In honour of next Thursday’s commencement of proceedings at the ’09 incarnation of the San Diego Comic-Con, new stills have been provided by Entertainment Weekly
for a number of forthcoming features.
Amongst those movies given new pictorial life are Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2
, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
, Roland Emmerich’s 2012
, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland
, and the animated film 9
The shot from Iron Man 2
would appear to be culled from the same sequence which gave us our recent first glimpse of Mickey Rourke in full get-up as the villainous Whiplash. The story details slowly seeping out seems to suggest that this will be one of the big, early set-pieces in the flick, as Whiplash gatecrashes the Monte Carlo road race in which Tony Stark is participating.
The images to have thus far emerged from Burton’s 3-D revisionist take on the famous source material provided by Lewis Carroll have suggested that this latest screen incarnation of Alice in Wonderland
will be painted in lavishly ornate strokes, and this latest shot of Mia Wasikowska does little to refute this inference.
Roland Emmerich is undoubtedly a director who is at his optimum when he is engaging in planet-wide destruction, and 2012
sees him treading broadly similar day-of-reckoning territory to that which he visited in Independence Day
and The Day After Tomorrow
. Expect some stonking CGI visuals leading up to the pictured apocalyptic aftermath, as well as some no doubt stirring speeches from the John Cusack-led ensemble cast. Zombieland
appears set to offer a kind of US take on the genre-spoofing antics of Shaun of the Dead
- Woody Harrelson’s lunk-headed tough guy Tallahassee teaming up with twitchy self-preservationist Columbus (played by Squid and the Whale
actor Jesse Eisenberg) in a bid to survive in a nation overrun by shambling cadavers.
Which brings us to 9
, a CG animation from director Shane Acker, with Tim Burton and Night Watch
creator Timur Bekmambetov being amongst the named producers. The movie centres on a rag doll tribe attempting to survive in a world devastated by a race of deadly machines, and although the quality of the animation doesn’t exactly appear to be of Pixar standard, there is some nice design work in evidence, particularly in the retro War of the Worlds
-shape of the menacing robots.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly