As the poet laureate Beyonce once said: Girls rule the world. And for proof, look no further than this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies. It’s the Summer Movie Preview week here at VH1 Celebrity, and we’ve already brought you our picks for the sexiest heroes coming soon to a theater near you. The hottest months of the year are going to real scorchers thanks to these badass beauties busting bad guys on the big screen.
Anne Hathaway steps into Catwoman’s famous leather jumpsuit for the much-anticipated Batman follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises, while Scarlett Johansson is back in her Black Widow gear for The Avengers. Kristen Stewart is getting medieval on our behinds with Snow White and the Huntsman, and Jessica Biel is fast-forwarding us into the year 2084 in the remake of Total Recall.
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There are some new faces to the blockbuster game this year, like Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki, who stars in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Battleship‘s Rihanna. Emma Stone gets to hook up with real-life beau Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Rachel Weiszmight be doing the same onscreen with her Bourne Legacy co-star Jeremy Renner.
Whether they’re cartoons like Princess Merida in Pixar’s latest epic Brave, or real live ladies like Prometheus star Noomi Rapace, you can be sure that these women aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty while they save the rest of us — but they’ll still look amazing doing it. Our question to you is: Which of these heroic ladies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer? Check out the gallery and let us know in our poll! Read more…
Is it getting a little warm in here? It’s just the first of May, and we’re already fanning ourselves at our desk after putting together our own special Summer Movie Preview. We’ll leave the talk of comic books, green screens, box-office takes and mega-sequel expectations to some other sites, as we instead do what we do best: concentrate on those beautiful men and women on the big screens. And oh, there are a lot of them this summer. First, let’s take a look at the fine male specimens stepping up to save the world — from aliens, vampires, evil queens and other threats that somehow loom the largest between May and August.
We clearly have not been up to speed with our The Dark Knight Rises knowledge so this third and final trailer of the movie has excited us immensely. We were thrilled to see more glimpses into Anne Hathaway‘s character and style. That split-second image of her in the hat with the brim pulled down and glasses , so all you can see is bright red lips … that floored us. The scene of her dancing with Christian Bale later? That also floored us. And towards the end, when she’s in the car-jet hybrid with Batman? Yep … floored us.
Is it just us but does her character Catwoman seem more sympathetic in this film? That could be just the trailer because we know she’s the associate of Tom Hardy‘s character, Bane. Speaking of which, his scenes give us the chills. This may be the most terrifying supervillain in the Batman series yet. We all know how the Bale films are the far opposite of camp, so when Bane unleashes his terror onscreen, they don’t hold back. We gritted our teeth during the scene where he tells Bale, after much torture evidently, “Your punishment must be more severe.” What the trailer, folks. It’s almost poetic.
Prepare to be excited … then immediately crushed: Rumors were swirling earlier today that Ellen Page would be playing Barbara Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises. For those of you who had actual lives during high school, Barbara is both the daughter of Gary Oldman‘s Commissioner Gordon and, eventually, Batgirl. Squee, right? The Dark Knight Rises Rumorsreported this morning that one of their readers had spotted a tell-tale sign of Ellen’s involvement on the film’s set earlier this month. No, literally, it was a sign that allegedly read “E. Page ‘B. Gordon.’” If that already sounds fishy to you, clearly you are not seeing things through the eyes of a true Page fan. She would look so adorkable with bat ears! Can’t you let us dream for a few more hours?
Of course, Batman-News had to go ruin everything by, you know, talking to people who actually worked on the movie; they denied Page’s involvement and said the alleged sign was a fake. Then again, it’s not totally improbable that the Juno star would get to rock the cape and cowl; her Inception co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard made it into the movie, and director Christopher Nolan is known for using actors he’s worked with before. So, now we just need another Dark Knight movie after this oneÂ with more Ellen Page, as opposed to moving on to the next Batman reboot. That’s the ticket! Haha, wheeee! Don’t try to tell us facts when we’re in our happy place!
The Dark Knight Rises is only 8 months away, which in the grand scheme of the universe is really only the blink of an eye ARGH WE CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! We need the Batman back immediately. Not helping matters are all the new, exceedingly awesome details Tom Hardy and the gang have revealed about the third film in director Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy in the new issue of Empire magazine. A few facts that will make the seconds seem like minutes, and the minutes seem like hours, include:
We’re getting an older, grouchier superhero: “Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state,” Nolan explained. So you know Christian Bale is going to nail it.
Spinal columns will be ripped out: “He’s brutal. Brutal,” Hardy says about his villain Bane. “He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns.”
Bane is like Darth Vader, except worse and possibly cooler: “He was injured early in his story. He’s suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can’t survive the pain without the mask,”Â costume designer Lindy Hemming reveals about Bane’s look. “The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two canisters.”
Expect The Dark Knight levels of intensity: “WithÂ Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before,” Nolan says. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
We won’t have to wait until July to get a sneak peak: “The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. Itâ€™s the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film. With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasnâ€™t had before. In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic,” says Nolan. Luckily for us, the short prologue will play before the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible â€“ Ghost Protocol, which comes out December 21. Excited yet horrified squee!
Anne Hathaway has officially squashed any worries that she wouldn’t measure up to the sexiness of previous Catladies Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry. Fully-costumed Hathaway pranced around The Dark Knight Rises set this weekend looking toned and tiny-waisted in the legendary skin-tight latex. Ruby red lips completed her purr-fectly (sorry) amazing look.
Might we add that Christian Bale looks even beefier this go-around? Here’s hoping Batman’s laying off the juice. [Photo: Splash News Online]
If the Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer had you amped up for apocalyptic Gotham-wide chaos, then you are going to really enjoy the Dark Knight Rises footage shot by Pittsbugh’s WPXI. Following the sneak peek of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman we got last week, the station managed to film a snowy street brawl between GCPD and what are reportedly inmates from Arkham Asylum. As you can see, there are multiple Batmans taking on Tom Hardy‘s Bane, though it’s not clear which one is Christian Bale and which are the stuntmen. Unless, for some reason, there are actual multiple Batmans in the film, but seeing as how we don’t want to scream until we lose consciousness, we’ll hold off on making that assumption.
The shoot allegedly also included an explosion at the Steeler’s Heinz Field, subbing in as home of the Gotham Rogues. “Right after the football scene ended, they did one explosion,” extra Erin Giambelluca told the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch. “It looked like pieces of grass all over the field to make it look like it was blown up while the players were on it, and we had to wear ear plugs for that. We had to rehearse and make sure we weren’t smiling during that part.” We don’t know how managed to keep her joy on lock-down. We’re smiling at the idea of it right…now.
We remember posting the teaser trailer to The Dark Night Rises a little less than a month ago and pointing out the total lack of footage of Anne Hathway‘s as Selina KyleneéCatwoman. Because face it, y’all want a peek of that. Well, here you have it — Anne Hathway as Catwoman! It’s the first offiicial shot of her and we’re so stoked because this is squee inducing! Because this is like, a badass, Matrix-esque version of Selina Kyle-Catwoman. (We want that bike-hybrid thing, too.) What do you guys think? Definitely not a fail, right? We honestly can’t wait to watch the movie.
The only problem with the new The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer is a distinct and glaring lack of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. How can we decided whether or not we should be excited for the next 11 months if we don’t even get a peek? The rest of the trailer will, of course, make you want to build a time machine and travel to July 2012, maybe a few days before it comes out so you can get tickets, and find parking for your extremely conspicuous time-traveling orb.
There are the crumbling skyscrapers a la the Dark Knight Rises poster, a clear shot of a creepy Tom Hardy as the villain Bane and a wheezing Gary Oldman, though no Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Marion Cotillard just yet either. Considering that the trailer declared the film the “epic conclusion” to the three-film series, we guess that means rumors of a Batman reboot are probably accurate. So….since you’re already in that time machine, would you mind stopping by 2013 and do whatever you can to prevent Arnold Schwarzenegger from getting re-cast as Mr. Freeze? Thanks a ton.
Come July 2012, the citizens of Gotham are probably going to want to visit relatives in Florida. Maybe take the whole month of August off and rent a beach house. Whatever they do, The Dark Knight teaser poster, featured on The Dark Knight Rises website, suggests that it’s going to be a cruel summer for the residents of Batman’s home town. On the other hand, the worse things are for them, the better and creepier it is for us the audience.
Not that we should be surpassed by this glimpse of the cataclysmic destruction in store. The Dark Knight teaser videos are equally disturbing, what with the terrifying chanting and so on, while the photo of Tom Hardy’s Bane suggests that director Christopher Nolan knows he has to go big or go home after Heath Ledger‘s amazing turn as the Joker. Seeing as how his brand of destruction was primarily ferry and/or hospital-related, here’s hoping everyone in the greater Gotham area uses their summer Fridays to get out of town. As for us, we’ll just have to use ours to get the satisfaction of knowing we didn’t waste our $12.50 on any old sub-par sequel.