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SPIDER-MAN 4 Script Due in 3 Months

Plus: SUPERMAN, IRON MAN, G.I. JOE and more

By Rob M. Worley     April 01, 2009
Source: Various

'Inkheart' scribe to deliver 'Spider-Man 4' script by summer. Plus: Fleischer's 'Superman' gets proper DVD release. 'Iron Man 2' cameras roll Monday. 'G.I. Joe' disappoints...and more! Asking JJJ if he's insulted any werewolves lately, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.1!

 

 

Animating Rorshach's mask

'Watchmen' fans can click over to the CGChannel.com for a feature article on how the Intelligent Creatures special effects shop took on the task of animating Rorschach's inkblot mask, creating a CG stand-in that mimicked the facial movements and expressions of actor Jackie Earle Haley.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

GI JOE at ShowWest Disappoints

Ain't it Cool News caught an extended trailer of this summer's 'G.I.Joe' at the ShowWest trade exhibition this week.  The annual show has been a traditional meet-up between theater owners and studios, but over the last five years has been integrated into the ongoing publicity blitz for films.

While the site reported that, "the theater owners went crazy for it, applauding at the end like they just watched MILLER’S CROSSING," their man on the scene Quint was not so impressed.

Here are some interesting comments:

"What I saw was an amalgam of better Paramount blockbusters, lazy action and dull action scenes without much of a pace."

And then

"We get ... a glimpse at the fucked-up Cobra Commander face you’ve seen on the toy packages, the knowledge that they are using green nanobots that eat through metal as their weapon and that the Joe squad uses robotic supersuits when deciding to kick ass."

And then:

"My issues with the robot suits… they’re not all that bad, but goddamn it looks like IRON MAN Lite when they move. We got an extended look at the character dodging the missiles on the city streets, jumping around in slow motion and then jumping through the bus and it could have been a cut-scene from IRON MAN… the kind that you’re glad was cut from the movie.

It’s flashy, but not cool.

There's more description for the Spoiler-hungry readers out there before he concludes with:

"It was just uninspiring, limp. Maybe I’ll get some kind of enjoyment out of the full movie… hell, I almost have to with expectations this low."

Click through for the complete report.

 

 

Is Jon Favreau getting into boxing shape for his role of Happy Hogan in IRON MAN 2?

IRON Tweet of the Day

'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau is Tweeting about the movie again.

"More training. Start shooting Monday. Last of cast has arrived in LA."

The director also posted a pic to go with the micro update, which shows him sparring in a boxing ring with an unknown opponent. Could this be him ramping up for some action as "Happy" Hogan? Fans recall Favreau played the minor role of Hogan in the first film, and that Hogan was a former boxer before becoming Tony Stark's best bud and bodyguard.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Preview: Max Fleischer SUPERMAN Cartoons

Next week fans will be able to purchase 'Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942' wherever DVDs are sold. The DVD set collects the classic and influential series, which featured rotoscoped animation to bring a heightened sense of realism to the first Superman cartoons ever.

The show has seen numerous releases on the home video market, due to the status of the episodes as public domain works. However, this official version from Warner Home Entertainment will feature the highest-quality reproduction of the individual episodes, as well as bonus features, like a revealing documentary which defines the tradition of the “Super Human” archetype of hero and why Superman resonates with fans on such a deep and personal level. Also included in the bonus features are interviews with surviving members, relatives and biographers of the animation and production team and contemporary animators such as Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series), Paul Dini and Dan Riba (Superman: The Animated Series) who detail the influence these cartoons have had on their own works.

The DVD is available on April 7th. WHV has provided a clip from the set. Check it out:

 

 

 

SPIDER-MAN 4 Script is on the Way

Ah, spring. The sun is shining. Birds are singing. A young man's fancy turns to thoughts of the next 'Spider-Man' movie. And so, director Sam Raimi has begun to drop regular hints about the sleeping giant franchise, which is about to spring into action once more.

The director tells SCI FI Wire that a completed script is on the way.

"Right now, David Lindsay-Abaire ['Inkheart'] is working on a draft of the new picture," Raimi said Monday. "And he's hard at work, and hopefully we'll see something in about three months."

Raimi says he's committed to making the announced May 6, 2011 release date and hopes to bring Kirsten Dunst back as Mary Jane. But what about the villains Sam? Last week saw a new surge of villain rumors, but Raimi remained tight-lipped on the subject.

"I'm not at liberty to discuss the villains yet," Raimi said. "I think I have to wait till the finished screenplay, and then it'd really be up to Sony Pictures and the producers to determine when they want to release that information. To them, it's usually a big, a big, big thing, a big moment where they want to present the villain with the proper respect or fear that he or she deserves."

 

 

 

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hanso 4/1/2009 7:01:37 AM

What a surprise GI JOE disappoints.  Couldn't people tell from the trailer or the terrible Cobra Commander action figure?

It's gonna be a looooooooooooooong way to 2010 if Favreau is gonna tweet about every thing. 

Can someone please download the work print version of the Wolverine film and let me know what's up.  I would do it today but I fear the Conficker Worm!

ChadDerdowski 4/1/2009 7:36:33 AM

Hanso, I love that new picture!  If only Heath Ledger had worn a mustache under that facepaint in Dark Knight...

Anyway, as far as G.I. Joe goes - I thought the trailer actually looked fun, but I've got pretty low expectations anyway.  Than again, I'm not looking for "On Golden Pond" here - just looking for some summertime popcorn fun along the lines of Transformers.  I have a feeling that the vehicles will make or break that movie.  Give me Trouble Bubbles or give me death!

I'm staying as far away from Twitter as I can.  I don't need that much info on a daily basis.  I'll be tearing out what's left of my hair in anticipation for Iron Man 2!!!

monkeyfoot 4/1/2009 7:39:28 AM

GI JOE: I had no great expectations or anticiption for this film so it's kind of what I expected. I mean it is a movie from 30 mins. cartoon commercials for a toy.

SUPERMAN: I've got the Fleischer cartoons on various VHS and DVDs but I might buy this better collection with some of the extras. Even most modern animated films don't hold a candle to these.

SPIDEY 4: I'm looking forward to this. Unlike SM3, Raimi will keep full creative control on this one and wil be able to tell the story he wants without interference from producers trying to insert every little unnecessary thing for marketing.

violator14 4/1/2009 9:08:31 AM

I still have some some hope for GI Joe since this was just an extended trailer review.

As for Sam Raimi taking a long ass break, thinking everything through, collecting ideas and watching past comic movies over the years.......... SPiDeRMaN 4 will be siiiiickkkkkk !!!

gauleyboy420 4/1/2009 9:36:56 AM

G.I. JOE is gonna be some late summer FUN!!!! I'm gonna like it! And I'm tottally buying whet Monkeyfoot is sellin'

It's a movie based on a 30 min animated toy commercial

 

Those old Fliesher cartoos are the best!! I think I like them better than Bruce Timms work, probably because they're so classic.

 

And bring on Spidey, READY FOR MORE with #FOUR!!!!

kimbroo 4/1/2009 9:50:53 AM

G.I. Joe.  I wasn't much of player when it came to it's action figures and it's cartoon series was along the same lines as many other cartoon series of its time, based upon something else, I.E. Rambo.  You know what I mean, where they would show the last five seconds if the scene before the commercial interruption after the commercial interruption because we as children were too slow to keep up with the complicated plots and storylines.  As for the movie, some of the stuff on the trailer looked neat, but cheesey.  And I am not a big fan of Dennis Quaid.  That door was shut after seeing Cold Creek Manor and the wondrous snake scene.  I'm sure I'll check GI Joe out though.  Definately others well ahead of this one on the must see summer list

Chadghostal 4/1/2009 10:40:23 AM

Honestly for what may have started as a blatant toy tie-in, G.I.JOE actually turned out to be one of the most consistantly strong comics during the 80's.

 Larry Hama I think really wanted to compensate for the cheesy nature of the cartoon and toys by coming up with some of the most intruiging and adult stories he could conceive for the comic book series. I mean the series touched on everything from Vietnam post traumatic stress disorder to strong Nazi youth parallels. For what may have started as  a cheap cash in, it turned out to be pretty amazing.

Naturally the studio went with the dumb overblown route, when they actually had something really great to draw on. I'm sure it's going to come back to bite them in the ass........Then again Transformers made crazy money and that was a huuuuuge pile of dog shit.

Wiseguy 4/1/2009 12:02:52 PM

I was never a big fan of Joe or Transformers, not the cartoons nor the comics. Something about adapting toys to these mediums didn't call to me, even as a kid. Maybe if they had originated in a comic, like Avengers or something I might feel different for whatever silly reason.

Anyway my expectations are pretty low just for that and maybe like Transformers I'll enjoy it. But have no emotional attachment to this anyway, unlike Wolverine or Star Trek

Spidey has to have the Lizard, Kraven or Man Wolf, nuff said

This tweeting thing can get pretty annoying. Just happy someone else tracks this

BlindJustice 4/1/2009 12:14:33 PM

I agree with Super on the vehicle comment. I was stoked when they said Sommers was doing this as I have enjoyed his films (still love deep rising) but have been losing interest as each pic, clip and spoiler comes out. I hate the suits, am luke warm about the cast so the only thing left to do is go for a hat trick and screw up their rides.

 

I own a couple of the Superman DVD collections as well but this looks like it will replace them on my shelf

xenomorph 4/1/2009 1:10:17 PM

Mr. Raimi, please forget anout dunst and move on. How about bringing back Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacey and making her peter's new love intrest?

G.I. Joe-I just want to see an offical photo of cobra commander already. I've seen the toys but I want a photo from the movie. Ray Park will kick ass as Snake Eyes.

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