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There's some new heroes at the box office crowding out the current comic-to-film entries according to our weekend box office report.
The arrival of The Karate Kid and The A-Team has caused Marvel's Iron Man 2 to drop two spots from #7 to #8 this week. The film took in another $4.5 million which has its six week total just shy of the $300 million mark.
Faring a little bit better is the comic-base Marmaduke which only lost 1 position on the charts. It dropped from #6 to #7 by improving over Sex and the City 2 and bringing in about $6 million. Still the film is a bit of a dud with a two-week domestic take of about $22 million, less than half its estimated budget.
Just over a week ago, Geoff Johns mentioned in passing his plans to bring the newfangled version of Blue Beetle into film and television.
Now, via Twitter, Johns stopped teasing and dropped some news on the interwebs yesterday moring: "Blue Beetle NEWS [emphasis his] from DCE!! We have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes' scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome."
A few hours later he revealed " Blue Beetle's going to appear in most of the Brave and the Bold [episodes] this year and we're hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!"
Finally he said fans coming out for Comic-Con in San Diego might be the first to see the aforementioned test footage.
"If I can break it out of the vault, I'll bring it to SDCC. LIVE ACTION BLUE BEETLE!!" Once again, emphasis placed as Johns wrote it.
In the current DC Comics, Blue Beetle is a Latino teen named Jamie Reyes who inherited the superhero identity courtesy of an otherworldly scarab device which bonded with him to form a suit of high-tech armor. The new version of the character was co-created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner. Rogers is the producer of the successful TV series Leverage so C2F wonders if he'd be involved in a Blue Beetle show.
C2F was a fan of the comics featuring Reyes, although the title was canceled last year. The character has, however, been a staple player on the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated TV series.
Comics Continuum reports that Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, directors of the animated release Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths are set to direct the recently rumored Batman: Year One animated film.
Comics creator Mark Wheatley spoke with FearNet recently and laid down the scoop that director The Crazies Breck Eisner is attached to direct a feature film version of his comic Blood of the Innocent.
Wheatley concisely described the comics concept as "Dracula versus Jack the Ripper," which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it. The comic was co-written by Rickey Shanklin, with art by Marc Hempel and Wheatley
Eisner has attached himself to many high-profile projects including Escape from New York and Flash Gordon. However, Wheatley claims that Flash Gordon won't begin production until 2012 at the earliest and that Escape is Eisner's top priority. Blood is expected to film in between the two.
Bill Marsilii, writer of the 2006 Denzel Washington thriller Deja Vu is working on the script.
Collecticon.org reports that Transformers 3 is set to film this week in Chicago. According to their report, Michigan Avenue will be closed to foot and vehicular traffic on July 15th 8pm to July 19th at 5am to accommodate the filming.
Explosions and car crashes are expected.
Actress Olivia Wilde told her followers on Twitter last Thursday that filming has commenced on Cowboys & Aliens.
"First day of shooting on Cowboys & Aliens!! And by 'day' I mean night. Coffee please," was her Thursday night tweet.
She followed that with, "Cowboys & Aliens set may be the coolest thing I've ever seen. I'd send photos but I'm afraid [Jon Favreau] will have me killed."
The movie also stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Directing the film is Jon Favreau, who has been strangely tweet-less during the initial filming (the director tended to post micro-reports several times a day from the set of Iron Man 2).
When Men in Black III rolls cameras, will it be filmed in 3D? That's long been the rumor, and a brief video snippet at Sony's 3D television presentation seems to confirm it.
The video below (which appears blurry because it's demonstrating the TV's 3D capabilities) features Will Smith teasing plans for the soon-to-lens sequel.
Sony Insider presented the clip and also tells its readers that David Koepp has come on board to polish Etan Cohen's script for the film.
The Source (the official blog of DC Entertainment) has a three-party interview with Jonah Hex director Jimmy Hayward and the comics current writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Palmiotti and Gray visited the set and talk about their impressions of the film and how the comics influenced it.
Here's an interesting excerpt:
PALMIOTTI: ...it was exciting for us to see [artist Jordi Bernet’s] artwork come to life in that scene and the house set on fire behind him - it was a pretty cool scene. It’s one of the key scenes in the movie, I think.
HAYWARD: It is. The scene from the cover of #13 is the opening of the modern image of Jonah in the movie, but before that sequence we do a prologue that’s just over music, and it’s just Jonah Hex before he was scarred, fighting in the Civil War, taking out Union troops in hand-to-hand combat, and bombs going off, and the badass Civil War imagery. And then we go to the image of the red clay with the coffin and the crow on it, and then everything goes to black, and it comes up and it’s him waking up on that cross in front of his house being confronted by Turnbull [played by John Malkovich], and that’s how we open the body of the picture.
PALMIOTTI: That’s awesome. I guess the obvious question, since this is why we’re doing this interview, is are there any other elements that you’d want to tell fans of the comic book about that they can look forward to seeing in the movie?
HAYWARD: From an image standpoint, there’s a ton of them. The #8 cover is kind of in there. I think a lot of the imagery you guys have created, a lot of the covers, we’ve tried to keep that stuff. They’re all from different artists, but they all embody Hex and who Hex is. Form a story standpoint, I think the way he carries himself … it’s more of the attitude and a lot of imagery that we tried to crib.
Click through for the complete interview!
Speaking of Jonah Hex, If you're going to hire him to bring in some bad guys, one thing you don't want to do is refuse payment after the deed is done:
Although rumor mill got behind last week's reports that Jamie Bell could be the star of Marc Webb's Spider-Man movie, the 24 Frames blog at the L.A. Times is offering up different names which are said to be "candidates" for the role.
According to their report, Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson is being considered for the role of Peter Parker in the film (somewhat ironic because a common complaint about Kick-Ass was Johnson's whiny voice which sounded a bit like Tobey Maguire's).
The other name dropped is Anton Yelchin, who had a big year last year as Chekov in Star Trek and Reese in Terminator: Salvation.
24 Frames claims the casting process is still in the early stages, which directly refutes the reports that Bell is pretty much locked for the role. They further claim that screen testing of the top contenders will "start shortly." The crux of the Bell rumor focused on the actor already being in Hollywood filming his screen tests, so the two reports conflict in that way as well.
For now the jury is still out on who might be the next Spider-Man.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are Johnson or Yelchin better candidates than Bell? Post your comments below...