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Aronofsky, WOLVERINE - For Real This Time

Plus: GREEN LANTERN, AVENGERS, SUPERMAN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     October 18, 2010
Source: Various

Finally: Darren Aronofsky is a lock for Wolverine 2. Plus: Your first look at Green Lantern's power supply. Bit of Avengers nuggets. Snyder talks Superman story and 3D. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.18!

 

 

 

Box Office: RED

The last big-screen comics adaptation of 2010 arrived in theaters this week. RED debuted to modest success bringing in about $22.5 million. It was a distant second to Jackass 3D which took in more than double the amount on fewer screens. Still, it was a 3D movies so ticket prices were higher as well.

While it's not a record-breaking debut by any means, it definitely tops Bruce Willis' previous turn in comics-based fare, which was 2009's Surrogates. That movie only went on to a $38.5 million domestic total.

 

 

Gaiman on the many lives and deaths of the DEATH movie

Author, comics creator and screenwriter Neil Gaiman had a chat with New York Magazine's The Vulture recently and talked about his many and varied projects.

One point of interest is the ups and downs of the development cycle for the filmed adaptation of his beloved comics series Death: The High Cost of Living. Gaiman has been attached to write and direct the film, in which Death becomes mortal and lives among regular people for a brief period once every hundred years.

"Well, that one is mad. We kept almost getting it together, you know, like somebody climbing up the edge of a well. You’re an inch or two away from the top, and then you fall to the bottom and suddenly the film company isn’t there anymore or whatever," Gaiman said of the project. "We just set it up again at a Warner-related company and everything was all ready. It was weird, though. If you had asked me in March of this year about Death, I would have told you that I thought it was pretty definitely dead. And if you’d asked me in April, I would have been thrilled and happy and said, 'No, no, no, it’s absolutely on.' And then in June, July, the new powers that be at DC and Warner basically closed everything down."

Apparently the new DC Entertainment, headed up by Diane Nelson, has clamped off efforts to bring Death to the big screen. At least for now.

"Whether or not it will come back to life, I don’t know. Death seems amazingly hard to kill. And the truth is I will be happy either way. It was one of those things where I really wanted to make a Death movie because I knew that for me, the tone of voice was the most important thing about the movie. I didn’t want somebody to make a bad Death movie anymore than I want anybody to make a bad Sandman movie or TV series or whatever," Gaiman admitted.

DC Entertainment's reticence on this movie seems a bit puzzling to us, as the story is terrific and seems like it would translate fairly easily to a movie that would appeal to modern audiences.

Click through for the complete interview.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Snyder Talks SUPERMAN Story, 3D

Zack Snyder has released a few new drips of information about Superman in recent interviews. He's been overseas promoting Legends of the Guardians.

He made some interesting comments about the film's storyline to French outlet Films Actu (which were discovered and Google-translated back to English by Bleeding Cool).

"As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films," is approximately what Snyder said, translated to French and then back into English. "This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still cannot talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular."

Previous rumors have indicated that the movie will follow Clark Kent as a young reporter for the Daily Planet, encountering the world's problems first hand and formulating his plan to become Superman.

Snyder also chatted up the UK site Digital Spy and addressed the question of 3D. "I don't know for sure [if Superman will be filmed in 3D], I can't say for sure but I will say that the experience of the 3D in Guardians was so successful for what I wanted it to do. I think that 3D is pretty awesome if it's done as part of the cinematic language as opposed to being a gimmick."

And C2F has to say that Guardians is an amazing-looking 3D movie.

Thanks to ninjaBam and AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • In case you've missed them, Disney XD has released a number of micro-episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes online. The show debuts with full episodes on October 20th. Click and watch!
     
  • We now know what the Green Lantern power battery looks like, thanks to a giant replica appearing at the Scream Awards (where Ryan Reynolds took a trophy for "Most Anticipated Movie"). There are photos of the event, and the replica, over at Just Jared. As an added bonus, The Daily Blam have posted a still image of the lantern from the movie.
     
  • Geoff Johns was also at the Scream Awards and he spoke with Collider.com about movies like Green Lantern, Green Lantern 2 and other DC Entertainment film stuff.
     
  • Also talking comic book adaptions is Frank Darabont, who could easily collect an award for "Most Anticipated TV Series" for his upcoming adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead. Here's the latest interview at Hero Complex
     
  • Thanks to Cheesey1 and AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 The GREEN LANTERN Battery as it appears in the movie

 

Grant Morrison ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3

Wired.com takes a look at the new Grant Morrison documentary, and talked with the man himself about a variety of topics.

One movie we've been excited about is the adaptation of his cyborg critter story We3. Morrison wrote a script for the movie which had Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson attached to it a few years back. Sadly, Morrison said the recent trend towards colorful fantasy (see blockbusters: Alice and Wonderland, Avatar) haven not helped his gritty tale about three military lab animals outfitted with weapons technology on the run and seeking sanctuary.

"We3 is just stalled, as usual. People just keep asking, ‘What the tone? What’s the tone?’ Which is a shame," Morrison said. "But I’ve got other stuff coming up that could change everything, and make people look again at those films. But you know how Hollywood is: There’s a bunch of irons in the fire, and we’re all waiting for some of them to catch."

Wired points out that, of the vast body of Morrison's work, the upcoming All-Star Superman movie will be the first to be adapted to film. The comics creator said he couldn't be happier.

"I saw the movie and it’s one of my top three superhero movies ever. Only the superfans are going to complain, because the film has about 90 percent of my stuff in it. Much of it is actual dialogue taken from the book," he said.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

AVENGERS Talk, Rumors & Mishaps

We have some stray bits of Avengers business this week.

First up, you'll recall that C2F at Mania broke a minor tidbit about actress Morena Baccarin about a month ago. Our source had seen her in a Vancouver comics shop specifically asking about out comics that featured The Wasp. While that's all the info we had, it's not too much of a leap to recognize that she looks a bit like the comic book character and has a relationship with Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers movie.

So this week, Access Hollywood caught up with Baccarin and asked her about the project. Her response was predictably evasive.

"I wish I had more information for you," she said. The report notes that she had a "big beaming smile" when she answered the question. "All I will say is I will never turn down an opportunity to work with [Joss Whedon]. He’s one of my favorite people in the world."

So, the jury is still out on the question of whether or not Morena Baccarin's comic shopping had anything to do with Joss Whedon's Avengers movie. However, to fuel more speculation, C2F has to wonder why she would play coy if there's no story at all there.

In other Avengers-ish news, Bleeding Cool has posted a pair of design images of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier which they are calling "Avengers movie designs leak".

They are not. The images are actually designs that were created for Iron Man 2. They were modeled in 3D by one Sunil Pant who worked on the movie with Matrix production designer George Hull. Here are the images in case you'd like a look:

We don't know if there were plans to show the Helicarrier in the movie or if it was to appear as one of the many background elements in the final Nick Fury scene in the movie. Doubtless, a Helicarrier will appear in Avengers and maybe they'll be using this design for it after all.

In a final bit of Avengers business, Chris Hemsworth commented on the movie for MTV from the Scream Awards. The Thor actor didn't have much in the way of a scoop to share with fans, but he did praise Joss Whedon, who he previously worked with on the film The Cabin in the Woods.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Aronofksy Locked for WOLVERINE 2

After months of rumor, flirtation and seeming inevitability the latest word is that director Darren Aronofsky is on board to take the helm of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.

Deadline.com reports that the movie is lining up New York locations to accommodate both Aronofsky and star/producer Hugh Jackman, whose families live there. That's just the initial leg of the shoot, with the cast and crew heading to Japan next summer for the rest of the filming.

New York photography is set for March, which will allow the director to promote his new film Black Swan. Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script, which is said to be outstanding.

The handling of this movie seems to be a departure from previous X-Men outings, which seemed to have Fox rushing into production with pliant directors just to get a movie out there. The fact that they've lured Aronofsky, a notoriously artistic director, on board and are taking such pains to accommodate him seems to dovetail with recent reports that there's a new corporate culture at Fox which is about aiming higher on their summer blockbusters.

Between Aronofsky on this movie and Matthew Vaugh's X-Men: First Class, fans may be seeing some of the luster returned to one of Marvel's key franchises.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!

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lracors 10/18/2010 7:31:18 AM

RED was fun I liked it.

Death Movie... I really hope this is done right.

Sup's I could care less about 3D make a GOOD SCRIPT.

Green Lantern stuff is looking awesome... now if only DC had some oh CONTINUITY.

Walking Dead... I cannot wait!

Avengers I guess this addresses some of our questions about the Helicarrier so looks like it may be in the film.

Wolverine 2: Again write a good script and focus on Wolverine we don't need any 2-bit 3rd act cameo's.

krathwardroid 10/18/2010 7:51:46 AM

Nice Green Lantern battery. Nice to know that Darren Aronofsky is directing Wolverine 2. Not quite sure how nice this news is about Superman. I don't know about anyone else, but this sounds like something you would expect to see in that old Lois & Clark TV series. Clark Kent is a reporter and decides to become Superman? As if to say, "Hey, you know what would be a great idea? I have this cool powers, so why not use them to be a superhero?" I really hope this isn't as bad as it sounds. 

Tevii 10/18/2010 7:54:35 AM

Diane Nelson sucks.  So much talent around her and she is STILL ruining everything

jfdavis 10/18/2010 8:01:20 AM

I watched many of the Avenger micro-episodes as they came out and am very much looking forward to this show.

I really do hope Fox is trying to add more luster to it's comic properties.  Again, I think it'll come down to stupid cameos...  Filming a movie that supposedly takes place in Japan sounds very strange but Alias pulled off fake locales very well so it certainly can be done. 

Speaking of GL, I saw The Town this weekend and Blake Lively was great in it. She'll be more than fine as Carol...

LocoLobo73 10/18/2010 8:34:50 AM

Avengers : Earths Mightiest Heroes, so I watched the Micro episodes lastnight, and I was pleasantly surprised, by the story telling of the micro episodes, The art was a little put off ish at first but I warmed to it after watching a few of the episodes , and i did enjoy some more than others but overall they where pretty good and they kinda on the mature side even if some of the art was a bit childish. they look to be going with a New Avengers storyline with all the super max Prisons suffering from mass prison escapes. Which looks to bring our heros together. Episodes to check out , the Captain America espisodes, lots of great cameos, including our Favorite Canuckle head , which was great . the Black Widow and Hawkeye ones where great as well as the Black Panther. Not a big Fan of the Iron Man,  Antman or Wasp ones. The Thor and Hulk ones get honorable mentions.

Green Lantern: I dont really care for the Lantern design , but I guess if its alien and Hal is the first Human in the CORP then the lanteren may look a little anlien in design , may be it changes to the more traditional one when Hal uses it.

All Star Superman: Looking forward to that

Superman : Im just going to stop speculating on this until we haev more solid info

Avengers: the Hellicarrier looks pretty cool , even if it was suppose to be used in IRON MAN, since they are all interwoven who cares use it , cant wait to see it on the big screen. And im not a huge WASP fan but Monica is so hot give her the wings and shrink her down.

thefakejaredk83 10/18/2010 9:18:38 AM

Superman the early years? haven't we been treated to that for the last 10 years with Smallville?  I don't like the sound of that

 

the GL lantern, wow this movie is so on the fence with me.  They better Wow the hell out of me with a trailer

lancedenier 10/18/2010 9:28:13 AM

Superman is sounding better all the time.  If we can get a solid piece of casting news I'd be much happier.  I saw Social Network over the weekend and I gotta say: If Snyder doesn't give serious consideration to Armie Hammer for the title role, he's a fool.  6'5", 235 lbs with a square jaw and blue eyes.  Just dye his hair black and he's perfect.  He'd whup Brandon Routh in a heartbeat.

 

redhairs99 10/18/2010 10:50:57 AM

Saw an interview with Zack Snyder where he now appears to be backing out on his previous comments about Routh.  Apparently an online fan campaign has gotten so much attention that Snyder now says that Routh will in fact be considered for a Superman return. 

wessmith1966 10/18/2010 10:53:19 AM

I really hope the new Superman movie isn't about a young Clark learning to deal with his place in the world. Smallville's been covering that the last 10 years. I don't want to see it rehashed in a movie. I continue to be amazed at the difficulty WB is having putting a proper Superman film on the big screen. It's really not brain surgery; stop thinking so much. Sit down with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alex Ross. Together, those three would create a brilliant Superman story for the ages; they'd mix Superman mythology with action and adventure that would please geekboys and movie fans alike. I recently gave a friend of mine, who is not a comic book reader, my copy of the Ross/Dini "Superman: Peace on Earth." After reading it my friend was amazed and said it was the best Superman movie he's ever read. After the guys get the story together get Ross to storyboard the movie and get Zack to make a movie out of those storyboards. He's already proven with Watchmen he can do that. Let Dini do the script. The movie would be fantastic.

Looking forward to the new Avengers cartoon, but I'm still not crazy about the artwork. The kids have watched the vignettes and now they have all kinds of questions about them. I've pulled some of my old, old comics for them to read and they're amazed. It's very cool to see a new generation rediscover the old stories I grew up reading over and over.

I really hope Fox is taking a new course with the upcoming Xmen movies and commit to making good movies not just cash cows.

The lantern is ugly. What's wrong with using a more classic design? Why do designers/producers/directors do that? They have to put their stamp on a project, I understand that; but don't they realize how much they alienate core fans? And, in this internet age, alienating the core means a lot in terms of box office potential. So the original designs for costumes and equipment look cartoony...hello, they are cartoons. Make the movie look and feel like the books we've been reading for years and you'll have a hit.

Morena would be perfect for wasp, and sinec she's not a big box office name she'd probably be pretty cheap. Nathan Fillon would make a god Hank Pym too, and we know from watching Firefly that those two have good chemistry playing off one another.

PhillipBrian 10/18/2010 11:02:08 AM

Regarding Superman...... Just stay true to the character!!!!!

Superman and Batman cannot be approached in the same manner. Superman is a beacon of hope

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