Movie News After Dark: The Avengers, Nick Nolte, Sin City 2, Sarah Connor and the films of Guy Ritchie

What is Movie News After Dark? The more appropriate question would be: what isn’t Movie News After Dark?

We open tonight with a look at The Avengers, or at least the version that will appear in the comic book prequel Marvel will release leading up to the release of the film. It’s a bit of art that we missed last week, so what better way to begin this week than with some good old hero money shots. In other Avengers news, production in Cleveland is done. Sadly, this means that my lovely home town will no longer be interesting, even to the people that live there. Hi mom!

Nick Nolte has joined Gangster Squad, the now star-packed 40s crime drama from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. It simply doesn’t get any better than this, as Nolte will play a chief of police who works with honest cop Josh Brolin to take down L.A.’s most sinister mobster, as played by Sean Penn.

In a very interesting turn of events, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan is working on Sin City 2. Yes, this one has been elevated to threat level awesome by way of quality writing to go along with Frank Miller’s madness and Robert Rodriguez’s visual panache. I’m for it.

According to long time grid resident Bruce Boxleitner had this to say about a third Tron movie: ”Oh, it’s already a done deal. It’s already in the works, my friend.” Grain of salt, meet my excitement. Excitement, don’t get ahead of yourself — Tron: Legacy was, in fact, just solid.

There may be no clean getaways, but there are wicked cool movie banners for Drive. Here’s one, while the rest can be found over at IMPawards:

According to what he said in a recent Moviehole interview, director Justin Lin is looking to use the time travel aspect in Terminator 5 to “create new timelines” and potentially right the wrongs, which includes, as many are now interpreting, bringing back Sarah Connor. He should create a new timeline that has nothing to do with Terminator, then call it something else.

“There’s no reason anybody should have optioned this for a movie, it does everything wrong… It doesn’t have a main character, the storyline is told from a hundred different points of view, it would be prohibitively expensive filming in all these different countries. You couldn’t pay me to turn it into a film. All I know is they have their work cut out for them. It is the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis on your knees. I’m not involved so I just want to be able to enjoy watching the movie when it comes out. At least I know they did at least as much research into things as I did for the book.” Equally interesting and encouraging words from author Max Brooks following a visit to the set of World War Z. As he admits, it’s not a book built for cinema. So we’ll have to wait and see how Brad Pitt and company have modified it. If it gets the spirit of the thing right, I think they’ll be just fine.

The folks at What Culture believe they have the key to the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises, and it includes a set piece we haven’t seen since Batman Begins. Beyond that, all is spoilers, so go read about it over there if you want to continue to ruin the experiences you’ll have in the future.

Speaking of super heroes, Charlie Jane at io9 has an interesting point about why Iron Man succeeded where Green Lantern failed, which goes beyond my personal argument that “Iron Man is just more of a badass.”

We close tonight with [the films of] Guy Ritchie, in all their cursing, slow-motion Brit-rock glory. You are welcome.

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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