CAPTAIN AMERICA SEQUEL DATE ANNOUNCED

…And we’ve got a long way to go.

From Hardcore Nerdity:

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger on April 4, 2014. The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.

‘Til then, we recommend killing time with the Avengers movie and this awesome rendering of Chris Evans as the great American hero:

GI JOE: RED NINJA

What do Justin Bieber and GI Joe have in common? The answer, it seems, is a director! JOHN CHU has just signed on to helm the sequel to 2009’s The Rise of Cobra.

Here’s the story from Daemon’s Movies

Jon Chu has reportedly been chosen by Paramount to direct G.I. Joe 2. Chu previously directed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. He will take over from Stephen Sommers, who was behind the camera for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in 2009.

Slashfilm.com reports that Chu will be working from a script written by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Chu said: “The one thing I felt was missing from the last Joe movie was the power of the punch. You want Joe to be tough. They are fun, but they are tough. I feel that you don’t want to make Joe too kids.”

He added: “Joe has history… for me, it is about the fun stuff like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and all the gadgets. All of that stuff. But it has heart.”

Now that Chu is confirmed in the role, Paramount are moving ahead with casting for the film.

So that might be good news for some and bad news for others, but at least what we do know is that there WILL be a new GI Joe movie heading our way and that’s definitely a plus–even if all it means is that there’s more incentive to make awesome toys. Which brings me to a new GI Joe release:

The 12-inch RED NINJA is Sideshow’s latest GI Joe offering and a great-looking one at that. Not only does it look absolutely stunning, though, it also comes with all the features you might expect from the best action figure designers in the world:
* Pro Body with over 30+ points of articulation
* Detailed portrait
* Undershirt
* Vest
* Pants
* Head wrap
* Hat
* Sash
* Rope belt
* Cloth leg Bracers
* Cloth arm bracers
* Leg armor
* Forearm armored bracers
* Neck cover
* Hat
* Hand guards
* Headband
* Tanto
* Long sword with scabbard
* Short sword with scabbard
* Kusari gama
* Sai
* Throwing knife
* Ninja star
* Yari spear
* Two pairs of switch-out boots, including ninja action boots and ninja boots
* Four sets if switch-out hands with one extra left hand
* 12-inch display base

New Sideshow Statue: WOLVERINE

The new 17-inch WOLVERINE statue from Sideshow Collectibles is a stunning example of the kind of work the Sideshow folks are capable of. Not only does this thing stand tall, but Logan is clad in a real fabric costume that gives a brilliant sense of realism on top of such a dynamic pose. The nod to his Canadian heritage in the form of a red maple leaf? That just makes it even better. Check it out in our Marvel Sideshow section!

And for Wolverine fans, there’s some more good news. Which, unfortunately, becomes kind of bittersweet news if you’re a Hugh Jackman fan in general. Here’s the info from MovieWeb:

Hugh Jackman has reportedly turned down an offer to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards due to his prior commitments filming the upcoming sequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.

The Academy Awards will be held on February 27th next year. Jackman and director Darren Aronofsky will be gearing up to leave for location shoots in New York and Japan at that time, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 beginning its principle photography at the beginning of March.

Jackman, who hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, proved to be quite popular, and was expected back for 2011’s ceremony, as he told producers that he wanted to skip a year before returning. Now it seems we’ll have to wait another year before seeing Hugh take the stage at the famed Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Oscar hosts are normally announced by November 3rd. Deadline, who first reported on Jackman’s recent decline to host the awards ceremonies, speculate that we will see a host announced very soon. And that the choice might be quite surprising…

Justin Bieber, anyone?

And on that slightly scary note, here are the links to click if you’re looking to grab the first Wolverine film on DVD or Blu-Ray!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Batman 3 Official Title Announced: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

As a Bat-Fan, yesterday felt a little bit like Christmas coming early: for the first time in too long, we got some real news–direct from the source–about the next Batman movie from Christopher Nolan. I am beyond keen.

Here’s the news from The Times of India

Christopher Nolan has announced the title of the third instalment of his blockbuster Batman franchise – it will be called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Neither will the film be in 3D format nor will iconic villain The Riddler fill in The Joker’s shoes in the third outing about the caped crusader’s efforts to keep Gotham city crime-free, Nolan said in an interview to Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will be distributed by Warner Bros. The first movie was ‘Batman Begins’ that released in 2005, but it was part two – ‘The Dark Knight’ – that went on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide when released in 2008. It also fetched Australian actor Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his stupendous performance.

Nolan steers clear of the 3D technology that took Hollywood by storm after the success of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ as he wants to focus on the high definition cameras and IMAX technology.

The director, whose last outing ‘Inception’ created ripples worldwide, stated that the third Batman film will follow many of the same characters from the previous films as well as a few new ones.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is slated to be released July 20, 2012.

And so begins the countdown to a movie with a name! How I’ll get through the wait, I have no idea, but I suppose if I managed it the first time, I’ll manage it again. I’m almost sad that Inception already came and went because I could really use a bit of Nolan to tide me over.

And of course, since this is an action figure blog, I’ll also tide myself over with my three favourite Dark Knight items. They are…

THE JOKER 1:6 SCALE FIGURE

There’s no denying that the Joker stole the show in The Dark Knight and it is thus no surprise that he’s probably the coolest figure around, too. Hot Toys, already known for some incredible work, really outdid themselves with this one. Seriously, looking at the face close-up, you can see the smears of makeup, the crazed glare in the eyes and the rushed dye-job slowly fading out. The detail is shocking and the accessories–which allow for some great customization and display–are just as good. This is one you’ll definitely want to snag.

HARVEY DENT/TWO-FACE 1:6 SCALE FIGURE

Harvey Dent gets a place here because he is, hands-down, my favourite Batman villain. Divided between light and dark, good and evil, he represents in one man the entire struggle of the Dark Knight, but does so with the terrifying randomness of a flipped coin. As portrayed by Aaron Eckhart, he came to life in a way no one expected and his scenes were some of the most powerful in the film. This figure does a great job of capturing the likeness of the actor and the character. Just brilliant.

THE CRANK AND LAUNCH BAT-POD

I chose to add this one even though it’s not really a display figure because it brings to mind one of the scenes that had the theatre cheering during the midnight showing. When the Batmobile/Tumbler is destroyed, we figured Batman would step out and leg it, but instead he pressed a few buttons and A MOTORCYCLE CAME OUT OF IT AND HE DROVE OFF ON THAT. The motorcyle was called the “Bat-Pod”, but pretty much everyone I know would just call it “AWESOME”.

THE EXPENDABLES – Sequel Already in the Works!

The Hollywood Reporter has great news for anyone who loved this weekend’s number one flick, The Expendables (read: my mother, who adored it): It’s going to be getting a sequel!


At the cusp of a fifth decade of action-movie mayhem, Sylvester Stallone says his No. 1 opening with “The Expendables” ranks among his top career thrills. The muscle-bound multihyphenate chewed the fat with THR’s Carl DiOrio about the successful launch of the Lionsgate-distributed picture, which follows the exploits of a group of foreign mercenaries featuring some of the past decades’ biggest action stars.

THR: So “The Expendables” opened bigger than anything else you have directed. It seems you’re still setting personal bests.

Stallone: I didn’t do this all by myself. It was a movie about teamwork, and the team helped make it a success. I always say that if you are a star — even a faded star — the light never goes out. You just need to rekindle it.

THR: Have you written a script for a sequel to ‘The Expendables’?

Stallone: It’s plotted out in my mind’s eye. I believe this group has to continue to evolve; it just can’t become the same people. So how do you get new people introduced into the group, and how do you have some of the other people leaving? Those are the challenges.

THR: So the challenges remain, eh?

Stallone: My proudest moment ever was not “Rocky,” it was the last Rocky picture, “Rocky Balboa.” To be able to meet the challenge of completing that series after all these years, that was great. But this one here tops that — not in an emotional way but for excitement. This should have never happened. (Producer) Avi Lerner really took a big gamble on me with this when nobody else would. I know because I heard about it every day! He kept worrying about the reviews.

THR: ‘The Expendables’ was never going to be a critical darling.

Stallone: Most action films tend to rub people the wrong way. This is not to disparage critics, but the more physical and brutal an action film is, the least well it is received. It’s actually a barometer I use. That, and how many times I hurt myself.

THR: Things turned out well enough though.

Stallone: I never thought we would win this weekend, as we were up against some tough competition. I told Lionsgate and (CEO) Jon Feltheimer and Avi that I’m so grateful how those guys just dug in. Lionsgate hung tough and opened the purses. The campaign worked because it was honest. What you saw in the campaign was what you got. This movie is pure escapism. You just buckle up and enjoy a rocket ship ride down memory lane.

ARKHAM ASYLYUM 2 GETS A TITLE: “ARKHAM CITY”

EXCITING NEWS! KOTAKU reports that Arkham City is the title of the follow-up to Rocksteady’s incredible Arkham Asylum! And the first promo pics have been released! Augh!

Batman: Arkham City, follow-up to the bone-crushing, dark Batman: Arkham Asylum, is in development for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 for a Fall 2011 release, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said this morning.

The sequel, in development by Rocksteady Studios, has players taking Batman into Arkham City, the new maximum security home for all of Gotham City’s criminals. This new prison is described as a heavily fortified walled-prison in the heart of Gotham City.

The game will include story that “draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight,” according to the press release.

Also coming up and something I will definitely snag as a fan are DC Direct’s Arkham Asylum figures. They’re based on the very-awesome game models and after having seen them at SDCC this year, I’m even more convinced that I need these figures–especially Harley and Scarecrow. Click the pic below to take a look at both these figures and the next series!

James Cameron on AVATAR 2

Good news for Avatar fans! Even as the film heads into theatres, James Cameron isn’t letting the opportunity for more 3D viewings (or more cash) slip by: a re-release is in the cards with about 10 extra minutes of new footage added in.

But more than that, Cameron recently made official all the talk about Avatar 2. SlashFilm has the news.

The Los Angeles Times has interviewed James Cameron to promote the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Avatar. The interview features a bunch of newsworthy bits, including a confirmation that Avatar will be rereleased theatrically in August with new footage, and that the sequel will focus on the Oceans of Pandora. Check out the highlightes below:

* In March it was rumored that Fox was considering rereleasing Avatar in theaters in Fall 2010, possibly with additional footage. Cameron confirms the rerelease and extra footage: “We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August.”
* Avatar 2 will take us into the oceans of Pandora: “We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. ” … “Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.” Sounds good, but the question is, when can we expect to see the films on the big screen?

Cameron also talks about why he doesn’t want to just produce movies, how the enviormental impact of Avatar might change his outlook as a creator, and how he is becoming more fascinated by the reality of the science-fiction world in which we live than the sci-fi we see in television/movies/books.


For collectors, we’ve got some news on a new set of toys that’s just arrived over in our Avatar section. A pair of banshees, new Jake Sully figures, even a pair of awesome viperwolves. Make sure to check ’em out if you’re into the film. And take note: each one comes with a holographic card that, paired with your webcam, brings the Avatar experience to you. It’s a pretty awesome addition to the collection if I do say so myself. Check ’em out here: