Knight, Superman, Wolverine Filming Plans

In superhero comic to film translations, 2011 is the year of the untested properties with the likes of Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America getting their first real shots at big budget, big screen versions. The “X-Men” is the notable exception to that rule, but its Silver Age-set prequel element is as brave and unpredictable a choice as any of those others.

2012 on the other hand is looking to be the year of the household name cluster fuck with the five biggest and most stable comic-to-film characters – Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man (and his Avengers cohorts) – duking it out over the span of a few weeks. With such big projects, production timelines have to firm up and now it seems all have settled on their early plans.

The Dark Knight Rises
Empire reports that shooting on the final film in Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy will run from May through until November next year. Michael Caine confirmed the news, saying “Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we’d get the script in January. Christopher said: ‘Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.”

That date is a month later than online reports had rumoured, and still leaves the filmmakers a good amount of time to firm up casting (which means lots of bogus casting stories for us to wade through between now and Easter).

Superman: Man of Steel
The Zac Snyder directed “Superman” reboot kicks off filming in June, a date it’s legally locked into getting production started by or risk hitting major legal troubles. As a result, a wide net has already been cast for actors aged between 28 and 32 to play the titular Kryptonian reports Deadline.

This dismisses reports of actors like the great Jon Hamm for the role as the studio seems to be opting for younger – specifically either an unknown, or an actor not widely known amongst filmgoers (ie. rising TV talent). Due to the locked in shooting date however, most actors signed on as TV series regulars are likely out of the running as there would be an unavoidable scheduling clash.

The Wolverine
Fox and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures have signed a two-year, overall deal to develop and produce films for both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures according to a press release.

The first film of that deal is “The Wolverine”, the Japan-set stand-alone Wolverine tale which begins production in April next year in New York City before moving onto the bulk of shooting in Japan throughout the Summer.

Spider-Man 3D
Production listings still have the project aiming for a December start. Casting continues apace.

The Avengers
Despite the reported move to Los Angeles, production listings still have this on course to begin shooting in February.