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SUPERMAN Director, Actor Rumored

Plus: Harvey Pekar, HULK, AMERICAN CRIME and more!

By Rob M. Worley     July 13, 2010
Source: Mania

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New rumors about Superman director and actor. Plus: Harvey Pekar passes away at 70. Norton responds to Hulk dust-up. Worthington talks American Crime and more! Irritated by Comic-Con procrastinators, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.13!




R.I.P. Harvey Pekar

Underground comics writer Harvey Pekar had died at the age of 70.

The news is confirmed with the Cuyahoga County Coroner by the Cleveland Leader newspaper. The cause of death was not reported.

Pekar was best known for his long-running American Splendor comic, which provided slice-of-life observations drawn from Pekar's own grumpy experiences. The comics were translated into a highly inventive movie, which was recently named one of the top 10 comic book films of all time here on Mania.

Comic Book Resources provides an in-depth summary of life and times of Harvey Pekar.

Thanks to gauleyboy420 for the submission.



Norton Responds to HULK/AVENGERS Controversy

Actor Edward Norton has weighed in on the weekend bombshell that he would not be continuing in his role as Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk) in upcoming Marvel movies, such as The Avengers and the potential Incredible Hulk 2.

After news broke that Marvel was looking to replace Norton for the team-up pic, the studio president Kevin Feige issued a public statement confirming that they were looking for a new actor and implying that it would be someone who is more cooperative with the studio. Norton's agent at WME fired off an angry public message, stating that Norton was very cooperative and enthusiastic about joining The Avengers, saying that Feige's comments were "mean-spirited."

Norton's message, which appeared on Facebook last night are predictably diplomatic:

"As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes:

It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in The Avengers. I sincerely hoped it would happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis [Leterrier] and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me.

I grew up with Banner and the Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?"

And so we wait and see who will take up the banner of Marvel's Green Goliath. Many are speculating that a new actor will be on hand for the big Saturday Night presentation at Comic-Con in Hall H.

Thanks to gauleyboy420 for the submission.



Poster for RED starring Bruce Willis

C2F Quick Hits

  • You'll find a set of photos from 30 Days of Night: Dark Days at
  • Via a multi-part twittering (see: 140 characters per post sucks, twitter!) comics artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner reports that he is, in fact sitting on the Red panel at Comic-Con. The panel is on Thursday at 2:15pm in Hall H (the "H" is for HELL!)
  • Summit Entertainment have released a new poster for Red, featuring leading man Bruce Willis. Click the thumbnail at right for the big picture.
  • Actor Sam Worthington chatted with MTV Splash Page about his Full Clip Productions, and their pact with Radical Productions to develop comics and movies together.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD to Premiere at Comic-Con

Warner Home Video, in conjunction with DC Entertainment, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation, will present the World Premiere of Batman: Under the Red Hood at Comic-Con International on Friday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center.

The eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, Batman: Under the Red Hood finds the Dark Knight facing his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two forces of justice, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.

The movie will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition version on Blu-Ray and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Check out an all-new clip fro the film:



TRANSFORMERS 3: Optimus Prime to the rescue!

And, here's some cool footage of Optimus Prime running the gauntlet from the Chicago location filming of Transformers 3.




SUPERMAN Director, Actor Rumored

Fans who recently heard rumors that Chris Columbus was a contender to direct Superman learned from that the story was untrue.  The site's "trusted sources" (and Collider has a great network of sources) say that no offer was extended to Columbus.

Now, Geek Tyrant claims to have their own inside word from their own inside sources (alleged to be residing on the WB studio lot).

They reiterate an earlier rumor that screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is, in fact, being groomed to direct the movie. As we all know, big brother Christopher Nolan is involved in Superman as a producer and, unofficially, as "Godfather", providing creative oversight. Back when director Nolan came on board, many said that part of the deal was that screenwriter Nolan be given a shot running the show. Warner Bros would understandably be skittish about giving such a huge franchise to a first-time director, but assurances that Christopher would be at his brother's elbow could have sold them on the prospect.

These same sources claim that Warner Bros are now seeing actors for the lead role in the film. Supposedly one of the actors is Zachary Levi, who top-lines the hit NBC 

TV series Chuck. This would seem like a huge stretch to us, except Levi revealed earlier this year that he'd been cast in a role in Marvel's Thor movie (although had to bow out due to scheduling issues). So it appears some people at least see him as a prospective action hero.

Of course, nobody knows who the inside sources are so this bit of info can't really be held as any confirmation of either pieces of news, so consider them rumors as we await confirmation.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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Calibur454 7/13/2010 7:58:19 AM

rip harvey pekar- an inspiration to comic book artists and writers everywhere. 

I wonder what fellow underground legend Robert Crumb has to say about his friends passing.

Its good to see Norton putting out a statement so quickly about his hulk role but he really hasn't given us a resaon as to why his deal fell through.

Wiseguy 7/13/2010 7:59:54 AM

Nice job by Norton. If he head come off as whinny it would've looked bad. With that response he looks like the bigger man though. Good for him, now go make Keeping the Faith 2. I ain't buying that nice guy act and that "I grew up with Banner and the Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation."

If Marvel unveils all the Avengers, including the new Banner/Hulk, I'll be surprised. I mean to break out the new actor in a live audience when more than a few wanted Norton back is risky. Just that the reaction may not be exactly the one they want

I'd give Nolan jr. a chance, why not. I'm not worried about the quality of director as much as I am on Nolan's take on the big blue boy scout.

Btw, Chuck as Superman? like Men on Films would say "hated it". Come on please Chuck ain't no Superman

Man, did I just catch the entire premise and plot of Transformers 3? Rob how about a spoiler alert :)

Tevii 7/13/2010 8:34:47 AM

Im not expecting much from the Nolans on Superman. Their style is cerebral, psychological drama: Memento, insomnia, Inception. That style lends itself to Batman, but not Superman on ANY level. (the Dark Knight was about 20 minutes too long and Two-Face was as pointless as Venom was in Spiderman 3)

Who cares who plays the Hulk. HULK is whats important, not Banner.

Cant wait too see BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD  at Comicon this year!

Does that mean Bruce Willis is going to Comicon for Red and The Expendables?

Tevii 7/13/2010 8:43:24 AM

Im not expecting much from the Nolans on Superman. Their style is cerebral, psychological drama: Memento, insomnia, Inception. That style lends itself to Batman, but not Superman on ANY level. (the Dark Knight was about 20 minutes too long and Two-Face was as pointless as Venom was in Spiderman 3)

Who cares who plays the Hulk. HULK is whats important, not Banner.

Cant wait too see BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD  at Comicon this year!

Does that mean Bruce Willis is going to Comicon for Red and The Expendables?

Rheul_home 7/13/2010 9:01:17 AM

R.I.P. Harvey. You will be sorlely missed.

The Norton Situation... Most regretable but I hope some good comes from it. Nice to see Ed take the high road.

Chuck as Superman? Hmmm... Why not? Give him a haircut and banish him to the gym for a few months. I think he can do it.

animefanjared 7/13/2010 9:07:58 AM

I have a lot of trouble believing the rumors that Jonathan Nolan is going to direct the next Superman.  Superman Returns didn't exactly go over well, and that was with a fan favorite (at the time) director who had experience with large budget superhero films.  I don't see Warner Bros. wanting to trust such an important film (if the next movie does poorly I don't think we'll be seeing any more Superman movies for a decade or more) to someone so inexperienced. 

Also, I suspect that when Superman does see the light of day, the ads are going to push Christopher Nolan's involvement over whoever eventually directs, unless it is a *huge* name.

monstermaniac 7/13/2010 9:29:40 AM

I am incredibly bugged out by the fact they didn't get Norton to play Banner for this Avengers Flick. The Incredible Hulk is one of the few movies that I can sit through numerous times and never get bored. .Hell I enjoyed it more then Iron Man (when they were both out). He just fits the bill perfectly as Bruce and now they'll get some other chump to play him and he'll do a half assed job. Sigh. This movie is becoming depressing. First the stupid name change and now this...come on now Marvel.

Wiseguy: You do realise he like had a huge part in creating the film other then acting right? Pretty sure last time I checked he's an actual Hulk fan. But whatever I guess I cant speak for Ed.

reek 7/13/2010 9:47:45 AM

It's a damn shame that Marvel dumped Norton the way they did.  It is their perrogative to chose the performers in their films but the statement that Kevin Feige released was offensive and unproffesionial.  There might be bad blood between Marvel and Norton, hell for all I know, it may even be Norton's fault but that doesn't mean it's appropriate for Marvel to put out such a bitchy press release especially after Norton did so much to downplay the tension between himself and the studio on the last flick.  I've fired people who work for me before but it never occurred to me to fire a guy, then put an ad in the newpaper calling him a douche bag.  To do so seems like it would make me the douche bag (paying attention Mr. Feige?)

I think that that actor who plays the next Hulk will find that there is going to be next to no screen time in the Avengers for a non-hulked-out Banner. 

Wiseguy 7/13/2010 10:08:38 AM

monstermaniac, that's the problem. He was hired as an actor but he always wants to take over. Anyway I'm going by reported rumors and such. And these rumors were outthere before the Hulk.

Norton is a talented actor, no doubt, but if I was Marvel I would've done the same thing. Maybe without the press release though.

And this stuff about actors now proclaiming their love for comics, I just don't buy it. Maybe he was a comic book fan. I just don't believe these actors who IMO seem to want to ingratiate themselves with the community. It's easy to go out and buy a handful of trades and proclaim yourself a fan. Heck, I suspect people sometimes just go to wikipedia and proclaim themselves fans and/or experts. Call me cynical

Lastly, as much as I loved The Hulk IMHO Norton wasn't exactly the way I see Banner. He was a bit too athletic, too confident and too commanding. Again just my opinion and it doesn't take away from a decent job by Norton

Higgy 7/13/2010 10:33:19 AM

I liked Norton as Hulk.  I thought he did a great job.

I think Chuck could pull off Supes as far as looks and height goes.  I'm not sure if he can be as commanding as he needs to be as Superman though.

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