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Ruffalo Talks AVENGERS, Norton


By Rob M. Worley     July 30, 2010
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Ruffalo talks Avengers and taking a role from Edward Norton. Plus: Clockwork Girl adds a major cast member. Lore gets a movie deal. Kick-Ass 2 details emerge and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.7.30!




LORE Gets Optioned

The Heat Vision blog reports that Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise's Lore is headed for the big screen.

Cory Goodman, writer of the manhwa adaptation Priest, will partner with Jeremy Lott on the script for the movie, which will be produced by Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion.

The comic, published by IDW, tells of a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order charged with protecting humanity from the beasts of folklore who invade our world. Producers are said to be veiwing it as a Men in Black style franchise.

Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion are producing. Goodman is co-producing. Wood, along with IDW's Ted Adams are executive producers.




Movieweb had a chat with Mr. Mark Millar, out doing rounds for the home entertainment release of Kick-Ass. Millar talked about two of his upcoming movie projects.

Millar expects to begin work on the Kick-Ass 2 movie in April, after director Matthew Vaughn wraps principal photography on X-Men: First Class.

"We left things off with [Hit-Girl] being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn't picked up a gun in years," Millar told Movieweb. "I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl. She was part of this massive cacophony of violence. But she's not allowed to kill people anymore. She is consumed with anger, and forced to watch TV shows instead. Halfway through the movie, or the comic, we will follow her as she picks up a gun again. It is going to be awesome."

In the first movie, the Red Mist was a bit of a conflicted character, inadvertently befriending Kick-Ass when his intention was initially to destroy the would-be hero. For the sequel, Mist graduates to a full-on villain.

"This is a guy who has had his entire family killed by Hit Girl. He heads off and develops his martial arts skills. He learns how to become a better villain," Millar said. While Mist gears up to be a major bad-ass, in reality he's still the spoiled son of a millionaire gangster. "In reality, he just comes back and gets stoned, and he spends a lot of money. He can't do anything, so he hires this bad ass girl from Russia, she comes into the story, and her plan is to kill Hit Girl."

From there his schemes gain momentum.

"He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you'd see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl."

When asked about his other Matthew Vaughn collaboration, American Jesus, Millar admitted that one was looking less positive every day.

"I think that film is going to remain in development Hell. Several people came forth to talk to me about American Jesus, and they wanted to make so many changes. Jesus movies are really hard for Hollywood. For some reason, Hollywood is very abashed to doing them," Millar said. "So I have put it on the back burner. Because Matthew and I are going to do Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall this next time around."



CLOCKWORK GIRL Movie Winds Up Cast

Last week Comics2Film at got a look at the CG animated Clockwork Girl, based on the Arcana Studio comic book written by Kevin Konrad Hanna and Sean O'Reilly.

Hanna, who has worked as animation crew on such TV shows as Max Steel and Starship Troopers: Roughnecks, will be directing the feature-length adaptation of his comic for CJ Entertainment. This is his first turn as a feature director.

Hanna presented numerous pieces of artwork for the CG-animated film and talked about casting the movie. Alexa Vega, who previously appeared in Repo! The Genetic Opera is set to star as Tesla, the titular Clockwork Girl.

The big reveal, however, was the news that actress Carrie Anne Moss is on board as the primary antagonist of the movie. Her character is a new villain created for the movie and apparently does not appear in the comics.

Clockwork Girl originally appeared in the 2005 Komikwerks anthology "Thrills and Chills" as a short story by Hanna. The all-ages story was expanded into a 2007 comic book series for Arcana with O'Reilly co-writing. According to the Aracan website, the comic focuses on a nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.

For all the money spent by big studios at Comic-Con vying for everyone's attention, it's most gratifying seeing something like Clockwork Girl go from a small, personal comic story, to a full-length comic and then to a feature film, all under the guidance of its creator. Hats off to Sean O'Reilly's Arcana Studio for making that happen!

The production team had previously revealed this trailer for the movie:



SMALLVILLE Comic-Con Clip Reel

Although the The CW released their official Smallville season 10 trailer this week, industrious fans fave also posted a good quality hand-cam recording of the preview footage that was screened on Sunday at Comic-Con. It's much more revealing with plenty of good teases of upcoming character appearances and episodes.





In the wake of last weekend's big announcment that Mark Ruffalo is, indeed, Marvel's newest Hulk, Entertainment Weekly sat down with the actor to talk details. As exciting as it may be to be part of The Avengers (and potentially Incredible Hulk 2), the elephant in the room for the actor and this role is the fact that Edward Norton was so firmly attached, then abruptly fired just before Ruffalo was hired.

"I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet," Ruffalo said of the occurrence.

And it may have been nerve-wracking for the actor to debut at Comic-con in that way, he's looking forward to playing a character that he has a lot of affection for.

"He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself — the dark and the light — and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at The Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities," Ruffalo told EW.

Click through for more of his comments on Avengers and his current film The Kids are All Right.


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Hobbs 7/30/2010 7:38:38 AM

I still say if Angie Lee's Hulk had never been made, Incredible Hulk would have been a huge Box Office hit instead of a modest one.  I skipped IH because of Angie Lee's version and wish I had seen it on the big screen now.

Darkknight2280 7/30/2010 7:47:26 AM

I saw IH in the theatres cause i dont put an unfare expectation on a director based on another director taking a dump on the property and im glad i got to see the big green guy SMASHING things on the big screen! I really enjoyed the movie and now anytime i run across it on HBo i stop and watch the movie no matter where its at. If more fans swallowed their pride or whatever and just went to see IH as a stand alone and not thinking abotu soem other movie (ang lee's version) then IH would have made a lot more money at the box office.

Kick Ass 2 hmmm,,,that plot point sounds good. Hope he makes it into a comic 1st before comitting that idea to the big screen.

silversurfer 7/30/2010 8:03:26 AM

I thought IH was good....stand alone it was a good interpretation..Ruffalo has had some personal trials of his own as of late, so this could be theraputic to get this kind of role

Wiseguy 7/30/2010 8:11:39 AM

Agree Hobbs, the lukewarm reception IH got was partly due to Ang Lee's version, which I liked very very much by the way. But shame on you for letting it influence you.

Btw, I also think the cgi is another thing that hurt both Hulk movies. I can't tell you how many tv Hulk fans who don't follow the comic kept saying that it should've been a man playing the role while I tried to explain that to do the Hulk proper it has to be cgi. Rubber arms would've looked ridiculous or any prosthetics just wouldn't have pulled off a credible job, IMO

Which brings me to another point, the guys at screenrant are confirming that the Thing will be all cgi in Fanatstic Four Reborn (title for the reboot). I think it's an effing great idea. I'm hoping they opt for the Ultimate Thing who is well over a foot taller (7 plus feet) and about 1000 pounds heavier, awesomeness

Smallville looks like is going to be tons of fun this season, looking forward to that



Sounds like Kick Ass 2 should be named Hit Girl or Mist. Was there even a mention of Kick Ass there?

And Hollywood has made more than their share of movies spoofing, insulting or giving a different account of Jesus. I don't think they have a problem making your Jesus  except for the fact that many just won't go see it and it won't be a hit. How about you grow some balls and make the same movie but call it Muhammad

kinetoscope 7/30/2010 8:30:21 AM

I really enjoyed IH, saw it 2X at the big show. Ang Lee's version was good, a lot of fun and filmed well, the story was pretty good. I thought Norton was really good and I hope to see the "Norton" cut of the film. It's too bad they couldn't get along. Three different Hulks in like a 8 year span? I will still look forward to seeing what they do with the Hulk next.

wessmith1966 7/30/2010 8:35:51 AM

From the trailer it seems the producers are pulling out all the stops on Smallville's final season. I really hope the last episode shows Clark putting on the suit and flying away with Lois watching. That would be a great way to end the series.

Kick Ass 2 sounds like a good follow-up. Big Daddy and Hit Girl were the best part of the movie and saved the film, so I hope she's the focus of the movie more than Kick Ass. I could do without MCLovin' as the idiotic Red Mist. IMO that was an awful part of the movie.

Lore sounds a lot like SyFy's old Special Unit 2 series, but could be fun.

Norton as Banner would have been great, but I really think Marvel didn't want any headaches. Ruffalo will do fine as Banner. We've seen banner's story on the big screen twice now, so I don't need any more of the tortured soul trying not to get pissed schtick (yawn). I wouldn't care if Banner only had a minute of screen time. I just want to see Hulk rampaging, and I'd love to see Hulk throwing down with the Avengers.

Duckbeaver 7/30/2010 8:54:18 AM

Hey!  Back from vacation!  And WHAT a time to come back with all this awesome stuff happening!

Yeah, I enjoyed "Incredible Hulk" way more than Lee's "Hulk."  Eric Bana was okay, but the pace and format bothered Nick Nolte just felt wrong for it.  Norton was a good choice for Banner and it kinda sucks (for continuity's sake) that he won't be returning, but at least Ruffalo seems like a worthy replacement who wants to do the part some justice.  Besides, he'll probably be on screen for a total of 10 minutes before he gets all big, green and CGI in "Avengers."  I'm more interested to see how Renner does as Hawkeye!

I'm pretty jazzed for "Smallville" and its final year.  Good to see Schneider back as Pa Kent even if he is just going to be a ghost or vision probably.  Good to see that they'll probably make the Lois-Clark dynamic different with her secretly knowing about him.  Hawkman, Supergirl and Lionel all coming back = sweet.  And I heard that James Marsters is coming back for the 200th episode as the Legion's Brainiac 5!  I just hope they do Darkseid right and don't give him a lame season arc like they did for Doomsday...

Oh, and there seem to be a lot of bald folk in those clone tanks and I think I saw a scene of Clark confronting a bald figure in the woods...wonder if that means Michael Rosenbaum may be returning for a stint as "you-know-who"?

littlemikey979 7/30/2010 8:58:28 AM

I saw IH in the theater and on that night a nearby Amry base had trucked about 40 of our nations hero's there so they could watch it. It made watching it more interesting as they were a very animated bunch. I am sure Ruffalo will be a great banner, when he is not doing the romantic comedy movies you can tell he is a great actor.

Kick-ass 2 does sould good, you would think he would have said something about Kick-ass actually being in it

Hell yeah Wiseguy is would be awesome to have the Thing CGI in the FF reboot. Maybe they can get a better content going that way, nothing against Chiklis he did an amazing job, it just seems that he was only there for the Torch to throw fireballs at. Hopefully the character will get more screen time. Oh, and can we get an actual blonde to play Sue Storm or someone who is not going to change hair and eye color between movies that was so freakin' stupid.

gauleyboy420 7/30/2010 9:05:13 AM

IH Definitely suffered because of ANGHULK. ANGHULK SUCKED, it is one of the only movies I ever considered walking out of due to boredom. He didn't get the character, especially of Banner... he didn't keep anything, except maybe Gen. Ross, true to the comics. It was the worst movie I have ever seen in a theater (except maybe for "The Day After Tomorrow")

The Hulk was too big in AngHULK, it's not the angrier Hulk gets, the bigger he gets. It's the stronger he gets... I could rant about how terribly awful ANGHHULK is for weeks.


IH was wonderful, and did a great job. too bad ANGHULK ruined it's reception.

Duckbeaver 7/30/2010 9:24:43 AM

Gauley, I totally forgot about the "growing bigger when angry" thing they did.  I remember laughing out loud when I first saw that.  He was like 50 feet tall!  Granted, the Hulk's supposed to be big, but come on!

That, and the comic-book panel transitions sometimes got too confusing and corny!

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