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By Rob M. Worley     September 21, 2010
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More Captain America set videos. Plus: New X-Men mutants and location. Avengers toon starts in October. Freeman talks Smallville and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.21!




Curtis Disses Comic-based VIRUS

In our continuing series of actors owning up to bad comic-book adaptation, Jamie Lee Curtis has come out to Contact Music against her 1999 Dark Horse Comics feature Virus.

"It was maybe the only time I've known something was just bad and there was nothing I could do about it," Curtis said. "I just do the best I can and there have been bad movies that have been wildly successful and great movies that have tanked, so you never know. It was an independent precursor to all of these Marvel comics movies. I thought maybe that fan base would show up for it, but no."

The film, based on Chuck Pfarrer's comic of the same name, focuses on an extra-terrestrial intelligence that arrives on earth and begins controlling machines with the intent of wiping the planet of the viral disease known as humanity. The movie also featured William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland. It was directed by James Cameron protege John Bruno, who has never directed a feature film again.

And in our 13 years of covering comic book adaptations we have to admit that Virus may, in fact, be the worst one. Yes, worse than Batman & Robin. With a poor script, bad acting and terrible special effects Virus couldn't even rise to any semblance of "so bad it's good." It's just banal and bad.

Or as Jamie Lee Curtis puts it: "That's a piece of s**t movie. It's an unbelievably bad movie; just bad from the bottom."



X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Mutants And Location

Latino Review brings a translated report from that a new mutant has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.

According to the report, actor Álex González is in the movie playing the mutant called Riptide. The character was famously part of the mutant-killing Marauders team, who are lead by Mister Sinister.

The movie is currently filming in London with location filming happening throughout the world. It's due in theaters June 3rd of 2011.

In other First Class news, the Georgia website reports on locations being scouted in the Peach State. One primary location of interest is Jekyll Island. The advance crew for the film have been talking with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Jekyll Island Authority and other agencies on permits and other requirements for filming on the island.

Previous reports indicated that the crew was also interested in Tybee Island. All the interest in islands has us wondering if they may be looking for a stand-in for Muir Island, as we've heard that Dr. Moira MacTaggert is in the movie.

Reportedly the X-Men crew aims to begin filming in Georgia in October.




From a Press Release


Universal Studios Home Entertainment have announced the release of Scott Pilgrim vs The World as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD coming November 9th.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD come loaded with deleted scenes, laugh-out-loud bloopers and cast commentaries assembled by director, producer and co-writer Edgar Wright. The 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack is packed with hours of additional in-depth bonus features; a Blu-ray and DVD copy of film; and for a limited time only, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Blu-ray consumers will also be able to stream a free bonus movie instantly to any internet-connected player, Smartphone or iPad using the free pocket BLU app. Starting with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, iPad owners can also enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display.  With this app, Blu-ray™ consumers will be able to stream their full-length bonus movie in a way that's bigger and better than ever before.


    • Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    • Music Featurette
    • You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb
  • ALTERNATE FOOTAGE:  A special look at alternative edits to the film.
  • PRE-PRODUCTION: A look inside the film’s pre-production process including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more!
  • THE MUSIC OF SCOTT PILGIRM VS. THE WORLD: This feature includes four complete music videos and video remixes from legendary DJ Osymyso.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS:  This feature takes a second look at the movie’s inventive visual effects.
  • SOUND WORK: A mini documentary about the creation of the film’s super-powered sonic landscape.
  • TRAILERS & TV SPOTS from the theatrical release of the film
  • ADULT SWIM™:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation
  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION BLOGS from the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by director /producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright.
  • FREE BONUS MOVIE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Blu-ray Combo Pack consumers will have instant access to stream action hits Tremors or Pitch Black via BD-Live, Smartphone or computer.
  • U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
  • POCKET BLU™ app: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad™, Blackberry®, Nokia® Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player and offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • virtual Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard that will facilitate such Blu-ray™ features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
  • DIGITAL COPY OF THE FILM: Blu-ray™ consumers can download a digital version of the movie to their Mac® and or Windows® PC for a limited time only.
  • BD-LIVE™:  Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.
  • MY SCENES:  Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.


  • DELETED AND ALTERNATE SCENES with commentary from director/producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright
    • Feature Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley
    • Technical Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope
    • Cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh
    • Cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber
  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTO GALLERIES including Edgar Wright’s photo blog
  • GALLERIES: Production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts.



Norton Talks Ruffalo Replacement HULK

Not only does actor Edward Norton bear no ill-will towards Marvel over the decision not to keep him on as Bruce Banner in The Avengers or future Hulk movies, but he also told MTV Splash Page that he's totally cool with Mark Ruffalo as his replacement.

"Mark's one of my favorite actors and a very good pal of mine," Norton said to MTV. "We've already been laughing about it."

The pair also have ambitious plans to form some kind of project featuring a unique cast.

"We could get Lou [Ferrigno], Eric [Bana], me and Ruffalo," Norton laughed about his dream project.

Still there's one question remaining about the whole Ed Norton and Hulk equation. Whatever will MTV Splash Page talk about with Norton next time they interview him?



Promo Posters for SMURFS, SPIDER-MAN and MEN IN BLACK 3

Collider has revealed a set of promotional posters from Smurfs, Spider-Man 3D and Men in Black III. Although the Smurfs posters utilize artwork from the now-filmed movie, the other two are just logo-centric images that may or may not reflect the ultimate design of the upcoming productions. Frankly we're hoping for a new look for Spidey, as the promo poster just continues the tired font work from the previous movies.

SMURFS 3D Poster Art

SMURFS 3D Poster Art

SPIDER-MAN 3D Promo Poster




AVENGERS Toon in October

From a press release...

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!, an all-new animated series featuring the best of the best in the Marvel Universe, premieres Wednesday, OCTOBER 20 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series stars the world’s greatest heroes — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Ant-Man/Giant Man and Wasp — who form the Avengers, a team assembled when the powers of a single hero are not enough to save the world.

Beginning Wednesday, September 22, Disney XD,,, and Disney XD Mobile will roll out 20 micro-episodes introducing the team’s core members. Each five-and-half-minute episode focuses on the back story, allies and nemeses of the heroes before the Avengers were formed.

In the two-part series premiere, “The Breakout,” Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp have defeated some of the most dangerous Super Villains on the planet. But when the Super Villain prison system mysteriously shuts down, chaos is unleashed on the world. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must now band together as the Avengers to protect the planet from the threats that no single Super Hero could face alone. Their first task is to try and stop Graviton, a being whose power dwarfs anything ever seen. He’s after Nick Fury, but will destroy the world to get to him. Individually the heroes have no chance, but together they can make a difference.

The complete multiplatform rollout is:

  • Wednesday, September 22 - Disney XD will air a special sneak peek of the first micro-series episode, “Iron Man is Born!,” at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT directly following premiere of the network’s newest series, “Pair of Kings.”,, and Disney XD Mobile will unveil a new micro-episode every day, for 20 days, leading up to the micro-episodes’ premiere on Disney XD. will also feature a gallery of each of the Avengers and offer inside information about Kang, Loki and the rest of the “most wanted” Marvel Super Villains.
  • Tuesday, October 5 - Select micro-episodes will be made available as a free preview on iTunes.
  • Monday, October 11 - Disney XD will roll out all 20 micro-episodes during “Avengers Week” from Monday, October 11 to Friday, October 15, with four micro-episodes stacked each night at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.

    The complete micro-series becomes available on Disney XD on Demand on AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Cox.
  • Wednesday, October 20 - The highly anticipated series premiere of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” airs with two back-to-back episodes from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., ET/PT. The series also launches on, and
  • Thursday, October 21 - Full episodes launch on iTunes, Xbox Live, Sony Playstation and Disney XD Mobile VOD.
  • Monday, October 25 - The series becomes available on Disney XD on Demand on AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Cox.



BRAVE AND THE BOLD Heads Into Fun New Season

io9 has a chat with the producers of Batman: The Brave and the Bold who reveal lots of cool stuff from the upcoming season. Items of interest:

  • Geoff Johns has worked to clear Superman and Wonder Woman to appear on the show. All three will appear together in one episode.
  • A Flash episode will include Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West (Kid Flash version) against Professor Zoom, who is voiced by former Flash actor John Wesley Shipp.
  • The Outsiders will return, in costumes more in line with their original comic book duds.
  • Doom Patrol and Batgirl are slated for guest spots.
  • A Bat-Mite episode will be loaded with weird, off-model segments, including one based on a Mad Magazine parody strip called "Bat Boy and Rubin." The same episode will feature a Bat-Manga segment as well as the previously mentioned Scooby Doo appearance.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



SMALLVILLE - Cassidy Freeman Talks Season 10

Cassidy Freeman, who plays scheming Lex Luthor stand-in Tess Mercer on Smallville, answers fan questions about season 10 in this video segment:




A resident of Manchester has uploaded a series of videos showing the dressing of the city street for filming of Captain America: The First Avenger. Crews were tasked with converting the Dale Street to a World War II era avenue in Brooklyn.

While there's no action or actual filming contained in the videos, the filmmaker here has added some helpful titles to point out exactly what has been changed to downgrade Dale street.

Day 1

Day 2


Day 3

Day 4

Days 5 and 7

Day 9




Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!


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Rheul_home 9/21/2010 8:16:15 AM

Very much looking forward to seeing The Avengers toon and Scooby-Doo on Brave and the Bold.

lracors 9/21/2010 8:22:23 AM

Don't yell at me but I finally read up the current Captain America run by Ed Brubaker from Winter Soldier onward and zomg if this is the inspriration for the film then wow it is going to really rock hard.

Wiseguy 9/21/2010 8:29:08 AM

Love that Cassidy Freeman, nothing beats a sexy redhead. I too think Tess is good heart, just a bit misguided

I want to see some real action out of the Capt.America set, wake me when that happens

I remain cautiously optimistic about First Class considering everything.

I didn't even know Virus was based on a comic. Maybe all the fans did show up afterall I'm sure there weren't many. Oh and btw I enjoyed the movie as sort of a B sci/fi monster movie.

Oh and yeah, enough about Norton already. Like Cheadle said, "It's me, I'm here, deal with it", or something like that

steppingrazor66 9/21/2010 8:43:18 AM

Is the Smurf in one of the posters giving New York City the middle finger?

jfdavis 9/21/2010 8:58:40 AM

About the Norton/Hulk thing: I too don't care any more. I would watch the "dream team" movie. (Even if it's a Jane Austen adaptation...)

Avengers Toon: How can they have both Ant Man and Giant Man? Where's Yellow Jacket? Still, the toon looks good.

So you don't post the last Cap set video but post these? Slow news day?

littlemikey979 9/21/2010 8:58:51 AM

Maybe Scott Pilgram will get some love on disc.

X-men: just keep posting pics of the white queen, that all we really want to see

aegrant 9/21/2010 9:42:01 AM

Smurfs MIB and Spidey all in 3D - UGGH! I hate 3D

aegrant 9/21/2010 9:42:46 AM

Not that I will be seeing the smurfs mind you

Chris Beveridge 9/21/2010 10:44:05 AM

 The Virus comic was something like 4 issues from Dark Horse. It was written to serve essentially as a published storyboard for the movie. I don't think it translated well into film. I liked the comic a lot back then, but the trailers had me avoiding the movie like the plague.

violator14 9/21/2010 1:09:30 PM

I still find a live-action Captain America hard to swallow. I mean as bad ass as he is in the comic books, it doesn't translate very well to live action cuz he's still a guy running around in American colored tights with a gigantic shield which is pretty ridiculous in real life no matter how you shoot it.

But I hope they can do it well, and i hope we get to see multiple decapitations from a single shield throw!!!!! ...... ya right.

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