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!
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.
Who will replace Megan Fox in 'Transformers 3'?
GeekWeek.com 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.
Collider.com 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.
Warner Premiere and DC Universe Animated have rolled out the official website for the feature-length animated movie 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' at BatmanRedHood.com.
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.