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!
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.
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.
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:
And, here's some cool footage of Optimus Prime running the gauntlet from the Chicago location filming of Transformers 3.
Fans who recently heard rumors that Chris Columbus was a contender to direct Superman learned from Collider.com 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.