New Thor, Captain America photos and artwork now online. Plus: Batman 3 news and rumors. Green Hornet wants to take you for a ride. Hyde gets movie deal and more! Ready for lift-off, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.21!
As C2F arrives in San Diego for Comic-Con this week, we'll be suspending the column for a few days. Watch for us to resume normal publication next week.
For those of you heading out to Comic-Con this week, here's a great "to do" item.
Sony is coming to the show with a big-time Green Hornet presence. Part of the buzz for this movie will be events happening at Britt Reid's Garage, located at Candy Factor in Petco Park, right across from the convention center.
What's cool about that? Well, any time during regular convention hours, fans can head over to the garage and ask for a ride in the Black Beauty. this is Kato's pimped-out battle cruiser, complete with rockets, flame-throwers and the like. Kato won't drive you but you'll get to chat with a sexy Green Hornette girl.
We've signed the Movie Maven Tara Perry up for a spin with the Green Hornet, so watch for that video coming online this week!
Heat Vision reports that the Dark Horse comic book update The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde is set for adaptation as a feature film.
Screenwriter Cole Haddon developed the concept which twists the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novella such that Hyde is the protagonist and he finds himself battling a historical villains (C2F Note: please don't let it be Jack the Ripper). Haddon will also write the script for the film.
David Ellison's Skydance Prods., Dark Horse Entertainment and producer Mark Gordon are teaming up to bring the new book to the big screen.
Universal has issued a press release inviting the press to the world premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs The World .
In attendance will be writer/director/producer Edgar Wright; cast members Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, Mae Whitman, Ellen Wong, Keita Saito and Shota Saito; producers Marc Platt, Eric Gitter and Nira Park; writer Michael Bacall; composer Nigel Godrich; and graphic novel creator Bryan Lee O'Malley.
The event happens at Grauman's Chinese on 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.
It all goes down on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Press is asked to arrive at 5:30 pm. The celebs show up at 6:30 and the movie begins at 7:30.
In related news, the seventh and final DJ Osymoso remix video called "WHAT?" is now online at JoBlo.com. Sorry, Rheul_home, but it's not embeddable.
Finally, guest critic Savage Henry Lee reviews the volume 6 graphic novel finale, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour right here on Mania.com!
OK, so fans, rumor-mongers and news outlets of dubious repute have been shouting "Riddler!" as the villain for Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie since before the box office had even cooled to a simmer on The Dark Knight. The speculation and out-right lies about the character appearing in the movie have reached such a level that we pretty much just roll our eyes whenever a new "Riddler is in Batman 3" story goes into circulation.
Having said, that, First Showing brings the Riddler talk back to the surface, but with an interesting new twist that movies it from ridiculous speculation to something a bit more credible.
Their source tells them that they've seen a casting grid that lists the character as a role in the planned movie, which is set to go into production in the next 6-8 months. Now, a casting grid is a document that is circulated within the film industry to keep production companies, casting agencies and the like informed about various projects and the roles available within them. The casting grid is authored by the studios, and not by rumor-mongers or speculators.
So First Showing asserts that the fact that the Riddler is now showing up on casting grids is a strong indicator that Nolan, Nolan and Goyer have deigned to include the villain in their movie.
Another bit of info from the report: the casting grid also shows that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (currently seen in Nolan's Inception) is listed on the grid to play the Riddler. Now, according to First Showing, that may not be a lock. It may rather be a strong indication that the studio is working to sign the actor.
But there you have it: Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems to be attached as The Riddler in Batman 3 in what is perhaps the first strong bit of casting info for the film.
Meanwhile, Nolan's cinematographer, Wally Pfister is talking to MTV. He says that if he has his way, they'll film the entire movie in IMAX.
"I can't say until I read the script, but it would certainly be my preferred, amazing goal to shoot the whole movie in IMAX," Pfister said.
Pfister and Nolan had similar conversations about Inception but felt like the shooting process would prove too unwieldy. However, as a theatrical enhancement the cinematographer says he much prefers the giant-screen to the current fad.
"I must say I'm a huge IMAX fan. I like IMAX more than I like 3-D," he explained. "Chris' films are so densely layered and have so much going on visually in every way that IMAX helps enhance that because of the scope and the scale of it — it becomes a much larger canvas to paint on. That's what we found on 'Dark Knight.'"
Either way, Pfister admits they're going to have to work hard to top the stunning visuals of Inception.
As we close in on Comic-Con 2010 the torrent of Thor movie images continues.
The first new one comes from USA Today as they chat up star Chris Hemsworth, director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel big-shot Kevin Feige about, not just the movie, but the run-up to showing the thunder god to fans this Saturday at Comic-Con. The article comes with an all-new photo of muscled-up Hemsworth in civilian clothes lifting the great Mjonir!
Then, Yahoo! serves up two awesome pieces of widescreen production concept artwork from both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
The Thor image is by Charlie Wen. The Cap item is by Ryan Meinerding. Fans will be able to pick up prints of the images at the Marvel Booth (#2329), where talent from the film will be signing them.
Click the smaller images for a look at the high-res shot!
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. He would love for any Maniacs bound for Comic-Con in San Diego to stop by, shout "Litter Bricks" and check out the new comic! Click here for the Scratch9 Comic-Con Schedule.