Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Emma Stone as romantic interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Lizard, “Amazing Spider-Man” aims to walk the line between gravity and exuberance, Garfield said.
“Marc Webb has approached this with a real eye for authenticity, emotional authenticity, a kind of groundedness and grittiness. It feels a bit darker to me,” Garfield said. “Also, it’s really important that Spidey has fun and is witty. The mask’s a very powerful thing for anyone who wears it. It gives you leave to do anything you want, and I think in the hands of a teenager, he’ll just run riot. I hope we’ve managed to have some of that.”
“The Avengers” has superhero puppetmaster Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) rounding up Downey’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Evans’ Captain America, Hemsworth’s Thor, Ruffalo’s Hulk and Renner’s Hawkeye to take on Thor’s evil brother (Tom Hiddleston), who plots to unleash alien marauders on Earth.
“`The Avengers’ challenge was just not so much the scope of it,” Downey said. “It’s funny to think about a superhero movie as being complex, but I think it was a little bit daunting imagining how you get the balance of all of these intersecting stories. …
“It was a bit of a welcome relief in a certain sense in that `Avengers,’ once it took shape, was a very, very smartly executed and controlled venture.”
Whether alone or together, much of the gang will be back. Downey’s about to start shooting “Iron Man 3,” Hemsworth and Evans have “Thor” and “Captain America” sequels coming and there’s talk of solo spinoffs for some of the other Avengers.
Unlike “Avengers” and “Amazing Spider-Man,” `’Dark Knight Rises” will not be playing in 3-D. Director Nolan just isn’t a fan. Nolan does like shooting for the huge-screen IMAX format, so fans can count on a visual spectacle in those theaters.
“On 3-D, I don’t know if that was ever even a debate,” said Gary Oldman, who returns as Batman’s police commissioner ally, Jim Gordon. “It’s IMAX. That’s as big and bold as it gets, so there’s plenty of that.”
Anne Hathaway signs on as Catwoman, while Nolan’s “Inception” co-stars Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy join returning Batman cast members Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
Nolan and his cast have kept details secret, but the film could spell a dark end for Bale’s Dark Knight: Hardy plays the villain Bane, the brawny brute who broke Batman’s back in the comic books.
Hardy has a tough act to follow. The late Heath Ledger won an Academy Award as Batman’s last foe, the Joker, in “The Dark Knight.”
“I find it interesting that he picked Bane as a villain, and he was not tempted to use the Riddler or the Penguin, the more obvious choices,” Oldman said. “It suits the story better. It’s a great read, it’s a great piece. And there we are. There’s the end of it.”
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