Why does it all feel like the same thing?
Lots going on in Batman land today; apparently the first six minutes of The Dark Knight were screened last night, with an introduction by director Christopher Nolan, in front of roughly 100 New Yorkers. UGO has a recap of the footage, which will screen before IMAX screenings of I Am Legend later this month. Here's the non-spoiler-ish description: "These six minutes introduce Heath Ledger's interpretation of The Joker to the world and Nolan's intention was for this introduction to stand alone as a "short film." Easily the best short film I've seen since Hardware Wars." They go on to say: "If you would rather not know, know that it is badass. Forget Nicholson, "The Laughing Fish," Caesar Romero, Mark Hamil and The Killing Joke. Heath Ledger's Joker is THE definitive Joker." Wow, ballsy statement -- let's hope they're right. Check out the full rundown, chock-full of spoilers, over here.
AICN is running an interesting rumor this morning. If true, this could potentially destroy what the DC folks are doing and place Marvel front and center. According to one of their tipsters, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk films are connected in such a way that they're each shooting a scene together. Here's what the tipster had to say: "The trouble is, I can't tell if its an Iron Man scene with the Hulk in it or a Hulk scene with IRON MAN in it, more interestingly, it's possible that the SAME SCENE or some variation of it might be in BOTH movies lending to the comic book / single universe, many heroes idea seen in the past - uber cool." We already know Samuel L. Jackson will have a cameo as Nick Fury in Iron Man; could they also be connecting Iron Man to The Incredible Hulk too? If so, I really dig what Marvel is doing -- however, unlike DC, they have that luxury because they're debuting the solo films before the potential Avengers movie. Perhaps DC can learn a thing or two ...
And speaking of DC and their mish-moshed Justice League film, Moviehole is reporting that actress Zoe Kazan has been cast in the role of Iris Allen (aka better half to The Flash). They claim to have spoken to Kazan, who confirmed the news, but wouldn't go into further detail. Chalk up another actor/actress that has supposedly been cast in a movie that refuses to announce its cast officially. Seriously, what is up with that?