Gordon-Levitt Talks 'John Blake' Movie; ARROW News; More

(Still haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises? Spoilers follow.) We're not the only ones who have been pondering Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Dark Knight potential. During press for his new film Premium Rush, THR asked the actor if he'd consider donning the cape and cowl for a Dark Knight Rises sequel, and he was noncommittal in his reply. “I always choose scripts the same way,” he told THR. “If it’s a great script and a great filmmaker, then I’m interested.” Additionally, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past Tuesday night, Gordon-Levitt said he didn't necessarily see the end of The Dark Knight Rises as a set-up for future films. "I think it is the great ending for that trilogy," Gordon-Levitt is quoted."Even if you go back to Batman Begins, he's talking about how Batman is more than a man, it's a symbol, and a hero can be anybody and we all have heroes inside of us." Here's the clip: <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TKi_ke9_dlc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TKi_ke9_dlc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> Cronenberg Says Comic Books 'For Kids' 
Though he's directed sci-fi/horror classics like Scanners and The Fly, David Cronenberg is evidently not a superhero fan. While promoting Cosmopolis in an interview with Next Movie, Cronenberg stated his belief that films like Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy aren't elevating the art form, but instead are, "still Batman running around in a stupid cape." The director called Nolan's Batman films "mostly boring," and continued in saying that a superhero movie, "by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, Dark Knight Rises is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don't think they know what the f**k they're talking about." In 2005, Cronenberg directed A History of Violence, an adaptation of a 1997 graphic novel written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke, first published by DC's now-shuttered Paradox Press imprint. Captain Jack Harkness Joins Oliver Queen's Entourage 
John Barrowman is the latest Arrow-man. OK, we're sorry about that one. The star of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood is coming to the CW's new DC Comics-based television show, Arrow, as a recurring cast member for the first season, but it's unclear exactly who he'll be. EW.com broke the story, but all they got was a basic character description, a "well-dressed man, as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.” So, Green Arrow fans, tell us, who do you think Barrowman is playing? Is She or Isn't She? In another case of dueling Hollywood trades — this time The Hollywood Reporter vs. Deadline (always seemingly in the middle of it) — the former reported Wednesday that Universal was going to drop actress Kristen Stewart from the sequel to the modest June hit Snow White and the Huntsman and focus the follow-up on the Huntsman, known around these parts as Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

While THR doesn’t state it outright, the implication is Stewart’s place in the franchise was rethought in the wake of the scandal over the actress “stepping out” on boyfriend/Twilight co-start Robert Pattinson, with Snow White director Rupert Sanders.

Hours later, Deadline countered with a denial from Universal refuting the report. According to Deadline, the studio issued this statement from Universal co-chairman Donna Langley: “We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

What both trades seem to agree on is that screenwriter David Koepp, who had been hired to write the sequel, won't return, and that Universal hasn't yet figured out what to do for a follow-up, and likely does want to emphasize the role of the emerging star Hemsworth.

Kick-Ass 2 Gets Releae Date, Co-Stars
Chestnut Kick-Ass 2 has an official release date from Universal Pictures, Deadline.com reports. Heading to theaters June 28, 2013, the movie will feature much of the same cast from the first film featuring teenagers turned superheroes, but will also include some new additions. The latest casting announcements, also made today, flesh out the cast with Insect Man, played by Robert Emms, and Morris Chestnut as Hit-Girl's new legal guardian, after her father had an... unfortunate incident in the first story. These announcements join last week's news that the sequel, subtitled Balls to the Wall, has cast Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity. The June 28th release date means another comic book movie, the Ryan Reynolds vehicle R.I.P.D., gets pushed back to July 19, 2013. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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