RDJ Opens Door to IRON MAN 4, Superman with a Lightsaber, CW's FLASH = Donner's SUPERMAN?

Henry Cavill as Superman and a Jedi.
Credit: Zack Snyder

Is Robert Downey Jr. On-Board for Iron Man 4?

Of all its solo superhero films, Iron Man is head and shoulders above the others in terms of success. And it's thanks in no small part to Robert Downey Jr. who plays the titular hero, and it's because of that success that he was named by Forbes as the highest-paid actor in the world. And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he took back what he said about not doing a fourth Iron Man film, instead saying he'd be interested if Marvel gave him the right offer.

“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey told EW. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”

Downey, who previously downplayed the idea of a fourth Iron Man film, has a contract with Marvel for Avengers: Age of Ultron and a possible third Avengers film, but Marvel would have to pony up some extra cash to afford Downey for Iron Man 4 or any other future films.

Henry CavillJedi of Steel?

In the lead-up to this week’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder set some fans into overload when he tweeted a new photo of Henry Cavill as Superman … and also a Jedi.

Henry Cavill as Superman and a Jedi.
Henry Cavill as Superman and a Jedi.
Credit: Zack Snyder

The image, with the hashtag “#SuperJedi” was sent out early Thursday morning with no other clarifying information from Snyder, DC Entertainment or Warner Bros. It’s interesting to note that there is no official “DC Entertainment” panel planned in Comic-Con’s Hall H agenda, but there is however a Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

Fandango Survey Results On Most Anticipated Comic-Con Movie Presentations

Leading up to Comic-Con, the movie ticket site Fandango.com conducted a survey of more than 1,000 moviegoers on what they were the most anticipated Hall H film presentations this year. The number one choice was Avengers: Age of  Ultron, followed by Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Arrow Executive Producer compares Nolan’s Batman to Arrow and Donner’ Superman to The Flash

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Philiana Ng, Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti added some context to the upcoming third season of Arrow as well as the forthcoming debut of The Flash.

Still from pilot of 'The Flash'
Still from pilot of 'The Flash'

"When we were doing Arrow, we talked about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy,” Berlanti told THR. “When we were talking about The Flash, we talked a lot about [Richard Donner] 's Superman films — its heart and humor and scope and Americana,"

Berlanti went on to say that while Arrow takes place specifically at nighttime, The Flash will be a counter-point and take place primarily in the daytime.

Berlanti goes on to confirm that in addition to Oliver Queen guest starring in The Flash, so would his right-hand woman Felicity. He also says that Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm (played by Robbie Amell) gives the writers more opportunities for great storylines between Barry and Caitlin Snow.

"Barry is someone who’s learning to love and enjoy his powers and when we meet Ronnie, you’re going to see somebody who’s a lot more damaged by the experience. As always, any of these external characters are there to mirror what’s going on with our core characters.”

Night Mary #5 cover by Kieron Dwyer.
Night Mary #5 cover by Kieron Dwyer.
Credit: IDW Publishing

Painkiller Jane To Movies, Night Mary to TV

There were three announcements of comics-to-screen adaptations on Thursday, most prominent of which is Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada’s Painkiller Jane. The comic series, which has been adapted twice before as both a TV movie and a series, is being relaunched by horror directors Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary).

On the television front, NBCUniversal’s cable company has acquired the rights to the IDW limited series Night Mary by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer.

ESPN Debuts Exposition-Heavy Guardians of the Galaxy Promos

It's no surprise Disney-owned subsidiary ESPN is featuring new promos for next week's Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios. ESPN plays to a desirable young male demographic and such cross-promotion is a staple of the Disney-owned media network.

But the promos themselves highlight what has been a consistent marketing strategy since the debut of the film's first trailer. Featuring the irreverent Kenny Mayne, long-time SportsCenter anchor and current host of the The Wider World of Sports, the three promos serve as something of video Wikipedia entries to the film’s characters and concepts.

Marvel Studios and Disney have been doing their best familiarize moviegoers with the relatively obscure comic book team in an effort to play off that same pop-culture nostalgia that’s factored into the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Can Marvel successfully make moviegoers think like they already know the Guardians before the film's August 1 debut? We'll find out next week.

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