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Plus: WATCHMEN and WOLVERINE

By Rob M. Worley     April 06, 2009


IRON MAN 2 won't deal with the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline
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Downey says 'Iron Man 2''s Tony Stark is not a drunk. Plus: Howard sharpens his 'Iron' message to Marvel. Fired 'Wolverine' pirate reviewer says he ain't dead yet. 'Watchmen' falls from the top 10. Shaking a choleric fist at the April snow, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.6!

 

 

No "Demon" for IRON MAN 2

Yesterday we reported that Robert Downey Jr. suggested the 'Iron Man 2' storyline would see Don Cheadle's Rhodey character putting on the armor and assuming the mantle of War Machine. This seemed to confirm ongoing speculation that the movie would play into the famous "Demon in a Bottle" storyline.

For readers who aren't schooled in Iron Man lore, "Demon in a Bottle" was a late 1970s-era storyline which brought some relevance to the comic by confronting Tony Stark's constant drinking. Previously portrayed as a swinging playboy with a martini ever in hand, Tony Stark was revealed to be an alchoholic in the "Demon" run. Eventually Stark relinquishes the Iron Man armor to his trusted friend Jim Rhodes, who becomes War Machine.

MTV caught up with actor Robert Downey Jr. while doing press for 'The Soloist' and asked him if the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline is the basis for the new movie, which begins filming today.

"Not really," Downey replied. "As a matter of fact, I think that’s probably best saved, because it’s such its own storyline. We’re going for the interim space [between the origin and 'Demon']."

Thanks to MutantNinjaLoungeSinger for the submission.

 

 

Fired WOLVERINE Pirate Reviewer Says He Ain't Dead Yet

A weekend report indicated that FoxNews.com columnist Roger Friedman had been fired for posting his review of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' in his "Fox 411" column, and including pro-piracy remarks in his editorial.

However Friedman told The Hollywood Reporter that his relationship with Fox News is not yet settled. After the reports of his termination began circulating on Sunday, Friedman told the Reporter, "Reports of my death have been extremely exaggerated."

When asked for confirmation, a spokesman for Fox News only said, "This is an internal matter that we are not prepared to discuss at this time."

Friedman's Fox 411 column has not been updated since Friday.

 

 

Terrance Howard firing up the WAR MACHINE?

UPDATED: This story was updated around 12:30pm ET on April 6, when a more complete accounting of Terrence Howard's remarks were discovered online.

Last October, when actor Terrence Howard was unceremoniously dumped from the 'Iron Man 2' movie, and replaced with actor Don Cheadle, Howard was fairly even-handed in his public response. In an interview with NPR he called the incident the surprise of a lifetime and, while he did express some dismay about it, he seemed resolved to move on.

This weekend, in speaking with the press on the eve of the film's production start, he commented further. SCI FI Wire published an account of Howard's comments.

"Marvel...made a choice. They made a very, very bad choice. They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor our contract," Howard said. "They sent everyone out into a field and told them to work and produce a great bounty. You produce a great bounty, and then when it's all in the storehouse, you are not allowed into the storehouse."

Howard was the first and only casualty in a series of disputes that seems to be rooted in Marvel's frugality. Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson have all been the focus of stories that indicated that Marvel was being pennywise in its budgeting of the sequel to the blockbuster that made them an overnight success as a stand-alone studio.

"They did the same thing with Gwyneth [Paltrow], from what I've been told. They did it with almost everyone," the actor said, "I think, except Downey throughout the thing. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is take a tip from Friends [whose cast members all held out for higher pay]. You always choose to stick together. One for all and all for one. Our Gang, you know? Let Spanky be our rule."

Howard was asked if he thought about getting even with Marvel by spilling the beans on what the future of the trilogy holds. "Nah, when someone does something wrong, you don't have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you," Howard said and then admitted he's looking forward to 'Iron Man 2'.

Thanks to MutantNinjaLoungeSinger for the submission.

 

 

WATCHMEN Fades

In its fifth week of release, 'Watchmen' has slipped the box office top 10. The film fell five spots in the wake of two new film openings this week from #8 to #13, according to weekend estimates published by Box Office Mojo.

The weekend take for the underachieving movie was about $1 million, bringing its domestic tally to $105 million. Combined with overseas box office, the film has raked in about $173 million. It's not clear if the movie is in the black yet. Mojo puts the film's production budget at around $150 million, but there's still the massive marketing budget to consider, not to mention the infamous Fox payment.

Regardless, the movie is likely to have longer legs on tertiary markets, like pay-per-view, DVD and Blu-Ray and so on. If its not profitable yet, it will be by the year's end.

Of course, a movie like 'Watchmen' needs to be more than profitable. It's a tentpole and it needs to generate such a huge margin of wealth so as to support the studio's less commercial ventures. In that regard, 'Watchmen' will not measure up.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 4/6/2009 6:48:45 AM

I was one that thought they were doing DiB story going by all the news thus far. But it makes sense for them to start pushing Tony in that direction slowly and have the third dedicated to that arc more specifically. See that's why I don't work on films, cause I wouldn't know what the hell I'm doing. But I am good at criticizing.

I've been under the impression that Howard's salary was just a part of the reason for him being canned. I thought some rumors were claiming Favreau's displeasure with him also. Either way good riddance. Cheadle to me is an upgrade. Howard comes off way too feminine IMO. When I saw that trailer for Fighting, it looked like he was trying to hit on that guy instead of recruit him

Hobbs 4/6/2009 8:15:27 AM

I think waiting on the DIB story line can wait.  I have no problem with them putting that off till movie 3 or 4.  There are so many great IM stories out there. 

I would like to know all the details on the Howard stuff before I can judge one way or another.  He is obviously pissed but if he forced Marvels hand....like I said need the details from both sides.

Friedman should be fired...not for being pro piracy but for being stupid enough to print that in his column for Fox.  Why not rip your boss in the article while you're at it. 

Watchmen will make money after DVD sales, rentals, Zacks directors cut.  Granted it won't make the money they probably thought they were going to make but it should still be a profit. I still give lots of credit to Fox, they played WB perfect.

samurai1138 4/6/2009 8:23:29 AM

Assuming that Iron Man will be a 3 act story (not including Avengers which probably wont delve into the character too deeply), then the DIB story needed to be in act 2, which structurally is the the heroes fall from grace, with act 3 being the heroes redemption. But if they do more than 3 solo films(however unlikely), then nothing I said means squat! Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

gauleyboy420 4/6/2009 9:23:08 AM

I agree that the DIB storyline should wait. We need to really see Tony as more of a hero, a role he didn't realy explore untilk the end of the first movie, THEN BAM we see his fall from grace due to the extreme pressure of being Iron Man. It will be more dramatic this way.

 

However I LOVE Howard. Loved him in all of his movies, and Loved him as Rhodey. Cheadle is a great actor and he'll do a great job. but I really like T. Howard and wish he was Rhodey

Duggernaut 4/6/2009 9:35:00 AM

There is already a lot going on in Iron Man 2, so it makes sense to leave the drinking problem as a main issue but maybe they will touch upon it and leave it for part 3. 

I agree with hobbs and think Watchmen will make a decent cash load with Dvd sales, due to fans and the original rating slowing them down.  The film was like Superman returns where the film made cash but the companies expected more due to the hype. Neither played out to the genereral audiences expectations and never made the amount studios hoped for. I liked both films but defeintely think both could have used some improvements like action in Supes and more of a cliamatic action scene for watchmens ending.

Terrence Howard sucked as Rhodes as  he was extremely boring. I am hoping Don Cheedle can bring a little oomph to the role and we see some action and satisfaction.

Man I am hungry for action!!!!!! 

violator14 4/6/2009 9:40:39 AM

Ya..I agree w/ all of ya'll.... Like i always say.. I cant wait!!

Poor Watchmen .... such an underrated superhero movie....

hanso 4/6/2009 12:03:33 PM

There are two reasons for the storyline not being in the next IM.

1.  No one wants to see Hancock again.  Favreu even commented on that fact back when IM was coming out.

2.  Marvel doesn't want Downey Jr. to fall off the bandwagon just yet, they got some more films to get out of him.

almostunbiased 4/6/2009 12:33:56 PM

Funny Hanso.

I'm ok with waiting on the DiB.  He needs to feel some stress first.  As for Friedman, he should be canned.  As for Howard, Cheadle is an upgrade I agree.  As for Watchman I tried to see it, but it left the theaters so quick around here I couldn't.  Wow they weren't going to waste time (screens) with that.

OmegaDean 4/6/2009 1:29:31 PM

I for one am glad that they didn't go for the Demon in the Bottle story line.  These are things that happen later in career.  He was a dick and arrogant and it was a slow churn to get to the alcohol.

Shellhead88 4/6/2009 2:43:44 PM

I would love to see the armor wars. That is one of my favorite Ironman storylines.

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