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By:Rob M .Worley
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Source: Various

New featurette focuses on the fighting style of 'Solomon Kane'. Plus: Will 'Thor' sport a beard? Strong speculates on 'Kick-Ass' sequels. Work continues on 'Judge Dredd' and more! We love the naughties, we're your Comics2Film 9.12.29!



Jock Generates JUDGE DREDD Movie Art

Fans looking for some signs that the 'Judge Dredd' feature film is still in development got another blip from comic artist extraordinaire Jock.  Yesterday he posted on twitter, "Morning, all. Good christmas? Back at work... Batwoman Batwoman Batwoman to finish. Going to be a busy week! Couple of DREDD movie pieces too."

So, there you have it. Few details of the big-screen revival of one of the UK's greatest comic book hero have emerged in the past year. Were it not for Jock's occasional twitter updates we'd be completely in the dark.



Stunt Man Garrett Warren on Zoe Saldana and LOSERS

The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog has a nice, in-depth interview with Garrett Warren. If you've seen 'Avatar' you've seen his work as he was the stunt coordinator on that film. He's also done work on several upcoming comics adaptations, such as 'Iron Man 2', 'Tintin' and 'The Losers'.

While he's pretty tight-lipped on the first two of those comic book films, Warren had an interesting anecdote about how he came to be involved in the third film, and how he helped actress Zoe Saldana land the role of the tough-as-nails Aisha in the film.

That has a special place in my heart, actually. Zoe Saldana was the one who got me on that movie. We were shooting "Avatar," at the time and she came to me saying there was a movie she wanted to be in called “The Losers.”  The people weren’t sure whether or not she could handle action. She felt so heartbroken because they weren’t able to see the stuff she was doing on “Avatar.”  It was all top secret. She was such an action machine, but nobody knew it yet. I suggested we take a weekend to put together a video to help get her the job. I helped shoot this promotional video for her to show that she could do action.  We had her shooting guns, wielding swords, knife work. … It was unbelievable. She was unreal. She got the part. And then she suggested they use me as their stunt coordinator.  I actually was on our re-shoots of “Avatar” when I got the call from Sylvain White, the director for “The Losers.” He wanted it to be not only like the comic book but somewhat more visceral. It’s an amazingly real yet superbly comical look at these black ops special agents. And I loved the dichotomy. He was thinking the “Bourne” films and “24,” and yet he wanted to have comedy involved.  We met. And he hired me. It’s all live action, 100%.  There is some amazing action in that movie. You will be blown away. People will think, “Wow, that had to be CG.” No. Nothing was CG. We did everything. For real. I dropped actors and actresses on wires. I threw people through doors and windows. And Zoe … she’s a wrecking machine. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to work on that movie.

Click through for more about Warren's work on 'Avatar' along with some vague praise for 'Iron Man 2' and 'Tintin'.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Actor Chris Hemsworth sporting a beard from his December 2009 Twitter profile picture

THOR: God of The Beard!

With Marvel's 'Thor' set to go into production very soon, the question on everyone's mind is "beard or no beard?"

Ok, maybe that's not one that you Maniacs have spent time discussing, but the iconic God of Thunder has certainly been depicted with and without facial hair in both classic illustration and sculpture and in the Marvel comics themselves.

Now, our friend AntoBlueberry points us to actor Chris Hemsworth's Twitter photo in which he's seen sporting the beginnings of some Nordic-style chin whiskers.

What do you think, Maniacs? Will he be sporting a full beard for some or all of the the film? Or will he shave it off before productions starts? Post your comments below. 



Strong talks KICK-ASS and Sequels

Actor Mark Strong recent made the rounds chatting up 'Sherlock Holmes', in which he plays the villainous Lord Blackwood. MTV Splash Page seized the opportunity to quiz him on next summer's much-anticipated 'Kick-Ass'.

"It's fantastic," Strong said of director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic. "It's different and it's cool and it's dangerous and it's funny."

When asked if he thought his character (crime-lord Frank D'Amico) would return for a sequel, Stong didn't comment on that specifically but did say that there's definite potential for there to be more movies.

"Obviously it's Mark Millar's graphic novels," Strong told MTV "For now I think what they've done is the first eight [issues of the comics] are basically what this movie is and I'm sure it can go on and on if they want it to."

Fans in the U.S. will see 'Kick-Ass' arriving in theaters on April 16, 2010.



SOLOMON KANE Fights Featurette

IGN has debuted the latest featurette from 'Solomon Kane', this one focusing on the fighting style employed by history's most bad-ass Puritan.

Series: Kick-Ass, Thor, Dredd (Judge Dredd), Dredd (Judge Dredd), Thor, Solomon Kane, Losers, The, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall