Reynolds unsure it it's Deadpool or R.I.P.D. Plus: McAvoy talks X-Men: First Class. Hamm reacts to Superman rumor. New Walking Dead poster and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.22!
Major reorganization is underway at the newly-minted DC Entertainment. The comics and multimedia sub-division of Warner Bros was established last year to help better leverage DC Comics characters into film and other ventures. Diane Nelson is the President of the division.
Yesterday DCE announced that they were reorganizing the company, moving the DC Comics offices from New York City to Burbank California and shuttering the long-suffering Wildstorm imprint.
Nelson has been out on press tour controlling the news spin on the story and chatted with IGN about plans for superhero movies. The the mixed-studio Marvel movies, the DC movies have been free-standing affairs with no linkage. Recent rumors have indicated that we'll soon be seeing cross-over between the movies (as we are with Marvel) and it may all be a possible build-up to a Justice League of America cross-over.
Nelson, however, tells IGN that that that's not necessarily the case.
"People make an assumption that we're going to mirror Marvel's strategy, for example with Avengers," Nelson told us. "We do have a very different attitude about how you build a content slate. And it isn't necessarily about connecting those properties together to build into a single thing. We think we've got great stories and characters that will lend themselves to great standalone experiences, and that's the way we're focusing on it."
So while a Justice League movie could be in the works, it sounds like it likely wouldn't feature Christian Bale and Ryan Reynolds.
Actor James McAvoy is presently immersed in the daunting task of portraying a comics character that has already enjoyed a spot on translation to film as he takes on the role of Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class.
At the recent Toronto International Film Festival he told MTV News that he's trying not to worry about comparisons to Patrick Stewart, who played the character as a lead in three X-Men films and as a brief cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
"I'm basically going to try and bury Patrick's performance," McAvoy joked, adding that there are at least two things he won't have in common with Stewart. "They didn't want me to go bald and I walk as well."
However, he said there is a drive toward consistency of character and that the First Class prequel will play into the original movies.
"I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are," he said. "That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve."
And by the end of the movie we will likely know why Stewart's Professor X is bald and wheel-chair bound.
There's been plenty of speculation about which comic-based movies, if any, actor Ryan Reynolds can actually take on in 2011. He's presently out promoting his closed space thriller Buried and is slated to film two more movies shortly. Beyond that he's been attached to Deadpool, R.I.P.D. and Green Lantern 2.
In a conversation with io9.com, the actor suggested that Green Lantern sequel talk may be premature at this point.
"I shoot a movie called The Change-Up next. It's kind of like an R-rated comedy, and right after that I start on a thriller called Safe House with Denzel Washington. And then, after that is where one of those two movies will hopefully fall," he said of Deadpool and R.I.P.D.
Reynolds also said that the question of which of the two is largely out of his hands.
"People sort of ask this question, like I have any say in the matter. They're both movies I'm interested in, they're both movies that are in fast-track development. But I never say I'm doing a movie until I break for lunch the first day," the actor said, continuing, "because it's such a crapshoot, this industry. Everything's so fickle and so contingent on so many factors, aside from just an actor. And because it has an actor, and because these films have interested directors, it's obviously likely that they'll both get made. But I think it would be more likely that only one of them gets made with me."
So if both movies claim Reynolds as his leading man and go into production early next year (as has been speculated) only one of them will actually feature the actor. From our perspective, it would be disappointing if he didn't do the Deadpool movie, as he's reportedly been very involved in the development of that one since it was announced.
What do you think, Maniacs? Which movie would you want Reynolds to do? 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 the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!