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.
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!
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 Deadline.com 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...
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 Mania.com 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 Mania.com.
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!