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Top Maniacal Rumors: Shazam-mess , Avengers Team & Super Survival

A look at this week's top wild rumors.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 27, 2008

The Trials of SHAZAM!
© DC Comics

It’s time for another edition of Mania’s Most Maniacal Rumors, where we blow the lid off the week’s juiciest gossip and hush-hush industry whispers.

If you have a rumor you want to contribute, we’re all ears. Just send it to

Shazam Adaptation On Hold?

Rumor: Despite earlier reports that Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam is ready to go with Dwayne Johnson set to lead as the villain, new reports have surfaced suggested a rewrite and WGA issues have stalled the film.

Mania Verdict: TRUE---Unfortunately for Shazam fans, it looks like the film will be on delay until screenwriter John August is done with previous commitments. Here’s what direct Peter Segal had to say.

"An interesting little development, but it's an annoying one, is that after a strike there are residual effects and one was that everyone who was a writer suddenly had a back log of assignments as did John August, so we started to do our re-write process but he had to service some of these other prior commitments. So now we're kind of waiting in line to get him back but it's worked out okay because we've been working on the marketing of this and getting this going, so we've been doing enough to keep ourselves busy and as soon as this movie gets released then we're going to focus again on 'Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam.'

Guillermo Del Toro Open to Directing Hellboy III?


Rumor: With the sequel hitting theaters in just a few weeks, a new report popped up that director Del Toro would be willing to step back into the franchise for a third installment.

Source: 34th Annual Saturn Awards

Mania Verdict: MAYBE---Of course, Del Toro would be willing to step back into the franchise for a third film but he’s said everything is on hold until after he is finished on The Hobbit films, something which he is committed to for the next four years. Would Universal Pictures be willing to wait 4-7 years for a third film? An alternative would be Del Toro having a friend like Alfonso Cuaron take on the third installment.

Frank Miller Working on a 300 Prequel?


Rumor: Previous rumors suggested a possible sequel to the Zack Snyder-led comic adaptation of 300. Now, reports have surfaced hinting at the possibility that Frank Miller is working a prequel instead.

Source: Collider

Mania Verdict: TRUE---Director Snyder confirmed that Miller is indeed working on this prequel, which opens more storyline possibilities about the “300” legend.

Avengers heroes are locked in by Marvel Studios?


Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who will be directing Iron Man 2 most likely and would love to direct The Avengers, has said that the current heroes planned for the team-up is set at Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man.

Source: USA Today

Mania Verdict: TRUE---While there have been various heroes on the roster of the comic, the biggest names above all have some sort of production rolling from Marvel Studios. Matthew Vaughn is working on bringing Thor to the big screen while Edgar Wright is focusing on Ant-Man. Captain America is also in the script stages as well. The Avengers is currently set for a July 2011 release.

Superman: Man of Steel Begins Production Next Year?


Rumor: After a year of countless rumors suggesting otherwise, Justice League Mortal has now been downgraded to development hell until 2011 or 2012. At the same time, it looks like the next Superman sequel will begin production next year.

Mania Verdict: TRUE---Brandon Routh that the screenplay is currently a priority with director Bryan Singer while he wraps up Valkyrie and he will be donning the suit early next year.

"I think it seems as though [the 'Justice League' movie is] not happening, it's on the back burner right now so it's just 'Man of Steel' now," Routh said. "I know, they're busy writing a script and then I trust we'll be starting next year, early next year. That's my timeline anyway."

Cloverfield 2 on hold?


Rumor: Despite making profits at the box office and DVD markets, a new report suggests that Cloverfield 2 won’t be coming anytime soon as executive producer J.J Abrams works on his projects and director Matt Reeves focuses on his next project The Invisible Woman.

Source: Frosty at Collider

Mania Verdict: TRUE---Both J.J Abrams and director Matt Reeves are working on separate projects and Reeves has said many times, including the link above, that they want a unique and fresh idea for bringing back the monster concept before going into production.


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NotAFan 6/27/2008 1:50:28 AM
1. SHAZAM: I think they call this "Captain Marvel", otherwise people are gonna think this is Kazam Part 2 2. HELLBOY 3: 4-7 years for a third film? Pearlman will be dead by then! 3. 300: Can't they just leave well enough alone? Did we learn nothing from the SW Prequels? Did-we-learn-nothing? 4. Avengers heroes are locked in by Marvel Studios?: "Jon Favreau, who will be directing Iron Man 2 most likely and would love to direct The Avengers": Somehow I don't see a movie where where Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man amd Ironman all sit around making Snarky remarks and drinking martinis will work....wait a minute Sex and the City grossed a kajillion dollars. Favreau is a marketing Genius! That'll get the skirts in the seats, it will! 5. Superman: Man of Steel Begins Production Next Year?: The estate of Siegel & Shuster...GONNA SUE SOMEBODY! 6. Cloverfield 2 on hold?: Too bad I had a name all picked out: Cloverfield 2: Return of the non-copyright enfringing version of Godzilla!
Dazzler 6/27/2008 4:38:23 AM
I can see why it's called Shazam. Cap Marvel sounds too on the nose and it's not a Marvel comic. I doubt they will even mention the name in the movie. Cloverfield was great! I hope they take their time with the next one anyway. I love the end credits song I just got from itunes, it's like a 10 min song for a buck which is nice. Superman is a dead bird. No way they will ever give what the fans want. Smallville is the way to go on this one. A movie of that would be supercool. Hellboy has to wait for BO again for that push for next one. Looks great so far but will people show and buy DVD's? 300 prequel would work for me since they can't go forward with Gerard anyway since he's like dead and all. Unless they do one where they all dine in hell!(TM) They should have done that in crappy Meet the Spartans movie.
ponyboy76 6/27/2008 5:00:51 AM
1) I don't mind the wait for Shazam. At least they aren't rushing anything. 2) Del Toro is going to be pretty busy for a few years so I doubt it will happen anytime soon, but I like the idea of Cuaron doing HBIII. 3) I already said this, but a prequel would be cool. I would like to get more stories from Sparta, especially if Frank Miller is doing it. 4) That Avengers team was pretty much a no-brainer. I am more interested in who they are looking to to be the villain. In the Cap movie, I am hoping for Red Skull, since it will start in the 1940`s or Baron Zemo. In the Avengers, its a tough call. Doc Doom would have been cool or maybe Skrulls. They need a villain or villains of some epic proportions that they have to work together to beat them. 5) Could care less right now about Justice League or Superman 2. 6) I am interested in another Cloverfield movie, especially if they explain where the damn thing came from.
hanso 6/27/2008 5:13:09 AM
GREAT! Let's rehash most of the news we have posted during the week so people can reread them and repost their thoughts, excellent!!! Well at least you guys are posting most of them and not waitin for fridays so I guess that's good.
joeybaloney 6/27/2008 7:03:53 AM
1) Dammit! 2) 4 years? Okay. 5-7? Dammit! 3) Dammit! 4) Sweetness! 5) Here’s hopin’ 6) Dammit!
almostunbiased 6/27/2008 7:05:51 AM
1. SHAZAM- Don't think this needs to be done.<BR itxtvisited="1" />2. HELLBOY 3- I've said it before, I'll wait considering what he'll be working on. MIDDLE EARTH RULES!<BR itxtvisited="1" />3. 300 prequel- Loved the first one, but this should not be made. <BR itxtvisited="1" />4. Avengers- DOes it have to be Ant Man?<BR itxtvisited="1" />5. Superman: Man of Steel- looking forward to this and where the hell is Valkyrie?<BR itxtvisited="1" />6. Cloverfield 2- Any one else waiting in LONG WAIT limbo on Netflix for this?
monkeyfoot 6/27/2008 7:11:08 AM
Shazam: I'm not a particular fan of the comic, so whether its now or later doesn't matter to me. They can't call it Captain Marvel because Marvel comics has the trademark on the name. I don't know all the legal particulars but Marvel would have to give them permission to use it. Like DC allowed the use of Karate Kid for the movies. Hellboy III: That's a long way off. And it's true, you have to see how successful this one is. I remember del Toro mentioning once that now that the character is with Universal Studios he was interested in bringing their other traditonal monsters into the fold (Frankenstein/Dracula/Mummy). 300: Just leave it alone. One was fantastic. It doesn't require continuation.Don't push your luck. Avengers: This one I can't wait, but there are several movies to go to get to it. I thought Matthew Vaughn had dropped out of Thor to do Kick-Ass or will he return after he's done? Superman: Again I can't wait. I liked SR and I beleive the next will be more action-oriented. Cloverfield 2: Again it's better to leave it as is but they won't.
RaithManan 6/27/2008 7:16:33 AM
As far as Captain Marvel goes.....he was around before Marvel became Marvel. So you can go either way....his sounding cry Shazaam was used as the title for the laughably bad, yet guilty pleasure 70's tv show. Not too many people remember or realized he had a show back then when it came on late saturday mornings. And believe me Not-A-Fan, there is no way in an ELEPHANT's ANAL that people will mistake Shazaam for that BIG UNCOORINDATED, SHAQ-BONIC TALKIN (english butcherin' with a mouthful of rocks version of<BR itxtvisited="1" />EBONICS), HOW DOES HIS ASS TASTE WITH HIS NON-RAPPIN, NO-PANCAKE HAVIN SNAGGLE-TOOTHED, ALL-DUNK AND BRICKLAYIN' FREE THROW SHOOTIN' 2 BUCKETS OF EXTRA-CRISPY KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN SHORT OF 400 LBS WITH BAD KNEES THAT STUNK UP THE JOINT IN PHOENIX AND GOT THAT ASS WAXED IN 4 GAMES AGAINST SAN ANTONIO UPPER-LIP SMELLIN SON OF A BITCH!!!<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />AND DON'T EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVEN GET ME STARTED ON STEEL AND THAT RETARDED ASS SHAQ-FU VIDEOGAME!!!! <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Now back to important topics........A 300 prequel is workable because its Frank Miller and Zack Snyder, not George "MY STORYTELLING HAS BEEN MISGUIDED SINCE DOING HOWARD THE DUCK" Lucas.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Avengers is so far appears to be on the right tack with current story arcs of IronMan and Hulk in play.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Justice League....THANKFULLY is in developmental hell, because Warners not only have to amp up the next installment of Superman, but you need to establish the other major DC players and hopefully Green Lantern doesn't get stalled on its way to the big evidenced currently with The Flash, and FIRE that dumbass Warners head honcho for his stupidity 7 months ago that Wonder Woman may never be made as a solo film because of his "CHICKS THAT LEAD FLICKS SUCK" comment. And I said this once before to you Warners and I'm not jokin' around. You screw up Justice League, I will see to it personally that you go from making Hollywood movies to ViewMaster slide flicks. <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />As far as Cloverfield 2 goes....make sure that this film doesn't cause another round of vertigo complaints. Hellboy 3......uh I do believe that Ron Pearlman is pushing 50. Even though he stays in great shape, don't pull an Indiana Jones and have us wait for 20 years.
captm0rgan77 6/27/2008 7:33:16 AM
I'm stoked about a Shazam adaptation. I'm glad that they didn't just grab the nearest writer for re-writes because we all know how that ends up. What's up with Bryan Singer's Valkyrie? Isn't that thing being delayed BIG time? Why? That's usually a bad sign. I'll wait for some more info on Superman IV (the sequel to Superman Returns) per villain, co-stars, and such. Bosworth has got to go. They should bring in the Lois from Smallville. As for an Avengers film I know that they're saying that these characters are a definit but could that mean that they're might be a couple others? Because I'm hoping to see the Black Widow. That russian red head would steam up the screen... the theatre... and my pants. And, yes, so far all the hints of a team being put together usually means that there is a reason. I mean the government doesn't just put a team together and then have them sit around waiting for some catastrophic event to happen. And I don't think one or two villains would be bad enough for a "team" to handle it. We'll see what happens.
AMiSHPiRATE 6/27/2008 8:02:47 AM
so... joey fav & robbie down are upset that Marvel wants ironman 2 out in 2010/11. they're saying that doesn't give them enough time, that they had more time for IM-1, but they expect to get the first avengers movie out in 2011 with joey fav directing that as well? do they realize that for everything the audience expects in the ironman, hulk, cap'n A, thor, and antman movies (I'm sure that will get us the wasp in there, too), they'll be expecting that much more in a movie that has all of them? and they want to rush it out by 2011? I'm as much of an avenger nut as the next guy, but I'd rather wait to see the best comic book action movie ever then rush to see x-men 3 or superman returns. speculatively, the avengers movie will probably be pretty close to millar's ultimates 1. samuel l. jackson gets that team together and puts down the hulk. might be interesting if that was just the opening 10 minutes, then they went on to fight ultron or whoever. I doubt we'll get to see doom (like they'll be able to mix him in from the FF franchise), kang, zemo, or anyone else. even if it's in his contract, I doubt edward norton will be in the avengers movie.
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