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SUPERMAN Director Candidates Named


By Rob M. Worley     September 24, 2010
Source: Mania

Comics2Film: Brandon Routh in SUPERMAN RETURNS
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Superman director candidates named, decision coming. Plus: Who will be Spider-Man's girls? Action on the set of Captain America. Hit-Girl to topline Emily the Strange movie and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.24!




Nolan Working on BATMAN 3 Script has skimmed a nice Batman 3 quite from video footage of director Christopher Nolan fielding questions from the press about Inception.

When asked about the status of the Dark Knight sequel Nolan said this:

"I don’t like to talk too much about things until I’m further along with them.  But I’m working on the script right now.  My brother Jonah has done a draft for the script and now I’m writing on it.  We have set a release date and as far as the film being officially greenlit, they haven’t told they don’t want to do it. So I’m hopeful."

Click through to watch the entire video.



Hit-Girl to Topline EMILY THE STRANGE Movie reports that Kick-Ass and Let Me In actress Chloe Moretz is attached to star in a feature film version of Emily the Strange for Universal Pictures. The comic, created by Rob Reger is published by Dark Horse and has proven to be a licensing phenomenon.

Dark Horse's Mike Richardson is producing. Reger and Keith Goldberg are executive producers.



C2F Quick Hits

  • On his Facebook page, comics writer and Tranzfusion pulbisher Gary Reed tells his fans, "Just got some information about the Deadworld movie that although I can't talk about yet is certainly exciting and things are moving ahead." Reed initially created and published the zombie comic via his Caliber Comics brand, and currently publishes TPB collections of the series through Tranzfusion.
  • Hero Complex has a rather interesting chat with Tom Welling about finally ascending to full Superman form in the last season of Smallville.
  • IGN has a video interview with actor Clark Gregg about the challenges of blending the mythic world of Thor with the Marvel Universe as it presently exists on screen.
  • Actor Ryan Reynolds speculates of MTV Splash Page on how the characters of Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner could play into the longevity of the Green Lantern franchise.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Who Will Be SPIDER-MAN's Girls?

The Hollywood Insider at reports that Emma Stone has recently read for one of the female lead roles in Marc Webb's much-anticipated Spider-Man reboot.

While previous rumors had indicated that Mary Jane Watson won't be Peter Parker's love interest in the new movie, The Insider's sources tell them that the movie will, in fact, feature both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane, possibly repositioning Peter in the Archie-esque love triangle from the classic comics.

Sony has also apparently brought Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska to New York to read for the role.

Variety also reports that  Lily Collins and Teresa Palmer are in the mix as well.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Action on the set of CAPTAIN AMERICA

You've been patiently watching the online photos as the crew of Captain America: The First Avenger transforms Dale Street of present-day Manchester, England into a 1940s New York setting.

Now director Joe Johnston has finally called "action!" Check out this video:


And in case you're wondering who that woman is and what she's doing walking up to the camera like that, has the answers. The who is actress Hayley Atwell, playing Peggy Carter. The what is shooting some bad guys as seen in the photo below. Click through the CAFM blog for more photos from the scene!

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter on the set of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER



IRON MAN 2 Alternate Opening

When Iron Man 2 arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray next week, you'll see deleted scenes like the one below. It's an alternate opening which finds Tony Stark hung-over and freaking out over his impending debut at the Stark Expo.

Watch it while you can...




MTV Splash Page has your exclusive first look at the trailer for All-Star Superman which seems like it's a bit off-model from the comic book source material.



SUPERMAN Director Candidates Named broke some major news last night, revealing that the search for a director for the new Superman is heating up.

Producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are said to be favoring Tony Scott (Unstoppable), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Zack Snyder.

Nolan has reportedly been taking meetings for the relaunch, which is based on a script he helped hatch with screenwriter and Batman collaborator David Goyer and will reportedly go to the studio with his choice in a few weeks.

A couple of wrinkles include the fact that most of the directors already have commitments to do other projects and Warner Bros is under some time pressure, due to the legal battle over the rights to the character. The movie has to be made before the potential 2013 deadline which could see rights referring to the heirs of the character's creator Jerry Siegel.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who do you favor from the list of five? If not these director, who do you prefer? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry (who says, "Please, no Zack Snyder. He'd turn Superman into a right-wing violent killer") for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!


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nemesis1_57 9/24/2010 7:19:40 AM

Zach Snyder would be awsome I'm tired of the same old Superman

wessmith1966 9/24/2010 7:24:50 AM

I don't like Superman's vice in the All Star Superman trailer. The directors on the wish list for the next Superman movie are all good, but I still want...and I know I'll get raked over the coals for this...Michael Bay. He makes great action films, understands special effects and is great at iconic imagery and after the weak Superman Returns I want a Superman movie that will knock my socks off. No more picking up heavy things, I want Superman to battle a superpowered bad guy. The next Superman film must be exciting and Michael Bay, regardless if you like his films or not, he makes fun and exciting films. I've made my thoughts clear on my idea for the next Superman movie many times, so if you're interested, check out my comments under my profile page.

I like the alternate IM beginning. I was hoping we'd see that.

I can't wait for Captain America. I love the period look to the film and Haley Atwell's a stunner.

I like that the new Spiderman movie will have the whole love triangle angle, or at least the beginnings of it.

Duckbeaver 9/24/2010 7:37:29 AM

I think it would be kind of cool to eventually bring John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner into the GL franchise and have Hal be their mentor.  It'd be especially cool to have Guy constantly mouth off at Hal and get a Lantern smack-down.

Emma Stone as Mary Jane?  She's sexy AND can play nonchalant and carefree really well.  That's what always bothered me about Kirsten Dunst.  Her Mary Jane seemed too plain and angsty, not to mention annoying.  Make Mary Jane fun again.  Maybe THEN I'd have a reason to see this reboot!

Well, at least we know there's explosions in "Captain America."  That's a good sign, right?

"I'M NOT ON MY CYCLE, PEPPER!!!"- ha, that was good for a laugh, but I'm kind of glad that they decided not to go with that opening for "Iron Man 2."

I actually think Tony Scott could make for a great "Superman" director.  "Unstoppable" looks insanely awesome for a movie that's basically about a runaway train.  Imagine what he'd do with the Man of Steel.

Wyldstaar 9/24/2010 7:38:52 AM

Wow, another DC Animated movie before the end of the year.  Warner Premier is really cranking these things out fast this year, and so far it doesn't appear to be affecting the quality of the material.  I suppose it helps alot that they've been keeping to adaptations of existing stories from the comics.  Crisis on Two Earths was taken from an old script from the Justice League cartoon, so that was sure to be a winner too.

Wiseguy 9/24/2010 7:41:50 AM

Like Snyder too for Superman. Let's see how he'd handle something less grapchic than we're used to from him. But isn't he already committed to Sucker Punch or is he done with that?

I like that IronMan beginning much better.

Im guessing the Capt.America clip is related to Dr.Erskine's murder

Nolan on Batman 3, "We have set a release date and as far as the film being officially greenlit, they haven’t told they don’t want to do it. So I’m hopeful." Funniest line today


lancedenier 9/24/2010 7:45:31 AM

Superman reverting to the Siegels...  It'll be the end of an era and that's a real shame.

Imagine Batman reverting to Bob Kane or Stan Lee taking control of all of the characters he created.  These men were paid for their work.

Wyldstaar 9/24/2010 7:47:22 AM

Wessmith, I don't really see any point to "raking you over the coals" for your opinion of Michael Bay.  If I thought there was a snowball's chance in hell of it happening, then maybe I'd say something.  As it is, I think McG's Superman debacle was enough to ensure that any director who relies on visual FX to carry a movie isn't going to make it out of the starting gate.

TheMovieGuy28 9/24/2010 8:36:46 AM


Feeling more and more comfortble with Captain America. I am digging the look, and if it transfers well to the screen it's gonna be an awesome spectacle next year.

As for spidey, I'm really at the point of non-interest for it. I guess I was satisfied with the trilogy that came out, even though 3 was weak, Spider-Man 2 is such a standalone piece of great filmmaking, I don't see how they could top it.

And as for Superman, a few mythos questions for you guys, as I've never really read much of supes. I know they did the Red Sun version with him being the commie man, but did they ever do an older, greyer, worn superman, like how they did with batman, where he's got the long hair and grey beard (can't think of the story name right now), I think it was Frank Miller's stuff? And for the supe mythos, question-does he age? Will he grow old on Earth?  Would his powers be not up to snuff if they did an arc say, 20 years from everything we knew?

Anyway, I'm thinking Tony Scott could be a decent choice. Just imagine Superman, finding out Lois Lane's daughter has been kidnapped, and Lois says...

Lois: What are you gonna do?

Superman: What I do best. I'm gonna kill 'em. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it.Anybody who opens their eyes at me.

Lois: (whispering) You kill 'em all.

and then cue the NIN guitar.


Now that would be a Superman worth seeing

redhairs99 9/24/2010 8:53:47 AM

I like Ridley Scott, but I'm not as big a fan of his brother Tony.  Sure, he does some stuff well, but I don't see him for Superman.

Zack Snyder would be interesting and I never thought of him for it before.  It could definitely be cool to see how he does with a "non-R rated" hero.

Duncan Jones could also fit very well.  Moon is AWESOME especially for a debut film.  I like his filmmaking sensibilities in particular when it comes to effects like using miniatures and then enhances them with bits of CG rather than just going the CG route.

jfdavis 9/24/2010 8:54:08 AM

Superman- That's pretty good list.  I never thought I'd say this but Tony Scott's name jumps out at me the most. Duncan Jones's version would make a more introspective version that critics would love but I think the average moviegoer would hate... Zack Snyder's name seems like a "go to add-on" to me...

Spider-man- Trying the love triangle angle from the beginning  as opposed to waiting until the third film is a good idea but the key is to hold off the pay off until a later film.   

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