Spider-Man casts Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Plus: Work out with Wolverine. Snyder debunks Superman myths and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.5!
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Details of producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot continue to be sparse, but Empire magazine recently talked with the director and tried to pry some info free.
In a summary presented on DigitalSpy.com Snyder would only say that the story is different, but it is true to the traditional vision of the Man of Steel.
"It's a different story," Snyder said. "I won't say there's a break from the canon or anything like that, but there is definitely an approach that makes you go, 'Okay, that's a way to get at it.'"
The approach was crafted by screenwriter David Goyer with input from Nolan.
"David is very respectful of the canon and stuff like that. It has its roots in the canon and again, like I say, it has a point of view about who he is. I'm being cryptic, I know, but it's the best I can do," Snyder said.
Snyder also suggested that rumors about Clark Kent's pre-Superman days as a globe-trotting journalist may also be incorrect. "I think it's early to say. I don't know."
Finally the director reiterated that talk of General Zod being the villain is "just wrong," adding, "the internet has no idea what's going on."
The Hero Complex blog has a chat with the Man of Action studio about the Ultimate Spider-Man TV show slated to run on Disney XD next year.
Man of Action is the four-man team consisting of Steven Seagle, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Casey. They're the brains behind such recent hit TV series as Ben 10 and Generator Rex.
The team declined to get too detailed in describing their plans for the show, but did say that long-time fans won't be labored with another re-telling of the origin story.
"Between the comics, the films, the TV shows, the video games and more, everyone pretty much knows Spider-Man’s origin by now, so it’s not exactly a priority to start at square one," said on of the studio mates (although the article is not specific about who is answering the questions). "It’s a fundamental aspect of the character and it will be addressed, but the way in which it’s addressed within the show is just one of many surprises that we’ve got in store."
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Speaking of the wall-crawler, actor Rhys Ifans talked recently with the Associated Press about his prep to play the villain in Marc Webb's upcoming Spider-Man 3D reboot.
The actor declined to reveal exactly which character he's playing but said, he's "very, very excited about it. It's a great script, great director and the money ain't bad."
Beyond that Ifans hand only one additional point of excitment. "It is quite cool this one, to have Spider-Man and his villain both from the U.K.," Ifans said. Actor Andrew Garfield was born in the states but raised in Britain.
So, the mystery about Ifans role in Spider-Man remains. The rumor mill has pegged him as Dr. Curtis Connors (aka The Lizard), but the rumor mill has been dead wrong before (see: The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises, see also: General Zod in the new Superman).
And speaking of Marc Webbi's Spider-Man, two big bits of casting news emanated forth from the Heat Vision blog yesterday afternoon.
First up: actor Martin Sheen is said to be in final negotiations for the role of Uncle Ben in the movie. Final negotiations are the phase in which the talent has, for all intents and purposes, committed to the part and it's now in the hands of the lawyers to finalize the fine details.
Shortly after the Sheen story broke, Heat Vision followed up with the news that Sally Field is in early talks to play Aunt May in the movie.
Should both actors be cast, it'll prove a distinctive break from the traditional vision of Peter Parker's elderly caretakers, particularly for Aunt May role who has been depicted in the past as white haired and often described as frail. However, the pair are more consistent with the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, which had the couple behaving as more modern adults.
Uncle Ben, in any version, is a strong, wise character. In the Ultimate take he was also a bit of a hipster, sporting a pony-tail and a more youthful outlook on the world. It's not hard to imagine Martin Sheen bringing his confident, avuncular persona (as we saw for many years on The West Wing) to this production.
And Ultimate Aunt May is no fragile figure, demonstrating herself as a strong guardian for her impressionable teenage ward, and a defender of Spider-Man once Peter's secret became known to her. Sally Field can fill this role just fine.
The pair would join Andrew Garfield as Peter, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the movie’s unnamed villain. Marc Webb is directing. Cameras roll soon!
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