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First Good IRON MAN Photo


By Rob M. Worley     May 08, 2009
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Your Iron Man Update from
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The first cool photo from the set of 'Iron Man 2' is revealed. PLUS: More from the set of 'Dead of Night'. New casting rumors for 'Green Lantern'. 'Wolverine and the X-Men' toon continues on Nick and more. That's a dealbreaker, ladies! That's your Comics2Film 9.5.8!



Creature Boy rocks DEAD OF NIGHT Set

The 'Dead of Night' production blog has a nice piece detailing the work of "suit guy" Brian Steele. By "suit guy" we mean, of course, a guy whose film work consists primarily of wearing prosthetic and animatronic suits to play monsters on the big screen.

If you think you've heard Steele's name before, you may recall our interview with 'Hellboy II' creature creator Mike Elizalde last year. He specifically praised Steele's work manning the 150 lb. suit for the iron-fisted creature Wink in that movie.

Here's an excerpt from the blog:

"First of all, Brian is the second person on set every day.  The first being the guy who puts his makeup and prosthetics on.  But Brian’s job actually starts the day before, when he has to limit the amount of food and liquid he consumes.  You see, he knows once all that “monster” stuff is on him, there’s no…taking it off to perform certain functions.  You’re there from the wee hours of the morning (no pun intended) to the late, late hours of the night.  Then, from the moment he is in the suit, he has to know exactly how much water to ingest to keep his body at a even level of not being dehydrated while not having to…perform certain functions.  Try doing that with about 50 pounds of latex on.  In May.  In Louisiana.  Not an easy task.  Oh, yeah, then you’ve got to actually DO stuff, like act."

Click through for more interesting insights from the set of 'Dead of Night'...




Speaking of 'Dead of Night': earlier this week visited the set of the film in Louisiana. Hopefully you saw Kurt Amacker's quick summary of the visit, along with an exclusive photo of actress Anita Briem in the film.

Of course, Mania wasn't the only website on hand and a few more have posted their exclusive photos from the film. Check out interesting images online now from IGN and CBR.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



HUMAN TARGET Still on Target

File it under no news is good news, but The Hollywood Reporter published a new round of TV pilot pickups. The sole new comic-based TV show out there 'Human Target' still has not officially been picked up by Fox TV, but the Reporter calls the show "the one to beat on the drama side."

Over at the Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Nikki Finke is a bit more emphatic. She reports that the show is "a lock after it screened very well. 'Peter Rice saw it and loved it,' a source tells me. It's now considered FBC's best drama pilot."

We'd love to see the series, which would feature Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, the security expert who is ready to take a bullet for his clients. Also signed for the show are Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Latino Review has another name to throw at the wall of 'Green Lantern' casting rumors, but will it stick better than their Chris Pine rumor?

The new name in the emerald hat is someone called Shawn Roberts. He's a relative newcomer who has read for parts in other Martin Campbell films and has a supporting role in Campbell's upcoming 'Edge of Darkness' movie. According to their report Campbell "loves the guy."

Mania's own sources have told us that the producers plan to leave no stone unturned, and casting an unknown actor is definitely on the table, so Roberts may well be a front runner.

The Review also says Brian Austin Green, who has been campaigning online for the role, has had a reading and a screen test.

Gosling, Pine, Gyllenhaal, Cooper, Green, Roberts...yep! It's the internet superhero casting playoffs once more!

Who do you think should play the Green Lantern? Post your comments below...

Submission courtesty of Antonello Blueberry who says, "Shawn Roberts? We went from Oscar nominated Gosling to Shawn Roberts and Brian Austin Green?"



Ratner ankles CONAN

Elsewhere on Mania, the intrepid Jarrod Sarafin has filed a report that Brett Ratner has bailed out on the long-percolating 'Conan' relaunch.



First cool IRON MAN 2 Photo

Robert Downey Jr. on the set of IRON MAN 2

Yesterday we showed you a semi-interesting photo from a location shoot of 'Iron Man 2' at Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. In it a figure could be seen sitting in the "O" of the giant donut.

Well, shortly thereafter, snagged a cool exclusive by revealing the detail of that photo: Actor Robert Downey Jr. in a mix of Iron Man gear with mo-cap markers. Click the thumbnail for a closer look.

Meanwhile, a reader for filed a fairly descriptive account of the filming at Randy's. Here's an excerpt:

"...he saw a stand in for Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) on set and that he watched Nick Fury race up to the donut place in a blue government car and he got out and walked to his right to get a better view of where Iron Man would be. The camera was on a crane. James said it appeared that Iron Man was going to be in the donut hole on the roof and that Nick Fury was yelling at him, but he couldn’t hear what he was saying."

According to the scooper, Jackson was wearing garb similar to what we saw him wearing in the first one.

Click through for the complete account.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



WOLVERINE returns to Nicktoons

Fans of the 'Wolverine and the X-Men' show in the U.S. will be happy to learn that Nicktoons has extended its order for another 26 episodes of the mutant series. New episodes of the show will resume May 22nd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.



And now another thrizzeling installment of...

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN 2

After the exciting talk of Scarlett in the Widow suit, Furious Jackson and the donut run yesterday, Favsey has returned to business as usual on his Twitter feed.

# Back at work. Not a lot of sleep. Running on fumes. 9AM - May 7th

# Finally home. Great day at work. I hope I starved myself enough to make up for all the donuts I ate yesterday. 12:00 AM - May 8th


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hanso 5/8/2009 6:39:35 AM

You know, I am of the mind that it's practically impossible for WB to screw up Green Lantern but when I read things like Brian Austin Green has read for the role, I realize the possibilities are endless.


SgtTechCom 5/8/2009 6:58:39 AM

More closeminded ness lol

Brian Austin Green would be a amazing choice plus i like his enthusiasm that he wants to do the role. It's like Ryan Reynolds wanting to do the Deadpool role. They are both fans of the characters respectively and would want to make it true to the comic.

Plus Brians the perfect age you can't have a young kid play Hal. Hal's a fighter/test pilot with over 10years experience flying high priced jets. You have to have someone who at least is late late 20's to 30s.

Id rather see him in the role then some high prices jackass or twlight actor.

I hope he gets the part.

TheStormrider 5/8/2009 7:00:00 AM

haha,  the funny thing hanso,  is I actually like BAG.  I dont know that hes right for GL,  but his recent comeback (pseudo) has me rooting for him.

My sisters watched 90210mygod constantly,  and hes the only character I could tolerate.

If ledger can do joker,  I see no reason he cant do green lantern.  Mind you I never followed the green lantern.  I mostly just saw him in other things as a backup character.

Did you ever see the '70s batman and robin' with green lantern in it?  He almost died when he was driving and saw a 'curve ahead sign' in yellow.  Or something like that.  I cant remember.  I was really young:)  But I do know it happened.


Darkknight2280 5/8/2009 7:03:07 AM

See Hanso...something wicked this way comes for GL and thats Brian Austin Green.

hanso 5/8/2009 7:07:07 AM

Please let's not mention Ledger and Brian Austin Green ever again in the same sentence.  Heath Ledger is rollling over in his grave right now cause of it.

Let's get with the program people, Brian Austin Green has done absolutely SQUAT! in all his time in Hollywood.  No really, look it up.  Best known for his 90210 days now We are talkin about years and years of doing absolutely NADA.  Now all of a sudden he's this amazing actor and can carry a franchise?

How you gonna have an actor who has the inital BAG to play GL?  He's too old for the role anyway.  Nobody wants a 38 year old as GL. 

hanso 5/8/2009 7:09:05 AM

The only thing Greene has going for him is his chick.  He should stick to playing as Hal on DC vs. Mortal Kombat and focusing on finding his next TV gig so he can keep paying rent.

silversurfer 5/8/2009 7:21:17 AM

Of course BAG wants to do this movie....he needs this more than the movie needs him....I can understand if Chris Pine was not going to happen...I can even get over Chris Evans, but BAG...nah, never.....

I could see this going to a relative fact, that might be the best way to go on this one...that way they could concentrate more on the character rather than who's going to play him....

hanso 5/8/2009 7:32:44 AM

I think it depends what WB plans to do with Superman & Batman.  If they are going for higher profile actors in those roles then they can slide with a relative unknown as Hal but if they aren't then they are gonna need someone to anchor Justice League so they will need to go for a known actor as Hal since GL is gonna start the move towards Justice League. 

Sort of like Downey Jr as Iron Man will do for the Avengers movie.

TigerPrime 5/8/2009 7:51:43 AM

I definitely think an unknown is the way to go for GL. I googled Shawn Roberts and he looks the part, and if Martin Campbell likes him as an actor I say go for it.

Bryzarro 5/8/2009 8:06:22 AM

NO NO NO!!! No to Austin Green playing Jordan.  His age may be the only thing but no he doesn't fit the role.  And I don;t want to hear because he played a military type in T:TSCC that he could work in the role.  I'd rather an unknown that to put him into it.   Hanso is right he hasn't done anything comparable or outstanding to say he should be considered.

And comparing him to Ledger....come on.  No freaking way.  You can't even comepare the roles they would be playing.  Insane criminal mastermind with a love of Anarchy, and intergalactic space cop with the most powerful weapon in the universe.  No way!!


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