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Globes: AVENGERS and BATMAN talk

Plus: Ledger wins and a new WATCHMEN spot in your Comics2Film 9.1.12

By Rob M. Worley     January 12, 2009
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Heath Ledger is The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT (slideshow)
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There's a light smattering of buzz coming from the Golden Globe awards last including Heath Ledger walking away with a posthumous award, Eva Longoria reportedly talking 'Avengers', Aaron Eckhart talking about 'Dark Knight'. There's also a new 'Watchmen' clip online for you. This is your Comics2Film roundup v9.1.12...



Ledger wins for DARK KNIGHT

There's been plenty of awards talk for Heath Ledger's riveting performance as The Joker in 'The Dark Knight'.

Last nights, some of that talk came to fruition as the late actor collected the "Best Performance by an Actor in a a Supporting Role in a a Motion Picture" prize, awarded at the Golden Globes ceremony.

He beat out Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Fiennes and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the trophy.

Some, but certainly not all, feel that the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations annual accolades are a forecaster of the Academy Awards.

For a complete list of winners, check out Mania's coverage.



Eva Longoria denies AVENGERS talk

On E! last night, Ryan Seacrest chatted up 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria on the Red Carpt at the Golden Globes last night. Fans will recall that Back in September the actress was seen leaving Marvel's L.A. offices with a bunch of 'Avengers' comics under her arm. Speculation was that she might be going for a role in the Marvel mega movie, with most fans speculating she'd be a good fit for Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp, or possibly even Natasha Romanoff, The Black Widow.

Well, Seacrest apparently siezed the day and asked Longoria about the rumor. We say "apparently" because we didn't watch E's pre-show and, frustratingly, the video clip posted on the E! site (below) is damaged and any talk of 'The Avengers' that may be on it is missing.

Still, MTV Splash Page provides a summary of the exchange. They don't say exactly what the affable E! host asked but report that "Longoria told Seacrest that the rumor was 'not true.' However, Longoria said she’d love to play a role in “The Avengers” if the opportunity presented itself."

"Not true" would be more interesting if we knew what the questions was. Did Seacrest ask her if she was playing the Wasp in the movie? Or did he ask her if she had been cast in the movie? Or did he ask her if she met with Marvel to talk about the movie?

Any of you Maniacs who saw the clip or can post it on YouTube, please help us fill in the blanks.




Aaron Eckhart laughs in the face of DARK KNIGHT sequel rumors

Meanwhile, MTV Splash Page posts their own red-carpet video with actor Aaron Eckhart. In it, the reporter does his level best to generate buzz that the actor may come back as Two-Face in the 'Dark Knight' sequel.

Eckhart pretty much laughs the question of saying, "I think Harvey — if he’s not dead — is in a serious coma and I’m not sure he’s coming out. They might pull the plug on him.”

The actor goes on to comment on other Bat-sequel villain rumors but clearly has nothing substantive to say about the project.




New WATCHMEN TV ad online in HD

If you weren't watching the Golden Globes, you might have been watching the debut of '24' -- on FOX. If so, you also saw a brand-new advertisement for 'Watchmen' -- on FOX. In case you missed it -- on FOX -- the ad is online, with a really nice HD version posted by TheMovieBox.Net.



Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the above submissions.


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monkeyfoot 1/12/2009 7:11:13 AM

I didn't see any of the Globe pre-show so I don't know what Eva said. She would be a good fit for either Wasp or Black Widow (She's up for bug roles).

Anybody thinking Two-face is coming back is as mentally scarred as Harvey Dent was physically. It's like the Eddie Murphy as Riddler or Cher as Catwoman rumors. Actually this is the second rumor go-around for Cher in this role. I remember after the Tim Burton Batman they were saying Cher would be Catwoman and she would be a sorceress who would bring Nicholson's Joker back to life. Hey, now she can do it for Ledger's Clown Prince of Crime :)



mbeckham1 1/12/2009 7:36:57 AM

I thought Chris Nolan put that Two-Face rumor to bed when he said in no uncertain terms that Harvey was dead at the end of the Dark Knight.  Wasn't it on this sight that I saw that.


I'd love to see Michael C. hall play a Batman villain in a Nolan Batman.  Maybe Riddler.  My first thought was the Clock King as someone who looks calm and normal on the outside,  but on the insde is seriously messed up.  Or rewrite Victor Freeeze as a damaged soul who just kills people with a liquid nitrogen tank outfitted with a spray nozzle instead of an exoskeleton and a freeze gun.  Sort of like Anton Chigaris and that air pressure tank and gun.  Maybe in this version his wife could have been killed in similar fashion instead of being in cryonic suspension or got hoodwinked by a fake cryonic company that was a front for a black market organ ring, leading him to take revenge.  I thought of the guy with the scarface dummy but that would be hard not to look silly.

And seriously Carrie-Ann Moss for Catwoman she'd be awesome.



redhairs99 1/12/2009 4:25:31 PM

Actually, I prefer the Rachel Weisz as Catwoman rumor.  Never really got on board the Carrie-Ann Moss is hot bandwagon.  Okay, she's not bad looking, but there are a ton of women in Hollywood that would look better in skin-tight latex than her.

BTW, I think Seacrest asked Eva if she douched on a regular basis.  Guess Ryan was just looking to pick up some extra part-time work if she needed one.

Flint521466 1/12/2009 4:56:28 PM

I right there with you monkeyfoot.  I DEFINETLY think "Two-Face" will return in the 3rd installment.   It makes the most sense as far as continuity goes.  As I've said before TDK took the Gordon/Dent/Batman storyline from The Long Halloween.   The follow-up to The Long Halloween is Dark Victory in which that story continues.  Catwoman also plays a prominent role in Dark Victory.  It would wrap things up nicely.

I like Eva Green for Catwoman.

ponyboy76 1/12/2009 5:22:10 PM

I don`t know. I really can't see Eva Longoria as Janet Pym and definitely not the Black Widow. If she was younger I`d say Peta Wilson from La Femme Nikita or  even Olga Kurilenko.  If she`s not in Avegers I wonder if the Black Widow will pop up in the Wolverine movie. They have known each other for ages, from when she was a child.

Anyway, I second Eva Green playing Catwoman if they actually go that route. And I`m like 99% sure that Harvey Dent is dead, which if that is what Nolan said doesn't necessarily mean that Two- Face is dead.

almostunbiased 1/12/2009 5:58:15 PM

First off, Redhairs, very funny.

And I'm think no on Two Face for the next one.  That story is done.  They won't revisit.

Eva, thumbs up.

SONYMANswallows 1/12/2009 6:39:28 PM

I still can't see Eva Longoria as an actress. She is less believable  than christian terrorist Bush as leader.


Why would she be cast as a Russian? Black Widow I believe is Russian. Hopefully she is not drinkin the same stupid juice as Bouncey Knowless who thinks its time for a black wonder women cause she looks good in shorts, until she tries to act. Her acting is like watching Laura Bush kill people drunk driving and not going to jail for it.



Catwoman should be the lead from  DOOMSDAY, she is Selena Kyle.

Flint521466 1/12/2009 7:10:58 PM

Rhona Mitra-good call Sonyman.  I've been a big fan of hers since her Nip/Tuck days.  Either of them, Eva or Rhona,  would suffice. 

Dazzler 1/13/2009 4:29:45 AM

What comment on non news?  Not me...

borg2004 1/13/2009 5:18:54 AM

i got the feeling watching the ceremony  that glen close said sth when the camera showes her immediatelly after the acceptance speech  from the dir of waltz with bashir movie. if my lip reading skills are intact and her facial expression is sth to go by...i think she may have said some bad things about what she had just heard...anybody else gotsth on that?

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