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