The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that does not need an animated continuation. It just goes on and on with very live action.

We begin this evening with a shot from The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2the animated follow-up to The Dark Knight Returns. Warner Home Video has released the image with a promise to show some footage at the upcoming New York Comic-Con. This should continue to hold you off until Warner Bros. can figure out what they’re doing with live-action Batman. Or at least until the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy is available on Blu-ray.

1. Extend your Hobbit, Batman – The folks at WB Home Entertainment have released a bunch of other information today, including the fact that there will be a Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set and an extended edition of The Hobbit in stores sometime in 2013. Which means you can probably hold off on buying both during their original runs.

2. Hitch and crew – As the premiere of Hitchcock at the AFI Fest approaches, Fox Searchlight is giving the Sacha Gervasi directed film a bit of publicity. Here’s a page from People magazine, in which Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy appear as the iconic folks that surrounded Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) during the producion of Psycho:

3. James Bond Music – Earlier tonight we reported on Adele’s Skyfall theme, as it has now been released online. It’s good, but how good? The folks behind Bond would like you to have the opportunity to compare with this 50 Years of Bond Themes musical compilation. Here’s the sultry cover art:

Best of Bond: 50 Years of Themes

4. Should filmmakers explain their movies? – An interesting discussion has sprouted from the success of Looper and the social media connectedness of its director. But should Rian Johnson have to explain the logistics of his time travel movie? Or should we, the people, be the ones finding answers of our own in one of the best sci-fi films of recent memory?

5. Ten to Watch – Variety has listed 10 actors to watch as part of their effort to keep us watching things. Among their list is Scoot McNairy, of whom we’re a fan, and Imogen Poots, whose existence is adorable.

6. Hobo with a Sookie Gun – Rutger Hauer has joined True Blood for its upcoming sixth season. He will play a character with close ties to Sookie Stackhouse. This is the most interested I’ve been in True Blood since Lizzy Caplan was having crazy fever-dream sex on camera.

7. Give up John Hughes – According to the latest entry in Monika Bartyzel’s excellent Girls on Film column, we should really move past the stories of John Hughes and begin to celebrate the films of the 1990s. I’m all for a renaissance for the entire experience of Empire Records, including Rex Manning Day.

8. From Iron Man to Giant Lizard – Writer Drew Pearce, who just finished work on Iron Man 3, has been assigned to Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla remake. He’ll be punching up some of the script that originally came from David Callahan, David Goyer and Max Borenstein.

9. It’s just like Chronicle – Universal has picked up a pitch from the team of Chris Morgan (Fast Five) and Zack Penn (The Grand, The Avengers) that is said to be just like Chronicle, with a bit of action and sci-fi and hopefully a bunch of Dwayne Johnson clone experiments. That last part has nothing to do with this story, but was in a dream I had recently…

10. The Internet giveth and it taketh away – Here’s a keynote address from critic J. Hoberman at the Milwaukee Film Festival (yes, every city gets one) about the state of 21st century cinema, film criticism and well, other stuff. It’s long, so you do get a cookie for finishing. See our intern for your cookie.

11. Time to cleanse the palette – If you actually made it through the above video, congrats. Sorry, but the cookie thing was a lie. We didn’t think you’d finish. It’s also a logistical nightmare. Anyway, here’s a Tron lightcycle as envisioned if Tony Stark got sucked in instead of The Dude:

Iron Man Light Cycle

12.  Cooking with Christopher Walken – This is by far the most entertaining thing you’ll see today, and I don’t care if you live with a clown. Chris Walken, you know him, invites Law and Order’s Richard Belzer over to cook a meal. And we learn about the dangers of eating too many pancakes.

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