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Comics2Film: Bat-Casting, IRON MAN 2, THOR and More

Your new roundup for December 14

By Rob M. Worley     December 14, 2008
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Rachel Weisz as Catwoman (slideshow)
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Here's your Sunday wrap up of interviews, rumors and loose talk from around the world wide web...


Todd McFarlane insists on directing new SPAWN movie

Todd McFarlane has been trying to get the new 'Spawn' movie going for almost a decade now. He told GamePro that the sticking poing has been getting a studio to let him direct the movie. Here's an excerpt from the extensive Q & A with the Todd:

GAMEPRO: Superhero films are red hot at the moment, with Iron Man and The Dark Knight seeing blowout sales. Is this a good chance to bring back Spawn for a second Spawn movie?

MCFARLANE: Yeah, you know...ever since Iron Man came out, the phone's been ringing. A movie studio CEO called me today, actually: "I just wanna say we're interested." But I think he was the last of the big studios to call me! [laughs] But I'm still of the mind that [a Spawn movie sequel] is a lower budget, cooler, creepier movie. When we get there, it'll get made. [This goes back to something I said a few years ago], which is that the movie studios will start burning through the A and A- characters. They did a fantastic job with Iron Man, who I don't think many fans would describe as an "A+" character, by getting him up to that level with the movie.

The dealbreaker is, I direct it. I tell everybody that in advance. The answer is, the only way anyone will say 'yes' to that is if I keep the budget low. If I make it an $80 million budget [Spawn movie sequel], they won't let me direct it...nor would I want to direct it. There are too many guys who are smarter that can do it. But a $10 million dollar creepy movie? I can do that one....In the movie idea I have for Spawn, there is no super villain. It's a completely real drama that happens to have a spook in it. And it doesn't mean that the spook has an arch-enemy or a nemesis, or any of that. It just means that there's a sentinel stuck in the middle of The Godfather

GAMEPRO: Interesting -- are you saying you actually want to direct a Spawn movie sequel?

MCFARLANE: That's why I haven't sold it! I keep telling people that...there have been a few people who have called over, and they said "I already asked my boss and the answer is 'okay'!" [They're saying,] "keep the budget low and it's yours. We just want it." Look, with $10 million -- and understand that I'm just picking a number here -- you're not going to have a lot of money to work with. They'd have to get a young, inexperienced director anyway. My answer is, why not me? If you're going to go get a schmuck, let me be your schmuck. And oh by the way, I've been living with this movie in my head for a long time. I don't feel like trying to convey what's in my brain to somebody would take too long. I can just do it myself. And people aren't adverse to it. You know, Frank Miller is directing his stuff now.

For more from McFarlane, hit the link.

[LINK]  - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Video: Justin Marks on SuperMax

It's been a while since we've heard about the Green Arrow escapes from prison movie 'Supermax'. Here's screenwriter Justin Marks talking about it to IGN:

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Hugh Jackman on WOLVERINE

The first trailer is out for 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and Hugh Jackman is making the rounds talking about the film.

He's out there chatting up MTV Splash Page about Gambit, who is featured prominently in the new clip:

“He’s a little more showy than Wolverine, but there’s a similarity,” said Jackman. “They’re outsiders, they’re wise-cracking, they’re anti-authority. They have a dynamic where they love giving each other s–t. There’s some good stuff in there. And they get a fight, the two of them get a fight. I’m really, really happy with the dynamic between the two.”


And also to Total Film:

"In this movie Gambit plays the role a little bit like Wolverine did in the first X-Men. He’s not part of any group, he’s not on anybody’s side. Wolverine gets him because he needs the information off him, but Gambit’s not going to give it – not without a fight. And they get a fight, the two of them get a fight. I’m really, really happy with the dynamic between the two."

[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for both.


IRON MAN 2 working title?

Most movies film under a secret code title or working title so that advertisements and public postings won't tip fans to the production location. Remember 'Rory's First Kiss'? Turned out to be a quiet little art house film called 'The Dark Knight'.

Now /Film is reporting that Marvel is using "Rasputin" as the production title for 'Iron Man 2'. So, when you hear talk of the "Rasputin" movie filming in your neighborhood, be sure to head down to the shoot and take some spy photos for Mania!

[LINK]  - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Box Office: PUNISHER WAR ZONE has left the building

It's been a tradition to report on the comic-based movies each week their in the Top 10 as well as one final report when they've exited it. Well, 'Punisher War Zone' has completed that arc in a record two weeks.

The estimated weekend gross for the film hovers at about $1.4 million, which is just enough for it to rank #14. That brings the film's total two-week gross to just over $7 million total, a little better than half of what 'The Punisher' did in its first weekend.


Bat-Rumor: Rachel Weisz to be Catwoman?

Sheesh! Christopher Nolan just got done saying he has no idea what the story for the sequel to 'The Dark Knight' will be. Still, E! gossip columnist Ted Casablanca has heard from Warner Bros. sources that the studio is considering an actress for the role of Catwoman.

The actress? None other than Rachel Weisz.

We're all for seeing Nolan's Catwoman, but it remains to be seen if the director is going there. If he does Weisz wouldn't be our first pick. She wouldn't be in our top 10 actually.

[LINK]  - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Kenneth Branagh on THOR

Actor/director Kenneth Branagh, seen in the soon-to-open 'Valkyrie' talked a bit with MTV News about his job directing Marvel's Asgardian hero: 'Thor'. He confirms he aims to direct it and calls Marvel's take on the character brilliant. Still he has nothing to say about any leading man.

[LINK]  - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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TheXenos 12/14/2008 3:00:01 PM

Actually, I could see Rachel Weisz in the role.  Heck, she even kinda looks like Tim Sale's Selina a bit.  Plus I'd like to see a more comic based Catwoman on film and Weisz would work. About time we got rid of Burton's Catwoman ideas. They were neat at the time, but it's time for it to go.


Plus, I still don't get why Supermax can't be an original film or why we can't just get a straight up GA movie.

kwsupes 12/14/2008 3:51:47 PM

I agree Xenos, I think Weiz could pull it off she certainly has the acting ability and does look a lot like Tim Sale's Selina which I am all for. Any of Sale and Loeb's work Nolan wants to pull from is fine by me. One thing though, I think they should do what they did with the Joker and no go into a lot of details about her origin. That was the big drawback of the 90s Batman movies they focused too much on the villians and not enough on Batman. Batman has got to be about Batman and I think Nolan and Co. get that. All of this about Catwoman though is probably crap unless Nolan told WB something he didn't tell us.

redhairs99 12/14/2008 5:09:49 PM

Kristin Kreuk = Catwoman


please note (heavy sarcasism)

darkheart00 12/14/2008 5:41:30 PM

 Hey, Todd are no Frank Miller.

gauleyboy420 12/14/2008 6:39:33 PM

Rachel Weisz, DEFINITELY a PURRRRfect choice for Catwoman. As for if she'll be in the next installment they already had foreshadowing that she would be in the next  one. "It should handle cat's" Lucious to Bruce when discussing the new armor.

Nolan is a classic filmaker and foreshadowing abounds in his movies.


As for McFarlane, be smart dude let someone else make a good Spawn movie instead of ANOTHER low budget rediculous Spawn like you gave us 10 years ago.

blinkbomber 12/14/2008 10:25:30 PM

I don't think Heath Ledger would've been in your Top 10 choices for The Joker, either.  Nolan isn't known for going for the top A-lister for any of his roles.  Rachel Weisz is a fine actress and a smart one too (she did dodge a bullet with the third Mummy, afterall).  I personally DO NOT want to see Angelina Jolie as Catwoman.  Nothing against her though, I just don't see that one.

Also, come on Nolan!  Hurry up and get Guy Pearce as The Riddler!  Warner won't do it without you!


In other news, a close friend of mine seriously actually had a dream about the next Batman with the role of The Riddler played by... Denis Leary.  I know it won't EVER happen... but damn, I would love to see it.  Defintely an R rating for him, though. LOL

guygardner1 12/14/2008 11:07:42 PM

So Todd McFarlane wants to direct a Spawn movie and feels he is justified because well ... Frank Millar is directing his own work so why not a shmuck like me ? ....... um ..... maybe because Frank Millar has shown on paper that he can direct ... and you cannot !

basboy 12/15/2008 7:26:15 AM

Well, McFarlane did direct some fantastic and atmospheric music vids before, which is usually enough for movie studios as far as experience is concerned. Miller, on the other hand, only got in the game when Robert Rodriguez quit the guild so that he could have him along for the ride in Sin City. That is not to say that Frank is not talented, and in possession of some awesome cinamatic ideas, it's just... well, cut McFarlane some slack, he doesn't want his baby to suck, and at least this way he only has himself to blame.

Catwoman... yeah, I'm sure if Nolan wants to go that way, he can cast Dame Judy Dench and it'd work!

2buxaslice 12/15/2008 8:52:22 AM

did mcfarlane really just say there's a spook in it?  hmm, careful.

neopiko 12/15/2008 9:31:46 AM

 Rachel Weisz... PERFECT!!  Better than Jolie!! Because Weisz is not an obvious choice she would be perfect. 

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