Movie Rumors

RMR: Nolans Directing Superman and Justice League? Transformers in Russia? Weaver in 'Avatar 2'?

Plus 'Captain America' rumors squashed and 'Armstrong' director possibilities

A bunch of comic book-y rumors kicked up some dust at the end of the week and I really had no idea if I was going to report on any of them, but enough hit the back-fence talking points I felt the first Rumor Mill Round-up since last September was in order.

We begin with Transformers 3 chatter, which began with a posting on Michael Bay's official site telling fans "there will be big action sequences shot in Chicago and Moscow this time around."

Giant robot talk continued at MTV where they transcribed Bay's appearance on Starz's "In the House" where he commented on the possibility of Transformers 3 hitting theaters in 3D, a process Bay has been a vocal detractor of saying, "3D? I don’t know... I might be old school. I think it might be a gimmick." He continued, "The way I shoot is too aggressive for 3D cameras. It’s a time consuming thing. Who knows... It might be a fad. I'm kinda old school. I’m old school because I like to shoot on film. I like anamorphic lenses, and that is old school."

That was in April 2009, but at the same time he added, "I don’t know, we’ll see. I’m looking forward to [James] Cameron’s picture." Well, he's seen Avatar and while it doesn't seem like he has completely turned the corner he appears more open to the possibility:

"It's a process we're testing with some Transformers scenes. How successful it is with my movie in terms of a lot of real stuff coming out of the frame, real dirt, real complicated little particles coming towards the lens, because hopefully that process will work. I've seen some tests that look great on other movies. I just want to see how it looks on my footage."

Moving on, Slash Film points us to the video you see to the right in which Sigourney Weaver indicated she may be back for Avatar 2 as here character, Dr. Grace Augustine, "is with Eywa now" and still exists "in the tree." She has apparently spoken with James Cameron about the possibility, but I can only imagine it being a very small role.

Marvel fans got a bit of a Friday disruption when rumors started circling the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America may have been delayed due to trouble with director Joe Johnston. Rest easy, though, Marvel has squashed said rumor telling CHUD.com things are still moving forward as planned for a July 22, 2011 release.

Perhaps the rumor you are most interested in has to do with the first part of my headline as reports out of IESB now say Christopher Nolan's brother, Jonah Nolan, will be co-writing the script for The Man of Steel with David Goyer and that baby Nolan may be looking to make his directorial debut on the feature.

Jonah Nolan scripted The Dark Knight with Chris while Goyer contributed to the story elements, making for something of a continued family feel with the franchise that appears to be leaking over into the Superman story as it was earlier reported Chris Nolan was shepherding the project for Warner Bros. The rumors get even deeper when IESB also says Chris Nolan may direct Justice League: Mortal for WB, but that is one rumor that is a bit too far fetched for me to believe considering Nolan is assumed to be directing Batman 3 for what I would assume to be a 2011 release and then I would expect him to then again move on to something completely unrelated, much like The Prestige before Dark Knight and Inception coming out this July.

Finally, from comics to toys as Vulture reports Twilight star Taylor Lautner will not star in Max Steel so he can play the title role in Stretch Armstrong, which was at one time said to be a project for Ron Howard to direct. However, the Los Angeles Times now reports Monsters vs. Aliens co-director Rob Letterman is looking like the front-runner. Letterman just finished helming Gulliver's Travels for Fox starring Jack Black and hitting theaters on December 22. Stretch Armstrong will be shot and released in 3D in 2012.

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  • EnglishGavz

    One problem with Bay being old school, sometimes we make new things for a reason, because it makes stuff better. I'm not endorsing 3D I just think his comments are reflective of the fact he started making films in the 90's and I don't feel he ever stopped.

    In an era with Nolan, do we really need Bay?

  • Garrett

    We could have always gone without Bay.

  • Colin

    I'm still eh about the Nolans and particuarly Goyer doing Superman.
    The Man of Steele needs to be a story about hope, which is hard to accomplish in the cynical time we live in. It's not to say that one can't have angst with it, but it needs to be angst for the right reason and the right purpose. Give Superman angst for not being able to do enough to help others not because he wants to give up and that he doesn't know his place.
    Also, play around with what's topical, not just what's happening to the journalism and newspaper industry but also with corporations and the need to privatize everything. Make Luthor the head of one of those government sponsored corportations and give the people something to fear, like Brainiac, Lobo, Zod etc. So much to the point that they believe there only protection from this fear is a powerful Luthor type with is own foot-solfdiers, all the while not knowing that both their "fear" and ther "protector" are in "bed" with each other.
    As for Superman being the boyscout, they should play around with his own culture. How life was valued on Krypton and how he vaules it the same way on Earth despite the cold, apathetic out-look of human-beings. Inspite of the populations cynical ways there is more compassion then contempt within humans depsite our self-doubts. Much like the Donner version, "they are a great people, they wish to be they only lack the light to show the way." Again make it a story about hope and perseverance in a world that believes it has lost both.
    At least that's what I want to see.

    • Gavi

      if only you were writing our movies..

      • Colin

        I wish

    • Phil

      Yea.. im sure chris nolan hasnt thought about any of this...

  • Chris138

    I also think that the Nolan rumor of him directing a Justice League movie is bullshit. Didn't he say over a year ago that his Batman isn't meant for those kinds of movies? I also can't see him getting involved with something like that. He'll be done with Gotham City after he completes his Batman trilogy, assuming that is what he will do.

  • Seiko

    Taylor Lautner in Max Steel? Making a movie of Max Steel, the CGI cartoon where the voices don't match up and effects that were lackluster even then? God I hope not...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Caban/100001488633229 Anthony Caban

    christopher nolan should direct supeman man of steel batman 3 and justice league