Friday, June 11, 2010

Super-Hero Movie Update.

James Wanted McEvoy has signed on the dotted line to portray a young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Both Aaron Kick-Ass Johnson and Michael Centurion Fassbender are rumoured to have been offered the role of Erik Lensheer [who will become Magneto]. Jane Goldman, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing, but it's Matthew Kick-Ass Vaughn directing that has me paying attention after Brett Ratner's X-Men: Last Stand nonsense.

Jeremy Hurt Locker Renner will seemingly play Clint Barton aka Hawkeye in The Avengers movie. He joins Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles from Iron Man 2 as well as Chris Hemsworth as Thor [who will have his own Kenneth Branagh directed movie next year] and of course Chris Evans as Captain America. Joss Buffy The Vampire Slayer Whedon is directing.

Speaking of Joe Johnston's Captain America, it appears that character will be getting some nifty new Hollywood re-imagining of his classic duds below:

Captain America: The First Avenger also stars Sam Jackson as Fury [again], Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Kings Stan as Cap's sidekick "Bucky" Barns, Neal Band of Brothers McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Tommy Lee Jones as General Chester Phillips - the man responsible for bringing Steve Rogers into the program that turns him into Captain America and as mentioned a few weeks back; Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull.

Getting away from Marvel for a moment, to that other little comic book house, DC Comics...

Batman: Year One, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's imagining of the early ears of Batman which has become one of the greatest Dark Knight tales ever is coming to the small screen in animated form. While other than Batman Begins and it's sequel The Dark Knight, the DC movie machine is a fairly damp squib when compared to mighty Marvel; DC Comics animated tales have been a joy to watch since the Batman Animated Series in the 90's, so I have high hopes for this one, especially in light of the magnificent Batman: Gotham Knight a couple of years back.

Christopher Nolan has yet to sign on the dotted line for a 3rd Batman movie but I must applaud his resolve to say "No" when asked if The Joker would return as I don't think Heath Ledger's performance could be topped. He's also confident that Mr. Freeze or The Penguin won't be a part of it either. It seems Nolan will produce a Superman reboot however, which bodes well for that.

Current Super-Hero movie Scheduling

Thor - May 6, 2011
X-Men: First Class - June 3rd, 2011
Green Lantern (3D) - June 17, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger - July 22, 2011

The Avengers - May 3rd, 2012
Batman 3 - July 20, 2012
Spider-Man reboot - July 2012

Superman Reboot - Late [Xmas] 2012

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