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TRANSFORMERS Reviews Trickle In


By Rob M. Worley     June 16, 2009
Source: Various

Early reviews from 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' are trickling in. Plus: Some Deadpool concept art from the 'Wolverine' movie. An echo from the dead 'Justice League' project. Gigandet talks about 'Priest' and more. Please use responsibly and employ a designated driver after partaking in your Comics2Film 9.6.16!



Teresa Palmer Still Doing JUSTICE LEAGUE (Even if no one else is)

Actress Teresa Palmer, currently appearing in 'The Sorcerers Apprentice'  told MTV SPlash Page that she's "still attached" to the live-action 'Justice League' movie that was all the rage last year, before collapsing under its own weight.

The actress had been cast in the role of Talia Al Ghul and while it seems pretty clear that the studio has shuttered that version of the 'Justice League' project, Palmer is still hopeful she'll play the Batman villain/love-interest in the mega-ensemble.

"...who knows if the movie is going to come off the ground or not. I hope it does, obviously," Palmer said. "I have no idea. I’m always the last person to find these things out."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



LUCKY LUKE Photos and Interview

Fans of the 'Lucky Luke' comics will find photos from the new French-language movie, along with an interview with director James Huth at Huth reveals some secrets about the movie, which he finished shooting in Argentina for a budget of 27 million euros ($37 million USD) with French comedic star Jean Dujardin in the title role.

The whole article is in French so we don't have an excerpt for you, but si vous parlez Français, then there it is.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Some early reviews from 'Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen' have hit the web after the film's London screening. Not unexpectedly the notices are mixed but the film is expected to serve its target audience well.

From Variety:

With machines that are impressively more lifelike, and characters that are more and more like machines, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" takes the franchise to a vastly superior level of artificial intelligence. As for human intelligence, it's primarily at the service of an enhanced arsenal of special effects, which helmer Michael Bay deploys like a general launching his very own shock-and-awe campaign on the senses. Otherwise, little seems new compared to the first installment, except that this version is longer, louder, and perhaps "more than your eye can meet" in one sitting. It will reap similar B.O. rewards worldwide.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

With its intelligence at the level of the simple-minded, however, the film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal. Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long.

From Empire Magazine - 3 stars (out of 5) :

This is a film that doesn’t know where to stop — even comic-relief characters get their own comic-relief characters, like the offensively irritating Twins, who bicker in hip-hop slang, or Wheels, a turncoat Decepticon who for some reason talks like a ‘30s screen gangster.

From Bleeding Cool:

Anyway, Transformers 2 is a brash, fast, energetic, constantly moving movie that will give some people headaches, some erections, some an adrenaline rush and some the giggles. And I think it’s all very deliberate.

There’s a lot to love in this film among the Bayhem and Bayos.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Deadpool Designs revealed in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Concept Art

Two of the design artists who worked on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' have posted their work from the film, which includes images of Logan, Creed, The Blob and everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool.

Phillip Boutte Jr. designed a first-act Deadpool (the one played by Ryan Reynolds) which paid a bit more homage to the character than what was seen in the movie, giving him a red hood and eye paint that evoked the mask from the comics

Meanwhile Jerad S Marantz offers his designs for a third-act Deadpool (the freaky one played by a stunt actor). His looks quite strange and disturbing, and closer to what was seen on the screen.

Click the thumbnails below for samples or click the links above for the high-res versions as well as other character designs.

Deadpool from X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE by Phillip Boutte Jr.

A design for Deadpool from X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE by Jerad S Marantz

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




SCI FI Wire has a chat with producer Don Murphy, the man who brought 'Transformers' to the big screen and is set to do it again next week with 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Here is an excerpt:

SCI FI WIRE: IMAX did so much for The Dark Knight. Now that audiences have seen that effect once, what can it do for Transformers?

Murphy: The best thing about the IMAX version is that when you get to the sequence that were specially shot in IMAX and you get a 30-foot-tall Optimus Prime, you've got a 30-foot-tall screen to see him on. That's probably the coolest. ...

SCI FI WIRE:  How hard was it to maintain the original team for the sequel?

Murphy: Well, Michael's the captain. If Michael hadn't done the second one, I don't know how much of the original team would have come back. Even now the screenwriters [Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Ehren Kruger] are saying they won't come back, but hopefully they will.

Click through for the complete Q & A.



Jackie Earle Haley on HUMAN TARGET

Jackie Earle Haley is busy filming the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street' right now, but he took a moment to comment to SCI FI WIre about his upcoming Fox TV series 'Human Target', based on the DC/Vertigo comics title of the same name.

Haley says he's a little worried about doing a TV show, while his movie career is taking off. On the other hand, it's fun to be in what he describes as a 'Die Hard' style action movie every week. And, 'Human Target' is also challenging to him as an actor, who is doing a run of theatrical movies in which he plays creepy loners.

"What's cool about it is that it's a different type of character," he said. "And I'm also kind of really looking forward to acting every day for a period. I think it might [help] as an actor to grow, and a way to become a better actor is to work in that environment and to work every day for months. It could be a really good experience as an actor."



Gigandet Clarifies PRIEST Role

Last week it was announced that 'Twilight' player Cam Gigandet had signed on to co-star in the manga-adaptation 'Priest'. Initial reports in the trade indicated he was some kind of half-vampire, while we here at Comics2Film at  said it sounded more like he is playing the lawman Coburn who allies himself with Paul Bettany's title character. Looks like we were right.

Gigandet told MTV Splash Page that, "there was some miscommunication that I was a vampire, but that’s not the case. I’m not a vampire.

"There are vampire-esque creatures in the movie, but it’s really a battle between god and evil," Gigandet continued. "Paul Bettany and I are on this journey to rescue someone that we love, and it’s just this fascinating journey movie taking place in a different reality."

Check out the video clip of his comments:




Derek Mears Contemplates BATMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA Villain Roles

I hope everyone had a chance to check out my intereview with actor Derek Mears yesterday. Mr. Mears is, of course, the new Jason Voorhees, but he's also a good dude and a fanboy to the core. So naturally our conversation veered towards comic book movies.

Mears told me his life's ambition is to do battle with 'Batman' on the big screen some day, and would also like to take on 'Captain America' as well.

When I asked him if would ever want to be in a 'Batman' follow-up, his response was effusive.

"Are you kidding me? That's like my lifeblood. I want to be in a Batman film. Some day before I die I want to be in a Batman film," Mears said, adding, "I think I'd be right for Killer Croc. That would be fun."

Of course he just got done telling us about some dangerous situations he endured on the set of 'Friday the 13th', wearing heavy body and dental prosthetics while being held under water. We pointed out that Killer Croc would mean more of the same.

"I would not mind that. As long as it looks cool I don't mind."

The subject then turned to the Marvel movies. Mears told us he hasn't yet had contact with Marvel, but aims to correct that soon.

"I don't know much about it but I know they're doing Captain America. If they did a retro Captain America, like a World War II, I would love to be some sort of super-nazi to fight Captain America. That would be awesome," Mears said. " I gotta make some phone calls. You got me excited about it."

Check out the complete intereview for Mears' experiences on the set of 'Friday the 13th' and how you can frag him in "Call of Duty" on the Xbox soon!



And we close with an obligatory visit to...

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN 2

Not much new or interesting on Favsy Twitterline. Here's the latest:

# Back in LA. Back in the director's chair. 11:30 am June 15

# More spy helicopters. 4:30pm June 15


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jedibanner 6/16/2009 9:01:00 AM

Still can't wait for Transformers will be sweet!!!

Hobbs 6/16/2009 9:13:21 AM

The early reviews are about what I expected. I mean if they didn't like the first one then it's safe to say they are not going to like part 2.   In fact I think reviewers who didn't like the first one shouldn't be allowed to review sequels. Too many of them will go in with a preconceived notion.

Rifle86 6/16/2009 9:31:40 AM

I hope that for the deadpool movie the first design with eye paint etc etc is when he first started on the mission and so forth. And Hoping that when hes disfigured that they give deadpool the full costume face covered and everything looking forward to it.

Bryzarro 6/16/2009 9:52:19 AM

It is very funny to see the negative reviews.  I'd like to clip their review from a few years ago and place it next to this one.  What else can you say about it as a film.  It's sci-fi, Giant Robots in a war with each other on Earth.  Should they just sit back and form a robotic UN and discuss how to deal with everything peacefully.  Weak or not the story is there and the FX is what it is.  The first deffinatly delivered and I have no doubts the second will be just as good.  I mean come on Devistator is in it. 

And I'm not one to bitch about the changes of robots.  I mean almost 20,000 pounds of machinery.....if that could walk upright then you totally have to suspend your disbelief of non-belief. LOL  

 This movie is going to continue the great summer flicks we've had for the last 3 summers.

Wiseguy 6/16/2009 10:01:17 AM

All the early reviews are leading me to believe that Spielberg was full of shit when he was praising Bay's work. Sounds like more of the same. Not to say it's bad just that it's more of the same.

Mears looks like he could play the Red Skull, if he wasn't so tall. But I like his idea, a super-nazi to battle Cap. 

Teresa Palmer wants to be in a future JLA film but by the time WB/DC get around to that I bet they'll recast all the roles

That concept art probably won't have much if any influence on the Deadpool film, at least going by what Reynolds has already said.

Darkknight2280 6/16/2009 10:29:22 AM

That 1st deadpool pic makes him look like ZARTAN from Maybe they go those mixed

Derek Mears seems like a cool dude. I have seen him in interviews. I wouldnt mind him playing a super Nazi in the CAP movie.

LocoLobo73 6/16/2009 10:39:21 AM

Hey boys and girls its me again the Loco Lobo and I'l start by saying this about the T2 reviews , what did they expect its a movie based on a FRACKIN CARTOON, NUFF SAID... what where they expecting a mind stirring suspense thriller it is a BLOCK BUSTER POPCORN FLICK!!!! , MORONS.

Now for Mr. Mears I disagree with WISEGUY562 and I think he'll agree with me when I put this up that he would be better casted as CROSSBONESThe Red Skull's body guard, I do agree that he would be perfect as Killer Croc and I will just  put this out there since Nolan likes to keep it real (real as in believible in our world) Killer Croc should be a fully tatooed guys from the circus and his Tats should make him look like a lizard man by the way google it there are a few out there that look pretty sick.

As far as Palmer, she also should just give up the goat. Until DC and Warners get their s%!t straight their will be no Justice League as their shouldn't be , they need to take the lead from Marvel and start with Character development, Individual Movies and then bring them together in Justice League And Give It to Nolan to do. No ego s aloud which means it will never happen fo DC due to their partenership with Warners

ANd Lastly I like Ryan Reynolds always have hes a great actor and I thought he stole Blade 3 from Snipes who couldn't take his big head out his ass to make B3 a great movie Night Stalkers could have been a good Movie espeacially with everyone so Vampire happy lately , but I would love to see him do the MERC WITH A MOUTH , but only if its done right and keep it as faithfull as possible to the comics , with him talking to the audeince through out the movie, like in the books, Heres to hoping and with Fox running things Im hoping for a miracle I mean look how bad ORIGINS was

wraith729 6/16/2009 10:53:39 AM

I don't think the reviews for Transformers are bad. I mean come on, this isn't going to be There Will Be Blood or some artsy-fartsy movie. It's summer blockbuster, mindless popcorn flick. From what I read, that's what this sounds like. I think I'll be happy.

galaga51 6/16/2009 10:54:40 AM

Many who didn't like the first film did not like the style of the film - busy action, busy bot design, drastic tone swings... and as the style was not likely to change (it was stated long ago it would actually be "intensified") lowered expectations were not likely to help.  All of these reviews basically confirm it is much more of the same, and as such, I'll probably spend the weekend watching movies on my new TV that finally arrives tomorrow.  HB2Me!  HB2Me!  HB2Me-ee...  HB2Me!  :-)

DK2280, good call on Zarpool... or is that Deadtan?

Sanity 6/16/2009 10:57:36 AM

Hobbs, if you're not letting reviewers who didn't like a movie review it's sequel - just for being negatively bias, wouldn't that apply to reviewers who DID like the first one?  They're positively bias.

There's no reason someone who didn't like the first movie can't like the second.  Unless of course it totally and completely blows.  I've liked sequels to first movies that I didn't care for.  And we've ALL seen horrible sequels to awesome movies.

On a different note, my eyes want to bleed every time I see the words "Popcorn Flick".  It's nothing but an over-used excuse now.

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