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Two New SPIDER-MAN Contenders?


By Rob M. Worley     June 14, 2010
Source: Various

Dark days ahead for the Spider-Man movie franchise.
© Marvel Comics

Two new Spider-Man contenders? Plus: Blue Beetle going live-action? Men in Black going 3D? Jonah Hex going berserk? More! Hey, everyone, there's a song that we're singin'! Come on, get your Comics2Film 10.6.14!





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.



BLUE BEETLE Live-Action In the Works

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.



Liu and Montgomery to co-direct BATMAN: YEAR ONE

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.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Breck Eisner Spilling BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT?

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMERS 3 Filming This Week in Chicago 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.



COWBOYS & ALIENS Filming Underway

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.



Jimmy, Jimmy and Justin Talk JONAH HEX

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: 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!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



JONAH HEX Goes Berserk!

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:

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Two New SPIDER-MAN  Contenders?

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...


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Mayhem101878 6/14/2010 7:17:06 AM

Looking forward to Batman Year One. it should be good.

Glad to hear that Jamie Bell is not Spiderman yet I'd rather see Kick Ass or or Checkov as Spidey.

Jonah Hex is looking pretty good. Plus it has the sexy Megan Fox in it. (I have no problems with her)

Blood of the Inocent sounds interesting. Dracula vs Jack the Ripper? I just wonder who is the hero. Granted my money is on Dracula seeing as he has that whole imortal thing going for him.

MIB 3 could work in 3D provided they do it in 3D from the begining and not add it on later.

Blue Beatle could be good I've seen him on  Brave and the Bold and wouldnt mind seeing a live action version.

Looking forward to Transformers 3 I didn't mind the first 2. I'm just not so sure about the replacement for Megan Fox

Rheul_home 6/14/2010 7:45:07 AM

The only thing of interest here is Batman Year One. Blue Beetle could be cool but unless they go the alien technology (Green Lantern) route, isn't he just another Batman rehash? I have no faith in Spidey being any good... Transformers... Ill wait for HBO to see it. Jonah Hex... same Ill wait for it to come on TV... Blood of the Innocent MIB, skip, C&A skip,

ddiaz28 6/14/2010 7:46:35 AM

That complaint about Aaron Jonshon's voice being too whiny is so stupid seeing as that isn't even his real voice.  Sure it may have annoyed people in Kick Ass, but that doesn't mean he'll sound the same in someting else.  He's British for one thing, and if he did play Spidey, I'm sure he'd use a different voice and accent.

Wiseguy 6/14/2010 8:10:47 AM

I'd hate to see Aaron Johnson as Spidey. I'd taker any of the rumored names over him anytime. I just don't like the cat

Blue Beetle would be all kinds of awesome. Like always' I'd rather they'd go with the original but in Beetle's case I'd settle for the most popular version, Ted Kord. But since those are grown ups I can see why they'd rather go with the new kid, because he is a kid, plus he is kind of funny as he tries to master his powers. I'm down either way

Dracula vs Jack the Ripper?  I'd pay to see that

I feel bad that I can't support Jonah Hex but I just can't help the Megan Fox train keep rolling

Can't say that I'm all that excited about another Batman Year One story. Like someone else said before, how about treating us to some of the other overlooked superheroes. DC ain't just about Batman

Looking forward to all these MIB, Transformers 3 and Cowboys and Aliens. Not necessarily in that order though

wessmith1966 6/14/2010 8:17:15 AM

Isn't Jamie Bell a little old-looking to play Peter in high school? I don't think it's a good casting choice.I think Yelchin would make a good Parker; he looks like a wimpy, stringbean kid. I'm interested to see a new director's take on Sipdey's universe.

I like the Dracula vs. Ripper idea, especially if the production value is high.

The more I see of Jonah Hex the more it looks like a dud to me. The only value for me...seeing Fox looking sexy in an old-west look and that's not enough to make me want to pay to see the movie. I'll wait for the HBO premiere.

I've always enjoyed the Batman animated movies, but isn't it time for a flash movie or an Aquaman movie or someone other than Batman?

I look forward to another Transformers movie and the Cowboys and Aliens movie.

SONYMANswallows 6/14/2010 8:38:57 AM

This Blue Beetle starting with Haime Reyes is really a lame idea. Plus they are making him for kids? From what I have read he is psycho on a Deadpool or Venom level. Saying any of the 3  are is being more than a bit dramatic. The original dates back so long and never ot popular. I LOVE Ted Kord since he is based out of Chicago  for the most part. His character has suffered a lot of bad writing right up to his death. I like the few fan ilms made about him. But I think they are going to crap this up on a Xmen Origins level. Now before any starts yappin "Why don't you do something better!" Well I have since 1993. I gave Ted Kord some nifty suit I ideas and a few back up vehicle that can fly and go underwater. The problem with it is that it is part Iron Man and part Spider man. I use Ted's tech development brain exccept he is not egotistical like Stark and has no Super Powers. There are some flashbacks to Pago Island where he gets some of the tech and the oriinal Blur Beetle as well.


I wonder how they will CHUCK FLICK this up. Good to Warner Brother's has plenty of character rapers at DC to do their bidding.

SONYMANswallows 6/14/2010 8:43:31 AM

UGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH I meant CHICK FLICK, my hands are to bloated from Rib Fest, feels like  hangover.

Hey Mania-Did you guys get to my PREDATORS prequel review yet? Or was the story synopsis to much?

krathwardroid 6/14/2010 8:50:40 AM

We need a teaser for Ghostbusters 3. Why not get Dan Aykroyd to do something as Ray Stantz like Will Smith just did as Agent J? Both franchises are owned by the same company.

phantomx69 6/14/2010 9:04:15 AM

do the dan garrett blue beetle...

millean 6/14/2010 9:50:24 AM

I'm with you, wessmith, about a Flash or Aquaman movie.  I hadn't really thought of it until now, but with Aquaman, they could go all Avatar-like and make a spectale of the underwater world.  I wasn't a fan of Avatar, but that type of approach might actually work well for the A-man.

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