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TRANSFORMERS 3 Casting + Craziness!

Plus: GREEN LANTERN, THOR, S.H.I.E.L.D. and more

    May 14, 2010

Comics2Film: TRANSFORMERS Rawk (slideshow)
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'Transformers 3' Casting + Craziness! Plus: The 'Green Lantern' costume revealed? Hemsworth says 'Thor' suit is uncomfortable. Jackson calls for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' movie and more! Now fearing that its baby may be a replicant, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.14!




Jackson Promises S.H.I.E.L.D. Movie

While talking with RadioBigBoy, actor Samuel L. Jackson continued to assert his prominence in the Marvel movie universe. Previously he had predicted that 'The Avengers' will be a showcase for his character.

Now he tells the internet radio broadcast, "'The Avengers' should start shooting some time next year, and then some time after that there’ll be a big 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' movie."




Last summer Warner Bros wined and dined various websites on the set of 'Jonah Hex'. Now IGN and HitFix have filed their initial reports on that visit.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




From a press release...

It’s no small job protecting Super Hero City from the wild, weird (& even wacky) villainy of Villainville’s infamous baddies… but Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor and the Falcon are always up for the job. Shouting “Hero Up!” as they rush into battle, the Squad must keep Dr. Doom’s minions from gathering pieces of the Infinity Sword. Otherwise, Doom will use the Sword to rule the universe! Luckily, the City is filled with Marvel Super Hero guest-stars to help out in a pinch. These brave heroes totally deliver the action – but with plenty of humor on the side.

On July 13, 2010, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Marvel Animation, will release 'The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword!' Volume 1 DVD, featuring the first six episodes from the first season of this popular action-packed animated series and special bonus features including a new interview with Stan Lee, Hero & Villain character profiles and a sneak peek at Quest For The Infinity Sword! Volume 2 DVD. A must-have for heroes of all ages, this DVD is priced to own at $14.93 SRP.

Boasting a stellar ensemble of well-known celebrity voice talent, The Super Hero Squad Show animated series features super-stylized versions of Marvel’s popular characters (including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man) with a comedic twist. Marvel has attracted some top voice talent to play the roles of Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains, including Tom Kenny (aka Spongebob) as Iron Man, Captain America and M.O.D.O.K., Grey DeLisle (Fairly Oddparents) as Ms. Marvel and the Enchantress, Alimi Ballard (NUMB3RS) as the Falcon, and Charlie Adler (Cow & Chicken, Transformers 1 & 2) as Dr. Doom. In addition, superstar guests have lent their voices to breathe life into a wide array of other Marvel characters, including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films) as Iceman, LeVar Burton (Ali, Roots) as Rhodey, Taye Diggs (Private Practice) as the Black Panther, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Dormammu, Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as Ant-Man, Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the Red Skull, Lena Headey (Sarah Connor Chronicles) as the Black Widow, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Sif, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Ugly Truth) as Stardust, Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) as Egghead, James Marsters (Smallville, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Mr. Fantastic, Jennifer Morrison (Star Trek, House) as the Wasp, Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Hawkeye, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Meet The Spartans) as Ka-Zar, George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek) as Galactus and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl) as the Valkyrie. The cast is also joined by comics legend Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and many other Marvel characters) in a recurring role as the Mayor of Super Hero City.

The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword! Volume 1 DVD contains six exciting episodes including:

  • * “And Lo…A Pilot Shall Come!”
  • * “This Silver, This Surfer!”
  • * “Hulk Talk Smack!”
  • * “To Err Is Superhuman!”
  • * “Enter: Dormammu!”
  • * “A Brat Walks Among Us!”


  • * A new interview with Stan “The Man” Lee
  • * Hero & Villain Character Profiles

Technical Information

  • Street Date: July 13, 2010
  • Rating: TV Y7
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.93
  • Running Time: approximate 130 minutes
  • Discs: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Technical Info: English, Stereo., Closed Captioning



Hemsworth on THOR Suit

Actor Chris Hemsworth is looking forward to a big year, top-lining 'Red Dawn' and then Marvel's 'Thor' movie. SuperHeroHype got some face time with the actor who admitted that it ain't easy being a God, especially when it comes to the costume.

"I put the thing on and said 'It’s not very comfortable, but it looks amazing, so it’s all good,'" the actor said, but verily 'twas not all good. He continued, "and then a couple of weeks in, I thought 'It’s getting more and more uncomfortable,' and at the end of three, four months it was a pretty difficult thing to wake up and put on every morning. But it’s sells such an image in the picture. It does a lot of the work for you."

Click through for more from Hemsworth on his breakout role.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



COWBOYS & ALIENS Story Summary has laid hands on the synopsis for Jon Favreau's soon-to-lense comic adaptation 'Cowboys & Aliens', starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

What do you think, Maniacs? Sounds pretty cool, yes?



Ryan Reynolds in some kind of mocap suit on the set of GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERN Costume + G'Nort!

MTV Splash Page has what may be your first look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as 'Green Lantern!' Unfortunately the photo ain't all that impressive.

What we have is Reynolds in a gray jumpsuit that is marked with reflective dots -- clearly a motion capture suit. This lends credence to previous reports that there will be no costume in the traditional sense, but rather the Green Lantern gear will be rendered in CGI, as if it were produced but the ring.

In the photo Reynolds is also seen with a small dog who clearly would not be playing Ch'p (the chipmunk-like Lantern) but rather must be playing G'nort in the film.



TRANSFORMERS 3 Casting + Craziness

The Wrap reports that actor Alan Tudyk is the latest to join the cast of 'Transformers 3' in an undisclosed role.

Tudyk is perhaps best-known for his role as the affable pilot Wash in Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' series. He's also appeared in 'Dollhouse' and 'Dodgeball' (yarrrrr).

The film will carry over the already-extensive cast from previous movies, as well as newcomers like Tudyk, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Patrick Dempsey.

Meanwhile, leading man Shia LaBeouf is out that the Cannes film festival promoting 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.' He told the Associated Press that the 'Revenge of the Fallen' movie isn't his proudest moment and aims to deliver a better film with 'Transformers 3'.

"When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did," LaBeouf said in an interview. "There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone.

"We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger," LaBeouf said. "[Director Michael Bay] went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. ... You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."

LaBeouf is confident that the new movie will balance the need to up the ante with providing some real drama.

"There's going to be a lot of death, human death. This time, they're targeting humans," LaBeouf said. "It's going to be the craziest action movie ever made, or we failed."

Because nothing says "heart" like "craziest action move ever made."

'Transformers 3' begins filming this summer.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you looking forward to TRANSFORMERS 3? Post your comments below...



Friday Fun: BONE Fan Film

While there is a studio-produced movie in the works based on Jeff Smith's 'Bone', when budding animator Andrew Kaiko wanted to demonstrate his abilities abilities to do 2D animation in Flash, he chose the comic as his subject.

The result? A very brief, but high-quailty and well-acted scene from Smith's comic brought to animated life. Enjoy!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Mania contributors Rob M. Worley (Comics2Film) and Chad Derdwoski (Comicscape) are headed out to the Motor City Comic-Con this weekend. If you see either of us milling around be sure to identify yourself as a Maniac and say "howdy!"


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SarcasticCaveman 5/14/2010 6:33:10 AM

I'm going to go put in my "Serenity" DVD and watch Wash's death scene over and over the hell could such a talented guy agree to be in Transformers...I know, I know, paycheck...

Betenoire 5/14/2010 7:00:28 AM

Lots of human death in Transformers 3? How about the entire cast and the director.

Yeah, lots of crazy action sure does equal heart. That sounds exactly how Hollywood generally equates the two.

Darkknight2280 5/14/2010 7:25:57 AM

Nice to see a quick and current update to the site! is my favy! Just fyi all!

Cant wait to see the rendered GL suit!!!

madmanic999 5/14/2010 7:28:48 AM

Yeah... hate to be a sour puss but transformers revenge of the fallen was garbage on every level, poor story, poorly acted, un watchable action sequences and eye rolling humor....  the first only really had one thing in it's corner, the thrill of seeing the big bots for the first time.  With that gone all that was left was the crap.  Don't get me wrong I'm not a Bay Basher... his style works in some films (Bad Boys) but he is the worst person possible to have this franchise.  He just doesn't get it.  He doesn't see the cool Sci Fi potential the franchise had, just big robots, big explosions, and bad one liners.  Transformers 2 was where he tried to make it bigger and failed, Transformers three he will try to make it better... and fail.

On the other hand Cowboys vs Aliens sounds pretty sweet.  I hope they keep it straight (a very cool believable western where extraordinary events take place) as aposed to a whacky tounge in cheek take (Wild Wild West anyone???)

Wiseguy 5/14/2010 7:32:07 AM

I'd pay to see a SHIELD movie but really don't think it would be a box office hit then again who knows. Maybe they can come up with a really good story but I think they'd need some cameos by some of Marvel superheroes. I think SHIELD works best as the entity working behind the scenes in the Marvel movies. Maybe they can have a secondary nstory in the background and setting SHIELD up for their movie that way, ah the possibilities

Can't wait to get a good look at THOR. I guess the costume really makes him look the part.

Not buying any cartoon sets that divide the seasons into volumes and I like Superhero Squad but I'll just wait til they put entire seasons as a set or won't buy them at all. Cause truth be told, I rarely re-watch these series after I buy them

Can't wait to see Green Lantern in full action mode either. I think the costume being cgi is a smart as it'll give it the look that it's been powered by the ring. That G'Nort thing is a joke right Rob?

Never read the Cowboys and Aliens comic but I'm loving the sounds of it more and more. Really looking forward to this and seeing Ford as a bad ass sheriff I mean Colonel, with age he just seems to fit the part perfectly

I can't wait to see how many haters of the Transformer movies will be front and center in the theater when it opens.

Flint521466 5/14/2010 7:53:06 AM

That Cowboys & Aliens synopsis sounds SOLID.  Sounds like a great part for Mr. Ford!  Hope it's as good as it reads.

I wanna see some THOR footage like yesterday!

CGI was the only way to go w/the GL suit.

Didn't see Transformers 2.  Won't see Transformers 3

Wyldstaar 5/14/2010 8:08:34 AM

I suspect a SHIELD movie would probably feature more than just Nick Fury.  I'd expect to see Black Widow and Hawkeye at the very least.  Agent Coleson would probably be around somewhere as well.  I hope it actually gets made.  As long as they get a quality script, it should do well. 

KungPow 5/14/2010 8:30:32 AM

A SHIELD movie would be cool, but I agree that you definately need some good support characters.  I like Jackson's Fury, but I would have a hard time being drawn to the movie it was totally about him.  I like the idea of Hawkeye and some other cameo's.

Jonah Hex:  Who would actually go and see a movie just because Megan Fox is in it?  Don't get me wrong, she's hot and I love looking at pictures of her.  It just gets ruined everytime she opens her mouth.  There is something about her acting skills that just screams "I DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO ACT!"

Cowboys and Aliens: Sounds good to me.  Favreau has got it going on lately, he's doing a good job and I am sure this movie will be worth the watch.

Transformers 3:  I agree with Wiseguy.  All the haters will be first in line to see the movie.

Rheul_home 5/14/2010 8:33:38 AM

1) Man... I'd love to see a Bone movie... That story is better than Lord of the Rings... Yeah you heard me.

2) I really could not give a crap about Transformers until it hits HBO.

3) GL... I hope it does well but I have a feeling its going to come off goofy and be a big fat dud.

4) S.H.I.E.L.D. would make a great movie. Get some second string Avengers like Black Widow, Hawkeye and a few other special ops types and I think it would work very well. I do think Jackson is playing Nick a little to lighthearted though. I didnt feel he had enough gravity in IM2. Get tough Sammy!

5) Thor... I just cant wait. The info thats been trickling out has all sounded great. The picks we've seen suggest that Branaga is going the extra mile to really stick with the source material at least visually. I dont know how the general public will receive the film but methinks us fans are in for a rare treat!

Hobbs 5/14/2010 8:58:40 AM

I agree with Wise about Shield movie...I remember they tried some mini series comics with Shield and it didn't do very well.  I think the operation is cool so there is the potential to do some type of spy movie with it but there was never the audience in comics for it.  They did serve the marvel universe better in the background. 

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