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More SMALLVILLE Reveals in New Promos

Plus: DREDD, AVENGERS, GREEN LATNERN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     September 20, 2010
Source: Mania


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More Smallville reveals and teases in new promos. Plus: Urban talks Dredd movie. Whedon on Avengers movie. Reynolds and Lively talk Green Lantern and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.20!

 

 

 

Karl Urban Says DREDD Will Keep His Helmet On

Empire Online caught up with rising genre star Karl Urban (Star Trek, Priest, RED, etc) to chat with him about playing one of the UK's most iconic comic book characters Judge Dredd.

"Alex Garland has done a fantastic job of writing a script that's faithful to the world [John Wagner] created, yet completely fresh in its execution," Urban said.

He also talked about the previous attempt to launch a movie franchise around the character, which found Sylvester Stallone playing the lead and the filmmakers shunning the character's trademark helmet.

"As soon as he took his helmet off the enigma was blown. Our film is going to be darker in tone, and we've got the benefit of modern filmmaking and technology to help us," Urban said, adding that he's not worried about having his face covered for much, if not all, of the movie. "You're taught as an actor that if you take away the eyes you have to think about what you're left with - there's the voice; there's body language. How a character does what he does speaks volumes. So those are the tools I will have to employ."

Production on Dredd, which enjoyed mega-pre-sales at the Toronto International Film Festival, begins in ten weeks in South Africa.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

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  • When asked to compare Green Lantern and Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds ducked the question, but told IGN that the opportunity to play DC Comics' Space-faring hero was too good to pass up. "Green Lantern is this guy who can throw a punch tell a joke and kiss the girl. It's the kind of classic hero that I haven't seen in a long time and its something that I thought about when I was a kid I watched Indiana Jones and Star Wars and saw how [Harrison] Ford fulfilled that kind of role. The goal at least is to create that kind of action hero again, or at least that's Martin Campbell's agenda."
     
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  • Actor Edward Norton insists to MTV Splash Page that his July exit from Marvel's Hulk/Avengers plans wasn't as explosive as it was made to seem. He said, "it was a very professional and very respectful business situation. We really couldn't work it out on a business level, and I know that's disappointing to some people but it's nobody's fault."

    The actor continued, "I don't have any disrespect for anybody's decisions in the business framework. You do what you feel you need to do on both sides, and that's totally fine. I have no idea why anybody tried to characterize it as anything other than that kind of a decision, which is absolutely what it was."
     
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  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Whedon Says Marvel Trusts His AVENGERS Vision

When Joss Whedon first started talking to Marvel about The Avengers, there was already a script in place and he didn't really care for it.

"When they showed it to me I said 'But this doesn’t work for me, I would do something different.' And they said, 'Well tell us what you would do,' and now I’m doing it," the filmmaker told audiences at an appearance at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, which has been transcribed by Superhero Hype.

While he wouldn't give out story specific, he did liken the process to the one he enjoyed developing Buffy for The WB.

"They’re very trusting at Marvel. It’s kind of like, in the early days of the WB, when you know, I came back to my agent and said, it was really different, really interesting," Whedon said. "they respected what I was talking about, they listened to me and they really let me have my own way – and yeah, they have no idea what I’m doing! Marvel they do actually know, they know exactly what they want to do, but they don’t mind a film maker making his film in the service of what it is they want to do, they’re not trying to press me into something that isn’t me, which is really gratifying."

He also talked about the progression of the superhero movie. He was initially a skeptic of trying to translate comics to film, but movies like Spider-Man changed his mind. He says that he's a bit trouble that, from there, we've arrived quickly at the post-modern, deconstructionist stage, where movies like Watchmen and Kick-Ass live and breath.

"We’re taking the comic book movie for granted, now we want to see what’s behind it. I’m like 'Whoa-whoa-whoa! Wait a minute!' First I want to see an awesome movie about superheros that are awesome, that I really care about the whole time, I haven’t seen enough of those. I don’t want to deconstruct it yet! First I want to construct it," Whedon said.

The Avengers is due to arrive in theaters in 2012.

 

 

Two New Promos for SMALLVILLE Reveal New Stuff

Two new promos for the 10th season of Smallville have arrived on YouTube courtesy of foreign markets. The teasers reveal glimpses of the cool stuff we'll see as the series goes out with a bang, including: Clark jumping off buildings in prep for flight, encounters with a bald guy who looks to be Lex Luthor, Chloe putting on the the Fate helmet, Clark lifting the Daily Planet globe. Then there's a new look at the costume, which does appear to be very much in the style of the Superman Returns suit, espectially with the plastic shield on the front.

Smallville debuts on The CW on Friday, September 24th at 8pm.

Modified NATURE BOY Spot

 

From Canda's SPACE (with slow-mo version)

 


 

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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8man 9/20/2010 7:49:49 AM

Yeah.  There is no reason for the actors to take their masks off in these movies.  Get your face time in other parts of it.   These flicks are about men and women who have risked everything to fight injustice, they wouldn't be so cavalier with their identities.

Green Lantern a space faring, super powered Indiana Jones?  I like it.

What was that at the 7 second mark of the first Smallville trailer?  The Sandman?  Makes sense that the move Chloe on by having her become the new Dr. Fate.  Assuming that is what they are doing.

wessmith1966 9/20/2010 7:57:14 AM

I like Urban, but I could care less about another Judge Dredd movie; never got into the character at all.

Poor Hemsworth...Imagine getting f'd with by SIR Anthony Hopkins about your acting. That's pretty funny.

I can't believe we're still talking about Norton's exit from The Avengers. That was a couple of months ago. It's time to forget about it and move on. Norton made a pretty good Hulk movie; that's enough for me.

I like Whedon's thoughts on Avengers; here's hoping it translates well from his mind to the big screen. The next couple of years should prove to be a renaissance period for comic book super hero movies.

The last season for Smallville should be fun. Smallville's always been hit or miss for me, but I like the fun they've had with their version of the SUperman myth. Plus, watching lovely lasdies Erica Durance and Alison Mack every week didn't exactly suck.

acidsquall73 9/20/2010 9:16:19 AM

Karl Urban is always going to be Dr. McCoy to me now. He did Bones to perfection IMO. Would've made DeForest Kelley proud. That said, he has come into his own since playing Eomer. We know he can play a bad-ass, so with or without the mask on, he'll still pull it off. Especially since this is sounding like the remake of The Punisher in tone. Which wasn't a bad movie for what it was. The tone was dark as hell, though.

Joss will not screw it up. If Marvel is doing what others of his past had done and were successfull, but wound up screwing him, he'll kick out an awesome movie, then it wouldn't surprise me if he is tapped to do a follow-up TV series if the movie is successful. He's more than capable of doing both and doing them well.

I would love it if they started the season with him learning to fly. Maybe even make it a little comical at first, circa Greatest American Hero. Either way, the last couple of seasons have been done well. So I'm going to have faith they don't plan on stopping that momentum, especially since with characters returning and Alison Mack not being in the whole season. She better get a proper send-off too. She's earned it more than anyone on the series.

jedibanner 9/20/2010 9:46:28 AM

The Small Vids at the end is from CANADA"s Space TV station, not Canda's.

Rheul_home 9/20/2010 10:30:44 AM

This stinks. I saw the word Vision capitolized in The Avengers headline and thought we were getting info on our favorite synthoid... bummer...

Dredd is gonna rock! Urban sounds like he knows how to aproach the character. Looking forward to this BIG TIME!

millean 9/20/2010 10:41:12 AM

acidsquall73, well said about Alison Mack getting a proper send off!  A lot of people hate the Chloe Sullivan character (perhaps even me), but Alison has done a very admirable job with what she was given to work with, as the writers have not been kind to Chloe's character.  I'd like to see Alison in some non-Smallville roles in the future!  I'm also looking forward to Joe's review (hope he is still doing it) and all of the subsequent hate-mail in the comment boxes.  :)

I'm really looking forward to Green Lantern, Captain America, Avengers, Judge Dredd (thanks to Karl Urban) and Thor, in that order.  I really hope the Thor movie makes me start caring about that character, as I never really have to date.

krathwardroid 9/20/2010 2:17:24 PM

Judge Dredd's face is his helmet. That's part of what you would employ for this character. The helmet is more or less what his face looks like. The visor is his eyes, like an unflinching, impenetrable stare. Other judges can remove their helmets, but not Dredd. Dredd is so devoted to the law that his uniform is practically his skin. Karl Urban will do just fine here. :)

johnconstantine 9/20/2010 4:59:46 PM

 Reading Ryan Reynolds comments the only thing I could think was Harrison Ford as Alan Scott!

Moz72 9/20/2010 10:29:46 PM

Say what you want about Smallville, but it looks like the final season is gonna really hit it out of the park! The trailers look awesome. Can't wait for Friday!

littlemikey979 9/20/2010 10:38:42 PM

I think it is safe to say Marvel is going in the right direction with their movies and we can trust they will continue to deliver. Right on! Karl. We all know you by name now and don't need to see your face to know its you under the helmet kicking tail.

I think Norton is trying to save face now that his replacement is not getting stoned to death by fans.

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