Is Teen Titans' Raven headed for a CW series? Plus: Spider-Man casting and villain talk. Dredd footage to debut at April con. Dark Knight rumors and talk. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.6!
Heat Vision broke open what may be the the final major casting roles in Marc Webb's soon-to-lens Spider-Man reboot.
According to their Friday report, Campbell Scott (Singles, Damages) and Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) have been tapped to play Peter Parker's parents.
Depending on the continuity you favor, the Parkers were government agents (as seen in the primary Marvel story line) or brilliant researchers (as in the Ultimate Marvel universe). In the Ultimate storyline, Richard Parker is linked to the creation of the Venom symbiote, the byproduct of research he engaged in with Eddie Brock's parents. Either way, they meet an untimely end when Peter is young, and he's left in the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May (played in the new movie by Martin Sheen and Sally Field).
Also on board for the movie are Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire) and Annie Parisse (Rubicon). Kahn is said to be playing "a villain named Van Atter" while Parisse is playing his wife. The article reiterates that Rhys Ifans is playing the movie's primary villain.
Admittedly the name "Van Atter" didn't mean much to us, although hardcore Spidey fans recalled a character named Nels Van Adder who was introduced in the late 1990s as an early test subject of Norman Osborn's. Van Adder was transformed into a mutant creature. That creature, referred to in passing as the "Proto-Goblin" was set up as a precursor to Norman's eventual transformation.
This could tip Ifans as playing Norman himself in a pre-Green Goblin villain role that may over-arch several movies.
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Steve Johnson FX has revealed a number of interesting new images from past projects. You'll find designs from Bryan Singer's Superman aspirations on the Facebook page, including many costume designs, as well as a Doomsday sketch. Jonhson's crew also took a pass at Iron Man. And, of course, they were hard at work on practical effects to bring the Hulk to life for director Jonathan Hensleigh, who almost got his movie to go just before the Ang Lee version took hold. You'll find illustrations online for that one, as well as previously-seen footage of the animatronic skeleton for ol' jade jaws.
In a scene that could have taken place in Inception, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan delivered some bad, but not unexpected news to actor Aaron Eckhart.
"Chris and I had a meeting, on the beach, just the two of us," Eckhart told MTV Splash Page. "I said, 'Chris, a lot of people are asking me if I'm in the next 'Batman.' And Chris said, 'Yes?' I said, 'Am I?' He looked at me and he said, 'No.'"
Then, several derelict buildings crumbled into the ocean.
OK, we made that last part up, but Eckart says the conversation with Nolan was really "even weirder" than he makes it sound, and that he was "heartbroken" to have his dream of returning as Two-Face snuffed out once and for all.
In other Dark Knight Rises rumors, Ain't it Cool echos recent talk that the movie is based on the comics story Prey and that Tom Hardy is playing Dr. Hugo Strange. The site seems unaware that these rumors circulated a few weeks back but in talkback comments, gossip maven Harry Knowles claims to have seen "proof" that the story is legit.
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Here's a trailer teasing an upcoming episode of Smallville featuring a gathering of heroes against Deathstroke!
Variety reports the The CW network is eyeballing the Teen Titans character Raven as a replacement show for their soon-to-end flagship program Smallville.
Diego Gutierrez, who helped redevelop V for 21st Century viewers, is set to write and executive produce the show.
Although not an a-list character by any means, Raven seems like she could fill the Smallville niche well, given the blend of supernatural, superhero and teen angst. See, Rachel Roth is a half demon (her father is a major demon in DC Universe mythology) who has superhuman abilities. She can teleport and use her "soul self" to divine hidden knowledge among other things. Yet, she must remain aloof even from her friends as she's constantly in danger of being corrupted by her demonic side through her father's evil machinations.
The character was introduced into the DCU by creators Marv Wolfman and George Perez in the 1980s, who made her part of the Teen Titans line-up in that title's heyday. She appeared in a much more gothed-up form in the kid-friendly TV series based on the comic a few years back.
So far The CW has only committed to a script, but presumably they'll be eager to shoot a pilot as Smallville wends into its series finale this spring.
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