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New Photos of JSA on SMALLVILLE

Plus: SPIDER-MAN 4, RED, ADELE BLANC-SEC and more

By Rob M. Worley     November 30, 2009
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Comics2Film: Smallville - "Absolute Justice"
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New Photos of JSA on 'Smallville'. Plus: Tobey Maguire talks about 'Spider-Man 4'. Ellis and Hamner talks about 'Red'. First photos from 'Adele Blanc-Sec' and more! Seeing the Bedouin fires at night, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.30!

 

 

Alba and Rodriguez Pick Up THE INSIDERS

Here's a story from the summer that went under our radar:

Back in June, ICv2 reported that actress Jessica Alba and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez obtained the screen rights to Dargaud's graphic novel series 'The Insiders'. The news is said to have originated from various French language websites.

The comics focus on a Columbian operative named Najah Cruz (as deadly as she is beautiful), a sort of female James Bond. The White House puts her into service infiltrating a worldwide crime cartel composed of businessmen and politicians.

The books, created by Jean-Claude Bartoll and Renaud Garreta were first published in 2002.

 

 

Maguire to find new challenges in SPIDER-MAN 4

Actor Tobey Maguire, out doing press rounds on 'Brothers' spoke to the Boston Globe about about his goals for the soon-to-film 'Spider-Man 4'.

"Hopefully I’ll be able to evolve the character in a new direction," he says. "He'll still be Peter Parker, but I hope I can move him forward a bit and take him to a place where there will be new challenges for me as an actor."

Tobey's been playing the character since the 2002 original. It was unclear if he would continue playing Peter Parker after the less-than-well-received third installment of the series.

"It’s not that I was reluctant," he told the Globe, "For me, it’s a big process to decide whether or not to do a role. . . . I have to want to wake up in the morning and feel like I can’t wait to get to work. I’ve got to feel OK about leaving my kids for 12 or 13 hours a day for five months. It’s a big commitment."

Maguire will return along with director Sam Raimi and co-star Kirsten Dunst. At this point we know that Felicia Hardy a.k.a. the Black Cat will be in the mix as well as a male villain. Filming on 'Spider-Man 4' is slated to begin next year.

 

 

First Look: ADELE BLANC-SEC

Slashfilm has the first photos from Europacorp's 'Les Aventures Extrodinaire d’Adele Blanc-Sec'.

The movie, directed by Luc Besson and starring Louise Bourgoin, is based on the comics of Jacques Tardi. Adele is an early 20th century adventurer and (while the photos at Slashfilm may not reveal it) she's a journalist who hunts down all manner of supernatural and mythic creatures.

With Besson at the helm, expect some cool visual effects in this one.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer Talks RED

Comics art great Cully Hamner chatted up Newsarama this week. He talks about his current and upcoming works at DC Comics, and also lent his opinions about the movie 'Red', based on the Wildstorm title he co-created with writer Warren Ellis.

The film stars Bruce Willis. This month it filled out its all-star cast with such names as Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, John C. Reilly, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Bryan Cox and Ernest Borgnine.

"The book that we did has really only got four major characters in it. It's a tight little book. Paul Moses, in the book, is a pretty lonely guy. But this has a bigger cast than the book ever did," Hamner said. "Bruce Willis is a good choice to play, well, the character in our book is Paul Moses. I'm not sure he'll have exactly the same name in the movie, but I could be wrong about that. But he's a good choice."

Willis plays a retired government agent who finds himself hunted down by a high-tech assassin in the comic. Reports have indicated that the movie will expand greatly on the source material's spare storytelling. Hammner says he has no problems with that.

"I am totally cool with it. I understand the fact that, when you translate a comic to a movie, there are going to be some things that are either not going to make the translation or are going to add to it and become more than what you did," Hamner said. "And with a comic like this that was three issues long -- I mean, we're talking 66 pages -- it has to be fleshed out a little bit. So I'm totally cool with that. I am looking forward to seeing it."

Hamner did say he's not going to be involved in the development of the film, so he'll be watching things unfold along with the rest of us.

In related news, Warren Ellis commented on the script for the film by Jon and Erich Hoeber.

He told readers of his "Bad Signal" email list: "Read the RED script.  Not bad.  Not the book, but not bad. Funny.  Especially when you know the casting.  Very tight piece of work.  Talked to the producers last week.  They're all kind of giddy over the casting coups.  Who wouldn't want to see Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle?"

Indeed.

Director Robert Schwentke rolls cameras on 'Red' next January in Toronto.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

IRON MAN 2 Set Photo

Via Twitter, 'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau directs fans to a candid photo of himself and actors Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle on the set of the film.

 

 

New Images from SMALLVILLE: ABSOLUTE JUSTICE

The CW is taking full advantage of the building buzz around the Justice Society of America's appearance on 'Smallville'. Having already revealed Hawkman in an earlier photo, not to mention Sandman and Green Lantern in their mid-season teaser trailer, the network has now unveiled two new images from the two-hour movie event.

Michael Ausiello at EW.com reveals the JSA's Stargirl (Britt Irvin) along with new looks at Dr. Fate (Brent Stait) and Hawkman (Michael Shanks).

Check 'em out:

Dr. Fate and Stargirl are members of the JSA in Smallville - Absolute Justice

Hawkman teaches Green Arrow a lesson on Smallville - Absolute Justice

"Absolute Justice", the 'Smallville' movie airs February 5th on The CW.

What do you think, Maniacs? Psyched for Justice? Post your comments below.

Thanks to redhairs99 for the submission.

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Darkknight2280 11/30/2009 7:09:07 AM

Looks like im going to have to start watching smallville again! i wonder if we are going to see Clark suit up? (prolly not)

Ozymandas 11/30/2009 7:15:50 AM

I ususally don't watch Smallville but I will probably check this one out.

Decent job on the costumes. They wouldn't pass the muster on the big screen but it looks like they went above & beyond for TV.

Ozymandas 11/30/2009 7:18:04 AM

To Darkknight2280: yeah, it's pretty silly that everybody on this show has a costume and the JLA has formed but Clark is still running around in a blue t-shirt & red jacket.

Wiseguy 11/30/2009 7:25:15 AM

I love how Smallville seems to be going genuinely "comic book" style with the JSA, it's about time. I'm looking forward to this JSA episode.

Btw, DarkKnight, going by one of last week's report I'd say Clark will suit up next year for the 10th season if they renew Smallville. One of the writers said they wanted to bring Clark out of the darkness in his life and what he's been through next season, which the black costume is a metaphor for

That french film by Luc Besson sounds like it might be ok. I've liked some of his films so I'd be willing to give this a shot even though it's french

Jessica Alba is so yesterday :)

Red sounds pretty cool. Something that can make for big action film.

VinJoy 11/30/2009 7:40:11 AM

Tobey Maguire finds it hard to leave his kids for 12 - 13 hours a day for 5 months only? HAHAHAAHA! Hollywood cracks me up! I wish I could work like that and take maybe a couple months off. Must be nice  to wonder if you want to work again or kick it with the family. Now I wish I tried harder in drama class. Tobey is a lucky basterd. Anyway.

I'm tired of these small Ironman updates, I'm ready 4 the real deal. Next year can't come soon enough 4 me.


lancedenier 11/30/2009 8:19:30 AM

JSA looks great but I'm still not too sure about those ruffle feathered tiny ass wings.  I'm pumped either way.

Ozymandas 11/30/2009 8:33:31 AM

Are Hawkman's wings tiny? I had assumed that they were full-size and simply ran beyond the picture's borders.

Darkknight2280 11/30/2009 8:57:38 AM

Sweet i hope so WISEGUY. Just sick of no superman costume. I mean look at all the other great costumes they have made. Dr. Fate looks amazing, so does Sandman, StarGirl's mask looks a bit dumb..but its a minor thing.

Looks like im going to have to program my tivo to record smallville again.

gauleyboy420 11/30/2009 9:56:23 AM

I'm glad toby is coming back as Spidey. I've always thought he did a great job as Peter Parker.

 

The only truly awful art of the 3rd movie, was the retconning of Uncle bens Death.

 

These JSA photos are the bomb diggity (I'm bringin that back)

Not sure bout the tiny wings, but I'm psyched to see Ollie and Carter going at it just like in the comics.

Guess I'll have to go back and pick up Smallville where I left off (season 5)

kissstation 11/30/2009 10:14:48 AM

The JSA story line is exciting.  It is great to see a TV show bringing these DC characters out!  I can't wait!

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