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!
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.
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...
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