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Magneto, Beast Cast in X-MEN Reboot?

Plus: BLUE BEETLE, JONAH HEX, IRON MAN 2 and more!

By Rob M. Worley     June 18, 2010
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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."
     
  • And over at Rotten Tomatoes, the film is holding a weak 11% (Rotten).

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • 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. 
     
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

Night on the set of COWBOYS & ALIENS

GREEN LANTERN image from the Warner lot

 

 

JONAH HEX Round Up

 

 

BLUE BEETLE Footage Online

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.

Enjoy!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

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).

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

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lracors 6/18/2010 7:39:06 AM

Jonah Hex... to bad i'll skip it.

Blue Beetle looks pretty cool

X-Men: First Class i'm reserving any judgement until i see a trailer.

Rheul_home 6/18/2010 8:40:40 AM

I cant imagine First Class being any good. Fox has messed up the continuity so bad they may as well call it something other than X-Men

krathwardroid 6/18/2010 9:04:28 AM

It's Toy Story 3 for me. Jonah Hex can wait until cable.

Yeah, well, it's not the first time Fox has messed something up. Look at Fantastic Four. First Class might be good, though. It seems like it's getting a decent start here.

SONYMANswallows 6/18/2010 9:14:01 AM

Xlax Worst Class keeps seeming like its aimed at the audience for Eclits.

Wiseguy 6/18/2010 9:17:02 AM

I hate what has been done with the X-Men but I have decided to keep an open mind about this prequel. I did like what I heard earlier in the week. And if they are casting Beast then maybe it means that hopefully it's a total reboot and therefor ignoring the previous films. Yeah I know it's doubtful and a longshot but I'm an optimist. And even if that's not the case I remain hopeful

 

What I really want to hear about Jonah Hex is that Megan Fox stinks it up and is part or the main reason the movie sucks, then I'll be happy, yeah ok I'm already happy with that 12% at rt. Sometimes even comic book movies have to take a hit for a greater cause
 

jfdavis 6/18/2010 10:33:30 AM

If Beast appears sans fur I will French kiss a dude.  In X3, his fur receded around Leech meaning, in the movie universe, it's part of his mutantness. Kelsy Grammer to date has been the second best casting in the series after Patrick Stewart so he'll have huge shoes to fill. (Pun not intended but still cool, huh?) I'd rather see Aaron Johnson in this as opposed to Spider-man. I still say Toad... 

I'm totally confused on whether this is a total reboot or not.  Some reports say it is and some say it isn't.  Is there an offical studio document that states straight out if it is or isn't? I'm pretty sure it's just a prequel...

Calibur454 6/18/2010 10:37:32 AM

lol wiseguy - i haven't even seen the movie and I can bet you ask any guy and they will say that fox's sex seen is the only reason to watch the movie- I MAY rent this one

X-men first class- I'm with Iracors on this one I'll wait for a trailer but to be honest I'm not keeping my hopes up

Green Lantern- is it me or does the images for the live action look to cartoony- will wait for a trailer before deciding

Darkknight2280 6/18/2010 10:55:51 AM

Yeah Jonah hex looks like a pile of Wild Wild West garbage! Im sure Megan Fox's acting is just the rotten tomatoe on top of that pile. I will try to catch it once its on HBO..lol

Not sure who decided that green lantern banner looks anythign like Ryan Reynolds..lol Maybe his long lost retarded crackhead brother maybe.

bryanferryfan 6/18/2010 11:11:00 AM

X-men's continuity was severely damaged by Fox and Bryan Singer but they were entertaining films. Now its time to right the ship.  Let's start things off at the beginning and with the characters from 1963 , the core.  Pathos is what endears the characters to film going audiences.  It worked in Spiderman do the same for the First Class film.  Use some common sense and write an above average script and stick to the comics. 

hanso 6/18/2010 12:40:38 PM

Hey Violator where you at bro?  Say Queensbridge, say Queensbridge!  LakerNation son! Back 2 Back.  Take some pictures if you go to the parade on Monday.

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