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BATMAN 3 Scouting Underway?

Plus: KICK-ASS, JUSTICE LEAGUE, SMALLVILLE and more

By Rob M .Worley     February 24, 2010
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Is 'Batman 3' location scouting already underway? Plus: 'Kick-Ass' reviews trickling in. 'Justice League: Crisis' clips and interviews. New villain cast in 'Smallville' and more. It's, like, a huge fan of temples and history and Indiana Jones stuff. It's your Comics2Film 10.2.24!

 

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS Round Up

The new DCU animated feature 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film finds the superhero team fighting to save the multiverse from a threat from a parallel world: a world where the Justice League are tyrannical villains and the heroic Lex Luthor is all that stands in their way.

Right here on Mania you'll find a feature interview with Gina Torres. The actress (of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' fame) plays Superwoman (the evil version of Wonder Woman) .

Also on Mania is a clip featuring a showdown between Superwoman and Batman. How does Bats fare against the uber femme fatale? Not so good really.

Finally, Comic Book Resources has an interview with producer Bruce Timm who talks about the development of this movie, and gives some brief insights into the next DCU animated feature 'Batman: Under the Red Hood'.

 

 

Schreiber Crossing Fingers for WOLVERINE 2

Actor Liev Schreiber told MTV Splash Page that when the much-discussed 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' gets off the ground, he hopes there's a role in the film for him. Schreiber played Wolverine's brother/nemesis/ally in the previous film.

"Hugh [Jackman] has talked about the fact that he wants to work on the Japanese angle," said Schreiber, "I’ve got my fingers crossed that Victor pops into that somewhere. I’m not sure yet. I don’t remember from the comic books [if he’s in there]."

Schreiber also admits that while he was a fan of Wolverine growing up, he was a much more avid reader of DC Comics titles.

 

 

Maxwell Lord cast in SMALLVILLE

IGN has the exclusive scoop on who will be playing Maxwell Lord on an upcoming episode of 'Smallville'.

Actor Gil Bellows is lined up for the part. Bellows has numerous credits to his name but is perhaps best known for his role on 'Ally McBeal'.

Maxwell Lord was introduced into comics during the Giffen/DeMatteis era of "Bwa-ha-ha" 'Justice League'. There he was a Donald Trump-esque businessman who had taken over management of the Justice League - sort of a Jack Donaghy to Blue Beetle's Liz Lemon. Of course, the fun couldn't last forever and, in recent years, whatever good there was to be found in the character was erased when Lord was revealed to be a Machiavellian schemer bent on world domination. He ends up shooting Blue Beetle in the head and eventually gets his neck snapped by Wonder Woman.

It's not clear what version of Lord we'll be seeing, but look for Bellows to play the character in the 19th episode of the show and to return for several more episodes.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Early KICK-ASS Review

IGN has busted the embargo and posted an early review of Matthew Vaughn's filmed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's 'Kick-Ass'.

The website scores the movie 4 out of 5 stars says, "It's more than a teen movie but less than a traditional superhero tale – and by treading this fine line, it comes up with its own hugely entertaining balance between the two."

Also enthused is Brit TV talk show host Jonathan Ross who has been tweeting effusive praise for the movie ever since a screening yesterday in London.

"Just came from first finished ['Kick-Ass'] screening! Best super hero film ever!!" he gushes. Addition praise comes in the form or reply tweets in which Ross says the movie is better than 'Watchmen' and 'The Dark Knight.

 

 

Legacy Effects Studios on IRON MAN 2

Legacy Effects, the VFX studio behind 'Iron Man 2' has posted a demo reel about their work from the film. It's not terribly revealing but you'll find some cool Armored Avenger stuff in there. Check it out:

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Millar Says Hollywood Doesn't Get AMERICAN JESUS

IGN continues their series of Mark Millar interview snippets. In the latest he talks about the progress (or lack thereof) on the movie version of 'American Jesus'.

The comic (originally titled 'Chosen') details the life of a boy who discovers he has miraculous powers and is eventually worshiped as the second coming of Christ. It was one of many Millar brands that Hollywood was clamoring for after the success of 'Wanted'.

"Everybody wanted to do it but they were really nervous about the subject matter," Millar told IGN.

He goes on to detail some of the silly suggestions from Hollywood suits, including one who very earnestly wanted to explore the idea of taking the Jesus angle out of the story. Millar jokes that the movie would do well if the studios could position it as 'The Passion 2'.

The comics creator admits that Hollywood may never have the stomach to do a thriller with the word Jesus in the title and says that the more likely scenario will be to do the film completely independent, just as they've done with 'Kick-Ass'.

Check out the amusing video interview below:

 

 

BATMAN 3 Scouting Underway?

Now that we know the Nolan boys and David Goyer are working up the script for 'Batman 3', the internet has been burping up rumors here and there. There was a smattering of villain/storyline rumors last week, which C2F didn't report on because they didn't seem the least bit credible.

On the other hand, we have a report from Batman-on-Film indicating that location scouting is happening in Chicago. Their unnamed sources claim that scouts for the movie "have been out and about in Chicago's Financial District."

The report is fairly vague and, if anyone had to bet on locations for the movie Chicago would be the safest possible bet. Nolan has shown tremendous loyalty to the city, not only filming both installments there, but also shunning San Diego Comic-Con in favor of Wizard World Chicago in terms of staging publicity around the more recent film.

At any rate, the 'Batman 3' excitement is building. Hopefully after Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' finds its way into theaters this July, we'll see some real B3 hype, and some of the silly character and casting rumors can be laid to rest.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

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Wiseguy 2/24/2010 6:35:40 AM

Too bad for Schreiber but Sabretooth wasn't in that story and I for one hope they stay fairly loyal to the adaptation

Comparing Kick Ass to The Dark Knight or Watchmen seems like a reach to me just cause they're pretty damn different in feel. Kick Ass, even without any actual superheroes seems more fantasy than even Watchmen which was a pretty serious and somber story despite everything

I'm glad that Nolan, at least for the most part, has kept Batman here stateside. Anyway I guess it's almost time to start the hype machine again.

AntoBlueberry 2/24/2010 6:49:53 AM

Jonathan Ross may be a bit biased towards Kick-Ass as hos wife co-wrote the movie.

fft5305 2/24/2010 6:52:33 AM

Is it just me, or does that Mark II suit in the Iron Man video (at the 1:28 mark) look a lot like Ultron?  Not that I'm trying to imply anything. It looks like it's just a shot of the armor with the face mask open, and it's probably a big coincidence. Just caught my eye and thought it was cool.

Whoever tweeted that Kick Ass was as good as Dark Knight was probably Millar posting under an alias.

OutlawPro 2/24/2010 8:00:54 AM

I have sound off and thought it was Ultron also.

isgrimner 2/24/2010 8:04:33 AM

I like Schreiber, but gonna have to disagree with him.  He should have known Marvel was superior.  Come on Liev!

littlemikey979 2/24/2010 8:11:13 AM

I hope for Bats3 they are scouting for the Batcave somewhere, the underground room thing was cool and all get him back to the mansion and the cave.

fft, looking again it does look like Ultron, but i think you are also right with it being a coincidence, i doubt anyone would let something like that slip out, would be cool though if it was Ultron.

I hope they add Liev into the Wolverine 2, he did the character justice and deserves to be part the next movie, i am sure he could be written in some way as still working for stryker and making like hard for Logan.

axia777 2/24/2010 8:52:52 AM

I am with littlemikey!  Back to the masion and the Batcave!  Batman 3 is going to OWN.

Except for him hoping they add Sabertooth to the next Wolverine movie.  Sabertooth is NOT in the Japanese storyline and he has no place in it.

Darkknight2280 2/24/2010 9:12:04 AM

I agree wiseguy...KICKass doesnt seem to have any where near as much depth that TDK and Watchmen had/has. But i will say i am excited to see it! Looks better each time i see a preview. That little girl that plays hit girl is going to annoy me im sure. i can already tell.

Nolan Batman 3...I say bring on the rumors! i like reading the dreck passed off as viable "inside info". I have a feeling they are going to go the riddler route with the villian. Just my opinion.

noahbody 2/24/2010 10:11:24 AM

:47 you can see the armor with the face mask in.

Ultron could be a program that Stark wrote that goes rouge and confiscates a suit....

they could also add a project called Vision.

gauleyboy420 2/24/2010 10:21:26 AM

I agree with ALL OF YOU

Wiseguy, I'm looking forward to Kick-Ass, butot compare it to Watchmen, or TDK is plain stupid...

fft, glad you said that you're tottally right, it does look llike Ultron...Love to see Ultron fight the Avengers in the Avengers movie.

Axia, and Little mikey, YES back t the cave! By now Wayne manor should be rebuilt, and the cave will hopefully be looking more spectacular than we can imagine

Liev was the best part of that horrible Wolverine movie, please let him be in the sequel, so at least one character is a badass, since they nuetered and declawed Wolverine

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