Mind the gap and avoid the shadows; This stop is the Dark Knight Station for January 25th, 2012.
Batman, Bane and Catwoman Toys Revealed – (Superhero Hype)
At the U.K. Toy Fair, DC Direct unveiled a slew of action figures being added to their toy line and chief among them were prototypes of DKR Batman, Bane and Catwoman figurines in various sizes. Toy news site Idle Hands has scanned images of the toys from DC Direct’s catalog, and they offer perhaps the clearest look at the characters’ design, particularly Catwoman’s, which has been the least prevalent in Dark Knight Rises‘ marketing.
What’s this? Another brand new comic feature here on Grizzly Bomb? But Supascoot, we already have Hero Express and The Griz Bin, why on earth would we need another one? Well, why not? Hero Express covers the movies, The Griz Bin covers the web, so we need something to cover the actual comics!
Welcome to Comic Rack! Your weekly look at all the comic news from across the industry!
Welcome back to the Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.
This is the Hero Express for November 6th, 2011
Punisher series coming to TV – (Gamma Squad)
“[It will] focus on NYPD detective Frank Castle, whose alter ego is that of a vigilante seeking justice for those failed by the court system.”
Sounds like if it’s given a chance and enough mature content, we could get a Frank Castle worth watching.
Shane Black Speaks on ‘Iron Man 3’ – (Slash Film)
Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Jon Favreau’s replacement director for Iron Man 3, had some important things to say regarding the upcoming Tony Stark picture, beginning with a dismissal of The Mandarin as a possible villain. Black didn’t reveal any possible villains for the movie but denied the inclusion of The Mandarin, calling the character a “racist caricature”.
Black went on to say that while Iron Man 3 may refer to the other Avengers in the movie, there won’t be any super-hero cameos by other members of the team.
And now for the big stuff: Black confirmed that Iron Man 3 will not tap into the ‘Demon in a Bottle’ story arc.
“No, because if we go there — it’s part of Tony’s character, but I think the “Demon In A Bottle” aspect, if you go there, you really have to go there. The film then becomes about that, because the journey that involves recovering from alcoholism is an entire movie. I mean, I want to keep it dark and interesting and edgy and spicy and all those things, but I don’t think we want to go as far as to deal with Tony’s descent into alcoholic madness. That’s maybe not where we want to be.”
Later on, he went into what makes the franchise successful:
“Iron Man is a different type of property, in a way, because Robert Downey is a different type of actor, number one. If you look at the first “Iron Man,” the events of the story feels like the crossover between what’s in a comic book and what’s in real life. There’s always been the tendency to make Iron Man the real-world superhero who deals with things a bit more rooted in geopolitical reality and then have comic book elements added. What’s interesting to me about the first movie, and to some extent the second movie, is the character. If you’re really paying attention to the story, the more people care about the character, the more people will care about the outcome, I think.”
The interview in its entirety is at Comic Book Resources.
New Trailer & interview for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
Rhys Ifans, playing The Lizard in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot talked a bit at Comic-Con about director Marc Webb’s vision for the movie, and gave some insight to his approach to playing the Spidey villain:
Additionally, here’s your official teaser for the film:
Run-Down of Avengers Footage Shown at NYCC – (Superhero Hype)
As is the norm with Comic-Con footage, the Avengers panel showed attendees an exclusive scene from the movie that you won’t be able to find online or anywhere else. However as is also the norm, you can read a description of the scene as transcribed by someone viewing it first-hand. Here’s a snippet of the scene, where Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) confronts Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo):
“The extended scene begins with a little girl running through the streets and crowded marketplace of what’s clearly India, arriving at the door of a building where a woman tells her to leave because “there is sickness here.” We go inside and we see that Ruffalo’s Dr. Banner has been working there, trying to help the sick people and the little girl pleads with him to help her father (both of them speaking in Hindi). He follows her out to a remote rundown shack on the outskirts of the city with goats tied up outside, and when he follows the little girl into the shack, she jumps right out the window.
It’s a trap!
Scarlett Johansson walks out of the shadows and says that for a man who is supposed to be avoiding stress, he picked a weird country to come to, and they have a bit of small talk in the way of introduction of what brought them both there. Banner makes a comment about the little girl they used to trap him, saying that “they’re starting agents very young,” and she tells him that she started that young.”
You can find the rest of the scene here, which you should definitely do right now.
And that’s all for The Hero Express this week!
Welcome to Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.
This is the Hero Express for October 06, 2011:
Catwoman set photos – (Cinema Blend)
Anne Hathaway’s upcoming turn in the catsuit has us all a little curious. What exactly has Christopher Nolan got in store for Selina Kyle in TDKR? Here are some new photos of Hathaway rockin’ the new outfit. I particularly like the shot of her and Bats chatting behind off-camera.
Selina Kyle set photos – (Comic Book Movie)
Actually more interesting for me to see than Catwoman’s get up is getting a good look at the Selina Kyle in Nolan’s Bat-verse, which we get a ton of here. Hathaway looks amazing in these photos and I’m really seeing why she was cast as the character.
Interview with Nestor Carbonell – (Splashpage)
You know Nestor Carbonell as Gotham’s mayor, Anthony Garcia. Back for the ride in The Dark Knight Rises, he had a lot to vaguely say and tease about the experience of finishing the Batman trilogy:
“I finished [filming] about a month ago in Pittsburgh. It was a lot of fun, it’s nice to go back to Chris Nolan’s world […] He has announced that this is his last go at ‘Batman’ but yeah, if it is the last for him, he certainly goes out big. It’s massive.”
“What I saw of the sets was just unbelievable. When we were shooting a particular scene I snuck around to see the image on the dolly of what the D.P., Wally Pfister, Academy Award Winner [was shooting]. I looked and immediately thought, ‘Wow, I see why he is who he is, it’s beautifully framed, beautifully shot, half is on IMAX.”
On Christopher Nolan:
“He’s one of these amazing storytellers in our generation, he’s one of the guys who’s taken that genre and grounded it and done something with it that hasn’t done before […] He’s made it that much more real, much more accessible, and he’s made a psychological thriller out of all of them, so he’s great, he’s amazing.”
New set photos of Bane – (Script Flags)
Here we get to my most interesting part of the Hero Express so far; some new images of Tom Hardy as Bane. In addition to photos of the Inception co-star in the face mask, there are a couple of images and videos of his Bane Truck to enjoy:
Even MORE set photos; Christian Bale and JGL – (Comic Book Movie)
Okay, this is getting a little ridiculous. Here are some photos of Joseph Gordon-Levitt driving Christian Bale around Gotham in a police car.
Adam Rodriguez gets cast in TDKR – (Deadline)
Oh my God, look at that. News that isn’t 25 videos and a 360 degree photo gallery of Anne Hathaway’s leather-coated butt (Not that I’m complaining). Adam Rodriguez, famous for his role in CSI: Miami, has just been added to The Dark Knight Rises cast, in a small role that as yet hasn’t been announced.
And that’s it for this edition of The Hero Express! I have a new-found respect for SupaScoot, having filled in for him this week and sorting through piles of links and news stories. Drop a comment telling us what you think about all this Dark Knight Rises news!