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Welcome, True Believers, to today’s installment of SUPERHERO ROUNDUP, wherein we take the latest and greatest bits and bobs of Superhero news and put them in a neat little bundle just for you (aren’t we sweet?).

After the jump you’ll read why Kenneth Branagh did no return for Thor 2, what the physicality demands were for Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers and Iron Man 3, What Tom Hiddleston thinks of Loki’s Journey and what it was like working with Joss Whedon. We also have some Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider: Spider of Vengeance, Amazing Spider-Man Bits. Read on. Rock on.

Recently, Marvel Studios announced Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor as the director of Thor 2 replacing the previously hired director Patty Jenkins. This is all well and good (maybe), but there was a time when fans hoped Thor 1 director Kenneth Branagh would return for the sequel. There has been no lack of speculation concerning the reason for his decision. Over a month ago our own WaylonJones reported Branagh saying the following to Moviefone.:

“It was simply timing. I loved doing the movie, I’d love to do another movie for Marvel, and it was just timing. The requirement for me was just to get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn’t really feasible, but it was a decision [Marvel] understood.”

Still, there were some who doubted (myself included) that this “timing issue” was actually the reason behind his absence from the project. Now, speaking with metro.us he elaborates a little more as to why the timing was wrong.

“I was proud of [“Thor”] and it was a lot of work, and it was a big risk for everybody — for Marvel employing somebody like me, for taking that character into a major film, for everything. So I was thrilled [the sequel] was being made. But it was happening so quickly. It was straight back in, and I needed time away from it, I needed to have a think. The third series “Wallander,” the TV series I do, was already on the cards, as well as a farce called “the Painkiller,” a play I did in Belfast — my hometown, very important to me — which I was in was in September and October. These things were already lined up, and it just wasn’t going to be possible to do all of them. It was a timing thing and a creative freshness kind of thing. And I wasn’t able to go straight back in and do the job that I knew that it deserved”.

Bah! I still don’t buy it. I’m sure there is some creative differences Branagh is refusing to mention. Guy us far too British and far to classy to say anything negative.

Via: Metro.us

Covering the January/February 2012 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine, inside, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. commented on the physical preparations surrounding  the forthcoming Avengers movie, and his ‘Tony Stark’ reprisal in Iron Man 3. Check out the magazine excerpt below.

“I guess I had some notion about [being an action hero],” he says. “I think I wanted to be able to look good and defend myself and all that stuff. I’ve always really enjoyed that genre, but I mean, It’s pretty outlandish. I’m not particularly tall or strong or fast or aggressive. Yet, I’m not faking it. To me, it’s a cosmic chuckle.”

The magazine further suggests that Downey Jr.’s training for Avengers meant working out at least 12 hours a week, including strenge training, martial arts with Oram, Tracy Anderson Method workouts, and yoga with his good friend and instructor Vinnie Marino of Yoga Works.

“It was ideal,” Downey says, “But it’s completely unsustainable. I’m not a kid, and I’m not a professional athlete, so what I’m probably doing is feeling really good all the time and over-training wildly.”

Tom Hiddleston talks some more about Loki’s journey from Thor to The Avengers:

“He and Thor literally have superhuman powers. Within the Marvel Universe, Loki has the keys to the universe, and he’s been down all those dark alleyways in space. He’s met all the monsters and made friends with them. He’s an all-power-being. Loki’s agenda, like all delusional, would-be autocratic fascists, is power, which he believes will give him self-esteem. I haven’t let go of the fat that he still motivated by this terrible jealousy and spiritual desolation.”

Alluding to the backstory, saying that between the gap from Thor‘s end and The Avengers‘s beginning, Loki has taken a journey to the Marvel version of The Seventh Circle Of Hell and brought back secrets. “He’s an all-power-being,” he says smiling. “Loki’s agenda, like all delusional, would-be autoratic fascists, is power, which he believes will give him self-esteem. I haven’t let go of the fat that he still motivated by this terrible jealousy and spiritual desolation.”

Elsewhere, Hiddleston gives his take on why Joss Whedon was the right choice to direct the movie:

Joss has kind of got this pan-literacy about the genre and his dexterity in negotiating all the different story lines, all the different characters, all the different tones just so that it’s real and relatable and funny and dynamic and then just badass, because that’s what the Avengers has to be! So he was capable of directing intensely dynamic scenes between two characters, but also delivering action on the most incredible scale. I can’t say enough about Joss. Amazing director.

Via: Comic Book Movie and Just Jared

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

The official website for Sony’s Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance sequel has been launched with new wallpapers, a preview of the soundtrack, animated GIFs and more. Check it out!

The Dark Knight Rises

Here’s an interview with Gary Oldman, in which he explains what he will miss about playing Commissioner Gordon and promises the trilogy is “going out with a bang.”

Composer Hans Zimmer confirms that Catwoman will have her own specific theme:

“She will have [a theme], she hasn’t yet. That’s got something to do with I haven’t written it. Of course I’m working on that. Right now my dilemma is I have far too many ideas and it will take me some time to actually execute them and put them in some sort of order.”

Via: MTVSplashPage

The Amazing Spider-Man

In a few more brief excerpts from the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) have talked more about The Amazing Spider-Man. The director started off by discussing what exactly made the British actor the perfect choice to bring the iconic Marvel character to the big screen as a teenager, despite being 28 years of age. “In his screentest, he killed it. He moved like an awkward kid, his elbows were flying all over the place, but he also had an ability to go deep in a way that very few actors can do. [frick], he’s good.”

Marc’s a believer in love,” added Stone. And we were lucky to be able to express the authenticity of two people in love. Getting involved with Peter is the first irresponsible thing she’s ever done.” Garfield meanwhile had this to say about the role and why it was interesting for him to take on a teenage superhero: “I’ve been thinking about the responsibility of it since I read the comics, and what the character’s always meant to me. He’s a reassuring character, and a character who I think is important, for whatever reason, for skinny boys around the world. I think it’s compelling he’s a teenage superhero. It’s an interesting dilemma to be going through. That’s a very cool and specific struggle to try to capture.”

Via: ComicBookMovie

Category: Comics, Film

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