The 'Captain America' movie has found its Bucky. Plus: Reynolds to topline 'R.I.P.D.' Branagh talks 'Thor'. 'Iron Man 2' site goes live and more! Born of steel and raised by robots, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.2!
Readers will recall that earlier in the year, hack lawyers representing shareholders of the now-nearly-dead Stan Lee Media filed legal actions against both Marvel Entertainment and Stan Lee himself, trying to shake them down for rights to and profits from characters like Spider-Man and Hulk, characters created over three decades before Stan Lee Media came into existence.
Today, Variety reports that U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Crotty rejected the suit brought by shareholders Jose Abadin and Christopher Belland, who were trying to claims somehow that Lee had transferred the rights to the characters to Marvel in 1998. They were after some $750 million in profits from the recent movies.
The filing was dismissed on a string of technicalities, detailed in the Variety article.
When asked what is going on with the director and that particular film, Louis initially stated "nothing" but then admitted that he's interested in the project.
"I love 'Y,' and I'm talking to the producers and the studio, and Brian Vaughan has been my friend for a very long time," Leterrier said before addressing fan concerns. "I haven't done a movie like that before, and I know fans are like, 'Fuck you Louis Leterrier, you're an action guy.' I want to tell them, 'No guys, can't you see what I'm trying to do with Hulk, with 'Clash'? I'm trying to tell a story! Please forgive me for 'Transporter 2!''
The director admits he's not sure the acclaimed graphic novel series works as a film, or even a series of films, suggesting that it might be best presented as a TV series. He also added that his love for the comic and his desire to see it adapted doesn't necessarily mean he's lobbying for the job. "It doesn't mean give it to me as a director; it's what can we do to get it to someone amazing and get on screen?"
If you've ever heard Leterrier speak you know he's got a boundless enthusiasm for whatever he's working on and a genuine love, even glee, over this genre stuff that we Maniacs love. "'Y' I love. The same with 'Avengers.' I love Marvel, I love talking to them about it, but until it's mine, it's not mine. I see people like Francis Lawrence with a gazillion projects (in development). I can't do that. 'Cause when I'm doing a movie, I'm doing that one movie."
Click through for more from Leterrier about 'Clash'.
It looks like actor Ryan Reynolds is going after Chris Evans' C2F crown. According to an exclusive report filed by Collider.com, Reynolds is slated to play one of the two leads in the comic-based supernatural buddy film 'R.I.P.D.'
Neal Moritz, producer of the film told Collider they expect to start filming in January, after the October shoot of 'The Change-Up', also starring Reynolds. One also wonders where 'Deadpool' fits into the actor's busy dance card.
'R.I.P.D.' is based on Peter Lenkov's Dark Horse Comics title of the same name. It involves a recently deceased police detective (which would be Reynolds part) who dies and finds himself enlisted in the Rest In Peace Department, a kind of police force tasked with keeping order among restless ghosts. The detective is partnered with a western lawman who has been on the job with the R.I.P.D. for over a century. It's quite a bit like 'Men in Black', but with ghosts instead of aliens.
The script for the film is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi ('Clash of the Titans').
If Reynolds does make the movie, it'll be his forth turn as a comic book character having previously played Hannibal King in 'Blade: Trinity', Deadpool in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and Hal Jordan in the currently-filming 'Green Lantern'.
Hero Complex had an exclusive chat with director Kenneth Branagh, who is of course at the helm of the much buzzed-about 'Thor'. The appointment of Branagh to the role initially seemed curious to say the least. While he's proven a master of adapting classic literature (including several outstanding Shakespeare movies) his resume is devoid of the summer tentpoles, and the epic fantasy that a 'Thor' movie would promise to be.
But Branagh assures us that he is a fan.
"Growing up, my single comic book passion was Thor," Branagh told Hero Complex. "From my time in Belfast as a kid, that's the first time I came across that comic, really, exclusively, I don't know why, but it struck a chord. I was drawn to it. I liked all the dynastic drama."
While early reports about the films script pegged it as a 'Lord of the Rings' style fantasy, we've come to learn that it is most definitely Marvel's version of the Norse God that'll end up on the big screen. Which means plenty of time on Midgard (that's "Earth" to you mortals).
"Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we've tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world," Branagh said. "It's about finding the framing style, the color palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different.... The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film."
Some rumors have claimed that things are going poorly on the set of the film, singling out the relatively inexperienced leading man Chris Hemsworth as a weak link in the production. However, Branagh is quick to dismiss these reports saying, "It's going very, very well."
Another interesting aspect of the Hero Complex report comes from Marvel chief Kevin Feige who talks about the interconnections between 'Thor', 'Iron Man 2', 'Captain America' and, of course, the build up to 'The Avengers'.
"Now many of the pieces are in place ... with 'Iron Man 2' finished and 'Thor' more than halfway done, that lattice work is being built."
The blog promises more excerpts from the Branagh interview soon.
Marvel has launched their official website promoting 'Iron Man 2'. Click over to IronManMovie.Marvel.com for the usual suspects: videos, images, cast and crew bios, wallpapers, buddy icons, screen savers, soundtrack clips and links to a myriad of partner sites. Navigating around the menus reveals deals of the Mark V armor.
We're posting the Black Widow wallpaper because we like the way Scarlett Johansson looks in the suit, but go download your own copy.
Heat Vision breaks the news that actor Sebastian Stan has been cast in the role of Bucky in Marvel's 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie.
Stan, seen recently as a bullying Ski Patrol captain in 'Hot Tub Time Machine' has reportedly signed on to play the character in a six-film deal. The length of the agreement is interesting given the character's role in the comic and the details that are understood about the first movie. The film will take place largely in World War II but will depict Cap's suspended animation and revival in modern day as part of 'The Avengers'.
Comic fans know that, until recently, Bucky was presumed dead in the same accident that left the title character on ice. Ed Brubaker revived Bucky revealing that he did not die, but was captured by the Russians who fitted him with a bionic arm and brainwashed him into becoming a super-assassin called the Winter Soldier who was put on ice and thawed out for hit jobs over the intervening decades. In present day, Captain America restores Bucky's memories and he presently serves as Captain America while Steve Rogers recuperates from his own recent death and resurrection. (Only in a Marvel comic, kids!)
So if Stan is on board for six movies, and everything from the end of the first movie is contemporary, then we could be seeing the Winter Soldier appear in latter films.
Chris Evans recently signed on to play the lead in the film. Joe Johnston is directing.