Norrington's 'Crow' reboot flying in an all-new direction. Plus: 'Iron Man 2' cameo. 'Thor' casting rumors. Get your own 'Green Lantern' ring and more! The daily column that loves the smell of napalm in the morning, it's your Comics2Film 9.7.2!
Time was you used to have to roll a dead alien to get a Green Lantern ring. Nowadays these kids on the Facebook are giving them away free.
To promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of 'Green Lantern: First Flight' on July 28, a sweepstakes has been created to get fans involved and give them a chance to win cool prizes. Green Lantern fans can enter the sweepstakes and learn more about the fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Originals through a Facebook Power Ring widget.
Once the Facebook Power Ring Widget has been added to a fan's page, they can "recharge their ring" continuously to keep it powered to 100% and automatically submit additional entries in the sweepstakes. Additional features of the widget include a Personality Quiz, Green Lantern IQ Test, Video, News and Updates, Downloads and Links.
Check it out now at GreenLanternSweeps.com.
NukeTheFridge.com is reporting that actress Jessica Biel is in talks to appear in Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor' movie.
Their anonymous source (said to be "from deep within" something) was sketchy on the details but indicated that Biel is playing "the same female character from 'Hulk vs Thor', which could be Amora (aka The Enchantress) or Lady Sif (or Valkyrie, although that seems unlikely). Nuke also mentions nurse Jane Foster, the classic love interest for Marvel's Asgardian hero, but that doesn't really sync with the mythic angle the movie is taking or the info their scooper provided.
What do you think, Maniacs? Would Biel make a kick-ass Sif? A beguiling Enchantress? Post your comments below...
Exclusive word from Slashfilm is that Matthew Vaughn is taking his new comic adaptation 'Kick-Ass' to the fans at Comic-Con for an exclusive preview. According to their report, there's a panel happening late in the day on Thursday July 23.
Footage from the movie will be shown after which Vaughn and cast members will do a Q & A.
Slashfilm also has s new photo of Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl in the movie, so click through if you want to see it.
ComingSoon.net has a new poster for the movie 'The Surrogates' up. The poster features a grizzled looking Bruce Willis. If you've been watching the trailers and clips from the film you see Willis taking on two different appearances in the movie. When you see him looking young, with a full head of hair, that's his robot surrogate you're looking at. When he's gray and stubbled, as in the poster, that's the flesh and blood version of the character.
'The Surrogates' is directed by Jonathan Mostow and stars Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Francis Ginty, Boris Kodjoe and Ving Rhames. The movie opens September 25th.
Click through to view the poster.
Fans paying attention to Jon Favreau's Twittering know that back in April he dropped the news that Los Angeles fixture DJ AM (aka Adam Goldstein) is appearing in 'Iron Man 2'.
Now MovieHole has the scoop on what exactly the techno mixmaster is doing in the film. We're whiting out the text for those of you who wish to avoid SPOILERS although, truth be told, the cameo doesn't sound like that big a deal. Swipe the text if you want to read about it.
MovieHole says DJ AM appears in a scene at a club, where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is celebrating his birthday. When Stark shows up in his alter-ego costume, all hell breaks loose.
End Spoilers. Go, Iron Man! Go, Iron Man! Go!
There's a bit of minor schedule shuffle happening with Sony's 2010 schedule, according to Variety.
Michel Gondry's 'Green Hornet' has been bumped from it's previously announced release date of June 25 2010, to a new date of July 9 2010. The move is to accommodate Adam Sandler's comedy 'Grown Ups', which is now opening in the Hornet's old spot.
The article also pegs Stephen Chow as still being attached to play Kato, opposite Seth Rogen's masked man.
The new date will have the heroes squaring off against Robert Rodriguez's 'Predators'.
Tuesday Edgar Wright teased images of the big confrontation between Brandon Routh's Todd Ingram and the title character in 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. Also in the mix of that dust up are the "Vegan Police."
Yesterday Wright posted a new photo of the car driven by said police. The lettering on the hood is reversed, of course, so that you can read it in the rear view mirror when you've got the animal-free watchdogs on your tail.
Comic writer Justin Gray is one half of the writing team generating the cool new 'Jonah Hex' comic these days. Unlike the movie, which skews supernatural, the current comics are straight-up westerns.
Still, in an interview with Cinematical, Gray says the books he and Jimmy Palmiotti have written are making an impact on the new movie, which stars Josh Brolin as the scarred gunman.
Here's an excerpt:
Cinematical: Jonah Hex isn't a character that originated with you and Jimmy Palmiotti, but you are creating what might be the definitive version of the character, and I think it's safe to say you helped him make his way to the big screen. I know your work has been an influence on the upcoming film.
Justin Gray: I was actually surprised how much of an influence our run has had on the film and that the cast and crew are such big fans of what we've been doing. I can't go too deeply into what's happening, but I feel really good about the film and what Jimmy Hayward is doing. He's this tornado of energy and enthusiasm for the character and the same kinds of westerns that influenced us when we started writing Hex. That was a great feeling going in. I especially liked how many people involved in the film were fans of Tallulah Black.
Cinematical: How much have you gotten to be involved? What has it been like to see "your" character being made over for the big screen? How do you feel about the approach the filmmakers have taken?
Justin Gray: The first time I saw Josh Brolin dressed as Hex was dizzying, I mean there's Jonah Hex right in front of me in a surreal moment I'll always remember. Josh is an amazing actor and a hell of a nice guy, very grounded. He was very happy to sit and talk with Jimmy Palmiotti and I about the role, his portrayal and overall feeling of the film. He was loving the role and you could see it pouring out of him during takes. The approach they're taking is exactly right, straight western with a style that breaks from the perception that a western should be slow moving. I wish I could talk more about it in greater detail. Being on and around the set was surreal. Having dinner with John Malkovich in the swamp while baby alligators stared at us from five feet away begging for scraps isn't something you'd expect to happen, even in a strange dream.
Click through the complete interview with Gray.
Back in December, the Hollywood trades announced that James O'Barr's indie goth avenger 'The Crow' would be getting a reboot, with a new film by director Stephen Norrington designed to relaunch the franchise.
Many starting calling it a remake but Mania.com can exclusively report this week that the movie is an all-new take on the mythology of resurrection and revenge. It will not focus on O'Barr's original Crow, Eric Draven, and his quest to avenge the murder of his lover.
A source very close to the development effort tells us that Norrington is set to deliver his script for the film this month. Our source says that the story is "very different from the original - a whole new story about a whole new character."
This meshes with Norrington's original statement about the reinvention, in which he talked about how the movie would be tonally different.
"Whereas [Alex] Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," Norrington told Daily Variety.
Watch for more about the new 'Crow' relaunch right here as things develop.