Magneto, Beast Cast in X-Men: First Class? Plus: The Blue Beetle footage is online! Jonah Hex round up. Iron Man 2 tops $300m and more! Apologizing to BP for getting our pesky ecosystem mixed up in its oil, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.18!
JONAH HEX Movie Reviews
With the embargo lifted, the reviews from Jonah Hex are in.
Mania's own Rob Vaux took a gander at the film and graded it a D: "Jonah Hex lost its way long before it hit the screen, laboring mightily to deliver a threadbare collection of postmortem detritus."
C2F has not seen the movie as Warner Bros. refused to screen it for critics here in Detroit, which is never a good sign.
IGN - 2.5 (out of 5) stars: "It's just trying too hard to be cool"
Collider.com - Grade: C- : "The problem with Jonah Hex isn’t necessarily that it’s not long enough. It’s problem is that it’s not enough, period."
Motion Captured: "It is about 80 minutes long, and it feels like four hours. It's a collection of random incident, and completely tone deaf."
Iron Man 2 passed the $300 million mark this week. It's one of only five movies of the last 365 days to do that, according to Box Office Mojo.
Collider talked with Producer Andrew Lazar who says he's still working on the Akira movie. There are new writers on board and Warner Bros. management love the property. The first movie would encompass volumes 1-3 of the manga.
MTV Splash Page talked with actress Kristen Stewart who refused to confirm or deny that she's in talks to appear in Wanted 2. She did say she liked the original due to the work of James McAvoy as sort of an against-type action figure, and would be interested in doing the sequel if it continues in that vein.
Jon Favreau has posted a new photo from the set of Cowboys & Aliens.
If you're following the Tamara Drewe movie, you'll find two more photos up at BlogOMatic 3000.
Shutter bugs for Bleeding Cool were on the Warner Bros lot recently and got a snap of a Green Lantern banner we haven't seen before. This one is painted to look a bit more like leading man Ryan Reynolds.
Over the weekend Geoff Johns teased out the existence of some test footage for a proposed Blue Beetle live-action show. Then he published some still images from the footage online.
Now we know that visual effects animator Rommel S. Calderon (Legion, The Golden Compass, Ben 10) was one of the people involved in creating that footage. Even better, he's posted the footage as part of his on-line demo reel.
Watch at about 49 seconds in for the Blue Beetle footage. Also notice around 30 seconds in some CGI Wonder Woman battle of unknown origin.
Does X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Have its Magneto and Beast?
Rumor from few weeks ago had it that Michael Fassbender would be Magneto in X-Men: First Class. Then those rumors were refuted just this week.
Now Heat Vision is reporting that Fassbender is in early negotiations with 20th Century Fox to take on the part. If he lands the role, he wold play opposite James McAvoy who has been cast as Professor X in the film. Kick-Ass helmer Matthew Vaughn is directing.
Meanwhile, Showbiz411.com, the same blog that broke the original Fassbender report, says that actor Benjamin Walker has also been cast in the film. Walker will allegedly play Hank McCoy, aka The Beast.
The character was previously seen on the big screen in X-Men: The Last Stand played by Kelsey Grammer, where he appeared in full blue fur mode. However, given that this is the early days of the Marvel Mutants, Walker would most likely play a pre-fuzz version of the character.
Walker has been in a handful of small films. His biggest project is probably Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers.
Meanwhile Deadline.com confirms the Fassbender story and also confirms that Walker has been cast in the movie, but they say he is not playing the Beast. Presumably this will all shake out in the coming week.
Heat Vision and Deadline both name actors Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Andrew Garfield (Dr. Parnassus) as having read for parts in the production. Deadline also adds the names Jack Huston (Twilight: Eclipse) and Eddie Redmayne (various UK productions).
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