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By Rob M. Worley     November 24, 2010
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Firebreather - Too Hot for YouTube! Plus: Verbinski rides with Lone Ranger. More CGI Superman talk. Bale ready for Dark Knight Rises and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.24!



Verbinski to Ride With LONE RANGER

Years back Disney announced plans for an all-new franchise based on the radio serial/comic book character The Lone Ranger. The movie came ready made with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto, and the whole thing was being eyed as a replacement for the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Then they went into production on a fourth Pirate film and let the Ranger cool out.

Now reports that Gore Verbinski, who saw the Pirates franchise through its first three installments, is set to direct the movie. Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have just signed a deal with him.

Verbinski has just wrapped up work directing his first animated film Rango which also features Depp and comes out next year.



Darren Aronofsky: "Take off the number 2" from WOLVERINE

David Poland of Movie City News chatted up director Darren Aronofsky about his plans for The Wolverine.

He doesn't reveal much in the two minute, thirty-eight second interview, but suggests Fox has no idea what they're in for unleashing him on one of their franchises. Indeed, helming the sixth X-Men movie for the studio seems incongruous to Aronofsky's fans and supporters.

"Every time I start a film everyone is like 'what the hell is he doing?' So hopefully, once again I'll surprise everyone," Aronofsky said, adding that usually when he does the movie, he's the only one who is psyched to see it finished. With this one he has the studio, the lead actor/producer and a legion of fans clamoring for the film. "I am excited about doing a film where acutally everyone wants to make it, just to see what the experience is like and see if I can do what I do in that world."

He also said not to expect any big explosions on The Wolverine. Most importantly, he wants everyone to refrain from calling it Wolverine 2 and insists it has nothing to do with the previous films in the X-Men franchise.

Interesting indeed...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SUPERMAN CGI Tests Already Done? weighs in on the recent rumors that the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot will be a Dr. Manhattan-like CGI creation.

A source working on Green Lantern FX told IEB that there have already been some test shots of a CG superman done for Warner Bros. In this person's opinion, the process could work very well, but he's not sure there's a need for it.

The website has further checked with other sources who claim that Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are actually resistant to the idea and also agree there's no reason to do it that way.

Finally, IESB shuns the rumor that Matthew Goode is a favorite for the lead role.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




MTV Splash Page chatted up Christian Bale about The Dark Knight Rises and the casting of Tom Hardy in an unspecified role. Now many fans are assuming Hardy is a villain and there's been plenty of talk that he's playing The Riddler or Hugo Strange or Hush or someone else. Some of that talk has been completely refuted (Nolan says The Riddler ain't in it).

Never the less, MTV asked Bale if he's excited about facing off against Hardy in the new movie.

"Sounds good," was Bale's response. "I liked him in 'Inception' and I did see 'Bronson' as well. He seems like he's a balls-out actor."

However, the actor has previously admitted that he knows little about the storyline for the film so it's still unclear if Hardy will play friend or foe.

Bale also said that he's up for more Batman after Rises as long as director Christopher Nolan is as well.

"That was always what the discussion was," Bale said of his ongoing involvement in the franchise, "but you know, if Chris says, 'I see another story here,' then we'll be up for it. But in my mind, I'm expecting this will be it."



Film Swiping From Comics: APOLLO 18 vs FULL MOON FEVER

Have you ever read the graphic novel Full Moon Fever?

Well the publicity team for the new movie Apollo 18 has. They just released this new poster for their movie, which looks suspiciously familiar to us...


Full Moon Fever was created by Caleb Gerard, written by Gerard and Joe Casey with art by Damian Couceiro.  The thing was published by AIT/PlanetLar. It's currently in development as a feature film with Solipsist Films, though we're guessing they won't be using the iconic comic cover in their publicity for the movie.

Apollo 18 arrives in theaters March 4, 2011.



Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Tweet About GHOST RIDER 2

The directing due of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor continue to post micro updates from the set of Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance. The most recent interesting post came yesterday morning: 

"First appearance of [Nicolas Cage] as [Ghost Rider] on set. Genuinely disturbing."



Wahlberg Responds to CROW Talk

In a video interview with MTV Splash Page, actor/producer Mark Wahlberg responded briefly to questions about his involvement with The Crow relaunch.

The movie was in development with director Stephen Norrington for a period, but Comics2Film at Mania broke the news last month that Norrington left the project after falling out due to creative differences with the studio's choice for the lead actor. Norrington suggested that the actor was not Wahlberg.

When asked about his involvement, Wahlberg told MTV, "[I'm] interested in the director. [But] there's no real script and nothing is set up, so..."

Unfortunately the actor's remarks are pretty cryptic and shed little light on the subject. It sounds to us though that there's may be a new director in place.




Peter Chung's CGI animated movie based on the comic book Firebreather airs tonight on Cartoon Network at 7pm. 

Cartoon Network has set up an awesome preview clip on YouTube showing an encounter between the lead character of Duncan (a half-human/half-Kaiju hybrid) and his father Belloc (King of the Kaiju). The clip is too hot to be contained by YouTube.

Click through to check it out!

Be sure to tune in tonight to watch the movie. Or check out one of the encore presentations air Friday, November 26th at 8pm and Saturday, November 27th at 4:30pm.



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 for news and info!


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jfdavis 11/24/2010 8:51:00 AM

First the obvious comment: Nolan and Bale are done.  (For now anyway...) The more I think about Tom Hardy in the movie I think Croc but HUSH would work.  KGBeast? All three characters would work well with either Catwoman or Talia.  (I'm still hoping for both.) 

People keep mentioning Superman should be buffed out but that implies to me Croc (traditionally), Hulk, Juggernaught or Solomon Grundy; all less than intelligent examples. I hope they tread that fine line carefully...

So with a major star like Depp as the sidekick, and I've said this more than once, who can the cast as the Lone Ranger to overshadow him? I'd prefer not getting into "The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as Tonto."  Marlon Brando getting top billing in Superman for a short appearence was beyond stupid...      


isgrimner 11/24/2010 8:55:17 AM

I'm glad that Aronofsky is disancing The Wolverine from all other X films.  I dont' know what exactly to make of "The" in the title though.  I guess they have to do something to differentiate it from the crappy "too many cameo characters" Wolverine movie, and I wouldn't have liked Wolverine 2 either as that would suggest it is following the first's storyline.   Curious to see if the dialogue in the movie is  like "I'm the Wolverine" or more like "I'm Wolverine."

Chadghostal 11/24/2010 8:59:04 AM

Still have my fingers crossed that Hardy is playing Deadshot. He looks a helluvalot like Floyd, and he would definitely fit in story wise.

With that said, please dear God make this Bale and Nolan's last Batman film. The realistic Batman has had it's run, but I want to see a new director, a new actor, and a new interpretation of the character. Something that feels like a superhero film and not just Jason Bourne with gadgets.

lusciousjohnnyb 11/24/2010 9:37:18 AM

Like isgrimner, I don't want to see another cameo-fest in The Wolverine.  Wolverine is the main character.  Flesh him out.  Make him real. 

I also hope the new Superman movie doesn't go into the origin story yet again.  We know he came from another planet already!  Also, CGI Superman?  Doesn't make sense.  In my opinion, and I'm sure in hosts of others, Christopher Reeves was Superman.  Find a new actor to fill the red boots.

I have faith in Christopher Nolan to make yet another great Batman movie.  I have no doubt he will succeed! 

krathwardroid 11/24/2010 10:07:20 AM

I like the ominous feel to the title The Wolverine. Don't worry, people. Nobody is actually going to be referring to Logan as "the Wolverine" in the movie. They'll simply call him Wolverine. 

The Superman and Batman rumors are fine to an extent, but I want some kind of confirmation soon. I'm not going to bother speculating on either. 

LocoLobo73 11/24/2010 10:17:43 AM

Lone Ranger: first i like the idea and am excited to see it returned to the silver screen, however , I dont think it is wise to have this film be in the same vein as the Pirates films, I loved them but they are their own style and it should not be repeated. Ranger should be treated as a gritty western, like 4:10 to yuma. I also think they should dump Depp, for an actor that is younger , The Ranger and Tonto should be in their Mid to late 20's. here's my line up Butch Cavendish : played by Rusell Crow/ Sam Elliot Tonto: Moon Bloodgood, yes a chick and have her be a kick ass squaw.  Ranger aka John Reid: Jared Padalecki or james Lafferity


The Wolverine: If it ever is finished it should be intresting and i do like that it is not related to any previous films

Superman: if its not needed then dont do it, it should really  only be used in big battles that take place in the air , like in Matrix: Revolutions.

Ghostrider 2 : "First appearance of [Nicolas Cage] as [Ghost Rider] on set. Genuinely disturbing." Im sure it was just like the entire film is going to be, Disturbing. lol

Firebreather: didnt care for the comic, so I'll more then likely skip this till more excited for Young justice tomorrow night. 

BunyonSnipe 11/24/2010 2:14:16 PM

"The Wolverine" is just the name of the movie, Just as "Magnum Force" was the second Dirty Harry Movie, he didn't go around telling every one he was Magnum Force...

Logan is still Logan, and if it's set in Japan he will probably not refer to himself as Wolverine at all, as Logan is a creation of the 1970s I always saw him portrayed like a Lee marvin character and I think "The Wolverine" suits that idea down to the ground...

I informs us not only of his codename, but of the sort of person he is!


LocoLobo73 11/24/2010 2:44:16 PM

Ummm actually in both the first xmen and the second they do refer to him as THE Wolverine, Magneto does and Stryker does also. In fact its one of the few times he is addressed as the Wolverine, the rest of the movie is called Logan

joe4306 11/24/2010 5:00:55 PM

johnny depp as tonto????? really?????.......nooooooooooo!!!!!!....please!!!!! not him.....

krathwardroid 11/24/2010 6:09:44 PM

LocoLobo73: Really? Because I heard Magneto and Stryker call him Wolverine and not THE Wolverine several times. Only one time did Magneto actually say THE Wolverine. Here are some examples, and feel free to watch all of the movies again to confirm them:

Magneto: You must be Wolverine. That remarkable metal doesn't run through your entire body, does it? (X-Men)
Rogue: I don't know. What kind of name is Wolverine? (X-Men)
Magneto: He's a military scientist. He spent his whole life trying to solve the "mutant problem". If you want a more intimate perspective, why don't you ask Wolverine? (X-Men 2)
Magneto: And now you think that taking in the Wolverine will make up for your failure with Stryker's son. You haven't told him about his past, have you?  (X-Men 2, and here he did say THE)
William Stryker: If you knew the kind of person you used to be, the work we did together. People don't change, Wolverine. You were an animal then and you're an animal now. I just gave you claws. (X-Men 2)
William Stryker: Who has the answers, Wolverine? Those people? That creature in your arms? (X-Men 2)
William Stryker: One day, someone will finish what I've started, Wolverine! (X-Men 2)
And then, of course, we have the one instance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Kayla Silverfox mentioned "the Wolverine", but she was referring to the character in the story she was reciting and not Logan. 

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