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Ledger to Return in DARK KNIGHT? (No. No he isn't)


By Rob M. Worley     December 01, 2010
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Comics2Film: Heath Ledger as the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT
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Ledger to return in Dark Knight Rises? (No. No he isn't). Plus: Firebreather smokes the competition. Walking Dead turmoil. X-Men: First Class gets Wise and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.1!




Cage Talks GHOST RIDER 2

Collider.com has a chat with Mr. Nicolas Cage, who talks about his currently filming project Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The actor said he's excited to have an opportunity to take another stab at Marvel's flame-headed biker from hell, and the new take on the character will "mess with [fans'] minds."

"I’m really enjoying my experience with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. They’re not like anybody I’ve worked with before. They’re total originals," Cage enthused. "Mark Neveldine is doing things with the camera that are just brand new. He’s on rollerblades. He’s hanging off of wires at 300 feet. He’s just doing things that are combination stuntman and camera operator/director that are quite shocking and quite risky.

"And Brian Taylor is just a philosopher when it comes to movies. You can talk to him about Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, and you can go into Ishiro Honda’s The War of the Gargantuas, in the same sentence. He’s definitely giving me a chance to bring a lot to the character," Cage continued. "His idea to have me play Ghost Rider as well was inspired. We’ve been coming up with a lot of interesting things to do in the abstract, to help support the supernatural aspect of the character. He is the most supernatural superhero of all, after all."

Click through for more of Cage's comments on GR2 and Kick-Ass.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



FIREBREATHER Smokes Competition, Sequel Imminent?

Last week Cartoon Network debuted their original movie Firebreather. Directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) the film adapts Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn's comic of the same name.

Now Cartoon Network is declaring a ratings win for the show, which topped various demographic categories in its debut.

And if we're to take artist Andy Kuhn's tweets as gospel, there may be a follow up feature. He writes, "Firebreather was #1 in cable ratings for the night it debuted. Will [Cartoon Network] make more? The magic 8-ball says, 'signs point to yes!!!!'"

Hyperbole aside, here's the press release from Cartoon Network...

Scorching away all competition across its 90-minute original movie premiere (7-8:30 p.m.), Cartoon Network’s FIREBREATHER ranked as Wednesday’s (Nov. 24) #1 telecast of the night among all kids and boys demos ages 2-11, 6-11, 9-14 and 12-17 vs. all television networks, according to Nielsen Media Research. The network’s first-ever CG original movie event attracted 3,693,000 viewers ages 2+ (up +19% compared to the same 2009 time period), including nearly 1.7 million kids 2-11, 1.3 million kids 6-11 and 1.1 million kids 9-14—beating all other television networks by considerable double digits.

Both kids and boys ages 2-11 and 6-11 grew over each half-hour, with double-digits gains between the first and third half-hour measurement: kids 2-11 grew by 18%, kids 6-11 grew by 21%, boys 2-11 grew by 24% and boys 6-11 grew by 23%. The outstanding performance also ranks as the second most-watched telecast of the year among targeted viewers, just beneath the Oct. 15 original presentation of Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

"Firebreather is a fantastic story with complex and compelling characters that really resonated with our audience," said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer of Cartoon Network. "We are extremely grateful that our viewers responded so dramatically to our first effort at taking original movies to the next level with a dynamic new CG experience."

Posting double and triple-digit delivery and ratings growth compared to the previous week (Nov. 17), FIREBREATHER achieved the following performance highlights:

  • Kids 2-11 delivery (1,770,000) increased by 71%, and ratings (4.3) by 70%
  • Kids 6-11 delivery (1,307,000) increased by 81%, and ratings (5.3) by 82%
  • Kids 9-14 delivery (1,132,000) increased by 146%, and ratings (4.6) by 145%
  • Teens 12-17 delivery (694,000) increased by 399%, and ratings (2.8) by 371%
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (1,233,000) increased by 74%, and ratings (5.8) by 76%
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (991,000) increased by 83%, and ratings (7.8) by 82%
  • Boys 9-14 delivery (913,000) increased by 160%, and ratings (7.3) by 162%
  • Boys 12-17 delivery (545,000) increased by 499%, and ratings (4.4) by 522%



C2F Quick Hits

  • If you want to see 2 video clips and 11 images from "Darkseid Descending", this week's episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold , click through to our preview page...
  • C2F did a quick Q & A with voice actor Josh Keaton who has provided the voice for Spider-Man on numerous occasions. Now, he's set to do it again with projects coming out next year. Click through for our interview with Josh...
  • The Walking Dead hits the home entertainment market this March. Click through for details...
  • Yahoo! Movies has a chat with Matthew Spradlin and Barry "Bazza," Wernick, creators of the indie comics sensation Bad Kids Go to Hell. They talk about the upcoming movie version and share anecdotes like, "When I was in high school, there was this guy who was a sophomore and he got killed in a car wreck. He was kind of a wallflower. I knew who he was because he was a friend of mine's little brother. There was this cheerleader who was in the middle of the common area and she came up with the quote, in all seriousness, that she could not understand why anyone was grieving for him because he was not all that popular." Click through for the complete read...
  • MTV Splash Page chatted with Hulk-to-be Mark Ruffalo about the Avengers movie. The actor didn't reveal anything of substance, joking that he's practicing his Hulk moves in the mirror and will read the script for the movie next week. When asked if Hulk is a villain in the pic Ruffalo said with a smile, "He may or may not be."
  • The official website for the Captain America: Super Soldier video game, tying in to the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger movie, is active. You'll find a trailer, screen shots and game info.
  • Actor Ray Wise (Robocop, Twin Peaks) told IGN that he has a role in the currently-filming X-Men: First Class. "I'm playing the Secretary of State of the United States. I'll be going over there in the next couple of weeks," Wise told IGN.




So, AMC has a major hit on its hands with The Walking Dead. The six-episode first season is about to wrap up. So what are the producers doing to get ready for season two? Firing the writing staff.

Deadline.com reports that writer/ executive producer/ director Frank Darabont has let go the entire staff from the first season. Apparently Darabont intends to hire writers for the second season on a freelance only basis, rather than have a dedicated staff.

In truth, freelancers accounted for one-third of the scripts in the first season (comics creator Robert Kirkman being one of them) and Darabont accounted for another third, leaving only two episodes penned by the show's staff. So the transition may not be all that dramatic. However, Deadline points out that stretching the model out over twice as many episodes may put the show in hot water with the Writers Guild.

Finally, Deadline says that the freelancer plan is something under consideration and there's plenty of time for things to change between now and when the second season launches next October.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



DARK KNIGHT RISES: Nolan's Last? Ledger to Return? Superman!?

As anticipation builds for The Dark Knight Rises, rumors and stories are swirling around the production.

First up, EW talked with director Christopher Nolan about his plans for the franchise. Not surprisingly, the filmmaker is approaching the film with an air of finality calling it, "the last chapter of our Batman saga."

However, he feels at home transitioning into another Batman movie after his blockbuster original movie Inception.

"I feel very glad that I’m doing another Batman film. I think it would have been daunting to sit down and write an original script after Inception. I love working within the realm and rules of our Batman world. It’s kind of nice to have someplace to go that I’m super-excited about," he said.

OK, so that's pretty much as expected, but here's a rumor out of left-field from Showbiz Spy: Their sources are claiming that Nolan plans to use cut footage from The Dark Knight as well as CG wizardry to insert Heath Ledger's Joker into the new movie for a brief scene. Supposedly Nolan is seeking consent of Ledger's family before proceeding with the plan.

At one point Nolan did plan to include the Joker in the third movie, but, very obviously, the tragic passing of Ledger changed that.

Moviehole, who has numerous sources within Warner Bros, responded to the rumor and declared it bogus.

"It’s just not real," one of their contacts at Warner Bros told them. Sources say that Nolan has too much respect for Ledger and his family to even suggest such a thing.

In the same piece, Moviehole does float another interesting rumor. With Nolan clearly winding down his tour of the Batman universe, the studio is looking ahead to what's next for the character. Sources say the studio may be blowing the dust off the long-buzzed about Batman vs Superman movie as a possible next step in the franchise. That project was buzz-worthy eight or nine years ago when franchise crossovers were unheard of, though Marvel's Avengers movie will have stolen that thunder should the studio decide to go that route.

Other plans would include a traditional sequel with a new creative team and leading man.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Hey...there's this movie called Green Hornet coming at ya in 3D in about six weeks. Here are three new TV ads touting the Michel Gondry film starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou...






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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Betenoire 12/1/2010 7:59:28 AM

No, no he isn't. -Fabulously funny and sad.

GR2-The film will mess with fans minds? The first did that nicely Cage...

violator14 12/1/2010 8:19:03 AM

Having Ledger back for a brief scene as the Joker would increase box office sales by another 30-50% i would think! However, it is truly sad indeed since I would have been ok with part 3 being completely about the Joker again...  =(

lancedenier 12/1/2010 8:38:42 AM

I'd hate to see Ledger in it unless it was perfect and not forced.


Bring on Batman vs Superman!

CaptAmerica04 12/1/2010 8:49:42 AM

Hopefully when Nolan is done with the character, they won't do another origin story.  WB should just find a new creative team (but bring back the same cast, if possible), and just go forward with new stories in the same universe and continuity.  If there is another Batman origin story, it can't possibly live up to Batman Begins and it will tank or just pale horribly in comparison.

Speaking of tanks... I really have to wait til NEXT OCTOBER for more Walking Dead!??!?!  That sucks out loud.

jfdavis 12/1/2010 9:22:48 AM

A fitting homage cameo for Ledger would be OK but not a "Oh look!" cameo. Yes, just jailing Joker and not revisiting it is potentially unsatisfying but...  Just because we have the technology doesn't mean we should use it.

Ray Wise is very 1960's Secretary of State-like.  I'm guessing some connection to Oliver Platt's Man in Black character.  First Class is teetering the line between awesome and huge disapointment...

johnwhitetoledo 12/1/2010 9:26:08 AM

Ghost Rider: Nick, Nick, Nick...who are you kidding, this movie has "OMG I'm broke, I need to get some quick cash all over it! "

Now we love you buddy, so as long as you dont walk through the movie pointing at everything again...(Cause that made be feel all icky and sad last time.Like a favorite uncle we love walking around with his fly open all through the Christmas party)...as long as you dont do that, nothing but love for you bro.

Walking Dead:  I'm going to trust Darabont on this, he's a quality artist. However, it does suck for the writing team.

BATMAN: Nolan allready specifically said he there would be no joker in B3.

That being said - IF it was done well, and as a tribute it would be a very nice Coda.


BunyonSnipe 12/1/2010 10:08:37 AM

I'd be up fpr a Batman cameo in the next Superman film, but it needs to be after Nolan's film, and with a new costume and actor, the costume from the Arkham Asylum game I would suggest, a nice compromise between comic and film...

But as the Superman film needs to be made quickly, I don't see this happening...

I would be fine with having Bale back, but he wouldn't do it. But with Nolan at the producing you never know...

redvector 12/1/2010 10:48:46 AM

I bet that Darabont backs down on the firings. Maybe let about half of the writing staff go.

RedHood2010 12/1/2010 10:54:51 AM

I am all for bring Ledger back if done in a classy way.  No Pink Panther cut and paste job.

I agree with you Capt, I just don't know if the cast would come back for another team or have the same vigor.  I could be wrong and won't mind being proved so.

wessmith1966 12/1/2010 11:01:20 AM

Having Ledger's Joker appear in the movie would be a great nod to Ledger, but also a nice continuating of the overall atoryarc in the movie. I like the idea of going from Nolan's final Batman movie into a Superman/Batman movie. If they could secure Bale for that movie it would of course be a blockbuster, but would also help ramp up Superman for his own film while the Batman franchise is rebooted (which we all know it will be).

The Green Hornet is going to be awful. Nothing in anything they've shown leads me to believe it will be anywhere even close to "good." Actually, it reminds me of how they tried to jam the turd that Scott Pilgrim was down our collective throat.

I could care less about another Ghost Rider movie with Cage in the lead role. He should stick to the treasure franchise.

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