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The Dark Knight Rises

October 28, 2010 1 comment

Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan are currently working on a script for what they see as the final chapter in a Batman trilogy, set for release in July 2012.

 Christopher has always been relatively shy when it comes to dealing with the press. But over the last few years he seems to have been willing to give interviews and drop some pretty important news to The Los Angeles Times. Yesterday, on their blog, they announced two pretty big pieces of news:

1)      Batman 3 will be titled The Dark Knight Rises

2)      The villain won’t be the Riddler

As one might expect, the film has been shrouded in much secrecy, leaving many speculating on who the final villain will be. Now that Nolan has ruled out both Riddler and Mr. Freeze the current crowd favourites are Catwoman or the lesser-known Hugo Strange. But with such an incredible selection of baddies to choose from, Nolan could well choose a character that is of the radar.

On the filming front Nolan confirmed that he has talked Warner Brothers out of filming in 3D for the third film. Shooting will start sometime next year and will continue with the use of IMAX cameras, which has had all the film nuts raving.

One way or another there is little doubt that it’s going to be a film well worth seeing. Who knows, I might end up renting a Batman costume and running around the cinema going ‘Swoosh’.

Iron Man 2 – let the ass kicking begin!

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The time has finally arrived… Iron Man 2 is about to begin. I’m so excited it’s actually a little scary/sad. Anyway, as usual America sets the pace in terms of expectation and it seems that expectation is high.

According to my secret data files Iron Man 2 has sold more than five times as many tickets as the first Iron Man did at the same point in its sales cycle. Iron Man earned $318 million in the states and nearly $600 million worldwide… that’s almost my annual salary. In the movie’s opening weekend alone it earned $98 million.

So, does that mean Iron Man 2 is on track for $500 million? To be honest I have no idea, but it’s a sure sign that the sequel is on pace to do big, big opening weekend business.

The current opening weekend record is The Dark Knight with $158 million. Topping that seems like tough work but Iron Man 2 has a a few things working in its favor:

  1. Iron Man 2’s running time is shorter than that of the Batman’s sequel, which could allow theater owners to squeeze in more showings and
  2. It’s got a bigger base to build on – Iron Man earned significantly more than Batman Begins did, giving Iron Man 2 an already bigger, already locked-in audience.

All I can say is that it’s going to be awesome. So awesome in fact that I may even rent an Iron Man costume and bust it out at the V&A Waterfront.

Note: this post is dedicated to my faithful follower Thinus.

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Christopher Nolan to Oversee Superman Reboot

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Christopher Nolan is a genius, we all know it. And after having resurrecting the Batman franchise, and making The Dark Knight the most successful superhero film of all time, Warner now want Nolan to oversee the reboot of the Superman franchise.

No one really knows what’s going on at this point. Even the Warner execs don’t know where the film will go, but apparently they’re acting like Batman Begins never happened. In the words of an unamed source “We know what we don’t want to do. But we don’t know what we want to do. We learned a lot from the last movie, and we want to get it right this time.”

Nolan will (almost certainly) not be directing or writing the film, but will rather play the role of supreme commander i.e. picking who writes and directs, overseeing the story, filming and production. It’s a tough role, but no doubt Nolan is the kind of guy who can pull it off. I just think it’s pretty incredible that Warner have no given him control of two of the biggest superhero franchises in history.