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Jackman says WOLVERINE is 'Whole New Ballgame'


By Rob M. Worley     December 08, 2010
Source: Various

Jackman says The Wolverine is a "whole new ballgame." Plus: Brat Pack gets a director. Spider-Man's mysterious Van Adder speaks! Green Lantern's missing eggs and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.8!




Charlie Sheen to be One of THE WALKING DEAD?

Walking Dead rumor of the day is that Charlie Sheen will shuffle onto the small screen as a Zombie in season two of The Walking Dead. The news was reported by Socyberty.com who confirmed the scoop with Sheen's representatives.

The actor sought the cameo as a fan of the show. He queried his publicist, who also represents Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays Dale in the series. Apparently the producers of the show were enthusiastic about the notion.

Fans will recall that Mania's Robert T. Trate reported back in October that fans should look for celebrity zombies in the show. This was after FX guru Greg Nicotero was overheard telling showrunner Frank Darabont, "Somebody approached me about being a Zombie today and I have to tell you about it."



SPIDER-MAN's Van Adder Speaks!

When fans learned last week that actor Irrfan Khan was on board Marc Webb's now-filming 3D Spider-Man reboot, they muttered a collective "who?" Then when it was revealed that he is playing the villainous "Van Adder" fans let loose with a group "huh?"

Now Kahn is fielding questions about the movie and his role from the Arts Beat Blog at the New York Times. Here's an excerpt:

Q: In Spider-Man you’re playing a character not that many people have heard of. What can you tell us about Van Adder?

A: Is that his name? These science-fiction names don’t mean a lot to me. He’s a character who, I think, was not in the comics or perhaps a minor character. I’ve read some pages, but the whole script hasn’t been made available to me.

Q: How did you get the role?

A: My manager told me that the director Marc Webb was approaching us. I spoke with him, and he sounded very engrossed, and I was interested. I’m expectant and really looking forward to it.

Q: Have you had to do any training in preparation for the part? And what about being in 3-D?

A: You don’t do training for action. You’re waiting for action. You just strap yourself into a harness and go. Two dimensions, three dimensions — Avatar really made a difference in terms of 3-D, but beyond that I haven’t thought about it.

So there you have it. Kahn knows as much about Van Adder as you do!



C2F Quick Hits

  • We posted 22 new images and 2 new video clips from this Friday's episode of Smallville, titled "Icarus". Click through for a look!
  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, that kick-ass adaptation of the manga and animed Space Battleship Yamato is the #1 movie in Japan, toppling reigning champ Harry Potter. Fans will also see the film in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, France and Germany. Toho is in negotiations with a U.S. distributor as well.
  • Take this next bit with a grain of salt, because it comes from Mark Millar's Twitter feed, but but the effusive comics creator says he knows something about the Green Lantern movie. "I heard there was a Green Lantern screening last week and it tested through the roof. This great news as a comic, movie and GL fan."
  • Comicsbeat.com reports that the film version of Rick Veitch's Brat Pack has a director in Tarik Saleh. The filmmaker is best known for an Swedish animated film called Metropia.
  • MTV Splash Page is giving you a chance to win a trip to the January 14th premiere of Green Hornet.
  • Meanwhile, fans in Georgia can find Green Hornet's Black Beauty on display at Dr. No's comics today! Click for details.
  • Coming Soon reports that Lionsgate is now calling Jason Momoa's new movie Conan the Barbarian, which is what it was called before someone thought to change it to Conan 3D. The movie bows next August.
  • Deadline.com reports that Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau "went nuts" at DreamWorks when he saw their poster for I Am Number Four. Both films are from DreamWorks and both posters feature their brooding leading man, head hung low, with blue energy crackling from his hand. Apparently Favs fears the posters will create confusion, but DreamWorks already has an alternate ad campaign for Number Four's primary push.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 COWBOYS & ALIENS One Sheet featuring Daniel Craig

One Sheet for I AM NUMBER FOUR featuring Alex Pettyfer




MTV Splash Page chatted with screenwriter Marc Guggenheim about the much-anticipated Green Lantern movie.

Guggenheim is a self-professed hider of Easter Eggs in the script, and had written a scene that would have put Clark Kent in the movie in a bit part. Sadly it didn't make it into the final movie for budgetary reasons.

He also revealed another gag, this one written by Michael Green, that didn't make the cut. Green, "had written a bit where when the ring is going over the Earth. We made a little bit more of Abin Sur’s speech about finding someone honest land brave, and the ring speeds right over Washington, D.C. without stopping, which I thought was funny. Every time I read that in a draft, that made me laugh out loud, but we took that out."

He also said that fan-fave rodent with a ring Ch'p does not appear in the film. Apparently director Martin Campbell was adamant that Bzzd be featured prominently instead.

Green Lantern bows June 17th!



Jackman Says THE WOLVERINE is a "Whole New Ballgame"

Actor/producer Hugh Jackman is expecting big things from his latest outing as Marvel's most recognizable mutant in The Wolverine.

In speaking with Inside Movies, the actor said he's been courting director Darren Aronofsky to board the X-Men franchise since the third movie. Now that he's on board, the pair have begun working out his vision for the latest film, which the director has strenuously suggested is not a sequel.

"We had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up," Jackman enthused, "because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame – just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting."

While Jackman is expecting big things from the director, that sentiment apparently goes both ways. Aronofsky wants the actor to bulk up to an unprecedented muscle mass  -- some 25 lbs over previous appearances -- for the new movie. Jackman says that's more than he's ever carried playing Wolverine. He needed a consult with someone who knows how to train.

"I had a chat with Dwayne Johnson, who did 25 pounds for his movie [Faster]," Jackman told Inside Movies. "I rang him up and was like, Okay, tell me what’s going on."

The actor revealed he's looking to gain a pound of muscle each week by consuming 6,000 calories and pumping a whole lot of iron.

The Wolverine isn't due out until 2012.



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. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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mike10 12/8/2010 7:30:47 AM

Never heard of I AM NUMBER FOUR, what is it about? As for Space Battleship Yamato, even if it doesn't make it to theaters here at least get it on Showtime or DVD/Blueray soon, the trailers I saw looked great!

Hobbs 12/8/2010 7:34:01 AM

Ugh...unless actors are in the Walking Dead graphic novel, which I haven't read, I don't want them to start making cameos in the show.  You have to worry about other people wanting to get their fingers in this show now that it broke records. 

Wolverine has me hopeful. Maybe we'll get in the sequel what the first one should have been?  I have a feeling they are going to push it as a hard PG-13 though I bet the director would prefer an R.  No way Fox will allow that though. 

Wiseguy 12/8/2010 7:58:58 AM

Really don't care about actors playing zombies either. I think it can easily become a distraction.

I'd tell Jackman to throw in a cycle or two some deca, anavar and testosterone too. It'll do wonders for some lean mass

Didn't realize Conan had a set date, it's going to be an awesome summer, from beginning to end

@mike, it's about survivors from another planet hiding here on earth with the destroyer of their world hot in pursuit. Sort of like the last Witch Mountain movie

Chris Beveridge 12/8/2010 8:01:53 AM

 Hobbs, they're talking about celebrities as the Walkers themselves, not as speaking roles.

jayinvincible 12/8/2010 8:02:02 AM

Well at least they won't have touch the make-up budget to zombify Sheen. "Here's a case of Jack and a 8-ball buddy!"

samurai1138 12/8/2010 8:04:20 AM

having Jackman add an extra 25 lbs is a good idea, although hes already in great shape, he was never as thick as Wolverine should be. Now if only they get it into their heads to digitally remove 6-9 inches from his height, and add a whole lot of body hair, we'd really be somewhere.

Badger 12/8/2010 8:21:16 AM

I have never been pleased with the way Wolverine has been portrayed to this point.  I appreciate that the character finally made it on to the big screen, and I think Jackman is a really good actor.  But I'm with Samurai, short, stocky, bulked up, hairy and mean as hell.  That's what I want on the screen.

jfdavis 12/8/2010 8:41:46 AM

The only interesting thing here is the GL "egg recall."  Save Ch'p for the squeakual (::grin::) but the Kent reference would have been damn cool.  The DC scene will probably be re-inserted for the international release...

isgrimner 12/8/2010 8:47:06 AM

I have no problems with cameos in Walking Dead.  As long as they handle it like Matt and Trey used to do in South Park.  In the early seasons they would get cameo requests and then cast them in bit parts.  ie. George Clooney played the gay dog Sparky.   Jerry Seinfeld wanted to do a cameo on there and they offered him the role of a turkey.  Apparently Seinfeld wanted a bigger cameo so they turned him down.   If Walking Dead does it that way, where they don't really focus on them, I don't see it being an issue. 


The Wolverine.  Optimistic.

LocoLobo73 12/8/2010 9:11:45 AM

I dont have aproblem with Jackmans portrayal of Wolvie, i think he has handled the character well for most parts , and you cant fault the actor for a poorly written script and a horrible director, which was the problem with Wolverine and last stand.  Kill all the cameos and focus on the story, there should be no need of any of that, and the only other xmen that should or would be exceptible would be Cyclops, Storm, Beast and Kitty and that should only be for the wedding scene. I have to say im going to be disappointed that they more than likely wont have the costume in the movie.

The Walking Dead : who cares if they do have big name stars wanting to do walk ons as zombies, I think its cool that they are fans and I m not concerned that it will distract from the show, I think its more of an easter egg thing or a wheres waldo.  It could also make for a good contest for the show , win your own walk on roll by naming the stars. The show is amazing anyway .

Spiderman: using Proto Goblin has got to be the stupidest thing I ve ever heard, there is a reason that the character was used for like one issue and was never used again, cause he is lame and he looks lame also

I hope they get a subtitled version of Space Battle Yamato up soon

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