The Batman movies of the late '80s and '90s took a traditional approach to choosing villains — starting with Joker in 1989's Batman, before moving on to Penguin, Catwoman, and others. Director Christopher Nolan, on the other hand, has used more obscure villains for his Batman movies. He brought in Ra's al Ghul and Scarecrow for 2005's Batman Begins before using more traditional villains like the Joker and Two-Face in 2008's The Dark Knight.
For Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, the director has focused his attention on the villain Bane (Tom Hardy), who is reportedly the centerpiece of the seven-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises which will screen before select 70mm IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol starting Dec. 16th. While Bane did appear in the woeful Batman & Robin, and is well-known to comic book fans for breaking Batman's back in the "Knightfall" story arc, Nolan admitted to the LA Times that he had little knowledge of the character before starting work on the sequel. read nolan's comments >> Posted 12.13.11 by Ryan
Writer David Goyer is known for his work in comic book movies, specifically helping director Christopher Nolan come up with the story for his three Batman movies — Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises — as well as writing the script for the Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel and the Ghost Rider sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Now he'll be tackling a different kind of comic book character: Godzilla.
First featured in the 1954 Godzilla, the character has been a fixture in Japanese comics (manga) ever since, eventually making his way to the United States with a 24 issue series from Marvel Comics that began in 1977, where the giant monster even faced off against several comic book heroes, including the Avengers and Spider-Man. It isn't likely that the latest movie adaptation will follow much of the characters comic book history, however. more on Godzilla >> Posted 07.14.11 by Ryan
ComingSoon reports that while appearing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival over the weekend, director Christopher Nolan spoke briefly about the upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan has admitted the sequel will be the "last chapter of our Batman saga", and he reiterated that message to the crowd. "[Returning] was about finishing the story," said Nolan.
Nolan joked that he came up with the title after he banged his head "against the wall," and confirmed a May production start.
We've worked on it a long time — David Goyer and myself. We're about 12 weeks away from shooting. We start in May.
Chrisitian Bale will return as the Caped Crusader for the third time in The Dark Knight Rises, and will be joined by newcomers Tom Hardy as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, a.k.a Catwoman. When asked if Hathaway would play both iterations of the character, Nolan "smiled coyly and wouldn't say a word." Posted 01.31.11 by Ryan
The sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider, titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, is currently shooting in Romania and has been given a release date. ComingSoon reports that Sony's Columbia Pictures have scheduled a February 17, 2012, release date, putting the sequel 5 years and a day from the original's release.
Nicolas Cage is returning to the role, with directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) sharing directing duties. David Goyer supplied the script, which he initially wrote a decade ago as a "hard R" movie that was rewritten to be the sequel. Script details revealed (possibly) >> Posted 09.19.10 by Ryan
Most critics and fans would agree that their issues with 2006's Superman Returns had little or nothing to do with Brandon Routh's performance, which may be why the actor is still holding out hope that he can continue with the role in the next incarnation that Christopher Nolan is producing. Routh told CinemaBlend that while he has heard nothing about the upcoming Superman movie, tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel, he is interested in returning to the role. Can Routh convince the brothers Nolan? >> Posted 07.29.10 by Ryan
For a while it looked like Nicolas Cage might be replaced in the upcoming sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider due to a looming November production deadline that could have sent the rights to the character back to Marvel Studios and its parent company, Disney. Cage dispelled those rumors when he confirmed he would appear in the sequel, tentatively called Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and that he was "excited" to work with Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on the project. As for whether Cage's co-star, Eva Mendes, will return for the sequel, it seems unlikely. more on what Mendes has to say >> Posted 07.21.10 by Ryan
One thing's for sure: People are excited for another Superman movie. Since The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was reported to be acting as "godfather" on a Superman reboot (tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel), speculative questions have followed Nolan everywhere, including who he will cast (Nolan says he hasn't "even thought about" it) and if Nolan will direct (he says he will only "act as producer").
With Nolan definitively not directing, a report spread that Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter movies, was offered the directing job, but Collider disagrees. According to their source, "Chris Columbus has NOT been offered the chance to helm the next Superman movie." For some, this news may come as a sigh of relief. For others that wanted a Superman movie from the director of Home Alone, we send our apologies.
David Goyer is writing the screenplay for the reboot, which Warner Bros. wants to release in December of 2012. Posted 07.11.10 by Ryan
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) says that he hasn't "even thought about" casting the lead role in the rebooted Superman movie that he is producing for Warner Bros., but the studio isn't allowing the project to languish. David S. Goyer, co-writer of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, is currently working on the Superman: The Man of Steel (working title) script and, though he has also expressed interest in directing the movie, WB may have already set their sights on another director. who does WB want to direct the reboot? >> Posted 07.09.10 by BrentJS
Production on Ghost Rider 2 is up against the clock. With a November 14 production deadline looming, it appeared like Nicolas Cage might be replaced so Columbia could produce the sequel before the Ghost Rider rights revert to Marvel Entertainment. Instead, Columbia is pushing forward with the sequel, hiring not one, but two directors for the project. Crank writer/directors to work on ghost rider 2? >> Posted 06.16.10 by Ryan
Before Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer were announced as the men who would be guiding the reinvention of the Superman franchise, comic book writer Mark Millar's name kept popping up as the one who might be writing the next chapter of the big-screen adventures of "The Man of Steel." Millar, the creator of the comic books that inspired the Wanted and Kick-Ass movie adaptations, spoke frequently about his passion for the character and his discussions with Warner Bros. about an epic trilogy of Superman movies with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn at the helm.
Just prior to the official Nolan-Goyer announcement, when their involvement was rumored but not confirmed, LatinoReview published an article dismissing Millar's supposed discussions with Warner Bros. as "bullsh*t" and saying that he was "never even discussed to write" the reboot.Millar immediately countered the LatinoReview article, saying that "WB had direct and serious talks with Vaughn and Vaughn was only doing it if we did it together." In a recent interview with MTV, Vaughn finally weighs in on the controversy, clarifying his involvement with the reboot.
That sort of all got blown out of proportion. I had a very brief chat with them and that's all it was. From a 30-second chat, it's become this huge thing. It hadn't gone [that far], we just had an idea for a story for Superman — that was it.
Vaughn calls Bryan Singer's Superman Returns "a mess" and says that he hopes that Nolan doesn't make the new Superman "too serious" like The Dark Knight. Watch the video below for more. Posted 03.27.10 by BrentJS