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IRON MAN 2 Cast Interviews

Plus: THOR, SPIDER-MAN, SMURFS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     April 29, 2010
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Comics2Film: Robert Downey Jr. and IRON MAN 2
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We've got 'Iron Man 2' cast interviews. Plus: A major 'Thor' spoiler is revealed! 'Spider-Man' reboot talk. Additional actors for 'Smurfs' and more! World, you're holding back, the time has come for your Comics2Film 10.4.29!




Detroit Maniacs: IRON MAN Contest

In case you missed the notice yesterday, C2F's has some west cost tickets for its Detroit players. If you want to join us for a screening in Novi on May 4 enter the contest!



More IRON MAN 2 Reviews

Mania's own Rob Vaux turned in his assessment of 'Iron Man 2' yesterday afternoon. It's on the low end of positive, but still positive. Click through to read the reaction of Mania's film reviewer of record.

CHUD scored the movie 6.5 out of 10, took major issues with the script but summed up by saying, "Favreau has the action thing down pat, and he doesn't lose sight of his characters or tone while delivering very fun action beats."

Finally, the movie is currently pulling 73% positive on Rotten Tomatoes. However, we have to point out that there are only a very small sampling of reviews counted and the number could fluctuate greatly in the next week.



C2F Saw the JONAH HEX Trailer

C2F sat through a screening of the abomination that is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and saw trailers for 'Splice' (which we're told is "insanely enjoyable") and 'Jonah Hex'.

The clips didn't leave us feeling strongly about  'Hex' one way or the other. This is definitely not Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's straight-up-western version of the character. It trades heavily on the supernatural angle and also sets Hex up with a Q-like weapons builder in actor Lance Reddick (who comes up with things like saddle-mounted Gatling guns).

John Malkovich is there playing full-on squirrely and branding Hex's face as some kind of punishment for some transgression. Hex nearly dies and goes through some possibly-shaman-infused resurrection which leave him (apparently) with supernatural abilities, like resurrecting the dead. He also shoots a bunch of people. Josh Brolin growls a lot. Megan Fox shoots people too, and we were surprised that her mere appearance on the screen drew numerous "boos" from the audience.

At any rate, Hex looks to be a slightly darker, edgier, 'Wild Wild West' sort of movie with a supernatural spin and lots of violence. It's not any one version of the character we've ever read, but truth be told, we didn't become a fan until Joe Lansdale's run in the 1990s. The trailer should be online shortly, we'd expect.



Warner's DC Universe Movie Plans? has filed another report from their Warner Bros insider, claiming to know Christopher Nolan's scheme for building the DC Universe on the big screen.

According to their report, 'Batman Begins' is basically ground zero for the DCU. Or, the metaphor IESB uses, is Action Comics #1. Batman is the first superhero of his kind. Of course his story continues in 'The Dark Knight' which is #2.

'Green Lantern' will expand the notion of superheroes in the DCU movie world and act as #3. According to IESB, that movie will contain Easter eggs and asides that make reference to Nolan's Batman movies. Superman has not yet emerged but, of course, Nolan is working to bring him into the world.

So, the scooper claims Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are very conscientiously working to make sure the DCU unfolds on the big screen in a logical manner that allows the tonally diverse movies to co-exist.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



C2F Quick Hits

  • IMAX Corporation issued a press release announcing a deal to release up to 20 Warner Bros movies in the giant-screen format. Named as potential releases for 2011, 2012 and/or 2013 are 'Batman 3' and 'Superman'.
  • cites inside sources who claim Warner Bros. are developing a 'Starman'  movie with producer Dan Lin. Gregory Noveck is producing for DC Entertainment. There are no talent attachments. The report is unclear on which Starman would be featured, but we'd have to assume it would be the highly-acclaimed Jack Knight model from James Robinson's comics.
  • Via twitter, Production Weekly says Marvel's 'Captain America', have opened a production office at Shepperton Studios, principle photography is scheduled to begin June 28th.
  • The CW has released additional images from "Hostage," the Friday, May 7 episode of 'Smallville'. You can see them at Comics Continuum.
  • MTV News goes in depth with actor Brandon Routh on 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. Among other things he says, "So that was shocking and cool — but not just in its graphics. It's such a hard movie to explain. It's very impactful — because you feel every punch. The motions and the action are so punctuated that I think it's going to be very visual. You're going to feel a lot, and the crowd will probably react to so many things — more so than in other films. "
  • Robert Downey Jr. told MTV Splash Page he doesn't know if he's actually in 'The Avengers'  or not. However, he praised Kenneth Branaugh and Chris Hemsworth's work on Thor and considers himself a Marvel ambassador with regards to the other movies.
  • A Hollywood Reporter article detailing the influx of video game properties into film also includes some commentary from Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach about the much-buzzed-about 'Spider-Man' reboot. He said the movie is "Peter Parker told differently," and it will not look or feel the the previous series of films. Finally, he's humbled by the prospect of living up to the Sam Raimi cycle.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



More SMURF Casting

The Hollywood Insider at has a whole long list of names that are joining the cast of 'The Smurfs'. The names include:

Daily Show’s John Oliver, playing Vanity Smurf; Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson and Fred Armisen as Greedy Smurf and Brainy Smurf, respectively; The Office’s B.J. Novak as Baker Smurf; and comedian Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf. They join Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, who, as previously reported by, will play Jokey Smurf. Also lending their voices to the little blue creatures are Wolfgang Puck — playing none other than Chef Smurf — and veteran character actor Gary Basaraba as Hefty Smurf. Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin will voice Clumsy Smurf. The rumors that Quentin Tarantino and Michael Cera are joining the cast are not true.



Cool THOR Set Pic and Spoiler

Latino Review has landed what looks to be a major scoop. It's a purported photo from the set of 'Thor' which, if legitimate, reveals a character from the film with a pretty damn cool design that is straight out of the comics.

We're not going to say who the character is, even though it is revealed in headlines on every other movie site (so it's pretty much going to be impossible to avoid). But this is the first we've heard of this character actually being in the movie. C2F assumes that it's a character that will exist largely as a special effects creations.

Click here if you want to see the photo.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



IRON MAN 2 Interview videos

We've posted video interviews with the cast and director of 'Iron Man 2' in the Mania video gallery. Click through for:

The movie is just one week away, opening in theaters on May 7th!



Shameless Robbo Hype

If you're in the Detroit area on Saturday, May 1, stop by Comics & More on John R Road, south of 12 Mile Road. Comics2Film's Rob M. Worley will be handing out free, limited-edition posters promoting his upcoming all-ages comic 'Scratch9.' The book arrives in August from Ape Entertainment and KiZoic.


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Wiseguy 4/29/2010 7:55:32 AM

Holy shit, didn't know Destroyer would be appearing in THOR. That's going to be awesome, damn that gave me a shot of adrenaline.

Another shot of adrenaline, if that DC movieverse rumor is true that's effing awesome as well. Ok so they're basically copying Marvel's blueprint but so what. DC and Marvel movieverse!!! I would never have dreamed this back in my childhood. I want to see them negotiate Batman's world with the rest. of the DCU. Really really looking forward to Green Lantern, even more so now that is going to expand on the DCU

Maybe someday we'll get a movie crossover, afterall that's happened  never say never

Darkknight2280 4/29/2010 8:03:37 AM

im with you Wiseguy!! HOLY CRAP!!! Im now pumped for Thor..its official!

Love that they are kinda doing the same thing with the DC movies that marvel is doing..esepcially with mentioning the other movies and whatnot. its a formula that WORKS!! Cant wait for mor DC action even though im a MARVEL ZOMBIE!

Darkknight2280 4/29/2010 8:05:29 AM

WHOOOOAAA How can RDJ not know hes in Avengers or not?! WTF is this trouble brewing? He should know by his contract with marvel!

CaptAmerica04 4/29/2010 8:11:01 AM

Wiseguy summed it up!  Awesome news about the Destroyer, and Awesome news about the DCU on film!

lancedenier 4/29/2010 8:53:22 AM

Great.  Now this comment section will be filled with pissin and moanin about revealing  spoilers.  Having said that... THE DESTROYER WILL BE AN AWESOME OPPONENT!!!

ponyboy76 4/29/2010 8:58:21 AM

I just got back from Iron Man 2 and it was Awesome! In my opinion it is everything that a sequel should be There is nothing wrong with the story and anyone who is familar with the demon in a bottle storyline should appreciate quite a few aspects of the flick. I have no idea what some of these idiot critics are talking about with the ending being similar then the first movie. The action sequences are phenomenal. The F/X are amazing when it comes to the suits. The little nods and winks to the Marvel Universe were great and that easter egg at the end is just awe inspiring. And Wise, it is the exact shot in the FF comic during Civil War. I really can't see anyone leaving this movie disappointed at the end result.

Grade A for me

ponyboy76 4/29/2010 8:59:38 AM

Oh and Scar Jo is fine as hell and very badass as Black Widow! Damn, that woman has a body!

Flint521466 4/29/2010 8:59:51 AM

It's about time WB/DC got their shit together.  Still leery regarding Nolan being given Superman.  We'll just have to wait & see.

Destroyer in THOR.  TITTIES!!

Wiseguy 4/29/2010 9:01:30 AM

I don 't think RDJ signed one of those 6 or 9 movie deals. Remember his IM was the one that got the ball rolling and if not for his succes the entire Marvel movieverse could still be just a dream. So I think his  comments IMO just hint at negotiating tactics, "I try not to think about that stuff, because everything changes in success, and everything changes in lack of success."  In plain words, if IM2 rakes it in again then I want a big payday

Just watched all those interviews and I'm superstoked for IM2.

You know, if they pull off a DCU movieverse incorporating Batman Begins, I may have to change my opinion on Nolan's 2 Bat films, no, I will change my opinion. My perspective on the entire Nolan saga will change if they can bring super powers, magic and cosmic forces into Bat's world and make it work. I will apologize to Nolan and give him credit. Of course we know this was never his intention so I'm curious and very hopeful that it's done properly or better yet to my satisfaction

Wiseguy 4/29/2010 9:04:14 AM

pony, not that I needed it but still thanks for further cementing my expectations for IM2. As a fellow comic book lover I'd take your word over most people. Unfortunately it's still a week away for most of us here in the State. It's driving me mad

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