As the week goes on, more and more film news pours in about some of the biggest projects of the next couple of years. Light if finally being shed on what could possible be a big surprise for a villain for the final Nolan Batman installment. the new Superman film may be having some trouble already on the horizon, and Michael Bay’s final Transformers film finally has a title.
First off, a huge rumor has been circulating today about what very well could be Nolan’s next choice for his Batman villain. Recently it was announced that part of Batman 3 would be shot in New Orleans in part to save money for tax cuts. But some speculation today has been around if the new location may be because of a classic villain making his appearance. ComingSoon reported the filming location news back in April, and now famous writer Mark Millar tweeted the following- “Oh, wait. Con gossip: I know who the villain(s) are in Batman 3 and the big scene outside Gotham sounds awesome. Totally timely locale.”-“One of the villains is from my favourite childhood run on the character. Again, very unexpected.” Once further research is done you’ll find out that Millar was 13 in 1983, the same year that Killer Croc premiered in the comics. For those that are unfamiliar, Killer Croc is one of Batman’s more physical opponents, known in the older more traditional comics and shows as Waylon Jones, a former professional wrestler who was born with a skin defect that causes him to look like a crocodile, be able to breathe underwater for long periods of time, and be able to beat the living crap out of Batman. While there’s almost no way Nolan could adapt that take into a realistic style, there is a way that many are looking towards that could be very possible when you think about it. In the 2008 “Joker” comic (pictured above), Killer Croc isn’t literally a crocodile, but instead is a very large, black man with disfigured skin. When I started to think about it I could 100% see this working for Nolan at least as a side villain for Bruce Wayne side-tracking on a trip to New Orleans, or maybe even as a main villain along side Riddler if they wanted to go that way. Just imagine someone like Michael Clarke Duncan or Tony Todd going up against Batman in a true 1 to 1 physical fight. This is all rumor for now, but it’s definitely a rumor I wouldn’t mind becoming reality.
Second, although it was confirmed a couple of days ago that Zac Snyder had been confirmed for the role of directing the new Superman film, but it looks like some trouble may be occurring already on the project. I’ll put it like this, Warner Bros. is going to lose the rights to Superman after 2012, which means they need to make this film as soon as possible, or some other company will get to make the millions. It was stated by Variety in a recent report that while Daren Aronofsky was rumored for the director’s chair, Zac Snyder was chosen to direct because the Superman script needs some serious work, but Snyder was chosen for the job because he was “a man that could get the job done by 2012”. Basically, they don’t have time for extensive re-writes of the film, because it needs to be in production by 2011 for it to stay under Warner Bros. control. That being said, it has been reportedly leaked out that the new film is going to be another “origin” of sorts, but in a different sense. The film will reportedly follow “Clark Kent as he travels across the world, trying to decide if he’ll want to become Superman”. That may sound like a terrible idea for a Superman film to some, but it’s been rumored that this could mean it would be Clark Kent, traveling the world, and encountering fights leading up to a conflict with General Zod and ultimately choosing the mantle of Superman.
Third and Finally and Briefly, the title of Michael Bay’s third and final Transformers film has been confirmed, much to the delight of comedy writers everywhere, as Transformers: The Dark of the Moon”. No, the Transformers aren’t going to be facing off against Pink Floyd, but Soundwave this time. One rumor of the storyline for the film went as follows-The Autobots are finally at peace with the humans on Earth, but Soundwave has become somewhat of a dictator on Cybertron since the Autobots and Decepticons departure, and is building a giant base on the dark side of the moon to destroy the Autobots and human race once and for all. This leads me to think there’s going to be a moon fight, and if that’s the case, I’m so totally in. It’s already been confirmed that the film will involve the Transformers’ role in the space race, as they were shooting some scenes on the NASA base a couple of days ago. Other than that, overall we know-the film will be in post-converted 3D, no more dorky comedy, a set of a nuclear reactor, and Sam Witwicky is now an adult trying to get a job out of college. Starring in the film is Shia Labeouf, Rosie Huntington Whitley, Josh Duhammel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Alan Tudyk, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malcovich.