Super Bits! Joss Whedon Talks ‘Avengers’ Actors, Promo Image of Batman Christian Bale, & New DC Nation Short “Baby Superman”
Start your morning off right with a big bowl of sugary super bits! Part of a balanced comic book movie breakfast.
Look! It’s Batman. Or, at least it’s Christian Bale posing dramatically as Batman in this newest promo image from The Dark Knight Rises. Guessing from the pose and the horribly blue background this is a shot that once dosed with some CGI would be perfect for toy packaging or any other kind of marketing. It does offer one fantastic look at the new batsuit and Bale looks plenty badass. Blue background notwithstanding. What d’ya think?
The Dark Knight Rises releases July 20th.
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While chatting with the press about, what else?, The Avengers, Joss Whedon shared his thought on each of his superhero cast members as well as what kind of advice he received from previous Marvel feature directors, Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh. Read all he had to say below,
One of the big things that made me jump on board was the casting. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson were already on board. These are all actors who audiences got to see in movies of their own. In ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ they get to see them interact with each other. Everyone is so good that this film is going to be unbearable to edit.
All of the actors came to me with an extraordinarily positive attitude. Not just about the project, but about each other. All of the conflict that we create amongst The Avengers is acting, because these guys are really rooting for each other and helping each other.
It’s been interesting. Everybody’s very different. Robert has that anarchic, uncontrollable energy that is very magnetic and very Tony Stark. I wanted Mark Ruffalo to play Bruce Banner because he’s just an open book. He lets you into his heart and you understand everything he’s feeling. That’s who he is as a guy and how he performs. Chris Evans really locked in to the old-fashioned sort of aesthetic of a guy who’s from the ’40s. He has rectitude without being stiff.
Sam Jackson is Sam Jackson. He does that look and he only needs one eye to pin you to the wall. At the same time, he’s extremely sensitive and textured and that’s what I wanted to get from Nick Fury. I didn’t want him to be all bluster. We’ve seen that and I think there’s more there.
Chris Hemsworth is a god. This is a man who just makes other men stop going to the gym. It’s not fair. He’s very centered in the way he approaches a scene and the way he is in life. Jeremy Renner has been a wildcard and keeps to himself, but that makes sense because he’s playing a sniper. He shoots a bow and arrow and keeps his distance. He’s fully engaged, but he’s in his own place.
Scarlett isn’t like her character at all, because she’s so funny and delightful. She’s always in a good mood and is just a riot. Black Widow has a darker incarnation in this film than she did in ‘Iron Man 2’ and Scarlett is very precise when she acts. We hint a little bit at her back-story and it isn’t pretty.
I got almost every actor a day or two before we started shooting, but I’ve been able to spend time with them while I’m writing and I think they knew I was building from the ground up. I went to every single one of them and said, ‘Here are my ideas and this is how I think you’ll be playing it. Is there something in particular you want to avoid? Something you feel the character needs or wants?’
They all had input to the degree that they wanted it and it’s been a collaboration from the beginning. I think that helped set the tone right away. I knew exactly what I wanted when I started, but the actors knew that if they told me what they wanted, we could usually do both.
As for working with Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh during the filming of The Avengers, he finished by saying: Jon walked me through his experience on ‘Iron Man’ and shared with me how he worked with Scarlett [Johansson] and Robert [Downey Jr.]. Ken called me to talk about Chris Hemsworth before he cast him in ‘Thor.’ Then I called him when he was shooting the film to ask him about Chris and Tom [Hiddleston] and how they were working out. His insights were wonderful. Both of them have been very helpful and generous.
I think it’s obvious how smart Marvel has been in crafting their entire Avengers line. They’ve spent a lot of time building their movie universe and I believe we’re going to see it pay off in a big, BIG way when The Avengers releases on May 4th. And after these quotes I’m even more excited. Whedon has a great grasp of ensemble and I can’t wait to see how all our heroes interact once they’re on screen together. Plus, if the group really did have such a blast filming I’m expecting the Blu-ray special features, hopefully with plenty of behind-the-scenes goodness, to be awesome!
Finally, we’ve got the latest sneak peak at a new short for DC Nation. It’s called “Baby Superman” and it might be the weirdest one, yet. It’s about a baby who inherits the powers of Superman and for whatever reason it’s in the style of some quasi-Japanese animation. I don’t know what I think about this one. It’s still not a clip of Super Best Friends Forever, dammit, that’s for sure.