Tuesday 9 November 2010
With all films set to start shooting next year, gossip and internet rumours are spreading thick and fast. Here’s some recent gossip surrounding some of them movies....
Well rumours come and go more flippantly with this one than any other Superhero at the moment due mainly to a tight lipped director not wanting to spill much on his projects, of course I mean the outstanding Christopher Nolan.
What has been confirmed for 2012’s most anticipated sequel to the Dark Knight is it’s title, The Dark Knight Rises. Now I for one am not keen on the title, suggested titles like Gotham, Caped Crusader, The Long Halloween etc sounded much better, but it is just a title so not much fuss from me.
Fans of the Nolan Batman franchise will know by now that all the big players are back from previous outings, Batman will be played again by Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman will reprise his role as Lucius Fox, Michael Cane reprising as the beloved Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon will be reprised by Gary Oldman. Also the recent announcement of Tom Hardy being cast, although his role unknown has fans very much excited.
The big shock this week is that Christopher Nolan has announced that The Riddler is not appearing as the villain in the next outing, which had been the main rumour that has been dominating the sequel for the last two years. With that announcement comes a flurry of more gossip and speculation on just what villain he will use out of Batman’s huge gallery of rouges. Catwoman, Penguin, Hush and Black Mask all being the favourites amongst fans.
He also confirmed that Warner Brothers have agreed with him that The Dark Knight Rises will not go with the 3D format that’s dominating the cinema world right now, Nolan had stated many times that he is not a huge fan of the format and would rather experiment more with IMAX cameras, as he did with Dark Knight.
These are very interesting female roles in the Batman universe if you follow the comics. The character of Julie Madison, engaged to Bruce Wayne in comics, is unaware of Wayne’s alter ego, she is a socialite and later becomes associated with the villain Clayface.
And with regards to the character of Detective Sarah Essen, in some comics, Essen is partnered with Gordon who later have an affair and a child, that child being implied as Barbara Gordon, A.K.A Batgirl.
The rumours and gossip with this movie are constantly changing, and I would only believe the confirmed at this point, especially in regards to the love interest with Commissioner Gordon as he was portrayed as a loving family man in the last outing.
Personally I’m still holding hope Harley Quinn makes an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises as some sort of revenge for the Joker, but anything can happen with this sequel, a reappearance of Scarecrow is likely, Harvey Dent/Two Face may live, Bane, Hush or Black Mask have just as much chance being a main villain, we will all just have to wait and see for more official announcements.
Superman Man Of Steel.
Confirmed details for this are very much the same as a few weeks ago, Zack Snyder directing with Christopher Nolan producing, General Zod will not be the villain, and it will be some sort of origin story.
I wrote about him in a much earlier post stating he was very interesting and could see him playing the part well. He has been approached by Warner Brothers about the role in recent days, and although he has stated on his twitter account that negotiations are over, doesn’t mean e is out the running, in fact quite the opposite. He also tells his followers to keep their fingers crossed for him, for what? For the part!
Now Joe has the physique and presence to play a great Superman, too Italian looking for the part? I don’t really think so, although it concerns many Supe fans on web gossip forums. I like the idea, it’s definitely interesting and I like Joe as an actor.
With hope fading from a once strong rumour of Jon Hamm (Mad Men) playing Superman because of his age , other names thrown in the mix are the wrestlers The Rock and John Cena, and I can’t help but think this is someone’s idea of a bad joke and for me certainly the most unlikely.
Movieweb puts Patrick Wilson, who played Night Owl in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, in the running for the part, and although certainly sounding better than the Rock and John Cena, and himself more or less saying he would love to be considered, I don’t think he fit’s the bill for this one at all and is my least favourite choice out of the bunch of serious contenders.
One thing is for certain, development is being pushed along for the Superman reboot by Warner Brothers, much due to a legal battle over origin storylines, and they need to have this movie out by 2013. Official announcements can’t be to far behind of who will play the lead, and what villain/s the Man of Steel will have to overcome, Bizarro, Braniac and Darkseid all being popular choices amongst fans.