TRANSFORMERS Reviews Trickle In (

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Source: Various

Early reviews from 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' are trickling in. Plus: Some Deadpool concept art from the 'Wolverine' movie. An echo from the dead 'Justice League' project. Gigandet talks about 'Priest' and more. Please use responsibly and employ a designated driver after partaking in your Comics2Film 9.6.16!



Teresa Palmer Still Doing JUSTICE LEAGUE (Even if no one else is)

Actress Teresa Palmer, currently appearing in 'The Sorcerers Apprentice'  told MTV SPlash Page that she's "still attached" to the live-action 'Justice League' movie that was all the rage last year, before collapsing under its own weight.

The actress had been cast in the role of Talia Al Ghul and while it seems pretty clear that the studio has shuttered that version of the 'Justice League' project, Palmer is still hopeful she'll play the Batman villain/love-interest in the mega-ensemble.

"...who knows if the movie is going to come off the ground or not. I hope it does, obviously," Palmer said. "I have no idea. I’m always the last person to find these things out."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



LUCKY LUKE Photos and Interview

Fans of the 'Lucky Luke' comics will find photos from the new French-language movie, along with an interview with director James Huth at Huth reveals some secrets about the movie, which he finished shooting in Argentina for a budget of 27 million euros ($37 million USD) with French comedic star Jean Dujardin in the title role.

The whole article is in French so we don't have an excerpt for you, but si vous parlez Français, then there it is.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Some early reviews from 'Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen' have hit the web after the film's London screening. Not unexpectedly the notices are mixed but the film is expected to serve its target audience well.

From Variety:

With machines that are impressively more lifelike, and characters that are more and more like machines, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence. As for human intelligence, it's primarily at the service of an enhanced arsenal of special effects, which helmer Michael Bay deploys like a general launching his very own shock-and-awe campaign on the senses. Otherwise, little seems new compared to the first installment, except that this version is longer, louder, and perhaps "more than your eye can meet" in one sitting. It will reap similar B.O. rewards worldwide.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

With its intelligence at the level of the simple-minded, however, the film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal. Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long.

From Empire Magazine - 3 stars (out of 5) :

This is a film that doesn’t know where to stop — even comic-relief characters get their own comic-relief characters, like the offensively irritating Twins, who bicker in hip-hop slang, or Wheels, a turncoat Decepticon who for some reason talks like a ‘30s screen gangster.

From Bleeding Cool:

Anyway, Transformers 2 is a brash, fast, energetic, constantly moving movie that will give some people headaches, some erections, some an adrenaline rush and some the giggles. And I think it’s all very deliberate.

There’s a lot to love in this film among the Bayhem and Bayos.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Deadpool Designs revealed in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Concept Art

Two of the design artists who worked on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' have posted their work from the film, which includes images of Logan, Creed, The Blob and everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool.

Phillip Boutte Jr. designed a first-act Deadpool (the one played by Ryan Reynolds) which paid a bit more homage to the character than what was seen in the movie, giving him a red hood and eye paint that evoked the mask from the comics

Meanwhile Jerad S Marantz offers his designs for a third-act Deadpool (the freaky one played by a stunt actor). His looks quite strange and disturbing, and closer to what was seen on the screen.

Click the thumbnails below for samples or click the links above for the high-res versions as well as other character designs.

Deadpool from X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE by Phillip Boutte Jr.

A design for Deadpool from X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE by Jerad S Marantz

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




SCI FI Wire has a chat with producer Don Murphy, the man who brought 'Transformers' to the big screen and is set to do it again next week with 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Here is an excerpt:

SCI FI WIRE: IMAX did so much for The Dark Knight. Now that audiences have seen that effect once, what can it do for Transformers?

Murphy: The best thing about the IMAX version is that when you get to the sequence that were specially shot in IMAX and you get a 30-foot-tall Optimus Prime, you've got a 30-foot-tall screen to see him on. That's probably the coolest. ...

SCI FI WIRE:  How hard was it to maintain the original team for the sequel?

Murphy: Well, Michael's the captain. If Michael hadn't done the second one, I don't know how much of the original team would have come back. Even now the screenwriters [Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Ehren Kruger] are saying they won't come back, but hopefully they will.

Click through for the complete Q & A.



Jackie Earle Haley on HUMAN TARGET

Jackie Earle Haley is busy filming the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street' right now, but he took a moment to comment to SCI FI WIre about his upcoming Fox TV series 'Human Target', based on the DC/Vertigo comics title of the same name.

Haley says he's a little worried about doing a TV show, while his movie career is taking off. On the other hand, it's fun to be in what he describes as a 'Die Hard' style action movie every week. And, 'Human Target' is also challenging to him as an actor, who is doing a run of theatrical movies in which he plays creepy loners.

"What's cool about it is that it's a different type of character," he said. "And I'm also kind of really looking forward to acting every day for a period. I think it might [help] as an actor to grow, and a way to become a better actor is to work in that environment and to work every day for months. It could be a really good experience as an actor."



Gigandet Clarifies PRIEST Role

Last week it was announced that 'Twilight' player Cam Gigandet had signed on to co-star in the manga-adaptation 'Priest'. Initial reports in the trade indicated he was some kind of half-vampire, while we here at Comics2Film at  said it sounded more like he is playing the lawman Coburn who allies himself with Paul Bettany's title character. Looks like we were right.

Gigandet told MTV Splash Page that, "there was some miscommunication that I was a vampire, but that’s not the case. I’m not a vampire.

"There are vampire-esque creatures in the movie, but it’s really a battle between god and evil," Gigandet continued. "Paul Bettany and I are on this journey to rescue someone that we love, and it’s just this fascinating journey movie taking place in a different reality."

Check out the video clip of his comments:




Derek Mears Contemplates BATMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA Villain Roles

I hope everyone had a chance to check out my intereview with actor Derek Mears yesterday. Mr. Mears is, of course, the new Jason Voorhees, but he's also a good dude and a fanboy to the core. So naturally our conversation veered towards comic book movies.

Mears told me his life's ambition is to do battle with 'Batman' on the big screen some day, and would also like to take on 'Captain America' as well.

When I asked him if would ever want to be in a 'Batman' follow-up, his response was effusive.

"Are you kidding me? That's like my lifeblood. I want to be in a Batman film. Some day before I die I want to be in a Batman film," Mears said, adding, "I think I'd be right for Killer Croc. That would be fun."

Of course he just got done telling us about some dangerous situations he endured on the set of 'Friday the 13th', wearing heavy body and dental prosthetics while being held under water. We pointed out that Killer Croc would mean more of the same.

"I would not mind that. As long as it looks cool I don't mind."

The subject then turned to the Marvel movies. Mears told us he hasn't yet had contact with Marvel, but aims to correct that soon.

"I don't know much about it but I know they're doing Captain America. If they did a retro Captain America, like a World War II, I would love to be some sort of super-nazi to fight Captain America. That would be awesome," Mears said. " I gotta make some phone calls. You got me excited about it."

Check out the complete intereview for Mears' experiences on the set of 'Friday the 13th' and how you can frag him in "Call of Duty" on the Xbox soon!



And we close with an obligatory visit to...

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN 2

Not much new or interesting on Favsy Twitterline. Here's the latest:

# Back in LA. Back in the director's chair. 11:30 am June 15

# More spy helicopters. 4:30pm June 15

Series: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The First Avenger, Human Target, Priest, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Dark Knight Rises (Batman 3), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Justice League Feature, Lucky Luke, Iron Man 2