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Two More Join Marvel Movies


By Rob M. Worley     June 04, 2010
Source: Mania

Comics2Film: Hawkeye and Dum-Dum Dugan
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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!




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Geoff Johns Shepherds DCU to Screen

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



MARMADUKE Not Expected To Win B.O.

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.



Preview: Sneak Peek At Teaser Clip Which Previews SCOTT PILGRIM

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.



McDonough To Play Howler in CAPTAIN AMERICA

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Jeremey Renner Looking Likely For AVENGERS

It turns out last week's rumblings about Jeremy Renner taking on the role of Hawkeye in Marvel's Avengers movie weren't just rehashing previous comments that the actor had made.

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Friday Fun: I'm A Marvel, and I'm a DC - The Musical






A big thanks to our bosses at Mania for running the super-cool Scratch9 skin on the front page today! Didja see it?

It's got the awesome cover image by Mike Kunkel (Herobear, Shazam). Click it to be transported to for the latest info on the book including details about how to get your hands on a copy.

And if you're near Dearborn, MI next weekend and have a youngster in your life, take a moment to stop by the Kids Read Comics show. It's a great new convention just for young readers and teens, and focuses on the art and craft of storytelling in comics. Plus there are lots of guests including Mania's own Rob Worley who is handing out free Scratch9 posters!

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CaptAmerica04 6/4/2010 6:50:48 AM

Neal McDonough?  Really?  I like him, and he's a good actor, but I'm just not seeing him as Dum Dum.  But... maybe.  With the right make-up and costume, it's possible.  He was solid in Band of Brothers.

I think Renner will be great as Hawkeye.

cinemaman72 6/4/2010 6:53:49 AM

I thought the Jeremy Renner was out and that Marvel was considering Josh Holloway (Lost) for the role of Hawkeye.  I've never seen anything that Renner was in but I watched Holloway on Lost, and think he would definately be more suited to play Hawkeye espeically if they are looking to portray him as more or less a 'Good Guy' who's a bit of a prick!

Roqueja 6/4/2010 7:05:50 AM

The 'I"m a Marvel.....' musical was most impressive.  Very funny episode.  Thanx!  I wouldn't have wanted to miss it.  Made my Friday morning.

lusiphur 6/4/2010 7:12:02 AM

Holloway may turn the part down to avoid what may be considered "type-casting".  We know he can do it, but does he want to?

I'm not sure about McDonough in costume.  He's a great actor with a distinctive look.  I'm not sure how he'd look with a red hair, a bushy mustache and a bowler.  He doesn't seem "bulky" enough.  But it's been a while since I read any Howling Commando stories.  May have to go to and read some digital stuff.

Darkknight2280 6/4/2010 7:13:05 AM

Renner will be good.  And haters be aware, im sure there isnt going to be alot of purple in his costume and deff no wing like things coming off his

GLCorpsMember 6/4/2010 7:14:34 AM

Cinemaman, that would make me VERY happy.  I want Jeremy Renner for Guy Gardner in a GL sequel!  But alas, sounds like Hawkeye is getting to be a done deal.  It's a pretty good fit too.  And run, don't walk, and go see The Hurt Locker!

Wiseguy 6/4/2010 7:22:15 AM

Love Renner and McDough for the mentioned roles. I think they fit perfectly even if Renner wasn't exactly my very top choice I think he'll bge great. Always liked McDough too so no complaints here.

It's funny how DC just seems to be mimicking Marvel, but then again they take turns mimicking each other. When something works for one the other is sure to follow.

Maybe someday in the future we'll have a movieverse crossover, yeah, not likely but why not dream

The Marvel/DC video was pretty cool.

krathwardroid 6/4/2010 7:33:23 AM

Yeah, if only Neal had stayed away from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Other than that, he's been cool in Star Trek: First Contact and Minority Report. He should fit right in with Marvel.

That musical with Iron Man was hilarious!

I hope the DCU pans out on the big screen.

Hobbs 6/4/2010 7:38:55 AM

I asked my daughter if she wanted to see Marmaduke, she said she would rather see Shrek again.  I would be really surprised if that wins the BO this weekend.  I think Shrek might win it again.  I think it will be quiet until A-Team comes out.

monkeyfoot 6/4/2010 7:41:50 AM

DCU: Good for DC. They should be pushing their product as much as Marvel, which has a well laid out game plan and Superman's house is only just forming theirs.

DUM DUM: McDonough seems fine to me. Doesn't look like a strongman but that might not be how they are doing the character. What I'm curious about is Dum Dum going to be existing in the WWII era or the modern era? Or both? Hmmmm...

Hawkeye: Renner seems a fine choice as an actor. Still really don't know how the character will be interpreted but we'll see. I wouldn't think Holloway would be interested in the Hawkeye role. As an actor why would he want to play essentially the same character from Lost again? Leading man types (John Wayne/Clint Eastwood/Tom Cruise) usually play te same persona  again and again. Holloway is not to that point and maybe he doesn't want to do that.

Scratch9: Way to go, Rob! Wish you the biggest success there is for your comic! Haven't looked through the whole site so I don't have the gist of what it's about. Hopefully you have some sample pages there to read.

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