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Two More for X-MEN


By Rob M. Worley     August 16, 2010
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Comics2Film: Matthew Vaughn and X-MEN
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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!




Convention Watch: Project Comic-Con 2

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!



THOR Cast Talks About the Movie

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...



SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. The Box Office

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.



New Image Show the Tiniest GREEN LANTERN

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.



SMALLVILLE: Desaad, Gordon Godfrey and Brainiac 5

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.



Karl Urban is JUDGE DREDD

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.

Thanks to doublec for the submission.



Old Spice Guy for LUKE CAGE

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.

Isaiah Mustafa as LUKE CAGE in promo photo by Rian Flynn


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...



Wright Tells Why ANT-MAN is Cool

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!


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8man 8/16/2010 7:41:42 AM

Not surprised about the poor first week for Scott Pilgrim.  However, I think there will be a little bit of a spike this weekend and it will probably do very well on DVD, much like Kick-Ass.

Interesting note about the helmet staying on in Judge Dredd.  I've noticed that in all of the super hero movies these guys have to take off the mask.  Michael Keaton started it in Batman Returns.  It seems in every Spidey movie, McGuire has to flash his cheesy grill,  Geez in number 3, I think he saved  a train with it off.  I attribute it to these actors huge egos.

It looks like we are going to see the entire Green Lantern corps in the first movie.  Very nice.  GL will rule!


BatmanForever 8/16/2010 8:18:35 AM

Sorry, but Luke Cage is Terry Crewes, or vice versa.....

jedibanner 8/16/2010 8:23:50 AM

This old-Spice guy looks NOTHING like Luke Cage, he should give up his ''campaign'' right now, he ain't the guy.

DeeJay4ADay 8/16/2010 9:03:37 AM

I hope that Mustafa is trying to be funny. I'd support Tyrese playing Luke Cage before I'd support Mustafa. for the record, I hope that they go "Conan" on the Luke Cage casting (e.g. go with someone with an active body-builder ). I'd recommend someone who's between 6'0" and 6'2" tall... making them taller than most of the cast, but slighty shorter than Chris Hemsworth.

Rheul_home 8/16/2010 9:04:10 AM

Dredd - Very happy about the Dredd news! Ive been waiting for this project to gain traction and the last sentence in the repot is mucic to my (and every other Dredd fans) ears! @8man Dredd keeping the helmet on is integral to the character. Stallone running around without it was a slap in the face. I guess Urban has enough respect for the character and confidence in his ability that keeping it on isnt a problem.

Cage - If that Old Spice guy wants to play Luke Cage he better start sucking down the protien shakes and hitting the gym.

Scott Pilgrim - Told ya so. Can we stop talking about this POS now?

Ant-Man - Take it seriously and it can be a great film.

X-Men - Whatever...

aegrant 8/16/2010 9:32:30 AM

I with the Bat - Terry Crews would be a much better Luke Cage. The old spice guy is way to small.

And as for Smallville are they going to have the boom tubes for Darkseid? and what about Granny?

aegrant 8/16/2010 9:37:07 AM

the problem with scott pilgrim was over exposure

monkeyfoot 8/16/2010 10:24:48 AM

BatmanForever, geez you are so right. The OTHER Old Spice guy is perfect for Luke Cage.

The X-men casting is also perfect as well as Urban as Judge Dredd.

I hope Scott Pilgrim does do alittle better next weekend and on DVD. Innovative, original filmwork should be rewarded or else you are doomed to only get the same things thrown at you in the theater.

FerretJohn 8/16/2010 11:35:53 AM

Dredd - good news, Urban should fit nicely, and defintely keep the helmet on this time. Maybe take it off for a cameo, but for most of the film keep it on. The helmet is The Law.

X-Men - good on Moira MacTaggart, but why are they bringing in Nightcrawlers father? Isn't this supposed to be about the First Class of X-men?

Luke Cage - Okay, first thought is that the guy's too small. Second thought: look at Thor and Superman, these guys are supposed to be massive mountains of muscle too. Hemsworth is certainly cut but not exactly massive, and when was the last time we saw a massive Superman on TV (aside from cartoons). We shall see what we shall see.

Antman - Always the odd fit no matter where he goes.

Smallvile - Please God, let it END!!

muchdrama1 8/16/2010 12:09:36 PM

  I can't see Crews as Luke Cage. Mustafa? Yes. But he needs to bulk up. 

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