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IRON MAN 2 Set Photo

Plus: THOR, DARK KNIGHT, HELLBOY II and more in your Comics2Film 9.3.11

By Rob M. Worley     March 11, 2009

Jon Favreau on the set of IRON MAN 2
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Jon Favreau unveils the first set phto from 'Iron Man 2'. Plus: More casting rumor and buzz surrounding 'Thor'. 'Dark Knight', 'Iron Man' and 'Hellboy II' clean up at Saturn noms. Chatter on 'Hoxford' and 'Goon' movies and more in your Comics2Film 9.3.11!



Marvel exporting to India and China

Variety reports that Marvel Entertainment has has formed an international advisory board to seek opportunities to promote its key characters in foreign territories, especially India and China.

The board includes Bollywood film producer Manmohan Shetty and China-based digital entrepreneur Peter Yip. Other seats on the comittee would include members that represent Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Latin America. James Halpin chairs the board for Marvel.

We're not sure if this means Marvel will be creating new material for the various world audiences, or repackaging the current slate of production. The article does remind us that Marvel is currently producing anime versions of their characters for Japanese viewers with Madhouse.


Ben Templesmith on the HOXFORD movie

Last week the trades announced that Chris Columbus' 1492 productions had grabbed up the film rights to Ben Templesmith's IDW graphic novel 'Welcome to Hoxford'.

MTV Splash Page caught up with the comics artist and got his take on the deal.

Templesmith seemed please to have Columbus manning the ship, in spite of the fact that the filmmaker isn't known for edgy horror fare.

"Good sir, I’ll have you know the guy wrote ‘Gremlins’ — [and that was] actually one of the more formative films of my youth. Back then, it scared the hell out of me!" Templesmith corrected that notion. "Basically, he’s someone with a track record and a long list of films under his belt. You can’t really ask for more than that."

Templesmith says he hopes to be involved in the movie, but admits its up to Columbus and 1492 to hire him to participate.

“I’m definitely gunning to do something if I can be useful — most definitely on the visual side of things,” said Templesmith. “As a storyteller and creator I would definitely like to have some form of input. Most people would."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Over at Ain't It Cool, Harry Knowles takes a look at the 'Watchmen' spinoff DVD 'Tales of the Black Freighter' which also features the 'Under the Hood' documentary, and he likes what he sees:

"I put this in at approximately 5am this morning - and it absolutely riveted me."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Eric Powell on movie GOON

Comics creator Eric Powell recently set up his amazing book 'The Goon' (see review) as a CG-animated feature with Blur Studios (the folks behind the 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance' games.

Powell, who is writing the screenplay for the film, told MTV Splash Page that the comic is proving challenging to adapt, given it's loosely episodic nature.

“Obviously the comic is not set up where you can do a direct adaptation,” Powell told MTV News. “The issues are too episodic, and it’s basically a bunch of individual stories that link to a bigger story. So we’re having to take the gist of ‘The Goon’ and condense it into a format that works as a film.”

Powell also says fans can expect tweaks, but not major revisions, to the characters they know and love.

"There are a few little changes we’re throwing in here and there just to make it work as a film, but we’re not overhauling it or turning it upside down just for the sake of being different or turning it into a movie," said Powell.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



DARK KNIGHT Awards Derby Returns!

There's been a lull in the reporting of awards and nominations for 'The Dark Knight'. Fortunately the Saturn Awards have announced their 2008 nominees. The bat-film dominated the list, garnering 11 nods. 'Iron Man' is no slouch either, getting 8 nominations. Comic films 'Hellboy II', 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Wanted' also made a dent.

For Best Science Fiction Film 'Iron Man' and 'Hulk' both got a nomination.

For Best Fantasy Film 'Wanted' gets a shot.

Then, somehow, 'Hellboy II' gets the tip in Best Horror Film, although that one seems more appropriate in the fantasy category to us.

For Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film it's 'The Dark Knight' of course.

In the Best Actor Christian Bale and Robert Downey, Jr. are among the competitors.

Best Actress gives nods to Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gwyneth Paltrow.

No surprises in the Best Supporting Actor categories where Jeff Bridges, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger all got nods. Can we just award this one now?

We also approve of Best Director nominees Jon Favreau and Christopher Nolan.

In the Best Writing slot we have Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway for 'Iron Man' and Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan for 'The Dark Knight'

The Best Music category puts James Newton Howard ('The Dark Knight') and Hans Zimmer ('Iron Man') in the mix.

There's another bat-nod in the Best Costume category where Lindy Hemming is recognized.

For Best Make-Up we have John Caglione, Jr., Conor O’Sullian ('The Dark Knight') and Mike Elizalde ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army') making a showing.

Best Special Effects nods go to Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber, Paul Franklin  ('The Dark Knight'), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick, Shane Mahan for ('Iron Man') and Michael J. Wassel, Adrian De Wet, Andrew Chapman, Eamonn Butler ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army').

Another Batman showing in Best DVD Special Edition Release for 'The Dark Knight'  (Two-Disc Special Edition)

And one last comic book nod in the Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD which features 'The Incredible Hulk  (The Complete Series).

We've pared the list down to just the comic-based movies. For the complete list of nominees visit the Saturn Awards website.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




With 'Dead of Night' now filming in New Orleans, star Brandon Routh (who plays the iconic Italian Horror Comics character Dylan Dog) talked with About:Movies about the movie.

"It's about Dylan Dog actually who is a private investigator. He investigates supernatural and the undead phenomenon that happen so he kind of works with the undead," Routh explained. "It's kind of like Men in Black minus the aliens, but with undead – werewolves, zombies, vampires… That type of situation. So the world of the undead lives among the living every day, we just don't know it."

But Routh is quick to correct the comparison to 'Men in Black' pointing out that the movie is not overtly comedic.

"Not as campy as 'Men in Black', but there's a lot of humor, action, horror, thriller… It's like no film you've ever seen before, I'll be that bold as to say. And we've got the effects guys who just won the Academy Award for Benjamin Button, Drac Studios, working on the picture. Gilbert Adler is producing the film who produced Superman Returns, so we've got a good team."

Routh said after 'Dead of Night' he'll move on to 'Scott Pilgrim'.

"I'm Todd Ingram so I'm learning to play the bass guitar, which has been a lot of fun," Ruth said.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Jon Favreau on the set of IRON MAN 2, where the construction of Tony Stark's house is underway.

Here's your first IRON MAN 2 Set Photo

Years before 'Iron Man' hit the big screen, director Jon Favreau entrenched himself in the fan community by leveraging MySpace to create a direct link to his audience. It's hard to estimate how this influenced the popularity of the film, but the effect was tremendous. Fans felt involved with the production.

Favreau is at it again, possibly switching over to Twitter as his social network tool of choice. Favreau has his own twitter feed and, this week, used the mechanism to unveil the first photo from the set of 'Iron Man 2'.

So here's a look at Jon Favreau and cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the soundstage where the interiors of Tony Stark's penthouse are being built.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Who Watches...YATTAMAN?

What's the #1 movie this week? That's right! It's 'Yattaman'. In Japan anyhow.  Box Office Mojo reports that Takashi Miike's colorful manga-based movie has topped the charts there.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



More about THOR!

The rumor of the week foucsed on a meetup between 'Thor' director Kenneth Branagh and actor Alexander Skarsgård. confirms with inside sources that the director favors Skarsgård for the lead role in the film. However, there are other meetings with other actors to be had, and apparently 'G.I. Joe' star Channing Tatum is one of them.

The site also rumors Josh Hartnett as the leading contender for the malevaloent Loki. Supposedly the actor's name tops a very short list.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Bay to work Frank Welker into TRANSFORMERS 2

On his own message boards, director Michael Bay told fans that he's working to bring voice actor Frank Welker back into the fold for 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Welker is known as the original voice of Megatro, a role he lost to Hugo Weaving in the first film. Bay says he's hoping to hire Welker to be Soundwave in the follow-up.



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jmg134 3/11/2009 9:30:46 AM

OH! NO! Not Josh Hartnett as Loki!  That guy would totally suck as Loki.  They should use Crispin Glover.  Now he would make a GREAT Loki.  But not Hartnett.  And really...Channing Tatum?  I can see him now telling Loki to "step it up and bust a move" for all of Asgard.  UGH!  I thought the supposed casting of Thor was good but now this?  I hope this is all rumors.  See this is just as bad as casting Wes Bentley as Blackheart in Ghost Rider.  We don't need young Hollywood pretty boys in a movie like Thor, especially playing Loki of all characters.

Darkknight2280 3/11/2009 9:39:26 AM

FRANK WELKER in Transformers 2!! SWEET! Thats awesome news, he is one of the hardest working voice actors in the business and he SHOULD be in the movie. Sucks he isnt Megatron, but i will take him voicing SOUNDWAVE! Hope everything works out. Skarsgard as Thor i am down for, love him in True Blood and he was great in that Iraq War mini series (Its name escapes me right now) on HBO. JMG134 is right though..No Hartnet as LOKI..totally STUPID!!!!!!!!

fft5305 3/11/2009 10:07:48 AM

Josh friggin' Hartnett? He's surprisingly not a bad actor, but keep him the hell away from Loki! Hell no! On the other hand, Skarsgard for Thor? SCHWEEEEEET!!

Aaaaaand, still I have no comments on my profile. While I'm bitching... Bring back the Edit button on our comments. Also, on the main page, when I click "More" for more news items, it brings me to "Latest 23.5 Degrees News."  What up with that? Why must I go section by section and look for new news items in each section?

xenomorph 3/11/2009 10:09:27 AM

Im glad Frank Welker will be soundwave in Transformers 2. I've always wondered why he wasn't cast as Megatron in the first movie.

violator14 3/11/2009 10:57:41 AM

i remember reading Welker not being cast as megatron cuz he sounded a LiL too old now. But im glad he's doing soundwave again. Cant wait to see his ass. Anybody know if soundwave is gonna have lazerbeak, ravage, or even rumble poppin out of his chest???

I can KinDA see Josh Hartnett being a lowdown evil lil Loki bastard. But it's def. gonna put his acting chops to the test. 

darkheart00 3/11/2009 12:17:18 PM

Soundwave will be an alien jet looking thing, much like Megatron was in the first film Violator. I believe that you see Ravage in the trailer if I am not mistaken though.

Welker being considered for Soundwave is cool although Bay will overmodulate him to the point that you won't be able to tell anyways.

Josh Hartnett for Loki.....Bwahahahahaha, no seriously.

I hope Routh has some success with his upcoming projects. Seems like a nice guy and his cameo in Zack and Miri was hilarious.

violator14 3/11/2009 12:41:56 PM

Damnit Michael Bay.... I love his Transformers but SOMETIMES he strays a lil too far from the original ideas.  I thought those mini Decepticons popping out of Soundwave's chest was the best part about Soundwave! ....Hopefully he still does somehow.

almostunbiased 3/11/2009 1:01:16 PM

Welker should have been Megatron in the first movie, but ok I guess for sound wave although I hope he still sounds like he did in the cartoon.

The picture for Iron Man just looks like his house from the first movie.

Wiseguy 3/11/2009 3:00:48 PM

I'm glad to hear that Skarsgard is being seriously considered. He has been mentioned for the role by some of us here as a good pick. But please stay away from Tatum, please. And Hartnett as Loki wouldn't be my top choice but I think he has enough ability that he may pull it off, though I'd be surprised if he ever agreed to it since he was so adamant about not wanting to be Superman.

I just can't believe that Thor and IM are due next year, I can't wait. Marvel fare is always tops on my list though GL is right there. Wolverine baby


ponyboy76 3/11/2009 4:11:16 PM

I admit when you guys kept on touting this Skarsgard fella, I had no idea it was the dude from True Blood. Yeah, I think he would be a pretty damn convincing Thor. He`s a good actor and he's 6'4", so he definitely has the size. He just needs to put on like 10-15lbs of muscle like Jackman did for Wolverine.
Hell to the No for Channing Tatum. He can keep stepping up to the streets. I'll see how well he does in GIJOE which I`m already wary of.
I always have liked Josh Hartnett. He is a good actor and was great in Lucky Number Slevin. Although my sister isn't a fan, most likely because a mutual friend was supposed to hook them up but apparently Josh likes them a little young which creeped her out, but I`m not judging.

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