Movie News After Dark: Batman Live, Green Lantern’s Abs, Animatronics and An Edgar Wright Explosion

What is Movie News After Dark? For tonight at least, it will be your gentle companion. Due to it being a little on the late side, it will be brief and to the point. The point being all the audio/visual goodness that it can provide in one sitting. Fear not, generation of non-readers, there will be video!

Tonight’s lead is something you’ll wish you could wipe away from your memory banks moments after you see it (so right about now), a first look at the stage production “Batman Live.” Clearly drawn from the recesses of Joel Schumacher’s mind, buried somewhere alongside his other horrid mistakes, is the look and feel of this London-set ‘stravaganza. God save the Queen, and The Dark Knight.

Speaking of The Caped Crusader, it’s now being reported that Daniel Sunjata, best known for being good looking and starring alongside Dennis Leary in Rescue Me, has joined the cast of The Dark Knight Rises as a “courageous special forces operative.” Two other chaps that I’ve never heard of, Diego Klattenhoff and Burn Gorman are also in talks to take part. It doesn’t matter who they are or who they’ll play, it’s just nice to continue agonizing over every inch of Christopher Nolan’s third Batfilm. Right..?

Big, sexy, muscly. That’s what this new Green Lantern shot would be if it were 90-feet tall and on the side of a building. for now it’s just pretty sexy, am I right ladies? Allow yourself, for a moment, to bask in the ablicious CGI-wonder of one of the most talked about superhero suits in ages. Time to decide, friends: are you with the Corps uni or not?

Wes Craven hates reboots so much that he made Scream 4. It’s all very meta, and annoying. (This, of course, is coming from a guy who loathes all of the Scream movies.)

David Hayter, the writer behind the first two X-Men films, has signed on to pen an adaptation of The Dragonriders of Pern, a classic sci-fi fantasy franchise. And with that, I’m sold on the project. Done.

Do you like superheroes? How about adorable things? And maybe you also like games, too? Here’s the trifecta, then. Matt Griswold has pointed us in the direction of Superheroes A-to-Z, an art piece by Lishoffs. Can you name them all from ‘a’ to ‘z’?

Joaquin Phoenix is now being placed in with Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest project, The Master, a film about a Scientology-like religion and its eccentric leader. Philip Seymour Hoffman is still in for the role of the leader, but Jeremy Renner has since moved on from the role of a key disciple. Now Phoenix, fresh out of retirement and his failed awful stupid mockumentary I’m Still Here, will look to salvage his career as an actor. Working with PTA sure won’t hurt.

Paramount Pictures has optioned the rights to Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, a series of stories that “chronicle” humanity’s efforts to colonize “Mars.” It’s a very important sci-fi text that will come under a great deal of scrutiny. It’s already started, as more than a few have pointed out that producer John Davis is also responsible for such sci-fi classics as Norbit, Garfield and Gulliver’s Travels (the one with Jack Black). I can’t wait to see who they hire to write the damned thing.

The following (found via JoBlo) is a look at some of the animatronics work of John Nolan, an artist that has worked brilliantly on projects ranging from Hellboy II to Harry Potter to Doctor Who. It’s an illustration of some of the true artistry happening in the world of film — a kind of realism that just can’t be created with a computer.

Universal Pictures has emerged as the front-runner to acquire Oblivion, the original sci-fi project of Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) after Disney let the project go. Even better is the fact that Tom Cruise is now “in talks” for a potential starring role. According to reports, if Kosinski can bring it in for a budget under $100m and Cruise signs, it will be yet another awesome, original project that will ultimately fail at Universal. Oh, wait, I meant “be produced by Universal.”

What do you get when you cross The Wachowskis, Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer and a story that spans centuries? Mass hysteria in the form of Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks. Wrap your mind around that for a moment.

And finally, here is a look at an animated work by Philip Askins. It’s Shaun of the Dead in the style of Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim. It also has some Hot Fuzz and Spaced love in it. Basically it’s an Edgar Wright explosion all up in your face. Do enjoy.

Got ideas, articles, stories, tidbits or videos you think should be part of Movie News After Dark? Email them to Neil Miller, post haste.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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