'Green Lantern' to film in Mexico? Plus: More 'Iron Man 2' footage. Kirkman talks 'Walking Dead' TV show. New images from 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' toon and more! Just a fly in the ointment, the monkey in the wrench, the Comics2Film 9.9.30!
Mania Cross-Link Double Feature: Just in case you missed 'em, yesterday we posted a pair of 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies' features. First up is an interview with voice actor Tim Daly, who plays the Man of Steel in the film. Then we posted an exclusive clip from the production, which finds the World's Finest duking it out with Mongul and Solomon Grundy.
Mania Cross-Link: Don't miss the webclip from this Friday's episode of 'Smallville' featuring Brian Austin Green as Metallo.
MTV Splash Page has lifted some screen grabs from the preview of 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' from the recent 'Public Enemies' DVD.
"We're basically taking a page from one of the original 'Crisis' stories form the '60s where the Justice League encountered a group of villains on a parallel Earth," said producer Bruce Timm of the film's plot. "They were called the Crime Syndicate."
The second Earth is a world evil prospers and all of the Justice Leaguers are super villains rather than heroes: Ultraman, Owl Man, Superwoman and Power Ring made up the Crime Syndicate, opposed primarily by the heroic Lex Luthor.
Interestingly, the script for the film (written by Dwayne McDuffie) was originally intended to be a multi-part story of the 'Justice League Unlimited' series.
The images on MTV features shots of Owl Man and the other villains. Click through for a peek!
MTV Splash Page chased down Robert Kirkman, Image Comics bigwig and creator of 'The Walking Dead', which is soon to be a TV show on AMC. Back in the summer a deal was announced that finds filmmaker Frank Darabont developing Kirkman's zombie survival opus for the cable net.
Kirkman said he's an executive producer on the show which gives him some control, but he's thrilled to have Darabont on board to steer the ship.
"Frank understands the material 100 percent. It's always been shocking to me, doing Hollywood meetings over the years, just how easy it is for someone to come in to the meeting and say something like, 'We want the zombies to have super powers,'" Kirkman said. "Knowing that, I'm really excited about it, because from my discussions with Frank, he likes the right things about 'Walking Dead.'"
He also said to expect the show to be "100% true" in tone, but not necessarily in story details. "I've told Frank flat-out that I do not want him to follow the comic to the detriment of the show. I encourage him to veer off if he has something that will work really well on TV that wouldn't work in a comic," Kirkman said.
Click through to MTV for the complete interview.
Psyched up for next month's CGI animated manga-based feature film 'Astro Boy' yet? No?
Well maybe you just need some education. IGN has rolled out a handy-jiffy guide to the villains (robotic or otherwise) that will menace the boy robot in the October 23rd release.
OK. When you have the word "bomb" in a story about a movie production the jokes are too easy. When that movie is 'Green Hornet', which has a mass of preemptive ill-will against it, the jokes become easier still. So, we'll resist the urge to latch onto any gags that are within arm's reach and just tell you...
TMZ is reporting that the Los Angeles bomb squad was summoned to the set of Michel Gondry's film yesterday. Apparently an "unidentified metal object" was found by crew-members who decided to proceed with caution and bring in the experts. The LAPD reportedly "blew up" the object utilizing a robot. However it was not believed to be a bomb.
The scare is the latest in what is becoming a series of mishaps on the film. Prior misfortunes include a minor car crash during a stunt and the casting of Seth Rogen in the lead. Oops.
Apparently amidst all the nonsense and speculation around the 'Batman' sequel, somebody dropped Charlize Theron's name as a potential Catwoman for the film. Well, STV put the rumor to the actress who confirms there's no truth to the stories, but admits she would love to play Batman's sexy foil in the film.
"It's news to me," Theron said of the loose talk, "but that's kick-ass news. I like that. I think that what has happened to that franchise is amazing, and director Chris Nolan is a genius. So I would be an idiot to not consider that."
Entertainment Tonight continues to post its series of clips from the summer set visit to 'Iron Man 2'.
Today's segment sees Gwenyth Paltrow talking about how Pepper Potts evolves, as she moves up the corporate ladder in Stark Industries, only to see sultry Natalie (Scarlett Johansson) come in and take her place as Tony Stark's assistant.
Speaking of Scarlett Johansson, ET posted an interview with the femme fatale on Monday in which she talks about getting into action (and a tight-fitting outfit) as The Black Widow...
But if its behind-the-scenes footage you're looking for Tuesday's clip focusing on Mickey Rourke's Whiplash character is the one to watch...
A brief article at the Aussie website Inside Film pegs the production location for 'Green Lantern' as Mexico.
Fans will recall that the film was looking at Australia as it's location until the rise in the value of the currency there made location filming less of a bargain than it had seemed earlier in the year. Inside Film says the booming dollar raises the price tag on the production some $20 million, a pill too big for Warner Bros to swallow.
Louisiana quickly became the go-to choice for a new Lantern locale, as the tax-friendly state has been hosting several Hollywood productions of late. Michigan was also considered although the C2F home-state is currently suffering a shortage of qualified crews to keep up with the demand from the big studios.
Apparently a Mexican location is now favored, although the decision isn't yet final. 'Green Lantern' is supposed to begin filming early next year, pushed back from its planned November start.
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'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau has momentarily resumed tweeting about his highly-anticipated Marvel flick. Here's the twitdope from yesterday:
"That photo was taken in Bora Bora during a break in the 'Couples Retreat' junket. Only there for a weekend. Back in town editing IM2."