Two Blue Beetles and Booster Gold set for Smallville. Plus: Wonder Woman is a go after all! First good look at the new Spider-Man. Captain America abandons his country for global markets and more! It's your Comics2Film T minus 5!
In spite of reports from a few weeks back that all networks have passed on David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman TV show, Deadline.com reported on the weekend that NBC has reversed it's decision and picked up the show after all.
The initial "rejection" was more due to an executive shuffle at the net then an lack of interest. Now that entertainment president Bob Greenblatt has settled in, he went ahead and greenlit the show.
According to Deadline, "The project is described as a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman -- aka Diana Prince -- is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life."
Green Hornet fell to the #2 spot at the box office, yielding some 46% of its audience to the week's only new opener No Strings Attached. The film took in another $18 million bringing the domestic tally up to $63 million. Coupled with the movie's international box office, it should be strong enough to earn back it's production budget and be considered a modest hit for Sony and Seth Rogen.
Read Mania's complete box office analysis for details.
The Razzies, celebrating the worst in the year's movies, has released the list of nominees for 2010.
Jonah Hex scored nominations in two categories which include a "Worst Actress" nod for Megan Fox and "Worst Screen Couple / Ensemble" nod for Fox and "Josh Brolin's face".
That oft-forgotten comic adaptation Marmaduke also scored a Razzie nomination for "Worst Supporting Actor", referring to George Lopez.
Click through to the Razzies site for the complete list.
Via Twitter, the Hero Complex blog is circulating the rumor that True Blood actor Joe Manganiello is a frontrunner to star in Zack Snyder's Superman movie. That's a rumor that's made the rounds before and was partially refuted by the actor himself.
Actor Don Cheadle told MTV Splash Page that he doesn't expect War Machine to show up in Marvel's Avengers movie, but work on a stand-alone film for the character is proceeding. "They're developing it now, they're working on that," Cheadle told MTV News. "I think they've hired a writer, so we'll see how it goes. It would be a lot of fun."
Actor Chris Hemsworth had a bit to say about Avengers. MTV News caught him at Sundance where the actor revealed he's read an early draft of the screenplay. "it's incredible," he enthused. "Everything about the story in the comic books is huge. You have these huge, big superheroes and these huge, big egos kind of crammed into one small space. Reading the script, it was massive. I said to Joss [Whedon], 'I don't know how you're going to shoot this thing, but I'm excited to be onboard and let's give it a go.'" He was mum on details but admitted that in the comics Thor battles the Hulk frequently. He also commented on Jeremy Renner's alleged Thor cameo saying that Renner was never on the set when Hemsworth was there, and he hasn't seen a cut o the movie yet, so he has no idea if the rumors are true.
Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely tells Hero Complex that he is close to striking a deal with a Canadian production company to make a $15-million live-action version of the comic.
In the past, Mark Millar has been aggressively touting the Kick-Ass movie sequel. He even stated at one point that it was good to go and Matthew Vaughn would begin work on it right after X-Men: First Class wraps.
However, Vaughn's Kick-Ass collaborator Jane Goldman refuted such talk this week. Responding to a story in the Daily Mail, Goldman made a pair of tweets, first stating " Saw a few erroneous reports today that I'm currently writing Kick Ass 2 script – sorry if anyone's disappointed, but not true," and then adding, "Currently writing for 2 other projects, then on to lovely Matthew [Vaughn]'s next thing (right now, looks unlikely to be [Kick-Ass 2]) when X-Men post-prod' ends."
MTV Splash Page made waves on Friday by revealing the first good look at the complete, un-damaged Spider-Man costume in action. It features a look at the mask as well as details about the web-spinners.
This was predictable. Marvel and it's overseas partners have anticipated that marketing a movie with "America" in the title might be a tough sell in certain markets. Therefore, when it screens in South Korea, Russia and the Ukraine Captain America: The First Avenger will simply be known as The First Avenger according to an exclusive report by Hero Complex.
Insides say that Marvel is relieved that the move only effects three markets
Inside TV at Ew.com has the scoop on two recent casting announcements for Smallville.
They were the first to reveal that Days of Our Lives actor Eric Martsolf will be playing time-travelling hero/celeb Booster Gold in the "Booster" episode.
That scooped was followed by the revelation that little-known Canadian actor Jaren Brandt Bartlett has been cast as Jaime Reyes flavor of Blue Beetle.
Over at TV Guide they added to the cast of the episode by revealing that the silver-age Blue Beetle, Ted Kord is also in the episode. He'll be played by 41 year-old actor Sebastian Spence, who you've seen in Battlestar Galactica. They also reveal that Geoff Johns is writing the episode.
This could represent a major break for Bartlett. Johns said repeatedly last year that he was very interested in getting a Blue Beetle TV show set up for DC Entertainment. Last summer we all got a look at a test reel that Johns and company had put together showing the Beetle scarab forming a suit of armor around an actor.
Add to that the fact that The CW is looking for something to fill the void that will be left behind when Smallville wraps and it's not hard to imagine the "Booster" episode being eyed as a backdoor pilot to a new DCU series on the net.
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