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!
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
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.
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!"
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.
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!