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THOR's Warriors Cast? (Maybe)

Plus: BLACK CAT, HAWKMAN and More!

By Rob M. Worley     November 17, 2009
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'Thor's Warriors Three cast? (Maybe). Plus: McAdams addresses our 'Spider-Man 4' scoop. 'Smallville's Hawkman is revealed. 'Alien Legion' movie going again. More! Not to put too fine a point on it. It's the only bee in your bonnet. It's your Comics2Film 9.11.17!

 

 

ALIEN LEGION Movie Percolating Again

Back in the day, Marvel had a line of comics called Epic that, at its onset, was a strictly creator-owned imprint. Among the more long-running of the creator-owned titles to emerge from the line was Carl Pott's 'Alien Legion', which was basically a sci-fi twist on the old French Foreign Legion stories, except this grouped a bunch of extraterrestrials into a fighting force.

Well, the concept has been in development as a film, TV show and animated series on and off over the past 20 years. And a mention buried in an interview with HeyUGuys tells us that it is back on again. Screenwriter Derek Haas ('Wanted', '3:10 to Yuma') told HUG that he and partner Michael Brandt were developing a script based on the comic.

"We’re writing a movie for Bruckheimer Films and Disney called 'Alien Legion' based on an old comic book series," Haas revealed.

Potts had more to say about the film to USA Today in an article discussing the comics revival with collected editions by Dark Horse.

"Alien Legion has been optioned for some time," Potts told USA Today. "The script is currently in its third rewrite."

He also expressed his support for the producer of the film. "Bruckheimer's never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they've had with blending CGI and live-action characters in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film," Potts said.

"Legion is painted on an immense canvas, and today's effects can really carry that off. The themes and characters have a lot of depth and resonance, and ultimately that's what storytelling is about. Good stories are always good stories."

'Alien Legion' fans are crossing their fingers that this time is the charm.

  

 

Rachel McAdams addresses SPIDER-MAN 4 Talk

Last week, Comics2FIlm at Mania broke a major scoop when we reported that Sony and Marvel had begun casting the major supporting roles in 'Spider-Man 4', that Black Cat was one of the characters being cast and that actress Rachel McAdams is a contender for the role.

Then the story spread all over the internet and was repeated with decreasing precision (as these things usually will) until the story morphed into something different. Several sites began reporting that McAdams had been cast in the role, which is not what we had reported. Concerned about these inaccurate rumors that grew out of our initial report, C2F posted a clarification the very next day.

Which brings us to the Hollywood Insider blog at EW.com who asked McAdams if she has been cast in 'Spider-Man 4'.

"That’s a total rumor, I have to say. I was hanging out in Toronto the other day and someone came up to me and said, ‘I just heard you’re doing Spider-Man 4.‘ And I said, ‘Really? No one told me!’ It’s not true," the actress is quoted as saying.

So, lets pay close attention here: McAdams is saying that it's not true that she's doing 'Spider-Man 4'.

She's not, however, denying that she met with the producers of the film about the role of Black Cat, as Mania reported last week.

We stand by our report and can further reveal that that meeting was an audition. While she may not be signed for 'Spider-Man 4' at the moment, she definitely was (and still may be) in the mix.

Thanks to fft5305 for the submission.

 

 

Stephen Susco to Write HACK/SLASH

The long-gestating 'Hack/Slash' movie may finally be on the fast track. Back in July it was announced that Fredrik Bond had come on board to direct the film.

Now Bloody Disgusting reveals that screenwriter Stephen Susco (of the American 'Grudge' movies) is writing the script.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

SUPER HERO SQUAD: Meet Reptil and Hulk

Marvel.com is promoting their new hit cartoon 'The Superh Hero Squad Show' on cartoon network.

Fans of the show will find a look at concept art for the Squad's youngest member, Reptil. According to Marvel.com, Reptil is young, opinionated, and brings extra firepower to the Squad with his dino powers. The character first appeared in comics form not so long ago in 'The Avengers: The Initiative'.

Marvel also posted a video featuring the crankiest Squaddie, the ever-lovin' Hulk! According to the site, Hulkster is a monster first, lovable second and childlike never. Here's the clip:

 

 

Michael Shanks as SMALLVILLE's Hawkman in Society

First look at SMALLVILLE's Hawkman

TV Guide unveils fans' first look a actor Michael Shanks in the Hawkman costume for the much-anticipated "Society" event on 'Smallville'.

The first reactions around the interwebs seems to be kind of negative, saying that the costume is remarkably true to the comic and very, very cheesy looking. We have to say that Hawkman's outfit must be one of the hardest to pull off and we've never seen a really cool live-action version before.

Hopefully when put into motion on the show, Hawkman will look like a badass space barbarian.

There's also an extensive Q & A with Shanks where he talks about his own work towards that end: "I need to ace this so I don’t make Hawkman look like a goofball. It’s traditional wire work that involves strapping on this harness so that large men with giant arms can lift me up and manipulate me. I’m also swinging around Hawkman’s giant mace as a weapon."

Click through for the complete interview.

Thanks to fft5305 for the submission.

 

 

Still No News on BATMAN 3, SUPERMAN 2

Batman-on-Film went in search of an update on 'Batman 3'. Aside from an inconclusive hiccup from actor Michael Caine last week, there's been no real solid news on if and when Christopher Nolan will turn his attention to the project.

BOF reports that we could be hearing something in January. Their sources also warn that if Nolan isn't signed by some time next year, then he's probably not returning. Nolan is, of course, enmeshed in his new movie 'Inception which has his full attention at the moment.

Meanwhile MTV Splash Page chatted with 'Ninja Assassin' director James McTeigue, who may have been a leading choice to take over the 'Superman' franchise for Warner Bros.

"It's in a weird place at the moment," the director told MTV News. "They're trying to work out what they're doing. Warner Brothers is trying to figure out their next move on it. There's some things you can do with the 'Superman' franchise, there's other things you can't do. So it hasn't gone anywhere."

Draw what conclusions you will.

 

 

THOR's Warriors Three Cast? Maaaaaybe...yep!

In a case of a magically disappearing article, Variety reported last night that Stuart Townsend ('The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'), Ray Stevenson ('Punisher: War Zone'), and Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano ('Mongol') have been cast as The Warriors Three in Marvel's 'Thor' movie.

The article wasn't specific about who is playing which role, but if we had to speculate we'd have to assume that either Stevenson or Asano are playing Hogun the grim. We'd guess Townsend fits best as Fandral the dashing. Which leaves the Volstagg the Valiant. Neither of the three are exactly the right body type to match the Marvel Comics character, but if they're going for big rather than portly, then Stevenson could fit that bill.

What's puzzling is the abruptness with which Variety yanked the article during the night. Again, if we had to speculate, we'd say that the article came down over the protests of one of the actor's reps, or one of Marvel's people. It's possible there was a deal there that wasn't completed and was potentially jeopardized by the early leak.

However, the genie is out of the bottle and echoes of the Variety report (like this one) are all over the web.

UPDATE: The Variety article is back online and confirms Townsend is Fandral, Asano is Hogun and Stevenson is Volstagg.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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AntoBlueberry 11/17/2009 7:19:49 AM

Stuart Townsend as Fandral and Ray Stevenson as Volstagg (with a fat suit probably) were rumored since last week.

The casting was on the Marvel site too, but as for Variety they removed the page. Maybe one of the actors still has to put his name on the dotted line.

Regarding Hawkman I'll be waiting for some better imaghes, but I know that fanboys will never be pleased. You ty to bee faithful and they say it's cheesy, you try to be realistic and it's not faithful. I think the Fate costume will face the same kind of criticism. At least this Hawkman looks better than the one in Legend of Superheroes.

monkeyfoot 11/17/2009 7:28:18 AM

Alien Legion; I remember this comic. It didn't thrill me but I did read it regularly for awhile because I liked the art. It has great potential for either live action or CG film. Bruckheimer could put a huge weight (and budget) behind a big SF action epic for this.It could be what Starship Troopers never became on screen. Hope for the best.

Smallville: I see no problem with that pic of Hawkman. As stated the costume is faithful and I know actor Shanks is very good. No, he doesn't have the Conan the Barbarian type build that the character has in the comics but no movie or TV Superman has ever been as cut as Supes is portrayed in the comics either. Besides Smallville is just silly fun and I will enjoyed whatever spin they have on DC characters in that spirit.

Batman 3 & Superman: Geez, DC/Warner! Get on the ball! Two of the most famous fictional characters of the 2oth Century and you are twiddling your thumbs!

Thor: I don't know how big their roles are in the movie but these seem like fine choices for the Norse Musketeers. Throw in Brian Blessed as Volstagg and you are set. 

TheFuzzyDan 11/17/2009 7:32:05 AM

While I have yet to read any negative comments about the Hawkman costume for myself, I have to say it looks like the guy stepped right off the comic pages and, cheezy or not, it's about damn time.  After all the modernization Smallville has done with Green Arrow, Aquaman, Cyborg, Impuse and so on, let's have a faithful rendition of a comic-book superhero.  This is made even better by the fact that it is a superhero rarely seen before in live-action.  Bring on Dr. Fate!

Calibur454 11/17/2009 7:39:43 AM

It doesn't surprise me about batman 3 or superman 2. I'm sure they will wait a few years and relaunch the franchise again for both movies. Although I still think Superman does better in a tv venue more than a movie

Wiseguy 11/17/2009 7:49:00 AM

Hawkman looks damn good. A very loyal adaptation from the comic book. My one minor complain is that a little more muscle would've  reallly pulled it off but all in all I'm happy with it. I'm hoping that if their's going to be a spinoff Hawkman will be the one since the Aquaman spinoff seems to be dead in the water :)

THOR- Asano would definitely be Hogun since he's always drwan with asian characteristics IMO. Townsend is Fandral and Stevenson Volstagg like Antonio said above. I like it, the more I hear about Thor the more convinced I am that it's going to succeed

I'm sure Nolan will return for the unavoidable BATMAN sequel but with Inception being a big budget film I'm sure he wants to concentrate on that first.

Superman needs to be rebooted ala Hulk. No need for an origin story but let's dismiss the first five and stop living in Donner's world

Wiseguy 11/17/2009 8:00:38 AM

SPIDEY- McAdams is playing coy. I believe mania's story that she auditioned. Personally I don't see her as Black Cat but maybe she can surprise us

Alien Legion- Never read it but I hope Green Lantern comes out first so this doesn't steal GL's thunder

I'd like to see a Hack/Slash film. Not really into the book but I like the concept.

I hope Superhero Squad is making new fans for Marvel's characters. I hear a lot of hate for this show but it isn't meant for grownups or teens, this is a kid show and I think a pretty good one at that

fallensbane 11/17/2009 8:26:10 AM

Hack/Slash: I'll believe the Hack/Slash film moving forward when I finally see a cast member officially announced, they keep pulling at my strings with this film.

Thor: I like Townstead & Stevenson so bring it on

Smallville: I do not care much for DC comics, but I enjoy smallville well enough. Looking forward to sesing shanks as Hawkman.

flinshadytoo 11/17/2009 10:08:09 AM

 Hawkman IS Cheesy! What not cheesy about a grown man running around is a bird helmet & what looks like a backwards bra strapped to his chest! That said a red cape & underpants?? 

jfdavis 11/17/2009 11:06:01 AM

That Hawkman pic looks awesome especially compared to Cyborg, Impulse, the Wonder Twins, etc.  Doomsday looked much cheesier...

I thought the point of the previous Black Cat article was to simply tell Black Cat was in Spidy 4.  It'd be very premature to label one particular actress in the role.  McAdam would great but so would a few others given the right wig...

The Warriors 3?  The casting sounds great but, aside from a different villian, whose left to appear in sequels?

SgtTechCom 11/17/2009 11:23:36 AM

Love the Hawkman costume im glad it's true to the comics. I don't care if it's cheesy comics are cheesy so deal with it. 

Im looking forward to seeing Green Arrows new costume too which is coming soon this season.

Smallville just rocks and season 9 is delivering the goods !

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