'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!
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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 Eventful.com 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 Eventful.com and let 'em know you care.
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.
As with Cheadle, Wesley Snipes is out promoting the 'Brooklyn's Finest' film. When he spoke with JoBlo.com 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'.
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...