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EXCL: New Footage from CYNICALMAN Movie

Plus: C/N/V, SPIDER-MAN, SUPERMAN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     November 08, 2010
Source: Various

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EXCLUSIVE: New footage from Matt Feazell's Cynicalman movie. Plus: Cowboy Ninja Viking gets a movie deal. More Spider-Man talk. A Superman candidate from True Blood? More! It's your Comics2Film 11.11.8!




Zac Efron, Morgan Freeman for AKIRA

Some new reports on the long-dormant Akira live-action movie emerged this weekend, suggesting that activity on the film might be picking up again.

Leonardo DiCaprio has long been attached as a producer on the film, which has seen a parade of writer and director attachments. The most recent word on directors has the Hughes brothers at the helm.

Now a report from the Anime Side of Mania reveals that Zac Efron has been offered the lead role of Kaneda in the feature. That's a casting choice that's likely to elicit groans from fans. However, it's the latest in a string of attachments for Efron that range far afield from his High School Musical roots. He's also had dalliances with the Full Metal Panic movie as well as the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' college spy thriller Fire. All this makes us wonder if casting directors have seen a depth to Efron that hasn't displayed itself yet on the big screen.

In related news, Bloody Disgusting checked into the Efron story with their sources and learned that Morgan Freeman is apparently "circling" the role of the Colonel in the movie.

It'll be interesting to see if any confirmations for the movie are forthcoming and if this adaptation (equally anticipated and dreaded by fans) will gain some momentum in the coming months.




Those Zombieland, Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have latched on to another comic property in AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo's violent spy fantasy Cowboy Ninja Viking according to Heat Vision.

The writing duo, along with producer Mark Gordon and Management 360 pitched the property around and landed a deal with Disney. Reese and Wernick will write and produce.

Image Comics describes the book as focusing on "Doctor Sebastian Ghislain, a psychotherapist who recruits Multiple Personality Disorder patients to produce a unit of counter-intelligence agents called Triplets. When they become out of control assassins? That’s when the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in to take down his own brethren."



Joe Manganiello as SUPERMAN? Not True!

A minor rumor erupted over the weekend When a report from True-Blood.net indicated that True Blood actor Joe Manganiello was close to landing the lead role in Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's Superman movie. Manganiello is known to fans of the show as the pure blood werewolf Alcide Herveaux. If you don't watch True Blood then you may also remember him as Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man movie.

The Superman rumors sprung from fan reports from this weekend's EyeCon show in Florida, at which Manganiello was a guest. Fans claimed that that actor said he was "in talks" or "in negotiation" with Warner Bros about the role. Of course, there's a huge space to interpret such phrases, but "in negotiations" would mean that he's close to landing the role.

However, it was quickly revealed that such talk was a bit over blown. In an attempt to prevent the rumor from catching fire, the actor posted on Twitter, "Just to be clear... as of today, I am not 'negotiating' to play Superman."

He quickly followed that with, "...but keep your fingers crossed and thanks for the wishful thinking!"

So we'd guess that Manganiello is probably pursuing the role, but the alleged talks may be nothing more at this point than his agent saying to the casting director, "please consider my guy." Or it may be further along than that. We have to admit that Manganiello certainly looks the part and the numerous beefcake photos of him online display a physique of steel.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is he good on TRUE BLOOD? Would he make a good SUPERMAN? Post your comments below...

Thanks to redhairs99 for the submission.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Coming Soon has uncovered a new image from the Smurfs movie, that apparently came bundled with a press release for an FAO Schwarz auction benefiting toys for tots. It offers your first look at Smurfette and Brainy Smurf in the film.
  • The latest rumor from rumor site Pajiba's twitter feed is that Marvel is hearing pitches from screenwriters about a War Machine spin-off movie.
  • In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed some plans for Marvel characters on TV. "We're developing three live-action series for ABC and ABC Family," he said. Previous reports indicated that the front-runners would be a new Hulk series, a Cloak & Dagger series and a Punisher TV show.
  • French site Filmsactu.com has three more images from Tintin scanned from Empire Magazine's reveal.



No Mary Jane in SPIDER-MAN?

The Wrap reports that the Mary Jane Watson character may not appear in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot movie for Sony.

Early rumors indicated that Peter Parker would have two love interests which would be MJ and his first love from the comics, Gwen Stacy. Emma Stone was recently cast as Gwen. However, The Wrap claims that the rumors were misguided and James Vanderbilt's script never featured Mary Jane.

Old-school fans like C2F know that Parker first fell for Gwen, while Mary Jane was introduced as bit of a foil for that relationship. However, Pete and Gwen were true to one another right up until she died some ninety issues after she was first introduced. It was only later that MJ emerged as Peter's true love and has remained there consistently for decades.

Production on the movie begins in December with an eye on a 2012 release.



Actor  Criticizes Casting of Self in SPIDER-MAN

In other Spider-Man news, actor Andrew Garfield is bracing himself for fan criticism of his portrayal of Peter Parker. However, he tells the Hollywood Reporter that one critic has been particularly hard on him already.

"Ironically, I'm going to be the person in the audience going, 'S---! S---! They cast this English fool?,'" Garfield said during the AFI Fest's Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood round table last week. "I see it like 'Hamlet' or any Shakespeare play. Every actor is going to play King Lear differently because every actor is a different person."

Still, the actor is finding ways to cope with the excitement and pressure of playing such a fan-favorite character.

"I think it's going to be really weird. I don't know what to expect at all," he said. "It'll definitely be a different way of working and my approach isn't going to change. I'm just going to approach it like I'm doing a short film of Spider-Man that my friend is directing. It's kind of how I have to approach it or I'll lose my mind."

C2F remains encouraged that Garfield seems to be enthusiastic about the movie and appreciative of fan concerns.



New Footage: The CYNICALMAN Movie!

Comics-creator turned indie film director Matt Feazell dropped a short reel of footage from his upcoming Cynicalman movie in our mailbox late last week.

Feazell, a staple of the Detroit comics scene has been working on directing the feature film version of his indie comics sensation this past summer with an eye towards releasing it early next year. Casting has been filled by local talent such as Feazell collaborator Jim Mackey (Jackpot Bear, Disney Adventures Magazine) who stars in the movie as the title character.

This new clip features the reveal of Cynicalman cohorts Lone Shark (played by Sean Bieri),  Mr. Know-It-All (Bugsy Davis) and Captain Videotape (Pete Trudgeon). It also features a scratch track with Elvis Costello music (which won't be in the movie as this is being done on a Cynicalman budget).





Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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Hobbs 11/8/2010 7:59:48 AM

Seriously mania, does it hurt to put pics up of the guys you are talking about.  No idea who the guy is for Supes, don't have HBO for the vampire show and don't feel like googling it.

The only way the Punisher would have a chance of being successful on TV is it f/x or HBO/Showtime was doing the show.  The big three would edit too much of what makes the character great.

Cloak and Dagger...no thanks, hated them back in the comic days and a Hulk TV show would need to know more about it.

Tevii 11/8/2010 8:09:09 AM

Hmmm... I wonder if the people who are making AKIRA have ever read it or seen it.

Efron and Freeman are both terrific actors...... HOWEVER Zac Efron cannot convince anyone that he is a street rasied motorcycle gang member and Morgan Freeman isnt near as tough as the Colonel needs to be.

Im really liking the things Andrew Garfield says in his interviews. I think his portrayal of Peter is going to be a pleasant surprise for us all.

8man 11/8/2010 9:14:52 AM

The Punisher would be great on TV!  But like someone mentioned not on regular broadcast TV.  To do it right, it would need to be on Showtime or HBO.

Completely down with no Mary Jane.  As a long time Spider-Man reader, and I mean looooong time, I was never happy with them completely skipping over the Gwen Stacy character and then of course loosely inserting MJ in the screen version of the Green Goblin's Last Stand.  Of course if you want to get technical, Petey boy ought to be hooking up with Betty Brant first.  What happens in the bosses office stays in the bosses office.  Nng, nng, nng!

Looking back on it, Raimi left virutally nothing for anyone else, making this reboot a necessity.  Three things these nimrods need to learn. Don't jam 20 twenty years of a characters history into one movie, keep the masks on and no one has to die.  If done right, these new Spider-Man movies may have us reflect on Raimi's work in a far harsher light.

As much crap as Joel Schumacher gets for his Batman movies at least Bats wasn't reduced to a sniveling, crying sop like Spidey was.  At least his movies were somewhat true to the comics.  Except for nipples on the Batsuit.  Yeah, not sure where he was going with that......

lancedenier 11/8/2010 9:22:58 AM

Joe Manganiello would be alright by me but I still think it should be Armie Hammer.


Looking forward to Marvel's TV projects, especially the Hulk.  It'll be interesting to see how they do it, CG, rubber suit or just a musclebound dude.  Punisher sounds like a good series too, F/X or AMC could do it as well or better than HBO.

krathwardroid 11/8/2010 9:31:30 AM

Still more Spider-Man and Superman stuff. 

The Cowboy Ninja Viking sounds ok as a movie adaptation. Not sure about the Akira news. Yes, a War Machine spin-off film would be cool. 

LocoLobo73 11/8/2010 10:01:59 AM


Akira: NO No No NO and one more final earth shattering NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!, This better be the biggest wrong rumor ever, Zach Efron are you kidding me really, no way would they do that to this movie...

SUPERMAN: praying that everything works out at this point, I mean ,from what has been so far from Snyder, Im just going to keep the faith, As to who show don the Blue and Red tights, I think Tom from smallville has grown into the character well, but that wont happen so let the parade begin.

WAR MACHINE :  nice idea but not a going to happen


Spider man : No MJ no problem

ANDREW GARFIELD YOU better be better then doing a movie like you would with your buddies in the back yard , jack ass

jfdavis 11/8/2010 10:02:59 AM

HULK better be CGI.  We have the technology...

I think it's great Spider-man is starting with Gwen instead of MJ but wouldn't this necessitate more than just a trilogy as seems to be superhero thing now?

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violator14 11/8/2010 10:43:34 AM

I have to disagree. I've seen some of Zac Effron's other movies w/ my gf, and he's a pretty descent actor i have to admit. I think he'll be good as any other choice for this role imho.

momitchell7 11/8/2010 11:12:30 AM

I don;t see anything wrong with Zack Efron playing Kineda... Kineda's "Motorcycle Gang" was a bunch of be-bop, punk teenagers - a role that would fit Efron perfectly.

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