First Look: Thor footage arrives online! Plus: Chunks o' Walking Dead news! Transformers villain and details revealed! Bendis and Spider-Man, spin-off and more! Kiss the ring, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.11!
Comics creator Brian Michael Bendis chatted with the Word Balloon Podcast recently. At some point the question of his involvement in the new Spider-Man movie came up.
Twenty two minutes into the episode Word balloon asked if Bendis was polishing or consulting on the James Vanderbilt's script for director Marc Webb's planned reboot.
"It doesn't look like I will. They had me up there. I had a very highfalutin meeting ... at Sony a couple of months ago. It was the highest-up meeting I've ever been a part of, other than at Marvel," Bendis explained. "They sat me down and they told me ...what's gonna happen. It was a very long and very exciting meeting. I was kind of told in the meeting that they did want me to but there's been no effort put forth to have me to do it. They did not offer me to script the [film]."
Bendis also added that Vanderbilt (of whom he's a fan) was in the room for the meeting.
"If they do, they do," Bendis said of the potential offer for his consultancy. "I don't know exactly what's happening."
Bendis also added that Sony asked him to work on some kind of Spider-Man spin-off project.
"Soon after that I was offered something else from them that was in the same universe that I wasn't inclined to do. Maybe my disinterest in that they took as a disinterest in the entire thing," Bendis said.
He doesn't elaborate on what that something else might have been. We know Sony has been actively developing a Venom movie. We'd also expect that they'd try to tap into other Spidey-related characters that could shoulder potential feature films, like Black Cat for example.
For now Bendis says he has plenty of work to do in comics and isn't directly involved with Sony's Spidey plans.
USA Today has a nice, in-depth look at what's to come from Transformers 3.
Chief point of interest: The villain will be the cyclopean overlord of Cybertron: Shockwave.
Director Michael Bay says Shockwave will represent a shift in tone over "The Fallen" (which he calls "a [expletive deleted] villain"). Indeed the whole movie will be a bit more serious.
"One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy," Bay adds. The reviled Autobot twins are said to be gone.
Bay hopes to redeem the franchise and bring it to a satisfying conclusion with the third outing.
"This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings," the director says. "As a trilogy, it really ends. It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending."
Click through for the complete article with comments from Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
We have a bit of potential casting news on The Walking Dead courtesy of Twitter. It looks like actor Michael Rooker is set to make an appearance in the production.
"On my way to Atlanta soon to work with my new best friend Frank Darabont on The Walking Dead," tweets Michael Rooker, who later added, "Zombies gonna [sic] [have to] get used [to] 'Rooker' or get F**ked up even more then they [are]...haha"
C2F advises a bit of caution with this news as the Michael Rooker twitter account is not "Verified." Twitter has a process by which they verify the identity of celebrity twitterers so fans can be assured that the person is who they say they are. This Michael Rooker account lacks the "Verified" stamp.
In more interesting news, AMC has released the first production photo from the show currently being shot in Atlanta, GA. Of the formation of these zombies, creator, director, and executive producer Frank Darabont says makeup F/X chief "Greg Nicotero is absolutely out-doing himself. The work he is doing is beyond what one could hope for. Our Zombies kick a**!"
Indeed! Check out that loose rib-cage!
Finally the official blog for the film shows us how extras playing zombies in the movie had to undergo rigorous training in order to shamble and shuffle with necrotic authority!
The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC in October 2010 during Fearfest.
Entertainment Tonight takes a look behind the scenes of Jonah Hex and the work done by Megan Fox.
The actress said she came to the film ready to fight.
"I love fight scenes, I love stunts. That's when I'm most comfortable. I want to get in there and do it 100 percent," Fox, who plays the seductress Leila, said in a behind-the-scenes interview. "I don't want to use stunt doubles. I want to brawl."
The movie opens June 18th. Here's the behind-the-scenes footage:
Entertainment Tonight has put the first part of their Thor set visit online!
The clip features interviews with director Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. It also features several glimpses of Thor in costume, Anthony Hopkins in costume as Odin, and what is possibly Heimdall standing at the gates of Asgard.
It also appears that Thor will spend a fair amount of time running around and kicking ass in blue jeans and a T-shirt.
Overall, it's a pretty exciting look at Thor!
What do you think, Maniacs? Does THOR look awesome? Post your comments below...
Here's what C2F's Rob M. Worley does with his weekends...
If you have kids who are interested in the comics and how they're made, this will be a great place to take them this weekend.
Stop by Rob's table and shout out "Litter Bricks!" for a free autographed poster from his new comic Scratch9!