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By Rob M. Worley     March 22, 2010
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'Titans' director on Marvel's short list for 'The Avengers'? Plus: Singer's 'X-Men' plans in doubt? Nolan's 'Superman' plans under wraps. 'Kick-Ass' marketing mayhem and more! With 219 votes in favor, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.22!




Berlanti Mum on THE FLASH Rumors

SuperHeroHype checked in with TV producer and 'Green Lantern' screenwriter Greg Berlanti  about rumors that he's lined up to direct the feature film version of 'The Flash'. Unfortunately, Berlanti had little concrete information to share.

"Nah, you know right now, it's all about... 'Green Lantern' just started shooting a couple of days ago and everyone is really excited about that. I'm mostly focused just on finishing up this movie. I haven't really thought about any of that stuff yet, but just hoping this goes well," was all he'd say.



Snyder on XERXES (aka 300 2) and the return of 300 in 3D

SuperHeroHype.com chatted up fan fave director Zack Snyder about upcoming projects. Snyder dropped a few details about the franchise the exploded him to super-star status: Frank Miller's '300'.

Snyder told CS that Warner Bros had converted a segment of that film into 3D and aims to re-release the entire thing with the popular new technology. "I saw maybe like a ten-minute section that they'd just done. I haven't seen the whole movie but they're talking about doing the whole movie."

The director has the animated Owl pic 'Legend of the Guardians' (which C2F thinks looks fantastic) due out this year, and is currently at work on his original film 'Sucker Punch'. But he also revealed that his next thing after that may be 'Xerxes', the proposed prequel to '300'.

"I'm waiting on Frank for the sequel to '300' and there's a really good chance that will be the thing we do," he said, "He's been working hard, so he's supposed to show me something really soon; actually in the next few months, he's going to show me something."

Snyder said the direction of the sequel graphic novel and movie is all coming from Miller and the director is happy to take up the film side when the comic work is done. "I'm pretty confident it's going to be awesome."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Warner Bros Snags BLEACH Rights

Warner Bros has secured the film rights to produce a live-action movie based on the popular manga and anime 'Bleach'. Producer Peter Segal ('Get Smarts') is set to produce, but not direct. Check out the full report over in Mania.com's Anime section.



Nolan Gives SUPERMAN Mini Progress Report

Fans are clamoring for info about Christopher Nolan's plans for the 'Superman' franchise. MTV Splash Page put the question to the 'Dark Knight' mastermind who offered only a tiny bit of info.

"We're producing the [Superman] film and David Goyer had a terrific take on the story," Nolan told MTV News during this week's ShoWest convention. "I've been working on the story with David, and he's going to go off and write it, and we'll see where it goes."

They also asked about rumors that he's building up to a 'Justice League' movie but Nolan declined to comment.



Writers Aim To Do THE BOYS Right

Screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay talked to Ain't it Cool about their upcoming movie 'Clash of the Titans'. They also chatted a bit about their next project, an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's caustic comic series 'The Boys'. The writing duo said the producers are searching for a director at present and everyone working on the film is committed to getting the tone of it right.

"We really were encouraged the best possible version of that story, and to be very faithful - which we have been," Hay told AIC. "To me, the book is so special. It's a very difficult adaptation, but I think it's working out. We're really excited to see who we can get. I'm just really excited to see that movie."

Manfredi adds, "I think Phil hit it on the head: from everyone at the studio to the producers... they all have an understanding of what 'The Boys' is, and what makes it so special."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Tom Morello Bringing Metal To IRON MAN 2

Although Oscar-nominee John Debney is scoring Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'  movie it turns out metal guitarist Tom Morello is also involved in the music mix. Metal Insider has an exclusive interview with Debney who talks about collaborating on the film with the Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave axe man. Click through for an interesting read.




New LOSERS Poster

SuperheroHype has been given a new poster from the April 23rd release 'The Losers'. The film is directed by Sylvain White and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric and Peter Macdissi. It's based on the DC/Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Here's the latest clip from director Luc Besson's adaptation of the comics series 'Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec'. If you like mummies, the occult and dinosaurs, you might get a kick out of this reel, available on Yahoo.fr, YouTube and the film's official website.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Fox Seeking to Replace Singer on X-MEN?

Although Bryan Singer just last week made a strong assertion that he's going to be directing 'X-Men: First Class', the Motion Captured blog at HitFix has filed a report to the contrary.

According to MC, Fox has been in discussions with other directors, meeting two last week, as potential replacements for Singer on the film. The stumbling block appears to be that Singer is obligated to making 'Jack the Giant Killer' for Warner Bros, and Fox is in a hurry to get the next 'X-Men' movie to theaters.

The big-budget Warner pic will consume Singer's time well into 2011. That may be why, last week, Singer an producer Lauren Shuler-Donner were suddenly talking about Singer directing 'X-Men 4' instead. Fox is in less of a hurry to get that one going and it would fit with the director's schedule much better. However, it seems darn peculiar that they would stage and release a sequel to the original films after they've launched a youth-oriented reboot.

Motion Captured does say that the potential replacement directors have comics-to-film credibility and are likely to please fans.

What do you think, Maniacs? Where do you want Singer in X-MEN equation? Is Fox repeating the mistake of making deadlines instead of movies? Post your comments below...



KICK-ASS Marketing Mayhem

As the April 16 premiere date for 'Kick-Ass' draws near, Lionsgate is rolling out it's marketing blitz. The film bowed to good reviews at SXSW over a week ago (check out Tara Perry's reaction). It's enjoying its UK Premiere today.

There will be a live chat with director Matthew Vaughn tomorrow on the film's Facebook page. The chat happens at Noon ET/9am PST/4pm GMT. If you're on the book of face, be sure to become a fan of the official Kick-Ass page to get up-to-date event details, a chance to submit your own question and to tune-in for the interview.

If you're one of those iPhone kids, you can download the film's Photobomb App for free from iTunes (which, hilariously, Apple has sanitized the name of because apparently you're not allowed to use the word "Ass" in the iTunes store). Use it to add super-hero stylings to your iPhone photos.

If you're not into expensive gadgets but still want Kick-Ass on your celly, you can click over to Entertonement.com for some free sound bytes from the film that you can install as ringtones.

There's more! A new all-audiences trailer debuted this week:

KICK-ASS March Trailer -- powered by Mania.com


And then there's this clip taking you for a ride in the Red Mist Mobile!

KICK-ASS Clip: The Mist Mobile -- powered by Mania.com



Louis on AVENGERS Short List

Director Louis Leterrier got his feet wet in the Marvel universe with his 'Incredible Hulk' movie, and aims to cement his rep as a Hollywood tent-pole director with next month's 'Clash of the Titans'. He's also been lobbying for more Marvel work consistently since the Green Goliath movie. More than once, his name has been thrown around as a potential helmer for 'The Avengers'.

Now, the director tells Ain't it Cool that the possibility of a Louis-directed 'Avengers' is a bit more real than we might have suspected.

"I am on the shortlist, but I'm at the bottom of the shortlist, I'm sure," the director said, laughing. "I don't know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I've been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it. I loved my time at Marvel. I loved those guys. They're fantastic. Kevin is such a passionate boss; he gets his hands dirty."

Even more to the point, Leterrier says he loves the Marvel characters and feels frustrated that he's only had the opportunity to play with one of their toys.

Who knows? If 'Clash' explodes next month, he could be a very attractive candidate for Marvel.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is Leterrier a good candidate for THE AVENGERS? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...


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fft5305 3/22/2010 8:27:31 AM

Based on the work he did for the Hulk movie, I'd say they'd be in good hands. I'm sure Favreau's on the short list, too, after IM.

axia777 3/22/2010 8:36:59 AM

Man, I so called Louis Leterrier for the Avengers movie! I am so happy that they are doing it.  That means that the Avengers will kick ass for sure.

Singer off of X-Men?  HAPPY DAY!!!  Hopefully that is.  Who else would be good for it?

Goyer and Nolan on Superman?  On crap, this next Superman may just OWN.  Darkseid Goyer!!!  DARKSEID!!!!!!

OmegaDean 3/22/2010 8:39:24 AM

Well I'm very happy to hear Singer may be off of the X-Men.

Also Louis Leterrier for Avengers does my heart good.  Someone who understands and respects the properties.

axia777 3/22/2010 8:54:11 AM

Zack Snyder for X-Men?  o.O  David Goyer for X-Men?  Mmmmm, I just don't know.  They want some one who has all ready done a comics to film project.  I would say Leterrier but he is most likely going to be on the Avengers soon enough.  Sam Raimi for X-Men?


Calibur454 3/22/2010 9:30:48 AM

I think some of you may be missing another great superhero movie in The Boys- THis comic was awesome. It has the attitude of kick ass but this one involves super powers. There are a lot of r rated themes in the story lines and if what this post says is true we will have another great R rateed superhero movie. I'm getting stoked about this one

Snyder off of X-mnen- Yea I didn't care for the last 2 that much so I'm happy about this

Bleach live action NO thanks



axia777 3/22/2010 9:36:45 AM

Caliber454, I think you mean Singer, not Snyder.

I am also not to stoked on the idea of another 300.  Why would there need to be a sequel?  The story was finished.  This just smells of a huge money grab.

It is also so very very awesome that Tom Morello is doing music for Iron Man 2.  Rage KICKS ASS.

jedibanner 3/22/2010 10:05:16 AM

Leterier would be good but, if he had so much trouble with the exectutives for IH, imagine with Avengers?

It might help Norton to come back for an Avengers movie if Leterier is there but, let's hope there is less interferences from the ''suits'' who don't know squats from the comics.

Cheesey1 3/22/2010 10:06:19 AM

Axia, interesting pick with Raimi for X-Men, I support that.  Where do I want Singer in the X-Men equation...?  Nowhere near the equation, the book the equation is written in or even the room in which the book with the equation is in. Perfectly fine with Leterrier on the Avengers (would like to know who else they're considering, but either way, Louis would do a great job).  

Muenster 3/22/2010 10:11:30 AM

Nice to see the French NOT making a angst driven brooding drama snorefest for a change. It's rare to see a fantasy and or Sci-fi film from France, and even more unusual that it has a substative budget. Looks like fun. 

axia777 3/22/2010 10:39:35 AM

Chessey1 I was honestly just tossing names out there as Fox stated that they desire a director that already has a proven track record of making comic to film conversions that have made cash.  Raimi is a good choice I say.  Better than Singer IMHO.  I wish Letterier could make the next X-Men movies but I would rather have him make a bad ass Avengers movie instead.

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