A Dose of Superhero Movie News; Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man Reboots and a Female Robin in ‘Dark Knight Rises’?
Hollywood is churning out superhero movies almost faster than we can cover them. Almost. Here’s a superhero movie news roundup to start your day.
You may have heard director David Slade is planning a new Daredevil movie. The good news? This Daredevil will be a stand alone picture and in no way relate to the previous film adaptation of “the Man Without Fear” starring Ben Affleck. And a collective sigh of relief was heard from across the blogosphere. Slade explains for Obsessedwithfilm,
Forgot to look at the internet for a few weeks and its a litany of false (and not so far off) rumours. So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.
Some already squashed rumours had Bradley Cooper or Garret Hedlund attached to play Matt Murdock. Any thoughts on who you’d like to see in the role of hero without sight?
Next we’ve got some news from the set of the new Ghost Rider film, Spirit of Vengeance, which is both a sequel and reboot, so a reboot? Nah, sounds too Canadian. Here’s what director Brian Taylor had to say about the film to Think Hero‘s podcast,
We basically said, we want to do it, [would] absolutely love to do it, but it’s gotta be 100% different from the first movie, everything, except for Nic [Cage]. We want the character to look different, feel different, sound different. The backstory of the character’s different, the origin of the story is expanded upon in ways that the first movie didn’t hint at, at all. The location’s different, the whole cast is different; the only thing that’s the same is Nic…It’s pretty much a reboot, only with the same actor, which makes it: a requel. Or a seboot, I can’t decide which one I like better.
Umm, neither sounds better. And let me just say there is probably no better way to confuse your audience than to keep the same actor, change everything else and expect us to think it’s a completely different film. Most people will watch a trailer and think, “Huh, they’re doing a sequel to Cage’s first Ghost Rider film, I heard that movie sucked (because nobody saw it).” Here’s hoping you can convince the general movie-going public you’re making a better movie. Which it’s funny, why didn’t you make a good movie the first time around?
Taylor also mentioned the film’s villain, Blackout, whom we’ll hear all about at this year’s San Diego Comic Con,
[Blackout’s] a fun character. His powers are pretty cool, we did things with his powers that aren’t in the original comic books…We’re gonna do a huge splash at the Comic-Con. That’s when we really want people to see what the new, evolved Ghost Rider looks like as well as the first peeks at the villains.
The biggest and most ridiculous rumor of week is that Christopher Nolan might be giving us a female Robin in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. They only thing we know for a fact is that Juno Temple is being eyed for ” a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.” Leave it to fan speculation and stupid minds to jump to a ridiculous conclusion ( *cough* blastr.com) like a female Robin. Not that a female Robin couldn’t work. A pint sized female teen did wonders for Frank Millers ‘The Dark Knight Returns”. However, Nolan has been pretty adamant about Batman’s sidekick NOT emerging in any of his bat films. Even Christian Bale said he would “refuse to go to work” if the character appeared in one of the movies (I’m too lazy to insert quotes. Just look em’ up)
Finally, we can confirm the villain in the new Spider-Man reboot will be the Lizard. Long has it been rumoured Rhys Ifans, who was cast at the film’s villain, would be portraying the scaly-skinned doctor gone bad but with actor C. Thomas Howell‘s slip-up on the podcast, Retro Radio we now know for sure,
Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker whose son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan Bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation.
Oops. It’s a shame we never saw the Lizard make an appearance in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy. Dr. Conner had been played by Dylan Baker but never got to make the transition to Spider-Man foe. Surprising because I think Raimi could have squeezed a few more villains into the final cut of Spider-Man 3.
There you go, this has been you’re superhero movie news round-up. Bringing you all you need to know about blind crime-fighters, demon bikers and teen web-slingers.