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Let The SUPERMAN Casting Rumors Begin


By Rob M. Worley     November 19, 2010
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Casting begins on Superman so let the rumors fly! Plus: Dark Knight start date tipped? Clowes preps Wilson for big screen. Government Bodies gets TV deal and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.19!




Clowes Preps WILSON For Big Screen

Indie comics creator Dan Clowes has seen a number of his comics adapted into film, with the critically acclaimed Ghost World being prominent among them. Now Deadline.com reports that Clowes is penning the script for a film based on his graphic novel  Wilson.

The movie is being lined up at Fox Searchlight as a potential directing vehicle for Sideways director Alexander Payne, who is also producing. Josh Donen of Sam Raimi's Stars Road is producing as well.

Wilson focuses on an embittered divorced man and his attempts to re-engage with the world while staving off his own overwhelming pessimism. The work is Clowes first original graphic novel, which is to say it's not a collection of previously-serialized work.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Indie comics shingle Frozen Beach Studios announced recently that its comic book series Government Bodies has been optioned for television development by Reservoir Films. Nu Image, Inc. is the sales agent.

According to their press release, the Government Bodies are a secretive squad of covert operatives, led by a rogue FBI agent, who attempt to destroy the criminal enterprise that has set up shop along the Gulf coast. Set in New Orleans, this tightly-knit group of ex-Special Forces officers, tactical geniuses, and former hitmen use the most advanced weaponry and tactics to strike fear in the hearts of the bad guys. Pursued by a suspicious high-ranking FBI official and a dangerously psychotic criminal overlord, the Government Bodies must operate with exact precision, and then disappear into the shadows without a trace.

The four-issue comic book series originally published in 2005 under the Across the Pond Studios label and is available for purchase through IndyPlanet.com.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Variety reports that Christopher Nolan will receive the first ever "Visionary Award" handed out by the Visual Effects Society at their January ceremony. VES says the trophy was created to honor those who consistently apply visual f/x to foster imagination in a unique manner.
  • We've already taken it for granted, but Fox Filmed Entertainment has officially announced that Darren Aronofsky is directing Hugh Jackman in a movie that is confirmed to be called The Wolverine. The pic is part of a two-year development pact the director has signed with the studio. 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is auctioning off his warehouse-sized personal collection of memorabilia from the franchise. It includes just about every Ninja Turtle product as well as the Henson-made Leonardo suit from the first movie. Bidding on eBay starts at $50k!
  • Natalie Portman tells Hero Complex that her Thor character of Jane Foster will help dispel female stereotypes.
  • Comics Continuum reports that Landry Walker and Eric Jones' all-ages comic Little Gloomy is being developed as an animated TV show, retitled Scary Larry. The toon is being produced by Timoon Animation and director Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures. It's being prepped for French markets initially.



Caine Talks Dates for DARK KNIGHT RISES

Nobody loves to project Batman-filming start dates more than actor Michael Caine. If he's not filming a Batman movie, he's talking to the press about when the next one starts. And he's been incorrect more often than not.

With that in mind, Caine recently laid out a proposed production schedule for The Dark Knight Rises to Empire Online.

"Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we'd get the script in January. [Director Christopher Nolan] said: 'Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.'"

So, there you have it. As far as Michael Caine knows, The Dark Knight Rises will be shooting in May.



SUPERMAN Casting Begins

OK, so we've already heard a number of rumors and suggestions about who will play Superman in Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's franchise relaunch. But Deadline.com is reporting that casting has only in earnest this week, as the filmmakers aim to cast a "wide net" in their search for their leading man.

As with Donner's series and Singer's attempted refresher, the studio aims to cast an unknown, or at least little-known, actor. It could be someone from TV who hasn't had a lot of exposure yet. Supposedly they'll see hundreds of actors before making a decision. The target age range is 28-32 (sorry, Jon Hamm).

Production is due to start next June, which may preclude TV series regulars from taking the role.

Word is that David Goyer is working over his script with freshly-minted director Snyder.

So now the internet can truly begin speculating on who might land the part. but it looks like when the Man of Steel emerges, it may be somebody we've never heard of.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is there an up-and-comer that you think would fill the role of SUPERMAN? Post your comments below...



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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soloshot 11/19/2010 7:14:21 AM

Zachary Levi from Chuck for Superman!!!!  he do geeky Clark, and pull off action hero!! 

qwed88 11/19/2010 7:43:13 AM

 I'm voting for Jamie Bamber from "Battlestar Galactica", as Superman.  

The guy is ripped, he looks like superman, and can act.  He's also not that well known.

nemesis1_57 11/19/2010 8:02:22 AM

Keep Brandon Roth he's a better actor now then the in Superman Returns.


kinetoscope 11/19/2010 8:05:54 AM

Tom Welling.... He looks just like Superman because... he is Superman.

Just go ahead and use him.

madmanic999 11/19/2010 8:11:56 AM

Matthew Bomer (Tru Calling) is basically unkown and really looks the part.  Brett Ratner picked him the first time around and in my opinion he was perfect.  When Singer took over he obviously wanted a Christopher Reeve clone and got one in Routh... Look him up... he's the guy!

madmanic999 11/19/2010 8:13:55 AM

And Tom Welling sucks... and so does Smallville.. Zack Snyder!... Deliver us from the garbage that is Smallville and finally give us the Superman we deserve...PLEASE!!!!

PappyVanWinkle 11/19/2010 8:14:26 AM

Tom Welling.  His acting has improved since Smallville began and what kinetoscope said.

LocoLobo73 11/19/2010 8:28:56 AM

Government Bodies, sounds cool

The Wolverine: 2yr development pact ? does  that mean we are waiting on Darren (I take my sweet time) Aronofsky on this one cause that would be like him to do so .

Dark Kninght Rises : yeah yeah yeah just get going already, lol

Superman Begins : let the casting speculation begin, here s my first one , Jared Padalecki (Supernatural)

mike10 11/19/2010 8:35:18 AM

Tom Welling couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag. I would rather see Brandon Routh back than Welling.

 Matt Bomer might also make a good Superman but while watching him on the USA show White Collar he seems a little short for the man of steel.

thefakejaredk83 11/19/2010 8:38:10 AM

no Matthew Bomer he was already super spy Bryce Larkin on 'Chuck' and he's on 'White Collar' and really doesn't have the classical Superman look.  I've heard that Zack Snyder wants to cast an unknown for this part, but if I had a say in it, I would ask to give Brandon Routh another shot.  Not his fault Singer did a fanwank to the Donner series and made a Christopher Reeve clone out of him.  In some of the other roles he's been in since...totally sells it that he has the chops to pull it off.  But who am I? Just a lowly little voice on the message boards?

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