What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly conglomeration of movie news and editorial links that doesn’t see color. It just sees people. Because it’s people that matter.
Tonight’s top story: Great Caesar’s Ghost! Lawrence Fishburne will play Perry White in Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot. He will be the first non-white version of the Daily Planet editorin any film, comic or television show. It’s a bold choice, no matter how you slice, adding further intrigue to what Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have in-store for Kal-El.
Also related to gender-redefinition and general nerdiness, Marvel gives us Miles Morales, the first half-black, half-hispanic Spider-Man, a character written by Brian Michael Bendis, inspired in part by Community star Donald Glover. He will first appear in the upcoming Ultimate Fallout #4.
Of the few ladies who broke out big at Sundance this year, Another Earth star Brit Marling seems to be the one carpe’ing the most diem. According to various reports, she’s currently being pursued by Robert Redford for The Company You Keep, Christopher McQuarrie for One Shot (alongside Tom Cruise) and Steven Soderbergh for Magic Mike. That’s a lot of screen time for the gal, who I still believe is the magical leader of a cult (see: Sound of My Voice. No seriously, see it.)
Either AMC likes causing a ruckus, or they really are terrible at handling their showrunners. Or their money. Perhaps both. After all kinds of off-season problems that led to the delay of Mad Men‘s next season and major budget issues on The Walking Dead, they are now having “tense talks” with Sony over Breaking Bad. Yes, that multi-Emmy award winning, best-fucking-show-around series from Vince Gilligan. Get your shit together, AMC. You’re the right home for Breaking Bad, and we all know it.
The following is an infographic that can be used as a cheat-sheet for the major characters in the Planet of the Apes franchise, courtesy of IGN. I’m not 100% sure, but I feel like they’re giving away something about Rise of the Planet of the Apes toward the bottom. As if you didn’t know where that film will go…
“We get to see a little more of Abed’s world at home,” explained Community star Danny Pudi to Vulture when asked about how the new living arrangement (he’s moving in with Troy) will change how we see our favorite character. “Like, I’ve always wondered: How long does Abed brush his teeth? 43 seconds?”
Earlier today we told you about Warner Bros.’ plans to make the Green Lantern sequel edgier. At the time, we weren’t really sure what that means. Also, does it really need to be edgier or darker? That wasn’t really the issue, was it? After reading this list of 9 ways Warner Bros. can make an ‘edgier’ Green Lantern sequel over at Movieline, I’m convinced that this crazy plot just might work.
“Hang on a minute. You’re asking me to come round the world with you in a Batman movie, playing a villain, and the only downside to it is I have to wear a mask? Hmmm, let me think. I’ll get back to you… No, I’m fucking there, man! Anything you need.” That’s what Tom Hardy said to Christopher Nolan when asked to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Gotta love that guy.
In her next film, Miley Cyrus will defy God!
Doctor Who star and all-around smokin’ redhead Karen Gillan will star in Not Another Happy Ending, a romantic comedy that will put her alongside Game of Thrones star Emun Elliot. She will play an eccentric writer of miserable fiction, who finds success, happiness, then writer’s block. Isn’t that always how it happens? Let me guess, love cures her writer’s block. Spoiler!
Over at Pajiba, Dustin Rowles writes a great think piece about the word that turned the entire internet into sneering, dismissive pricks. He cites the kind of indifferent bullshit commenting practices that I too despise, often leading me to ask myself (and some of you) “Why?” Why do you say “this sucks” or “meh”? Explain yourself, anonymous voice in the void. It’s something we’ve seen less and less of lately on this site, thanks to the fact that our commenters rule, a fact for which I am grateful.
We close tonight with a clip from Marvel’s One Shot short film series , which will debut on the Thor DVD release September 13th. If you’ll remember, we reported on Marvel’s intention to make short films that will focus on SHIELD agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and perhaps add some richness to the Avengers universe.