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By Rob M. Worley     December 10, 2008
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Iron Man 2 Slideshow
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The internet is bursting with comic book movie news so without further ado...


IRON MAN 2 screenwriter talks

Justin Theroux is out there chatting up the DVD release of his movie 'Tropic Thunder' but IGN snuck him a few 'Iron Man 2' questions.

One thing Theroux appreciates about the Robert Downey Jr. version of the character is his ability to use his charisma. "Iron Man is just a unique character in the comic book world. He can get away with being incorrigible, slightly awful, funny, sexist at times. He has a very high threshold for things that he can do and get away with," Theroux said to IGN. "So in a weird way it's a lot of fun writing for him and it's not like writing a more stoic superhero part. Obviously, you have the story elements and the action elements and all those gears of that you want to make sure are well oiled. But within that you can have a lot of play."

Theroux also said the movie will carry a similar tone as the first, and not be concerned with opening the door to some of the more fantastic Marvel universe elements that the character will encounter in 'The Avengers'.

"It's not really our job to suit all the other characters. Our first concern – Jon [Favreau]'s first concern – is that we raise the level on 'Iron Man 2' and make sure the audience gets exactly and more of what they wanted before in a really satisfying story that's really fun and playful. As good a movie as possible. And after that we'll think about ways that we can plug in other elements that might exist in other films or other worlds."

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


is TORSO not dead after all?

Earlier in the week we told you that the movie version of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's graphic novel 'Torso' may be heading off a cliff, in spite of the attachment of director David Fincher and stars Matt Damon and Case Affleck.

Now, reports that they've checked in with their sources at Paramount. Their sources tell them that the studio is, indeed, exercising their option (which was set to expire on the 15th) and making the movie a priority. CHUD reports that budgeting is underway. The article also cautions that this is not a green light and the movie may continue to toil in development hell.

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



The Feed blog at floats a rumor that Phil Morris' Martian Manhunter charactrer from 'Smallville' may be the subject of a new series on The CW after the Superboy show runs its course.

As fans know Tom Welling isn't signed for a ninth season and the network has being looking for something to fill the void. They had toyed around with a Dick Grayson show, but that deal recently fell apart.

G4 rightfully wonders how a show focused on middle-aged character would fit into the youth-oriented programming of The CW.

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



World's Finest DVD Report took a look at the mega collection of 'Batman: The Animated Series' on DVD:

Overall Batman: The Complete Animated Series comes Highly Recommended if you don’t already own the previous releases. If you do own them and are a big fan of the series then I’d still look into picking this release up. You could sell off the previous volumes on eBay and recoup nearly enough to purchase the new set by itself, so you wouldn’t lose much by trading up—and the awesome packaging and new featurette is worth the hassle, I think.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



World's Finest DVD Report also checks out the 'Superman: Doomsday' DVD so you don't have to!

Overall this Blu-ray release is definitely a worthy upgrade from the standard single disc DVD release, especially if you’re a fan of the film. The two new featurettes are interesting enough to check out, but it’s the 1080p video transfer that will really push you to upgrade, as it is quite the impressive visual feast. A Recommended double dip.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.


Official Episode Descriptions, Premiere Date Information For WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN

The Nicktoons Network has provided Marvel Animation Age with official information on the upcoming Wolverine and The X-Men premiere.

[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



And, finally, takes a look at the movie based on the French comic book 'Largo Winch'.

A fun slice of escapism, neatly packaged for international consumption, Large Winch falls just a sliver short of creating a new action-adventure franchise, although a sequel is apparently at script stage. Lanky French stand-up comic Tomer Sisley isn't conventionally movie-hero rugged as the titular protagonist but, playing a rebellious Yugoslav orphan adopted as a baby by a billionaire tycoon, he's appealing enough to keep this comic book-inspired romp rolling.

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


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jfdavis 12/10/2008 2:13:51 PM

I would love a Martian Manhunter show, not that I see it happening, if they had way more shape-shifting than they've done so far...

SONYMANswallows 12/10/2008 3:57:30 PM

Martian Manhunter might be good if it isnt written by the child rapists behind Shitville for the child rapists that think Shitville is a good show.

xenomorph 12/10/2008 8:41:40 PM

A Martian Manhunter show would be kick ass! Sonyman, why such a negative tone?

theduck1980 12/11/2008 2:10:09 AM

I think there's a fundamental reason why sequals generally aren't as good.  Iron man was fun, original & introduced a new character to the big screen.  Thats why it worked.  If he's already saying he wants to raise the stakes and give us more of what we wanted, then he is really talking about giving us more of the same.  And so no matter how well its done, or who's in it,  it just won't have the same appeal.


What does it need to be successful?  Look at some sequels that blow the originals away.... terminator 2.  Great storyline, just like the first... but the key was it had something very different about it.  a huge backflip in arnies character and groundbreaking effects with the t2000.


Aliens.  Again, a sequel with a great storyline, same main character, better fx and a very different feel to it.  The first was a small defenseless crew on a cargo ship facing  the 'alien'  The second pitted an elite group of hardened marines against a whole hive of Aliens in a devastated human outpost colony.


Ironman 2, a great storyline - and something has to be very new about it as well.  NOT more of the same. I think its a mistake not to factor in the avengers too.(one could also deduce from my above examples, ironman 2 also need james cameron... lol)

Dazzler 12/11/2008 4:58:13 AM

Martian Manhunter is not needed.  Might make a good tv movie but that's it.  If you have to spin, why not that Justice league from the series?  Plenty to work with there and MM can be there also and mentor or whatever. 

SgtTechCom 12/11/2008 6:04:45 AM

I agree they should spin off with Oliver  Queen and the Justice League and even Include Martian ManHunter to Team up with them to have your " flying' superman type element.  I think that would do nicely. Get the Flash - Aquaman - and Cyborg ,Green Arrow - Martian Manhunter.

Plus there's also ways to introduce new superhero's to this as well along the way .

They can continue the story on them trying to track down Lex Luthor and move onto other things further establishing themselves as the Justice League America. I would enjoy that !

hanso 12/11/2008 7:05:20 AM

Aquaman son!!!!!!!!!!!  Bring him baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  What was the show called?  Coral something?

monkeyfoot 12/11/2008 7:30:06 AM

IM2: From the screenwriter's tone it sounds like he wants a more comedic movie than the first. I hope that's not the case. I thought the level of humor to seriosuness was fine on the last one.  And yess they need to up the ante or twist the story in some way to surpass the original.

Mars Manhunter: I'd love that. There is so much potential for stories with a shape shifting alien detective on a TV series. But it's true that the youth orientation of the CW does work against middle-aged actor Phil Morris. I'd love for him to continue but I bet if they go to series they'll have his human persona played by a younger model type. He is a shape-shifter ya know.

BatmanForever 12/14/2008 11:33:59 AM

Finally saw IRON MAN on DVD....OMG....sooooooo overrated...story was choppy full of holes...bad acting....and for god'sake......DOWNEY JR....was/is a JOKE..........VERY VERY VERY VERY mediocre MOVIE...

jdell1964 12/16/2008 7:56:00 AM

BAT777 - Youre on crack! Though not as good as TDK, Iron Man is the next best. Mediocre? musta took a big hit on the pipe before watching it.....

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