Captain America revealed on EW cover. Plus: Nolan reveals title is The Dark Knight Rises and puts kibosh on Riddler rumors. Spider-Man seeks to hire his boss. A chilling new Walking Dead clip and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.28!
Actress Jennifer Lawrence dropped in at the recent Hollywood Awards Gala but took some time to comment on X-Men: First Class as well. She plays young Raven Darkholme who fans know better as the blue-skinned shape-shifter Mystique.
MTV Splash Page got her talking about the role, popularized in the previous X-Films by Rebecca Romijn. Fans may be surprised that the ass-kicking agent of Magneto's brotherhood is, at her core "a good girl." At least that's how Lawrence says she appears in First Class initially.
"My favorite thing that I saw in the script is that she has a very distinct beginning, middle and end," she said. "I love that in any story. She goes through something and comes out on the other side. It’s weird to say about a shape-shifter, but she really morphs."
She made similar comments to Superhero Hype adding a bit more insight.
"This is before she became the Mystique that we know her as, the mutant-and-proud, the tough girl. This is when she's an insecure teenage girl - insecure about her hidden secret thing, a mutant, of being blue," Lawrence revealed.
Filming continues on X-Men: First Class at various locations. The movie arrives in theaters next June.
Sony continues to cast Marc Webb's 3D Spider-Man reboot at a leisurely pace. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans cast as Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and the as-yet-unconfirmed villain respectively, the rumor mill is now turning its attention to the casting of J. Jonah Jameson.
While C2F would be all in favor of bringing back J.K. Simmons, who filled the role perfectly in the old franchise, we do realize change must come and WhatsPlaying.com.au claims to have the inside word on two actors who are at the forefront of the JJJ race.
Silver-haired Mad Men player John Slattery is said to be a top contender. Marvel fans have seen him previously playing Tony Stark's father in some found archive footage in Iron Man 2. Of course, Slattery's persona is one of suave sophistication, not the bellowing blowhard that Jameson is.
Another contender is also a Marvel movie alum. Sam Elliot is a bit more on the Jameson model. Fans know well that he appeared in Hulk and Ghost Rider. He definitely has a good look for the character and a more imposing presence than Slattery.
However, neither man may get the role. WhatsPlaying says there are a dozen or so actors reading for the part and more to come so it's still an open field.
The Dark Knight Rises - that is the title of Christopher Nolan's hotly-anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight. The scoop was revealed by Nolan himself to the Hero Complex blog in a recent interview.
Both Nolan and Hero Complex's Geoff Boucher likened the interview to "a visit to the dentist's office" with the blogger valiantly struggling to extract info from the director who wanted to reveal little about the movie's storyline.
The crux of the interview focuses on 3D technology and the hows and whys of Nolan getting Warner Bros to back down from forcing it on The Dark Knight Rises.
"There’s an intimacy at times [with spatial illusion of the 3-D effect] and we didn’t want to lose scale…. Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun," Nolan said of his sequel plans. "This is not starting over, this not rebooting. We’re finishing something, and keeping a consistency with what’s come before has real value."
To that end, Nolan will continue with the high-def and IMAX techniques seen in the previous films, and dispense with the 3D technology.
But the question on everybody's mind is: who is the villain? While Nolan wasn't about to give up that bid of info, he told Hero Complex straight up, "It won’t be the Riddler."
That villain has been at the forefront of fan-casting and rumor-mongering since before The Dark Knight completed its box-office run. Fan posters teasing a Riddler-themed sequel caught fire in 2008, with British tabloids and shady websites casting everyone Eddie Murphy to Johnny Depp in the role of the quizzical villain shortly thereafter. A few weeks ago when actor Tom Hardy was cast in an unspecified role, Riddler talk resurfaced and many jumped to the conclusion that that is who Hardy would play.
So who is the villain then? Nolan isn't saying but he did rule out Mr. Freeze in a previous Hero Complex interview.
MTV Splash Page has a cool new clip from The Walking Dead. This one finds Rick Grimes just after he's awakened from his coma, where he encounters the amazingly gruesome "Bicycle Girl." The TV show debuts on AMC Halloween night.
Entertainment Weekly presents our first good look at Chris Evans in costume as Captain America: The First Avenger on the cover of this week's issue!
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. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention this weekend on October 30th and 31st!