Aronofsky's Wolverine: What's in Store?


Darren Aronofsky
The biggest cape movie news last week was the announcement that Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) had been named the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. To most, Aronofsky is probably an unusual choice to direct a mega-budget superhero flick. However, it makes sense for him and 20th Century Fox. He gets to do something completely different from what he's done in the past and perhaps make a landmark genre film in the process. Fox, meanwhile, has landed one of the most respected directors working today. He is sure to give Hugh Jackman's Wolverine a unique and psychologically deep vehicle to work in.

MTV's Splashpage had this quote from Jackman when the actor was asked what Aronofsky will do with Wolverine:


20th Century Fox

 "This is 'Wolverine.' This is not 'Popeye.' He's kind of dark," said the actor. "This is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote 'The Usual Suspects,' has written the script, so that'll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky's] going to make it fantastic. There's going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure."

So, do you think giving Aronofsky the reigns to one of their key properties was a smart move by Fox, or too much of a gamble?


Ghost Rider 2 Script Review Online


Nic Cage
 The website, News in Film, recently posted a script review for the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (release date TBA). Unfortunately, it sounds like the sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider is not going to be a major improvement on the first film. According to the article, none other than David S. Goyer, who worked on the story of The Dark Knight, wrote the first version of the script and then it was revised by writers who worked on the television show, FlashForwardNicolas Cage is back as John Blaze and it also stars Idris Elba and Violante Placido (currently starring in The American). 

Superman Reboot Will Amp Up the Action


Superman copyright DC Comics - painting by Alex Ross
On October 5, every movie blog in the world was quick to weigh in on the news that Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) had been chosen to direct the new Superman film, tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel. Of all the articles I read, I thought Hugh Hart at Underwire had one of the more interesting opinions on the Snyder news.
Hart lays out some valid points about why Snyder is a good choice to inject new life into the DC Comics icon. Being a fan of 300 and Watchmen, I have to agree with Hart's assessment. I think with Snyder at the helm, the new Supes will be loaded with over the top action set pieces, meticulously choreographed fight scenes and a highly stylized look. In short, everything I want in a Superman flick.