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Ifans to Hunt SPIDER-MAN


By Rob M. Worley     October 12, 2010
Source: Various

Ifans to hunt Spider-Man. Plus: Cooper a contender for Flash? More chaos on Transformers set! Highlander riding with Ghost Rider? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.12!





Paramount and Dreamworks better impose some discipline on the Transformers 3 movie crew because they've just caused another accident, albiet much less catastrophic than the previous one.

CBSNews.com reports that a stunt driver working the yellow Bumblebee Chevy Camaro collided with a police SUV during the filming in Washington DC. The police cruiser, a K9 unit carrying an officer and a police dog, was speeding down Maryland Avenue, lights ablaze and sirens wailing, at the same moment that a driving scene was being filmed. Apparently there was not enough time to call "cut" or inform the stunt drivers that an unexpected vehicle was speeding through the scene.

Neither the stunt driver, the police officer or the canine officer were injured. This is the second vehicular accident that has occurred during the filming, with a previous incident dealing a catastrophic head injury to extra Gabriela Cedillo, leaving the woman paralyzed and unable to speak.

CBS News has great footage of the collision. We've also included a report from DC local station WUSA9 because we love the reaction of the first eyewitness on the reel:


Thanks to middlerealm for the submission.



Erica Durance's Lois Lane is vested with the powers of ISIS on an upcoming episode of SMALLVILLE

C2F Quick Hits

  • Bleeding Cool has revealed a new set of photos from the Conan movie.
  • Yes, Erica Durance already plays Lois Lane on Smallville, but TV Guide reports that she'll be transformed into Saturday morning heroine Isis in the October 22nd episode of the series. Lane will find an ancient artifact that will give Lane the powers of the Egyptian goddess. However Isis is no heroine here. She's out to sacrifice Clark so her dead lover Osiris can be revived in his body.
  • The Official Highlander page on Facebook says that actor Christopher Lambert is in talks to appear in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
  • With all the talk of the Flash movie heating up, Moviehole is first to offer up a casting contender. Bradley Cooper, whose star is shining bright these days, (and who tested for the lead in Green Lantern) is said to be "the favorite" for the part.
  • Variety reports that there's a lucrative product placement and advertising deal will have Bruce Willis enticing his fans to drink Sobieski vodka after seeing the new RED movie. Willis is part owner and celebrity spokesman for the Polish vodka brand. Fans will see a bottle of the liquor on-screen during the movie.



Official: Rhys Ifans is SPIDER-MAN Villain (But Which One?)

Yesterday afternoon, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures officially announced that actor Rhys Ifans will play the villain in the studio's Spider-Man reboot.

Columbia prexy Matt Tolmach said, "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans.  After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role."

Director Marc Webb agrees adding, "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker.  Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

Notice that nobody is saying who the villain is exactly. Recent rumors from the oft-reliable Deadline.com has indicated that Venom is somehow in the mix however C2F feels that it's a bit soon to retry this character, especially considering it would link the fresh start to the terrible third movie in the Raimi cycle. If Webb wants to show fans something new, Ifans could be playing Kraven, Mysterio, Carnage, The Lizard, The Vulture, Electro or any number of cool Spidey villains.

Of course, while we'd prefer to see a new character, C2F thinks we can't rule out the arch-nemesis Green Goblin either. If Webb really is following Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, then the Green Goblin story is inextricably linked to Spidey's at the origin level.

Ifnas will appear opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you fans of Ifans? What villain do you hope he's playing in SPIDER-MAN? Post your comments below.

Thanks to LocoLobo73 for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!



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InnerSanctum 10/12/2010 7:22:31 AM

 Well, although I enjoyed Spider Man 1 & 2....I never thought Rami got the Green Goblin right.  I didn't like the supersuit.  I mean, DaFoe has a pretty creepy face.  With a "mask" he would have had a lot more dimension and could have added a creep out factor.  The suit was awful.  The choice of Mary Jane was awful.  To use her in the role of Gwen was awful.  But, yet, 2 made up for it all.  Except one part...have this guy keep his damn mask on.  I'm tired of stars having to show their face and limited time as the actual superhero.  One scene comes to mind in Iron Man 2.  He is wearing a mask, but it still says a lot in his movements as Rodney flies off in his War Machine armor.  The bigger the star, the less time we get to see them in costume.  

8man 10/12/2010 7:34:15 AM

You know Erica Durance really is a beautiful creature.  I wish the writing on the show made her a little more self secure and less sensitive.  Maybe she'll shed those limitations and blossom into the femme fatale we all want.

And I still believe you can have two villains in a Spider-Man movie.  That's not what killed the last one.  It was that they made Spidey into a sobbing mound of jell-o and tried to lighten the tone with absurdity.  Stop the crying and keep the fricken' mask on!   And oh, don't kill anyone.  Feel free to embrace the integrity of the mythos and leave something for whoever follows you.

KillerTomato 10/12/2010 7:39:47 AM

In all likelihood it will be Green Goblin in the new Spider-Man...which I could live with, I guess...but I would like to see someone else.  Regardless of all the new cast members, they NEED to keep J.K. Simmons as J Johan Jameson.  I mean it happened in the "reboot" of James Bond, M was the same M from previous movies...

LocoLobo73 10/12/2010 7:57:50 AM

so Maniacs , i was perusing my ultimate Spider man books and I think it is highly likely that IFANS is going to be playing dear old Norman Osborne. We do get to see Doc Conner in the first arcs of the books but he really doesnt come into play till the second arc when the Venom  suit is being worked on by him and Eddie Brock Jr. So it maybe we are going green in the first movie, but lets face facts guys , this is sony we are talking about and they never stick to the source material so there may still be hope.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGANCE is it me or does this seem to be the least intresting movie out of all the comic book movies. I love the Highlander movies and tv show , but still I wish they would just sink this movie, it reminds me of sick dog that just needs to be put down. They should really revamp the story and make this story mainly about Danny Ketch, I really thought Blaze was better when he came back in the second series of that book wearing the trench coat with the ponytail, and the Hell fire shotgun.  I me an really the only good ting about the first was the Bike

FLASH: Bradley Cooper, is a pretty good choice for the Scarlett Speedster, Better as a Barry Allen, then Wally West. But as I said before i do think its stupid for them to be using Allen instead of West. If you are just going to update Allens character to Modern Day , isnt that the same thing as making him Wally, whats the difference, Allen is a crime scene Tech and Wally works for the police dept in the motor pool. They both die and come back to life, they both get married. they both become members of the JL 


lracors 10/12/2010 8:17:29 AM

Conan is looking pretty cool

Flash = Bradley Cooper... yah i can dig it.

Ifans... not sure which villian he could play... He doesn't look as imposing as Kraven, Vulture he's too young, i could see The Lizard, Electro or Mysterio.  I would not want to see carnage, venom, or the Green Goblin return.  Also, just because this will be closer to the "ultimate" take on spidey doesn't mean that you have to have the Green Goblin in the first film.  From what we have been told thus far, Parker is already Spider-Man and has his powers.  Being now in collage (as the actor's age should be) I would like to see "The Lizard" take from the comics you can then lead into a sequel with subtle nods to the venom suit.


Tevii 10/12/2010 8:17:51 AM

Was hoping the would make Cooper Guy Gardner in the Green Lantern Sequels.... But he should make a good Flash if he gets it.

Hoping Rhys Ifans will be Vulture or Lizard....  We've seen Green Goblin. But this is a reboot so who knows.

littlemikey979 10/12/2010 8:31:18 AM

They could be going with the Venom storyling instead of the Green Goblin, I know it doesn't really follow the comic timeline but it could be an option and a good one I think. Spidey and Venom could team-up after a battle to take down the second villian and then still part ways as enemies but still leaving Venom with the option to come back later.

I think Mr.Cooper would be a great choice for Flash, I wonder if he will do it after being beaten by Ryan in GL and Ryan's name was already attached to Flash. Sort of, I can't beat Ryan so I'll take his leftovers.

Are the characters on Smallville so boring that they have to keep having them possessed to become someone else. They already have a crap load of other characters who are not being used and have not been on the show in awhile, the rest of the JLA (and not junior lifegaurd assoc.), for one. Write them in and get this super closing season we were promised started! All of us fans are waiting for more!

violator14 10/12/2010 8:39:12 AM

geez, and here i wanted Reynolds as Flash and Cooper as the Green Lantern.... but whatevers.... they'll both do just fine.

Chopsaki 10/12/2010 8:42:51 AM

Rhys Ifans was pretty funny in The Replacements. I'm wiry!

I'll bite my tongue on Conan till I actually see a trailer. 3D conversion...meh...

Christopher Lambert is still alive?

FrozenFear 10/12/2010 9:20:44 AM

Is nobody else excited about Optimus finally having his trailer?!?!?

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