The Dark Knight Set to Return in 2011??

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The nerd news networks have been all a’buzz ever since Gary Oldman seemed to let the bat out of the bag during his appearance at the San Diego Comic Con panel for The Book of Eli. Oldman reportedly stated that they were planning to shoot next year, adding “ but you didn’t hear it from me” and then later followed up with “I’ve been a rather naughty boy today”.

So if you ask me, that all seems to spell out that Nolan is back on board people! I seriously doubt they would be making any definite plans were he not. Over at Batman On Film they pointed out that The Dark Knight was officially announced the week following Comic Con in July of 2006 so could we be looking at an official announcement next week?

Of course we are all foaming at the mouth to find out who the next villain(s) will be. Most assume Catwoman and The Riddler to be at the top of the list. (and when Johnny Depp says he would gladly don the question mark, how do you turn that down??). While the Riddler may just seem like the next obvious choice in the Rogues Gallery, he is also perhaps the perfect Chris Nolan villain. With he and his screenwriter bother having made names for themselves delivering films with twisting, turning, labyrinthian plots (Memento, The Prestige), I’m confident they could turn out one hell of a mind bending puzzle worthy of The Riddler!

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Dr. Hugo Strange (clearly a bastion of mental health)

Also since the Nolan brothers are so adept at juggling multiple villains I would personally love to see the lesser known Hugo Strange thrown into the mix. In the Legends of the Dark Knight story arc “Prey” (which is possibly the most disturbing Batman story I read as a child) he was a psychologist hired to use his analytical skills to determine Batman’s identity so the police could bring him to justice. However, being quite demented, he chooses to keep the information to himself and plays twisted mind games with Bruce Wayne, pushing him to the brink of insanity. A story perfectly suited to Batman’s outlaw status post ‘Dark Knight’ and one that could be easily intertwined with The Riddler.

Whatever the choices of villain it’s safe to say that this is the most anticipated comic book film of all time and if Nolan is indeed blessing us with his talents once again, he has earned the absolute faith of legions of Batfans everywhere.

The Beginning of Green Lantern: First Flight!

Check out the first four minutes of Green Lantern’s solo feature debut care of MTV!

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Pretty much the bare bones Hal Jordan origin story. Obviously they aren’t wasting any time getting to the outer space action! That’s just fine by me. 😉

Good to see it’s gotten a very positive review over at Ain’t it Cool!

Green Lantern: First Flight arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray July 28th!

No Love for Donatello

From CollegeHumor.com comes the funniest damn TMNT parody I’ve seen. I need this to be a whole show now.

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I never did want to be Donatello as a kid but he deserves better than this.

Thanks to Bam!Kapow! for sharing.

This Black Widow Can Devour Me Anytime! Ba-da-bum

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Today Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the criminally hot Scarlett Johansson as Marvel Comics femme fatale Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow!

While I admittedly have my concerns about how well Ms. Johansson will be able to pull off a convincing Russian accent I certainly had no worries as to her ability to fill out out a black leather cat-suit!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Adding more flesh and blood to the new movie, Scarlett Johansson joined the cast as Stark’s mysterious new assistant, Natasha, who has an alter ego of her own, Black Widow. That introduction inevitably sparks romantic tension between Stark and former assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s been promoted to CEO of Stark Industries. “The men want it to be, like, ‘Ooh, the girls are fighting over Tony,’ but it’s not as standard as that,” says Paltrow. “There’s a weird male catfight fantasy. Downey agrees. He believes what differentiates the franchise from other superhero series can be summarized as follows: “We’re horny. Not, like, can’t-bring-your-kids horny, but just…horny.”

Yes, I’m sure it will be a very sophisticated and dignified catfight Ms. Paltrow.

Read more of what the cast had to say here, including why Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash likes to get drunk and talk to a cockatoo.

Two Words: Zombie Lanterns!

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Hell yes! Today marks the official beginning of the DC Comics event of the year! Everything since the return of Hal Jordan has been leading to this. We have seen the rise of Lanterns of nearly every color of the spectrum.  The Rage of the Red, the Avarice of the Orange, the Fear of the Yellow, the Will of the Green, the Hope of the Blue, and the Love of the Violet (we still have yet to meet the mysterious Indigo Lanterns of Compassion); all vying for emotional supremacy. Now the The War of Light reaches it’s climax as the prophesied “Blackest Night” comes to pass. So rise the Black Lanterns of Death!

Believe it or not, there are a few DC characters still currently dead and now these black rings are seeking out these super-corpses and resurrecting them in grisly fashion! Will this lead to the utter annihilation of the universe as the Guardians of Oa fear?

It’s great to see such a major event series revolving around the Green Lanterns, who for me are truly the cornerstone of the DC universe. I’ve always been a massive Batman fan and dabbled in Superman here and there but never really cared for the DC universe (or should I say multiverse?) as a whole until I got into Green Lantern. For an ongoing intergalactic saga that rivals Star Wars and Trek, it’s high time that these boys (and girls and non-gender specific extraterrestrials) in Green finally get the cultural recognition they deserve. With this huge summer event series, his solo animated feature debut (Green Lantern: First Flight) out July 28, and an epic motion picture (fingers crossed) set for 2011, it’s looking more like the “brightest day” for the Green Lantern Corp!

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Also deserving a very honorable mention today is the release of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #1, the first part of a 24 issue maxi-series based on the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired Blade Runner. This is an unprecedented adaptation as every panel is taken directly from the text of the book. Just… WOW! Check out this preview from CBR!

The Foot Clan is Now Accepting Applications!

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That’s right ninjas and ninjettes, The Shredder wants you! If you happen to be a major league butt-kicker in the LA area, you can audition to have your ass handed to you by some over-sized amphibians going through their awkward phase.

Here’s how!

Martial Arts Experts – Open Casting Call Auditions – Martial Artist Wanted for New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in association with Mirage Studios, 4Kids Entertainment and TMNT Productions will host an open casting call for martial arts experts to audition for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, hitting theatres in 2011. We will select the best from the auditions to be a part of the stealth TMNT nemesis, the Foot Clan.

The casting call is part of the 25th Anniversary Shell-ebration of the “Heroes on a Half Shell” in 2009, and a great way to bring together all schools of martial arts to become part of the new generation of TMNT.

We’re reaching out to ask for your participation in spreading the word to your associates, friends and family within the martial arts community. Details of the event are below, and final rules/regulations will be posted shortly.

When: Saturday, July 18, 2009 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Hollywood & Highland

6801 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028

*At Grand Staircase

Who: Judges to include actor and martial arts expert Ernie Reyes, Jr., Jason Morgan from the American Taekwondo Association, and 2011 TMNT movie producers Scott Mednick and Galen Walker.

Audition: 30-Second Martial Arts Demo (Single Person Only)

No metal, sharp or bladed weapons of any kind allowed

Photo and updated resume with contact information

Fourteen years or older (under 18 must have adult permission for audition)

Hot damn, if only I’d kept up with those karate lessons when I was 10!

Faithful fans may recognize one of those judges, Mr. Ernie Reyes Jr.,  as a certain high-kicking pizza delivery boy!

Good luck to anyone trying out! Just remember, if you find yourself in a showdown with the Turtles, don’t just stand around awkwardly waiting for your turn, you don’t have to fight them one at a time, strength in numbers people!

Van Wilder Goes to Oa

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That’s right, I’m sure all you geeks know by now that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan, Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Not overjoyed but far from enraged. I still think he would have been better suited to The Flash but as long as they don’t go too goofy with it he could make a great Hal Jordan. I think we can all just breath a sigh of relief they didn’t go with Timberlake! (Nothing against the dude’s acting chops, but come on!) Just going to have to count on the vision of director Martin Campbell to make sure the film has the right tone.

Of course it remains to be seen what this spells for the planned Deadpool spinoff. As much as I’d love to see a Deadpool flick, Fox’s track record for um… ya know, not shitting on their properties ain’t so hot lately, soooo yea, I got no problem with the ol’ “merc with a mouth” taking a back seat to the Emerald Crusader.

I’m seriously fired up for this flick to get rollin’ now! Green Lantern is absolutely the greatest superhero not to have hit the big screen yet (sorry Wonder Woman). The combination of comic book superhero with sci-fi space opera? That’s geekstasy my friends.