

96. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire – November 23, 2010
As I stated. Tom Welling would be the ideal Superman. As Smallville goes off and he becomes Superman they should take him to the big Screen with the big Budget and recast Lois with another well known actress. This season of smallville has realy got me hooked and I have seen all of the Eps for the past 10 years. They have saved the best for last.

I reposted your comments because I COMEPLETELY AGREE!!!
However, one note concerning welling. A few eps back ha took his shirt off. IS WELLING SUFFERING SHATNER SYNDROME? He looked a little (just a little) flabby.

Tom Welling should be the new superman in the new movie. No doubt about it!


101. Harry Ballz - November 23, 2010

Flabby, eh? Do a Legion movie and he can be Bouncing Boy!

102. Dr. Image - November 23, 2010

Actually, George Reeves had more personality as Superman than Routh OR Welling. Though, yes, he and Welling do come in at about the same level of doughyness.
I saw a guy in some fan film a few years ago that REALLY looked the part.
Need an unknown, I guess…

103. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 23, 2010

Well, I could never understand how Clark Kent could ever get a great build in the first place. I mean, what is he bench pressing? The Earth?

Superman’s body should look more like the original Peter Parker.
Bad character. Why does everyone want to see a Superman film anyhow?

104. NX01 - November 23, 2010

um # 103 because he is the greatest coolest best superhero ever!
For the record I want Tom Welling as Superman.
My second choice is Brandon Routh.

105. Basement Blogger - November 23, 2010

Tron: Legacy and the Proliferation of 3-D Movies

This week’s Entertainment Weekly is doing a story on the increase in movie ticket prices. (pg. 19, 12-3-10) The point the article is making is that moviegoers may stay at home and wait for the DVD. However it notes that the current 3-D craze is a way to get people to the theater. It notes the success, (Despicable Me, Toy Story 3) and the failures because of their 2-D to 3-D conversions. (Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender, Piranha 3D) EW surmises that the complaints about conversions led Warner to stop the conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. By the way The Deathly Hallows is an excellent film. But I am glad it was not converted. 3-D conversions are too dark. And The Deathly Hallows has a dark color palette. A conversion would have created an even darker perhaps unwatchable film.. Let’s hope quality trumps profits when Part 2 is released this summer. And if the quality is not there, I hope Warner scraps the conversion.

But have you’ve noticed the proliferation of 3-D movies coming out? Green Lantern. Green Hornet. Yogi Bear. Obviously studios are making money off 3-D. The problem is will the moviegoer get “Avatar” or “The Last Airbender” in quality.

What about Tron: Legacy? It was filmed in 3-D. (Wiki link on filming below) Check out the trailer above. I commend Disney for expanding the budget to allow the director to film it in 3-D rather than convert later on. And this is for a movie that is a sequel to a not commerically succesful first movie, Tron. (EW, 11-19-10, pg. 41, 42) After viewing the trailer, you can see and almost feel the 3-D effects. Yes, I will happily pay extra for a film shot in 3-D and not converted.

106. Jim Nightshade - November 23, 2010

Interesting points Basement Blogger–Tron was in many ways even more unique than st:tmp was–it was a mild hit n got good reviews-it was the first extensive use of computer graphics in a move–tron started it all—they were trying to do things that didnt exist yet that is how ahead of its time tron was-They used black n white photo effex mixed with back lit animation n sets to mix with the animtion-moebius n syd mead were designers–it was an electronic wizard of oz–jeff bridges,bruce boxkeitner n cindy morgan all great in it–its iconic status has led to a sequel almost 30 years after-it is great that disney has taken the time n money to make tron legacy 3d n also stressing stories n characters–from everything ive seen i think us tron fans have a lot to look forwatd too-anyone not familiar wth tron rent or buy the dvd–its great—

107. Hugh Hoyland - November 24, 2010

Maybe with JJ Abrams can get his Superman script filmed now that he has some clout in Hollywood.

108. I, Mugsy - November 24, 2010

Is it just me or does anybody think that Daniel Craig’s hat is too damned big for him??!? Looks like it’s falling down over his eyes all the time, and not in a ‘Western Kewl’ way either! Other than that I can’t wait for this – Ford looks awsome too – he’s been criminally under-used as an actor for WAYYYY too long now (esp. Indy IV!) so I hope this caterpults him back to the top of the A list!

Speaking of hats that are too big, I also thing Karl Urban’s Dredd helmet is wayy too big! Size it down a little and it’ll look absolutely spot on!

Hollywood – GET YOUR HAT SIZES CORRECT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

109. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 24, 2010

Hey Harry. looks like you rubbed off on me. Lol. Did anyone see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I thought it was a realy good movie. Can’t wait to see the 2nd part.

110. agentm31 - November 24, 2010

Honestly I found Routh to be a really wooden actor in Superman Returns. That whole movie was horrible. It was worse than watching grass grow. It was like watching a wall be a wall. No redeeming qualities.

A new Superman with a new twist is the way to go. Cast a new actor and you can make the movie take place in the 1930’s or 1940’s. How would people with no knowledge of superheroes deal with a man who can fly and is invincible? Besides, the first Superman was in 1938, so you have source material. I feel like that could work

111. Targ - November 24, 2010

I know this is off topic but wanted to inform everyone that there is a Star Trek Chatroulette video on the internet (found it on collegehumor). Check it out if you want. ll&p

112. Battle-scarred Sciatica - November 24, 2010

Lets hope Superman doesn’t turn into Pooperman like the last one!

Lets keep Brandon. He was good.

113. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 24, 2010

What’s up with Reynolds wimpy arm in the poster.

114. Basement Blogger - November 29, 2010

FYI- I’m not a Superman fan but there was a rumor that Anne Hathaway is being considered for Lois Lane. (Story below.)

115. ChooseWelling! - November 29, 2010

Why is there no mention of Tom Welling to play the part of Superman? They should totally choose him!

116. Rusty0918 - November 29, 2010

To be fair, I hope they don’t try that Tim Burton idea of casting Nicolas Cage as Superman. Had WB gone through with that, I could easily see many accusing Tim Burton of raping their childhoods.

117. Basement Blogger - November 29, 2010

Reports are that the Spider-Man Musical did not have a good preview performance, with technical glitches that included having actors stuck overhead. The convoluted plot and music are not reciving good nods either accroding to the below report. And that music was by powerhouse rock band U-2. I’m sorry but this never sounded like a good idea. And one must learn the lesson of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Sometimes too much is not good.

118. Basement Blogger - November 29, 2010

Sorry, forget the link to the Yahoo story about the preview perfomance of the Spider-Man Musical. It’s below.

119. Harry Ballz - November 29, 2010

Tom Welling as Superman?

Nah, apparently the new director has this funny notion of casting someone who can actually ACT!

120. ChooseWelling! - November 30, 2010

Tom Welling can act, he does a good job as Clark Kent on Smallville. By far, this season been their best to date. Besides there was a poll that went out through EW I believe asking the majority opinion on who should play the next Superman, and oh gee I believe 40% of the people choose Tom Welling.

121. ChooseWelling! - November 30, 2010

Here’s the link

And I was incorrect with my numbers …. It’s upwards of 56%! sweeeeeet.

122. Harry Ballz - November 30, 2010


Hey, whatever floats your boat! If you like him in the role, more power to you! :>)

123. ChooseWelling! - November 30, 2010

Lol. I just think it would be fitting. Seeing the series end and then he “graduates” to the big role.

124. Harry Ballz - November 30, 2010

If they did cast him, it would be for at least 3 movies. That means he would have played Superman from his early twenties into his forties….YIKES!!! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.