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Newcomer to Direct DEADPOOL?


By Rob M. Worley     October 27, 2010
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Comics2Film: Ryan Reynolds as DEADPOOL from X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
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Swedish newcomer to direct Deadpool? Plus: Batman casting female lead. Guggenheim talks Flash influences. Ghost Rider 2 gets a budget cut? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.27!




BATMAN Babe Search Begins

Moviehole is reporting that the Warner Bros has stepped up casting efforts on Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie. Insiders claim that the studio and director are taking meetings with actresses in search of the female lead for the film.

According to the report, information is being meted out in a cautious manner and several of the women reading for the part aren't being told anything about it other than they're meeting with Nolan.

Details about the nature of the role are sketchy. Moviehole's insider "suspects" that they're reading for Catwoman, but admits he's uncertain as Nolan is carefully controlling the flow of information. The role could just as likely be another Rachel Dawes style love interest.

What do you think, Maniacs? Would you like to see Catwoman in the movie? If not, is there another of Batman's femme fatales you'd prefer? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Guggenheim Talks FLASH Movie Influences

Newsarama chatted up Green Lantern and Flash movie screenwriter Marc Guggenheim at New York Comic-Con recently. In their video interview, Guggenheim offers the usual deflections to questions about his work on the Scarlet Speedster film, but he did comment briefly about certain aspects of the film.

When asked about reports that there was a CSI flavor to the movie, Guggenheim confirmed it, saying they wanted to strongly incorporate the idea of Barry Allen being a police scientist. He said the movie is Part Silence of the Lambs style thriller, part superhero movie and "part sports movie because there's an athleticism to this character that other superheroes don't have."

He also commented on which comics influenced him the most in writing for the film. Guggenheim said he's a huge fan of Mike Baron's run on the comic, but the movie draws from many different eras, including Geoff Johns' work and Mark Waid's stretch. "The stuff [Waid] wrote with the philiosphy of speed and the philosophy of running has been a big influence," Guggenheim said. He also cited the fun and wonder of the silver age Barry Allen stories.

As far as crossing over with Green Lantern, Guggenheim said he's the biggest proponent of cameos and Easter eggs and is usually the one trying to slip them into the story. Unfortunately, the decision of whether or not to include those in the movie is in the hands of higher-ups.

Click through to watch the complete video interview.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



GHOST RIDER 2 Budget Cut?

The Wrap reports that Ghost Rider 2 is set to go into production soon, but with a significant budget cut.

According to their report, Sony (who has a lot of their production capital tied up with Men in Black 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Spider-Man) has brought on Hyde Park Entertainment as a co-financier. The movie had originally been budgeted at $135, but when cameras roll on the project, the budget will be pared down to $75 million. Reportedly Nicholas Cage ate some of the cut, knocking $5 million off of his star fee.

The 3D movie has Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds and Placido Violante lined up to appear in the movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Gamer) are set to direct. The film will largely be shot overseas. Mike deLuca, Avi Arad and Ashok Armitraj are producing.



Newbie Director Top Contender for DEADPOOL?

The L.A. Times 24 Frames Blog reports that Robert Rodriguez is no longer in the running to direct Fox's much-anticipated Deadpool movie.

Instead, their sources tell them that a relatively unknown commercial and video director named Adam Berg has the studio's eye.

You may not have heard of Berg, but he's garnered some buzz for a short film he directed called Carousel, which features a bullet-time style tour of a chaotic and violent bank heist gone wrong. The camera moves through the frozen moment in time as police shoot it out with clown-masked robbers. It's a cool visual to be sure and one that has raised Berg's profile considerably, winning him the Cannes Lions International Advertising award.

The producers of Deadpool like the director and apparently star Ryan Reynolds does as well, which bodes well for Berg.

Fox is going to have to hire a director soon if they want to give him enough prep time to hit Reynolds' window of availability which should happen in late winter/early spring of 2011.

Berg's Carousel is on YouTube (and presented below). Check it out and let us know what you think about him as a director, Maniacs!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!


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cdauch36 10/27/2010 7:22:03 AM

that short was really interesting. that style, being that its deadpool, could actually work for 4th-wall breaking sequences. i say why not give the kid a shot...although i would like to see another short by him where there is good sequential storytelling, so we know he's not just flashy. that's what matters to me, is story, and that's why the nolan movies have been working so well.

pilgram 10/27/2010 8:01:19 AM

Great Visuals. This may be the look Deadpool is going to need to pull it off. I am 100% with CDAUCH about the story.

LocoLobo73 10/27/2010 8:06:06 AM

BATMAN 3: I think they may be casting for Lesile Thompkins, Bruce Wayne Physiatrist, Dont ask me why, but for some reason, it just fits with Nolans style, Who is under the Cowl, who is really the mask, Batman or Wayne.

FLASH: Again I Know I sound like a broken record , but I still think they should have went with Wally's character, you dont always have to start at the begining other wise they should have started with Jay Garrick, hell, Barry Allen's character has been dead for almost 25 years, and just recently brought back from the grave, which was probally due to WB making a movie about the character. Really al that matters is that its good, and boy do I hope it is good.

GR 2:  I wish they would just cut him, cutting the budget on this movie , is bad but this just seems to be one of those movies, that if you are going to do it right, DONT DO IT. I think he would have a been better as Dr Strange.

DEADPOOL, DONT DO IT, why would you think a short like that would be enough to inspire Fox to go with this guy, is insane. I mean yeah its cool, but its very un original, it looked like the commericals for TNT's shows, I really hope Fox pulls their heads out of their asses , befor we have another Wolverine on our hands. I really am begining  to beleive that Fox and Sony want to make shitty  Marvel Movies


nemesis1_57 10/27/2010 8:09:34 AM

I dont think Cat Women will be in the new Batman movie. I think its Talia al Ghul it would tie up all the movies if Al Ghul was involved.

LocoLobo73 10/27/2010 8:16:26 AM


Talia would fit in perfectly and using the LAZURUS PIT, would allow for a certain character to come back. This would also lend to a HUSH storyline very well.

animefanjared 10/27/2010 9:51:56 AM

As expected as it may be, I think Catwoman is probably the most likely candidate for the female lead in the new Batman.  I would love for it to be Talia al Ghul, since she has yet to be seen on the big screen and is a kick ass character.  But Catwoman is plenty interesting, I imagine Nolan could do some really stellar work with her, and given how well-respected these movies have become as actual films, he could probably attract some top teir acting talent for the role.

I think it's smart for Sony to cut the budget of GR2, but even then I think $75 million is awfully high.  Not because the film couldn't use the effects money; I just don't see the movie making that money back.  GR2 is definitely a film no one is really interested in seeing, especially coming so long after the original.

I can't believe Fox is still serious about a Deadpool movie.  I just can't see it being commercially viable.  Oh well, it can't be worse than Wolverine, right.  RIGHT???

samurai1138 10/27/2010 9:58:18 AM

I dont care who it is in Batman 3, as long as they make up for that train wreck The Dark Knight. What an overrated disappointing movie that was. I was so sad to see people fall for it again in Inception, but THANK GOD Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the time last week to say "no, no, you dont get it, Inception was STUPID." Thanks guys, I needed a little back up on that one. Hopefully, the 3rd Batman will be as good as the 1st one was. I used to get goose pimples at the end of Begins, when he flips over that playing card, now....I just get bummed. 

kissstation 10/27/2010 11:07:06 AM


silversurfer 10/27/2010 11:19:39 AM

I would be interested if it Talia...Catwoman doesn't really fit in with what Nolan has done..Talia however....

Deadpool news is interesting I think that would be worth looking at...

GR2 information? Could be better for the film if the budget is cut...

Tevii 10/27/2010 11:58:17 AM

@samrai1138 - Not sure if your being sarcastic and i havent seen Inception... But I agree 100% about The Dark Knight"  VERY overrated. The Two-Face segment was completely pointless, which couldve cut the movie by 20 minutes .It couldve ended with him getting turned into Two-Face and it wouldve been alot better.

It was a decent movie, but Batman Begins blows it out of the water. And the only reason it had so much buzz was Heath Ledgers death and his amazing performance

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