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By Rob M. Worley     April 12, 2010
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'He-Man' movie gets 'Predators' writers. Plus: 'Spider-Man' casting rumor 100% confused. 'Green Lantern' costume and casting. 'Walking Dead' casting and more! Wearing its best breast-hat, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.12!



ELEKTRA Coming to Blu-Ray

Because you demanded it! 20th Century Fox has announced that 'Elektra: Director's Cut' will get a Blu-Ray release on May 4th. The $29.99 release will contain numerous special features including Commentary by Director Rob Bowman and Film Editor Kevin Stitt, "Relentless: The Making of Elektra", "The Mythology", Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Rob Bowman & Film Editor Kevin Stitt, Alternate and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Rob Bowman and Showdown at the Well: Multi Angle Dailies.



Another GREEN LANTERN Cast Member

SuperheroHype breaks the news that actor Jon Tenney ('The Closer') has joined the cast of 'Green Lantern'. He'll play Martin H. Jordan, father to Ryan Reynolds' Hal Hordan.

It sounds as if Tenney's scenes take place when Hal is still a boy.



GREEN LANTERN Costume to be Mostly CGI?

SlashFilm.com reports that there is no practical costume for Ryan Reynolds to wear in 'Green Lantern'.

According to their report, on set Reynolds is wearing a grey tracking motion/performance capture suit with led lights. The title character's on-screen costume will be created through CGI. As crazy as that may seen, Slashfilm claims that the story has been backed up by two sources, independent of the original.

Why CGI something that could (seemingly) easily be done through practical costume fabrication? Apparently this is an attempt to ensure the character has a unique look that differentiates it from the Batman-style armor or Spidey-style stretch fabric. It's meant to look alien and also conform to fit any Green Lantern, regardless of shape and size. In short, the suit will look like it's generated by the ring, and not like something that's hanging in Hal Jordan's closet.

SlashFilm also confirms that the photo that circulated last week is indeed Abin Sur's spaceship.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




For those of you tuned in for news about Luc Besson's upcoming French-language, comic-based genre film 'Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec', you'll find four new clips from the film at BadTaste.it. The new footage is, of course, in French. The film is due out this week in France.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Elba Talks THOR, Race Roles

African American actor Idris Elba is appearing in two comic-based movies: 'The Losers' and 'Thor'. While talking with Latino Review, Elba pointed out an interesting note that both roles could have easily been handed off to white actors.

In the 'Losers' comics Elba's character Roque is depicted as a white man. In 'Thor' he plays Heimdall who is also depicted in the comics as Caucasian.

"Casting now is taking definitely a more open-eyed approach to it. I was cast in Thor and I’m cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they don’t look like me but there you go," Elba said. "I think that’s a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that and I think that’s good."

Elba told the LR that for inspiration on playing the Asgardian gate-keeper, he looked to the Marvel comics because he wanted to stay true to that. However, he was predictably silent on details about his on-screen appearance.

"I look like how he’s designed, man. I can’t say but he looks phenomenal," Elba said and also mentioned that fans can expect to see him do some "really, really cool" action scenes in the film.



Brandon Routh on WALKING DEAD?

Details are scant but Bloody Disgusting reports that actor Brandon Routh is taking a role in AMC TV's 'The Walking Dead'. The show, based on Robert Kirkman's comic of the same name, is currently in development as a six-episode series under Frank Darabont.

Bloody offers no details about what role Routh might play. Andrew Lincoln was recently cast in the lead role as Rick, and Jon Bernthal has sewn up the part of Rick's one-time friend Shane. We're not sure what that leaves for Routh as it's been many years since C2F read those early issues of the comic.

If the story pans out, this will be Routh's fourth role in comic-based fare, following 'Superman Returns', 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' and 'Dead of Night'.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



New IRON MAN 2 Photos

As part of its Summer Preview, Paramount has dropped three new photos from 'Iron Man 2'.



SPIDER-MAN Casting Rumor Raised & Refuted

Has Sony found its leading man for director Marc Webb's planned 'Spider-Man' reboot? That was the rumor that was floated over the weekend, and then quickly shot down.

The Motion Captured blog over at HitFix reported that actor Logan Lerman is "almost 100% locked" to play Peter Parker in the studio reboot. Fans will recall that Lerman, who starred in 'The Lightning Thief', was held up as a contender back in early February.

This purported confirmation came from a "source close to the production." The source claimed that while Sony has Lerman in mind as their first choice, they have not yet entered contract negotiations to sign the actor.

But wait! Deadline.com checked up on the story and their sources tell them that the story is bogus. "Insiders at Sony" have convinced the web's top movie news site that Lerman is "100% not going to be Spidey." He's not even on the list of candidates.

So who has this right?

On the one hand, Motion Captured (who is famously "not a fan of this point in the casting process, when names start flying and people start reporting non-news breathlessly every day") has been burned by their sources before. Back in January they reported that Jackie Earle Haley was effectively a done deal to play Sinestro in 'Green Lantern', a bit of casting news that was debunked in a matter of days when Mark Strong was announced in the role.

On the other hand sources at Sony have mislead reporters before. C2F readers will recall mid-December pronouncements from the studio that declared there were no problems at all with the development of Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 4'. This was just a few weeks before Raimi bailed out on the movie and the whole project tipped into Webb's reboot.

So is this more breathless non-news from Motion Captured or studio misdirection channeled through Deadline? The HitFix blog is right often enough that C2F wouldn't really dismiss the story, but expect the 'Spider-Man' casting derby to start up once more.

Thanks to HudsonTaco for the submission.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you hoping for Lerman as SPIDER-MAN? Or would you rather see another candidate get the part? Post your comments below...




Heat Vision reports that Mike Finch and Alex Litvak will be the latest writing team to try to bring Mattel's once-lucrative 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' franchise to the big screen.

Presently Sony/Columbia is developing the movie after it was kicked around by Warner Bros for several years.

Although 'Masters' was massively popular as a toy-and-toon brand in the 1980s, and resulted in one live-action feature film starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987, recent attempts to revive it as comics, cartoons and toys have been less successful. Filmmakers face an uphill battle as Mattel has a say in the development of the story for the film.

According to Heat Vision, Finch and Litvak came up with a take that balanced the concerns of both the studio and the toy maker, although details of that pitch have not been disclosed.

What do you think, Maniacs? Do you want a new HE-MAN movie? Post your comments below...



IRON MAN 2 Dr. Pepper Commercial

On an amusing note, SupeheroHype has exclusively debuted a new TV ad for Dr. Pepper and 'Iron Man 2', featuring a certain someone in a cameo appearance. Enjoy!



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Muenster 4/12/2010 7:41:08 AM

Nice pic of He-Man, but really, there are few that care about this stalled franchise anymore. It would take some fairly good marketing and damn good movie to get it moving again. Who knows.

Spiderman does not need a reboot, just new actors.



ChadDerdowski 4/12/2010 7:47:58 AM

I agree that Spider-Man is simply in need of a new cast rather than a reboot, but damn - I'd LOOOOOVE to see a He-Man movie.  Now, it might be true that it's something of a lost 80's franchise, but how hard of a sell would it be?  It's got magic, sci-fi, a dude with a skull face and a giant green tiger.  It's like Flash Gordon on steroids having a three-way with Lord of the Rings and Conan the Barbarian.  That's fried gold, baby. 

lancedenier 4/12/2010 7:54:13 AM

Green Lantern's costume CGI?  I like it. 

goldeneyez 4/12/2010 7:57:09 AM

Actually along the lines of He-man... I think it would be cool if they blew the dust off of Thundarr the Barbarian and either made a cartoon for Adult Swim or a live action version of it.

Chadghostal 4/12/2010 8:22:49 AM

I honestly don't really understand why Masters of the Universe is such a hard property to get into production, aside from maybe some ridiculous budget projections. A film that combines sword and sorcery fantasy elements with heavy alien science fiction? Seems like an instant cash cow. The reason the original wasn't a hit (ok, ONE of the reasons) was that they took He-Man out of his element and put him on earth. That, combined with the fact that it was much more New Gods/Star Wars than He-Man made for a lot of confused and dissapointed 8 year old boys.

swisshammer 4/12/2010 8:23:17 AM

Looking forward to seeing a new He-Man movie. But please, this time, can the setting be Eternia? No Earth!!

corndogburglar 4/12/2010 8:25:27 AM

a CGI costume for GL sounds like pants.  it better just be the glowy effects around his costume.


who would Brandon Routh be playing?  no one else in that series really fits his description.  also, how come no one is complaining that they'll get confused that Superman is in The Walking Dead?

gauleyboy420 4/12/2010 10:12:01 AM



The fan base is definitely there, look at the new line of MOTU figures, and that art, is sweet, I saw it on Deviant Art weeks ago while checking out MoTU Art.


Brandon Routh could be playing Glenn. And really the physical descriptions, aren't as important as the character. (like all adaptions, the physical description is not as important as keeping the character true to the part) BUT Routh fits Glenn's description.

raspedoits 4/12/2010 10:31:23 AM

BattleCat will definitely be cgi but how about Orko?

spiderhero 4/12/2010 10:43:31 AM

That Dr. Pepper commercial was great. It had humor & Stan Lee. Excelsior!

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