Here we go with another influx of super hero movie news! Thor star, Chris Hemsworth chats about that other super hero movie he’s involved with, The Avengers; our first glimpse of Rhys Ifans as the Lizard, sorta; more rumors about Juno Temple starring as Catwoman‘s sidekick in The Dark Knight Rises, plus how you could be an extra!

While Thor opens this week, May 6th, it is not going to be the last time we see Chris Hemsworth swinging his hammer. (Psst! Have you read our review of Thor? Well why the hell not?) If you haven’t heard, he’s already signed on for the massive, super hero team-up flick from Joss Whedon, The Avengers. Hemsworth spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy about the future of the thunder god,

Because “Avengers” was already in the works and sequels to “Thor” are an imminent possibility, how much have you had to think about what’s next for this character?

During filming, I didn’t think about it at all. The film I was doing was my focus. But I certainly now take away from that experience and say, okay, I’ve got to bring that back now and keep it consistent to some degree. As far as the character goes, I hope for some sort of evolution, that he has new challenges and conflicts and whatnot, and that also is the director and the writer’s decision. But having read the script, there certainly is it is that next step for Thor, and I feel like it is he has matured in a sense, and I couldn’t be happier with what I got to work with in this.

Was there any era or saga in the Thor comics that you found particularly inspiring or that you thought might be interesting to explore in a future film?

I read the Avengers comics first, oddly – that was what was given to me by Drew Goddard, who shot “Cabin in the Woods.” And I just remembered sort of seeing Thor in the comic books meet, I think it was Iron Man or somebody for the first time, and them saying, oh, he’s not really a god, and then him just kind of chuckling to himself and all of a sudden making it rain and a storm starts to come (laughs). I remember thinking, oh, that’s pretty cool. I really remember enjoying watching them attempt to form an alliance and all of their sort of egos clashing – all of these sort of strong-footed attitudes.

It must be difficult for Tony Stark knowing he’s not the god of the team, but we’ll have to wait for Whedon’s Avengers before we can see those egos clash. Personally, I’d be putting my money on the one controlling the elements, not the one with the fancy suit. To read the rest of Hemsworth interview head on over to Speakeasy.

But wait! There’s more after the jump!

Some images of someone who might be Rhys Ifans walking around The Amazing Spider-man set heavily concealed could be our first glimpse of the Lizard. It’s not much of a glimpse, in fact it’s just a look at what could be some green make-up around the eyes,

Or I don’t know, may it’s another high operative of Al Qaeda. An American movie set really would be the last place we’d look, right? Assuming this is Ifans in Lizard make-up we’ve got to wonder what his transformation will be like. Slow and agonizing? Is he appearing in make-up then later as a full CGI character? Also aren’t those pink stars simply precious? We’ve got PinkIsTheNewBlog to thank for those as well as the images.

Finally, for our final bit of super hero movies news let’s cross over to the DC universe with some speculation about the highly anticipated, The Dark Knight Rises. With principle photography about to begin the production is looking for extras, and you could be one! They’re looking for extras, stand-ins and photo doubles in the Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh and London areas. If interested go here to download a casting registration form and email it to, For more info about extras casting click here.

So if the news that you could play a part, albeit uber-minor, in The Dark Knight Rises isn’t exciting enough these same casting sheets list Juno Temple as Catwoman’s sidekick, Holly Robinson. Currently Temple is the only actress Warner Bros. hasn’t given us an explanation as to whom she’s playing. Looking for a refresher on Ms. Robinson, Wikipedia to the rescue,

Holly first appeared in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One as a juvenile prostitute who lives with Selina Kyle. Holly plays a small but significant role in the story when she encounters a disguised Bruce Wayne during one of his early attempts at crimefighting and stabs him in the leg. Wounded by this attack and a subsequent battle, Wayne escapes back to his home, brooding on the fact that his enemies do not fear him. This encounter is an impetus for his creation of the Batman persona. As such, Holly plays an indirect role in the Dark Knight’s origin – Holly has no meta-abilities. She has been taught stealth, athletics, hot-wiring, lock-picking, thieving, acrobatics, and the martial arts by Selina. Ted Grant trained her in a form of kick-boxing adapted for street use, as well as English boxing. She has also spent time at a Female Furies training camp. She is proficient in the use the whip, firearms, and knives. As ofCountdown to Final Crisis #10, Holly had a portion of the cunning and skill of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt. While she possessed these powers, she was an excellent marksman, and had the ability to track people by their scent. She lost these powers after returning to Earth.

It could be the casting agency is guessing just as much as we are as to Temple’s role, but who knows, they might know something we don’t. But if Holly Robinson is included in the film is it likely she’ll be playing a prostitute? I haven’t heard much about Christopher Nolan‘s version of Catwoman but I kind of doubt they’re taking the street walker route. In which case, who is Holly to her?

There it is, you’re round-up of super hero movie news for May 3rd. Do check in again as we bring you the best up to the minute rumors, tid-bits and general speculating on our favorite comic book heroes brought to life.

sources: Speakeasy, Comic Book Movie (2) (3)

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