Mark Ruffalo leads new Hulk contenders. Plus: More about the Superman rumors. Green Lantern gets winged. New voice actors Hero Up for the Super Hero Squad Show and more! The daily column with the pre-Comic-Con nervous breakdown, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.15!
TV Guide reports that a fleet of seasoned actors will guest star on the next season of Marvel's Super Hero Squad Show. The new Cosmic story arc will feature George Takei returning as Galactus, Ty Burrell (Modern Family) as Captain Marvel, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) as Nightmare, Jane Lynch (Glee) as Nebula, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as She-Hulk and Adam West (Batman) as Nighthawk.
That last bit is particularly fun. Fans know that Nighthawk was largely introduced to the Marvel universe as a Batman knock-off, part of the Squadron Sinister which was a Justice League knock-off that battled the Avengers.
Also guest-starring in the show in unspecified roles are Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation), John Barrowman (Torchwood), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries).
Their inside sources, who sound fairly credible, confirm that Christopher Nolan is pushing for little bro to get the directing job on the movie and Warner Bros. is eager to please the wunderkind as he's made Batman into a bankable franchise again, and is about to deliver another hit with Inception.
On the other hand, the source did not confirm the Levi part of the story. Instead they say "it is a TV star that they're looking at for the lead," but also adds that they've heard nothing of the Chuck star being associated with the film and nobody has tested for the part.
Our regular contributor Antonello Blueberry speculates that Mad Men hunk Jon Hamm would be a good fit. That's a casting choice that would make Mania EIC Richard Kuras happy as well, I'm sure. However at 39 Hamm is a bit old to be launching a superhero franchise.
The latest buzz on the Avengers/Hulk/Norton's-out-who-is-in question comes from the scooptastic Deadline.com.
Nikki Finke ran a story that 42-year-old actor Mark Ruffalo's people at UTA are in "late-stage discussions" with Marvel about bringing the actor aboard the super-team movie as Bruce Banner.
Now "late-stage" makes it sound like he's close to signing on, but follow up reports from EW.com and Heat Vision claim that Marvel is merely interested in the actor and no actual negotiations have taken place.
Heat Vision further elaborates saying that the actor has yet to meet with director apparent Joss Whedon about the role, and hasn't personally decided if he wants it. Plans are for Whedon and Ruffalo to meet this weekend.
A far less likely rumors are emanating from the Hero Complex blog. While their story precedes the Ruffalo rumor, they reiterate Monday's chatter that Joaquin Phoenix may be a contender for the part. They also drop in names like Adrien Brody, Nathan Fillion and David Tennant, the latter two of which seem extremely unlikely to C2F.
There's a presumption among the fan press that Marvel is keen to trot the new Hulk actor out during their big Saturday evening panel at Comic-Con on the 24th. However, there's no way that Marvel is going to rush an important deal that impacts both The Avengers and prospective Incredible Hulk sequels just for the dog and pony bonus. They may get a deal in place before then or they may not, but no deal is going to be done just to serve that deadline.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Ruffalo a good choice for Bruce Banner? Post your comments below...
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover to this week's Comic-Con themed issue featuring Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern!
In related news: US Magazine reports that Ryan Reynolds suffered a separated shoulder on the set of Green Lantern on Monday.
Insiders say Reynolds "is in lots of pain," and keeping his injury on ice. Reynolds is slated to appear at Comic-Con next week where many fans will get their first glimpse at some footage from the film. Hopefully the injury isn't so severe that the actor can't meet his peeps in a week!
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. It's been called "Sophisticated, playful and sweet" by the Comics Buyer's Guide and a melding of We3 and Avatar: The Last Airbender by AudioShocker! He would love for any Maniacs bound for Comic-Con in San Diego to stop by, shout "Litter Bricks" and check out the new comic! Click here for the Scratch9 Comic-Con Schedule.