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By Rob M. Worley     May 24, 2010
Source: Various

Who will be the next Batman?
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New photos and web site for 'Batman: Under the Red Hood'. Plus: Silver talks 'Swamp Thing' rights. 'Iron Man 2' box office still strong. Megan Fox's rumored 'Transformers' replacement and more. A moment of silence for the end of an era and then...your Comics2Film 10.5.24!




Box Office: IRON MAN 2

Marvel's Armored Avenger continues to fly at the box office as 'Iron Man 2' held the #2 spot this weekend, trailing the newly-opened 'Shrek Forever After'. Mania's box office report reveals that the film banked another $26.6 million bringing its domestic tally up to $251 million. Box Office Mojo reports that the film has banked another $255 million in foreign markets.



Secret Replacement for Fox in TRANSFORMERS 3?

Who will replace Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3'? claims to have the answer. Their "inside source" says that Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a lock to take the role of "hot chick in short shorts" from Ms. Fox.



Silver talks SWAMP THING Mishap, LOSERS Misfire chatted up producer Joel Silver about a great many things, including the much discussed 'Swamp Thing' movie. Recent reports have indicated that the movie, which looked like it was on the fast track late last year, has stalled out due to rights issues. Silver has confirmed this and added some details.

"I’ve always wanted to make 'Swamp Thing.' I like 'Swamp Thing.' I think it’s a good idea, and I thought it would be a good venue for a 3-D movie, but there were rights issues with 'Swamp Thing,'" Silver told Collider. "We were developing a script. We actually developed a couple of drafts and were close, but then, all of a sudden, it became evident that the motion picture rights were not held by Warner Bros. Even though DC owned the underlying material, the movie that was made by Embassy with Adrienne Barbeau was owned by another company. It’s complicated."

Silver is, of course, referring to Embassy Pictures Corporation who made the Wes Craven version of the character in 1982. Their deal to develop that movie likely allocated the film rights "in perpetuity." So even though Warner Bros. owns the character, if they want the film rights they'll have to buy them back from Embassy, or cut some other kind of deal.

Silver told Collider that they're trying to work out a deal.

The site also asked the producer about the poor performance of 'The Losers', one of the few comic-to-film duds of the past few years.

"It didn’t work. I liked the movie. Looking at 'The A-Team' and 'The Expendables,' and they’re much more expensive films than 'The Losers' was -- it was a very inexpensive movie -- and, we all went down there hoping to pull it off," Silver explained. "I liked it, but either it wasn’t fresh enough, it wasn’t unique enough or it didn’t draw an audience enough."

Silver also said he's uncertain of what could have been done differently. "'The Losers' of the comic book is what we made. That’s what it was. We did what it was. I don’t know if having a lot of bigger names in it would have made a difference. Warner Bros. tried to make it 10 years ago, and maybe that’s when it should have been made," he said, although ten years ago the contemporary, Andy Diggle/Jock version of the characters didn't exist.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Warner Premiere and DC Universe Animated have rolled out the official website for the feature-length animated movie  'Batman: Under the Red Hood' at

The PG-13 movie arrives on the home entertainment market on July 27, 2010.

The site features the film's trailer (also available in the Mania Video Room), 11 new images from the movie and info about the DC Showcase 'Jonah Hex' short that's included on the release. The website will be updated regularly with new images, video, cast information and contests.

Warner have provided four images from 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' for Mania readers.



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jfdavis 5/24/2010 6:43:54 AM

I would not be surprised if that TF rumor was true. Not impressed but not surprised...

Calibur454 5/24/2010 7:36:50 AM

Transformers 3- ehh who cares

Swamp thing- I hope they do a adaptation of one of alan moore's stories into the movie plot

under the red hood- it will be a rental


monelonmonday 5/24/2010 7:41:46 AM

2 very slow news weeks apparently 

Tevii 5/24/2010 8:00:02 AM

The Losers was a great, fun action flick. It might still do good on DVD

voltage101 5/24/2010 8:04:20 AM

It looks like  Megan Fox  might not have been too hard to replace for the upcoming “ Transformers 3 ” film, as another actress has reportedly already been cast for the part.

According to insiders,  Katie Cassidy , daughter of 70s heartthrob  David Cassidy , will be assuming the role.

A source told press that  Michael Bay  was thrilled to be rid of Miss Fox and already had Katie in mind as a replacement.

“Michael worked with Katie on  A Nightmare On Elm Street  and he sees her as the perfect choice. Megan was unknown when she was cast in the first  Transformers  and Katie is in that same mold. She even looks a little like Megan — only blonde.” »


i dont know what geek week are talking about??


i dont know where 

wessmith1966 5/24/2010 8:28:21 AM

I'm not all that excited about the new Batman animated movie. I've seen the previews and it just looks ok, nothing special. I'll probably rent that one.

Megan Fox won't exactly be all that difficult to replace in the TF movies. She hasn't exactly been a linchpin to the plots. Fox is still just a kid and I'm sure she's made good money up to this point, so maybe she should hone her acting by doing some indy films where the pay might be small but the experience is great. She's very beautiful, but if she plans on having a career beyond being the latest "it" girl (which may have already passed her) she's got to do more than just look good. I think she could be a good actress given the chance, so hopefully she gets that chance. She also has to grow up a little and learn some tact when speaking to the media. Sure, she's entitled to say what she thinks, but maturity is realizing that just because you can say doesn't mean you should. In other words...don't crap where you eat.

Losers might have been a disappointment at the box office, but I enjoyed it for the popcorn movie it was. Not every movie based on a comic is going to do Iron Man or Batman numbers. A creepy Swamp Thing movie would be cool, but the studio would probably keep the budget low. I doubt the movie would be much of a draw.

ponyboy76 5/24/2010 8:53:12 AM

I like Katie Cassidy. She was great in Supernatural and she is hot. She also doesn't come off as just the dumb, hot chick.

moonsunne 5/24/2010 8:59:19 AM

 Transformers 3 -  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, I hope not. I googled her. Kind of goofy looking.

millean 5/24/2010 9:22:04 AM

Transformers - OK, I know nothing about Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, she may very well be a fine actress.  However, if that is who Bay is targeting, it seems like he is just going after another pretty face, rather than a quality actress.  You would have thought he might would have learned his lesson with how that worked out with Ms. Fox.  Megan isn't that bad to me, but a better actress would have been an improvement (of course, so would transforming robots that you could actually distinguish from each other, but I digress....)

Batman/Red Hood - I'm not overly excited for this one, but will still likely pick it up.  Seems to me they could have done some other, better Batman stories before this one.  Oh well.  I'm just hoping the next DC animated feature is of the Flash, Captain Marvel, Martian Manhunter, or any other relevant hero not named Batman, Superman, Green Lantern or Wonder Woman.

Losers - Still haven't had time to see this flick, but I want to.  Guess people like me are why this movie hasn't done as well as maybe it should.

Swamp Thing - Could be cool, but would be more interested if this had a chance of happening sometime in the next 10 years.

littlemikey979 5/24/2010 9:28:24 AM

Why don't they get that Oliva Dunn or whatever her name is from G4's 'Attack of the Show', she is way better looking than Fox and can probably act better than her anyways.

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