Ghost Rider heads to Istanbul. Plus: Thor Minimates await your order. Green Hornet director strikes back at Comic-Con crowd. Ferrigno says he's in The Avengers and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.16!
Well, we know that when the Hulk appears in Marvel's Avengers movie, he'll be a CGI creation acted about by motion capture on actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays his human counterpart in the film. But fans know well that where there's Hulk, there's Lou Ferrigno.
The body builder-turned-actor is, of course, most famous for playing jade jaws on the beloved TV series of the 1980s. He also voiced the character in several animated incarnations and enjoyed cameo appearances in the two live-action Hulk feature films.
During an appearance at the Nuke the Fridge con, Ferrigno revealed that he would have some kind of role in the supergroup film.
"I know I'm gonna be involved with the Avengers movie," the actor said during an interview. In the most recent live-action movie The Incredible Hulk he provided the voice for the monster as well as appearing as a security guard. It's possible that he may do both voice acting and a walk-on in the 2012 pic as well. However, the actor admits he's unsure what his role might be and he hasn't read the script yet.
Nuke the Fridge also asked him about the planned live-action TV show, asserting that he must play the creature for the show to work. Ferrigno very graciously said that the current plan (to use both practical and CGI effects to create Hulk) seems appropriate for a new generation of fans, but he also pointed out that the CGI Hulk can't sign autographs.
So look for the real deal at a convention near you!
Green Hornet director Michel Gondry has faced an uphill, and perhaps unwinnable battle with fans over his feature film version of the classic radio, pulp, TV and comics character. It's been the target of skepticism and snark from the moment Seth Rogen took charge of the property as writer, producer and star. And perhaps Gondry resigned himself to writing off genre fans when his panel at last summer's Comic-Con International in San Diego went badly, with fans using it as an opportunity to flee the dreaded Hall H and take a bathroom break.
Now, in an interview with The Guardian, Gondry has something to say about the fans who snubbed him and his film at the big show.
"I usually identify with the nerds," he points out, "but these ones just reinforce the social rules. Their values are fascistic. All those people marching around in capes and masks and boots. The superhero imagery is totally fascist!"
Gondry continued, "when you step into this genre, they feel it belongs to them. They want you to conform, or they won't like you. They want the conventional. But it's fine. The movie's been doing very well, I think, whenever we've screened it to normal people."
Gondry and Rogen undoubtedly won over many these "normal" people who crave the unconventional with the following clip which is a clear refusal to conform to big-studio, commercial film making conventions:
Art Asylum have unveiled their line of Minimates figures coming from the Thor movie.
The set includes block-head representations of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), a Frost Giant, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and the Destroyer!
They are available for order now. Ask your local comics shop.
And we leave you with a long-overdue installment of...
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have been tweeting some cool stuff from the Romanian set of Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance since mid-week last week.
Here's a catch-up on the highlights:
"EAT PENANCE STARE"
"NIC CAGE JUST KILLED A HUMAN BEING USING ONLY HIS EYEBALLS"
So it looks like Ghost Rider's trademark Penance Stare is making an appearance in the movie. This was followed by an obscure tweet about the "Best party ever," though fans weren't invited to that.
Then on December 13, there was more gushing about the leading man with, "CAGE RULES!!!"
That was followed by the tantalizing proclamation that "This movie is unleashing dark forces ...!"
Finally, yesterday they posted a bit of actual location news:
"Damn, that was a brutal couple of months.... now a 3 week break before we move this road show to Istanbul."
So there you have it. Now you know what's happening on the set of Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #3 arrives in stores December 22nd. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!