Up in the sky, it's SUPER-Hamm? (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Source: Various

Up in the sky, it's Super-Hamm? Plus: Ethel & Ernest find their voices. Spider-Man actor says comics are, "Shakespearean". Transformers 3 causes train wreck in Detroit and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.14!




Garfield Says SPIDER-MAN is "Shakespearean"

Actor Andrew Garfield was recently revealed to be the new lead in Marc Webb's planned Spider-Man reboot.

While promoting Never Let Me Go at the Toronto Film Festival, the actor talked with HollywoodNews.com about taking on such an iconic role, and it's pretty clear that the actor takes the prospect seriously.

"Its mythology. Comic books are derived from mythology. It’s ancient storytelling. It’s Shakespearean and Greek. It speaks to the same themes of what it means to be alive that a film like Never Let Me Go deals with," Garfield said adding that the web-slinger's struggle, "is the same as every young boy’s struggle. Who am I? What’s the best way to live? How can I serve something greater than what I am? Is there a purpose in this life? All of these themes."

Which is not to say that 's all a bunch of high-falutin intellectualizing for Garfield. Like many of us, his Spidey dreams started when he was young.

"I’m honestly treating it like this is a role that has meant a lot to me since I was four years old. And I have been waiting for the call since then to be given the opportunity to play with a bunch of awesome cameras and effects and to feel like I’m swinging through New York City. It’s a childhood fantasy come to life. But I’m just treating it like an extension of my seven-year-old self jumping for joy and climbing up doorframes. I’m just going to play to like I always have played it in my living room! It’s just an extension of that, with a bigger set, a bit more money, and a better costume. Although my mum’s homemade costume was pretty wicked."

We gotta admit, we're starting to like this kid!



ETHEL & ERNEST Find Their Voices

The Hollywood Reporter says there's a an animated version of the little-known graphic novel called Ethel & Ernest.

The fact-based book, by children's author Raymond Briggs, traces the life story of Briggs' parents from their first meeting in the 1920s, through the World War II era and on into the couples latter years in the 1970s.

Actors Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter's Professor Slughorn) and Brenda Blethyn are set to voice the lead roles.

The movie is produced by John Coates, who previously produced an Oscar-nominated animated short based on Briggs' book The Snowman. Camilla Deakin exec producing. les in Toronto.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



EXORCISM Director Praises X-MEN Actor

Director Daniel Stamm, who's current pic The Last Exorcism scored at the box office and tracked well on Rotten Tomatoes, talked with MTV Splash Page about the experience of working with actor Caleb Landry Jones on the film. Jones' name may seem familiar if you've been keeping score on all the X-Men: First Class casting, as he's set to play Banshee in the movie.

Stamm is quite high on the young actor who says Jones has an difficult-to-describe quality that makes him a unique acting talent.

"He was a real find, because I wanted [the character Jones plays in The Last Exorcism] to be slightly off, but where you couldn't really pinpoint what's off about him. There's some weirdness about him, and his doesn't have that in real life at all. He's the smartest guy," Stamm said. "He's going to be great in X-Men. I can promise you that. I can't wait. But it's going to be very different than this movie."



Stan Lee Nod in CAPTAIN AMERICA Set Photos

The ultra-niche Captain America Filming in Manchester Blog has been a steady source of...well...photos of Captain America: The First Avenger filming in Manchester, England.

The latest series shows a number of building fronts being dressed as Brooklyn store fronts, including one sly nod to a certain hyperbolic Marvel mouthpiece. Is this the location where Smilin' Stan Lee's cameo will appear?

We've got a couple of images but click through for the complete set...



TRANSFORMERS 3 Causes Detroit Derailment!

WXYZ TV in Detroit did a fly-by of some filming of Transformers 3 that's apparently happening at Dettroit's Packard Plant. As you'll see, the scene obviously depicts some kind of train derailment with rail cars impacting with nearby buildings...



Look! Up in the sky! It's SUPER...Hamm?!

With Christopher Nolan godfathering a new Superman movie, written by The Dark Knight duo of David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, it's surprising that there isn't a lot more wild speculation about who will settle into the tights for the latest big-screen outing of the Man of Steel.

Some are still crossing their fingers for Brandon Routh or Tom Welling. Other rumors have placed Chuck actor Zachary Levi in the mix. True Blood star Joe Manganiello is apparently trying to drum up support for himself via online campaigning.

Now ThinkMcFlyThink has another name to drop: Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Their unnamed sources claim that the actor is being "seriously considered" for the role.

Now, this may just be wishful thinking on somebody's part. Yes, Jon Hamm very easily captures the Clark Kent look, especially when in costume and makeup as Don Draper on his acclaimed TV series. Yes, the handsome six-foot actor cuts a superhero-esque figure. And he is a fan favorite not only as the overly-serious character he plays on Mad Men, but as the hilarious comedic actor seen on 30 Rock, the Lex Luthor bailout sketch and the awesome Emmy Awards opening number.

At the same time, it's hard to overlook the fact that Hamm is 39 right now and will be 41 when the proposed Superman movie hits theaters. That hardly makes him viable for launching a new superhero franchise that would have him closing in on 50 when the third movie hits. TMT points to Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, but there's a big difference between a man in a blue suit vs action scenes being carried by a suit of armor.

So, while we love Hamm as much as anyone (well, not as much as Mania EIC Rich Kuras, but anyone else) we have a hard time believing that the any consideration anonymous sources are giving is all that serious.

What do you think, Maniacs? Do you like Hamm for SUPERMAN? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, MI on the 15th and then at the GFA Pet Expo in Madison Heights on the 18th and 19th!

Series: Captain America: The First Avenger, Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Superman (Nolan/Snyder Relaunch), Spider-Man 2012, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, Ethel & Ernest