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By Rob M. Worley     May 20, 2009
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Wright reveals a clash at 'Scott Pilgrim'. Plus: 'Iron Man 2' concept art? 'Spider-Man 4' and holding. Wayans talks 'G.I. Joe'. More! Still believing and holding on to that feeling: It's your Comics2Film 9.5.20!



Wayans pulls Ripcord on G.I. JOE

Actor/filmmaker Marlon Wayans is out doing the rounds for his new movie 'Dance Flick', but also fielding a lot of questions from journalists about the upcoming 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'.

He told that he gained 30 pounds to get into shape for the role, and that he initially wanted to play the part of Snake Eyes. He also said he was well-acquainted with the animated show, although his version of Ripcord differs from the one seen there.

"The main thing is that the character is black in the film. I've played a drug addict in 'Requiem for a Dream,' a thief in 'The Ladykillers' and a white girl in 'White Chicks,' so I can play any part," Wayans said. "Rachel Nichols is also my romantic interest in the film, which wasn't part of the cartoon series."

SCI FI Wire also snuck a few Joe questions in to the actor, who says his primary goal is to let the world see him as a credible action hero, and not the just the comic releif.

"For G.I. Joe it was all about me being appropriate and just being mature about my decisions of when to be funny and when not to be. It's always a challenge. They may try and put you inside of a little box, but I know that, talent-wise, I look at my filmography and I'm able to do a lot."

Look for 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' in theaters Aug. 7.



Yancy Butler appears in KICK-ASS

Over at the Comics Continuum, Rob Allstetter scooped everyone by revealing that former 'Witchblade' star Yancy Butler has a role in the upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar's comic 'Kick-Ass'.

"I filmed for about a week-and-a-half in London in November," Butler told The Continuum on Friday at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Mich.

The actress is set to play Angie D'Amico, a character yet to be seen in the terminally-late comic book, who happens to be the mother of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's costumed teen the Red Mist.



IRON MAN 2 Concept Art?

ALLEGED concept art of Whiplash/Crimson Dynamo/Mickey Rourke/whoever from IRON MAN 2

Did Latino Review give fans their first look at design art for Mickey Rourke's armored character in 'Iron Man 2'? It's unclear but an anonymous scooper dropped a hand-drawn illustration of some clunky red armor in the inbox of the scoop-a-delic site.

Latino Review says there's no way to confirm whether or not the artwork is legit, so be forewarned that it could be design art, it could be something else.

Rourke is said to play a Russian assassin called Whiplash who armors up to battle Tony Stark in the film. I'd speculate that, once he's in the armor, he will be, for all intents and purposes, the Crimson Dynamo. And just as nobody ever directly called Jeff Bridges' armored persona "The Iron Monger" in the previous film, the phrase "Crimson Dynamo" will probably be dropped somewhere, connecting Rourke to the character.

The artwork is certainly of a quality that suggests film design art. The armor looks to be a clunkier version of Stark's armor from the first film, with a massive power supply on the back (as the Russians probably didn't have access to Tony's compact power plant that he wears on his chest).

What do you think, Maniacs? Does this artwork look cool? Post your comments below...

Thanks to xenomorph for the submission.


Raimi talks SPIDER-MAN 4 (but not much)

During press tour for 'Drag me to Hell', MTV Splash Page asked director Sam Raimi about 'Spider-Man 4'.

The one new bit of info that Raimi provided is that he's going for a leaner story in the new movie. "I’ve learned the value of brevity," Raimi told MTV when asked about lessons learned from 'Spider-Man 3'.

Raimi's remaining comments echoed those he made a week ago. That is: 

  • Progress on the script continues.
  • He expects a first draft in four weeks (a week ago it was three weeks)
  • The status of Kirsten Dunst is unclear.



A showdown on the set of SCOTT PILGRIM seen through the director's monitor.


Finally, director Edgar Wright continues to post intriguing photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. Yesterday's set included a few shots through the director's monitor, including one of actress Alison Pill (who plays Kim Pine in the movie) and another of what looks to be a confrontation between Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Ramona Flowers and Brie Larson's Envy Adams.



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Wiseguy 5/20/2009 8:18:29 AM

Where's my daily dose of Favreau tweets?

I still think GI Joe will be a fun action film despite Wayans. He's giving himself too much credit, sure he played different roles but he was always the comic relief. Requiem might be the exception.

Does Kick Ass have a release date yet? I hate that they keep leaking the characters before we see them in the comic

jedibanner 5/20/2009 9:27:53 AM

Finally good news about Spidey 4....Kirsten might not come back, WOHOO!!!

Whiskeymovie 5/21/2009 9:33:39 AM

I always liked Marlon Wayans...I know most people will be getting down on him, but ever since I saw him in Requiem, I knew the dude could act. Yes, he is usually the comice relief, but I am willing to give him a chance as a bad-ass....I mean why not.....who thought Michael Keaton would make a good Batman? Who thought Jim (talk out of my ass) Carrey could do something like The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or that Tom Hanks would become one of the world's biggest actors, and that Bruce Willis started in comedy, ala, Moonlighting and Blind Date.......I think comedy is harder to do than straight acting, so I think it can be easier for them to cross-over,,,,and I think the best example is Adam Sandler,,,,love him or hate him, the guy can do good comedy and good drama.



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