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Is Tom Hardy BATMAN's Villain?


By Rob M. Worley     October 14, 2010
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Is Tom Hardy Batman's Villain? Plus: Is the Lizard Spider-Man's Villain? Is Zod Superman's Villain? Is Hamm going to be Superior's hero? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.14!




C2F Quick Hits

In case you missed it: we posted 16 images from this Friday's episode of Smallville. "Homecoming" is the show's 200th episode and features James Marsters as Brainiac 5.0

Hollywood Reporter piece detailing the 2011 slate of films from DreamWorks indicates that we'll see a Cowboys & Aliens trailer by Christmas.




Screen Rant has a nice rundown of the details revealed about Green Lantern: The Animated Series at this past weekend's New York Comic Con.

Among the interesting details revealed are the fact that the Red Lanterns Corps are the antagonists for the first season, Atrocitus leads the Red Lanterns, Dex-Starr may make an appearance and there will likely be a Blackest Night storyline on the show.

Click through for Screen Rant's complete report as well as images taken from the panel.

Thanks to LocoLobo73 for the submission.



OSHA Clears TRANSFORMERS 3 Producers in Accident, Lawyer Responds

In the latest chapter of the unfortunate drama surrounding the injury to Gabriela Cedillo on the set of Transformers 3, the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has rendered their judgment of the situation.

On September 1 Cedillo, who was on the set as an extra, was struck by a piece of flying metal when a cable snapped during filming. The debris sliced open her skull causing sever brain damage that has left her paralyzed and unable to speak. Her brother (and now guardian) has filed a lawsuit against the producers on her behalf.

According to the Associated Press, OSHA spokesman Marc Lotter says an investigation found the Sept. 1 accident occurred due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a tow cable. He says the weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place.

Lotter says the mishap was "an unfortunate and unforeseeable accident."

However, Todd A. Smith, the attorney representing Cedillo issued a press release in rebuttal to the OSHA statement. Smith of the Power, Rogers & Smith P.C. law firm, scoffed at characterizations that Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks had been "cleared."

"What needed to be 'cleared'?" Smith said. "Under OSHA's own terms, it simply did not have a specific regulation that could be cited as a violation. The only function they serve in this process is to assess if specific regulations have been violated.  Statements beyond that by any spokesperson were termed by OSHA themselves as over the line'."

According to the press statement, Smith further determined that OSHA did not even have a metallurgist or engineer of any sort look at the correctness of the welding involved. 

"The idea that the local spokesperson would suggest the work was done properly without any expert having actually looked at the welds involved is absurd and wrong. The fact is, the welds were completely improper based upon actual examination by engineers and metallurgist experts," said Smith.  "Further, when improper welds occur, and are related to a violent yanking of a cable, it is clearly 'foreseeable' that there will be a breaking-loose as happened here, and people nearby are likely to be injured."

"The idea that OSHA didn't cite a specific regulation that was violated is not surprising," he said. "Particularly so when the welding connections are not assessed by experts."

Clearly, the catastrophe caused to Cedillo, accidental though it may be, will have to be addressed by the filmmakers.



Is Jon Hamm SUPERIOR's Hero?

Mark Millar is trumpeting his own projects again on his message board.  According to his latest hype, two Hollywood types are ringing his phone about his just launched comics series Superior.

One of the parties is an unnamed movie director how Millar is a fan of and claims is "in his comfort zone." The other is a producer but has done quite a bit of big family movies and has a director in mind. Neither is apparently known for superhero fare. Millar's agent is said to have two other parties in orbit around the project as well.

Our understanding of Superior is that it represents a kinder, gentler Millar who calls the book his love letter to Christopher Reeve. The nostalgia-tinged story focuses on a boy who is confined to a wheel chair, and the Superman-esque hero who inspires him.

Interestingly, both of the unnamed folks Millar talked to have the same guy in mind to play the hero: Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame. Now there's a guy that many people want to see play a super hero (like Millar himself, and former Mania EIC Rich Kuras) and he's certainly established himself as a leading man in the classic sense with his TV series. No doubt he could easily pull off the nostalgic, square-jawed hero part.



Is the SPIDER-MAN Villain The Lizard?

Early this week, Sony partially confounded rumor-mongers by announcing that actor Rhys Ifans would play the villain in Marc Webb's Spider-Man relaunch. However, they left one major point of speculation by refusing to reveal exactly what character he'll play.

The rumor today from TheWrap is Ifans will play Dr. Curtis Connors, better known to web-heads as The Lizard. Furthermore, their sources claim that rumors putting Venom in the movie are wrong and that the drooling anti-Spider-Man will not appear.

Connors is portrayed in the comics as a highly-sympathetic, one-armed scientist researching human limb-regeneration. His experimental procedure leaves him transformed into a monstrous creature who Spidey simultaneously has to battle and protect.

Many sites are reporting this news as solid confirmation, but given that no credible on-record sources are named, we have to keep it in the rumor column for now.



Is the SUPERMAN Villain Zod?

Reports from last week that director Zack Snyder is taking the reins of Christopher Nolan's Superman movie came bundled with the rumor that General Zod would be the primary villain of the film.

Now, asked Snyder if Zod is, in fact, the villain. Snyder's response: "For now it's just a rumour."

So, fans who are longing for something new in the Superman movie sphere may have their wishes answered.



Is the BATMAN 3 Villain Tom Hardy? reports that actor Tom Hardy has been cast in the upcoming Batman movie.

Hardy recently appeared in director Christopher Nolan's Inception where he did a fine job as a relatively minor character among Leo's crew of dream invaders. But if you really want to see what Hardy's capable of, rent the riveting Bronson today. He's the lead actor in that, appearing in just about every frame of the movie, and he's amazing.

The report is not specific about the role other than to say it's "a lead role." That pretty much indicates he'll be playing a villain, although it's possible he could play something akin to Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent.

Heat Vision adds a little bit of spice to the story, stating that insiders are saying that Hardy will play The Riddler.

Thanks to ninjaBam for the submission.

What do you think, Maniacs? Post your comments below...



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!


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VTGamehendge 10/14/2010 7:28:03 AM

Great news about Tom Hardy.  He was so incredible in Bronson.

lracors 10/14/2010 7:44:42 AM

Spider-Man... cool nice to see Dr. Conners on the screen I hope it is the storyline of him as "The Lizard"

Superman is all going to boil down to what kind of writing is there plus are we dispensing with angst ridden crap and going to have a Man of Steel.  I don't really care who the villain is at this point.

Batman 3 nice casting choice.

Darkknight2280 10/14/2010 7:57:40 AM

Wow took mania/comics 2 film almost 2 days to update the site. I know you guys are a smaller operation but come on. I love this site and it seems to be getting worse. Brings us the glory of yesteryears!

Any Rumor about the Batman movie should prolly be taken as a true rumor, i mean the script isnt even done yet. True that guy was officially cast but no need to speculate just yet.

kinetoscope 10/14/2010 8:10:44 AM

Smallville coming to a close... I hope they let it all go and just make what's left amazing. I still enjoy the show and hope they keep this universe alive with GA, Blue Beetle or JLA. Would love a JLA show.

jfdavis 10/14/2010 8:20:53 AM

I think having the Lizard would be great.  Not having Joker in Batman Begins and not having an evil Sinestro (There's probably a better way to word that...) in the upcoming Green Lantern is a great way to go.  You need to build up to the Green Goblin. 

Speaking of Green Lantern, starting with a Red Lantern storyline is quite an original way to go. I like how they are going the JLU route, or Spectacular Spider-man for that matter,  and having a continous thread through the season.  

The idea that Hardy is playing the Riddler sits better with me than him as Killer Croc as other sites are reporting since that character isn't lead material. Picture Bane in Batman and Robin... (That's not to say I don't want Croc in the film at all...)

If the reports on the storyline are true, only Zod or Brainiac would really work as the baddie. Well, maybe Bizarro or Mr. Myxylptlk (I'm sure I royally messed up the spelling there) but do you really want to go wit them for the first one? 

violator14 10/14/2010 8:26:17 AM

Darkknight-ya dude, it seems like alot of the old Maniacs are just ...... gone. With all these spammers allowed to run rampant, and the complaints you made, i dont blame them.

Tevii 10/14/2010 8:30:37 AM

That is some GREAT Green Lantern News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait for this show....  The greatest superhero, finally getting his due.

And  Blackest Night.... wow awesome... of course without the other DC superheroes it will be missing something. But there are so many great characters just making up the various lanterns. Im sure it will still be great.

Good news on Superman, but Snyder isnt saying it wont be Zod either. Hopefully even if it was supposed to be Zod, they will take into account the fan reaction whicc , from what i can tell, has been mostly negative. 

LocoLobo73 10/14/2010 9:10:07 AM

whats up people , so good news out there about Spiderman and Batman , Ifans as the Lizard, I like this move I also think that Norman Osborne will play a part in the this one, mainly because this is suppose to be a Ultimate version of Spidey, So I think Conner working on OZ will lead into the Green Goblin and then Venom, if they follow the Ulitmate run.

Tom Hardy is a great addition to the final Batman Movie, I really hope he isnt going to be playing The Riddler, I think Joesph Gordon- Levy would be better in the role of the Riddler, and have Hardy play Thomas Elliot aka HUSH, just subsitute out all the masked badguys for the mob. This being a Nolan Picture it is not going to follow any storylines from the books so he can work it however he wants.

Im really geeked out about the Green Lantern: The Animated Series, cant wait to see Blackest Night played out, one of the best cross over series dc has done in a while, animated will be awesome, kinda bummed that the JLU characters may not make it into the series though , hope fully that will change in season two

Oh and Im really sick of Mark Millar he is such a tool box

thefakejaredk83 10/14/2010 9:26:28 AM

It was just broke that Rhys Ifans IS going to be the Lizard.  Too bad since I did enjoy Dylan Baker as Curt Connors and feel bad that he was built up for two movies just to be let down and never getting up to the big leagues.

I can't wait to check out this new Green Lantern show. It sounds like I may have to brush up on my GL lore before the movie and cartoon show up.

Anyone else tired of the Joseph Gordon Levitt rumors? I'm honestly tired of him in general.  He's proven a lot that he's broken out of the teen roles and more mature roles, but C'MON! He was great in Inception but definitely one of the weaker links in that movie. I don't think he's Riddler material, but again that's just me.  But I can't wait for Tom Hardy for whatever he's doing in Batman 3

wessmith1966 10/14/2010 9:42:35 AM

Lizard...Good choice, and I think Kraven should be in there (hired by JJ to hunt the mysterious urban legend monster rumored to be stalking Empire State University).

Tom Hardy...It doesn't matter what villain he's playing; in Nolan's masterful hands the movie will work.

Zod...Please no Zod as the bad guy.

Mark Millar...Does anyone really pay attention to anything he says anymore? I really think he's read too much of his own press in the last couple of years. He probably doesn't leave the house that much anymore; it would be hard to get his head through the front door.

Green Lantern...Looking forward to a new DC animated series with Timm's style.

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