Who is researching The Wasp and why? Plus: Lots of stuff from the Captain America set. Lots of talk about Green Lantern. Lots of reactions to the Superman director list and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.27!
SFX has rounded up comments made by Joss Whedon about The Avengers from their upcoming "Worlds of Whedon" special issue.
With regards to Marvel's level of creative control the director said, "There are definitely stipulations and restrictions, but Kevin Feige is very active as a producer and worked with me a lot on the story, but they are absolutely honouring the fact that this is my film."
He also praises Marvel studios for a style of filmmaking evidenced by the Iron Man movies, which allowed Robert Downey Jr. space to explore the character of Tony Stark rather than putting him through rigid paces.
Whedon says there's a real challenge in blending all the characters together in a way that the audience will accept, while still telling a compelling story. "By the way, there’s a thunder god. You guys are cool, right? This guy is big and green and this character wears an American flag. It’s all good, right? It’s totally real world.’ Finding the tone and plots that are coherent is what I go to bed thinking about and wake up thinking about, but it’s doable," he told SFX.
And while a mega movie like The Avengers will certainly be action-driven, Whedon recognizes the vast acting talent he has at his disposal for this movie.
"What I will struggle with, in the outline and throughout, is that I would like to put these actors in a room and just make Glengarry Glen Ross. We’re talking about really exciting people and at the same time I have to keep the momentum of the thing going. I can’t let it turn into a lull fest," Whedon said. "Knowing that I have enough time to do both of those things – that by the end of the movie you will feel ‘in’ with these guys – is the trick. It’s not an easy one but one that Marvel absolutely honours.
"They don’t hire Mark Ruffalo [the new Hulk] to say one iconic line and strike a pose. They hire him because he has so much humanity in him. He’s the antithesis of the iconic actor. He’s so human. He was my first choice to play the part, and the fact he is playing the part is nuts! They went to great lengths to make that happen and they understood exactly why he was right for the part."
IGN got a chance to talk with actor Ryan Reynolds about the Green Lantern movie. Reynold told the site that he's not really the star of the film.
"The movie really started when we wrapped principal photography - that's when everyone really went to work. The few things I've seen - the suit in motion and those kinds of things - has been breathtaking. It's amazing what they're able to do," Reynolds said of the CGI and F/X heavy film.
He also praised director Martin Campbell, as well as his co-star Mark Strong, who plays mentor (and eventual villain) Sinestro.
"Mark's going to bring something unique in that Sinestro is not just a villain. Sinestro's someone that audiences are going to gravitate towards. Sinestro is someone that audiences - dare I say - are going to like," Reynolds said. "But there's something very volatile and mercurial about him, and I think they're going to see that as well. Mark Strong's going to bring a depth to that character that I certainly have been impressed to see."
Click through for his complete comments.
Filmmaker Greg Berlanti is making the rounds promoting his non-comics superhero show called Nor Ordinary Family. As we would expect, he's also fielding questions from outlets like Hero Complex about the Green Lantern and Flash movies.
With regards to The Flash, Berlanti revealed that he's worked out the story with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, but leaving the actual script writing to them.
He also shed some light on their take on the the scarlet speedster.
"What we’re doing with the Flash is, Barry Allen was a CSI, so this has to play as a crime drama as much as anything else," Berlanti said.
Click through for more of his comments on both The Flash and Green Lantern.
There have been scores of photos and videos erupting from the Manchester filming of Captain America: The First Avenger in Manchester, UK this weekend.
Early on Friday photos began to lead out of Chris Evans in action as a super soldier for what looks to be the first time. CaptainAmericaFilmingManchester.co.uk has a great set of images featuring the beefy Evans in undersized clothing, which makes it look to us as if he's instantly gone from scrawny Steve Rogers to the soon-to-be action hero.
Noteworthy are the strange, rubber feet Evans is wearing during the filming. Is this a nod to the rubber ears from the last live-action Cap movie? Nope. They're protection for all the running stunts he's doing in the film, as seen in videos here and here.
Meanwhile, a Manchester blogger reports spotting actor Richard Armitage on the set, playing Dr. Erskine's Nazi assassin Heinz Kruger.
So it appears what we're seeing here on Dale street is the immediate aftermath of the first (and only) successful application of Erskine's super-soldier formula with agent Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers chasing after Erskine's killers. Cool!
Two of the directors named in last week's Superman directors report have offered public reactions to the story.
Matt Reeves of Let Me In and Cloverfield fame downplayed the report when asked about it by JoBlo.com.
He said a fan asked him about it at Fantastic Fest. "I was surprised," Reeves told JoBlo. "I really have no idea if any of that is true. It's certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised..."
JoBlo points out that Reeves isn't specific about what he's surprised about: the idea of him being a contender or the fact that word got out. So his reaction doesn't necessarily invalidate the report.
Coming Soon captured a tweet from Moon director Duncan Jones. He allegedly told his followers, "About Superman... I'm going to say something really cheesy; Can't talk about it, but an honor to be on the list. Interesting times!"
However, the tweet is no longer appearing on Jones' twitter feed, which smacks as if he thought better of confirming some level of contact with producer Christopher Nolan at this point.
The report indicated that a director decision would happen soon.
We've been speculating about who might be playing The Wasp for years now. Back in September 2008, Eva Longoria was spotted near Marvel offices carrying a stack of comics featuring the diminutive heroine.
This weekend Comics2Film received another such report suggesting a new actress is at least interested in the character.
An exclusive tip from a scooper who is known to us tells us that in between filming sessions for V, actress Morena Baccarin was seen visiting a comic shop and purchasing "a bunch of Avengers comics." Our tipster further said she was asking the store workers to specifically point out comics with the Wasp in them.
Just to reiterate, the source is someone we know and we have every reason to believe this source saw and heard what they claim. But what does it mean exactly?
The easiest conclusion to jump to is that Baccarin is researching for a role in The Avengers. While there's been no confirmation that Janet Van Dyne is actually in the movie, it's certainly possible since she's such a prominent part of the team mythology in both the traditional and "Ultimate" versions. Of course, Baccarin could have an in with the movie's director as well, since she first broke out as an actress on Joss Whedon's Firefly series. And she definitely has a look and air about her that lend themselves to the character.
What we can't say is what might have prompted this burst of research. Is she working up to independently approach Whedon and Marvel about the movie? Or did the filmmakers contact her and ask her to prep for a reading? Hey, maybe she just loves the Wasp and can't get enough of the comics.
Whatever the case, the roster for The Avengers is already over-flowing, so we'd have to imagine that any Wasp or Ant-Man appearances will be less prominent then the core seven actors that were unveiled at Comic-Con.
What do you think, Maniacs? Would you like to see Baccarin in one of the dozens of Wasp costumes? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Detroit Comics on October 6th and the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!