'Batman 3' Rumors Heat Up
Fanboys Fix: Batman 3, Spider-Man and Van Helsing
Though it's already been denied by his reps, the big rumor this week had to do with Joseph Gordon-Levitt possibly taking on the role of The Riddler in the next Batman movie. Granted, the script isn't done yet and they haven't even started casting, but seeing as Gordon-Levitt worked with Christopher Nolan on Inception, I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled over one or two actors from that film for the new Batman movie. So, while this is just a rumor for now, don't be shocked if it turns out to be true in a few months from now.
Also, the LA Times recently mentioned that Batman 3 will, in all likelihood, begin filming in March of 2011. Right now it's scheduled to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012. Would Gordon-Levitt make for a good Riddler? What do you think?
Spider-Man Villain Revealed?
Though we still don't know for sure who's playing the next Spider-Man (rumors insist it's Jamie Bell, and I have a feeling Sony might be waiting to make a big announcement at Comic-Con), that's not preventing folks from trying to figure out who the film's villain will be. Some, like Bleeding Cool (who broke the Bell casting rumor), are saying the main villain will be The Lizard, which wouldn't surprise me in the least since I know the studio has wanted Lizard to battle Spidey for some time now.
Lizard would be a cool villain, and someone we didn't see in the original franchise (which is good), though we did see Dylan Baker play Lizard's alter-ego throughout the franchise, Dr. Curt Connors, but he probably won't be asked back to reprise the role. I think when you re-start a franchise, you don't want to rehash the same villains (which is the problem I feel Superman Returns ran into), so knowing Spidey will be squaring off against some new baddies is definitely a good thing, in my opinion. What say you?
Guillermo del Toro Producing New 'Van Helsing' Movie?
Fresh off his brief stint as director of The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro looks to be jumping into a number of different projects – one of which, according to Pajiba, is a fresh Van Helsing movie that won't have anything to do with that lackluster 2004 version. The film is apparently being developed by Del Toro's production company, and we imagine he'll remain on as a producer and not direct it.
Del Toro has a long history dealing with vampires and vampire hunters (he directed Blade II and just released a vampire novel called The Strain), and so this seems like a logical fit for the man. Van Helsing, of course, is based on the famous vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Are you down for more Van Helsing, or are you burnt out on vampires by this point?
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