By:Rob M. Worley Date: Monday, January 03, 2011 Source: Various
Thor spoilers strike the web! Plus: Captain America movie images. Green Lantern toy images. Green Hornet back stage images and more! It's your Comics2Film 11.1.3!
CASPER Comes Back
What's Playing reports that plans are afoot to bring Casper The Friendly Ghost back to the big screen. The character, now owned by Classic Media, had been the subject of two feature films produced by Steven Spielberg. After that it went into an continuous chain of straight-to-DVD releases. Now Classic is hoping to restore the luster on this classic character with a new feature film.
Casper was last seen in the animated series "Casper's Scare School" which may enjoy a second season this year.
Hemsworth Talks THOR
Marvel.com chats up actor Chris Hemsworth about the Thor movie.
As fans can tell from the latest trailers, the movie finds Thor cast down from Asgard by Odin as punishment for his arrogance and battle lust. Hemsworth said it's tricky to portray a character that starts off so deeply flawed and potentially unlikeable.
"Certainly, that’s a big part of this film. He has to be that warrior and he still has to have those elements. That’s what makes him Thor. But also, you don’t want to watch a guy for too long on screen who’s just a jerk all the time," Hemsworth said. "You get moments of it, where it’s kind of cool and bad, but then it just gets old. You’ve got to find that balance, and at the right times, sneak a bit of it back in."
Director Kenneth Branagh prepped Hemsworth by providing certain literature, which wasn't limited to Thor comics.
"Kenneth got me Siddhartha, a Hermann Hesse book, about a man trying to find his place in life," recalls Hemsworth. "It’s about a person who goes through all these temptations. Thor, in effect, is different from Siddhartha, but it’s a human being trying to find out his purpose and how he’s going to go about his life. Ken said, ‘Look, this is just a bright book that I love. It might give you something for the film or just personally.’ I love it, it’s certainly one of my favorite books."
The character's interactions with Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) are part of his quest back to becoming worthy enough to wield Mjolnir, which Hemsworth said is a pretty strange weapon of choice, at least as Jack Kirby designed it back in the 1960s.
"It’s a rather impractical weapon in a sense," Hemsworth said. "It’s got this big huge head on it and a tiny little handle. We talked about boxing a lot actually, I’ve done Muay Thai for years, which keeps you on your toes, but boxing is a more grounded technique. You talk about Mike Tyson, low to the ground, using your power through your legs. A lot of that influenced Thor, with big shoulder movements. It becomes sort of gritty, street fighting stuff at times. He also happens to have a big hammer in his hands at the time too."
Thor opens in theatures May 6th.
C2F Quick Hits
Scene Louisiana goes fishing for confirmation that The Dark Knight Rises will film in New Orleans with Warner Bros. SVP of Production Ravi Mehta and comes up empty. Mehta admits that the movie will seek a third location city outside of the U.K., Los Angeles, and doesn't rule out New Orleans, but doesn't offer anything hopeful either.
Animation superstar Paul Dini tells Newsarama that the new Ultimate Spider-Man TV series debuting this year on Disney XD will have an interesting new look. "I think it’s really going to take people by surprise. It’s going to take people by surprise as much as the Batman show in the early ‘90s took comic fans by surprise."
Art of the Title has a great in-depth look at the fun opening titles for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
The L.A. Times has over 50 behind-the-scenes images from Michel Gondry's Green Hornet movie featuring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou.
io9.com has your first look at action figures from the upcoming Green Lantern movie. They've got photos of Hal Jordan (standing on a cool power ring base) as well as Tomar Re. They were snagged from eBay auctions of the figures.
Meanwhile, Superhero Hype has the specs on the video game which is called Green Lantern: The Rise of the Manhunters. Ryan Reynolds will provide the voice for Hal Jordan and the game will feature a playable Sinestro mode.
There are new images from Captain America: The First Avenger including one which may depict Cap slugging it out with the Red Skull (though they are obscured by glare and shadow in the photo). Hit the Daily Blam for the rest of the images.
And here's a quick snippet of footage from ET's set report. Don't blink!
The remainder of today's C2F column contains what may be SPOILERS for Marvel Entertainment's Thor movie. They were posted by a reader on the Superhero Hype message boards. The are attributed to "a certain someone" who supposedly saw a cut of the film. At this point there's no way to confirm that they are legit, but if you're someone who must know everything now, the spoilers are below.
If you prefer to enjoy letting the movie unfold before your own eyes, you can stop reading today's column now and wait until Thor hits theaters on May 16th...
Here are the spoilers that were posted on the message boards:
There is a certain someone that I know who is willing to provide information on Thor since they got a chance to see the whole movie,I will post spoilers as soon as possible like after I have received the information ... In the past they were reliable when I asked them about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This special person works for a boss who deals with figuring out the audiences opinion on movies after they have seen them ...
Thor ends up getting knocked out (unconscious) by The Destroyer.
Movie starts off with Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård in a van out in the New Mexico desert observing a phenomenon in the sky. This is when Thor drops to Earth... Natalie Portman accidentally hits him with her van (which she does again later in the film)
We cut to a flashback of Thor back on Asgard. He's about to be anointed king by his dad (Anthony Hopkins) when two frost people or whatever they're called infiltrate the palace and try to steal a "casket" which Thor's dad got during a battle with the frost people on their planet.
Thor tries to convince his dad to wage war against the frost people after they broke the truce with Asgard. Thor's dad refuses; Thor, Loki and 3 other soldiers (Jaime Alexander and two dudes) end up going to the frost planet alone
Thor's dad comes to the rescue just as the Frost people are about to kill Thor and his warriors (despite Thor kicking *** for much of the scene)
Inside his detention cell; Thor is visited by Loki...who tells him that his father has died
Thor confronts the Destroyer, and apologizes to Loki (via a conduit with the Destroyer) about what caused him to be resentful of Thor after becoming king of Asgard.
It was actually Loki who helped the frost people infiltrate the Asgard palace; Loki made a deal with the frost king in that Loki would help the frost king kill Thor's father in exchange for Loki assuming complete control of Asgard (this was a LIE)
Thor destroys the Destroyer by a blow to the head by his Hammer
Thor shares a kiss with Natalie Portman before going back to Asgard to confront Loki--who kills the frost king just as he is about to kill Thor's father (Loki essentially did everything as a way to earn Odin's respect)
Out on the rainbow bridge, Thor defeats Loki. He and Loki are hanging along the edge of the bridge and are about to be sucked into a wormhole when Odin (who regained consciousness when Thor returned to Asgard) comes to their rescue.
Loki tells Odin that he "did this all for him" (killing the frost king and about to destroy his planet)...but Odin replies that he didn't want peace "like this." Loki realizes he failed his father once again and lets go of the bridge...falling into the wormhole
Back in the Asgard palace, all is well. But we see Thor on what remains of the Rainbow bridge...asking the Gatekeeper (Idris Elba) what Natalie Portman is doing back on Earth.
Thor had to destroy the rainbow bridge (with his Hammer), which was his only way to get to Earth, because Loki threaten to go to Earth and kill Natalie Portman
The Gatekeeper replies with "She is searching for you." Final shot of the film is of Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård inside a room working on their science equipment.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2 and #3 are in stores now. Issue #4 arrives in stores January 5th . Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!
Series: Green Lantern, The, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Green Hornet, The Dark Knight Rises (Batman 3), Ultimate Spider-Man, Casper Theatrical Feature