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By Rob M. Worley     July 19, 2010
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There's a new Thor pic online. Plus: More X-Men casting talk! More Conan photos online! A bunch o' Scott Pilgrim videos online and more! T-minus 60 hours until lift-off, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.19!





Pop culture does have a tendency to recycle, rehash and regurgitate. Consider this chain of influences: George Lucas was inspired by early serials of Flash Gordon and made a phenomenal little movie called Star Wars. Eager to cash in on the popularity of that movie, ABC commissioned a highly derivative TV show called Battlestar Galactica. Some 20-plus years later Battlestar was given a major upgrade as a SyFy Channel original series and was warmly embraced by modern fans for it's edgy style and intellectual storytelling.

Now, in speaking with Air Lock Alpha, Breck Eisner says he hopes his new Flash Gordon movie will have the same edgy feel as the modern TV series, which he had a hand in creating.

"I was originally involved with ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and broke the initial script with Ron Moore," Eisner said. "He done a great job executing and bringing it up for modern era. He made it edgy and it goes to show that if you have the right DNA in a project, then you can do something amazing. Technology does now what comic books used to do. What was done with pen and ink is now done with actors and we turn comic book adventures into a real experience. ‘Avatar’ proved that."

There's certainly one SyFy Show that his movie won't emulate, and that's their recent low-brow/low-budget version of Flash Gordon.

"It was crap, total crap," Eisner said of the Syfy series. "I watched one episode. I don’t want to look at something like that – it was a real disservice to Flash and nobody watched it. What it did was pollute the ‘Flash Gordon’ name. The series was only interested in doing it on the cheap and ‘Flash Gordon’ is not a cheap shadowy show in small, dark ships. It’s about Flash saving the whole planet."

Eisner said the Flash Gordon movie will detail the character's journey to Mongo where he establishes himself as a hero. Not surprisingly, the film is being crafted as the launch of a Franchise.



Paul Bettany stars in PRIEST

C2F Quick Hits

  • has a behind-the-scenes video of the French language Largo Winch II movie.
  • There's a review of Air Doll (the movie based on the manga by Yoshiie Goda about a blow-up doll come to life) over at Twitchfilm.
  • Slashfilm has an exclusive look at five new images from Priest, starring Paul Bettany.
  • sits down and chats with Gil Adler, producer of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.
  • ION Cinema reports that the movie version of the Spanish comic El Capitán Trueno (or Captain Thunder) is in pre-production as a 3D movie. Antonio Hernández (Los Borgia) is directing. Sergio Peris-Mencheta (El Arte de Morir), Elsa Pataky (Giallo) and Adán Aliaga (Estigmas) are set to star.
  • Adam McKay, director of The Other Guys, told that he's been in heavy conversations with Sony about directing Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson's The Boys and things are looking positive. "I think The Boys is the current day Watchmen," McKay said of the book's drive to reexamine the trappings of comic book heroes. "And you place it in a time where monopoly corporatinons have basically bought our country and you incorporate that as well, I was just blown away by it." McKay said that he and Sony agree that the movie must carry an R rating.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Casting Talk: Singer Wanted Lautner

Bryan Singer recently confirmed that he was, in fact, pursuing rising star Taylor Lautner for a role in X-Men: First Class. reports that Singer, who is producing the film with Matthew Vaughn directing, made a recent appearance as a guest speaker at a Hollywood church over the weekend. That's where he fielded questions about the movie.

"I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did," Singer revealed, but went on to say that Lautner's busy schedule didn't permit him to join the cast.

Singer did confirm the casting of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy and Kevin Bacon as...well, Singer isn't telling.

But the internet abhors a vacuum of facts and rushes to fill it rumor and speculation. Many have jumped to the conclusion that Bacon would play a version of the comic book villain Mr. Sinister.

However, ForcesOfGeek claims that their sources are pegging Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire club. They say that this could be revealed at Comic-Con.

This may or may not be true, but its important to bear in mind that FoG's sources have been wrong before. For example, the were assured that Olivia Munn was playing Janet Van Dyne in Iron Man 2, which, of course, was not the case.



Two New RED Posters

And there are two new posters for Summit Entertainment's Red online. The latest feature Karl Urban and the lovely Mary-Louise Parker.




Last February, Imagi Holdings in Hong Kong announced that it was closing its CG animation arm, Imagi Studios. The studio had produced the outstanding TMNT and last year's lesser effort Astro Boy and was busy working up a CGI version of Gatchman (known to some as Battle of the Planets).

With the studio closing its doors, many jumped to the conclusion that the Gatchman project was dead. This in spite of Imagi Holdings' stated intentions to continue to produce movies, while simply contracting out the animation work to other studios. Well, it seems Imagi has made good on its promises.

Twitchfilm has uncovered an all-new teaser trailer for the project, and we gotta say, it looks pretty sweet!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Two More New Photos from CONAN

The Conan Facebook group has published nice-res copies of the photos from the film that recently appeared in Empire Magazine.

There are two that we haven't seen before depicting Jason Momoa as the main man.


Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Universal Pictures have been rolling out video remixes from Scott Pilgrim vs The World by DJ  Osymyso.

We've been remiss in reporting them to you, dear Maniacs, but if anyone here is unaware of them, here are the five that are online so far...











Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



New THOR Photo Online

Well, C2F seems to be in the minority in that we're not griping about the Thor photos we've seen. Now, there's a new photo from the film online, originating from the L.A. Times weekend edition.

It's a wide shot of Odin's throne room. Chris Hemsworth as Thor kneels before the all-father, played by Anthony Hopkins who sports a Kirby-esque tuning-fork helmet! Off to the left we have Tom Hiddleston as Loki, with the full curled-horn helmet (black, not gold) and Rene Russo as Frigga. On the far right are Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Josh Dallas as Fandral. And, perched on Odin's throne are his raven familiars Huginn and Muninn.

Check it out!

Odin throne from THOR. Pictured (from left) Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Rene Russo as Frigga, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Josh Dallas as Fandral


What do you think, Maniacs? Lets have it!



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. It's been called "Sophisticated, playful and sweet" by the Comics Buyer's Guide and a melding of We3 and Avatar: The Last Airbender by AudioShocker! 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.


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ChadDerdowski 7/19/2010 7:12:39 AM

I guess I'm in the minority too - every pic I see from Thor looks better and better from where I'm sitting.  I appreciate the fact that rather than go for a LOTR style or try to emulate some historical era, they look like superhero gods... which is exactly how they should look.

Just yesterday I was wondering if Loki would have the big horny helmet.  Good to see they're going with it.  Nothing says "bad guy" like a gigantic, horned helmet.  And the ravens are in it too!

redhairs99 7/19/2010 7:50:30 AM

I actually laughed out loud when I read "Singer Wanted Lautner."  Thanks Rob!

timesobserver 7/19/2010 7:55:37 AM

Transmute! I'm so looking forward to Gatchaman! I'm sure they won't be killing the bad guys in this movie like in the cartoons that I saw as a kid, but this is going to be great.


And I'm looking forward for Thor as well.

8man 7/19/2010 8:46:03 AM

Gatchaman looks good.  Conan as well.

Thor looks great!  They seem to be sticking to the Kirby roots as much as possible.

Not sure about Scott Pilgrim.  I am getting tired of the hype about a series that looks to be Archie with a twist.  We'll see.

gutsmgee 7/19/2010 8:51:50 AM

You will kneel before ZOD!....I mean Odin....

Hobbs 7/19/2010 9:01:24 AM

Now THAT'S how I would picture Odin's throne to look like.  WOW!

I think the only way you can do a Flash movie now is to make it a bit more edgy...I would like it to be less dark than BSG was but edgy I'm okay with.

Conan...I'm all for this movie.  I made the mistake of thinking of him in his dreads and beard when this thing first started but every shot of him as Conan makes him look like something I would expect from a Conan movie. 

Lots of positives today.

CaptAmerica04 7/19/2010 9:23:37 AM

F---ing AWESOME!!  Next summer is going to be EPIC!!!  THOR FTW!!

Muenster 7/19/2010 9:27:30 AM

Edgy Flash Gordon = a serious "Flesh" Gordon

Nice pic from Thor. I hope Beta-Ray Bill has an appearance somewhere.

jfdavis 7/19/2010 9:47:28 AM

That Thor pic is possibly the best thing I've seen genre-wise all week.  The helmets!!!

To me, Bacon would make a better Shaw than Sinister so I hope the source is right this time.

I suppose I'm in the minority but I don't think the Flash series was total crap. It wasn't good but I have seen far worse hours of TV. (The fact that those shows are usually highly rated like Glee, Deperate Housewives and basically every reality show tells you something about me...)  I'd liked the fact they added another hot chick to the mythos.  All that said, another reboot making it closer to the original property is very welcome.  I too don't want it BSG dark. Stargate Universe is doing that now and it kinda sucks...


Rheul_home 7/19/2010 10:18:54 AM

1. Nice to hear they want to take Flash Gordon seriously.

2. Another outstanding image from Thor. So glad they arent trying to go all Lord of the Rings with this. This is some high fantasy stuff right here.

3. Conan looks f'ing awesome. This film is gonna own.

4. WHY, OH WHY WONT THIS SCOTT PILGRIM GO AWAY! NOBODY CARES! You know a move is going to blow when they over advertise like this...

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