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RAVEN Headed For CW Show?


By Rob M. Worley     December 06, 2010
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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!




SPIDER-MAN Casting, Villain News

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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C2F Quick Hits

  • io9 has a chat with creature designer Neville Page who talks about working on the Green Lantern movie.
  • Comic Book resources reports that fans will see the first footage from Dredd at Mark Millar's just-announced Kapow! Comic Con next April.
  • Director David Slade told the Motion Captured blog at Hitfix that he was quite serious about taking on The Wolverine for 20th Century Fox. "I had a great meeting with Hugh Jackman. We were all ready to go and then Darren Aronofsky, who has a great relationship with Hugh, showed up. You kind of feel like: 'well, the girlfriend’s come back. I can either put up a fight here or I can just let nature take its course.'"
  • If you want to see what Emma Stone looks like in her natural blond hair, which she'll be showing off in the new Spider-Man movie, click over to Superhero Hype.

  • 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.

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 Costume design for SUPERMAN RETURNS by Steve Johnon FX

 Unused IRON MAN Concept Art generated by Steve Johnson FX

Kerry Gammill's HULK designs, done for Steve Johnson FX for the failed Jonathan Hensleigh movie.




No DARK KNIGHT RISES For Aaron Eckhart, Strange Rumor Resurfaces

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.




An additional 5 minutes from Space Battleship Yamato has appeared online. Check it out!

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Here's a trailer teasing an upcoming episode of Smallville featuring a gathering of heroes against Deathstroke!

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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.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is RAVEN good fodder for a TV series? Post your comments below..



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. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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Betenoire 12/6/2010 8:07:40 AM

More than willing to give Raven a shot. She may not be "A" list but she has the power to be and has been a major force with the Titans for years. Heck, maybe the Titans association is what has kept her from moving on to the JLA ranks over the years.

mikemc2 12/6/2010 8:40:20 AM

Sorry, I have been burnt by the CW too much.  They'll screw it up.  They will fodus too much on the angst, dummy down or outright remove most if not all the powers.  And focus on some really boring romantic angle that leaves you scratching your head wondering why.

Like I said, jaded by too much programs showing promise on the outset then by episode 3 having the show go south quick.

axia777 12/6/2010 8:46:44 AM

Raven will be crap just like Smallville.  Sorry CW, but you suck as much as Fox and Sony do!  Both Marvel AND DC need their own TV channels.  That would kick ass....

Nice Superman pic.  Too bad it is not from the new Nolan/Synder movie.  Show me some art from that and I will be interested....  O.o

Spider-Man?  Still just do not care....

monkeyfoot 12/6/2010 8:53:58 AM

Yes, Raven does seem to be suitable for the CW. Some hot young twentysomething battling evil within and without. This would make it a great complement to Supernatural and Vampire Diaries. I really don't watch either of those and I'd have to see a promo before I'd decide to watch a Raven show.

The obvious spinoff would be Green Arrow but I was actually hoping for a Martian Manhunter show with John Jones played by Phil Morris on the series. Yes, he is much older than the teenage-ish age limit for the CW but I imagined the show as him being the head of a secret police team of superpowered teens who battled other evildoers. The team would have a good combo of super abilities like strength, flight, energy beams, etc. played by the usual assortment of teen stereotypes. Jones would serve as leader and mentor to his secret squad with all their usual teen angst. Sort of a combination of X-men, Torchwood, and 21 Jumpstreet.

jfdavis 12/6/2010 9:27:17 AM

Raven is hands down my favorite Titan. Since she isn't A-List the CW can screw with mythos much easier than on Smallville. (Not that that stopped them). Also, in a way, The CW can once again have Batman without having Batman as both have personalities shaped by dark pasts.  Since casting Wonder Woman has begun (Do we even know what network that'll be on?) casting for this should be easy.  (I agree that Marvel and DC channels would be awesome...)

Isn't interesting that news of Deathstroke appearing happens the same time as Raven possiblity getting a TV show? 

I'd prefer Infans as the Lizard but adding Osborn now and building up to it may be the way to go. (Although who says both statements can't be true?) In other news, I'm kind of surprised Stone can look just like both MJ and Gwen but somehow she does.

Bryzarro 12/6/2010 9:48:18 AM

 Raven...why not.  The CW gave Smallville 10 Seasons.  Show me another network that has committed to a show for even half that long comic related......anyone?

Thought so.  If they do Raven then it opens up for more possibilities.


LocoLobo73 12/6/2010 9:56:47 AM

RAVEN: I like the Raven Idea mainly because you can bring some cameos over from smallville that would help solidify a dc tv universe. The character in the second season can come in contact with Bart (Impulse) and Cyborg and maybe intoduce in some other characters that would fit well, of course players like Robin and  Wondergirl would nt fit , but there have been tons of great Titans that would help flesh out the series, they could also have Hogan (Deathstroke) be a returning villian. They also would have to have Garth in it as Beast Boy and Ravens Greeneyed boyfriend.

SPIDERMAN : BEGINS - PROTO GOBLIN really I forgot that charcter ever existed , after wiki-ing him I remembered him, and also why I forgot him, he is a terrible character and looks completely stupid, They are going to need to re design that guy a whole lot to make this successful. I think its a mistake to go this route instead of sticking to the ultimate version instead.

Dark Knight : Rises : so they are going with the Prey storyline intresting....

SMALLVILLE : looking forward to this weeks episode

Higgy 12/6/2010 10:19:55 AM

That Prey storyline actually makes sense.  Strange is hired to track down Batman since he's on the run from the last movie.  The Scarecrow is in the movie as well which ties into the storyline.  Which could mean we'd end up with Catwoman as the female villainess.  I'm getting slightly interested.

axia777 12/6/2010 10:36:42 AM

 "jfdavis - Raven is hands down my favorite Titan. Since she isn't A-List the CW can screw with mythos much easier than on Smallville. (Not that that stopped them). Also, in a way, The CW can once again have Batman without having Batman as both have personalities shaped by dark pasts."

If the CW got a Batman show I would kill some one. Literally.

"Bryzarro 12/6/2010 9:48:18 AM
Raven...why not. The CW gave Smallville 10 Seasons. Show me another network that has committed to a show for even half that long comic related......anyone?

Thought so. If they do Raven then it opens up for more possibilities."

Yup, 10 seasons of total suckage.

"LocoLobo73 - RAVEN: I like the Raven Idea mainly because you can bring some cameos over from smallville that would help solidify a dc tv universe. "

Smallville is not and never has been the DC universe. It is some alternative DC reality sort of like the Marvel Ultimates line. Except that most of the Ultimates are cool and Smallville is lame.

thefakejaredk83 12/6/2010 11:09:12 AM

Hooray Col. Tigh is back!! I wonder if Michael Hogan will ever be able to escape that look.  I'm looking forward to the continuation of this show and see how they end it.  I'm surprised the CW is going to continue with the superhero genre' after Smallville ends.  The channel seems to becoming usurpred with pretty white people with problems kind of dramas.  I even hear Nikita has been given a new coat of paint and adding a love interest. Not a good sign for a show halfway through its first season. 

I never read the 'Prey' storyline but it sounds interesting enough to have it transfer over to film and not totally let down an awesome trilogy that is Nolan's vision of Batman. I'll have to keep an eye out for the trades online or something.

The Iron Man sketches looked like they wanted to go with the Ulitmate version..fine by me there is still enough time in between now and 'The Avengers.'

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