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This Week in Celebrity-Centric Superhero-Based Movie News

August 8, 2010

What good are you as a male actor in 2010 if you do not play a superhero? Not very good, I’d posit (and yes, I’m looking at you, Antonio Sabato Jr.). After all, the true mark of an effectively masculine and bankable movie star is the simple question “have they been in a superhero movie, and how much did it make?” Just for fun, why not play the Hollywood Superhero Machine drinking game, in which someone tosse out a major actor’s name, and you drink if he’s played a superhero. Enjoy being drunk!

That said, let’s take a look at the dealings of superherodom in Tinseltown this week:

Nicolas Cage signs on for Ghost Rider 2. Hey, did you see the first Ghost Rider? Yes? You are a loser. Because it was awful. Don’t worry, I watched it too. Lucky for America, it doesn’t matter at all whether the first was terribly shitty or not, it’s getting a sequel (which apparently means, in Hollywood terms, the first movie made more than twenty dollars). The Ghost Rider sequel, according to Cage, will be helmed by the directors of the high-octane actioner Crank and film in Romania around Dracula’s castle. Try not to look so excited. Truth is, this sounds so elaborately bizarre — and don’t forget that crazy Nic Cage is back, no more of this serious actor nonsense — that it just might work. Nah.

Ant-Man is out. If you are an Avengers fan, you are likely going slightly crazy after rumors emerged this week that tiny hero Ant-Man will not be in the Samuel L. Jackson/Robert Downey Jr./Mark Ruffalo Avengers adaptation. Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Firefly and now Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon told reporters that after he learned Brit director Edgar Wright (Shawn of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) was planning an Ant-Man origin story, he began to feel that Dr. Henry Pym might not be ready for the Avengers‘ superhero party. But if not having Ant-Man is actually deal breaker and source of displeasure for you, you’ve probably got bigger fish to fry. I’m sure there’s a message board somewhere waiting for you.

Who will play Egghead in the upcoming Batman movie? Nobody.

Who’s the Riddler? Christopher Nolan hasn’t even finished partying with naked models in hot tubs celebrating his Inception smash hit before folks are already all up on his jock about who’ll play that nutty kook The Riddler in the third installment of Nolan’s Batman reboot. In fact, it looks like Nolan’s entire Inception cast is jockeying for the role. Though insiders say Third Rock From the Sun supporting star and independent film darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the likely frontrunner, his subconscious crime caper co-stars Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio are buttering up Nolan as well. At least it seems like Eddie Murphy won’t be playing the Riddler, which is refreshing news. Sources also hint that Catwoman has been sighted on the opening pages of the closely guarded script. All I want to know is who will be playing Liberace’s dual roles of Chandell and Harry.

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