Superhero Round Up: ‘The Wolverine’ To Start Filming In November, Michael Uslan Talks Batman, Anne Hathaway’s Preparation For Her Role As Catwoman, Official ‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel Poster, And ‘Iron Man 3’ Shiz!
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20th Century Fox intends to begin filming for The Wolverine in Burnaby, British Columbia this coming November. Word is that James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk The Line) may be directing the next Wolverine flick, with Christopher McQuarrie having written the script. It’s a little odd that we’ve got filming dates, but nothing official in regards to who’s helming this boat.
From The Vancouver Sun:
Hugh Jackman and the cast of Wolverine 2 will be heading to Vancouver in November to round up a star-studded year of Hollywood blockbusters filmed here in B.C.
Filming of the action flick is set to take place Nov. 11 to March 1, 2012 at Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby, where scenes from Twilight, Supernatural and Fantastic Four were filmed.
Just ’cause it’ll be filmed where Twilight was filmed doesn’t mean it’ll be as shitty; that stuff isn’t contagious… I hope.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Michael Uslan has been the executive producer for every Batman movie from Tim Burton‘s film in 1989 to the most recent Christopher Nolan Caped Crusader flicks. He’s watched Batman evolve throughout the years as a result of the various interpretations of the many directors the films have had; he’s been there for all of it. He spoke recently with Hollywood Chicago about Nolan’s role in reviving the franchise, and where he believes Hollywood will take the character once this trilogy has come to a close.
In assessing the first set of Batman films, from 1989 through 1997, why did it devolve to a campy version again with the final ‘Batman & Robin’?
I’m going to answer that question not regarding Batman, but instead regarding the motion picture industry in general. Generally speaking, what used to be the studios are now largely international conglomerates. They own many businesses. Sometimes, generally speaking, these conglomerates become more fixated on other businesses like merchandising, like toys, games and Happy Meals. When the company becomes that fixated, the tail can wag the dog.
If it gets to a point where companies want three or four super heroes in a movie, or three or four super villains in a movie, each one mandated to have two different costume changes or vehicles, what they are in fact doing is making infomercials for toys that are two hours long. You are not making films, much less great films. Because there is no room for plot, story or characterization. How lucky we are currently to have a management team at Warner Bros. that recognizes this and brings in a Christopher Nolan, who totally understands the character, and has the passion, vision and the execution of Batman.
How do you theorize that the character of Batman will be reinvented yet again once the Nolan trilogy ends with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’?
I just look to the comic books. For 72 years, they have given us such vastly different interpretations of The Batman character, from one extreme to the next, one as equally valid as another. Depending on when you were born, or what you were reading or seeing on TV when you were 12 years old, probably defines what your true Batman might be. It is something that will never end and will always be open to new and valid interpretations.
Batman will always live on!
Source: Comic Book Movie
Anne Hathaway has taken up a hardcore exercise regimen, a diet, and mimicking cats, all in preparation for her role as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises ’cause the catsuit is “unforgiving”. Apparently she’s gone from barely working out to being a dedicated student of bikram yoga, and lives off “kale and dust”. I have no idea how someone could subsist on kale and dust; that sounds like the worst fuckin’ diet ever. Just give me my cheeseburger!
Anyway, we’ll see how all of this goes down.
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The official poster for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has been released, and the trailer is expected to debut this week as well. The movie itself will open on February 17, 2012. In all honestly, I haven’t even bothered to watch the first movie and I have no intention of watching Nicholas Cage attempt to act in any movie, let alone the Ghost Rider sequel.
With Iron Man 3 set to be released in May of 2013, Robert Downey Jr. is back to work as Tony Stark. He spoke with the LA Times about the movie, and about the directorial transition between Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films, and Shane Black, who worked with Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Apparently, by the time filming wrapped up for Iron Man 2, Downey Jr. and Favreau weren’t getting along very well so perhaps it’s for the best that we’ve got someone new taking over.
From the LA Times:
Downey said the meta-charms of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” won’t be revisited by the Marvel superhero film — unless of course they are.
“The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments,” Downey said, ”unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie.”
“We’re not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we’re on the same page]. It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great.”
”Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct ‘Iron Man 3′ to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on,” Downy said. With a grin he added: “The fun thing is going to be getting Happy in the movie.”