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By Rob M. Worley     January 21, 2011
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Black Panther feature film gets writer. Plus: Dark Knight Rises in Bucharest. Bacon talks X-Men: First Class. Yet another look at that Spider-Man stunt and more! It's your Comics2Film T minus 6!




Bacon Talks Hellfire and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Moviefone has a nice Q & A with actor Kevin Bacon, who plays the villainous Sebastian Shaw in Fox's summer blockbuster X-Men: First Class.

"He's kind of a self-made man. He lost his father as a young man, made his first million by the time he was 30 and first billion by time he was 40. He's a very powerful billionaire and also, as it turns out, a mutant. He's the leader of the Hellfire Club, which is a nightclub for the rich and extremely powerful," Bacon said, describing his character. "And he has a plot to take over the world, so that's really fun. He's incredibly good at manipulating people and at taking whatever kind of energy or ability they have and using it to his advantage, like if he's talking to a German, he's fluent in German. He's very charming and able to get whatever he wants."

However, the actor cautioned that there's been little-to-no attempt to make Shaw of the movies look like Shaw of the comics (he of the mutton chops, pony tail and puffy shirts). "When you first meet me -- I don't want to spoil it -- but when you first meet me, I look a little different," the actor admitted.

Bacon said he pursued the part because he was a fan of director Matthew Vaughn's movie Kick-Ass. And while he didn't read X-Men comics as a kid, he was a big fan of the film franchise.

"I liked the notion of being different and the metaphor for judging people by their external qualities and the idea of racism and it plays very heavily into the themes for this movie," he said. "And is there the opportunity for people who are different to assimilate or to even relate to other beings that are different from them? In our realm of the world, we have humans, various versions of that and animals and plants and nature and they're introducing another element to that and I just think that's kind of cool."

Bacon said he's signed on to do more than one film in the franchise as well, so we could see Shaw and the Hellfire club return in a sequel to First Class, or even a sequel to the present-day storyline.

Click through for the complete interview and additional insights into X-Men: First Class.




The cast of The Walking Dead chatted with MTV Splash Page at the Golden Globe Awards. The music channel asked them about what we can expect to see in season two.

"We really do not know a thing," said actor Jon Bernthal. "[But] we're super excited."

Likewise actress Sarah Wayne Callies said she did not know if or when if the infamous Governor storyline from the comics would appear in the show.

"I don't know about Season Two [for The Governor]," said Callies. "I don't know when that's coming."

Actress Laurie Holden had a bit more to share  about what we actually will see.

"Definitely Michonne... and Hershel's farm," said Holden.

So, there ya go.



C2F Quick Hits

  • ToonZone says Sony Pictures will re-release the classic rock-n-roll animated feature film Heavy Metal on Blu-Ray as a Best Buy exclusive on February 1st.  Pic was based on the adult magazine and featured adaptations of comics by Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson and Moebius to name a few.
  • Erica Durance talks about Lois Lane getting married on Smallville and comments on the possibility of taking on DC Comics' most iconic female superhero, Wonder Woman in an interview with TV Line.
  • reports that parts of The Dark Knight Rises will be filmed in Bucharest this spring. Director Christopher Nolan reportedly has requested filming access to locations like Bucharest’s historical center, Edgar Quinet Street, the Palace of Parliament and the Turda salt mines in northwestern Romania.
  • We've seen photos and two video clips already, but here's another angle on that Spider-Man stunt that filmed in Los Angeles this week, with a nice close-up view of the pickup truck flip.
  • Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.




Heat Vision reports that Marvel Studios has re-started development on a Black Panther feature film. They've hired Mark Bailey to pen the script for the film.

Bailey's background is rooted in fact-based film-making, having worked previously on HBO documentaries like Pandemic: Facing AIDS and Ghost of Abu Ghraib. More recently he wrote a feature film script based on the non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon. So delving into the universe of superheroes is a bit of a leap. Heat Vision reports that he's expected bring a sense of realism and grittiness to Marvel's flagship African character.

The studio has attempted to get Black Panther going for some time but the project has been moribund for a number of years. However, in the past year we've seen prominent actors like Terrence Howard and Idris Elba say they'd love a shot at the character, not to mention guys like Wesley Snipes (who was attached to a previous version as both actor and producer) and Djimon Hounsou (who voiced the character on the just-released animated show).

C2F has always thought Black Panther would be a fascinating subject for a movie. He's the king of a prosperous African nation, has sci-fi tech at his disposal and wears the mask of a cool jungle cat rooted in ancient lore. In the same way Iron Man felt like a completely new kind of super hero, so too could this one.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched for a Black Panther movie? Post your comments below...



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2, #3 and #4 are in stores now. The paperback collection is coming in March and available for pre-order . Visit for news and info!


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Wiseguy 1/21/2011 7:48:20 AM

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been campaigning for Black Panther as well. Hounsou would be good. I've always been partial to Chiwetel Ejiofor. Snipes can't film from prison and Howard is too effeminate IMO not to mention his last squabble with Marvel. Elba would be good too.

How far are we going to take the "sense of realism and grittiness"? The guy comes from the fictional Wakanda, a highly super tech. advanced African country. Sure this would've been realistic about 5 or 6 thousand years ago but now not so much. Sorry, it's just that the "realism and grittiness" term sometimes irks me a bit even if I get it.

Anyway I'm excited for this and with the Black Panther having many incarnations they can make a franchise that can tackle different eras if they want to even if they were hidden from the world for a while. But I'm sure they'll stick with current times for obvious reasons and to integrate BP with the rest of the Marvel-verse.

Walking Dead is just too far away

I like Kevin Bacon so I've no quarrels with him in any X flick. He can only improve whatever they do despite how ghastly

I like Erica Durance and I think she has the attributes for a t.v. Wonder Woman though I doubt they'd cast her for the role. I thougt it was funny that she said "kick ass and take numbers", this isn't a night club.

Boy that Spidey stuntman is almost as athletic as me :->

Kraken89 1/21/2011 8:00:10 AM

Hey, Black Panther is an awesome character. With the African continent being unarguably the most conflicted with several extremely vicious and unjust rulers, they need a hero far more than any American city does. That's why I personally love the Phantom, because he's not really another American hero.  I know at the end of Apocalyptico there where some moments where I felt as though I was watching the Black Panther.

Sorry Erica Durance, But Serinda Swan is a way better contender in my book.

jfdavis 1/21/2011 8:03:07 AM

I think everyone who never thought of the possiblity of Erica Durance playing Wonder Woman is at least lying to themselves.  I think she'd do better in a TV version rather than a movie but I still say she could do it.  

Bacon-I could have sworn one of the pics yesterday was of him as Shaw lounging on a couch.  If that was the case, he's going for more of a Hugh Hefner angle than Victorian which, surprisingly, doesn't bother me at all.

Black Panther- I think all the actors rumored for this project would be fine but I think the accented actors win out.  Elba has to be disqualified as well because Black Panther will probably go to Asgard some day...

Hobbs 1/21/2011 8:51:46 AM

kraken, I don't care what Serinda Swan is in, I want to see it.  She is much more of a Catwoman type than Hathaway but I won't get started with that again.

Black Panther has lots of potential and I feel good that its in Marvels hands. 

redvector 1/21/2011 9:08:06 AM

Sounds like they changed Shaw's powers. In the comic he could absorb kinetic energy and translate it into super strength.

LocoLobo73 1/21/2011 9:08:36 AM

Bacon on Xmen said he pursued the part because he was a fan of director Matthew Vaughn's movie Kick-Ass. And while he didn't read X-Men comics as a kid, he was a big fan of the film franchise, well thats great considering all  True X fans pretty much agree that the movies , barring a gem or two, is a complete crap fest on the Xmen. He is also signed on to do more films, good god , im afraid to here what that might mean for the on going franchise. Why cant someone just put a bullet in the series its like a lame horse in the middle of the desert just shoot the poor animal, please.

Spiderman: his suit looks even more flashy when the light hits it, but as before , everything loks pretty good, I m waiting to get a better look at the mask also, but one question and more then likely they will change some of this scene with FX , but couldnt Spiderman easily have jumped into the back of the truck , he does have the powers of a spider and I was kinda under the impression that leaping was one of those powers that and sticking to things

Black Panther, will be waiting to see what happens with this one, they could very easly get this all tied into future Avenger movies, but I always liked the interaction between, Panther and the Shield Slinger, and that would make for a great end of credits tie in, and seeing as in IM 2 they do show Wakanda, I think its a great Idea.

ColossusLion 1/21/2011 10:06:47 AM

 It will be very interesting to see how the writer approaches Black Panther as indeed there is no real life equivalent to Wakanda.

Definitely will spin the Marvel film universe into an "Alternate Universe" position.

I'm thinkng vibranium will be the plot element that establishes Wakanda. 

So the Black Panther is going to be like a cross between Avatar, the Dark Knight, and Coming to America.



Tevii 1/21/2011 1:45:30 PM

Bacon is awesome.

Erica Durance is great. The subtext in her acting can be pretty damn amazing at times. Would love to see her in anyhting... and she effing hot:)

Black Panther! HELL YEAH!!!!!!!! Give it to Idris Elba

InnerSanctum 1/21/2011 3:33:31 PM

 Want to know what is in store for your heroes from The Walking Dead...just pick up the graphic novel. is full of spoilers.  (insert smiley face)

axia777 1/21/2011 4:38:34 PM

Djimon Hounsou for T'Challa in Black Panther directed by Neill Blomkamp!!!!  Then it would RULE.  O.O


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