Want to see the world premiere of the brand new, Wolverine-inspired, short film Logan (pictured above)? Why is President Obama hanging with Spider-Man? When will Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere? Which Battlestar Galactica star is joining Arrow? How did Christopher McQuarrie‘s Wolverine film differ from James Mangold‘s? Was a superhero movie top movie from 2012 from IMDB readers? Is a Punisher fan film the best Punisher movie to date? Where can you buy some near-mint, vintage Captain America trading cards? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Here’s the best trailer yet released for Christopher McQuarrie‘s Jack Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s ultra-capable former military cop Jack Reacher. Unfortunately, for those who haven’t read the source novel One Shot, it’s also the most plot-heavy trailer yet.

While the voiceover narration here is in Japanese, you won’t need a translation to understand that this trailer sets out the first act of the movie pretty much beat by beat. For those who do know the book, this will point out a few more small changes taken on the road to the screen (such as the precise sniping incident that sets the plot in motion) even as it gives a nice little thrill by showing a few more details of the investigation that follows. Read More »

Here are two TV spots for the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, in which Cruise plays the ex-MP wanderer of the film’s title. Created by author Lee Child, Jack Reacher is a character who lives in more than a dozen novels full of violence and danger. And while the trailers for the film, and these spots, demonstrate that the violence is indeed a part of the big-screen incarnation, they also suggest that it is a bit less dangerous.

But at least director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy, and the first of two spots below will give you just a bit of a taste of his approach, in case you missed him in the last theatrical trailer.  Read More »

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have developed quite a good working relationship. Before the writer/director was responsible for the script and direction of Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher, he wrote the star vehicle Valkyrie, and after making Jack Reacher did script work on Cruise’s All You Need is Kill, and on Top Gun 2 before it went on hiatus.

Now McQuarrie is reported as the likely director for Mission: Impossible 5, which is as yet without a script, but stands as a big priority for Paramount. Read More »

Paramount has put a lot of effort into rebooting the Jack Ryan character that moved from Tom Clancy novels to the screen many years ago, and now the studio wants to get moving on a potential spin-off. Without Remorse is Clancy’s novel featuring Clark, a military operative who wages a one-man war against a drug gang that has been coercing young women into working as mules.

Shawn Ryan (The Shield) scripted some time ago, and now Paramount is ready to bring in Christopher McQuarrie — who did script work on the latest Mission: Impossible, and wrote and directed the latest Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher — to script and potentially direct. Will Cruise star in this one, too? Read More »

A script that finds serious studio favor can push a project from long-simmering development into full boil, and that seems to have happened with Sony and The Equalizer. Based on the TV series in which Edward Woodward played a former covert ops expert who donates his services to people in trouble, the film will star Denzel Washington as a new version of the title character.

Richard Wenk recently turned in a new script draft, and Sony likes it enough to push for an April 2013 start date, with a shoot likely to take place in Boston. Some details about the new Equalizer are after the break. Read More »

The Paramount adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel World War Z, directed by Marc Forster with Brad Pitt in the lead role, ran into some trouble months ago. The film’s release date was pushed and extensive reshoots scheduled to create footage that addresses big story deficiencies. As part of that reshoot process, Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the end of the film. (That move raised some eyebrows, given the general perception of Lindelof’s facility with endings as seen in Lost and Prometheus.)

Turns out that’s not quite what happened, however. While Lindelof came up with the idea for the new ending, he didn’t have time to write the script, and so the real work fell to Drew Goddard, who wrote for Lost, scripted Cloverfield, and co-wrote and directed and The Cabin in the Woods.

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Over the weekend we saw a low-quality Russian-dubbed version of the trailer for Christopher McQuarrie‘s film Jack Reacher in which Tom Cruise plays a serious hardass ex-MP drawn into what seems like an open-and-shut sniper killing. Now the real thing has arrived, and it clears up a couple things. One is that the color palette of the film is nowhere near as dingy as the last look suggested. (We can now see the detail of Reacher’s scars shown as he’s dressing at the opening.) It also begs the question of how well Cruise and the script are really going to mesh with expectations fans have for the character, but I can wait for the full film to figure that out.

Otherwise it’s the same trailer, opening with a small monologue from the guy who is arrested for the crime that sets the story in motion, and ending with Reacher demonstrating to a few local tough guys that they aren’t nearly as hard as they want to be. Check it out below. Read More »

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