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A new CAPTAIN AMERICA / IRON MAN Connection

Plus: GREEN LANTERN, TRANSFORMERS, LONE RANGER and more!

By Rob M. Worley     May 25, 2010
Source: Mania


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A new 'Captain America' / 'Iron Man' connection. Plus: Abin Sur actor talks 'Green Lantern'. Another 'Transformers' casting rumor. Some 'Lone Ranger' director talk and more! Totally pulling off blonde, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.25!

 

 

 

SCOTT PILGRIM Set Visit

If you're looking for interviews with the cast and crew of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', you'll find reports from studio-orchestrated on-set press events at Superhero Hype, CHUD, Collider and HitFix.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Another Prospective TRANSFORMERS 3 Girl

With Megan Fox out, the rumor mill keeps anointing successors to the hot girl role in 'Transformers 3'. The latest comes courtesy of Gossip Center who claims that actress Katie Cassidy has been cast in the part.

Cassidy recently appeared in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' which was produced by Michale Bay and allegedly he likes her for the part.

So far there's been no official word on a new female lead for 'Transformers 3' so it could be Cassidy, it could be yesterday's favorite Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or it could be someone else entirely next week.

Thanks to voltage101 for the submission.

 

 

Michale Moorcock Loves SOLOMON KANE

Fans in the U.S. who are wondering why the 'Solomon Kane' movie doesn't have distribution here yet are not alone. Famed science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock recently posted a thumbnail review of the movie on his message boards.

"LOVED [emphasis his] 'Solomon Kane'. One of the best supernatural adventure stories I’ve ever seen, true to the spirit and mood of Howard, great camerawork and editing. James Purefoy was perfect as Kane," he wrote, adding, "Why this hasn’t got substantial American distribution I don’t know. I would work with Bassett any day on the strength of this film."

This, of course, is good news for director Michael J. Bassett who reported the comment on his own blog.

"If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you’ll probably know that I am GIANT [emphasis his] Michael Moorcock fan. He is the reason I love fantasy and certainly one of the reasons I became a film maker instead of a vet," Bassett said.  "Reading his Eternal Champion series as a teenager the thought in my mind was always: 'Oh boy I’d just love to see this as a movie one day.' – and that was before I had any inkling  of wanting to be a film maker.  Without Moorcock I wouldn’t have discovered Robert E Howard, who is one of Moorcock’s own great influences."

 

 

Director Mike Newell Scoffs at LONE RANGER Reports

IGN recently posted a 'Lone Ranger' video report featuring commentary from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Mike Newell, both of whom are out promoting the new 'Prince of Persia' movie.

They asked Newell if he it was still true that he's attached to direct the masked cowboy movie.

"It's never been true," Newell exclaimed with a fair amount of exasperation. He then takes the internet to task for lazily repeating rumors without vetting the source of such rumors. After the tongue-lashing Newell went on to say, "Jerry is making a film about the 'Lone Ranger.' It's not ready yet...He has never spoken to me about it."

Bruckheimer did provide an update about the status of the movie for IGN.

"It's moving forward. We have a script, we're re-wrtiting it right now. Johnny Depp is still involved," the producer said. Depp was attached to play Tonto in the project from day one.

"[Tonto] is gonna be smart, he's gonna be mystical, he's gonna be funny. He's gonna have all the trappings and things that Johnny brings to the screen," Bruckheimer said.

However, the producer and his leading man will focus their attention on 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' before any 'Lone Ranger' movie gets made.

 

 

Temuera Morrison talks GREEN LANTERN...and Sequels

Latino Review caught up with actor Temuera Morrison who was out promoting an 'Empire Strikes Back' event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Fans may recall that Morrison is also playing Abin Sur in the 'Green Lantern' movie. His character is a veteran of the Green Lantern Corps of space-faring super cops who, as his dying act, bequeaths his weapon on Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan character.

The actor confesses some character confusion when he first was offered the role. "When they called me up for the role I was like ‘The Green Hornet?’ no no they said ‘its for Green Lantern’ so I said sure."

He also confirmed the CGI suits and said that he enjoyed working with Reynolds.

"We did the whole scene together were I give him the ring, our suits are CGI so we had these grey suits with things on them so it was cool and working with Martin Campbell again was great too," Morrison said.

And if the movie is a hit, we'll be seeing more of Morrison and Abin Sur.

"You know [they] are making sequels right?" Morrison asked Latino Review. "They want me to come back in the sequel. They want to show you my backend story for the next movie. They want to show you how I become part of Green Lantern Corps."

Green Lantern arrives in theaters next year.

 

 

Another CAPTAIN AMERICA / IRON MAN Connection

We've seen the Captain America shield in Tony Stark's lab as an Easter egg in  'Iron Man' and more prominent prop in 'Iron Man 2'. In the latter appearance the shield is among the cast-offs of Howard Stark, Tony's inventor father, with the implication being that the elder Stark may have had a hand in developing Captain America's tech.

Now a Salon article from Cannes reveals that Howard Stark is set to appear in the soon-to-film 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie.

The Salon article is an interview with actor Dominc Cooper who his at the festival promoting his new move 'Tamara Drewe' (also based on a comic strip). Apparently Cooper is set to play the senior Stark in the Captain America movie. 'Mad Men' actor John Slattery plays Howard Stark in 'Iron Man 2' which features footage of him set in the 1970s. So Cooper will play the young inventor during World War II and perhaps will be involved in developing that shield!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Chris Beveridge 5/25/2010 6:29:47 AM

 Definitely glad to see the open and honest ties between the films. Taken for granted at this stage, but man, what a change from what we got ten years ago, never mind the dreams some fans like me had twenty years ago.

pilgram 5/25/2010 6:57:11 AM

Interweeving the films brings a world into view. THis can make for strong story telling. Pray they handel them all well. Handel them with care for thay are the dreams of my youth.

Hobbs 5/25/2010 7:03:21 AM

IT really wasn't that difficult to piece together that Howard Stark would be in the Cap movie.  Kind of obvious if you ask me. 

Betenoire 5/25/2010 7:20:31 AM

Are you sure it is Howard Stark? After Iron Man 2 I though Tony's dad was Uncle Walt.

Rockhead 5/25/2010 8:03:11 AM

RE: Catpain America - awesome news! I wonder if they are going to go down the path I suspected while watching the movie! Saw several things that caught my eye.

#1) The Captain America comic in the box as well as the map of Anarctica

#2) the new element? my guess is vibranium. why? I remember reading in a story (years back) that the first known case of someone discovering vibranium was in Antarctica.

My guess is we will find that Howard Stark came in to possession of this vibranium and used it to a) make Caps shield or b) experiement with it to develop the process to make cap's shield. My guess is that when Cap goes missing (with his shield), Howard attempts to recreate it and what we see in the movie is Howard's second attempt. (maybe the US was attempting to create a second Captain America at some point since the first one went missing and commissioned howard to recreate the shield)

The only problem is that he doesn't have any vibranium (hence the fragile incomplete look to the shield) This would make Howard aware of the elements existence, and would explain how he was able to leave Tony the information he needed. Howard would already have a good working knowledge of the properties of this element.
 

#3) I think we'll find that Tony will eventually discover that the man made vibranium isn't as stable as he suspected. (look up "Antarctic Vibranium") This will force Tony to look for it as a naturally occuring element (because his life will depend on it) and find Wakanda and introduce the Black Panther to the Marvel Movie Universe...

 

Just a thought...

jfdavis 5/25/2010 8:14:32 AM

I thought he was Walt Disney as well.  The element being vibranium occured to me as well. I think it's cool how connected they're making the films.

GL- Tying Abin Sur's origins to the rise of Sinestro (?) actually may work pretty well...  

spiderhero 5/25/2010 9:55:52 AM

Listen up Michael Bay: We do not need a female lead in Transformers 3. Not any. You'll just pick "the hottest 18 year old" you can find and slap her on screen. Please no. Just make a cool movie with a great plot & skip the women.

axia777 5/25/2010 9:57:33 AM

 @Rockhead - I agree!  It is Vibranium.  That is what they make the shield out for for the Cap.  Tony makes the new one for the Cap with the new material.  I also love your idea of how introduce Wakanda and Black Panther into the mix.  I still think that they should go for it and include Black Panther in the Avengers!  That would kick so much ass.

Tevii 5/25/2010 10:06:48 AM

Howard Stark in the Cap movie? That will make an interesting dynamic between iron Man and Captain America. Steve Rogers will potentially know both Starks. This might make a great bond between the two heroes in the Avengers movie

lancedenier 5/25/2010 10:08:42 AM

Betenoire 5/25/2010 7:20:31 AM
Are you sure it is Howard Stark? After Iron Man 2 I though Tony's dad was Uncle Walt.

That's funny, I was getting more of a "Dr. Jonas Venture" vibe from him...  A live action Venture Bros would be Suh-WEEEEET!!!

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