X-MEN: Havok, Beast and Banshee Casting (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Friday, July 09, 2010
Source: Various

X-Men: First Class -- Havok, Beast and Banshee casting! Plus: Green Lantern set video! Superman director rumors! The Pro toon is online and more! Tee-Geeing that it is Eff, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.9!




Chris Columbus directing SUPERMAN?

The rumor of the day from Superman Homepage is that the suits at Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures consider director Chris Columbus "the right fit" for the new Superman movie that's in development under the guidance of Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer.

Their anonymous source also claims that Goyer was keen to take the helm of the movie, but his lack of success as a director left the studio folks skittish.

None of this is corroborated by on-the-record sources, so digest that bit of rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism.




From a press release

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 8, 2010) – The bloodthirsty vampires are back October 5th when 30 Days of Night: Dark Days -- the action-packed sequel to the globally successful franchise -- arrives on DVD and in a Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The cast features Kiele Sanchez (TV’s “Lost”, A Perfect Getaway), Harold Perrineau (Felon, TV’s “Lost”), Mia Kirshner (The Black Dahlia, Not Another Teen Movie), Diora Baird (My Best Friend’s Girl, Wedding Crashers) and Rhys Coiro (TV’s “24”, TV’s “Entourage”). From production company Ghost House Pictures, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days was co-written by Steve Niles, the creator of the original graphic novels, along with director Ben Ketai.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack contain special features, including filmmaker commentary and The Gritty Realism of Dark Days, a new featurette that provides an all access behind-the-scenes exploration of the production design, make-up effects and cinematography used to create the gory war on the vampires. The Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack is also enhanced with an exclusive Blu-ray interactive featurette, Graphic Inspirations: From Comic to Film, which compares and contrasts the visuals of the graphic novel with the imagery from the film, with discussion by director Ben Ketai.

30 Days of Night: Dark Days will be available in a Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack for $30.95 SRP and on DVD for $24.96 SRP.


It’s been almost a year since the Alaskan town of Barrow’s population was decimated by vampires during its annual month-long sunset. Riddled with grief over the death of her husband, bound by nightmares and void of all emotions beyond hate and sorrow, Stella (Sanchez) has spent the past months traveling the world, trying to convince others that vampires exist. Met with skepticism and laughter, Stella is ready to throw in the towel when a group of lost souls (Coiro, Baird and Perrineau) offers an incredible opportunity: the chance to exact revenge upon Lilith (Kirshner), the vampire queen responsible for the assault on Stella’s sleepy Alaskan town. With nothing remaining to live for, and nothing left to fear, Stella joins their mission and ventures into the uncharted underbelly of Los Angeles where she pushes herself to the most extreme limits to stop the evil from striking again.

DVD and Blu-ray + Combo Pack Special Features include:

Blu-ray + Combo Pack Special Features include:

30 Days of Night: Dark Days has a run time of approximately 92 minutes and is rated R for bloody violence, language and some sexual content.    

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Behind the Scenes of THE GREEN LANTERN

A producer for ABC 26 News in New Orleans dropped us a note to let us know that their reporter Molly Rosenblatt has filed a video report from the set of Green Lantern. She witnessed filming at the private airport on Lake Pontchartrain which had several vintage fighter planes and was apparently dressed to look like a military base. The scene being filmed involves young Hal Jordan watching his father fly one of the planes.

The footage isn't terribly exciting but we see director Martin Campbell directing a crowd of people to cheer on the fighter planes.

You'll find some photos here and the video report is embedded below:




A flurry of X-Men: First Class casting rumors hit the web last night, bringing word of three new cast members and one previously unmentioned mutant.

First up, Deadline.com says the brewing drama over who will play The Beast is coming to a close. According to their report. Nicholas Hoult has landed the part. Fans may remember him as the chubby, dorky kid in About A Boy. According to Deadline, he's grown up quite a bit and looks a bit more manly in movies like Clash of the Titans where he played one of Sam Worthington's doomed entourage. The kid is also appearing in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Next up, Deadline confirms previous reports that Caleb Landry Jones will play Banshee in the film. Jones will be seen in the upcoming horror flick The Last Exorcism.

Most interestingly, EW.com comes up with actor Lucas Till having a role in the film. Till was seen as the love interest for Miley Cyrus in the Hannah Montana movie. According to their reports, he's in negotiations to play Alex Summers, better known to comic fans as Havok. It's hard to say whether the character will feature prominently as a superhero or if he'll simply be seen as the younger brother of Scott Summers, whose mutant powers have yet to manifest.

Speaking of Scott Summers, EW adds a wrinkle to yesterday's  rumor: Their sources claim that Aaron Johnson is not appearing in the movie at all, not as Cyclops or any other character.

Interesting that they're bringing in so many quirky characters from the pantheon of Marvel mutants. The First Class comics dealt with the original five X-Men, so where are Marvel Girl, Iceman and Angel?

What do you think, Maniacs? Is FIRST CLASS shaping up to be a cool movie? Post your comments below.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Watch THE PRO At Work

Way back in April 2008, Comics2Film at Mania exclusively revealed the existence of a test animation reel for a proposed TV show based on Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner's comic The Pro. The footage was developed for a proposed series on Spike TV which would detail the exploits of a superhero hookert looking o join the prestigious League of Honor.

Well, Spike passed on the show and the footage was buried...until last night. Jimmy Palmiotti has since uploaded the reel to YouTube where it can be viewed (but not embedded).

We must warn you that the toon, like the comic, is NOT FOR CHILDREN and furthermore it is NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

But if you want to take a gander at The Pro at work click through to YouTube.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which is enjoying a new costume change that will put Wonder Woman  to shame!


Series: Green Lantern, The, Green Lantern, Superman (Nolan/Snyder Relaunch), Pro, The, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Red