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A new GREEN LANTERN candidate?


By Rob M. Worley     May 06, 2009
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Bradley Cooper is the latest rumored 'Green Lantern' candidate. Plus: More on that 'Deadpool' movie. Feige talks 'Thor' and 'Avengers'. Paltrow getting kinky in 'Iron Man 2'? 'Transformers' posters and more! Prettier than Clint Howard on most days, it's your Comics2Film 9.5.6!



DEADPOOL Confirmed By Many

Fans at Mania read about it first, and now we're receiving confirmation on multiple fronts to the news we exclusively broke yesterday morning: the 'Deadpool' movie is happening.

As source close to Fox contacted Comics2Film at Mania with this statement about the project:

"We are developing a spinoff with Deadpool...It is one of the two different 'Easter egg' scenes after the credits of WOLVERINE and hints at two different movies that are coming FROM THEM. One is the Japan backstory which was announced earlier, the other is about Deadpool. The film, which would be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, has Ryan Reynolds attached and would be a complete exploration of this unique character - his origins, his emergence as the Merc with with the Mouth, etc. We are looking for writers as well."

Some 18 hours after Mania.com broke the news, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter were also posting confirmations. The Reporter piece contains some interesting info, namely that the movie Deadpool would "regain the ability to mouth off, with the movie going back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall."

It's also unclear if Reynolds would be willing to suffer the disfiguring makeup that would make him consistent with the character's appearance in the comics, or if the studio would want him to.



Feige says Expect THOR Casting Soon

Marvel chief Kevin Feige told Empire Online that fans can look forward to casting announcements on 'Thor' in the next month or so.

"We’re looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role. And we’ll also hopefully have lockdown shortly, gearing towards the beginning of production, which will be early next year," Feige said.

He also said work on preproduction with director Kenneth Branagh is underway and animatics for actions scenes have already been completed.

He also commented on the status of the unprecedented crossover pic 'The Avengers' which would funnel three or four Marvel features into one super film.

"Zak Penn is already on board The Avengers [as writer] and he’s spending a lot of his time looking into what we’re doing with Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, seeing how we’re tying it all together. And he’s beginning to outline the script now – he’ll be doing that over the summer."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Paltrow Getting Kinky in IRON MAN 2?

The UK's Daily Mail has a blurb about actress Gwyneth Paltrow getting into shape for her role in 'Iron Man 2'. Supposedly Paltrow has a scene in the film where she dresses up in a dominatrix outfit, with a leather corset and a bullwhip, as part of some kind of Tony Stark fantasy.



TRANSFORMERS and G.I.JOE Sell Junk Food To Kids

Because nothing makes you fit to be a real American hero like a double-bacon Whopper, 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' is among the movies doing licensing tie-ins with Burger King. Variety reports that Paramount is lending the toy and comics based film, along with 'Star Trek' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' to the fast food chain this year.

Movie tie-ins were once a common to increase profitability on a film, while enjoying some cooperative marketing. Lately it seems Burger King is the only major fast food restaurant doing such deals. Outlets like McDonald's and Taco Bell seem to be shunning these kinds of summer movie crossovers as of late.

However chains like Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and Subway are still playing along, teaming up with 'Wolverine', 'Terminator: Salvation' and 'Land of the Lost' respectively.



Rodriguez says he's "definitely" doing SIN CITY 2

IGN caught up with Robert Rodriguez to talk about the long-languishing 'Sin City 2' movie.

"Next week we're going to talk about it some more and get a timing on when we'd be doing it. But there's a lot of people who are interested in it. ... We are definitely going to do that one," Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez admits there has been constant interest in the sequel, but he has a few other commitments before he'll get to it. The director also made the now-usual comments about the many stories from Frank Miller's series he'd like to adapt.

IGN did not ask about the apparent dispute between Frank Miller's reps and The Weinstein Company over who actually holds the film rights to the franchise.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Rockwell Drops the Hammer on IRON MAN 2

MTV chatted up actor Sam Rockwell about his part in the now-filming 'Iron Man 2'. Rockwell said there are clearly some differences between his character in the film and the white-haired, senior Justin Hammer from the comics.

"They wanted to go with a rival for Tony Stark who is closer to his age, and make him American," Rockwell told MTV News.

The actor also confirms that, as with the first movie, the actors have freedom to engage in a lot of improv for 'Iron Man 2'.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Bradley Cooper as GREEN LANTERN?

Drew McWeeny over at HitFix just threw a new name in the hat for the 'Green Lantern' casting derby.

According to McWeeny's various sources actor Bradley Cooper is "now one of the guys most likely" to land the lead role in the DC Universe/Warner Bros movie.

Cooper is currently appearing in 'The Hangover' but has appeared in a number of diverse roles over the years, including the sensitive guy-who-doesn't-get-the-girl in 'Alias' and the hyper-aggressive loutish fiance in 'The Wedding Crashers'.

McWeeny cautions his readers that Cooper has not been cast, but the actor is well beyond the point of merely being on a wish list or taking a first meeting. Others may yet read for the part and snag it. Cooper may or may not receive an offer and he may or may not accept it. A lot can still happen.

What do you think, Maniacs? Does the idea of a Hal Jordan by way of Bradley Cooper excite you? Post your comments below...

This submission thanks to Antonello Blueberry who says, "He'd be a better Green Arrow, IMHO."




Paramount Pictures has unveiled three new character banners for 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen'. Click and enjoy!






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ponyboy76 5/6/2009 7:53:32 AM

I know that this might not mean much but isn`t that Cooper dude, kind of short to play Hal Jordan? I guess isn`t a big deal.

I think Deapool would have to have his scars. Its the whole reason he wears the uniform, not to mention has the healing factor. its like having Wolverine without claws or at the very least without the hair.

ponyboy76 5/6/2009 7:54:22 AM

Nothing to do with the article but that Predator rap was the coolest thing I have ever seen on youtube.

kwsupes 5/6/2009 8:23:07 AM

Bradely Cooper could work, he is a little more unknown or at least has not really headlined too many films so audiences won't have to contend with his superstar image. The dude can act pretty well and I think he definitely has the attitude for the part. I think the supporting characters need to be perfect for this movie to really jump off though. I think they need to get Dennis Haysbert to come back and at least voice Kilowog and Anthony Hopkins would be great as Abin Sur. I would also like to see some Heath Ledger type casting for Sinestro. That would be cool.

hanso 5/6/2009 8:34:30 AM

Bradley Cooper was the bomb in He' s Just Not That Into You, yo! 

What is WB doing?  This guy can't be Hal if they are making Hal to be 27 years old in the film.  They gotta cast younger.

If they are opening up to early 30s I'm sure they can find better actor than this dude.  I got nothing against him, but they can do better.

Darkknight2280 5/6/2009 10:05:33 AM

I know its too soon to say thins..but im going to anyway. Hanso I think DC/WB are gonna drop the ball on GL. Seems they can only make Batman movies good. Throw in any bit of fantasy (alien/ incredible superpowers etc) they just F it up or cant seem to even get it made.

Belive me i want a good GL movie (even though i like Marvel better..cept Batman hehe) GL is a great story and character. Just hope they dont Pull a Superman returns. Yikes

hanso 5/6/2009 10:19:09 AM

If it's Superman Returns all over again, I will punch myself in my wee wee really hard.

But it won't because the mother of all that is awesome in the universe aka The Dark Knight opened up WB's eyes and even got them out of that ridiculous Justice League casting they had done. 

They already started off good by hiring Martin Cambpell to direct Green Lantern, he made 2 of the best Bond films and the first Zorro was good as well.

I don't doubt that GL will be awesome.  If it was in the hands of Fox then I would abandon all hope.


hanso 5/6/2009 10:27:39 AM

What about Henry Cavill? That guy fits the age range they want and isn't well known. The guy has already read for Superman and Batman, might as well give him a shot as Green Lantern.

fft5305 5/6/2009 10:31:29 AM

Cooper is 6'1".  I think he's definitely got the arrogant prick aspect to bring to the character. He plays that very well.  But he is 34, as hanso said, I thoguht they were skewing younger.  He is about the right level of fame, though.  He's done some solid work, but not a household name. Definitely getting closer to the mark.

Did I miss something on the Thor story? They should have casting on Odin, Loki & the female lead within a month or so? What about Thor? Not to mention Blake, if they are planning on having 2 separate people. We still haven't heard yet which direction they are taking with regard to 1 actor or two.

Here's what I'd like to see them do with Deadpool. It picks up where Wolverine leaves off.  He retains the healing factor, like he has in the comics, but it sees the other genetic modifications as infections and causes his body to reject them. They can give him the teleporter ring (he has that in the comics, right?), though, because that made for some cool fight scenes.

fft5305 5/6/2009 10:34:32 AM

Ooh, good call on Cavill, hanso. He is excellent on The Tudors. I didn't realize he was only 26! I had seen on IMDb that it was his birthday yesterday. Mrs fft and I were both shocked. We thought he was early to mid-30s!

Darkknight2280 5/6/2009 11:28:39 AM

Yeah i would agree. But DC has a hard on for WB for some reason, or they signed a lifetime blood contract with them..one or the other (maybe both?)

If GL goes SM: Returns, then Hanso I want to see a video of you punching your garbage. Just so i can laugh...lol But i think you are right..so far they have good peices to puzzle in place and it will prolly turn out good/great. But remember good ingedients dont make a good pie. Here to crossing my fingers for the GL movie! But if they sign Shia leBouf....Run for Zee Hills! LOL

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