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Comics2Film: SUPERMAN, HULK, BATMAN and More

Your new roundup for December 12

By Rob M. Worley     December 12, 2008
Source: Various


The iconic shield, as seen in SUPERMAN RETURNS
© Warner Bros.

Here's your December 13th smattering of comic book movie news kernals, culled from the fields of the internet and milled to your computer screen...

 

Gabriel Macht on THE SPIRIT

We hope you saw yesterday's Mania exclusive one-on-one with Mr. Gabriel Macht, star of the new movie 'The Spirit'. On the femme fatales that made his head spin:

"On this, the producers set the schedule up based around the different women. So Eva [Mendes] came in for two weeks and she's done. Jaime [King] came in for a week and she's done, and right on down the line. It could get a little disorienting at times."

[LINK]

SCI FI Wire has also posted a Q & A with the actor. On the green screen process:

"I was born in the Bronx, and I lived in New York until I was 5, and then I went to New York in my early 20s and lived there. New York is just a part of me, so it was very easy to imagine what was in peripheral vision, and I had Frank and Stu [Maschwitz, the special effects coordinator,] telling me how this movie was going to look, that it would have a similar feel to Sin City, but with a little bit more color. Very often you hear actors having a hard time with green screen, and I think it's important to know that when you're acting with a dinosaur or a little mouse, the actors are really working with some guy standing there with a stick with a tennis ball on the end of it. "

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Keith Goldberg joins Dark Horse

Sure, these days its all about Marvel. People forget that Dark Horse was turning out good comic based movies before the big guys got their act together.

Now The Hollywood Reporter says that Dark Horse Entertainment has hired Keith Goldberg as senior vice president of production. The comics and film shingle has a deal with Universal (which helped usher in the excellent 'Hellboy II').

Goldberg, a veteran of New Line, is setting up shop in L.A. to help bring Dark Horse properties to life at Uni.

[LINK]

 

Chris Yost on HULK VS

Marvel Animation Age recently talked to fan-favorite writer Christopher Yost, best known for his work on a host of different Marvel cartoons and comic series, about his work on the upcoming Hulk Versus, the animated direct-to-video feature hitting shelves on January 27th, 2009, and much more.

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

 

Dystopian designs dominate comic films

Variety has an in-depth feature on the art direction of 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man', making the case for the leading men in both movies as outsiders in their respective worlds.

[LINK]
 

 

Guy Ritchie says SGT. ROCK ain't easy

'Sherlock Holmes' director Guy Ritchie says he has a good script for the 'Sgt. Rock' movie, and "very much" wants to make it some day, but there are obstacles blocking Easy Company from the big screen.

“I think people are slightly intimidated by the size of the budget,” Ritchie told MTV Splash Page, “but I think we have a good script.”

He also teased that he as a leading man in mind for the film, but would not say who it was, other than to call the actor "a new person."

[LINK]

 

Singer avoids talking about SUPERMAN sequel

Ain't It Cool News has an in-depth interview with Bryan Singer about the 'Valkyrie' movie. Of course, the put the question to him about where he sees the 'Superman' franchise going. His response:

"I couldn’t… you know.. I couldn’t tell you or talk about that at this point. I honestly… I’m just so… at least as far as my role in it is concerned I just need… I just have… this one because we had to drop and pick up on this has been a longer process so… yeah I wouldn’t be able to give you a clear… any clarity on that." (laughs)

Make of it what you will...

[LINK]

 

Friedle Discusses Bein' Blue on BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD

The World's Finest recently interviews actor Will Friedle about his work on BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD, BATMAN BEYOND, and much more.

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

 

 

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monkeyfoot 12/12/2008 7:50:31 AM

Singer on Superman: he looks to be in a hard place. He probably wants to do another one, but the studio is taking its time weighing its options on how best to keep the franchise going. I liked SR and wouldn't mind Singer doing another one with a more powerful adversary and lots of action.But that means they have to continue the extra baggage of the kid and Supes and Lois more strained relationship.

The more viable option is to slightly reboot and go back to the No Kid/Supes & Lois still flirting/Clark a more mild mannered guy and not a complete nerd set-up that has been the standard for 40 or 50 years. It's the way most of the public thinks of them.

Mark Millar's idea of a trilogy showing the beginning, middle, and end of Superman's life doesn't sound like a good idea for a continuing run of movies, IMHO.

What to do? What to do...?

JBBUC 12/12/2008 11:04:42 AM

Count me among the faction that feels that Singer's jump to Superman ruined 2 franchises. Superman Returns was lame, weak, pathetic and uninspired and X-Men Disassembled was even worse. Singer should have stayed with his vision for the X-Men franchise.

Anyway, I have no interest what-so-ever in seeing another Brandon Routh movie. I'd rather seen a big screen Smallville movie than another from the franchise as it is now. At least Tom Welling has some ability to show emotional range. Routh has less range than Neo...er...I mean Klaatu Reeves.

JacenBlade 12/12/2008 11:52:27 AM

       I'm not heartbroken either that they may go in a different creative direction with the Superman franchise.  Superman Returns was just OK.  I loved the special effects and it had some good moments but it was too derivative of the 70s/80s Christopher Reeve pictures.  I think Brandon Routh was chosen simply for his incredible ability to channel the spirit, mannerisms and speech patterns of Christopher Reeve.  I'd be much happier, like JBBUC, to see a reboot of the character with Tom Welling involved.

elefante 12/12/2008 11:27:37 PM

I think Tom Welling is just as bad as Routh...What about getting a real actor like the guy from No Country For Old Men...Brolin? Bulk him up and strap a cape on his back. Maybe even Gerard Butler. Just keep Singer far, far away.

almostunbiased 12/13/2008 5:12:06 AM

Singer must have been trashed when he answered, or about to cry.

dragon261 12/13/2008 6:33:11 AM

Hellboy 2 excellent? I thought it was a boring and repetitive piece of tripe. The first one had a story and a plot this one well....it just sucked.

I feel that Warners won't let Singer anywhere near a SR sequal. I think they'll wait a couple more years then do a total reboot ignoring everything Singer did. Much like Marvel/Universal did with the Hulk. Moreover I think that Singer knows this hence his apparent emotional response.

 

yobi 12/13/2008 2:13:07 PM

  I'm not here to bash on Singer. I think he did a good job on the film.The concept of the film is where I had a problems. If they was going for the old Christopher reeves / Gene Hackman Superman, they did their job. When comic books transfer over to films, they tend to grab a certain audience. They went for the love story. What Superman needs is a super villain. There are two  that comes to mind. One would be the Parasite.Get Ra;ymond Maxwell Jensen to work for S.T.A.R. Labs. Have him steal the canister that holds materials that Superman collected during his space travels.He opens it and gets infectected with the materials, cuasing his skin to turn purple , and giving him the abilities to obsorb energy. Although he's a low life, he's a family man. Now that he's changed, something could happen when he ties to embrace a family member,Something goes  wrong. Not being able to have any physical contact eith his family drives him mad. He finds out that it was Superman who collected the materials and he wants revenge on Superman. Since they went with  Superman having a child with  Ms. Lane, the Parasite can seek out revenge through Superman's bond with Lois. He can even go after the child, not even knowing that he;s the son of his enemy.Sup's can either out right beat him or you can have Superman getting beaten, only to be saved by Lex Luthor.We all know that Lex feels that Superman's death is his right.

   The other villain I thought about was Solomon Grundy.  I would go with the Earth 2 version, Cyrus Gold. Before even going into the Superman story, start with Grundy's origin. Set it back 50 years when he was murdered and thrown into Slaughter Swamp. I;m not going to go on with his origin,but you understand what I'm Saying? They need good vaillains to bring this movie to Superman status.The script definitely needs to be solid.I'm not sure if Solomon's properties inside him is some form of magic. It would be a good weakness to battle against. If push comes to shove, throw Dr. Fate in for a cameo to help defeat Grundy.There are a few DC characters that i would like to see come to film.

caredskinfan 12/14/2008 9:37:29 AM

 Singer was a horrible choice. He was a fanboy of superman and yet so screwed up the mythology it made me laugh!!

   His storyline choices were poor and just didn't work. DC needs to do what Marvel did. take control and make a real comicbook movie about supes!

 

  Personally, the doomsday storyline would translate well for the screen. It has action, emoition, heroics and suspense. And finally a foe who might acually destroy superman.

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