Downey on Rourke and IRON MAN 2 (

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Source: Various

Robert Downey Jr has surprising things to say about Mickey Rourke in 'Iron Man 2'. More info on recent 'Watchmen' spinoffs and content. A complete 'Brave and the Bold' episode is online, Routh talks 'Dead of Night' and 'Scott Pilgrim' and more! Swah! It's your Comics2Film 9.2.4



Sony Seeks Toon Riches with Platinum Deal

Platinum Studios have struck a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to generate a new animated feature from the comics shingle's 5,600-character library, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"I have known and respected [Platinum CEO] Scott Rosenberg for many years as a great resource of characters, stories and ideas," said Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Prods. "We're looking forward to working with him and Platinum Studios to develop a feature from their library of stories and characters."

The article did not specify which Platinum properties might be part of the development deal.



Completes BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Episode Online

Fans of the funky new Batman toon show, 'The Brave and the Bold' can watch the latest episode online at the Cartoon Network website. "Journey to the Center of the Bat" features Aquaman and Atom teaming up on a fantastic voyage into the inside of Batman's brain. The episode also features an opener with Plastic Man and Elongated Man.

Watch and laugh...



Downey on Rourke and IRON MAN 2

Extra caught up with Robert Downey Jr. and got him talking about the 'Iron Man 2' movie. The TV magazine asked him about getting Mickey Rourke on board as a villain. Downey said he's pulling for the 'Wrestler' star to do the project.

"I know that we've been talking about it a bunch," Downey said. "As long as we can make it a really great role, then I would urge him to continue considering it. We'd love to have him and we'll see how it goes."

Here's the clip:


Meanwhile, the intrepid MTV Splash Page journeyed to the set of  'Sherlock Holmes' and also got the actor to talk about the sequel, and Rourke's involvement.

The big news there: Downey insisted that Rourke is not playing Crimson Dynamo in the movie.

"That’s actually incorrect," Downey told MTV News when asked if Rourke was being considered for Dynamo. MTV then asked if the actor would be playing Whiplash. "I can neither confirm nor deny that. Or maybe it’s some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won’t give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security."

Downey suggests that the true struggle, like all great Marvel characters, will be an internal one. Check out the video:




WATCHMEN: Black Freighter

Image from Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freigher has unveiled a set of still images from the recently official 'Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter' DVD release. The animated feature depicts the story of the comic within the Watchmen graphic novel. It stars the voice of Gerard Butler as a marooned castaway who's desperate to return home to warn his family about "The Black Freighter," a haunted pirate ship that steals the souls of the damned.

Hit up for the pics. Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros have distributed a press release that gives some details about what's on the Black Freighter DVD. Here it is.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood offers audiences two essential Watchmen background stories on one disc

Burbank, CA, February 2, 2009 – Experience the exclusive and dramatic origin stories essential to the Watchmen experience as the comic-within-the-comic and Night Owl’s autobiography are brought to life as Warner Premiere’s Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24th from Warner Home Video.

Produced in association with Legendary Pictures, both titles are executive produced by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull and Wesley Coller.

Tales of the Black Freighter, the story-within-the-story in the acclaimed Watchmen features the voices of Gerard Butler (300) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith and written by Alex Tse (Watchmen) and Zack Snyder.  Tales of the Black Freighter is produced by Brian McNulty and Karen Mayeda-Vranek.

Tales of the Black Freighter brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel’s richly layered story-within-a-story.  Within the graphic novel, Tales of the Black Freighter, appears as a comic book read by a young man in New York City while the city is being destroyed.  This daring pirate saga chronicles a sailor’s journey home from being marooned.  During his journey, the young seaman is "forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another" and experience horrible events along the way.  The turbulent events the sailor endures seem to mirror those in the Watchmen’s world.

Hollis Mason’s tell-all autobiography, Under the Hood, chronicles the events in Hollis Mason’s life that led to him to become the masked avenger Nite Owl and discusses how the Minutemen were formed.   It features the original Sally Spectre, the Comedian, Moloch the Mystic, along with Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl.

Under the Hood is directed by Eric Matthies, written by Hans Rodionoff and produced by Eric Matthies and Wesley Coller. Stars Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan appear as their characters from the theatrical Watchmen film in this live-action documentary style special.

Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter and Under the Hood will be available on standard definition disc for $27.95 SRP and Blu-ray disc for $35.99 SRP.











WATCHMEN Mobile Content

Watchmen mobile content

Warner Bros is alo inviting fans to watch the 'Watchmen' on their movbile phones:

Get the latest WATCHMEN movie updates and trivia sent directly to your mobile phone.  Access the WATCHMEN mobile internet site 24/7 to download mobile exclusive voice/ ringtones, trailers, production video blogs, wallpapers and more.

Join now, TEXT WATCHMEN to 58671.



In Fake WATCHMEN Historic News...

The New Frontiersman site continues to roll out the daily updates.

The site now has a January 1975 news clipping reporting that popular president Richard Nixon aims to Repeal the 22nd Amendment to the constitution. This action would remove the two-term limits on the United States president.

Also online is a 1997 letter from President of the Police Officer's union of New York City informing the Mayor of a strike. The walkout comes in the face police officer dissatisfaction over the city's refusal to crack down on "costumed adventuring", thereby putting officers in danger.



Routh talks about SCOTT PILGRIM and DEAD OF NIGHT talked with actor Brandon Routh, who is set to star in the 'Dead of Night' movie (based on the Dylan Dog comics) and also appear in the 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' movie.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Series: Iron Man 2, Watchmen, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Sherlock Holmes, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, Watchmen: Under the Hood, Watchmen Motion Comic