A handful of posters for your enjoyment, including Pirates, Bridesmaids, Cedar Rapids, and Priest. A tiny little clip of an ape from Rise of the Planet of the Apes (worst title ever), a trailer for Passion Play, your villain for Superman, a new Ras for The Dark Knight Rises, and a possible director for Wolverine. Phew. This post is going to take forever.
Okay, first poster is from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which looks… fine. I don’t know. It’s a poster for a movie with a ton of posters out. I’m sure it’ll set the world on fire.
Bridesmaids looks kinda good, except that it is so blatant about being a female version of The Hangover. I do think that Rose Byrne (far left) looks awesomely hot. Awesomely.
Cedar Rapids has already been out for a while. I don’t know why they’re still releasing posters. I do like that the review excerpt from the poster references The Hangover, which I don’t think Cedar Rapids resembles at all. Quirky? How was The Hangover quirky? It was blatant in its Unquirkiness. Funny, maybe, but bland and standard. Not quirky. Now I want Cedar Rapids to fail.
Priest has me confused. Part of me thinks it looks okay, but then I remember Legion, which was a collaboration between Paul Bettany and Priest’s director, and the ads looked good on that, and it blew nads. I don’t know why I’m expecting any different from Priest, but somehow, I am. And is it sexist that I think it’s awesome, and accurate, that Paul Bettany is faster on the futuristic motorcycle than the woman even though she appears to be trying harder?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, formerly known as Rise of the Apes (which is a better title, but doesn’t beat the moronic public over the head with the fact that this is related to Planet of the Apes) has a tiny little clip from WETA that shows how awesome the apes are going to look in the movie. Meh. I’ve seen monkeys before. I’d be more impressed if they made a Canadian look human, but that’s probably asking too much.
Passion Play, which doesn’t have a preview yet, but will shortly, has a trailer up. I’m unexcited. That’s probably why there hasn’t been a preview yet. It’s a film starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox. She’s an angel or some such nonsense, and the film is supposed to be her big acting showcase. Oddly, the film is essentially going straight to DVD. Surprising.
Superman: The Man of Steel, which is now apparently only going to be titled Man of Steel, although I bet the studio changes their mind and the title adds Superman back in before it releases, has its villain. Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod. For those of you who don’t know, General Zod is a fellow Kryptonian who was sent to the Phantom Zone before Krypton was destroyed, so he survived the planet’s destruction. No word yet on whether his underlings, Ursa and… some big guy whose name currently eludes me, are also going to be in the film, but perhaps. This is good news though, since Zod has the same powers as Superman, so there’ll be a genuine bad guy for Superman to fight, and not just lift up a continent and act lame. The superfight we’ve all been waiting for is coming.
Michael Shannon looks like a good choice. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Revolutionary Road, and while he’s mostly done some stuff under the radar, he is on Boardwalk Empire, and he kinda looks… diabolical. I’m happy.
The Dark Knight Rises has cast a new Ras Al Ghul, although it won’t be a reincarnation, or at least I don’t think so. Josh Pence has been cast as a young Ras, and it appears he will be in flashback scenes. You’ll remember that Ras was Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan has stated that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last Batman film, and he wants the film to come full circle. Since Rachel died in The Dark Knight, they’ll need a new love interest, and they have at least Catwoman as a potential love, but the word is that Marion Cotillard will play Talia Al Ghul, who is Ras’ daughter. So this fits.
Now that Darren Aronofsky has left The Wolverine, Fox is scrambling to hire somebody else to rush through production to get the film ready by summer 2012. Fox supposedly has Duncan Jones at the top of their list. Jones directed Moon and Source Code, so I suppose there’s potential here, but honestly, he could frame every shot so that he butt is mouthing the words like Ace Ventura and it’d be better than the first Wolverine film. Actually, that’s not a bad idea. MAKE IT WORK, JONES.