Has Odin been cast in 'Thor'? Plus: Is a casting announcement on 'Captain America imminent? Will 'Transformers' shatter expectations? A new character coming to 'Smallville'? 'Dead of Night' wraps! More! The only daily column that would not eat a live insect for charity, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.2!
KryptonSite has posted details of two scenes which are being used to cast the new 'Smallville' character, "Mason." Those details are posted on KryptonSite's Spoilers Page. [SPOILER WARNING]
Who exactly is Mason, Maniacs? I'll take a flier that it's international man of adventure Rex Mason who goes on to become the freakish Metamorpho! Post your comments below...
Dan Forcey updates Dylan Dog fans on the 'Dead of Night' movie's official production blog. The location filming in New Orleans has wrapped and the production crew is back in Los Angeles. Director Kevin Munroe and Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch will now begin the process of cutting the film and working with the music score and sound department.
Forcey also says to expect the marketing machine to whip of a frenzy in the coming months.
Finally, Comics2Film wishes Forcey an earnest "get well soon", due to his emergency surgery (which hasn't stopped the blogging).
Rich Johnston's new Bleeding Cool blog is dropping bombs, with the latest one being a potential casting scoop on 'Thor'.
According to Johnston, actor Brian Blessed is the one-eyed all-father Odin in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the Marvel hero. The Shakespearean actor has teamed with Branagh in many films but fans best remember him as Prince Vultan, leader of the Hawk Men in the 1980 camp classic 'Flash Gordon'.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Blessed the right man to rule all of Asgard? Post your comments below...
The Geek Files blog excerpts a Total Film interview with director Bryan Singer in which the director expresses some regret about abandoning the 'X-Men' franchise in order to pursue 'Superman Returns.
"I'm eternally intertwined with X-Men now. What takes an audience four hours to watch - the first two movies - took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it....It's a shame," Singer said and added that he wished he had helmed 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. "It's weird for me to watch it, because I'm so close to the universe. And also [director Brett Rattner] is a good friend of mine. But, of course, I would love to return to that universe."
But don't expect him to wrangler 'X-Men Origins: Magneto' away from director David S. Goyer. Singer says he's done three Nazi movies already ('Apt Pupil', 'Valkyrie' and the famous opening to 'X-Men') and isn't eager to tread that ground again.
At this point it's uncertain if Singer will return to either 'X-Men' or 'Superman'.
In two weeks, copies of 'Captain America' #600 will go on sale on a Monday, rather than the traditional new comics Wednesday.
The Bleeding Cool blog says this is due to Marvel anticipating some major mainstream media hype around the book. Thus far details of the issue have been nearly blacked out, with very little info provided in the solicitation. The book is also a lead in to the 'Reborn' mini-series of which little is known and has only been teased with advertisements displaying a huge white star on a black field of chain mail.
So what's trick is Marvel holding up its sleeve that would prompt them to expect media buzz to generate sales in place of actual promotion?
Bleeding Cool speculates that one possibility is a major casting announcement on the 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie, breaking with the return of Steve Rogers.
Some of Johnston's sources also echo past rumors that Will Smith is the actor that will play the role in the movie, and the Reborn comic will reflect that with a new black Captain America. Others agree in part, discarding the Will Smith aspect, but saying the Reborn series is designed to bring Cap in line with the actor who will be filling the role.
'Wolf Man' director Joe Johnston was named as the helmer of 'Captain America' last November. 'Narnia' scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were also signed to the pic the same month. The film isn't due in theaters until May, 2011.
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' will open big on the 5-day weekend starting June 24th. No question about that. But how big?
Nikki Finke is pointing for the fences saying the film could pull in a whopping $160 million. She cites 'Spider-Man 2' opening at $152 million in a similar frame and new tracking on the film being very positive. Paramount are downplaying the number but Finke's sources at rival studios are guessing upwards of $175 million.
Like most F/X heavy features, post-production of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is coming down to the wire. However, at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, director Michael Bay told an MTV reporter that he expected to wrap the film "tomorrow" (meaning Monday of this week) or Wednesday. Observe:
And now, a stale post from...
Yesterday afternoon, 'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau tweeted:
# I'll be skyping a bit from the set of Iron Man tonite on Jimmy Fallon.
Did anyone watch watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night? Did Favreau say anything interesting? Was Scarlett there in her Black Widow suit? Should we tune in to the episode on Hulu later today? Post your comments below...