What's Popping: 'Avengers 2', 'Justice League', 'Daredevil', 'Hobbit', 'Bill & Ted 3'

The Avengers

The uncertainty of whether or not Joss Whedon will return to direct The Avengers 2 has finally been cleared up. In an earnings call on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the movie studio has made an exclusive deal with Whedon for him to write and direct The Avengers 2 and to develop a live-action TV series based on the Marvel's characters. The agreement will last till June 2015, which is the same year when the new Avengers movie is planned for release.

Warner Bros has been trying to get their own Avengers off the ground with their Justice League movie. The obvious choice to direct the movie is Christopher Nolan, but since he passed, the studio will have to look for someone else. That person appears to be Ben Affleck. According to Variety, WB wants Ben Affleck to direct and possibly star in the movie, but some sources say the actor-director isn't really interested, but will meet with the studio to discuss it anyway.

The feature rights to Daredevil rest with Fox, but if the studio won't make a movie based on the character soon, like before October 10th, the rights will revert back to Marvel. According to reports, some backroom dealing may be going on between the two studios to extend the expiration date, but those reports are being denied. This story is still developing, so stay tuned.

Those wanting to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48 frames per second will probably have to travel long distances to do so. Fearing a backlash of the new format and to give theaters more time to upgrade their projectors, Warner Bros has decided to release the movie in select locations. Unfortunately, those locations may not be in all major cities.

Bill & Ted 3 is getting closer to happening with Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot attached to direct the movie. Even with a director on board, the movie is still quite far away since Parisot may have to fulfill his other commitments before taking this project on. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are expected to reprise their roles.

Other News & Notes:

Dumb & Dumber 2 may shoot next summer.

Keira Knightley will get in harms way as Jack Ryan's wife.

Rosamund Pike joins Edgar Wright's The World's End.

Before Sunset sequel isn't shooting this summer.

New Breaking Dawn Part II pics.

First pic of Russell Crowe as Noah.

Nic Pizzolatto is writing MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake.

Yancy Butler returns as Red Mist's mom in Kick-Ass 2.

Justin Theroux will rewrite and direct the Will Ferrell and Steve Carell comedy Swear to God.

Heather Graham back for The Hangover: Part III.

The Avengers 2 to be released on May 1, 2015?

Alan Ritchson cast as Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Shia LaBeouf may appear in Lars von Trier's erotic drama Nymphomaniac.

Amber Heard may replace Kristen Stewart in Cali.

Sean Penn is directing Crazy for the Storm.

Steve Pink is in talks to direct Sexual Perversity In Chicago.

Jay Roach says he is still working on that Deep Throat movie.

First images for Pixar's new short, Partysaurus Rex.

Sony Animation will make the ALF movie a live-action/animation hybrid.

Jean-Claude Van Damme wants to be involved in the Bloodsport remake.

Malin Akerman joins Schwarzenegger's Breacher.

Bruno Gunn will play Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Ryan Reynolds boards Atom Egoyan's kidnap thriller Queen of the Night.

Bob Hoskins decides to retire after Parkinson's diagnosis.

Jon Favreau confirms he's directing the Jersey Boys adaptation.

Paramount tests two cuts of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Fifty Shades of Grey narrows writers to four.

Justin Lin may take over former Spike Lee project L.A. Riots for Universal.

Christopher McQuarrie nears deal with Paramount to write and direct Tom Clancy's Without Remorse.

Reese Witherspoon to star and produce the romantic comedy The Beard.

This is 40 trailer.

Playing for Keeps trailer.

Trouble With the Curve trailer.

Zero Dark Thirty trailer.

Concept art for Disney's Frozen.

Set image of Robert Redford in All Is Lost.

Jennifer Lawrence to star in Weinstein's The Ends of the Earth.

Paramount buys spy comedy pitch from Sacha Baron Cohen.

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby moves from Christmas 2012 to Summer 2013.

Mickey Rourke joins Albert Hughes' Motor City.

Michael Kenneth Williams in talks to play Robocop's human partner.

Joe Manganiello in talks to play one of the good guys in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Breacher.

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