Byrne and Flemming are the latest X-Men: First Class attachments. Plus: A cool new Green Lantern image is online. Karl Urban is cast as Judge Dredd. Wright sees Ant-Man as super spy and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.16!
Friends o' C2F have pointed us to a happenin' new comics show in its second year over in Maryland Heights Missouri. Project Comic-Con 2 runs September 18 and 19 and features a slew of great guests such as Adam Kubert, Ethan van Sciver, Joshua Dysart, Howard Chaykin, Greg Horn, Fred van Lente and many more!
Chaykin is producing a convention-exclusive print for the show.
If you're in the area and want to know more about the show check out ProjectComicCon.com!
Mania's own Bob Trate sits down with director Kenneth Branagh, actor Chris Hemsworth and other members of the cast and crew of Thor to talk about the upcoming movie. Click through to read the interview...
Well, C2F's favorite comic book movie of the year debuted in theaters week and suffered a devastating 4 hit combo!
Scott Pilgrim vs The World may be chock-o-block with high-octane action, self-discovery, hilarity and innovative film-making, but that didn't help it debut higher than #5, with a measly $10.5 million in ticket sales.
No, instead fans who sought high-octane action went to see The Expendables. Folks out for self-discovery opted for Eat Pray Love. When it comes to hilarity The Other Guys were the pick. And for innovative film-making fans still returned for a fifth week Inception.
Complete details are found in Mania's box-office report.
Still, we love our Scott Pilgrim and hope that the positive word-of-mouth gives it some staying power as the summer season winds down.
Comic Book Movie's Pietro Filipponi scored another cool Green Lantern exclusive. This time it's a photo of Bzzd, the tiny, insect-like member of the Corps who likes to think big. Bzzd is apparently a favorite of director Martin Campbell.
We know the final season of Smallville will focus on Darkseid as the villain. Kryptonsite reveals that two of the lord of Apokolips' cronies are set to appear as well.
The Apokolips resident bad guys are set to appear in the third episode of season 10. Steve Byers plays the sadistic Desaad while Michael Daingerfield is slated to play Gordon Godfrey, who crusades against superheroes. The episode also features Laura Vandervoort and is called "Supergirl."
TV Guide reports that James Marsters is also set to return for the final season, although this time he'll be playing Legion of Superheroes member Brainiac 5, a heroic descendant of the villainous Brainiac he's played in past seasons. However, don't expect the futuristic character to be a full-on hero at first. Executive producer Kelly Souders told TV Guide he's "a slippery fish" with a questionable moral compass.
Empire Online has confirmed that Star Trek and RED actor Karl Urban is confirmed to be top-lining the new Judge Dredd movie. Producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich apparently dropped the news at Movie-Con.
The film is slated to begin filming in in Johannesburg under the direction of Pete Travis (Vantage Point).
Macdonald told Dredd fans to expect, "a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity."
And the helmet stays on this time.
Continuing his online campaign to land the role of Marvel's Luke Cage, actor Isaiah Mustafa has launched a Facebook page that showcases a recent photo shoot he did to help sell the idea.
Mustafa is best known to fans as The Old Spice guy, the shirtless character with a never-ending set of manly skills.
The Facebook page already features one image as Mustafa as Cage and promises "a great surprise" when they get 1500, which he hit this morning.
The photos were taken by Rian Flynn who also posted a humorous video of the shoot.
What do you think, Maniacs? Could Mustafa pull off the HERO FOR HIRE on the big screen? Post your comments below...
Vanity Fair chats up Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright this week. They wrap up by poking fun at his long-awaited Marvel movie project Ant-Man.
Here's an excerpt:
Vanity Fair: You’ve been working on the comic book adaptation for a while. Is it ever actually going to happen?
Edgar Wright: I hope so, yeah. I’ve written a script, and once Scott Pilgrim is done I’m going to work on a second draft. It’s something I’ve been passionate about for awhile.
Vanity Fair: Yeah, but ... Ant Man? Seriously? Isn’t he like Aqua Man with lower self-esteem?
Edgar Wright: Not at all! I had a copy of the Tales to Astonish comic from the early 60s, which has his origin story. And I’ve been a fan ever since. I think it’s a really interesting high-concept idea.
Vanity Fair: Let me make sure I have this right. This guy shrinks to the size of an ant, and he has an army of ants at his disposal?
Edgar Wright: That’s right.
Vanity Fair: Is that really the most effective way to fight crime?
Edgar Wright: Ah, well ... you’ll just have to wait and see.
Vanity Fair: You’re an amazing director, Edgar, but I don’t know how this is going to work. I mean… Ant Man? The guy who becomes an ant? Isn’t that like trying to stop a mob boss with a box full of kittens?
Edgar Wright: I know there’s a big stigma attached to it, mostly because every movie about shrinking has been about people in peril. I think it’d be great to do a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.
Vanity Fair: Okay, I see what you mean. I was thinking along the lines of Honey I Shrunk The Kids.
Edgar Wright: Even something like The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is a fantastic film, is about a guy in trouble. But this is going to be nothing like that. It’s essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power.
Vanity Fair: The awesome power ... of an ant!
Edgar Wright: Trust me, it’ll be much cooler than you think.
And here is Scott PIlgrim vs The Animation, the short that aired on [adult swim] as a kind of prequel to Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The short details the brief love affair between Pilgrim (voiced my Michael Cera) and Kim Pine (Allison Pill). The sequence appears in the comics but is only alluded to in the movie. Now the truth can be shows!
One thing is certain about X-Men: First Class: the movie is going to have a big cast.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Rose Byrne is the latest actor to join the roles of director Matthew Vaughn's mutant reboot. The Damages actress is set to play mutant scholar Moira McTaggert whi is also a love interest for Professor X (played by James McAvoy). Byrne is said to be "in negotiations" for the role.
Elsewhere, Bleeding Cool caught an appearance by actor Jason Flemyng at Movie-Con. The actor revealed that he's also in the movie. He'll be playing Azazel, who is the biological father of Nightcrawler. He said he'll be wearing heavy makeup in the movie and sport a CGI tail. Flemyng has appeared in most of Vaughn's previous movies and was even slated to play The Beast when Vaughn was still attached to X-Men 3. Fans have also seen him playing the dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The movie is slated to start filming this month in London.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Pre-order your copy today and then come see Rob at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con where he'll be signing copies at the Ape Entertainment booth!