Darren Aronofsky won't be directing Lone Wolf and Cub any time soon. MTV's Splash Page asked him for its status, and it turns out that the book never quite made it out of Japan. "The rights from Japan were never cleared. They tried for a while. I don't think it's getting out of there anytime soon." If they do, count him in to direct. "I'd love to do that. It's one of [Japan's] great pieces of literature. "
IESB.net caught up with David S. Goyer, who reports that just about all the DC properties are on hold at Warner Bros. "A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while they figure out, they're going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause on at the moment." Does that include Green Lantern, which was reportedly on the runway, ready for take off? Will Warner Bros ever find their way with those DC properties?
Also on IESB.net are unconfirmed reports that Kenneth Branagh is taking on a little Thor role, similar to what Jon Favreau did in Iron Man. There are also reports that the script has been revised to include Dr. Donald Blake -- while the movie will largely deal with Thor in Asgard, his human identity gets a set-up. I'm surprised that wasn't the angle they were originally going with ... and it's a relief if they do, since it would fit nicely into that real world Jon Favreau painted in Iron Man.
Finally, Marvel has introduced a special Spider-Man Meets Barack Obama issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and it takes place in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day where Spidey has to thwart an old nemesis' plot to mess up the swearing in. Check out an image from the issue below (and no, we do not know why Obama looks like Jamie Foxx).