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Reynolds, Campbell talk GREEN LANTERN

Plus: IRON MAN 2, WALKING DEAD, JONAH HEX and more

By Rob M .Worley     January 25, 2010


Comics2Film: Ryan Reynolds and GREEN LANTERN
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Ryan Reynolds and Martin Campbell talk 'Green Lantern'. Plus: Kate Mara hints at her 'Iron Man 2' role. An inside look at 'Walking Dead'. New actor among 'Jonah Hex' cast and more! At the tender age of three, it was hooked to a machine, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.25!

 

 

AVATAR Topples DARK KNIGHT

Another comic-to-film record has fallen according to our weekend box office report. That massive domestic gross for 2008's 'The Dark Knight' is now the #3 all-time domestic gross in the wake of James Cameron's 'Avatar'. The new movie's $552.7 million bank after just six weeks in theaters makes it the #2 domestic movie of all time, behind Cameron's other winner 'Titanic'.

 

 

Spidey Burglar is in JONAH HEX

Actor Michael Papajohn revealed via Twitter that he is part of the 'Jonah Hex' reshoots.

The actor wrote on Thursday, "[I] just found out I got a part in JONAH HEX...excited to work on a western !"

C2F readers know Michael Papajohn well as the burglar who shot Uncle Ben in 'Spider-Man' but then didn't shoot him in 'Spider-Man 3'.

 

 

Greg Johnson talks PLANET HULK

Marvel.com has an in-depth Q & A with Greg Johnson, writer of the 'Planet Hulk' animated movie. Johnson talks about how the movie differs from the comic series and consulting with comic writer Greg Pak on the story. The film arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray February 2nd.

 

 

WALKING DEAD Pilot Script Review

We're definitely psyched by the prospect of a 'Walking Dead' TV series on AMC guided by Frank Darabont. And C2F was very encouraged by the news last week that AMC was going to pilot on the show, based on Robert Kirkman's comic series.

If you're wondering how Darabont's vision of the comic will translate, Coming Attractions has an exclusive look at the script for the pilot. Here's an excerpt:

"The director's script covers the broad range of the zombie horror emotional spectrum, such as giving us moments of extreme gore (hey, any zombie TV show wouldn't be a zombie show if it didn't have folks being munched on!), moments of shock value (hey, you didn't think that there was a zombie hiding behind that car, did you?) and the moments that I believe are the best indicator that The Walking Dead TV series has what it takes to transcend the boundaries of being simply labelled a horror show, the psychological horror scenes. Those scenes are the hammers that you're going to remember and the ones that are going to propel this show to be viewed as something more important than just a scary show."

Click through for the complete review...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

SURROGATES Bonus Feature Preview - 'Breaking The Frame'

The comic-based 'Surrogates' is coming home to DVD and Blu-Ray next week.

Courtesy of MTV Splash Page: here's a look at one of the bonus features from the package. In "Breaking the Frame," Venditti describes the long, strange trip "Surrogates" has taken from the mailroom at Top Shelf Productions to a feature film starring Bruce Willis.

 

 

Kate Mara's Talks IRON MAN 2 Role

Last April we reported that the lovely Kate Mara had been cast in this summer's 'Iron Man 2' but there's been precious little talk of her involvement in the film since then. MTV Splash Page sat down with Mara at the Sundance Film Festival to get the scoop on Mara's role.

Mara was reluctant to comment on her role, revealing only that it was "very small", that she only has one scene in the movie and she'd prefer you find these things out by seeing the movie. She refuted rumors that she plays Bethany Cabe in the film, although didn't deny that she may be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

After some persistent questioning from MTV she did give up that her scene is with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, who plays Happy Hogan in the film.

Check out the video clip:

 

 

Martin Campbell Talks GREEN LANTERN

Director Martin Campbell talked with ComingSoon.net recently at the press junket for 'Edge of Darkness' and gave some additional insights to his plans for 'Green Lantern'.

"Actually, it's the origin story really. You may or may not know but there are five human Green Lanterns over the period of some 60 years, since 1940, which is when they first wrote it, and ours is Hal Jordan, who happens to be the most popular Green Lantern. He's the fighter pilot from Ferris Aviation so that origin story is fairly clearly in the comics, and it's fairly well known so we're sticking in principle fairly closely to that," Campbell said of the direction of his film.

The director also revealed he hopes to continue with the character beyond the first movie, as he did with past franchises such as James Bond and Zorro but sees Hal Jordan as potentially more interesting than those two iconic heroes.

"You get a little protective about the franchise sometimes, you sort of say, 'I've done it once so I'll do it again,'" Campbell said. "I'm just interested in the origin story of 'Green Lantern' because I think he's just more complex and with more hang-ups as those superheroes and probably a lot of the others."

Campbell also admits that, unlike Marvel's current strategy of universe-building, his task on 'Green Lantern' is focused solely on these specific characters and where they may go in future films.

"I think it will stick closely to the origin story, but of course, we all know that Sinestro for example is a character who goes over to the Dark Side, and of course, we have Carol. She'll be played by Blake Lively. I think people will be able to see forward in the characters, that in the comic went on to become... in Sinestro's case, he goes over to the Dark Side and indeed Carol in later versions becomes a bad guy as well. (laughs) But people will be ahead of us on all that I think."

Click through for more from Campbell about 'Edge of Darkness' and 'Green Lantern'.

 

 

Reynolds talks GREEN LANTERN

While prowling the Sundance Film Festival, MTV Splash Page caught up with actor Ryan Reynolds (whose claustrophobic one-man thriller 'Buried' is creating buzz and picked up a quick sale to Lionsgate). They asked the man to dish some secrets about 'Green Lantern'.

Reynolds declined to lay down any major scoops about the movie but did comment on the casting of actress Blake Lively as love interest (and, perhaps, future villain) Carol Ferris.

"She's amazing — that girl is nobody's fool," Reynolds told MTV. "She came in and, much like everyone else in the film, had to fight for the role and read [for the character]. She did such an amazing job. She's going to be flawless, she's going to be perfect."

Check out Reynolds' video interview:

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myklspader 1/25/2010 8:14:39 AM

 Nice to know Darabount is trying to keep the tone as best he can.

I like Reynolds but would have liked maybe to see Nathan Fillion do the Lantern… how this will affect his (Reynolds) role as Dead Pool (or is it Deadpool?) is anybody's guess. I think he may just go the higher ground and leave Marvel behind just because it looks like DC has been really doing some good work in terms of getting good directors and scripts for their properties and all Marvel is doing is floundering and letting Downey float the boat at this point (though I am looking forward to ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’).

jfdavis 1/25/2010 8:15:58 AM

At this point, I don't think it matters who Mara is is playing.   In Iron Man: The Armored Adventures, Stane has a daughter. May as well be that character for all I care. I don't buy the Shield agent thing. She's too cute.

It seems like Campbell mentions Ferris becomes a vilian in every interview he does.  Are there plans all ready for further down the series?

 

silversurfer 1/25/2010 9:29:56 AM

I'm curious as to how the Green Lantern's suit is going to look at this point? I mean we hear all of the casting rumors, but it would be cool to see the suits once they get them out of design? You would think that it would be simple to make the Green Lantern's suit, but that can really be a big deal if they get it wrong.....just saying.

trollman 1/25/2010 9:57:45 AM

In the Wolverine movie they should have changed the characters name to "CESSPOOL" because they turned the character into $#!T.

gauleyboy420 1/25/2010 10:00:27 AM

 I'm stoked for GL! Reynolds obviously has an affinity for comics, and I'm positive it will reflect in GL, and hopefully result in a PROPER on -screen Deadpool.

 

TWD- STOKED, Can't wait to see what they do with this.

Ozymandas 1/25/2010 10:02:51 AM

AVATAR Topples DARK KNIGHT: a bit of a cheat, I think, considering IMAX tickets cost considerably more than standard. I would say it deserves an award/record for best IMAX presentation/greatest IMAX revenue.

Green Lantern: the mention of 5 Green Lanterns threw me for a sec until I realized they were counting Alan Scott. I hope he keep the white gloves (saw First Flight last night and missed them) and has an adventure on earth (Hector Hammond?) before hooking up with the corps. I think that the silver age stories between Hal's getting the ring and meeting the Guardians are pretty special.

dakomon 1/25/2010 10:05:33 AM

I guarentee there will be at least a reference to Superman, Batman, or the Flash in the GL Movie. They cant be that stupid can they? Without all the buzz about an Avengers movie after Iron Man/Hulk cameos, there would not be a Thor movie. Hollywood is scared sh**less about a superhero movie that has aliens, demons, Norse Gods, or overt powers.

Muenster 1/25/2010 10:12:45 AM

I thought the article was about "Burt" Reynolds. Why do I still not give Ryan Reynolds the respect he deserves?

Hey, perhaps Burt Reynolds should make an appearance in Green Lantern.

millean 1/25/2010 10:39:30 AM

I'm looking forward to GL as much as everybody else, and feel good about it's chances at being an excellent film.  But much like silversurfer, I'm curious about the look of this movie/costumes.  That could make a potentially awesome movie (and the hype for it) go pretty bad, pretty quick if not done right.

I didn't care much for Avatar except the visuals, but I'm hoping that all of it's box office success make GL step up to the plate in that area.

 

gauleyboy420 1/25/2010 11:08:19 AM

THIS POST isn’t about this thread, but it is about comics and the internet.
I’m not sure how many of you go to a site called Comics Alliance, it’s generally a cool site about comics....BUT the editor is TRASH.

I recently posted on the boards there, and disagreed with their ideology about superhero comics (I SWEAR on my Mother, I didn’t swear or use all caps, just disagreed with their agenda) and instead of having a dialogue about our differing points of views was told if I didn’t like their point of view to read a different web site. And apparently lost my ability to post on that site any longer. I know it’s a private site (Owned by AOL, I wonder how the cooperation would like to know that the editor of one of their sites tells people to go scratch, when they don’t see eye to eye)Besides not being a good business model, It was plain rude.

I have disagreed with Jarrod on NUMEROUS occasions on this site (and to the best of my knowledge he is the administrator) and although it can get heated he NEVER censors a post, or tells us to start going to another web site... I really like that about this site. We all have different ideologies, and taste, but we’re all MANIACS.

Anyway I’m putting the word out that if you visit Comics Alliance, don’t ... JUST DON’t go to a site where they don’t give a $hit about their readers... and they’re very close minded.

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