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ALL-STAR SUPERMAN Movie Coming

Plus: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, AVENGERS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     September 17, 2010
Source: Various

All-Star Superman movie coming. Plus: Branagh talks Thor. Gregg and Renner talk Avengers. Captain America heads to Liverpool and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.17!

 

 

 

Clark Gregg on Marvel Movies

Last year actor Clark Gregg signed a deal to serve as the second continuity-oriented character (after Sam Jackson's Nick Fury) linking all of Marvel's movies. As S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson, Gregg has already appeared in the first to Iron Man movies and will play a larger role in next year's Thor, not to mention The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and possibly Captain America as well.

The actor told Movieweb.com he can't say much in terms of specifics but comment on the tonal differences between Jon Favreau's armored Avenger flicks  Kenneth Branagh's thunder god film.

"That is certainly part of the unbelievably complex job that Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Feige and the Marvel guys had. Its one thing to introduce the world of Tony Stark where everything's almost technologically doable and very realistic, which is what has always been really cool about Iron Man, and then start a whole other movie that is connected to it that is very different like Thor, the god of thunder with his hammer mjoinir and Asgard, an alternate universe dimension," he said. "It's really kind of gutsy of them to go there next and at the same time have it feel like a world where Agent Coulson can move into and it doesn't feel forced. It's certainly what I was most nervous about going into it so when I saw footage at Comic-Con with everybody else I was really relieved and happy to see that it looks like it works."

When asked about a script for the Avengers movie Gregg scoffed at the suggestion saying he's never seen a script from Marvel, only the pages that related to his character. However, he did have his opinions about the cast of the film, which would feature Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.

"It's going to be fireworks. That's a lot of divas," Gregg joked. "No, I don't think that. It's actually, as far as I can tell, a nice bunch of people. That's what's been cool so far is that you get to work with a kind of caliber of actor in these Marvel films that I didn't grow up associating with Super Hero movies. Also, everybody seems to be having a good time so it's really kind of a pleasant place to work in."

He speculated that the movie may utilize pre-existing villains  (we know Loki actor Tom Hiddletson's deal calls for him to appear) he also said he hopes the movie features a new master villain.

"Maybe it's somebody that we've never met before, I think to create a villain substantial enough to have brought those characters together. I think it's got to be something kind of mind-bending, something kind of universal," he said. If the movie follows the storyline of Mark Millar's Ultimates, there could be a global threat in the form of shape-shifting aliens.

As far as Iron Man 3 goes, Gregg says he's heard nothing concrete, but expects it would only go into production after The Avengers wraps

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Branagh on THOR

Clark Gregg isn't the only one who had to sweat the transition from Iron Man to Thor. Director Kenneth Branagh talked with Hero Complex about carrying the burden of a very different Marvel movie.

"It’s how you dance pretty close to the edge to get the sort of modernity and the edge that Iron Man has and the real sharp comic sensibility of [Favreau and Downey]," he said. "So it’s a different kind of dance.

"I think Thor comes from a different place story-wise and character-wise. We have both Norse histories for Thor, hundreds of myths and fables told in many different ways, in addition to what Marvel has pillaged for the past 40 years or so to come up with their version of things, which sits in very strong structure, a really strong narrative structure."

The story of Thor starts in Asgard and then finds the Thunder God cast down to Earth. Branagh says the movie reflects that progression of things being ordered to descending into chaos.

Thor arrives in theaters next summer.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • In case you missed it: We posted four new images and a video clip from Superman/Batman: Apocalypse late in the day yesterday. Click for a look at the new DC Universe animated feature.
     
  • In case you missed it - Part 2: we also have seven new images from the Smallville season 10 debut episode Lazarus. Give 'em a look.

     
  • The Liverpool ECHO reports that Captain America: The First Avenger will begin filming for six weeks at Stanley Dock. The location is reportedly also being eyed by the crew of X-Men: First Class.

 

 

Renner on Whedon's AVENGERS

Actor Jeremy Renner talks with MTV Splash Page about the prospect of being ruinted with Joss Whedon on The Avengers. The pair previously worked together on an the TV show Angel where Renner played a serial-killer vampire called "The Pope."

"He's got a very good sensibility," Renner told MTV. "It's a world he knows very well. He kind of gave me an idea of where the character is going. It's all grounded in reality, which is great. It's a character, Hawkeye, that isn't really a superhero — he just has a high skill set. That's something I can also connect to. I just have to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow!"

 

 

ALL-STAR SUPERMAN Coming

Following Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the next DC Universe animated movie will be an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's much-loved All-Star Superman, according to the Heat Vision Blog.

The new movie will feature Desperate Housewives actor James Denton as the Man of Steel, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane and actor Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor. Also among the cast are Ed Asner as Perry White and Frances Conroy as Ma Kent along with Linda Cardellini, Arnold Vosloo and Matthew Gray Gubler.

The premise of the book gives us a dying Superman whose final mission is one of creating a lasting legacy of truth and justice for his adopted planet.

Veteran DCU animation player Bruce Timm is an executive producer. Sam Liu is directing. Dwayne McDuffie wrote the script.

All-Star Superman is due for release next year.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Hamm Debunks SUPERMAN Talk

The big rumor from earlier in the week was that the producers of Superman were "seriously considering" Mad Men actor Jon Hamm for the lead role in the new franchise restart. Hamm appeared this week on Live with Regis and Kelly where co-host Kelly Ripa asked him about the rumor.

Not unexpectedly he dismissed the story as Internet chatter.

"It's sort of news to me. If the powers-that-be are thinking that I'd like them to get in touch with me," he said with a laugh. "We can maybe discuss it."

Of course, that doesn't entirely refute the idea that someone, behind closed doors at DC Entertainment, is pushing for an offer to go out to Hamm. But so far any such casting is far from concrete.

Here's the vidoe clip courtesy of TV Squad.

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at the GFA Pet Expo in Madison Heights on the 18th and 19th!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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redhairs99 9/17/2010 8:30:19 AM

Why do they always have to recast different voice actors for all these DCU animated films?  Pretty sure that Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy's schedules aren't "that" full.

Butchman 9/17/2010 9:41:10 AM

I hope they stay away from shape-shifting aliens for the main enemy of Avengers. The first two animated Avengers DVDs were sub-par and I hate to see that used as a template.

 

jfdavis 9/17/2010 9:52:26 AM

@redhairs99 Daly keeps getting live action TV work but Carl Lumbly did the voice of J'onn on Justice League and was a regular on Alias at the same time. MIchael Rosenbaum did Smallville and JL at the same time as well. (Daly declined doing JL because of the Fugitive which was immediately cancelled anyway...)  I have no idea what else Conroy has done in the last 15-20 years.  I think the real reason is Bruce Timm or whomever at WB wants diversity in an attempt to attract different audiences. I really don't think it works though...

SuperFan 9/17/2010 10:07:00 AM

 can we please let the Super-Hamm stuff die already......................................................... HE'S TOO OLD!!!

samurai1138 9/17/2010 10:15:33 AM

The only other thing I ever remember seeing Kevin Conroy in was an episode of Cheers, somewhere around season 9, after Eddie Le Bec dies, A friend of Sam's (Conroy) comes by the bar and winds up hitting on Carla. And yes, 20 years ago, he DID look like a great Batman, too bad they didn't use him. As far as his schedule goes, I believe that both he and Mark Hamill said they were retiring from the roles of Batman/Joker after the Arkham Asylum game. One can only hope a dump truck full of money makes them change their mind. As great as the recent Under The Red Hood movie was, it would have been better with Conroy and Hamill. And yes, I also hope they stay away from the Ultimate Avengers animated features as a basis for the live action. They werent bad, I kinda liked the first one, but the Chitauri aliens were handled poorly and brought the whole production down a notch or three.

samurai1138 9/17/2010 10:31:52 AM

One more thing. Speaking of Grant Morrison's Superman being made into an animated feature, am I the only person who just does not like his writing? I thought he almost ruined the X-Men, not that it wasnt already screwed at the time anyway. And I cant even read his Batman stuff, other than the original Arkam Asylum GN from way back when. I swear I saw recent issues of Batman with Bruce travelling through time or something and wearing giant bat skins or something. Didn't Captain America just do that? I think we need Joss to fix Batman like he did X-Men.

urphatgod 9/17/2010 10:39:49 AM

ALL STAR SUPERMAN: OH hell yeah! The changes in  voices are meant to disassociate the movies, Public Enemies and Apocalypse are essentially a series so they are using the classic voices. The studio want to have an individual feel to all the films so they stand out. The Dissociative nature allows them to seek out the best DC stories to produce without worrying about how a character has appeared or been used in another recent project.

AVENGERS: Please no new Villain...lets face it Hollywood is horribly uncreative and has faltered on giving us a great villain nine times out of ten. I don't trust their idea of a villain worthy of the Avengers. we'll never see any real villains if they jump the shark into some new schmuck right away, cuz they'll make him their go to villain in everything afterwards...2 sh**Ty Dr. Doom appearnaces, 3 steadily declining in awesome appearances by Magneto, Lex Luthor in EVERY Superman movie.(3 was still Lex they just called him something else, and payed a cheaper actor.) PLease Mr. Whedon use a real Avengers Villain, maybe Thanos or Kang or Nefaria even but please no lame ass Hollywood made up anyting. If they knew how to come up with a good idea they wouldnt hafta buy comic book rights.

Darkknight2280 9/17/2010 11:31:39 AM

Ok i have to say the DC cartoon movies are good..but i have to say ENOUGH with the cartoons already... put out some more live action stuff!! Just give us some good news on the superman project or the next batman, or flash or wonder woman! I know they have different divisions..but i know the money come form the same place. Put that money towards something AMAZING!

nemesis1_57 9/17/2010 11:51:05 AM

This will be another once and done Superman movie if they cast Hamm he's way to old (yes 40 is old) The reason Superman doesn't do well is cause always 30's era look. The biggest problem is they need to bring him up to date that character never evolves it's the same the day it was created the S is yellow thats the only change. As generations continue Superman will become a thing from the past the only reason he's still around is because to the elder generation holding on the nostalgia. other characters changed over time Superman should to

kisforkomics 9/17/2010 12:00:50 PM

I was SO excited to hear about the All-Star Superman movie until I found out it was animated. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the DC Animated stuff that has come out recently but... All-Star Superman would make for SUCH A GOOD LIVE-ACTION MOVIE! We've already seen Supes do everything on screen, why not make a movie where he has to deal with his own mortality?

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