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DOC SAVAGE Back in Black

Plus: IRON MAN 2, BLADE 4, SOLOMON KANE and more!

By Rob M .Worley     February 23, 2010
Source: Various

'Doc Savage' back in (Shane) Black. Plus: Cheadle talks 'Iron Man 2'. Snipes talks 'Blade 4'. Internet demands 'Solomon Kane' and more! Free and easy and feeling jake, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.23!



Shout! Factory to bring SUPER HERO SQUAD Home

From a press release...

Shout! Factory and Marvel Animation, Inc. announced yesterday a new alliance to bring Marvel’s successful animated series 'The Super Hero Squad Show' to the home entertainment marketplace. Under the multi-year deal, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive U.S. home entertainment distributor with licensing rights to the action-packed half-hour episodes of The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Animation’s highly successful animated series currently airing on Cartoon Network. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos and Marvel Animation President Eric Rollman.

The Super Hero Squad Show launched on Cartoon Network US in October 2009 to tremendous ratings and continues to deliver impressive numbers in its regular M-F 8:30am and Saturday 7:30pm time slots.

Boasting a stellar ensemble of voice talent from Hollywood, The Super Hero Squad Show animated series features super-stylized versions of Marvel’s popular characters (including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man) with a comedic twist. Marvel has attracted some top voice talent to play the roles of Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains of Marvel Super Hero Squad, including Tom Kenny (aka Spongebob) as Iron Man, Captain America and M.O.D.O.K., Grey DeLisle (Fairly Oddparents) as Ms. Marvel and the Enchantress, Alimi Ballard (NUMB3RS) as the Falcon, and Charlie Adler (Cow & Chicken, Transformers 1 & 2) as Dr. Doom. In addition, superstar guests have joined the cast to play various villains and heroes from throughout the Marvel universe, including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films) as Iceman, LeVar Burton (Ali, Roots) as Rhodey, Taye Diggs (Private Practice) as the Black Panther, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Dormammu, Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as Ant-Man, Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the Red Skull, Lena Headey (Sarah Connor Chronicles) as the Black Widow, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Sif, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Ugly Truth) as Stardust, Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) as Egghead, James Marsters (Smallville, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Mr. Fantastic, Jennifer Morrison (Star Trek, House) as the Wasp, Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Hawkeye, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Meet The Spartans) as Ka-Zar, George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek) as Galactus and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl) as the Valkyrie. The cast is also joined by comics legend Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and many other Marvel characters) in a recurring role as the Mayor of Super Hero City.

When the greatest heroes on the planet unite to face the world’s greatest villains, you get the biggest, most family-friendly Super Hero team-up in TV history… The Super Hero Squad Show. It’s no small job protecting Super Hero City from the wild, weird (& even wacky) villainy of Villainville’s infamous baddies… but Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor and the Falcon are always up for the job. Shouting “Hero Up!” as they rush into battle, the Squad must keep Dr. Doom’s minions from gathering pieces of the Infinity Sword. Otherwise, Doom will use the Sword to rule the universe! Luckily, the City is filled with Marvel super-hero guest-stars to help out in a pinch. These brave heroes totally deliver the action – but with plenty of humor on the side.

Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of The Super Hero Squad Show home entertainment product-line later this year, utilizing the same sales and marketing strengths that has made them one of the leading independent studios in the entertainment industry.




There's a movement afoot on the website for fans to demand a screening of 'Solomon Kane' in their area. The movie has opened in foreign markets to positive reviews (currently 87% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and yet it still lacks distribution in several key markets, including the U.S.

That's where Eventful comes in. The six-year-old site aims to be a portal for fans to track musical and theatrical acts, and also request the act to come to their home town with online voting. The idea is, if enough people show interesting, someone will book the show.

The site was used famously last year during Paramount's push on 'Paranormal Activity' with the studio using the film's rapid rise to a million votes to hype the wide release of the film.

So, if you want to see 'Solomon Kane' in a theater near you click over to and let 'em know you care.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Don Cheadle doing IRON MAN 2 Reshoots

According to actor Don Cheadle, 'Iron Man 2' continues to be a work in progress. At last weekend's 'Brooklyn's Finest' press junket, he told MTV Splash Page that he's doing re-shoots on the movie on Friday.

"I think that thing's going to be delivered dripping wet to theaters," the actor, who plays Jim Rhodes aka War Machine in the movie.

Cheadle also indicates that he's not really sure about plot points in film, which may be due in part to the fact that the role he plays is actually a collaboration between many people.

"War Machine shows up and the suit is very heavy, and very hot. It's really an interesting thing to see how they put it together. It's the motion-capture suit and the stuntmen and then you, and the animation, the pure CGI, and somewhere between those four elements there's a composite character that comes out. I think my CGI character works as much as I did," the actor said.

The actor also said that he's contracted to play the role in upcoming films, but can't be sure whether or not that means War Machine is on the roster of 'The Avengers'.

'Iron Man 2' arrives in theaters May 7th.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Snipes Returning for BLADE 4?

As with Cheadle, Wesley Snipes is out promoting the 'Brooklyn's Finest' film. When he spoke with he laid some potentially exciting news down for fans.

According to the report, Snipes said there's been some chatter on the 'Blade 4' movie front and he would be interested into jumping back into his flagship franchise if the script was right.

'Brooklyn's Finest' will be the actor's first theatrical film since 2004's 'Blade: Trinity'.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Shane Black to direct DOC SAVAGE

They're making a new 'Doc Savage' movie. No, for real this time.

The classic pulp hero is a property that's been kicking around Hollywood for decades now, looking for someone to usher it onto the big screen. At various points Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached to star and Frank Darabont was attached to direct. Yet now, perhaps, the Man of Bronze has found the filmmaker who can finally bring him to theatrical life.

Shane Black is set to direct a 'Doc Savage' movie for Columbia Pictures based on a screenplay he is co-writing, according to Variety. Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry are also working on the script.

News of Black's involvement as a screenwriter leaked back in October, although the internet rumor mill pegged Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman as producers on the film. Variety makes no mention of the 'Trek' boys and instead lists Neal Moriz as producer under his Original Films banner.

"Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities," said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach "We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the 'Green Hornet', to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring 'Doc Savage' back to the bigscreen."

What do you think, Maniacs? Will Black be the filmmaker to finally get the DOC SAVAGE movie rolling? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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lusiphur 2/23/2010 6:15:26 AM

Super Hero Squad - article was too long ... stopped reading.  Don't care much for the show anyway.

Must have Solomon Kane.  Trailer looks great.

Yay for reshoots.

Wesley Snipes is out of jail?  Hadn't heard that.

Bring on Doc Savage.  I remember reading those as a kid.  Just good pulpy fun.

jdnobody 2/23/2010 6:19:08 AM

 Personally, I'm always down to see some more work from Shane Black. Come on...the man brought us some great action films! Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and of course Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


As far as another Blade movie...I would be down as long as they promise to make it better than Blade 3....ew, I'm still pretty angry about that should have been so much better!

Flint521466 2/23/2010 6:23:34 AM

I thought Snipes was in jail also........anybody know what's up?  "Brookly's Finest" looks pretty good. 

IM 2 can't get here soon enough.  My #1 must see of the upcoming summer followed by "The Expendables".

Wiseguy 2/23/2010 6:35:38 AM

I'm happy to see Superhero Squad doing so well. I enjoy the show quite a bit myself. Not everything needs to be for adults plus we need to draw kids' interest if we want these characters to survive in the long run

So Snipes is open to Blade 4 "as long as the script is right"? Man shut the eff up, now isn't the time to try to develop some artistic integrity. You should've said what you really meant, "if the price is right"

Doc Savage is another character that has pretty much been forgotten by the masses. Nothing like a kick ass movie to put the spotlight back on him. I was begging for this back when Arnie was involved and still hoping it gets done. Funny how Arnold could spark intrerest in just about anything even though he was far from a great actor.

The first IM wasn't fully ready til almost the last minute so I wouldn't expect any different from IronMan 2 or any heavy f/x cgi film for that matter since they probably keep tweaking til the last minute.

And I'm really hoping to see War Machine in his own franchise. He can skip the Avengers IMO cause of the similarities to IM. I think they can use him better on his own

Gotta get active on that Solomon Kane tip. This movie needs a wide release



dragon261 2/23/2010 6:56:03 AM

I doubt that Solomon Kane will ever see a US theatrical release. If it hasn't gotten one by now it's not going to happen.


ElBaz13 2/23/2010 7:13:55 AM

Awesome news for Superhero Squad.

I was one of those diehard Marvel purists that thought this was a stupid idea to kiddyfy my beloved Marvel characters. My kids started to watch this show and immediately got hooked! I sat down to watch it with them and love it too. It's a great show to introduce Marvel characters to a young audience for them to grow with these characters and see the movies and buy comics in the years to come. It's also a fun show for the Marvel geeks because of the obscure references. Man I  laughed when Falcon was insulted that Reptyl had a poster of Texas Twister on his wall and not his.

My kids now want to dress up as Marvel characters for Halloween this year. :)

MutantNinjaLoungeSingr 2/23/2010 7:22:05 AM

Some distributor will pick up Solomon Kane.  I remember a few years back when that craptastic Dungeons and Dragons was sort of in the same boat.  

Even though the economy isn't ripe for making "risky" maneuvers such as this, and D & D had a bit more name recognition than Solomon Kane, I think a petition to prove public interest will get someone to bite on it.

That said, I hope the "Eventful" campaign  just started.  I was vote 117 out of 81 places.  That doesn't even fill a day of showing.  Not even a largish single theater single showing!

Wiseguy.. indeed about Arnold. I remember when Arnold was also attached to play Robert Neville back around that same time.   Hey.. I wonder if that means that Will Smith will end up as Savage. hehe  "Ahh HELL no LittleJohn.. you did NOT use that 13-point word"

monkeyfoot 2/23/2010 7:39:32 AM

IM reshoots: You know it would make a great comedy skit or Funny or Die video about the unsung heroes of films being CGI characters. "Oh yeah, after banging off the propeller in Titanic, I was Incinerated Man in Riddick, Squashed Pedestrian in Transformers and a Werewolf in Twilight, but Cameron wouldn't use me in Avatar. Said he wanted real actors or something."

Doc Savage: I've wanted this for so long. I've never seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang so I don't know how Black is as a director, so I'm hoping. But Dwayne Johnson has to play Doc.

TheScriber 2/23/2010 7:48:08 AM

 Love me some Doc Sav. Can't WAIT!!!

Calibur454 2/23/2010 8:03:46 AM

superhero squad- i just dont get the showi think its a waste of time others may like it but i cant stand it

Doc savage- i honestly dont know enoght about the charrachter to really comment

Blade 4- dear god why bother 3 was bad enough

iron man 2 reshoots- I honestly dont mind this in fact i think its encouraging to see the directors and producers working so hard on a film to please the fans

solomon kane- we will get a dvd release but not a theatrical one im sure

Wiseguy- War Machine solo movie? well I suppose it could be done but i dont think that there are many good stories from the comics that could fill the 2 hr movie slot I'm willin to bet money they will do a war machine animated style movie or animestyle tv show somewhere down the line

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