Extras! Joss Whedon talks about his Batman that never was, Brad Bird is going to 1952, Kevin Feige reveals that Marvel has some mutant rights, Amber Heard that Machete Kills, Best. Iron Man. Cosplay. Ever and who is JGL really in The Dark Knight Rises?! Plus much more!

Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

Now that Joss Whedon’s superhero movie smackdown is all the rage, are you perhaps thinking of doing some Avenger’s themed cosplay? Maybe you want to try your hand at making an Iron Man suit?

Well don’t. You’re just going to embarrass yourself. Because your home-made armour will simply never be as good as this guy’s. Ever.

Brad Bird may be best known for his animated efforts at Pixar, but he really entered the public awareness last year with his first live-action directorial gig on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. And next up, he will be directing the Damon Lindelof penned sci-fi epic, 1952. What’s 1952? Well, I have no idea, but it’s Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof! I don’t need to know more!

You’ll remember that after viewing the latest The Dark Knight Rises trailer, I was left wondering just exactly what the role of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake is going to be. For a so-called random police officer, he certainly appears to have a whole lot of screen time. Well John Golson over at Movies.com has a theory so crazy that it may just be true: JGL is Batman. Azrael Batman, that is. You may now proceed to lose your sh!t.

She spent her 2011 Driving Angry with Nic Cage, and downing a Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, and now it looks like Amber Heard will be killing with Machete. She will be playing the role of an assassin codenamed Miss San Antonio, in Robert Rodriguez’s sequel.

Two new still images from Pixar’s Brave have been released, and they’re all about the sword fighting and unruly red hair.

GQ is currently doing an expose on Joss Whedon, titled The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, which I cannot recommend enough. It’s a look at just how Whedon came to be the Geek God that he is. However there’s one particularly interesting snippet that I have to highlight. Before Chris Nolan got his hands on it, Joss Whedon was also looking to revive the Batman franchise from the neon-glowing, nippled ashes that was the Joel Schumacher films. And in his tale, there was going to be one new addition to the classic Batman mythos, which I think is actually kind of cool:

There was a scene—Whedon used to well up, just thinking about it—where young Bruce tries to protect this girl from being bullied in an alley, an alley like the one his parents were murdered in.

Whedon: “And he’s like this tiny 12-year-old who’s about to get the shit kicked out of him. And then it cuts to Wayne Manor, and Alfred is running like something terrible has happened, and he finds Bruce, and he’s back from the fight, and he’s completely fine. And Bruce is like, ‘I stopped them. I can stop them.’ That was the moment for me. When he goes ‘Oh, wait a minute; I can actually do something about this.’ The moment he gets that purpose, instead of just sort of being overwhelmed by the grief of his parents’ death.”

So Australia got invaded by the great Admiral General Aladeen:

 

Eva Green spoke to MTV about her role in the new 300 spinoff, Xerxes:

“Oh yeah, I’m playing Artemisia. She really existed actually. She was commander on a boat, of a whole Armada. She’s a very ballsy character, she’s almost like a man, so that’s fun. It’s my first action film, it’s going to be a challenge, [there will be] lots of training.”

So Casino Royale was what? A screwball comedy?

The Weirdest Avengers Merchandising Tie-Ins. If I had that desk, I would always be afraid to get up from it, as there would always be a very good chance that I would be sporting a nerd-boner.

AICN has a very spoiler-filled early test screening review of Alfonso Guaron’s Gravity. As a film I’ve been dying to see for ages, I refuse to read it as I would prefer to experience it properly on release, however I will just quote this opening line to his review, which will give you a good impression as to how much they liked it:

“This is not just next level shit, this is several levels ahead of next level shit, & quite possibly the highest level shit you could possibly make.”

So, a lot then?

Remember that (pardon the pun) eye-catching Charlize Theron character poster for Snow White and the Hunstman from the other day? Looks like they might have plagiarized it:

Elijah Wood is going to star in a new thriller entitled Grand Piano, that is being described as “Speed at a piano”. Up until reading that article, I had no ideas that those two ideas could even co-exist in this universe.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke to Super Hero Hype about all things Marvel movies, and while he was mostly rehashing a lot of the things he has said in other interviews, he did reveal one interesting fact. Apparently Marvel have an agreement with Fox, who currently own the X-Men rights, that allows them to make use of two of the most prominent members of the mutant race: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who  are not only Avengers in the comics, but also happen to be the children of X-Men nemesis numero uno, Magneto.

“We both have them. There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with “Avengers,” but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with “The Avengers.””

So does this mean that more deals could be struck? That we could maybe see the Sony owned Spider-Man hanging out with Tony Stark, for example?

Well, look, there’s certainly no plans for it or have been any discussions about anything like that, but seven years ago nobody would believed that ‘Avengers’ would’ve been possible. So, I’ve stopped saying ‘never’ to any of those questions, but I don’t know when that would be.

And we end on this hilarious (and slightly NSFW) short from CollegeHumour asking the question of what if the elite superhero team of the Avengers, was not quite so elite?

Ah, Plastic Man. You really are a douche.

And that’s all for today. I know you want more, but that’s all I got, so – to paraphrase my new hero, Admiral General Aladeen – either you agree, or you have an accident.

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  • http://twitter.com/JChess1 Justin Hess

    Hmmm. So basically, there’s a bomb on the piano and Frodo has to keep playing at 50 bpm or faster or it’s going to blow

  • http://twitter.com/JChess1 Justin Hess

    Also, I took a gander at events in 1952 and two caught my eye. 

    1 of a sighting of a number of UFOs that buzzed DC. That looks like something up Lindelof’s alley.
    2 is of a 7.5 quake in San Francisco. I remember rumours of Brad Bird taking on something along those lines and I wonder if this could be it

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

      Doubt it’s the quake angle, as it has been said that it will be a sci-fi epic, with an eye on this being just the first of a new franchise.