'Green Lantern' character designs revealed! Plus: Feige talks Marvel Movies. Ritchie ditches 'Lobo' for 'Sherlock 2'. There's a new 'Smallville: Absolute Justice' trailer online and more! The daily column with mad vocals, Dawg, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.27!
Before Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh tried their hand at 'Superman Returns', Brett Ratner was the director, and his leading man was actor Matthew Bomer ('White Collar'). MTV Splash Page asked Bomer about his short-lived experience developing that project. He reveals that he actually got to wear the suit at least once. Click through for his comments...
If so, then you may get a kick out of the new Agent Training Game on the Fox website. It's kind of a low-rent "House of the Dead" where you shoot targets with your mouse and reload with off screen clicks.
For C2F, the bright spot on the show is skeevy, dangerous, thank-God-he's-on-our-side character Guerrero played by Jackie Earle Haley. If you need to know more about Haley's process for bringing the disreputable fixer to life, check out this in-depth interview over at Comic Book Resources.
Posting from his official website, director Michael Bay updated fans on the progress of 'Transformers 3' as well as some surprising humanitarian efforts for Haiti:
Busy scouting - Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C. for Transformers last week. Things are going well. The script is feeling very different from the other two. I ended my scout down in Miami this weekend to load my plane with 14 Florida Surgeons, specialists in various fields and flew them down to Haiti. We then returned with a planeload of a team of exhausted Miami Fire rescue. It is proving very difficult for these volunteers to get back home.
They say the news hardly gives the true scope of what really happened. They really feel about 500,000 probably died. One of the worst stories I heard from people down there - because of the huge lack of education in Haiti – when the earthquake struck – everyone ran inside buildings most likely to their graves. The state of Florida is really pulling their weight in this massive effort.
He also provides photos of the excursion to Haiti. Good man, Mr. Bay!
The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog reports that director Guy Ritchie is committed to fast-tracking a 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel, and therefore will most likely not be directing the 'Lobo' movie.
"I don't think he's going to do it now," said producer Joel Silver of the DC Comics anti-hero movie. "The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another 'Sherlock Holmes.' So I think we're going to be doing that."
The Robert Downey movie is one of the more successful films of 2009 so it's only natural they want to strike while the iron is hot. Silver says that he and producers Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona will likely proceed with 'Lobo' under a different director. Hopefully the character will tweak Marvel movie star Hugh Jackman the same way the DC character spoofed certain Marvel characters in the comics.
"[The Lobo comics were] very much a response to Wolverine and Punisher and the other characters and I think now that makes it fresh [for moviegoers]. We're working on it now and it will be nice to put it together and make it happen," Silver said.
What do you think, Maniacs? Who should step in on LOBO now that Ritchie is out of the picture? Post your comments below...
Are you ready for 'Planet Hulk' to drop on DVD and Blu-Ray February 2nd? Here's another clip from the film to whet your appetite.
Feige seems to suggest that fans shouldn't expect the roster of 'The Avengers' to grow too far beyond the characters that are already presented in the movies building up to it.
"My only concern is that when we launch a franchise--whichever character's franchise that may be--it should stand on its own two feet... So by the time 'The Avengers' comes in 2012, it's not just a team superhero movie with a bunch of characters with powers," Feige said. "It's three people - four including the Hulk; five including Nick Fury - who you've seen before in other movies, coming together for the very first time."
So there you have it. It is --- whoa! Whoa, whoa! Rewind the tape and play that back again.
"...four including the Hulk..."
Nice! There's been a question mark on whether or not the Hulk would make the Avengers cut. We're taking this as a good sign that Marvel plans to keep him in the picture, at least in CGI form.
As far as another stand-alone 'Hulk' film, Feige said he aims to do another with Edward Norton, although that would fall some time after 'The Avengers'.
He also talked more about 'Thor' and emphasized that this is definitely the Marvel vision of the character and it'll fit in just fine with the tech and science fiction themes of 'Iron Man', 'Incredible Hulk' and 'Captain America'.
"We're doing the Jack Kirby/Stan Lee/Walt Simonson/J. Michael Straczynski 'Thor.' We're not doing the blow-the-dust-off-of-the-old-Norse-book-in-your-library 'Thor.' And in the 'Thor' of the Marvel Universe, there's a race called the Asgardians. And we're linked through this Tree of Life that we're unaware of. It's real science, but we don't know about it yet. The 'Thor' movie is about teaching people that."
So what lays beyond 'The Avengers' for Marvel? Feige told SFX that he's eyeing 'Doctor Strange', 'Ant-Man', 'Black Panther' and 'Iron Fist' as upcoming projects. He also wants to tap into Marvel's newly-rejuvenated "cosmic" line and do a space epic on par with 'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek'.
Fans in Canada who watch 'Smallville' on the Space channel got to see an all-new look at the "Absolute Justice" movie. Now that footage is online and it's pretty darn cool.
Check out: Stargirl duking it out with Killer Frost and Dr. Fate speaking in his creepy voice. Also notice that the Green Lantern ring footage clearly bears the scratches and grime of "old film" thus giving it a flashback feel.
Variety reports that there's a visual effects team in place for the upcoming 'Green Lantern' movie. Warner Bros has hired Sony Pictures Imageworks to send Ryan Reynolds into space as DC Comics' cosmic supehero.
Providing overall supervision are Karen Goulekas ('The Day After Tomorrow') and Kent Houston ('The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'). Jim Berney ('I Am Legend') will be vfx supervisor for Imageworks.
However, the more exciting 'Green Lantern' news this week comes from a site called Cosmic Book News. They've posted what is purported to be character designs for Kilowog, Abin Sur and Tomar-Re. They do not name the source of the images, nor are they able to identify the artist/studio that created them, so it's hard to say to a certainty that they are legit.
Cosmic Book News does claim to have confirmation of their legitimacy, but they simply link to a Green Lantern message board, so we're not sure if that qualifies as confirmation. Perhaps the poster there vouching for the images is a well-established professional but it's hard to say since everyone is going under assumed names.
At any rate, the quality of the design images does seem to be quite good, and not unlike the designs found on the website of one Aaron Sims, the visual effects artist and character designer who is confirmed to be working on the film. It's entirely possible that the images are his handiwork.
Check 'em out and let us know what you think in the comments below!