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Just hours after a casting call went out to start looking for lead actors in Fox's X-sequel "The Wolverine", director Darren Aronofsky has bowed out of the project, presumably after he woke up this morning and said "wait... I'm directing WHAT?!?!"
Ok, ok, we kid - Aronofsky actually cited the length of the overseas production as the main reason behind his decision, saying, "the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time." The sequel, which has yet to be "officially" greenlit by 20th Century Fox would have been shot extensively in Japan (which sadly, could use the money right about now) and was assumed to feature Hugh Jackman's Logan in Japan facing down Silver Samurai.
Fox responded with their typical "we still need the money" rebuttal:
"While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do The Wolverine, we also understand and respect his reasons. Having done both The Wrestler and Black Swan with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine. We will regroup and move forward aggressively."
Seeing as how Aronofsky's involvement was the ONLY reason for a lot of fans to see the film after the horrific 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' will this change-up affect box office numbers? Who do you Spillios think could do just as good a job directing a Wolverine film?
Over on CBM, they've released a cubic truckload of new images from Marvel Films' "Thor", including new shots of The Warriors Three, Loki, Sif, and even a Frost Giant:
Source: LA Times
Zack Snyder recently gave an interview to the LA Times, where he talked a bit about the past Superman films, debunked the Kevin Costner rumor, and even hinted at the iconic suit:
On the challenges of rebooting the franchise:
"Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies... If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure: there’s the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of ‘Respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.’"
On collaborating with Christopher Nolan:
"It’s been really great... Chris is awesome. He’s super-respectful but super-helpful, too. You can’t imagine a more generous [collaborator] - once he sort of got what I want to do with it, he was like, ‘OK,’ and once he said, ‘You know what, that’s awesome,’ now he’s 100%. If I say, ‘What do you think of this?’ he’s like, ‘That’s awesome,’ and then there’s a great give-and-take about it, a great conversation that we can have about it and making it better every day. And by the way, he’s hilarious too."
On Superman's legacy and preconceptions:
"Superman is the one constant in the universe... You know that if you do Superman right - or at least if you do him with respect - you know you end up with something great. In some ways Superman is the most recognizable superhero on the planet but also the most unknown. Just what he can be? People have preconceived ideas about him but probably all of them are wrong."
On the costume:
"I’d love to talk about it. We’re going to have to show it before we shoot, probably a while before that because [otherwise] someone will be on the set and get a picture of it."
Speaking of iconic costumes, CBM has it rumored that the upcoming (read: dreaded) TV pilot for "Wonder Woman" will feature the heroine in the new "modernized" version of her costume (at left) that debuted in recent comics.
However, the costume was part of a story arc by author J. Michael Straczynski that was so reviled by fans that DC is already working on ret-conning it out of existence and may be returning the noble Amazonian to her classic costume. Chalk this up to yet another reason not to watch the pilot when it airs on NBC.
Johnny Whitworth, in a recent interview about his upcoming film "Limitless", mentioned his role in the upcoming Nic Cage "Ghost Rider" sequel:
"I play the villain, who at the beginning up until about page 70, I am - for all intents and purposes - I'm human. Not a very nice guy. I'm bad. I get turned into - for those who read Ghost Rider - the character Blackout. I get turned into him - by the Devil - to complete my job which gives me the fortitude to fight Ghost Rider and the supernatural ability to compete on some level with that guy."
According to Marvel, 'Blackout' has the ability to automatically generate a light-dampening field which negates all visible light in a significant area. His albino-esque complexion and extreme physical sensitivity to sunlight and light in general likely accounts for this power-manifestation, and its vampiric similarities apparently led him to have his teeth and fingernails replaced with mechanically-enhanced metal ones.
"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" hits theaters February 17th, 2012 in 3D.
Until next time!