Superhero Round-Up: New Pics From TDKR, Robert Downey Jr. Doesn’t Get ‘The Dark Knight’, New Spidey, No X-Men, PLUS The Hulk Hates You
Now before we delve to this weeks Superhero Round-Up we should probably address the giant 600lbs gorilla in the room. The one with all the money. The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s little movie about Earths Mightiest Heroes, is on track to the predicted one billion dollar mark. The Hollywood Reporter reports the movie is already at the $800 million dollar mark worldwide, and with the only real competition this weekend being Tim Burton’s soon to flop Dark Shadows… yeah… it’s going to make its billion by Sunday, guaranteed. If you are playing the homegame, the only other movie to hit one billion that fast was James Cameron‘s Avatar.
Will The Avengers be the biggest superhero movie ever? Well very shortly we’ll look at two other movies that hit the big screen that are going to try for the title. We have word on the next trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man plus new set pics and a couple new shots from The Dark Knight Rises. Speaking of upcoming movies, if you are are all hot for a sequel to X-Men: Last Stand, the dude who played Iceman says cool it. Also, Mark Ruffalo has a few words for all the Hulk haters but up first, It’s Robert Downey Jr. opinion on The Dark Knight!
Your Superhero Round-Up starts after the jump.
The above image is by Tom Richmond and really speaks volumes for what Robert Downey Jr. had to say about Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight. Blastr dug out a little soundbite of the Iron Man/Avengers star’s thoughts on the recent Batman movies.
“My whole thing is that that I saw The Dark Knight…. It’s like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I’m like, ‘That’s not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.’ I loved The Prestige but didn’t understand The Dark Knight. Didn’t get it, still can’t tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy.”
“I’m like, ‘I get it. This is so high brow and so f-king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.’ You know what? F-ck DC Comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.”
As classy as ever, Mr. Downey Jr. is known for ‘speaking from the cuff’ I suppose. It’s just odd to see stars dip into the more visceral level of fanboydom. Just a small side note, he said this 4 years ago while promoting Tropic Thunder, a movie no one ever accused of being ‘high brow’ or ‘smart’ (or good.)
Wonder what the guy who stared in the 2006 Shaggy Dog remake will think of The Dark Knight Rises?
Speaking the Dark Knight Rises, the next and final chapter in Chris Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, TotalFilm (via Film Drunk)has unleashed a few more pictures from the movie. While they don’t show off anything really new, just another look at Bane (Tom Hardy), Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and, of course Batman (Christian Bale), I will say this. Bane’s Darth Vader/Predator/Hannibal Lector/Techo-Goatse mask is starting to grow on me a little bit. Hardy looks like a full bore maniac here (with a silly mask on).
Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters July 20th, 2012.
Now, before we see the Dark Knight rise, we’ll be treated to Spider-Man being all amazing. Well, try at least. With roughly seven weeks to go, the hype machine for The Amazing Spider-Man is picking up it’s pace. Comic Book Movie is reporting that we’ll see a fourth trailer for the movie attached to Men in Back 3 when it hits theaters on May 25th. While we have no word on how much new footage the trailer will contain, we do have some fresh set photos and the international character posters (via Superhero hype) for you.
I swear that Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) was my 10th grade Chemistry teacher. The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters July 3rd.
X-Men: Last Stand made an astounding (since it was so bad) $459 Million at the box office. Naturally a money make means a squeal, right? Maybe not according to Shawn Ashmore (Bobby Drake/Iceman in the film.) Here’s what he told the Examiner:
“I am still under contract to play Iceman if they make another ‘X-Men’ movie but there are so many superhero films out there right now. The market is saturated with them. I would love to come back and play that character again, though. It was really unique to sort of grow up playing a character. As I was growing up and maturing, so was the character. But it was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again. I hope that we get chance to make another ‘X-Men movie but I really do not know if we will. I guess we will just have to wait and see.”
Well, at least he seems hopeful. I’d guess the biggest hurdle any chance of continuing the first set of X-Men movies is the success, both at the box office and with the critics, of the canon devoid X-Men: First Class and Hugh Jackman’s need to inflict more solo Wolverine movies on the world. If they ever do return to those movies, he’re hoping they can draw it back in a make a bit more sense out of the property.
We wrap up with words from Mark Ruffalo to all the hater’s of his Hulk performance in the Avengers. way back when he was cast as Dr. Bruce Banner there was some fanboy out cry that he wasn’t right for the part. Well fanyboys, he took your anger and used it. So suck on that.
“I remember the fanboys—there was a lot of negative response to me playing that part early on, and I kind of liked that challenge,” he said. “This one really scared me. It was something that I had never done, that I don’t think anyone expected me to do.
We left the last Hulk—Ed (Norton)’s Hulk—he was sort of like, ‘OK, this is who I am. I’m going to try and see if I can have some mastery over this,’ so we end that movie with him meditating,” Ruffalo said. “He’s older now, and he’s been on the run his whole life, and he’s tired of fighting. … He’s got a world-weariness and a joyful participation in the sorrows of the living. He’s an older Bruce Banner, and he’s kind of coming to accept his fate.”
Personally, I loved both Edward Norton and Ruffalo in the role. They both played the character at very different points in his story. I think they is room and reason to celebrate both, and as fanboys we can all unite under the common banner (no pun intended) that at least it wasn’t Eric Bana. Right?