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Edward Norton's Out of HULK/AVENGERS: Guess Who's In!


By Rob M. Worley     July 12, 2010
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Edward Norton is no longer the Hulk. Guess who might be. Plus: Caine pegs Batman 3 start date. Wright says Scott Pilgrim is complete. Green says Darkchylde has potential and more! Ripping out your spine and placing it on the mantel, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.12!




SCOTT PILGRIM is Finished!

Via, Twitter, director Edgar Wright suggested to his followers on Thursday that Scott Pilgrim vs The World was nearing completion.

"If all goes well. May finish the film today," Wright tweeted.

Then, early yesterday he added, "'...it's finished.'"

So it seems Scott Pilgrim is locked and ready to screen. If only there were some upcoming event where fans could see it.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Comics creator Randy Queen has teamed up Weta Workshop to create a test reel for a proposed film version of his comic Darkchylde. They're hoping to use the clip to attract investors to help them make a 20-25 million dollar version of the film. Details, along with the clip are found at Newsarama.
  • In a video interview with Digital Spy, actor Michael Caine was asked about filming Batman 3. He said he didn't know for sure if Alfred is in the movie of which he said, "I think they're gonna do it in April".
  • Platinum Studios big-shot Dan Forcey chats with Comicus.it about Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and the now-filming Cowboys & Aliens.
  • Latino Review has some cool photos and a video from the set of Transformers 3.
  • Angelina Jolie told ComingSoon.net that she bailed out on Wanted 2 for some obvious reasons. "Being dead makes it difficult [to come back]," she told Coming Soon. "They were [trying to bring me back] but I kind of feel like if I die in a movie, I should die actually. I'm that way, and that character is not as complex as Salt. It would just be doing the exact same thing in another movie, so it's not that interesting to me."
  • Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura shed a little bit of light on Megan Fox's departure from Transformers 3. He told  ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype, "It's one of those things that built to a pressure point. I think she knew and we did, I think we all tried really hard to make it work together, it just wasn't working."
  • If you pick up Batman: Under the Red Hood from Best Buy, you can get an exclusive edition which comes with a Red Hood mini figure. Click through for a look at the figure as well as some new footage from the movie.
  • Superherohype reports on their visit to the set of Red.
  • Thanks to fallensbane, AntoBlueberry for the submission.




The first footage from the upcoming animated feature Superman/Batman: Apocalypse has arrived online. This appears to be an illicit leak with Warner Bros pulling it off YouTube as fast as they can, so watch it while you're able:


Thanks to CaptainSigma and AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Fans headed out to Comic-Con will get a chance to see the Street Angel short film based on the comics by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca.



Marvel Vs Ed Norton: Actor Will Not Be HULK in AVENGERS

The Motion Captured blog at Hitfix landed a major scoop on Friday and sparked an incendiary news cycle that burned through the weekend.

In a Friday afternoon report, Motion Captured reported that Marvel Entertainment had been negotiating with actor Edward Norton to reprise his role as Bruce Banner for the upcoming Avengers movie. Norton had met with rumored director Joss Whedon and reportedly, all parties were excited about getting the band together.

Then, according to the initial report, Marvel broke off negotiations due to monetary concerns and had decided to cast "an unknown" to replace Norton. Marvel has gained a reputation for playing hardball with salaries, so the notion that it was about money wouldn't have surprised anyone.

However, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige refuted some aspects of the story. He sent an exclusive communication to Motion Captured confirming that Norton is out, but denying that the decision was based in company finance.

"We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers," Feige is quoted as saying. "Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by [Robert Downey Jr.], [Chris Hemsworth], [Chris Evans], [Samuel L. Jackson], [Scarlett Johansson], and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks."

Frankly, Feige's public statement is eyebrow-raising, at least in the way it points the finger at Norton. C2F's experience with Feige is that he's fairly cautious and measured in the way he presents Marvel to the press. While the statement isn't worded all that strongly, it's definitely pregnant with the implication that Norton is seen as uncooperative, and gives credence to past reports that Marvel found Norton to be combative with regards to The Incredible Hulk.

We weren't the only ones taken aback by Feige's remarks. Norton's reps at the William Morris Endeavor seemed quite incensed by the statement's implications. Brian Swardstrom of WME dashed off an email to Motion Captured defending his client:

"This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light.  Here are the facts:  two months ago, Kevin called me and said he wanted Edward to reprise the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers.  He told me it would be his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention.  When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project.  Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast.  Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith.  This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part.  This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings.

"We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige's mean spirited, accusatory comments.  Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his.  Feige's statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory.  Mr. Norton talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel's fans.

"Brian Swardstrom


Regardless of who said what behind the scenes, Norton is officially done with Bruce Banner and the Hulk, both in The Avengers and any possible sequels. Feige admits they'll be casting a known actor to be the third Bruce Banner in nine years. So now we can expect the internet to start offering up a laundry list of candidates for the 2012 movie.

First up is CHUD, who claims that Marvel is already favoring an actor. Their sources claim that Joaquin Phoenix has been offered the role in the Avengers but has not yet accepted the part.

Phoenix has largely been in a bizarre form of self-exile of late. In 2008 he announced his retirement from acting and began pursuing a career as a hip-hop artist. As unlikely as the move seemed, nobody's really sure if Phoenix is serious about being a rapper, or if its some sort of performance hoax. The events are chronicled in a documentary called I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, which currently lacks a distributor. Potential buyers were reportedly still puzzled over whether the movie was a gag or not.

Hoax or mid-life crisis, the foray into rap hasn't helped Phoenix, who had peaked just years earlier with Walk the Line. Getting into a high-profile, low-workload movie like The Avengers, with a shot at future Hulk features could be a way to clear the slate and restore some of the actor's lost luster.

What do you think, Maniacs? Did Marvel misbehave? Is Norton a prima donna? Would you like Phoenix in the role? If not then who? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry, ZayersJ, doublec, HudsonTaco and evilbeagle, animefanjared for the submission.




Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. He would love for any Maniacs bound for Comic-Con in San Diego to stop by, shout "Litter Bricks" and check out the new comic! Click here for the Scratch9 Comic-Con Schedule.


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Rockhead 7/12/2010 7:17:51 AM

Would love to see norton back in the role... but I guess we'll have to wait and see who it will be. It would be funny if Eric Bana ended up in the role...

gwolverinebooth 7/12/2010 7:18:19 AM

why is marvel doing this to great actors norton was by far the best banner and hulk i have seen since bill bixby and lou.   Marvel please stop making good actors mad.

Rheul_home 7/12/2010 7:20:42 AM

I'll take Phoenix as Banner. Shame about Norton but... Phoenix is a hell of an actor and I think he can play the part every bit as well as Norton did.

saucyml 7/12/2010 7:29:44 AM

Come on, Marvel! Pony up for Norton!!!!!!!!

Hobbs 7/12/2010 7:31:06 AM

The ultimate he said, she said situation.  Marvel has a rep as being cheap and Norton has a rep (at least on Incredible Hulk) as being difficult.  Moot point now.  I think an unknown would be the way to go, lets face it. In an Avengers movie the Hulk himself is going to be the main focus, not Banner.


wessmith1966 7/12/2010 7:43:22 AM

Norton was great in The Incredible Hulk, but I can see Marvel wanting to recast the role. For one, Norton's kind of notorious for being a bit of a Diva on set which you can't have in an ensemble movie. Secondly, the Hulk/Banner story's already been told (twice actually) so I can't imagine that Banner's role will be that big. Save some money and cast an unknown actor or someone that'll work cheaper. I don't know about anyone else, but I could care less if Banner's in the movie at all; just give me the Hulk creating some havoc. Maybe getting dumped from the Banner role will make Norton realize he should be a little more flexible working with people.

The Superman/Batman trailer doesn't do anything for me. I'll stick to the Bruce Timm versions already out there. This movie just looks like a mash up of those.

ElBaz13 7/12/2010 7:44:33 AM

I think it's a combination of Marvel being cheap and Nortons' ego. The reason why they are being cheap is probably because Banner does not get much screen time in the Avengers. After all, we want to see Hulk, not Banner all the time. I'm guessing Norton might have said "ok, I will do it but I need more screen time, 10 minutes is not enough."

Think about it. If Norton got his way, then how do the rest of the cast feel? RDJ would say "well, according to the Avengers comics I bought recently, Stark/Iron Man gets more limelight than Banner". I could see it almost becoming an issue with the cast, therefore they will stick with someone who just wants to have that little screen time and his own action figure.

Having Bana back would be neat.  It would be like Bo and Luke coming back to replace Coy and Vance. :)


CaptAmerica04 7/12/2010 7:49:13 AM

Did you see Phoenix on Letterman? The dude has lost his mind. Not to mention... he's just not Bruce Banner. He was great in Gladiator and some of his other movies, but he doesn't belong in the Avengers.

I'm really bummed that Norton won't be returning. I thought he did a GREAT job in The Incredible Hulk and in interviews he sounded really passionate about the character and the comics. Regardless of the reason, this is a blow to the fans. Like Hobbs said, both parties have bad reputations, but in the end it's we, the fans, who have to pay the price (potentially). I hope they find someone decent.

I'm thrilled that this seems to absolutely confirm that Whedon is directing though!!

The trailer for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse looks awesome!!

monkeyfoot 7/12/2010 7:51:31 AM

As everyone said, this is a shame. But I have to agree with Hobbs. Both sides in this dogfight have a rep for being difficult either financially or creatively so there is probably some blame on both sides. Terrence Howard and Norton can share some beers over it at the bar.

I'm having trouble picturing Phoenix as Banner but it could work. My ideal for the role would be Adrien Brody.

Is the Hulk going to be the Batman for the 21st century? We had a different actor for the Caped Crusader in every movie for awhile. 

animefanjared 7/12/2010 7:53:31 AM

I personally don't care about Marvel replacing Norton.  He was good in "Incredible Hulk," but nothing about his performance made me think he was the only person capable of playing that role.  It wasn't a Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow or Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark level performance.  Also, if he was really as difficult to work with as the rumors indicate, then Norton deserves to be fired.  These big Hollywood stars need to learn that it isn't just about talent, it's also about personality and how you treat those around you.  If you are difficult to work with, why should a studio put up with your shenanigans when they could easily replace you with someone friendlier?  Maybe someone like Angelina Jolie or Will Smith could get away with that, since they are proven box office draws, but Norton definitely isn't on that level of stardom.

Also, Hobbs has made a very astute observation.  We're likely to see a lot more of the Hulk than Bruce Banner in 'The Avengers," anyway, so the actor playing Banner will probably be more like a background character.

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