Sci-Fi Movies Wednesday: Tron Legacy, The Man of Steel, Batman, Conan, Captain America, Avatar + more

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies we have several big updates, including David S. Goyer and Jonah Nolan writing the new Superman movie, a short list for the lead role in ‘Captain America’ and confirmation of Mickey Rourke in Conan.  There are also updates on the GI. Joe sequel, Battleship, Avatar 2 (and the Avatar DVD/Blu-ray) and a filming update on Batman 3.  All that plus a new image from Joseph Kosinski’s Tron Legacy and the latest casting bites, images and videos.



David S. Goyer & Jonah Nolan writing Superman: The Man of Steel
David S. Goyer and Jonah Nolan (who collaborated on "The Dark Knight") have reportedly been hired to write the screenplay for the next Superman.  According to Latino Review, the new film will be called "The Man of Steel" and Goyer’s story "takes the movies back to the John Byrne incarnation. Modern. Believable. FUN!"  "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh will not reprise his role as Superman and Bryan Singer is also not expected to direct.  Mark Millar’s rumored involvement was also shot down. Latino Review’s source reports that Goyer’s story — which is not an origin story — involves Lex Luthor and Brainiac:

["The Man of Steel"] assumes audiences already know about Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry. I know the Daily Planet is struggling due to the internet. And I know it sets up a huge Kryptonian mythology.

Shortly after Latino Review’s report broke, IGN broke news that Jonah Nolan would be co-writing the film along with Goyer:

Goyer is in fact on the project, but not only that — his The Dark Knight co-writer Jonah Nolan will also be scripting Superman: The Man of Steel along with him.

Since then Variety has confirmed Goyer is in talks for the Superman project

Nolan’s brother Christopher is expected to executive produce the project, and although he won’t be directing, he will be "hands-on" as a producer.

Batman 3 filming to begin this year?
In related news, Christopher Nolan could begin shooting his "Dark Knight" follow-up this year.  According to the blog The Moving Image [via Batman-On-Film], a source relayed to them information that the third film could begin shooting this year [emphasis mine]:

"In the earlier post about the BURKE AND HARE film shoot, I mentioned a source’s experience with Christopher Nolan on the Batman films and INCEPTION. I forgot to mention that he also said sets were either being constructed, or will soon be constructed, for the third BATMAN, with the possibility of shooting toward the end of the year. He also said that they were coming under budget at the end of THE DARK KNIGHT, so they built a whole extra set (possible usage in the third film)."

Short list of actors in contention for the role of Captain America
Marvel Studios and Joe Johnston are testing candidates for the lead role in "The First Avenger: Captain America" and Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming has the short list:

Chace Crawford (CW’s Gossip Girl), John Krasinski (NBC’s The Office), Scott Porter (NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Michael Cassidy (CW’s Privileged), Patrick Flueger (Brothers).

Fleming reports that they also want Garret Hedlund ("Tron Legacy"), but he hasn’t made a test deal yet. Notice the list does NOT include Chris Pine (a rumor that was previously put under serious doubt).

Mickey Rourke confirmed as Conan’s father + Sean Hood to rewrite script
Mickey Rourke is in negotiations to play Conan’s father in Marcus Nispel’s "Conan". This confirms Latino Review’s January scoop that he was offered the role, however Heat Vision reports that the original deal making fell apart and the two parties only came back to the table in the last couple of weeks. In other casting news, pro wrestling star Shad Gaspard revealed that he has auditioned for the role of the main villain Ukafa.  Gaspard included the casting call for the role on his MySpace page:

He’s in his 30s-40, very dark-skinned African or African American, massively framed at six-foot-five, gold-toothed, hardened by a lifetime of war, a leader of Kushite Tribemen from the savannahs of Kush. Ukafa is Khalar Singh’s second in command, jealous that Singh’s son, Fariq, will one day be warlord. He obeys his leader but plots the overthrow of his son. He is a mighty warrior and unbeatable in battle until he comes face to face with Conan. LEAD….

In related news, Superhero Hype! reports that Sean Hood has been hired to do a late rewrite to the script. "Conan" stars "Stargate Atlantis’s" Jason Momoa.  Shooting is scheduled to begin in Bulgaria on March 15th. 

Shane Black to direct Doc Savage
Columbia Pictures has tapped Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") to direct the big screen adaptation of "Doc Savage".

"Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities," said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. "We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen."

You may remember that last October AICN & Collider reported that Black had been hired to write the project.  At the time it was reported that the character would remain in the 30s and not be modernized.  That presumably remains the intent of the studio and creative team.

Tron Legacy: Worldwide limited event this weekend + New image released

Today’s worldwide viral game for Disney’s "Tron Legacy" revealed a new image at the website  The studio is also holding an exclusive limited event this Saturday in five cities around the world. Tickets will be made available at tomorrow for New York (4PM EST), Los Angeles (1PM PST), London (9PM GMT), Toronto (4PM EST) and Sydney (8AM EDT–2/26).  Check out the website for theater details. You have to sign up at to take part in the event.  More than likely theatergoers will be treated to an early look at the trailer (which is launching next week along with "Alice in Wonderland"), although it’s possible an extended scene from the film could be screened (ala "The Dark Knight’s viral campaign).  "Tron Legacy" is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on December 17, 2010.

Avatar DVD/Blu-ray will be released on April 22nd + new sequel details
In an recent interview with the The Wall Street Journal, "Avatar" director James Cameron revealed that the film will hit DVD and Blu-ray on April 22, 2010 (Earth Day) in barebones — just the movie — editions.  Cameron added that he expected a value-added edition DVD to be released in November along with a 3D release, but 20th Century Fox quickly shot down the possibility of a 3D release this year: "3D is in the conceptual stage and ‘Avatar’ will not be out on 3D Blu-ray in November."  In a separate interview with MTV, Cameron revealed that the DVD will feature some unfinished deleted scenes:

"The unfinished scenes look like a cheesy video game," Cameron explained. "There are the performances; you can really see what the scene would have been, but it doesn’t have that magical realism of the finished film. So to put those scenes in without finishing them… will be for fans. For real fans who want to know more about the characters and so on."

Cameron says only about five or six minutes of deleted scenes were actually finished and could be included if there was a "final" cut.  The other 15 or so minutes of deleted scenes were never finished, but could still be included in some way:

"We can probably put in maybe another five or six minutes that was finished, final finished. And we can put in 15 minutes or so of those other scenes that were never finished, that were taken out relatively early in the life cycle of the cut. So we’ll look at programmable branching technology to see what experiences we can give people on the DVD."

With regards to a sequel, Cameron told the WSJ said that he wants to do it "cheaper and faster" and that it will be "a continuation of the same characters. We’re going to widen the universe in quotes, meaning the envelope of the setting of the story."  In other news, "Avatar" passed $200 million at IMAX theaters this weekend. Through Tuesday, it has grossed $2.47 billion worldwide.  And now for a bit of interesting trivia. The LA Times’ Hero Complex blog reports that both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the role of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington).

COMEDY: "Avatar… with Babies"

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk G.I. Joe sequel
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, recently hired screenwriters for the sequel to last summer’s "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", told MTV that the sequel will both be more faithful to the toyline and stay faithful to the first film:

"We can say that we will be faithful to the first film,” Reese explained of their plans for the sequel. “We will not be ignoring events from the first in the second." "It will be a sequel," added Wernick. "It will be a continuation of ‘G.I. Joe’ [as it was established last summer]."

‘G.I. Joe’ should be fun, it should be a ride. That’s what we feel like ‘Zombieland’ was, and we hope to bring that to the ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise also.”

The next step in the process is a visit to Hasbro’s headquarters next week:

"[We’ll] talk to the toy guys, take a tour of the facility, see all the old toys, the new toys and just get inspired," Wernick said.

Peter Berg’s Battleship won’t be 3D + casting rumors
Peter Berg’s sci-fi-themed adaptation of the Milton Bradley board game "Battleship" won’t be released in 3D, at least that’s not the plan at the moment:

"No discussion of 3-D at this point. I think that this is going to be a big spectacle in and out of itself," Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told MTV.

Goldner also offered some details about the film:

"I think it’s a really unique story and unlike a lot of those other alien stories this is really not about aliens that came here to do us harm," producer and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told MTV News. "So I think you’ll find the story really interesting in that it doesn’t begin as a fight."

In casting news, the NY Times reports that Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") is currently in negotiations with Universal Pictures and Berg to play the lead role in the film.  "Battleship" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2012.


Alice in Wonderland

Promotional stills [more at Collider]

A Nightmare on Elm Street

New poster [MySpace]

Promotional stills [/Film & (via Shock Till You Drop)]


Storyboard art (from Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie–available Feb. 23rd) [via SCI FI Wire]

Promotional still [IGN]


Possible concept art [via Comic Book Movies]

Toy Story 3

Character posters (Trixie & Buttercup) [ &]

Promotional stills [Celebutopia via]


  • Ian McShane ("Kings", "Deadwood") is in negotiations to play the pirate Blackbeard in Rob Marshall’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"… [THR]
  • …in related news, Johnny Depp confirmed that neither Keira Knightley nor Orlando Bloom will return to reprise their roles in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". []
  • DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns has confirmed that Mark Strong ("Kick-Ass") will play Sinestro in "Green Lantern". [Geoff Johns]
  • William Hurt ("The Incredibly Hulk") said he would be open to reprising his role as General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in future Marvel movies if the filmmakers asked: "If they call me, I’ll answer…I would do it." [Cinematical]
  • Bill Nighy revealed that he has replaced Eddie Izzard as the voice of Reepicheep in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader".  Izzard voiced the role ‘Prince Caspian’. [ via]
  • Although he may be contractually obligated to appear in other Marvel movies, Don Cheadle ("Iron Man 2") says he has no idea if he’ll be in "The Avengers": ""I don’t know," responded the actor. "We’ll see. There isn’t even a script yet." [IGN]
  • Matthew Goode revealed that he has auditioned to play the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guilermo del Toro’s two-part film "The Hobbit". []


Alice in Wonderland

Clip: "Clothe this girl" [MySpace]

Alice in Wonderland Exclusive Clip – Clothe This Girl

Trailer Park Movies | MySpace Video

Watch three more clips: 1 | 2 | 3

Behind the scenes featurette: "The New World" [Trailer Addict]

The Crazies

New TV spot: "Changing" [YouTube]

Watch three more TV spots: 1 | 2 | 3

Despicable Me

The minions make an appearance on "The Today Show" [Trailer Addict]

Dragon Fire

First look: Danny Glover as Captain Ahab [YouTube via /Film]

How To Train Your Dragon

Featurette: "Dragon Training" [Trailer Addict]

Hot Tub Time Machine

NSFW red band clip [IGN]


New red band (NSFW) trailer [MySpace]

Behind the scenes mini documentary [Empire]


The Last Airbender

Olympics TV spot [YouTube]

Watch another TV spot here

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Featurette: "Creating an Epic" [Collider]


Behind the scenes featurette [YouTube via Collider]

Watch the remaining parts: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Interview with Jackson Rathbone [ReelzChannel]


  • 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to the sci-fi book series "Fourth Realm Trilogy" by author John Twelve. "Watchmen" co-writer Alex Tse has been tapped by the studio to adapt. The first book in the series, "The Traveler", was released in 2006. [THR]
  • A rare copy of "Action Comics #1" sold for a record $1 million.  The comic was said to be in fine condition — with a CGC rating of 8.0 — which is one of the reasons it was able to sell so much higher than the same comic last year ($317,000). [MSNBC]
  • The 1980’s era Atari video game "Missile Command" is being developed into a potential Hollywood franchise. [LA Times’ 24 Frames blog]
  • Mark Millar, creator of the comic "Kick-Ass" (April 16, 2010) confirmed that a sequel to the upcoming film is in the works. [Milar World]
  • Brock Eisner ("The Crazies") revealed that he and his writers have completed work on a long-form outline for "Flash Gordon" and expects the script to be in the hands of the studio "in two months or so". Eisner also revealed that the film will be in 3D. [SCI FI Wire]
  • "Avatar" received the most Saturn nominations (10) from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films.  "Sherlock Holmes" was second with eight nominations, followed by "Watchmen" and "Inglourious Basterds" with 7 and "District 9" and "Star Trek" with 6 each. [Saturn Awards]
  • A Missouri man has been sentenced to two years in prison and a fine for illegally recording "The Dark Knight" in theaters and then selling pirated DVD copies. [The Wrap]
  • "District 9" writer Terri Tatchell is working on an adaptation of the 2008 Canadian short film "Terminus": "It’s about a stone creature that follows this stressed-out guy around, just stressing him more and more," said Tatchell. You can watch the short film embedded below. [io9]


  • "Ultimate Spider-Man" writer Brian Michael Bendis will not be writing, and has not consulted, on the new "Spider-Man" movie. [Jinxworld]
  • Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is reportedly developing a documentary with award-winning director Morgan Spulock ("Super Size Me") about Comic-Con fans. [E! Online]
  • James Cameron downplayed prior reports that he has spoken with "Spider-Man"director Marc Webb: ""I never talked with them directly…It’s not like I want to tell them how to do it. … It’s more like, just don’t make the same dumbass mistakes that we made for 10 years." [MTV]
  • Scott Kosar ("The Crazies") has been hired by Summit Entertainment to work on the script for the studio’s action-orientated Dracula film "Vlad".  Actor Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") wrote the original script. [THR]
  • Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick have acquired the film rights to Dean Koontz’s "Frankenstein" book series. [Variety]
  • The new trailer for "A Nightmare on Elm Street" will go live Thursday morning at 12:01 a.m. PST (3:01 a.m. EST)… [MySpace]
  • …In other trailer news, Summit Entertainment announced that the trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will debut alongside the studio’s own "Remember Me", which also stars Robert Pattinson, on March 12, 2010.  The trailer will be released online earlier that week. [Summit Entertainment]
  • In this new viral marketing campaing for "The Crazies", you can put yourself and your friends in the trailer for the film. Details at
  • Effective yesterday — Tuesday, February 23rd — the 3D Michael Jackson musical "Captain EO" is back playing in the Tomorrowland theater at Disneyland.  Watch a video clip highlighting the reopening below. [Disney]

  • Wes Craven confirmed that he is in talks to direct "Scream 4", but says that nothing has been finalized yet. [Wes Craven & LA Times’ Hero Complex blog]
  • Comic-Con has a contract to stay in San Diego through 2012, but other cities such as Anaheim and Las Vegas are trying to convince the organization to move the convention to their sites due to limited space and growing attendance.  The San Diego Convention Center Corp. is currently trying to broker a deal with Comic-Con to keep the event in San Diego through at least 2015. [San Diego Union Tribune via /Film]
  • Jamie Bell, who plays the title character in Steven Spielberg’s "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn", "will be digitally made to look exactly like Hergé’s classic renderings of Tintin." As previously reported, the film is being shot with 3D motion capture. [LA Times’ Hero Complex blog]
  • A lawsuit filed by Threshold Entertainment Inc. may hold up Warner Brothers’ development on their "Mortal Kombat" reboot. [The Wrap]
  • The Black Pearl has arrived in Hawaii and will be prepped for filming on Rob Marshall’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" which is scheduled to begin shooting this summer. [Hawaii News Now via AICN]
  • Johnny Depp expects Tim Burton’s adaptation of "Dark Shadows", which Depp is starring in, to get underway this year. []
  • Universal Pictures has picked up Rodney Rothman’s spec script "The Something".  The project is described as an ensemble comedy/horror hybrid set in deep space. [Variety]

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Thank God Bryan Singer is out as director of the new Superman movie, but Brandon Routh did a nice job portraying Supes and will be difficult to replace!

WB really needs to get their act together on Superman.

Kranzinksi as Captain America????? PUH-LEEZE

2.5 Billion for Avatar.

This is just insane.

James Cameron, “And we can put in 15 minutes or so of those other scenes that were never finished”

Really? The film has earned back its budget 8 times over with no end in sight, and they can’t “final” finish 15 minutes of story to earn another half-a-billion in director’s cut DVD sales? Really!?

And an April 22 DVD release date? It won’t even be out of the theaters by then. Very interesting marketing strategy, indeed.

Good god, between Star Wars, Titanic and Avatar, Fox could produce nothing bud duds for the next 20 years and never feel the financial impact.

Incidentally, yesterday DC Comics/Warner Brothers released ‘Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.’

It is incredible!!! … awesome, well-executed, exciting, well-written, great voice talent from a bevy of big names actors; the story is unpredictable and a hell of a lot of fun!

I only wish the live action superhero movies were this well done! DC Comics’ direct to DVD series of superhero movies are fantastic and personally, I am constantly amazed how the live action films pale in comparison to these animated exploits!

Run, don’t walk and get out there and buy this one. You won’t be disappointed!

” Latino Review’s source reports that Goyer’s story — which is not an origin story — involves Luther and Brainier:”

um, might that be Braniac?

and Luthor?

[searches the page for tiny tidbits about things which AREN’T reboots, re-imaginings, sequels, prequels, re-casts, ironic deconstructions, official adaptations or other dips back into some well or another]

Man, there’s a teeny bit, but not much :(

Superman following the John Byrne model is good news, at least … Byrne’s version was a wise creation: more accessible and sympathetic than the versions it replaced, more grounded, less godly, more basic. A nice return-to-roots, complete with Ma and Pa Kent both around to provide those family dinner scenes. Yeah, good call.


My thoughts exactly. Might as well have Steve Carell play Cap. Maybe Rainn Wilson could play Bucky.

Ugh. This list of teenybopper soap actors doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the production. Buy, hey, Jonathan Frakes was once a soap actor. And interestingly (and according to Wikipedia) he got his start playing Captain America at comic book conventions in the 70s. Who knew!

[… 20th Century Fox quickly shot down the possibility of a 3D release this year: “3D is in the conceptual stage and ‘Avatar’ will not be out on 3D Blu-ray in November.”

Um.. Is it just me who sees that a movie made for 3D consumption should be released on a DVD-Bluray in a 3D format. And what’s with the cr*p excuse from Fox saying that 3D is still ‘conceptual’. Um I have seen just 2 DVD’s recently with some young cousins of mine which were made in 3D and were released in 3D on DVD. They were fine on my LCD. Personally don’t see what problems Fox could be having with a 3D disc release.

Otherwise, the only thing I could otherwise possibly read from that is that Fox is planning on a 3D disc release that will play on the next gen 3D home theatre systems which don’t require special lens which supposably are ready to be launched at the end of the year (they got two mentions on the TV here in Australia this week alone)

Anyhow much more interested on the developments of the other movies mentioned on this Trek Movie post today. Avatar just doesn’t sit right with me personally, and I’m not really motivated to see it anytime soon even if it trumps the Academy Awards.

sorry about ‘brainier’/’brainiac’ that was letting the spell checker have its way. it is reset, not Russ’ fault

damn… I, of course, meant Brainiac.

He would make for an awesome villian on film!

Comic Con needs to move to a bigger place. I have not been able to get tickets for the last two years.
I refuse to pay a scalper the outrageous price they are trying to get.

It will be sad to not see Brandon come back to play Superman/Clark Kent. He was one of the best things about Superman Returns.

Lose the kid though…..

I also think they should keep Kevin Spacey as Luthor, with the right script he could be an exceptional villain.

Last thing, get the costume right for Pete’s sake (if not my own)!

If Warner Brothers had listened to me in the first place we would already have had a Superman sequel….. ;-)

Regarding Captain America,I like they are going for a young actor.

It takes almost 3 years to make each of these movies. If they ever want to make Captain America 2 or 3, and they cast an actor for the first one who looks the age Steve has in today’s comics, they would find themselves with a 45 year old actor being asked to tumble, roll and jump around like a Cique Du Soleil acrobat.

They have a great but almost old Iron Man (He looks great, but he will begin to look aged in a few years), and that’s ok because Tony is 100% about the acting and the action can be done by anyone because of the armor, but if we want the Movie Marvel Universe to evolve propperly along the decade, we need a young Captain America, because Cap needs a great actor, but also a Fit man able to do some great stunts with most of his face on camera.

I hope they make Luthor a real villain and not some comic relief.

Patrick Stewart for Braniac. Anyone else see this?

That Terminus short movie is sick………

That concept art for Thor…..if that is the costume they go with….I guess I could live with it…..still like his original better. He’s a god…an immortal…why does he need chain mail? But I HATE that hammer. I like the old trusty ‘mjolnir’ we’ve all become accustomed to.

Wow. A franchise for Missile Command. I used to love playing that game. But I kept getting nuked by those aliens to much and the Soviets did not help any. Lol. Supperman is lookong better and better. As for the actor to play him. Simple. Smallvilles Tom Welling should be Supperman. He has been grooming for the part for close to 10 years. So much going on in Sci fi. I just Love it.

No Brandon Routh, no Superman…

Ok, I’m not serious, but by Rao, he was really good in that role. Yeah, I like him on Chuck, too, but dang. He was believable.

I agree with Brandon Routh as Superman, it wasn’t his fault the story didn’t work. Routh did a good job with the character. Tom Welling is a one note actor and I don’t think he could carry a movie . He acts the same way in the movies The Fog, Cheaper by the Dozen, and on Smallville and you could take a scene from one and put it in the other and you would never know the difference.

As for Luthor, they need to get away from the mad “real estate agent” Luthor and follow Smallville and the comics version of Luthor as the super smart inventor and business man. Just my 2 cents.

The early 21st century will go down in history as a very dull time for cinema.

#20 – Isn’t “Supperman” a competitive eater? Or is that Kobayashi…

“Cameron explained. “There are the performances; you can really see what the scene would have been, but it doesn’t have that magical realism of the finished film.””

What “magical realism”? It looked like an expensive animation, especially stuff like the forest floor with its 70s disco lighting. I presume everyone got carried away with the crude wish-fulfillment nature of the movie, this Rousseauesque utopia where every little girl and boy gets a pony- a flying pony!- and so on. Visually the movie was good, but nowhere near the hype it’s generated. I occasionally forgot I was watching a cartoon, but the cartooniness would rapidly reassert itself.

Mind you, the dismal writing didn’t help. The bit where the mighty forces of intergalactic militarism were beaten by half a dozen big rhinos and some badly rendered dog-things was a laugh out loud moment. I guess any military that puts its soldiers in mechas with giant non-reinforced glass windows are asking for trouble. They should’ve waited til they’d got the recipe for transparent aluminium. Or just checked out the history of military machinery, and noted that nobody ever built a tank with big windows in the front.


I know the studios are worried about copyright violation, but writing “DRM” on Mjolnir is a bit unsubtle. Talk about hitting the audience over the head with a message…

Glad to see some movement on the Superman movie; but I hate that Routh is not being considered for it. Guess they want to start with a clean slate.



Reading your post reminded me of the rumblings about a Red Sonja movie, and the ludicrous, for the reasons you’ve stated, idea that it was going to star 37 year old Rose McGowan. That would put her well into her 40s by a second sequel (if it were successful).

The reality of ageing is harsh; we are all young for such a shockingly short time, but that’s currently the way life is. Young leads need to be cast in their 20s.

#1 Harry, we don’t need another “Ken Doll” playing Superman. Just as long as Erica Durance gets the role of Lois Lane……..everything will be fine.

I wish they would keep Brandon Routh in the role of Clark/Supes, he was about the only decent actor in Superman Returns, I had high hopes for Spacey as Luthor, but they kept the old Hackman vibe. If they would stop the goofyness, and let Spacey play Luthor straight up, I could imagine bringing him back as well.

I agree about Brandon Routh–that is too bad that he will not be returning. I wonder if there is any hope of them reconsidering that decision.

Enough with Luthor in every movie. Time to give Supes another one of his classic villians to go up against.

Never liked Brandon Routh in that role, he is too young! If they are going with a John Byrne-style Superman the only choice for me is Eric Dane!!

Too bad that Routh is out of the (Superman) picture. I liked his performance.
Tintin in 2011? Argh, and I thought Tron Legacy would be a long wait…

#9 – Mr. Ross – “[searches the page for tiny tidbits about things which AREN’T reboots, re-imaginings, sequels, prequels, re-casts, ironic deconstructions, official adaptations or other dips back into some well or another]”

I couldn’t agree more. And the talk of Burton making a big-screen version of “Dark Shadows” only shows the “Deppth” of the barrel-scrapings Hollywood is willing to dish out to the public.


I too find it disappointing that most of Hollywood’s output is adaptions from other media. It’s understandable that it feels safer to a producer to adapt something which is already popular in comics, books, etc than try to build a fanbase from scratch for something new and untested by the market, when you’re wagering hundreds of millions of dollars on the outcome. But it would be nice if they could produce some original material and franchises.

Like in the good old days; James Bond

oh wait, that was books

well, Sherlock Holmes

er, well,

okay then original stories like

Gone With The Wind


Great news on Superman that David Goyer is on board. Now we clearly know why he left FlashForward!! Can’t say anyone can blame him for the choice.

Going with the Byrne Man Of Steel line is awesome news… picking up a Superman story that would be “a day in the life of”, in medias res, is great. A bright WGBS weather day for everyone.

It also means the only necessary divergence from Smallville is the Ma/Pa Kent aspect. Of course in comics, no one dies forever, so even Smallville’s continuity could be reasonably adopted for the whole film. I just always appreciated Byrne’s recasting for ditching Superboy… which Smallville also has done quite successfully. No tights, but ok to flights.

And although yeah, Tom Welling probably will never be a big screen Supes for various reasons, and Brandon is unfortunately saddled with the mess that was SR, Smallville certainly had exactly the right young genius/inventor/businessman Lex Luthor actor….

Good Supe news. Routh, though, was a little too morose. Better to start fresh. And whoever gets the role should get REALLY pumped up like Reeve was, instead of relying on an augmented costume.

On the Supperman Movie I think the Villian should be Zod. My First pick for Sup is Branden Routh. My Second is Tom Welling.


Lore, all I can say is……………….D’OH!!

Thanks God no Turner and Swan in POTC4. I just hope they will make it a stand alone film, like the INDIANA JONES movies, and that it will be more in style with POTC1 than the horible sequels 2 and 3.

Looks like after Superman I we could FINALLY get another decent Superman movie!
If Brainiac is in, I’ll even tolerate yet another appearance of Lex Luthor. But gee, talk about creativity and all that… I’d prefer no Lex.

#44 But Lex as the manipulative man behind the curtain, who doesn’t get caught at the end…. that’s why to bring in Brainiac….

I thought Routh was/is perfect casting for Supes! But ditch the gay suit! Ick! And I’m a gay man..but go back to classic Superman costume please! To replace the actor simply because the script sucked wind is not fair to the actor, who definately can do better with a great story.

I’m tired of Tim Burton.

26. Ian B – February 25, 2010

I know the studios are worried about copyright violation, but writing “DRM” on Mjolnir is a bit unsubtle. Talk about hitting the audience over the head with a message

Um,…educate me. If this is something new with Thor…Ultimates, etc.? I’m ignorant of “DRM”. What means this?

And man, I hope they get Captain America right. I don’t have high hopes for Conan now.

I want Joe Jonas to play Superman/Clark Kent, because he’s so full of adrenaline, energy, vigor, is exuberant and really pumped up, works out everyday and has the physical ,mental, athletic, and muscular abilities needed to play such a role, even though he’s almost 21. He’s big, strong, muscular, tough, is always there to help people whenever they need him, he uses his powers to defeat the bad guys (and to defend and help people, of course),is a strong and terrific role model to kids and adults, helps to make the world a better place for everyone, (and also falls in love with Lois and saves the world from the bad guys, of course)and would look heroic,commanding,studly and sexy in that red-and-blue costume. And oh yeah, I’d love to see him fly across space and the skies of Metropolis,too. So that’s why I want you all to support Joe 4 Superman, because he’s gonna do an excelllent job in the role. AND NO MAKING FUN OF MY COMMENTS, PLEASE. LOVE, REBECCA, PLEASE GIVE JOE A CHANCE.


um, seriously… what was gay about ‘Superman Returns?’

I liked the movie, though I could have done without Lois having a son who happened to be _____spoiler___ ‘s son (for those who still haven’t seen it yet).

How about Eric Bana as Superman? He’s about as manly as you can get and he can still play a dorky reporter.