Saturday, November 7, 2009

Movie News: Spider-Man 4, Iron Man 2 and The Hobbit films....

Spider-Man 4
Finally, some rumors that have been confirmed. It seems shooting for the 4th Spider-Man installment will begin in March of 2010, with of course stars Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst. As of right now, the official release date won’t be until 2011 on March 5th. But of course, as we all know, that will probably change as complications arise and legal issues halt production.

We also know that plans are being put into action for a 5th and 6th film. No scripts are currently being worked on, but we do know for a fact that there are plans to go forward with two more web-crawling movies after the 4th film.

Dylan Baker, who has played Parker’s esteemed Dr. Connors, will be returning to the 4th movie. However, it is unsure if Dr. Connors will be the only villain in this film or not. I think we can all assume that Connor will at long last mutate into his super-villain alter-ego, and if so, it is possible he will be the film’s only villain. I personally hope the writers will stick with a “one villain” scenario. The reason the 3rd Spidey film had so many problems was due to the multiple plots going on with Parker, Sandman, Venom and the confusion that was connected with that. If they stick with just the Lizard as a lone villain, the film could be a huge success. However, it sounds like fans are rooting for a Carnage appearance, in which case, we would have a repeat of the 4th film’s travesty.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 is gearing up and Sam Rockwell has taken up the mantle of Justin Hammer, the multi-billion dollar business man who will, of course, try to bring down Stark Enterprises and Tony Stark himself.

Rockwell, known for his brilliant work in The Green Mile, is receiving some criticism and doubts on his ability to play the classy Justin Hammer. I, on the other hand, have full confidence in Rockwell bringing a top notch performance to the big screen as I have never been disappointed in his acting skills. Oh, and just as a side note, I just discovered Rockwell played an exceptionally minor role in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

I’m not really that excited for the film. The first Iron Man film was bad enough, now it’s going to get even worse. Of course, the whole concept behind Iron Man isn’t my cup of tea. The only thing that makes Iron Man interesting is the Iron suit that has endless capabilities and gadgets. Aside from that, the characters are pretty bad, and the film itself was (as far as action films are concerned) very boring with a dull script. My hopes for the 2nd Iron Man film are not very high and I’ll probably end up going to see it only to give it a bad review.

The Hobbit
I have not found any information about the upcoming Hobbit film, not even who is playing what. But I did fin out which monsters and demons will be making their appearance. Director Guillermo Del Toro has major plans to stay true to Tolkien’s book visually and verbally,

“In the trilogy most of the creatures are brutish or inarticulate. In The Hobbit, the creatures speak: Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue; the Great Goblin has beautiful lines of dialogue; many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary." Said Del Torro.

As most people are aware, Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, is most known for his low budget horror films. Jackson brought the taste of horror into the LOTR series. However, Tolkien’s writing is not always so terrifying when it came to the creatures of Middle Earth. Del Torro’s plan, however, is to show the beauty in the Tolkien world by giving these creatures a beautiful and majestic feel to them. In other words, do not expect Del Torro’s “The Hobbit” to resemble Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. But do expect to feel a complete disconnect from the film trilogy we all know and love when seeing The Hobbit.

I believe the plan is to split The Hobbit into two films. Because, let’s face it, to truly make this film a success, it’s going to be spread out longer than two hours.

That’s all for now. I’m working on a review for where the wild things are, so that should be up soon. And, to be honest, don’t expect anything but good remarks!


  1. YOU DIDN'T LIKE IRON MAN!?? Well that's just crazy. I'm really excited for the second one. And YAY for Spiderman!!!

  2. I'm hoping they stick to the classic Spidey villains for Spider-Man 4 - Carnage to me was a little to violent and sadistic to fit into the wall-crawlers rouges gallery. Punishers and Deathloks maybe...

    Weta Workshop is just a few hours from where I am, so Hobbit stuff is in the news quite a bit here. Because I see it in the papers so much I forget to blog about it! Will have to do one this week!

  3. Yeah Dan, get to blogging!! because as we all know, comic book bloggers have nothing better to do with their lives except talk about comics, right?