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AVENGERS Assembled


By Rob M. Worley     July 26, 2010
Source: Various

Avengers Assembled at Comic-Con. Plus: Thor footage report. Captain America details revealed. Walking Dead trailer online and more! Suffering the Comic-con hangover, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.26!




Will Eisner's CONTRACT WITH GOD Set For Feature

From a press release

San Diego, CA (July 23, 2010) - Legendary comic book master Will Eisner's groundbreaking graphic novel A Contract with God is being adapted into a live action feature film, it was announced this evening at Comic- Con International 2010 by the film's producers. In what is considered by many to be one of the most influential graphic novels ever written, in "A Contract with God" Eisner utilizes the comic book format in an innovative and pioneering way to explore stories and memories from his childhood growing up in a New York City tenement. Each tale captures the brutality, fragility, and tenderness that exists among people living in close quarters in challenging economic times.

A quartet of acclaimed independent directors are attached to direct each of the graphic novel's four adjoining chapters: Alex Rivera ("Sleep Dealer"); Tze Chun ("Children of Invention"); Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"); and Sean Baker ("Prince of Broadway," MTV's "Warren the Ape"). The film will be produced and adapted for the screen by Darren Dean, whose first feature "Prince of Broadway," about an illegal immigrant in contemporary New York City, is being released this fall and whose second feature, Rwanda-shot "Kinyarwanda" (directed by Alrick Brown) is in post-production, due for a festival bow in 2011.

The film adaptation of "A Contract with God" will be produced under the auspices of the Eisner estate in the spirit of the original work. Bob Schreck, a 30-year veteran of the comic book industry and Michael Ruggiero, former head of original programming at STARZ, will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Black Squirrel Films Co-Founder Tommy Oliver will serve as Co-Producer and Mark Rabinowitz, Co-Founder of indieWIRE.com, will serve as Associate Producer.

Focusing on the immigrant struggle, "A Contract With God" takes a look at a salient theme across four separate but related stories, set primarily in a New York City tenement in the 1930s. The four segments are: "A Contract With God" (Rivera), "The Street Singer" (Chun), "The Super" (Jenkins) and "Cookalien," (Baker). Each of the filmmakers comes to the project with a distinct aesthetic approach which will capture the diversity, style and essence of Eisner's story. Nat Sanders ("Medicine for Melancholy," "Humpday") will serve as editor on the entire film.

The announcement regarding the film adaptation of "A Contract with God" was made this evening at the 22nd annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which honors creative achievement in American comic books including induction ceremonies into the comics industry Hall of Fame, the first time such an announcement has been made at the Eisners. Will Eisner was a regular participant in the award ceremony until his death in 2005.

Darren Dean said, "I look forward to finding the fine balance of offering Eisner fans a very faithful interpretation of his work and allowing the voices of these strong and competent filmmakers to be heard. We are all approaching the inaugural stage of this project with respect, honor and anticipation and hope that the fans will welcome us with both faith and scrutiny. This is for them, as much as any of us."

Bob Schreck said, "Getting to know Will Eisner was one of the great honors of both my personal and professional journeys. We are all well aware that the work ahead has a very high bar of excellence to aspire to set by Mr. Eisner's pioneering achievements in storytelling."

Tze Chun said, "Before I became a filmmaker, I wanted to be a comic book artist, and I spent many nights poring over Eisner's Comics & Sequential Art. The book should be mandatory reading for every person who wants to be a storyteller regardless of their intended medium. Eisner's magnum opus, "A Contract With God," is a master class in visual storytelling -- groundbreaking, humanistic, moving, and rich in detail. Within these four short stories, Eisner creates an entire world. I'm very excited to be a part of the team that will bring this film to life."

Key roles will be cast in the coming months with principle photography set to begin in 2011.



Comic-Con Quick Hits

  • Firebreather artist Andy Kuhn tells us he's working on Dreamworks' new Fright Night movie, starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and David Tennant. He could not disclose the nature of the work he's doing. The movie is filming on location in Kuhn's home town of Albuquerque New Mexico.
  • At the Smallville panel on Sunday, producers confirmed that Darkseid will be the primary villain for the tenth and final season of the show. They likewise confirmed that John Schneider will return, along with expected series regulars Erica Durance and Justin Hartley. Both Hartley and star Tom Welling are directing episodes of the closing season.
  • Bleeding Cool reports that comics creator Brian Michael Bendis is acting as a writer and producer on the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. No other details are provided. When the show was initially announced Bendis told his fans that he had no involvement with it.
  • Dreamworks unveiled a new image from Cowboys & Aliens to support their Comic-Con presence. The image features cowboy Daniel Craig holding an alien weapon.

 Daniel Craig in COWBOYS & ALIENS



New RED Trailer

John Malkovich steals the show in the latest trailer from Red...




AMC pushed The Walking Dead at Comic-Con in a big way, with panels, parties and a huge presence at the Image Comics booth on the convention floor.

Mania's own Bob Trate gives his impressions of the show with his report on the panel. He writes, "This is a comic book brought to life. What reaffirms us is Darabont’s and Gale Anne Hurd’s passion for the source material."

Check out his complete report.

There were also clips from the show being screened on the convention floor, and one industrious fan even filmed it for your enjoyment:



AVENGERS Assembled at Comic-Con: Whedon, Ruffalo and Renner Confirmed

As expected Marvel brought the house down with their Saturday night panel at Comic-Con International, introducing fans to the cast and crew of Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers and Marvel Studios' The Avengers.

The event ended weeks of speculation over who would be the new Hulk as actor Mark Ruffalo was presented to fans as the man stepping into the tattered purple pants of Dr. Bruce Banner. Also revealed was the long-rumored casting of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye on the team.

At an earlier panel, Joss Whedon officially confirmed that he is directing the film.

For the announcement, the trio appeared on stage with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury) and Marvel studios chief Kevin Feige.

Marvel also screened a teaser for the film, which will hopefully be on display soon at the newly minted website Assemble.Marvel.com.

The cast of the AVENGERS Assembled: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (S.H.I.E.L.D. directory Nick Fury), Jerem

The Avengers unveiling capped off what was already a thrilling panel for fans at the show.

The Marvel presentation opened with an introduction to the now-filming Captain America film, presented by director Joe Johnston with actors Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving, who plays the Red Skull in the movie. Although filming has just begun, they were able to show a scene from the film which reveals links to Thor as well as Hydra and the Cosmic Cube. The clip was not, of course, the fake trailer that's been making the rounds this week.

A huge contingent from Thor was on hand to present that movie, including director Kenneth Branagh, Hemsworth and numerous other cast members. With filming wrapped, they were able to show a complete trailer.

Check out Bob Trate's complete report for more about those two movies.

In whipping up buzz, Marvel also had an impressive display on the comic-con floor, including Odin's massive gold throne, the scale model of The Destroy and various helmets from Thor. And, of course, they let fans get a close up look at Captain America's iconic shield from the film.

THOR - The Destroyer and Odin's Throne

THOR Helmets


Thanks to ponyboy76 for the submission.


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TigerPrime 7/26/2010 8:29:46 AM

So when will the Thor trailer be available for all of us who couldn't make it to SDCC?

madmanic999 7/26/2010 8:32:53 AM

The more I read about The Avengers the more pumped I get... seeing so many of the cast members on stage is goose bump producing.... Now, just please don't let it suck, please don't let it suck.... wish someone had the Thor trailer.

Darkknight2280 7/26/2010 8:51:26 AM

Just missing the picture of the INFINITY GAUNTLET!!!! its freaking bad@SS !!!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to see footage for Thor and CAP. AVENGERS IS GONNA BE BAD@SS!!!

Rheul_home 7/26/2010 8:54:44 AM

Where was The Infinity Gauntlet? I didn't see any pics. Someone has to have a pic. All of the Thor stuff is beyond expectation. Caps shield looks amazing! When will we see the Thor trailer and the Cap footage that was shown? Man its a great time to be a comic fan!

Darkknight2280 7/26/2010 8:56:30 AM

I can email you a pic of you can check it out over at superherohype.com

Wiseguy 7/26/2010 9:01:55 AM

You can see pics of the Infinity Gauntlet at just about any genre site, except this one. Maybe Thanos in the Avengers? How awesome would that be

Also glad to see the helmets. Did see a picture last week with Odin and Loki wearing theirs so I'm a happy camper. Hope to see Thor donning his also

Nothing on Punisher's rights reverting to Marvel either?

Don't know anything about Walking Dead but that trailer just looks like a rehash of a bunch of similar movies. Still plan on giving the series a chance though

Cowboys and Aliens pix looks like a shot taking right out of an Indiana Jones film

RED looks pretty damn good. I was sort of waffling on this but I think I may check this out when it drops

Darkknight2280 7/26/2010 9:04:50 AM

I just changed my avatar pic to the Infinity gauntlet, hasnt seemed to change yet. i heard rumors that its in Thor.

Yeah the info coming out of SDCC this years has been pretty good. The G4 coverage was pretty weak this year though. They should be there live like they are for E3! 4 hours for 4 days of coverage is lame and a cop out!

Thank God for the internets!

animefanjared 7/26/2010 9:05:05 AM

Who's editing this site?  Why is the information about the Avengers cast reveal (a huge bit of news) included here but NOT in the summary of the Marvel panel?  And why do the people commenting on the articles seem to know more about what's going on than the actual articles?

The Comic Con converage on this site has been pretty pathetic.  I'm sure it's a busy time and there's lots to do, but other websites manage to get much more thorough articles up more quickly.  Mania needs to step up its game.

redhairs99 7/26/2010 9:08:19 AM

LOTS OF SMALLVILLE SPOILERS--------------------->


James Marsters also confirmed that he will be returning as Brainiac in at least one episode this year.  Most likely being the 200th episode.  John Glover will also be back as Lionel Luthor.  Producers want fans to tell Michael Rosenbaum that they want him back as Lex.  Lois says "Superman."  The suit from Superman Returns makes an appearance.  Geoff Johns is working on a Blue Beetle and Booster Gold episode.  And Project Cadmus returns. 

It's shaping up to be an awesome final season for the show!

redhairs99 7/26/2010 9:10:52 AM

Darkknight2280,  I was a little disappointed by G4 as well.  It seems like a few years back they did do coverage everyday of the Con but the last couple of years it's just been 1 day for 4 hours.

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