Hit-Fix says that not only does Warner Bros. want Joseph Gordon Levitt to become the new Batman in the ‘Justice League’ movie set for 2015, and a new series of Batman movies after that, but the studio is acting so quickly to wrap this deal up that they speculate he may also make an appearances at the end of the new Superman movie, much like how the individual Avengers movies included quick scenes showing other members of the Avengers.
So there you have it. Second hand speculation, only on wwtdd!
When all is said and done, ‘The Avengers’ will probably settle in as the third highest grossing movie of all time (after just 19 days it’s already number 11 with almost $1.1 billion), above the $1.32 billion the final ‘Harry Potter’ made, but well below the $2.78 billion for ‘Avatar’ and the $2.18 billion for ‘Titanic’. So it would seem the deal made for Robert Downey Jr. that pays him box-office bonuses and a percentage of the gross will work out nicely. Hooray for foresight!
When Iron Man grossed a surprising $585 million worldwide in 2008, Downey’s reps at CAA and the Hansen Jacobson law firm renegotiated a deal to include what multiple sources say is a slice of Marvel’s revenue from future movies in which he plays Iron Man (one source puts it in the 5 percent to 7 percent range; another source disputes the percentage.).
Which means Downey will make more than every other Avenger, even if you combined all their pay and then doubled it.
As Marvel launched other hero pics that would lead up to Avengers, the studio struck hard bargains. Two sources say Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo all signed on for small upfront fees and ultimately will make about $2 million to $3 million on Avengers with bonuses. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, who signed deals to pop up in several Marvel movies, are said to be making about twice that for Avengers with bonuses.
His agents should really be commended for such a shrewd move. And here I was thinking I was clever for selling drugs outside a methadone clinic.
Until now, ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ had the biggest opening weekend ever when it made $169M, and though the numbers won’t be official until later today, ‘The Avengers’ reportedly made $205 million in it’s opening weekend, more than double the old record (or maybe not “double”. I’m not great with numbers.)
It’s now made almost $650 million worldwide, meaning a lot of high-priced call girls are gonna get punched out in celebration by coked-up executives over at Disney this week. Watch out ladies!
The fact that ‘The Avengers’ is a huge success both critically (out of 213 reviews on rotten tomatoes, 93 percent have been positive) and financially (deadline says it will make around $67 million just today in the US, bringing it’s worldwide total on it’s first day to $371 million) really just proves what many of us have suspected all along; using your imagination while reading a book is complete bullshit. Why even bother when you can go see Iron Man fly around and the Hulk punching robots from outer space!
The third TV spot for ‘the Avengers’ was released today (here you go) showing the alien army for the first time and explaining why, despite his glib attitude, Loki does indeed have a lot to fear. Mostly that the Hulk has a scary growl and can jump really far and then smash the shit out of everything when he lands. There’s a girl with a gun and a guy with a bow and arrow too, but Tony Stark wisely raced past that part.