The first poster for The Dark Knight Rises has turned up online. And yes, it looks like this:
It arrives in the week that the first Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer is expected to accompany Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in US cinemas. If those 93 seconds of video are half as good as this, I'll be happy.
It's even better than our exclusive on-set Dark Knight Rises photos, which included a picture of Gotham's discounted pork sausages. I'll be honest: I didn't think any photo could top that.
All this, and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane? Oh yes, my Dark Knight is rising...
The internet went all crazy this week when it turned out that BATMAN WAS IN LONDON.
As word spread that The Dark Knight Rises was shooting in Farringdon (classy), folks on Twitter started staking out the Farmiloe Building, which is used as the double for Gotham City police headquarters.
So naturally, I jaunted down there to get some hyper-exclusive SUPER-OMG on-set photos for myself.
I was not disappointed.
Strolling down St John Street, I could literally smell the sweat of the excited fanboys in Batman t-shirts running around with their phones. Getting closer, all the signs were there that this was a major Hollywood production.
Oh yes, there was no doubt about it. I was on my way to Tinseltown:
There have been some awesome movie trailers this year, plus the usual load of trash. But the teasers that tipped over the edge into classy territory? Well, only a few managed to be a cut above the rest. And while they were all well and great, only one of those really deserves the honour of Best Trailer of 2010.
That film is Rubber.
A film about a tyre that rolls around killing things with its telephatic powers.
There are other video efforts worth saluting. But none of them even come close to Quentin Dupieux's inflatable psychic killing machine (thanks to Twitchfilm for the rubber-tastic image). Still, if you like your movies non-road safe and free of exploding birds, Read on for the other top trailers of 2010.
WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
Speaking of wrong, let's talk about the Golden Globe nominations. The nominations which not only suggested that The Tourist was one of the Best Films of the year (Comedy or Musical), but also that Johnny Depp's performance in it was only rivalled by his other performance in Alice in flipping Wonderland.
There's not been a more wrong set of votes since Nick Clegg won Most Honest Pupil at his primary school in 1977.
In the Drama categories, everything stayed on course. Most of the time. Black Swan, The Social Network and The King's Speech are all fighting it out with The Fighter as expected. Even Inception has got a look in, which is a reassuring sign that Nolan won't get snubbed again at the Oscars after The Dark Knight's lack of screenplay/director nominations.
But then weird things happened. Like David O'Russell and Tom Hooper getting the nod ahead of Danny Boyle. Wrong. Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole getting a nomination instead of Sally Hawkins in Made in Dagenham. Wrong. Scott Pilgrim not getting mentioned anywhere, never mind The Ghost (Writer). WRONG.
The only thing the HFPA got right (other than Christopher Nolan's Best Director nom) was Emma Stone's mention for Easy A. That and giving both Julianne Moore and Annette Bening a place in the line-up for The Kids Are All Right, which is also holding its own in the screenplay category.
Still, at least How to Train Your Dragon is getting some recognition in the Best Animated Feature race. Toy Story 3 will beat everything to it, but if you don't smile like a baby when you see The Illusionist's nomination, you're as thick as Angelina Jolie's lips.
Read on for the full list of film nominees. Then count how long until you start shouting "STOP GETTING GLOBES WRONG!"
So that's the title of the third Batman film: The Dark Knight Rises.
So much for The Dark Knight Returns - clearly a better title. Nolan confirmed the sequel's name to the LA Times, also ruling out The Riddler as a villain. He also spoke about his determined dislike of 3D, and had this to add:
"We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones". It's enigmatic as usual, but I'll forgive any director who not only makes Inception but also prefers IMAX to 3D.
Tom Hardy has been recruited for Christopher Nolan's third Batman film. The world rejoices.
It may not be much of a surprise after his scene-stealing performance in Inception, but Nolan has brought in Hardy for an unconfirmed role in Batman 3. So naturally everyone is presuming he'll play the villain. And everyone's presuming the villain is The Riddler.
All the rumour and conjecture is a little pre-emptive, but it's hard not to be a little excited. Especially with Hardy coming off the back of Thomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy - he's getting some top-notch work at the moment. You could include Mad Max: Fury Road in there too, I suppose, but luckily that's been delayed so he has time for The Dark Knight's return.
With the script being scribbled away by Jonah Nolan and David Goyer, Batman 3 is slowly starting to gather momentum. Until the inevitable announcement that Tom will be playing Robin. Or Batgirl. Or, even worse, Mr Freeze.
Zack Snyder has been picked to direct Superman.
Overseeing the reboot of the Man of Steel, Christoper Nolan's Superman shortlist had several helmers lined up as potential candidates, but the job has gone to the 300 director. Snyder, very much a Warner Bros favourite, also made Watchmen for the studio. Which gives him wonderful experience in doing a slap up job of ruining a great graphic novel.
Snyder beat Darren Aronofsky, Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves and Tony Scott to the post, which even tempted Robert Zemeckis out of his fortress of stop-motion solitude. But after Affleck reportedly turned down Warner Bros' offer to restart the franchise (after Bryan Singer's under-appreciated effort), David Goyer's script went the way of Mr Watchmen.
Hopefully the 2011 deadline for retaining the copyright for the DC comic books had a lot to do with the decision. As opposed to, say, Christopher Nolan being overwhelmed by the idea of working with the "visionary director of 300". And Suckerpunch. That's another one for Warner Bros.
Following the success of The Town, Ben Affleck has got himself in Warner Bros' good books. As a result, he's been offered the chance to helm another crime project, Tales from the Gangster Squad.
Based on a series of articles from 2008, Gangster Squad is penned by former LA policeman Will Beall and is about a hush-hush group of LAPD guys who joined together in the 1940s to run gangster Micky Cohen out of town. It would be a good chance for Affleck to prove that his action skills with that car chase in The Town weren't just a fluke.
This announcement comes after rumours that Ben Affleck discussed directing Christopher Nolan's Superman but then dropped out of the running - it's nice to have news about something that he will actually be involved in after all the Man of Steel hype going round.
Collider also report than he's looking at a two-hander at Warner Bros with Matt Damon. How do you like them apples? Are you happy accepting Affleck as a bona fide director now?
With Inception out of the way, Christopher Nolan can return to his babysitting duties for the Man of Steel. Charged with overseeing the restart of the Superman series, Nolan (along with producing other half Emma Thomas) has put together a shortlist of directors for the project. At the top of that list? Duncan Jones and Matt Reeves.
Nolan's already met with most of the men, but he's keeping a wide range of names open - the list also includes Tony Scott, Zach Snyder and Jonathan Liebesman. But some of the helmers have already got a packed slate, for example Battle: Los Angeles director Liebesman, who has already signed with Warner Bros for their Clash of the Titans sequel.
While the big names keep circling David Goyer's script, ComingSoon.net scoped out some quotes from a couple of the candidates. They reported that Reeves (who would be a great pick for the job) was "surprised" by the news. He told JoBlo: "I really have no idea if any of that is true. It's certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised..."
Jones, meanwhile, apparently tweeted his thoughts: "About Superman... I'm going to say something really cheesy; Can't talk about it, but an honor to be on the list. Interesting times!" As for Snyder, he spoke to USA Today a couple of years back after Warners offered him Superman then. He turned them down, commenting: "He's a tricky one nowadays, isn't he? He's the king daddy of all comic-book heroes, but I'm just not sure how you sell that kind of earnestness to a sophisticated audience anymore."
With Christopher Nolan at the helm, Warner Bros clearly think they can sell Clark Kent's earnest superhero back to the cinema-going public. And with the Moon director's enigmatic tweets on the subject, it looks like they might have a director to do it.
Michael Caine has packed his bags and is ready to Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Last seen shooting teenagers with a shotgun around London, Caine is in final talks to join Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Brad Peyton's sequel to the rather fun 3D film has already got its main star sorted, with Dwayne Johnson set to travel with budding explorer Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) to the titular location to find Sean's missing grandfather. Guess where Caine comes in.
But this ain't no cameo role for the cinematic legend. The adventurous OAP will apparently be involved with several chase scenes. One of them will even involve giant bees (in case you're wondering what happened to the bee population, now you know: they've all gone to Jules Verne's island to sting Michael Caine).
This isn't the first time he's fought off killer bees, of course. Caine also starred in 1978's The Swarm. Expect the old man to be well prepared, then - his recent run of supporting roles in Christopher Nolan's films have certainly kept him in shape. And if them bees are wearing hoodies? Well, good luck to them.