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Rourke feels IRON MAN 2 squeeze

Plus: DARK KNIGHT, TRANSFORMERS, SLEEPER and more in your Comics2Film 9.1.22

By Rob M. Worley     January 22, 2009
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Heath Ledger gets his Oscar nod, but 'The Dark Knight' is otherwise snubbed. Marvel may be trying to low-ball Mickey Rourke on 'Iron Man 2'. Plus news about 'Transformers', 'Sleeper', 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' and 'The Shadow'. Unfurl your flag and plant it in the soil and claim this as your Comics2Film 9.1.22!



Ledger gets an Oscar nod, but no more for THE DARK KNIGHT

Well, our 'Dark Knight' award vigil may be coming to a close with the announcements of the Oscar nominations this morning.

Actor Heath Ledger picked up the expected posthumous nominee in the "Actor in a Supporting Performance" category for his role as The Joker in the film. He's up against Josh Brolin in 'Milk', Robert Downey Jr. for 'Tropic Thunder', Philip Seymour Hoffman for 'Doubt' and Michael Shannon for 'Revolutionary Road'.

The bat-film did not get nominated for any other of the major awards. There had been much speculation that there could be a director nod for Christopher Nolan or a best picture nomination for the film.

Check out Mania's coverage for a complete list of nominations.



Marvel low-balling Oscar-Nominee Mickey Rourke?

Speaking of Oscars, actor Mickey Rourke picked up a nomination for "Actor in a Leading Role" for his work in 'The Wrestler'. Usually this means a salary bump, at least a temporary one, for a working actor.

This is bad news for Marvel, who hopes to cast Rourke as the villain in 'Iron Man 2', especially in light of a recent Variety article which states the comics-based studio has been trying to low-ball the actor.

Reportedly, the offer on the table to Rourke, to play what many believe will be the Crimson Dynamo in the sequel, is a mere $250,000.

This continues what seems to be a streak of penny-wise/pound-foolish behavior on the part of the newbie studio, who have reportedly had money issues with director Jon Favreau and actors Terrence Howard and Samuel L. Jackson on this same project.

Admittedly Rourke's role as the muscle villain in the film may see him competing for screen time with Downey, Don Cheadle, Gwenyth Paltrow and Sam Rockwell, not to mention the CGI standins that take the screen when the armor battles are on like Donkey Kong. So if the actor's face appears on-screen for 10 minutes, arguably he may fetch a reduced payday.

On the other hand, he's a recent Oscar nominee.

Hey, maybe this is why some Marvel Comics will cost $3.99 this year.



TRANSFORMERS movie toy pics

You'll find some new photos of toys based on the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' movie here.



Brubaker comments on SLEEPER feature

Our current favorite comics writer Ed Brubaker told SCI FI Wire that he's comfortable handing off his creator-owned comic 'Sleeper' to Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi for development as a feature film.

"I've talked to the producers a lot, but, you know, [if] Tom Cruise is going to star in this thing, I've got comics to write," Brubaker said in a group interview last week in Universal City, Calif., where he was promoting Angel of Death. "I would love it if they make it, and I want to go visit and everything. I can't imagine on that level working with like Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi. I think I would actually feel daunted, and I'd prefer not to feel daunted. Plus, I know that movie's going to cost $100 million. Even if I wrote a draft, I'll be better off letting them hire a bunch of other writers and then send me scripts to fix."

Brubaker said he looks forward to seeing Cruise play the villainous terrorist Tao in the film, citing the actor's performance in 'Collateral' as a favorite.

The writer also said a new screenwriter has com on board and he recently talked to a producer on the film, "just to make sure it was still happening. He said, 'Oh, not only is it still happening, but it's even more still happening because Tom Cruise's Valkyrie did well.'"

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Watch Deadman episode of BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD online

Cartoon Network has posted the complete 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' episode "Dawn of the Deadman" online for your free enjoyment. The episode teams Batman and Deadman against the Gentlemen Ghost, and also features an opening with Kamandi, last boy on earth.

Watch it now!



Uslan says THE SHADOW may be a group effort

Producer Michael Usland told MTV Splash Page that his adpatation of 'The Shadow' will have a unique spin that differentiates itself from the previous film.

"I think the one thing going in is we all see The Shadow as more of a force of nature than a specific person in a secret identity,” Uslan told MTV in an exclusive interview. “The Shadow may actually be many people.”

“We’ve gone back to the pulp roots, the comic book roots of The Shadow, with a dash of the radio roots but we’ve deeply ensconced ourselves in the world of pulps and comics.”

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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phatts7734 1/22/2009 7:44:24 AM

COUGH UP THE $$$$$$$$$ MARVEL, YOU CHEAP BASTARDS. make a great film and you'll get it all right back. duh. with the success of the first film, how could spending more on the second not be justified? hey, i don't claim to have all the answers, but two plus two still equals four, that i do know. the way marvel is holding back money is making worry about the quality of the script. we shall see.

samurai1138 1/22/2009 7:49:14 AM

WOW!!! I Finally agree with the Oscar people! The Dark Knight got snubbed because that movie actually kinda sucked! (bare in mind, i enjoyed the 1st one for the most part) I can't wait for another 20 years when we've maybe (hopefully) had a LOYAL translation of Batman and the Joker. And as far as Heath's nomination, he got it because he's dead, thats it and thats all people, sorry to burst your bubbles. And anyone who thinks his Joker was awesome(I know thats most people and I'm in the minority here), have you ever even read the damn comic? That was one of the most unfaithful, inaccurate translations I've EVER had the displeasure of watching. I mean seriously, I've been reading Batman for 25 years now and in all honesty, I'd rather watch Cesar Romero's Joker, at least he looked the part (well, okay, except the mustache). Am I really the only person left who wants to see the Joker on the big screen, not some fancy-pants filmmakers "true-world" version of the character? Seriously, if I wanted realism, I wouldn't be reading/watching Super Heroes for Kirby's sake!!! And before ANYONE tells me that what works in a comic can't work on the big screen (the standard cop-out answer from filmmakers who simply want to make their own version and screw over the true fans), watch Donner's 1st Superman, notice anything about the costume? It's an exact translation of the goofiest comic book outfit ever, and it works perfectly!!

hanso 1/22/2009 7:51:28 AM

Ok, I'll keep this profanity free since I'm at work and probably being monitored. 

The Academy deserves a slap in the face for keeping TDK out of Best Picture and Best Director.  That's a straight up disrespect to the film.  Kinda sad they refuse to acknowledge legit films just cause they may be released during summer or in TDK's case a comic book film.

So while I take issue with the fact TDK was snubbed, I find it even worse that the film that edged it out was The Reader.  Had the film been Gran Torino I could've understood somewhat but The Reader!!!?  Check this out, The Reader has made close to $8 mil and is currently tracking at Rottentomatoes at 60% and at Metacritic at 56.  That's best film material?

And Stephen Landry over Nolan?  Come on now.  Just cause the guy had 2 previous Oscar noms and hasn't had a film since The Hours don't mean he should get one just cause he's  doing another film.    Shame.

At least Ledger got his deserved nom and I'll be damned if he doesn't get the win either.  None of the other cats nominated can hold up to Ledger's performance.

hanso 1/22/2009 7:58:21 AM

I don't know if that story is true but what up with Marvel?  $250,000 for one of the main villains?  That's pathetic.  TV actors get more than that.  I realize Mickey Rourke ain't a Hollywood big shot but come on now, 250?  Even if they have him in costume the entire time, probably a good thing cause Rourke is an ugly dude.  Rourke could play Killer Croc in a Batflick and wouldn't need no make up.  Anyway, even for just voice work, I think people get paid more than that.  I bet Gary Oldman made more money by voicing the Russian dude in Call of Duty: World at War.  Give the actor at least $1 mil you greedy bleeeeeeeep!!


StarlightGuard 1/22/2009 7:58:31 AM

TDK has won all the popularity contests, but that doesn't mean it's viable to win the critical awards.

Why all this wide ranging speculation that Nolan would get nods for direction and such?

And, forgive me Hanso, but this is how it should've been. I'll give TDK its due, but it's just not deserving of an Oscar.

PS - You know Hanso, the best part of the movie isn't in large scale chases, it isn't in explosions and pulling the old switcheroo with Gordon, it is that single moment when Batman's got the Joker hanging upside down, and their exchange that takes place.

Especially the single line of "this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object."

It may sound simple, but from the standpoint of a writer, it is simply profound. Simple, effective, and I fully admit I wish I'd thought of that before he did.

OmegaDean 1/22/2009 7:58:37 AM

Ok I know many people will hate me ofr this...but i can deal with it.  My point has been proven.  TDK was a good movie, not a great one a good one.  Heath ledger will get an Oscar nod and maybe even win.  Other than that nothing for TDK.  Which shows it was truly the death of Ledger andthe hype that has fueled this movie. 

Marvel pay up.  Make the damn movie right.  Pay the actors...but don't bring Terrance Howard back.  He was the gayest Rodey ever.

hanso 1/22/2009 8:08:05 AM

Again with the Ledger got nominated cause he's dead talk?  I guess he was dead back when he scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in Brokeback Mountain?

But of course he got nominated cause he's dead, I mean the Academy nominates dead actors all the time.  Oh wait, only 7 actors have been nominated for an Oscar nom after passing away.

I guess if he ends up winning it will be cause he's dead also.  Oh wait, only 1 of the previous 6 actors to be nominated have won.

hanso 1/22/2009 8:11:14 AM

Starlight - I'm not talking about deserving an Oscar, I'm talking about a nomination.  There is a difference there.  FYI, my fave part of the film wasn't the explosion scenes either.  My fave was the Batman/Joker scene in the police station.

hanso 1/22/2009 8:14:40 AM

Man they should really put up an edit button agan.  Starlight, now that you mention that particular scene and line, I didn't think that line was the best in the scene.  I thought the line of "we are destined to this forever" was better.

StarlightGuard 1/22/2009 8:15:36 AM

Wait, how can you say TDK was almost snubbed? You only counted Heath's Oscar nod.

1.Performance by an actor in a supporting role
2. Achievement in art direction
3. Achievement in cinematography
4. Achievement in film editing
5. Achievement in makeup
6. Achievement in sound editing
7.Achievement in sound mixing
8.Achievement in visual effects

How is this snubbing TDK?

Honestly...come on. 8 nominations for Below The Line artisans. And, yes, just one for an Above The Line Talent.

If TDK swept through these other nods and took 'em all home, would there be as much frustration? I  doubt it.

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