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By Rob M. Worley     February 04, 2010
Source: Various

Director says 'Captain America' casting is happening soon. Plus: Hopkins talks 'Thor'. Millar talks 'Wanted 2'. Campbell talks 'Green Lantern' and more! Flying with Toruk Makto, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.4!



Campbell on How GREEN LANTERN Will Use His Ring

Director Martin Campbell is ramping up for 'Green Lantern'. During his recent press tour, MTV Splash Page tried to extract a few details from him about how the title character will employ his power ring.

In the comics he's used the ring to create force fields and energy blasts, but more famously creates translucent, three dimensional objects such as giant fists, giant scissors, giant clamps and so on. Campbell hinted that we'll likely see such things in the movie.

"They're called constructs," Campbell told MTV. "One of the nice things is, we'll all sit down and say, 'Well, what are we going to do here? ... Really, it's as much as your imagination can go to make the constructs."

The director was tight-lipped on exactly what we'll see but says his production team has already decided on "quite a few" constructs for Ryan Reynolds to wield in the film.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



WALKING DEAD Script Panned

Latino Review has an extremely critical assessment of Frank Darabont's script for the 'Walking Dead' pilot, soon to be filmed for the AMC cable channel. The anonymous reviewer spends a lot of time bashing Darabont himself before getting into his assessment of the script, which he claims is boring and derivative.

One point of controversy that plagued the comic from issue #1 is the fact that Robert Kirkman's opening is unfortunately identical to that of '28 Days Later': the hero of the story is in a coma and awakens to a world transformed by the zombie outbreak. The use of this story device is strictly coincidental, as the comic was in development well before the movie came out. Kirkman was unaware the film contained the same opening until it was too late. '28 Days Later' hit theaters just before 'Walking Dead' hit comic shops.

Apparently Darabont is staying true to the comics and keeping that opening, in spite of the criticism.

Click through for the complete review.



IRON MAN 2 Skips Super Bowl

Although the mighty Super Bowl was once seen as a launching point for movie trailers, a Variety report on this Sunday's ads indicates that some of the thunder there has been stolen. Fans are now eager to see clips on the internet or at various events like Comic-Con, which provide greater buzz and lower costs than the 30 second spots during the big game.

As such, Paramount has said they not running an 'Iron Man 2' trailer on Sunday.



Hopkins says THOR is "Big"

Actor Anthony Hopkins told SCI FI Wire that Marvel's 'Thor' movie is going to be epic.

"That's a really big one, a really big movie," Hopkins, who is currently promoting 'The Wolfman' said before commenting on the film's director. "I'm a big Ken Branagh [fan]. I think he's an extraordinary guy, a wonderful actor and a terrific director. He's one of the easiest guys to be with. He doesn't shout or scream. He just is very gentle with everyone. He believes in his actors. He needs them to act, and he'll direct in a strong way, but he leaves it to you. Whatever you want, he gives it to you."

Hopkins, of course, plays the Norse Allfather Odin in the film of which he says, "I hope I look like God."

Click over for Hopkins' description of his first meeting with Branagh.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Big DC Movie Announcements Coming?

Time Warner Inc (TWX) held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss their fourth quarter 2009 earnings report. During the call (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Chairman & CEO Jeff Bewkes said there are some big things coming with regards to movies based on DC comics characters.

"We are going to have a fairly interesting set of announcements and presentations pretty soon like in a matter of weeks I think," Bewkes said when asked about films based on DC Comics. "About our plans for DC and basically if you look across the title of the whole band of hits whether its Batman, The Dark Knight, Green Lantern coming up, Superman, there have been a huge number of franchised films that have been part of the Warner [tent pole] strategy that's been the reason for Warner's unparallel high and consistent earnings advantage over the other studios and DC has already been a part of that and we are now going to outline an even more expansive plan for that in the coming months."

Hopefully this means the Metamorpho movie C2F has been clamoring for. Or Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman would be good.



Mark Millar Says WANTED 2 is Happening Soon

IGN posts a video chat with 'Kick-Ass' creator Mark Millar. In it he talks about how the first 'Wanted' movie developed and then drops some info about 'Wanted 2'.

"We've been going back and foward with some ideas and everything. There's a lot of people to please," Millar said. "There's Angelina Jolie and there's [director Timur Bekmambetov] and there's Universal. Everybody's a perfectionist on it. Nobody wants to come in, cash the check and say 'go.' Everyone wants it to be good."

The first movie dealt with young Wesley (played by actor James McAvoy) a cubicle-dwelling loser who discovers his father was part of a Fraternity of super-human assassins. As the plot unfolds, Wesley finds himself at odds with the Fraternity and seeks to bring them down.

"['Wanted 2'] falls in immediately after the end of the first movie. The Fraternity is down but there's  an international Fraternity," Millar revealed. "There were  five Fraternaties across the world and James is being hunted by the other guys."

Millar revealed that the actual production of the film may be closer than we expected.

"The screenplay's almost at the stage people are getting happy with it now," he said, "I can't remember exactly when it's gonna start shooting...but it will be soon."

Check out the entire video clip for Millar's complete comments.


Thanks to AntoBlueberry (who tells us, "as usual I can't understand a word of what he says") for the submission.




MTV Splash Page has exclusively revealed the first footage from 'Thor: Tales of Asgard'. All though the film isn't out until 2011, here's a clip featuring the young thunder god:

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Director Joe Johnston said fans will soon learn who is playing the star spangled Avenger in 'The First Avenger: Captain America'.

Out promoting his new movie, 'The Wolfman', the director told SCI FI Wire, "We need to cast it soon. We have a very short list, but we're still juggling actors here. I'd say within the next couple of weeks we'll have ourselves a Captain America, I hope."

Johnston also spoke about his vision for the character. "I think the interesting thing about this guy is that he's a superhero without any superpowers, basically. He is the epitome of human perfection. He can't fly and throw tanks around and see through walls and things like that, but he's strong and runs fast.

"And the interesting thing about this guy is that he starts out as a 98-pound weakling and he becomes this Adonis. How does that affect his arc in the story? How does that affect where he goes and what happens to him and everything? I think that's the part of the story that was fascinating for me," the director said, before adding, "and, of course, being a Marvel movie, there's fantastic action scenes in it and all kinds of great stuff. But there's an interesting story there as well."

Cameras are slated to roll on the movie in the U.K. late June. 'Captain America' arrives in theaters July 22, 2011.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who is on your short list to play Cap? Post your comments below...

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Wiseguy 2/4/2010 6:46:55 AM

My head is going to explode Iron Man 2, Thor under way, Captain America casting soon it makes me feel like crying for joy.

Btw, NO JENSEN ACKLES for Captain America, sorry avidfan

Can't wait for WB/DC to finally reveal their hand and tell us what they have planned. Aquaman, Hawkman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow are at the top of my list with Captain Marvel right behind. Of course any team movie, like JLA, JSA or Teen Titans would be awesome as well.

Wanted sucked ass, yeah it had its moments but very underwhelming. Still I'm a comic book movie whore so I'd see a sequel anyway

lancedenier 2/4/2010 6:47:20 AM

Mark Valley!!!!

jedibanner 2/4/2010 6:47:48 AM

Well well well....AMC seems to have done a fine job with WD.......IT WILL SUCK I TELL Y'A!!! AMC is not the place for zombies and killing and can't be no simpler then this.

monkeyfoot 2/4/2010 7:06:44 AM

Nothing but more exciting good news here!

DC: Hoping they are announung Wonder Woman and Superman films.

Captain America: I get in trouble everytime I say this but besides picking tjhe appropriate aged, physically able and good actor for the role, they should cast an American for it.

 I know there are lots of good foreign actors who would be great in the role. I only say use an American actor because you are dealing with a character who is specically American and is WEARING the U.S. flag. The storm of negative comments from talk show hosts, comedians, newscasters,news paper opinion columns, conservative radio hosts, etc. would be relentless for putting a foreigner in the Cap suit. This is meant to be a fun, comic book superhero movie and there is no need to deliberatley get sunk into debates and criticism in the popular media about not being able to find one single American actor out of 300 million people who could do the part. Why do something that will distract from the movie even before filiming has commenced?

Muenster 2/4/2010 7:10:27 AM

Two Words: JOHN CENA

This picture says it all.

DarthDuck 2/4/2010 7:23:39 AM

@muenster - I really hope you're kidding...

Glad to see them not shying away from the things that make the Green Lantern the Green Lantern.  It's got the star power for the general audience and seems to be sticking to the core elements for the comic audience.

DC better get their sh*t together when it comes to their feature films.  You can't keep hanging your hat on the animation department.

Wanted 2?  No thanks.

My head may explode along with Wiseguy's.  Luckily Iron Man 2 is only a few months away.  Great time in movies to be a Marvel fan!!

Calibur454 2/4/2010 7:24:08 AM

I remember the WD contraversy when it was first publilshed. who cares about 28 days later. At any rate it wouldn't be the first time other stories have ripped off something from somewhere else. Staying true to the comic material is all I really care about..

wanted2- I really have to see a trailer in order to be convinced. With Jolie still on board somehow it makes me hopeful. I still think it can be pulled off quite well.

Thor-green lantern- are just interesting rental for me

Captain america- no comment until a trailer.

DC announcement- I will be shocked if batman3 is announced but I highly doubt it. I honestly think it will be another charachter. Wonder Woman Sounds like a good bet to me.

Darkknight2280 2/4/2010 7:32:18 AM

Finally some news on CAP casting..even though they arent giving names least they are tlaking about it! Even though the guy from Human target may be too old (i dont really agree) i think hes perfect! Other then that i dunno. My question is do you cast a different person for the 98lb Steve Rogers or do you use CGI to make him look all skinny and meek? What do you guys think? I think they should do a double casting.

Muenster 2/4/2010 7:33:11 AM

DarthDuck, JC's got the physique and appeal, but it all honesty, Mark Valley is more suited to the role. He's West Point grad, he's taller, and has superior acting ability. A Mans' man, and the chicks get all weak in the knees around him.

Darkknight2280 2/4/2010 7:33:59 AM

Monkleyfoot i agree 10000000% but im not sure if the Human Target guy is American or Not saying its gonna be him cast as Cap but i did suggest him.

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