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Favreau to direct AVENGERS?

Plus: WONDER WOMAN, WATCHMEN and SCOTT Pilgrim in your Comics2Film 9.3.13

By Rob M. Worley     March 13, 2009
Source: Various

Jon Favreau and the Avengers
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Did Marvel move 'Avengers' so Jon Favreau would have room to direct it? That's the rumor of the day. Plus: Insiders say Scarlett's Black Widow deal is "terrible". The Rock talks 'Shazam!' 'Wonder Woman' picking up steam. And, we've gathered a bunch of fun clips from the web. Here comes the Fun Cooker in your Comics2Film 9.3.13!



A bad deal for Scarlett?

In her Deadline Hollywood blog Nikki Finke says the reputedly frugal Marvel may have coughed up a hefty sum to sign Mickey Rourke to 'Iron Man 2', but was it at the expense of Scarlett Johannson's deal? The actress also jumped on board the project to play the Black Widow, a role she'll continue into 'The Avengers' and perhaps beyond.

Finke's sources say that the actress' agents at CAA made "a terrible deal" for the actress. An insider is quoted as saying. "It's as bad as any deal that I've heard. It's lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors."



The Visual Effects of WATCHMEN

VFX World goes in-depth on the special effects behind 'Watchmen'. In Part I, they present an from Alex McDowell, the production designer, and John DJ DesJardin, the overall visual effects supervisor.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Dwayne Johnson says SHAZAM! is starting over

Actor Dwayne Johnson is making the press rounds promoting the 'Race to Witch Mountain' movie, but he's long been attached to the 'Captain Marvel' movie (which may or may not be called 'Shazam!' if and when it actually gets made).

Back in January, screenwriter John August declared the movie dead, although most realize that such projects never die completely. More precisely, August was declaring his script dead.

Johnson told MTV Splash Page that director Peter Segal is looking for a do-over.

“I think we’re starting from page one,” Johnson told MTV News. “From what I know talking to [director] Pete Segal, there were creative differences between the script that came in and what the studio’s ideas were.

“That’s what happens when you start developing a script — there are so many people involved because it’s such a big project and everybody has their opinion in it creatively,” explained Johnson. “It’s too bad when you can’t come to an agreement.”

Johnson is still enthusiastic about playing Black Adam in such a movie, and promises that once the movie gets on track it will be "bad-ass."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Favreau Directing AVENGERS?

Ain't It Cool News ran an email from an anonymous scooper which indicates 'Iron Man' architect Jon Favreau may be the favorite to direct Marvel's 'Avengers'  movie.

Although site-meister Harry Knowles admits the scooper is new and unknown, he does say that the information contained the scoop does sync up with what he's been hearing from independent sources. And reading the spy's comments, it's clear that he wants us to believe he is a Marvel insider, which isn't confirmed by AICN's presentation.

Primarily, the scooper claims that yesterday's announced delay of 'The Avengers' is in part due to financing issues, but is also to give Favreau the breathing space he needs to direct that movie after wrapping 'Iron Man 2'. Favreau has already been named an executive producer on the movie, and part of his negotiations with Marvel gives him "dibs" on the teamup pic.

Other interesting tidbits from the scooper:

  • Iron Man starts rehearsals in a few days, which is why the casting is finally coming together so quickly.
  • Alexander Skargard is indeed director Kenneth Branagh’s favorite to play 'Thor'.
  • Stellan Skarsgard is also being eyed for Odin.
  • Josh Hartnett is loking likely for Loki, dependent on negotiating his paycheck (which may be tricky given all the previous Marvel hijinks).
  • The rumored 'Daredevil' and 'Fantastic Four' reboots are likely to happen, if for no other reason than to allow 20th Century Fox to keep their rights to the character. If they don't make a movie with them, the rights revert back to Marvel.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


New Interest in WONDER WOMAN Movie?

Marvel has proven superheroes are hot. DC struck gold with 'The Dark Knight' and is looking to match Marvel's success. 'Green Lantern' and 'Jonah Hex' are on the way, and with good buzz on the 'Wonder Woman' animated movie, there seems to be renewed interest in a live-action version of the amazon warrior princess.

IESB's sources at Warner Bros have confirmed movement on the project which is said to be in the early stages. The studio is seeking yet another writing team to try to suss out the big idea for the film.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Gwyneth Paltrow starts IRON MAN 2 in two weeks

On her weird blog/website/thingee GOOP.com, actress Gwenyth Paltrow has been listing favorite DVDs of some of her famous friends. In discussing 'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau's picks she says:

"Jon Favreau and I met when we both had bit parts in Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle about 15 years ago. He then went on to write and star in Swingers and become an incredible filmmaker. We reconnected when he asked me to be in Iron Man. Jon is not only a confident filmmaker, he is deeply calm and funny. I can’t wait to start Iron Man 2 in two weeks and hang out with him every day."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Radiohead and Beck producer for SCOTT PILGRIM

New York Magazine's Vulture reports on Mark Webber's appearance in 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.

The actor said, "One bit of new info I can put out there, I hope I can put out there, is I’m going in today to record with Nigel Godrich, which is major. It’s an indication that, on every level of this film, it’s pretty much the best of the best of the best working with it."

Goodrich is the producer for Back and Radiohead, and will apparently be working with the actor bands within the film.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




This type Animation World News takes you step-by-step through the process of Dr. Manhattan waging war in Viet Nam during 'Watchmen'.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Hayter Wants you to see WATCHMEN Again This Weekend

Screenwriter David Hayter has posted an open letter to fans on the internet. Hayter says if you're planning on going to see 'Watchmen' a second (or third or whatever) time, please do it this weekend. It's not about money for him. It's about demonstrating a moviegoer appetite for intellectual films.

Click through to read his complete comments.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Comics2Fun #1: The The Lex Luthor Bailout

Funny or Die has this clip with Jon Hamm ('Mad Men', '30 Rock') showing us that even Lex Luthor is suffering in this tough economy...


Thanks to Brady and Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Comics2Fun #2: IRON MAN Armored Popper

MarvelKids.com has a nice-little time-waster for you: the 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures' Popper game. Promoting the new animated show, its a flash-based puzzle game that's simple and mildly addictive.

Play it now!



Comics2Fun #3: I'm WOLBERINE

Jimmy Kimmel's parking lot security guard Guillermo does for 'Wolverine' what he did last summer for 'The Incredible Hulk'...




Comics2Fun #4: WATCHNEN: The Silk Spectre Tour

So you're Malin Akerman's roommate and you're having trouble making rent. What can you do? Charge nerds hundreds of dollars to watch her sleep!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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Hobbs 3/13/2009 8:22:00 AM

That would be cool if Favreau directed Avengers but its way early to listen to that rumor.

RaithManan 3/13/2009 8:46:53 AM

My buddy Hobbs.....well I agree with you that its too early for that rumor.  Plus I would think that you hope it doesn't become too much for Favreau as far as workload goes.  But then again, Peter Jackson handled Lord of the Rings concurrently so well, so who knows.  Now where's my friend Hanzo so he can toss in his 2 cents in on the topic?

Matador 3/13/2009 9:09:40 AM

Lets hope Jon does get the chance to direct Avengers he made a movie that hit right on the dot when everyone else didn't think he'd succeed. So there's no one better or to say his earned that directors spot to direct Avengers. Even if Louis Leterrier also redeemed The Hulk even I was a bit squeemised at first thought of another Ang Lee Hulk.

Who knows maybe be cool to have all directors be a part of Avengers. Jon, Lou, and whoever is directing Capt. & Thor. Kinda like what there doing with Transformers that's allot of heavy hitters making sure that the movie don't suck. Just my opinion.

But here's hoping the best for all directors and Marvel. Eat it D.C your too slow to get anything done!

fft5305 3/13/2009 9:49:27 AM

Stellan Odin = SWEEEET!!

gauleyboy420 3/13/2009 10:12:10 AM

I'd like to see Favreau helm Avengers, that would be sweet!

I also think it bodes well that SJ wanted to be a part of IM2 enough that she took less $$$ to do it. Maybe it means she is a fan, and I have faith she'll be a great Black Widow. ( and I may get crucified for this, but Black Widow is a pretty second String character anyway, so I don't see the furor at an A rate actress being cast as a B rate character)

Hope to see a Live Action WW movie, just don't cast some skinny bitch as WW. She needs a real, and healthy figure.

jmg134 3/13/2009 10:43:22 AM

So far I like the casting for Thor...but really, Josh Hartnett?  I don't feel excited that KB would cast him as Loki.  Like I said in an earlier post that I think Crispin Glover would make an excellent Loki.  Hartnett is just too pretty boy to play a baddie like Loki.

As for WW, I was stoked that Joss Whedon was writing/directing it then decided not to do it.  If they do do a WW movie she does need to be at least very athletic but not overly muscular.  Some of these Hollywood starlets have great bodies but some are either too skinny or not "built" enough to play WW.  She has to have some body tone to her like someone from the Olympics.  The women there are neither skinny nor big and muscular.  They seem to be the right athletic shape.  And that's what WW needs to look like.

Wiseguy 3/13/2009 12:18:38 PM

Favreau directing Avengers makes total sense, especially now that the Avengers film has been pushed back. I'm buying it.

Tired of people bitching about Marvel being frugal. They borrowed money for their films, they do not have deep pockets like the majors. Hell even now there's speculation that the Avengers delay may be do in part to financing. One huge bomb from Marvel and they may have to revert to licensing out their characters to the highest bidder and most of us don't want that.

Too bad about Fox but I knew they wouldn't let their rights lapse. The possibilities with those characters are endless. Maybe they'll keep screwing it up but hopefully they'll learn and not have a fucking cloud take the place of one comics most iconic bad guy.

Glad to see renewed interest in WW. She deserves the big screen treatment probably more than any other female superhero. Now let's get Whedon back on this.

And of course a Capt.Marvel film would be really cool also and I'm still down DJ playing Black Adam.

RandomChance 3/13/2009 12:39:07 PM

Mostly good news on the Thor casting front. I'm still not too sure about Josh Hartnett... I always thought Julian Sands would be a pretty fun Loki.

I've been an Iron Man fan for ages, but in the last couple of years I've absolutely hated the character. Then Jon and RDJ made me actually like Tony Stark again after the miserable crapfests that started since Civil War. I'm all for him helming Avengers because he basically completely restored my faith in Marvel movies.

fuckyoumania 3/13/2009 2:12:02 PM

I hope the Favreau rumor is true. I think it'd be the best situation for all parties involved. Assuming Iron Man II doesn't suck, I think he's the perfect person to establish a continuity. No matter how many characters come together for Avengers, the franchise started at Iron Man and so I think it's only fair that Favreau lead the way.


Also, can anyone else see through Josh Hartnett's bullshit? I think this is a clear case of a pretty boy actor with Heath Ledger envy wanting to snatch up the first crazy, chaotic supervillain role that he could find. If Josh Hartnett knew anything about the Loki character, he'd know Josh Hartnett isn't the person for the job. He's a really wooden actor and I could not take him seriously as a cop in 30 Days of Night. 


The more I hear of Scarlett Johansson playing Black Widow, the more I think she'll probably do a decent job of it. She's had red hair before (clearly not a natural blonde either) and take her deep voice and add a believable Russian accent and you've got pure awesome.

hanso 3/13/2009 5:07:43 PM

I wanna punch Josh Harnett in the balls.  Just something about that dude I don't like.

With all the $$ comic book movies are making and now with the genre winning Oscars, you gonna see more people who looked down upon it before trying to get to play in it.  That's why I say screw Hartnett (he didn't want to be Superman) and Seymour Hoffman (for not wanting to be the Penguin).  Death by blue pipi to them I say!

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