This week in SciFi news we celebrate Superman’s birthday (with some help from Captain Kirk) and bring news on a director for Star Wars TV, Indy 4 at Cannes, Terminator taking on Trek, plus news and images from Iron Man, Batman, Battlestar, Wall-E, Heroes, Avatar, and even a possible sequel to The Last Starfighter! so check all that and more below.
Superman’s 70th Birthday
1938 was the year the first issue of Action Comics #1 was released, postmarked June 1938, but February 29th is always considered the unofficial birthday of Clark Kent and Superman. In honor of the characters birth, here’s a quote from Star Trek’s own William Shatner about the characters death in 1993 (from DC "Newstime:):
When I was six, I thought I could fly. I mean, why not, Superman could. So I took my towel and tucked it in the back of my T-shirt – that was my cape – stood atop the dresser in my parents’ bedroom and leapt for the skies. When I returned from the hospital, reality had crash-landed. I’m sorry to hear that reality crash-landed on Superman as well
Director Announced For Next Star Wars
Jim Marquand, son of "Return of the Jedi" director Richard Marquand, has been asked by George Lucas to direct episodes of the "Star Wars" live-action television series. From TheForce.net: "It [Marquand’s directorial debut "Dead Man’s Cards"] so impressed legendary Star Wars creator George Lucas, that he asked Jim to direct episodes of the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars television show next year." Lucas is writing and producing the first season of the series. Speaking of Lucas, the LATimes has a nice feature on the director’s Skywalker Ranch.
‘Indy 4’ Cannes Debut
Negotiations are going on to have "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" debut at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety and FOXNews: A source is quoted: "I’m told that Spielberg, perhaps producer George Lucas and stars Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen and others would make the walk up the fabled red carpet at the Palais." In other Indy news, LaBeouf revealed a recent official photo is indeed from a scene set at the government warehouse from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”, and apparently Shia took some souvenirs…see MTV video
WB’s ‘Terminator’ to open May 2009
Warner Bros. has announced that "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins" from McG will hit theaters on May 22, 2009, pitting the film directly against Fox’s "Night at the Museum II: Escape from the Smithsonian", and also two weeks after the expected release of "Star Trek". Production on the film begins on May 5th. The first of a three film story arc, ‘Terminator Salvation’ stars Christian Bale as John Connor alongside Sam Worthington. Variety
Dark Knight: New Viral Campaign, Plus Aaron Eckhart Discusses The Two-Faces Of Crime
The viral site IBelieveInHarveyDent.com has been updated. Upon signing up to "Join the Fight For Gotham" you’re greeted with the following message:
Citizens of Gotham! The future of our city rests in your hands! Alone, we are helpless against the thugs and killers menacing our city. Together, we have the power to take back Gotham. In just a few days, you’ll find out how. Please click … to verify your e-mail address. Keep an eye on http://www.ibelieveinharveydent.com and get ready to join a movement that will transform our city!
Asked about the differences between the characters of Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent, Aaron Eckhart offered the following to MTVNews: “Well, they’re both crime fighters,” he said. “They both care about law and order. They both care about Gotham City. Although they come from different backgrounds, they share certain things. Pausing, he added, “[Things that] I cannot tell you about.”
Jon Favreau: Iron Man is for everybody
While at WonderCon, director Jon Favreau spoke with the gathered press about "Iron Man". Here’s a brief bit of what was said:
“[The film] has to attract people who don’t know anything about the comics, or who don’t know anything about the character,” Favreau said. “So we sort of walk everybody through everything that happened. I think we also limit things a bit, make things a little bit more plausible, so that people don’t look at it and say, oh it’s just a comic book movie anyway, anything could happen.
NEW IMAGES (click to bigify)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine pics
The Incredible Hulk pics and art
Batman: Gotham Knight pics
X-Files 2 (cam footage from Wondercon)
Superhero Movie (featuring Brent Spiner)
Starship Troopers 3 (featuring Jolene Blalock)
QUICK MOVIE BITES
- There’s not much substance to this, but Michael Rosenbaum may be the next Freddy Krueger. According to CinemaBlend, the actor was spotted in Hollywood this past week with director Michael Bay, who’s production arm is responsible for the upcoming remake.
- Hank Azaria revealed to MTVNews that Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais are returning for "Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian".
- "TRON 3D", "Cars 2", "National Treasure 3", "Pirates 4". Intrigued? Those four Walt Disney films could be on tap for 2011. Ain’t It Cool News
- Sigourney Weaver told MTVNews that her character in "Avatar" is still "a big secret", teasing: “Jim wrote such a terrific part for me, and it has a lot of different aspects, [but] it reminded me of him, actually – very driven and very idealistic. So it was a lot of fun.”
- After having to place the film on the back-burner in January because of the writers strike, Warner Bros. is now moving forward with its plans to release "Justice League of America", preparing the film for a 2009 release.Variety
- Guillermo del Toro has selected legendary poster artist Drew Struzan to create a poster for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army". CHUD
- Kevin Conroy has been tapped to voice Batman in the upcoming straight-to-DVD original animated film "Batman: Gotham Knight". World’s Finest
- CinemaBlend is reporting a rumor that a sequel to "The Last Starfighter" is currently in production: “It involves original director Nick Castle, writer Jonathan Betuel and actor Lance Guest. It’s your basic Son of the Starfighter storyline and actually sounds pretty cool.”
did someone say sequel?
Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Sneak-Peak Video
This one’s for the the spoiler hounds. Several clips for the upcoming season of "Battlestar Galactica" have found their way online. i09 assembled them together into one video segment which you can view below:
Heroes To Begin Shooting In June, Kristen Bell Not Yet Signed
James Kyson Lee (Ando) told SCI FI Wire that "Heroes" will probably return to production on new episodes this June, or even as early as May. Lee told a crowd of reporters at WonderCon that "NBC is going to do another big push again, right after the Olympics, and we’ll premiere season three in September." The third season will be subtitled "Villains". In other "Heroes" news, TVGuide is reporting that Kristen Bell, who played Elle in the show, has not yet been signed for the new season.
Will the Terminator on TV ‘be back’?
Sarah Connor is fighting the future and fighting for a future. In a conference call with reporters, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" executive producer Josh Friedman said that he hoped that FOX would make their decision soon so he can get to writing the second season. He also lamented how the writers strike kind of screwed up the current season which now stands at only nine episodes. Of the planned tenth Friedman noted " it was a fantastic for being Episode 10, but is a horrible season premiere for Season 2." Head to SyFyPortal for more. Let’s hope FOX’s track record of axing SciFi shows (Firefly, Space Above and Beyond, etc) does not continue with the Terminator, but this comic from reallifecomics.com shows that with FOX you never know.
The two-hour season finale airs Monday night from 8:00-10:00, TrekMovie.com recommends you watch it.
QUICK TV BITES
- Still racking your brain over last Thursday’s "The Constant"? Tune into the "Lost" Podcast at ABC, which features producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse discussing the episode and their plans for the rest of the season.
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|2) Eli Stone||5.7/10|
|4) Ghost Whisperer (R)||4.3/8 (6.60M)|
|5) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)||4.3/7 (6.44M)|
|6) Moonlight (R)||3.6/6|
|9) Reaper (R)||1.2/2|
2/4/2008 to 2/10/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Stargate SG-1||0.9|
|2) Star Trek||0.9|
|3) Dead Zone||0.8|
|4) Stargate Atlantis||0.7|
2/4/2008 to 2/10/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters International||1.6|
|2) The Bone Eater||1.5|
|4) Stargate Atlantis||1.1|
|5) Ghost Hunters||1.0|
|6) Skeleton Man||1.0|
|7) Jeepers Creepers 2||0.9|
|9) Beneath Still Waters||0.9|
|10) Pumpkinhead 2||0.9|
2/4/2008 to 2/10/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire