The geek news has taken two extremes as of late -- so enormous that I can barely fit it into one post, or nonexistent. Now, as the summer season draws near, we're getting all kinds of little bites as some big movies move into production. That means I get to revive my roundup, my bullet points, and my nifty little graphic!
- The hunt for Captain America continues. HitFix reports that Ryan Phillippe has been called up for a screen test, and Deadline Hollywood Daily countered with a report that Channing Tatum had been invited to test. (So, basically they're looking at the entire cast of Stop-Loss.) DHD is practically claiming Tatum is a done deal if he just accepts the offer Marvel may give him. (I beat Marvel to the punch a year ago! ) Since everyone who is blonde, tall, and handsome, how about Invictus' Scott Eastwood? He caught my eye kicking that winning goal.
- Variety reports that C2 Entertainment is adapting Red Eye Press' Dana Valentine series into a film. Valentine is an assassin who enjoys a typical contract killer's life -- always in danger, ducking her past, endangering those around her. I haven't read it, but I love assassin stories, so I'm going to hunt it down so I have a better opinion. In the meantime, good luck C2. You're new on the filmmaking block, but if you could make your name with an action heroine, I'll worship you forever.
- It turns out Mickey Rourke won't be the father of Conan the Barbarian. Vulture reports Rourke will take a part in Tarsem Singh's War of the Gods instead, and Ron Perlman will play Corin. Said Taghmaoui has also joined the cast as "a leader of thieves" who is saved by Conan, and joins his cause. Filming on Marcus Nispel's Conan is supposed to begin this week in Bulgaria.
- According to The Hollywood Reporter, young Dakota Goyo will be playing Hugh Jackman's son in Real Steel. He has Resurrecting the Champ and Defendor to his name, so it seems to be kismet he'd be hanging around with Wolverine in a boxing movie.
- If you want major spoilers on Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, Latino Review has gotten very friendly with a secret Marvel source. Read at your own peril!
- Finally, MTV has the tale of how Christian Bale was almost Superman in Wolfgang Petersen's Batman vs. Superman, a Warner Bros film that would have pitted the two heroes against each other. "It was pretty close [to being made]," said Petersen. "And then the studio got a single Superman script I think from J.J. Abrams at that time, and [Warner Bros. chief] Alan Horn was so torn – because it's such a fascinating concept to do a Batman versus Superman film. And I still think it would be to do that. But the studio decided to try separate version of Superman and Batman, and then maybe think about down the road if you want to bring them together in one film."