Apr 24 2013

Movie News: Guardians of the Galaxy casting, Daredevil returns and Snyder for Justice League?

The Collector (Marvel) - Guardians of the Galaxy

Along with the release of Iron Man 3 and the trailer for Thor: The Dark World, the Marvel movie universe continues to expand with some exciting casting news, along with the return of prodigal son Daredevil. Meanwhile, DC seems to be getting its act together by bringing Zack Snyder on board for Justice League. Maybe.

The Wrap reports that Lee Pace has won the role of the villain in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He will be playing an unspecified villain role, than online media are already speculating could be The Collector, an entity seeking to collecting intergalactic beings to save them from the wrath of Thanos. It’s also possible that Marvel could be doing the Michael Korvac Saga . He will join recently announced cast members Michael Rooker (as Yondu, a member of the original Guardians) and Ophelia Lovibond, who is said to be playing a character working closely with The Collector.

Marvel über-producer Kevin Feige confirmed with Newsarama that Daredevil is officially back with Marvel, although has not indicated what that means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We probably won’t see him in his own movie until at least Phase 3, but that doesn’t rule out Matt Murdoch cameos of even something in TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2003, Fox released the last Daredevil live-action film, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Apart from the Elektra spin-off in 2005, that was the last time that Fox had done anything with the property. Following the 31 October 2012 expiry of the original deal, and the aborted Joe Carnahan film, the ball is now back in Marvel’s court. With Ant-Man in the works, along with Black Panther and Luke Cage films sneaking around out there somewhere, we’re hoping this could bring things down to New York’s streets.

Bleeding Cool says that Zack Snyder may be looking after the long mooted Justice League film for DC. Word on the street is that he will be working with David Goyer on a screenplay for the film. It was only a few weeks ago that Warner Bros. Pictures’ president Jeff Robinov teased that there would be a big announcement forthcoming in relation to the DC Cinematic Universe, signalling that Man of Steel would be the start of the DC Cinematic Universe.

Finally, a Japanese trailer for The Wolverine: