Jeremy Renner and Neal McDonough likely to join Avengers and Captain America casts. Plus: Marmaduke not expected to win box office. Wonder Woman among DCE plans. An early report of a sneak of a preview of a clip promoting Scott Pilgrim and more! Crooked was its path, and brazen was the walk, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.4!
If you thought the preview video of the Marvel 4D exhibit at Madame Tussauds in London looked cool click over to Bleeding Cool they're giving away tickets that will admit a lucky winner into the exhibit.
DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently chatted with Newsarama about his involvement in shepherding DC Universe properties to film and TV.
"The real goal for me now is getting DC, Vertigo, Wildstorm and Mad to the big and small screen while staying true to the source material we all love. I'm extremely excited about what's already begun between WB and DCE in the few months I've been working in this position," Johns said. He added that while he loves Batman and Superman, the DCU is rich with characters that need attention. "Green Lantern is obviously rolling and recently WB mentioned the Flash film is on the horizon. I'm in constant creative discussions about DC with the other divisions - a few personal favorites I'd love to see grow from conversations to something more are Wonder Woman, Blue Beetle [Jaime Reyes], Sleeper, Suicide Squad and 100 Bullets. There's a lot to love about DC and my hope is to help do my part to show the rest of the world that too."
He talked further about Green Lantern.
"I'm heading back to New Orleans next week! Can't wait and as I've mentioned before, knowing Hal, Kilowog, Tomar-Re and Sinestro will all be introduced to the world next summer is exciting as hell. The dailies are incredible. I can't talk much more about anything else coming up, but as announced there is some movement on The Flash!"
Click through for the complete interview.
The year's fourth comic adaptation arrives on screen this weekend in the form of Marmaduke.
The film will enjoy the widest release of any movie this weekend, running on over 3,200 screens. Still, The Hollywood Reporter says the film's tracking numbers are on the light side. However, in spit of the fact that awareness on the movie is low and the comic strip isn't exactly popular these days, one industry insider is pointing to the fact that it's a summer dog movie and therefore could follow the trends of such surprise hits as Marley and Me and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
But going strictly by tracking data Shrek 4 looks like it'll take the #1 spot for the third week in a row.
Regular readers know that Scott Pilgrm vs The World is shaping up to be our comic-to-film pick of 2010. Well: we've seen it.
No, not the movie itself.
We've seen a video clip which teases a longer film clip which will appear on the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in order to preview the feature film. Now we cans share with you what we saw in this teaser of a clip from the preview from the Awards show which previews the August film. Here is our exclusive report!!!!! (five exclamation points)
First director Edgar Wright appears on the screen and says in an adorable British accent sets up the clip by saying it involves Michael Cera fighing -- wait for it -- an evil ex boyfriend! Yes! Then we see Michael Cera fighting someone (looks like Chris Evans) for about 2 and a half seconds. Then the cip repeats before an MTV title drops over it as a voice over chick plays us out. Amazing!
That's our preview of the sneak peek teasing the clip with will appear on the MTV Movie Awards previewing Scott Pilgrim vs The World!
The sneak will be available to you just as soon as you click here.
Variety reports that actor Neal McDonough is in negotiations to play Dum Dum Dugan in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Dugan is a former circus strong man who becomes a close ally of Nick Fury as part of his Howling Commandos during World War II. In the comics, the character's visual trademarks include a bushy mustache and an ever-present bowler hat. He persists in modern day as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he has defied aging through unknown means. He was also in charge of Marvel's anti-Godzilla task force for a time (seriously).
McDonough has appeared in Band of Brothers and Minority Report to name a few.
Chris Evans stars as Captain America in the film to be directed by Joe Johnston.
Heat Vision reports that the Hurt Locker actor is now in final negotiations to appear in the movie as Marvel comics' sharp-shooting scoundrel.
Hawkeye was introduced to Marvel Comics with Tales of Suspense #57 in which he was a presented as a villain, goaded into a confrontation with Iron Man thanks to the (also-then-villainous) Black Widow. A year later the archer switched sides and joined The Avengers, under the newly-thawed Captain America's leadership. The disciplined Cap and rebellious Hawkeye initially butted heads, but over the years a bond of mutual respect has formed.
Renner is still said to be angling for a role in P.T. Anderson's new movie. The Hawkeye part is said to be small enough where he could easily participate in Avengers while starring in the Anderson movie.
In his 2009 interview, Renner also said part of the Hawkeye role would involve him appearing in Thor.
"Final negotiations" usually refers to the the phase where both sides (Renner and Marvel) have made a handshake deal to do the project, but the lawyers and agents haven't worked out the formalities of the agreement.
Marvel declined to confirm for Heat Vision whether or not Renner is in negotiations.
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