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Cavill is the new SUPERMAN

Plus: Worley says Goodbye to Comics2Film

By Rob M. Worley     January 31, 2011
Source: Various

Henry Cavill is the new Superman. Plus: Comics2Film's Rob M. Worley says goodbye to the internet property he created. It's your Comics2Film lift off...





The much-maligned Green Hornet movie continues to make a strong run at the winter box office. The movie dropped two spots in the face of two new openers this week, resting at #4 in its third week of release. It lost ground to The Rite and The Mechanic, though early estimates suggest its in a dead heat with the latter movie and may actually top it once studio actuals come in.

At this point it looks like it took in another $11.5 million according to Mania's box office report. That brings the film's domestic take to some $78 million, which is impressive until you compare it to the $120 million budget. However, the film is a winner overseas, ranking #1 for two weeks in a row. The foreign dollars bring the film's haul up to almost $140 million.



C2F Quick Hits

  • It's not exactly an unbiased opinion, but Marvel Chief Creative Officer saw Thor and liked it. "I will admit, I got a bit teary in a spot or two. Branagh's vision is simply remarkable, Marvel fans will rejoice," tweeted Joe Quesada.
  • caught a recent Q & A with The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan who told an audience that he's about 12 weeks away from filming the new Batman movie. The director would not confirm that Anne Hathaway will become Catwoman in the movie, or simply appear as Selina Kyle. The movie opens July 20, 2012.
  • reports that Laura Vandervoort will reprise her role as Supergirl one last time in one of the final five episodes of Smallville. Calum Blue is also set to re-up as Zod during the same run.
  • ComicBookMovie has an exclusive chat with Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston who talks about the upcoming SuperBowl commercial. "The challenge is really what to leave in and what to leave out when you only have 30 seconds, and the marketing people at Paramount have done a stellar job of finding that balance." We'll see it next Sunday (or before)!
  • has a look at a HeroClix six-pack of figures based on the Green Lantern movie.
  • There's some new Green Lantern promo art online courtesy of The Daily Blam.
  • Superhero Hype has two new images from X-Men: First Class revealing Oliver Platt's enigmatic "Man in Black". And it looks like a big slab of concrete fell on MiB's car.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.






All-New SPIDER-MAN Set Photos and Videos

Superhero Hype have posted a number of close-up shots from the set of the all-new Spider-Man movie, including many revealing images of the costume. They also point us to a new video of a stunt player web-swinging off the cargo section of a semi truck!










Henry Cavill is SUPERMAN

The BIG news Sunday morning: actor Henry Cavill has been cast as the title character in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman movie.

Cavill is currently known for his role in Showtime's series The Tudors, though he'll be seen in Tarsem Singh's mythology based Immortals where he plays the classic Greek hero Theseus. Fans will also recall that he was nearly cast in the role a few years back when McG was the director.

The news was broken by early on Sunday. They had been circling the story for some time but Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov only approved the casting in the past few days.

Warner hastily issued a statement confirming the casting later on Sunday including a comment from Snyder who stated, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."

Heat Vision followed up revealing other contenders for the role, which included Matthew Goode, Matthew Bomer, Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello and The Rite newcomer Colin O’Donaghue.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is Henry Cavill the right man to play the Man of Steel? Post your comments below...

Thanks to CaptainSigma, bobjohnson221, redhairs99, RedHood2010, wish, ninjaBam, markeetundra, ponyboy76, doublec, darkworlds30, pekstrand, Calibur454 for the submission.



Goodbye, Comics2Film

Deja vu. I know I've written this particular column before. More than once. But this time I mean it:

Comics2Film and I are done professionally.

For the foreseeable future anyhow. It's been a great ride though, a ride I've been happy to ride for nearly fourteen years.

The comic book movie landscape was quite a bit different than it is now. In 1997 fans were cynical and rightly so. The Batman movie franchise was declared dead after the debacle that was Batman & Robin. Marvel was in bankruptcy so we were never going to see that Spider-Man movie we wanted, let alone X-Men or Fantastic Four (that would be if the company even survived).

Yet, here we are: Batman is a powerhouse Oscar-winner. Spider-Man is bankable Hollywood star starting his second major film franchise. Marvel is a major player in the film biz, using its muscle to do something unprecedented with The Avengers.

The Comic-to-film is here to stay.

Creating Comics2Film, building it from nothing into a must-read destination in the mid 00s has provided me with access to the worlds of comics and movies that I never dreamed possible when I started.

So it's with a great deal of sadness that I announce that today is my last day as an editor for and therefore, must finally part ways with my web-footed child.

I'd like to take time to thank all the folks who work behind the scenes to make Mania happen every day, including editors Jarrod Sarafin – who has been the backbone of the site far longer than anyone currently associated with it, Chris Beveridge and Rob Vaux. It's been a pleasure working with you. Thanks to former editor Rich Kuras, a hugely talented guy who made weekly conference calls something to look forward too. Thanks to Chip Meyers for bringing me into the Mania fold back in 2008.

And of course, thanks to all the people who have read and enjoyed C2F over the years.

As for Comics2Film, that stays here with Mania where hopefully it'll continue on for another 14 years.

I'll continue to cover the subject of films based on comics. Starting in February you can look feature articles and reporting from me on various websites such as Spinoff Online, a new film magazine and right here at

And I'll continue to make funnybooks like Scratch9, graphic novels like the Revenant, junior novels like Heir to Fire and TigerFist and all-new transmedia entertainment under the newly formed studio Agent of D.A.N.G.E.R.

So long, Maniacs! And thanks for reading!


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Chris Beveridge 1/31/2011 7:25:18 AM

 It's been an absolute blast working and learning from you these past couple of years, Rob. Looking forward to more Scratch9 greatness!

Bryzarro 1/31/2011 7:33:11 AM

Bes of luck on your new endeavor Rob.  

OmegaDean 1/31/2011 7:34:35 AM

Rob... sorry to see you go.  I've been here since 97' myself and I've enjoyed your articles and opinions. Glad to hear you won't be stranger and I'll have to check out some of your other sites.  Hey maybe I'll be able to take over your spot here LOL... have a good one Rob and thanx for creating one of my favorite places on the net.

jfdavis 1/31/2011 7:37:46 AM

I seem to be first.  Good. Let me say now before the complaints pour in.  Yeah, Superman is being played by a Brit. So what.  He isn't American. He's an alien from another planet!  Besides,  Batman and now Spider-man are played by Brits too and yet no one has complained or still is complaining.    

Anyway, I applaud them going with an unknown for the role. He reminds me a lot of Superman from the comics just after he came back from the dead which is not good or bad. Just interesting.  I think it is a lus though that he's been on the short list before.

I'm anxious to see how this column changes.  News reports of major import happen on the weekends.  Whomever  takes this up should work weekends but I somehow don't see that happening.

Chris Beveridge 1/31/2011 7:40:41 AM

jfdavis, some of us do work weekends here. The anime section has quite a lot going on with shows over the weekend, so we do get some weekend coverage around here. :)

LocoLobo73 1/31/2011 7:42:00 AM

Hornet : so good box office numbers if your budget wasnt 180 million sorry sir not sequel for you

CAP , SMALLVILLE, DKR: cant wait for the trailer, glad Zod and KaRA Will be back on before the end, and doesnt care if she is Catwoman , however i would love to see the custome ideas for her.

Green lantern : That Pic looks great , that is what I ve been waiting for, makes me feel a little better .

xmen,: im just done commenting on this pile of poop

Superman: Cavill as Supes, yeah Ok, wouldnt have been my choice, but my concern is with Zack's comments that this will be a departure from the comics and will not be based on any of the Superman Comics

wessmith1966 1/31/2011 7:47:39 AM

Rob, thanks for all the time, energy and great work you've done over the years. You'll definitely be missed here.

I didn't know there was going to be a Captain America trailer during the Super Bowl. I was excited for the game, but now I'm more jazzed about seeing the spot. This movie can't suck! I've waited to see this since I was about 8...and that was many moons ago!

Still not crazy about the Spiderman costume re-design, but I'm sure it will look better whien it's lit properly. Why redesign a classic costume that's known the world over? Makes no sense to me.

I can't wait to see what Brannagh's done with Thor. This is going to be a great year for movies.

"F" Green Hornet. I don't care how much it makes, Seth Rogen ruined the movie.

No matter how much I see of the Green Lantern costume I juct can't get past the fact of how awful I think it looks. I really want this movie to be good, but I'm unimpressed with what I've seen so far. Again, why reinvent the costume? One of these days moviemakers are going to realize if something ain't broke...don't fix it. Get over your own ego!

Oliver Platt's a great actor, but his head looks like it's going to explode off of his shoulders. Give the guy a shirt with the right collar size!

Cavill looks good. Please get rid of those gay speedo shorts and the small shield Singer gave us in SR. And please tell me there's no damn super kid in this one, or if there is, kill the character at the beginning of the movie so we can forget he was ever created.

lancedenier 1/31/2011 7:58:29 AM

Cavill as Superman?  I wasn't convinced by the rumors a few years ago, and I can't say I'm much further along now.  He was good in The Tudors, I'm just not sure he's got the physique and the chops to pull off the part - to be both mild mannered and the Man of Tomorrow. 

THOR left you teary eyed? Puhleeeze!  I don't want no emotional jibba jabba!  I want action, violence - an extra planar dust up!

Spidey looks a little better - but not much.

Looking forward to the Superbowl only for the commercials and movie spots.  The Steelers and the Packers can suck it.

silversurfer 1/31/2011 8:11:24 AM

Hopefully whomever is taking up the mantle will have to understand that they have large shoes to of luck with all of your future endeavors.

Wiseguy 1/31/2011 8:20:28 AM

So long Rob, best of luck whatever you do. Maybe you can do something about al these Brits taking over our superhero roles :)


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