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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, World War Z, Beetlejuice 2, + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

Sci-Fi Movies is back with updates on the latest in sci-fi and genre movies, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, World War Z and even news on a sequel to Beetlejuice. All that plus much more, including the latest images and video previews.

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

Man of Steel: First official look at Henry Cavill in Superman costume + Michael Shannon talks Zod motion-capture suit

If you haven’t seen it already, above is our first official look at Henry Cavill in full Superman costume for the Zack Snyder-directed / Christopher Nolan-produced “Man of Steel”. Also released in the time we were away, was an official synposis for the film, which is now scheduled to be released on June 14, 2013 (versus a previous December 2012 release date):

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

In other news, Michael Shannon, who plays Zod, has confirmed that he’ll be wearing a motion-capture suit for the role (as seen in recently revealed set images which you’ll find below). Shannon also spoke about taking on such an iconic role (played by Terence Stamp in the first two “Superman” movies):

“I’m not going to impersonate Terence Stamp. I’m not going to have a British accent or anything,” he said, referring to the esteemed actor who played the Kryptonian baddie in the original films. “All I can say is it’s very well written and there’s a lot of great opportunities to reinvent it for myself. The challenge is for me to do that. There’s nothing holding me back. I think they’re counting on me to give my interpretation. I’ll do the best I can.”

It’s unclear why Zod’s suit would need to be CGI. Watch MTV‘s interview with Shannon below:

In an interview with The Playlist | indieWIRE, Shannon elaborated on how he intends to differentiate himself from the way Stamp played the role:

“I found his performance so powerful that I would be overwhelmed by it if I tried to incorporate it into what I’m doing. There’s no reason to try and replicate it cos it’s perfect the way it is. I’m just trying to go down a different road with it, the script’s a little bit different than the original script. It’s going to have a different look and feel to it, visually. I’m looking forward to really settling into it, and playing with it.”

In casting news, EW reports that Laurence Fishburne has been cast in the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill (Superman / Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Russell Crowe (Jor-El). Check below for some new set images including a look at the new Daily Planet:

Set images: Michael Shannon (Zod) and Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman) [more at Latino Review, (2)]

Set image: First look at The Daily Planet [io9]

Set video [YouTube]

Rhys Ifans details his CGI Lizard suit in The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the actor discussed the suit he wore and the CGI used to create the 9-ft tall Lizard:

“The majority of the time I’m me, I’m a human, not a Lizard. That’s hard enough. I did have the CGi suit for certain scenes. The Lizard is 9 feet tall. There was one day that I went on set and they had a double, a big big guy, playing me, as the Lizard. I looked at it and I went “No.” Following that Marc [Webb, the director] let me know all the physicality, all the physicality you’ll see in the Lizard is my own.”

Ifans expanded:

“I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head, and these big claws. It was the most fucking insane… Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard’s eyes move, they’re my eyes. If I frown or show any emotion, they’re my emotions. That’s how spectacularly advanced technology is.”

In other news, Denis Leary, who plays George Stacy, says the film will have “a pretty dark vision” of Spider-Man, adding: “It’s a darker story, but there are some very funny things in it. Some of them were scripted, and some of them came out of the work”.

The Dark Knight Rises: Teaser trailer + First look at Anne Hatheway as Catwoman

In the time we’ve been away, Warner Brothers has released the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”. The teaser opens with footage from the prior two films, but does contain some new footage, including a new look at Tom Hardy as Bane. Watch the teaser below:

The studio has also released a teaser poster:

Meanwhile, in casting news, “Stargate” star Christopher Judge revealed on his Twitter page that he has been cast in the film. It’s unknown what role he’ll be playing. We’ll round out this week’s ‘TDKR’ update, with our first official look at Anne Hatheway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, followed by a few set images and set video. “The Dark Knight Rises” is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX thaters on July 20, 2012.

Set images: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Officer John Blake) and Anne Hatheway (Selina Kyle / Catwoman) [more via Comic Book Movie]

Set videos [more via CBM & Shockya, (2)]

Warner Brothers developing Beetlejuice sequel; Seth Grahame-Smith writing

Warner Brothers is moving forward with a sequel to the 1988 Tim Burton-directed classic “Beetlejuice” which starred Michael Keaton in the title role. The studio has tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to pen the project, which Deadline reports will be a reboot, not a remake, intended to “[advance] the storyline of the original”:

“We first got to know Seth through his fantastic work on Dark Shadows, and it immediately became a priority to expand our relationship with him,” said Warner Bros production president Greg Silverman. “Seth introduced us to David, who greatly impresses us with the vision for KatzSmith from the very first meeting. We firmly believe in their talents and are extremely excited to welcome them to the Warners family.”

The Avengers: Rumored second villain

A few months back there was a rumor about a possible secondary villain in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”. The name has surfaced again. According to a report by Comic Book Movie, the other villain featured in the film is [SPOILERS–highlight to view] Thanos. Here’s their report — don’t read any further unless you don’t mind being spoiled — which contains additional plot details about the film:

“OK, so…The other big villain we will see is THANOS. Latino Review broke that news in May but since then it has been pretty quiet regarding that. Well, according to my source, he is indeed in the film and the mysterious aliens everyone is talking about, is his army. As for the plot details, well, it will be very interesting…Basically Thanos makes a deal with Loki (like Hiddleston said in one interview that Loki makes some shady deals) to get him the Infinity Gauntlet. He trades his army for the Gauntlet. And that’s about it. No word on what ‘Leviathan’ is though.”

Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer [YouTube]

Harrison Ford open to making a fifth Indiana Jones movie

Considering the huge success of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Indy himself, Harrison Ford, would be open to making a fifth film [Hero Complex | LA Times]:

“Maybe a fifth, but I ain’t going to Mars,” he said.

“It’s an absolute delight to revisit this character,” Ford said, “and a chance to work with Steven again, who only hires me for ‘Indiana Jones.'”

That last bit brought about an interesting revelation; that Steven Spielberg initially offered the “Jurassic Park” role of Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill) to Ford:

“Do you know who I offered ‘Jurassic Park’ to? This guy. Alan Grant I first offered to this guy.”

Ford shrugged and smiled.

“That was a lot like going to Mars,” he said.

Marc Forster talks World War Z

“World War Z” director Marc Forster spoke to MTV about his adaptation of the Max Brooks novel and explained why it won’t be a fully faithful adaptation:

“The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you’re changing certain things,” Forster explained. “I do feel we’re trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it’s important.”

Forster went on to stress that while they intend to do their “own film, telling our own story because we had to,” they still hope to “include as much as we can from the book.” Forster also revealed that one of his biggest issues he’s had to deal with is deciding how the zombies move:

“In Max Brook’s book they move in the George Romero fashion. I feel like we have a little bit different approach,” he revealed. “But it doesn’t exclude that they might not eventually be fashioned how George Romero’s zombies move, it’s just a little bit different approach,” Forster said. “I think that will probably be the biggest discussions that there will be.”

Starring Brad Pitt, “World War Z” is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2012.

Set footage [YouTube]

Report: Ghostbusters returning to theaters this October

Sony hasn’t made it official, but AICN reports that “Ghostbusters” is heading back to theaters next month:

Now, there aren’t any details that I’ve been able to find. I don’t know how many screens, if it’s a real 2k/4k re-release or one of those shitty DVD projection jobs, but the Ghostbusters Facebook page hinted at things in the works and then posted a trailer announcing the return of Ghostbusters to the big screen.

Captain America surprise; Grosses more internationally than domestically

Normally blockbusters perform stronger internationally than they do domestically, however, there was some expectation from Paramount that “Captain America: The First Avenger” wouldn’t carry on that tradition. Well, they were wrong. Thanks to a particulary strong $5M opening in China last weekend, ‘Captain America’ has now grossed more money internationally ($178.95M) than it has domestically ($173.66M). As of September 14 the worldwide total stands at $352.62M. ‘Captain America’ opens in Japan on October 15.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga available on Blu-ray + Never before seen behind-the-scenes photos

“Star Wars: The Complete Saga” was officially released on Blu-ray Friday (the Original and Prequel trilogies are also available separately, but don’t contain three additional bonus discs). In addition to being the first High-Def home video release, the set’s wealth of special features includes an extended set of deleted scenes from the original trilogy. For those who haven’t picked up the set, you’re in luck, as all 13 deleted scenes have found their way online. Watch one clip below and see the rest via Comic Book Movie:

Also, click over to Mental Floss for a set of 40 rare behind-the-scenes images from the original trilogy, such as this one from the end of ‘A New Hope’:

The Hobbit: Complete Dwarf composite

Here it is, a complete official composite featuring all the Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” [via TheOneRing.net]:

‘An Unexpected Journey’ is the first film scheduled in the two-part project. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will follow on December 13, 2013. Both films will be released in 3D.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

The Chronicles of Riddick 3

Concept art [Vin Diesel’s Facebook Fan Page via Collider]

Cloud Atlas

Set images [more at Just Jared]

Dark Shadows

Set images: First look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins [more at Celebuzz]

The Goon

Early test animation [YouTube]

In Time

Poster [IMPAwards]

Prometheus

First official look [YourEntNow]

Real Steel

Trailer: “Hit Back” [YouTube]

R.I.P.D.

Set images: Ryan Reynolds (Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Chase Wilkins) and Jeff Bridges (Bo) [more at Celebuzz, (2)]

The Thing

Clip [MTV]

TV trailer: “Not Dead” [YouTube]

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Teaser posters [ComingSoon.net]

Teaser trailer [Yahoo! Movies]

MOVIE BITES

  • Previously on TrekMovie: CBS developing TV adaptation of Dunan Jones’ sci-fi thriller “Source Code”.
  • Producer Lauren Shuler Donner says they’re close to presenting a “Deadpool” movie to Fox. Donner admits the character was poorly represented in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, but the solo effort will fix those issues: “We’re gonna give it a little bit of a different look. It’s a different kind of movie. If you know ‘Deadpool’…it’s true to ‘Deadpool’. So you know, it’ll be violent, and outrageous, and funny, and all that.” Donner also says they want Ryan Reynolds ro reprise the role: “Absolutely, yeah. I can’t imagine … who else could play Wade Wilson?”. [HitFix]

  • Donner also commented on both “The Wolverine” and a follow-up to “X-Men: First Class”. With regards to another “X-Men” movie, Donner says they’re “seriously talking about it” and want Matthew Vaughn back to direct. For “The Wolverine”, Donner said they’re unsure when it will start filming, but they hope to have it underway by summer 2012. [HitFix]

  • Nike has created a tennis shoe with an automatic lacing system — as featured in “Back to the Future”: [via TechCrunch]

  • Despite what his friend George Lucas has done with “Star Wars”, Steven Spielberg says that when E.T. hits Blu-ray, it’ll be the original 1982 cut with NO changes (including CG): “For myself, I tried this once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things] … it was okay for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T.” [L.A. Times Hero Complex via Geek Tyrant]
  • Sony Pictures has announced that “Underworld Awakening”, the fourth installment in the supernatural-action franchise, will be released in IMAX 3D simultaneously with the film’s worldwide release January 20, 2012. [Sony / IMAX]
  • Lionsgate has announced that principal photography on Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel “The Hunger Games” has wrapped. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on March 23, 2012. [via THR]
  • Roland Emmerich says pre-production is underway on “Singularity” with shooting expected to start in late March: “It takes place in the future 40 years from now. It’s like kind of this moment where computer technology is so advanced that we kind of-It’s the danger of losing control.” [Collider]
  • Universal Pictures has set Ron Howard to direct writer David Guggenheim’s “364”. The film revolves around a character who on one day a year has super powers and spends the remaining 364 days figuring out how to use those special powers for good. [Deadline]
  • Julian Gilbey has been tapped to direct “Offworld” which he describes as “a kind of an intergalactic Naked Prey”. Gilbey adds that it’s “a pedal-to-the-metal safari movie set on an alien planet. There’s lots of nasty creatures – some even on the good guys’ side.” [Empire]
  • Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in discussions with Summit Entertainment to direct the studio’s “Highlander” remake. [Deadline]
  • “Real Steel” (October 7, 2011) director Shawn Levy has some ideas for a sequel: “Some of the notions we’re playing with… for instance we went very anthropomorphic in both the design and the movement of the robots in this movie, I think we can really blow that out. The class warfare between underworld and [World Robot Boxing], that’s something that seems rich. The evolution of this father and son’s relationship, and [Hugh Jackman’s] relationship with Evangeline [Lilly]…”. [Bleeding Cool]
  • Nestor Carbonell, who reprises his role as Mayor Garcia in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, calls the latest film in the franchise “more real, much more accessible”, adding Nolan has “made a psychological thriller out of all of them, so he’s great, he’s amazing.” Carbonell also confirmed that half the film will be shot in IMAX. [MTV Splashpage]

CASTING BITES

  • “300: Battle of Artemisia” producer Bernie Goldman says there’s a potential that Gerard Butler and Lena Headey could reprise their roles as Leonidas and Queen Gorgo, respectively, in the “300” prequel. [MTV Splashpage]
  • Hugh Grant has joined the cast of Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of the David Mitchell novel “Cloud Atlas”. [Screen Daily]
  • Richard Ayoade has joined the cast of Ben Stiller’s sci-fi comedy “Neighborhood Watch”. The comedy is about a man (Stiller) who moves from the big city to the suburbs, joins the neighborhood watch patrol and uncovers an alien conspiracy. [Empire]
  • “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks says she would be open to playing “Wonder Woman”. [Vulture]
  • Bruce Campbell says the “Evil Dead” remake is a re-imagining and currently doesn’t include the character Ash: “ED remake is a re-telling. All bets are off & all involved love the new approach.” [Bruce Campbell | Twitter]
  • Ashley Bell has revealed that she has been cast in a sequel to “The Last Exorcism”. [Bloody Disgusting]

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