Welcome once again to our superhero news round-up. Today I have Nicolas Winding Refn explaining his take on a big screen Wonder Woman movie, Ashton Kutcher talking about how he auditioned for the role of Superman for Brett Ranter, DC Comics writer Geoff Johns talks about seeing Mark Strong‘s screen test as Sinestro in Green Lantern, and 31 New Minutes of new bonus content has been released from The Dark Knight. Find out the full details on all of these stories, after the jump.
Many people complained about The Dark Knight‘s lack of extras when the DVD/Blu-Ray was released. I have some good news for those of you who want to see some more never-before-released featurettes and bonus content. DC Comics is celebrating their 75th Anniversary, and as part of that they have included 31 additional minutes of bonus content when you buy The Dark Knight on iTunes, Amazon OnDemand or Cable OnDemand (starting in July). You can see a listing of the bonus features below:
Ashton Kutcher tells MTV that not only did he audition for the role of Superman, but he tried on the Superman suit in a screen test.
“I wore the Superman suit, I did a screentest in the Superman suit. There is [footage of my audition out there], with Keri Russell, who was reading Lois [Lane]. There’s me in a Clark Kent outfit, and then there’s me in a Superman outfit. It did not feel right. I hadn’t worked out or done anything right. … I was like a rail with fake muscles. It looked funny.”
I’m sure many of the /Film readers are glad that Kutcher’s Superman never made the big screen. Anyone have video of the screen test? I’d love to see it. Ashton also says he doesn’t remember which director he auditioned fo, suggesting it might have been Brett Ratner. Considering Russell’s involvement, I’m surprised it wasn’t JJ Abrams. You can watch the interview bit below:
DC Comics writer Geoff Johns talks about seeing Mark Strong‘s screen test as Sinestro in Green Lantern:
Finally, the big one. Mark Strong. Sinestro. I just returned from New Orleans, where GREEN LANTERN is deep in production set for release in June 2011. GREEN LANTERN has an unreal crew and cast. Grant Major – the Production Designer on LORD OF THE RINGS. Martin Campbell – the director of CASINO ROYALE. And Mark Strong from SHERLOCK HOLMES and KICK-ASS as Sinestro. And while I was there, there was a test on Sinestro. How he looks. How he moves. An amazing test. Unfortunately, that test is top secret. I can say with confidence, however, if you like Sinestro you’re going to love Mark Strong as Sinestro. Powerful, regal, intimidating. Mark clearly has done his research and embraced every aspect of what makes Sinestro one of the greatest, most complex characters within the vast, epic universe of the Green Lantern Corps. I think you’ll be as psyched as I am when you finally see him.
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Pusher Trilogy, Bronson) talks to Movieline about his reasons for wanting to direct a big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman:
“the real origin of Wonder Woman is: What if women were more powerful than men? What would the world be like? That’s a subliminal theme.” … “I think that would be a starting point for looking at it. You need a great, extravagant, marketable action film — and everything that comes with it. But I think that when Christopher Nolan did the Batman movies, I think he very cleverly went back to the source material and took themes that had maybe not been exercised. And he was able to make very good and successful films with them. So I think the audience is very much out there. It’s just how you do it. And I think that some of the films that have worked over the years have worked for different reasons than people sometimes think they do. And where Wonder Woman on one hand is a great female character who can be included in many great fight scenes, she doesn’t have great villains against her. OK, so you create some. She doesn’t have a Joker or those classic Batman kinds of guys. But she does have her whole world that she comes from, which is fascinating. The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man — and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men — is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.
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