Update, 5/17: Iron Man 3 has indeed passed the $1 billion mark as of Thursday, according to numbers from Box Office Mojo.
The film's worldwide total is currently reported at $1,000,800,000, the 16th film to pass that point. Three comic book movies have done it before: The Dark Knight ($1.005B), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084B), and fellow Marvel Studios film The Avengers ($1.512B), the third highest-grossing movie of all time.
Original story: The latest Marvel Studios film has continued its noteworthy succeed in the box office, with Deadline reporting Wednesday that Iron Man 3 looks to be passing the $1 billion worldwide mark on Thursday, and $300 million domestically. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has made $980 billion worldwide through Tuesday. Only 15 movies thus far have made $1 billion or more.
With Star Trek Into Darkness opening, Iron Man 3 is facing stiffer competition — and was narrowly outgrossed by The Great Gatsby on Wednesday according to Deadline, $3.9 million to $3.85.
WONDER WOMAN ALIVE AT CW
While The CW's take on a Wonder Woman TV show didn't land on their schedule for the 2013-2014 season, but network president Mark Pedowitz said Thursday that it's still in development.
"It's being redeveloped," Pedowitz was quoted by Entertainment Weekly at The CW's upfront presentation. "We don't want to produce something that doesn't do the franchise justice. It's the trickiest of all the DC characters."
Dubbed Amazon, the show described as a Wonder Woman "prequel," was first reported to be in development last September. The Hollywood Reporter has word that The O.C. and Young Avengers' Allan Heinberg is no longer working on the rewrite, but Aron Eli Coleite, who has written episodes of Heroes and issues of Ultimate X-Men, is now on the project.
WHEDON & GREGG TALK S.H.I.E.L.D.
With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now a done deal for fall on ABC, Joss Whedon (director of the pilot and The Avengers) and actor Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) talked to the LA Times about the series in an Q&A published Wednesday.
"Obviously, the first question, was, 'Will this upset the integrity of what we did in ‘The Avengers?' You don’t want to do that," Whedon said of bringing Phil Coulson, who died in the film, into the series. "I worked in comics and TV and fantasy for a long time, and I know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to do stuff like that."
Yet Whedon said that Gregg was a key component to the development of the show.
"I wouldn't want to do it without my man Phil Coulson, without Clark," Whedon said. "He's got a thing that I call a Columbo thing. He’s so low-key, he’s never overselling, and then when he turns out to be the smartest person in the room, everybody else is like, 'Oh …' And you can't buy that. You can't train for it. Some people just have it."
LATEST WOLVERINE SHOT
With a little more than two months away from the July 26 release date of The Wolverine, director James Mangold on Tuesday tweeted a previously unseen picture from set of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine squaring off against Shingen Yashid; a character from the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller Wolverine series, played by Hiroyuki Sanada.
ABRAMS SOLICITS STAR WARS IDEAS
While promoting Star Trek Into Darkness on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, director J.J. Abrams took thoroughly unfilmable story suggestions from the audience on 2015's Star Wars Episode VII — including a couple from some famous faces.
NEW PACIFIC RIM TRAILER
A new trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-directed robots vs. monsters movie Pacific Rim debuted Thursday, ahead of its July 12 release date. Here it is: