Recently a few news items dropped that bode well for the fan of the superhero movie genre.
After what seems like months of photo leaks from the set, speculation & rumor and, word that Chris Nolan has tighter security on the script than most European nations we finally have the first (and of course vague) official synopsis for “The Dark Knight Rises”.
If you have been waiting for a silver screen treatment for everyone’s favorite sorcerer supreme, well you might be in luck. Someone says someone else registered some things that might be related to a certain Marvel character.
Speaking of Marvel, still worried about the sequel to Wolverine sucking as much the first one? Hugh Jackman made some off hand statements that could set your mind at ease (or, convince you it will be called Wolverine 2: Suck Harder).
Finally, looks like another Mark Millar property might hit the big screen, and it’s a very good idea.
It’s all coming up in the Superhero Movie Round Up!
Warner Bros. reportedly did a paper drop at booths at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that gave what could be the first fully really real synopsis for the 3rd and final Christopher Nolan Batman movies, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight. Inception’s Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levett join the cast regulars along with Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane, while Oscar winner Christian Bale prowls the night as the Caped Crusader, fighting crime and corruption with the help of Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.
Yep. So its really nothing we don’t already know. That leads me to believe this is real. Regardless, that dude has a leather couch so he must be important. The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit the screen July 20th, 2012.
So here’s the deal, Marvel Studios has two unnamed movies to be released May 16th, 2014 and June 27th, 2014. Disney owns Marvel, and Disney Music Group registered various domain titles for upcoming film and television soundtracks:
avengers-soundtrack.com, avengersmusic.net, doctorstrangesoundtrack.com, marvel-music.com, marvel-music.net, marvelmusic.net, drstrangesoundtrack.com, drstrangesoundtrack.net, ironman3soundtrack.com, ironman3soundtrack.net, thor2soundtrack.com, thor2soundtrack.net.
Notice something? Seriously, it’s in bold you had to notice it. Doctor Strange! Take this with a rather large salt lick, buying up domains for intellectual property is a common practice and doesn’t mean a project is any closer to becoming a reality. Antmanmovie.com was bought up last year and it still links to Marvel.com and probably always will. Granted, rumor has it that writers were hired to pen the ‘Sorcerer Supreme’, so you never know.
The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman is still making this happen, really? Director changes, writer changes, filming delays. Do not get me wrong. Hugh as Wolvie in the X-Men movies (even “Last Stand”) was bang on perfect. X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Not so much. But this isn’t about that, this is about “The WOLVERINE” (freakin seriously, has anyone ever called the character ‘the Wolverine’) So, Hugh was talking about his vision for the movie recently:
Excerpt from his interview with moviefone.com
What voice does James Mangold (the new director) bring?
Jim has done some great movies. Many, many different movies like ‘3:10 to Yuma.’ We had an image of this movie like ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ which I love. And he has a really great take on it. Yes, it’s going to be different than Darren’s version, but I think it’s going to be just as great from what I’ve seen. And he’s doing his tweaks to what is already a very strong script.
How disappointed were you that Darren Aronofsky left ‘The Wolverine’?
Well, the good thing about this, and the reason Darren signed on — I tried to get him to do ‘X-Men 3’ and ‘Wolverine 1’ — the reason he signed on to this pretty much straight away is because I showed him the best script we’ve had. Now, the script is 80 percent, obviously. And the director is going to being their own voice to it.
Excerpt from his interview with screencrave.com
Are you particularly excited for The Wolverine because it seems like Wolvie’s more or less an extension of you at this point because you’ve been playing him for practically a decade. You are Wolverine at this point.
I play it at home obviously. (Laughs) For parental control it really helps, trust me. So yes I’m very excited for it and I’ve always thought the Japanese saga was the ultimate backdrop for a movie. From X-Men 1, when I first started reading the comics, because I’ve never read them before… I don’t want to give away too much. You know, by the way, that saga is quite disparate. There are some that have got the wedding and the X-Men involved. And I’ve been waiting to make this movie all year so there’s been many reasons why I’m so ready to make it.
OK, what? Wolverines Japan saga (Uncanny X-men #177-178 approx. and then the first wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller) crossed with Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales”? Ok, that could actually be a really good movie. Like stunningly good. I could actually be excited about this project now. If you are not familiar with either of the previously mentioned works, especially the Clint Eastwood movie, GO. NOW. Trust me. Oh, and Hugh? Please leave any members of the Black Eyed Peas as far away from this movie as possible.
Lastly, this is good news. Mark Miller writes a good comic book about the under dog overcoming, “Kick-Ass” and “Wanted” and they both became movies. Miller also has a story about a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who transforms into his idol, a superhero from the big screen. Say, that could be a movie! Miller said this to CBM:
Basically, my kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu and Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character as it’s the first superhero with multiple sclerosis. 2 big stories in one. Vaughn and I have hinted at this for about 18 months, but this is the first we’ve ever confirmed he’s bought the rights.
Make. This. Movie.
Not only is it just a good read as a comic book, it fills a void in my eyes. Hey, they took Barbara Gordon out of the wheelchair, let’s give the spotlight to one that rocks the wheels proudly. We have a lot of friends and fellow nerds that are heroes every day for the battles they are fighting. Let’s give them some screen time, shall we?
Here’s more from the press release:
New York, October 4, 2011 — Award-winning comic-book writer Mark Millar is empowering people with MS with his envelope pushing latest character Superior, the first superhero ever to be diagnosed with MS. And he is sharing him with the National MS Society to help raise awareness for MS and the work of the Society.
The hugely popular comic Superior, which is part of the Millarworld line, follows the tale of a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who’s granted a magic wish. He asks to be transformed into his favourite big screen action hero and uses his new super-powers to right the real world’s wrongs. Whereas most superheroes fight criminals and stop bank robberies, this little boy uses his abilities to end the war in the Middle-East, feed the starving, rescue people from natural disasters and anything else the public wants. But have these incredible powers and worldwide adulation come at a price? This dark, magical tale has been described by critics as Big meets Superman, a unique take on the superhero mythos with a magical element that appeals to Harry Potter fans as much as the traditional superhero audience. The movie rights to this book were snapped up by Kick-Ass and X-Men director Matthew Vaughn with a view to turning this into a Hollywood blockbuster.
The MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made in advancing research to stop MS, restore lost function and to end MS forever. In 2012 to further this mission the most aggressive research funding project ever undertaken is being launched, with a goal to raise $250 million over the next five years. To find out more about current campaigns and research.
Graham McReynolds, Executive Vice President Marketing and Development at National MS Society, “We are most grateful to Mark for sharing Superior with us and are really enthused about our alliance. Through Superior’s innovative story, we hope to increase awareness about MS, the challenges it raises for people living with the disease and the importance of always following your dreams despite an MS diagnosis. We also hope to encourage the public to join the MS Movement and help speed the progress we’re making to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. We plan to spotlight Superior through the multi-channels of communication that the Society commands.”
Creator Mark Millar explains, “I wanted to write about a superhero with a disability and I chose MS because it’s something that touched one of my school-friends growing up. I’m acutely aware of the unexpected way the disease can strike anyone and the enormous difficulties it can cause. Superhero stories are essentially wish-fulfilment fantasies and nothing seemed more powerful to me than a little boy with a magic wish not only wanting to WALK again, but to FLY. I’m delighted to work with such an incredible institution as the MS Society and feel privileged that they approached me to use this character in a positive way. We’re used to seeing characters with MS as victims and I wanted to do something where the kid is not only a lead, but the most powerful person on the planet. I’m really delighted people have taken this to their hearts as much as they have”.
Hollywood director Matthew Vaughn was also attracted by the humanity of the lead character and added, “I have always enjoyed working with Mark and his latest exciting project Superior is something that we are very much looking forward to making”. The two worked together most recently on Kick-Ass, which hit number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and they’re both pleased to be working on another movie together.