New details revealed in 'Iron Man 2' Preview. Plus: Raimi contemplates 'Spider-Man 5 and 6'. Favreau bows out of directing 'The Avengers'. Ratner says he kep 'X-Men' alive and more! Give some candy to crazy-newspaper face, because he's really your Comics2Film 9.10.15!
Mania Cross-link: The CW rolled out tons o' photos from upcoming 'Smallivlle' episodes. In case you missed them we've got a batch from "Roulette", which introduces the fight-club-hosting villainess from DC Comics, and "Crossfire" which introduces arrow sidekick Speedy and romantic foil Cat Grant.
Variety reveals some additional details on 'The Bradleys', the new toon show based on the 'Hate' comics by Peter Bagge.
Bagge is writing the pilot script with Matthew Lawton, best known for producing 'Crank Yankers' and 'Code Monkeys'. Both are executive producers on the show, along with Barry Katz, Brian Volk-Weiss and Michael Pelmont.
"I was obsessed with Peter Bagge's comics when I was a teen," Lawton said. "I ran away to Seattle at the age of 16, and was definitely this grumpy, disaffected punk kid."
Paramount is slated to send 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' home less than three months after its theatrical run, a move that has theater owners ready to go to war. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the home video release is scheduled for November 3, just 88 days after it arrived in cinemas.
Par typically averages over four months between theatrical and home video. The sudden move to under three months has the National Association of Theater Owners worried that Par is looking to speed up the cycle and potentially hurt their profits.
Warner Home Video have announced the specifics for volume 3 of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' on DVD.
The new release hits the streets next February 2nd for an MSRP of $14.97.
It'll contain the following episodes:
Those last two episodes in particular make it worth the price of admission. Those find Batman traveling to Earth 2, meeting the evil Crime Syndicate (made up of hero doppelgangers) as well as the heroic "Red Hood" (who is actually an alternate version of The Joker under the mask). A similar storyline is now being mined for the upcoming DVD movie 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'.
Reviews of the manga-based 'Astro Boy' are trickling in. Summit Entertainment has an embargo on reviews, so Mania won't be able to post ours until the day the film opens. However write ups are trickling in from foreign market screenings and some are being run by by U.S. majors...
VARIETY: "Appropriately for a film about robots, efficiency is the primary virtue of "Astro Boy," a well-oiled CG-animated superhero pic that makes up in competence and vitality what it lacks in originality."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Bottom Line: Derivative bits aside, the pint-sized Japanese icon takes flight in vibrant CG animation -- no 3D glasses required."
And Rotten Tomatoes has the film pulling 75% postive with 8 reviews counted so far.
"I'm not going to be available."
That's the response Jon Favreau gave to MTV Splash Page in an exclusive interview, when asked about rumors that he was going to direct 'The Avengers'.
Which is not to say that Favs won't be involved. As Marvel's wonder boy he's on board as an executive producer of the film and says he'll have input.
The director also said that fans shouldn't look for Edward Norton to make a cameo in 'Iron Man 2' but there will likely be some Easter eggs.
"We want to reinforce a lot of the stuff we started to tip off," Favreau told MTV News. "'The Avengers' is a much larger concern for Marvel and Kevin Feige, who runs Marvel. They're going to be doing 'Thor' and 'Captain America,' and the way we might start to tease those things in this movie, some of it is stuff that we've discussed [and] some of the stuff you do last-minute as you figure out how that stuff is coming together."
Favreau has more interesting things to say so check out the entire clip...
It's kind of an oldish interview, but last month the ever-colorful director Brett Ratner addressed fan criticism of his efforts on 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. In speaking with Starpulse, Ratner said that comic fans consider him the Anti-Christ in spite of the fact that he kept the mutant franchise alive. Check it out:
You mentioned "X-Men." Is the comic book fan the hardest demographic to please? If you look at the numbers: Bryan Singer's "X-Men" made $157 Million, "X-Men United" made $214 million and your "X-Men: The Last Stand" made $234 million. Yet that group wasn't particularly happy.
Absolutely. Bryan Singer gave me the best advice when I was doing "X-Men 3," Bryan is a really good friend of mine. Bryan said, "Whatever you do, do not read the Internet." I'm like, "Why?" He's like, "First of all, they hated on me the whole time I was making 'X-Men' and 'X-Men 2.' They said, 'Gambit should have been the star of the movie'" They're such rabidness fans, they're so passionate about their comic book characters that they think that their favorite character should be the star of the movie. Someone might be passionate about Iceman being the star. So, you can't win. Everyone's going to have their own so just stay away from their opinion and do what you feel's best.
I kind of made rules for myself. I said to the writers -- Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg -- I only want to put scenes in this movie that exist from actual comic books. That way I protect myself. Even though I protect myself they're still saying, "Why the f*ck did [he] kill Professor X?" He died in five different comic books! People are crazy. "Brett Ratner killed Professor X! How dare he do that!" He died in five different comic books and came back!
Then people weren't happy with Bryan Singer when he went on to "Superman Returns."
You can't make these people happy. I'm kind of the Anti-Christ to these comic book geeks. Every single person that wrote shit went to see that movie multiple times because a movie doesn't gross $200 something million unless people go to see it more than once. Every single person who said, "I'm never seeing that movie," they were the first ones there.
What is it then? Are you polarizing?
You know what it is. That's their whole life, they have nothing more to do than to worry. What are they concerned about? It's out of the filmmaker's hands. A film is a collaborative effort. How's a person sitting at home going to worry about how a movie is going to turn out to be? I just know one thing: Mine outgrossed the other two by far. Mine was the one that made the most narrative sense. And I'm not knocking Bryan's movie but he just does a certain thing; Bryan uses his brain and I use my eye and my instincts more. It's a whole different approach to making a movie. I'm not saying my movie wasn't smart; I just wasn't intellectualizing it. I was just looking at it as pure entertainment value which is what it was.
When I was a kid and used to watch that cartoon it was just fun. It wasn't a deeper meaning for me when I watched the cartoon as a kid. I didn't read the comic books but it doesn't matter, the cartoon is the same f*cking thing.
The most ridiculous statement I've read is -- and of course I looked at the Internet after the movie came out -- that I buried the franchise. If I buried the franchise how the f*ck did they make a "Wolverine"? I mean, that's ridiculous. And they're making three other f*cking "X-Men" movies. Mine kept the franchise alive!
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MTV Splash Page continues to parcel out audio bits from their phone interview with director Sam Raimi. They asked him if he's planning on taking the helm of the already-in-development 'Spider-Man 5' and '6'. Naturally, Raimi is non-committal with work only just beginning on 'Spider-Man 4'.
"Every time I make one of the 'Spider-Man' movies, I have to ask myself, is the character still intriguing to me?" Raimi told MTV News. "Do I love the character? Am I dying to tell the next story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man? And so far the answer has been yes."
So any work on something beyond 4 will depend on Raimi's interest level at that moment. "You have to ask me in two-and-half years," he laughed. If Raimi isn't up for directing future Spideys, he said he'll still look forward to enjoying them as a member of the audience.
French entertainment site Canal+ rolled out a seven-minute, forty second video segment on their visit to the set of 'Iron Man 2'.
The clip mainly features interview footage with director Jon Favreau and leading hero Robert Downey Jr. They talk about how they're taking the armored Avenger to the next level bboth in terms of characterization and special effects.
The clips real also features some great behind-the-scenes set footage examining Tony Stark's updated basement lab, a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson doing some wire-fu prep (not in costume, sadly) and a mysterious shot of Tony letting ScarJo try on the Iron Man gauntlet. It seems the Black Widow is using her wiles to expose Tony Stark's trade secrets!
Here's the clip!
What do you think, Maniacs? Spot anything cool in the background footage? Post your comments below...