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Joes Are Patriotic, Black Panther Trilogy & More Supes!

The latest batch of weekly top rumors.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 07, 2008

Sienna Miller as a blonde on the set of G.I JOE(2009).
© Paramount/Dreamworks

G.I. Joe Movie to Feature Patriotic Theme?

The Rumor: Rumors have been going strong that the new adaptation of the 80s comic will avoid a patriotic American theme and instead focus mainly on a worldwide organization.

The Source: MTV

The Mania Verdict: FALSE---Executive producer Brian Goldner revealed that original comics writer Larry Hama is working on the script and that the movie focuses more on the comic run and less on the cartoon. The rise of Cobra Commander is a focal point, and rumors of a dialed back US patriotic angle seem to be exaggerated. Said Goldner:

“Duke, in our story, really represents the pre-1983 G.I. Joe. If those fans that grew up on the 12-inch Army man are looking for where their anchor should be, it's in Duke; he's the leader of the team and clearly American… Clearly, the American military is involved, as are other forces. But at the end of the day, the force that matters is the G.I. Joe force, and the Pit, and all the things that relate to that."

Djimon Hounsou Will Play the Comic Character Black Panther?

The Rumor: Actor Djimon Hounsou is quoted at IESB saying he's soon starting his "dream project" which is a "comic book trilogy."

The Source: IESB

The Mania Verdict: FALSE---He could very well end up playing the Black Panther character but we find it more likely his “trilogy” quote refers to directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s series Tintin, which has been confirmed as a trilogy. It’s unlikely that he will be appearing as the Midnite character from Constantine in a separate approved trilogy franchise or Fantastic Four 3.

Transformers Visit the City of Brotherly Love?

The Rumor: The Michael Bay-helmed sequel’s production—slated for June 27, 2009---is headed to Pennsylvania.

The Source: Main Line Today

The Mania Verdict: TRUE—The local paper had the following to say:

"The film industry is [an] increasingly lucrative [thing] for government to embrace," says [Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office]. "We already have a reputation as the most cooperative and film-friendly city in the business. Having these tax incentives adds to our attraction. Right now, we’re looking at applications for six to eight films to begin in June, and more to follow. The not-so-top-secret list includes 'Remorse', 'Three Sistas', [M. Night] Shyamalan’s 'Avatar' series, a film based on 'Marley and Me' and possibly 'Transformers 2.'"

Smallville Season 8 Is on the Way But No Luthor and No Lana Lang?

The Rumor: The CW has confirmed that a season 8 of Smallville is coming next fall but rumors have been rampant on characters not returning, two of which are Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor and Kristen Kreuks’ Lana Lang.

The Source: TV Guide

The Mania Verdict: TRUE---Both actors have officially notified producers of the CW series their intention to split from the show. Details are being worked out on their exits but it appears both are willing to do cameos. As we mentioned in last week’s rumor column, Rosenbaum is taking meetings with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes shingle so he may have a project lined up. Kreuk is set to headline the adaptation of Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li.

G.I Joe’s Baroness Villian Is a Blonde?


Sienna Miller as a blonde on the set of G.I JOE(2009).


The Rumor: Some set photos have appeared revealing that director Stephen Sommers and the producers at Paramount are taking a liberal approach with the character looks of main Joe characters, one of them being the villainous Baroness (Sienna Miller).

The Source: JFX Online

The Mania Verdict: TRUE---Pictures tell no lies. Check out the photo above to see the Baroness at a military funeral with blonde locks. We don’t know who the funeral arrangements are focused on but it’s not the Duke character, as actor Channing Tatum was also on the set at the time.

Justice League Rewrite to Include More Batman and Superman?


Batman and Superman aboard the satellite Watchtower in Cartoon Network's JUSTICE LEAGUE


The Rumor: With rewrites on the way for Justice League, no official reasoning exists to contradict earlier reports about WB executives “loving the script.” Word on the street is that the rewrites intend to beef up more action in the third part involving Supes and Bats.

The Source: IESB

The Mania Verdict: TRUE---The Sanchez clan at IESB are reliable enough and they’ve featured other confirmed exclusives with the JL film. It also stands to reason that the two biggest WB franchise characters need more screen time in this ambitious comic project.

Rosemary’s Baby Getting a Remake?




The Rumor: The 1968 classic from director Roman Polanski is getting remade by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company.

The Source: Shock Til You Drop

The Mania Verdict: TRUE---It makes sense even if it’s not confirmed. Platinum Dunes has remade the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. They're working on a restart of the Nightmare on Elm Street series and location shooting has already begun on a Friday the 13th revision.


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ponyboy76 3/7/2008 1:58:52 AM
Man, I may be the only one, but I want to see a Constantine sequel and Papa Midnite, damn well should be in. Djimon was just cool in that flick. The baroness, blonde? You mean Sienna couldn`t just dye her hair for the movie? I can`t stand that chick. And why is she holding an American Flag at a funeral? Maybe this is what causes her to join COBRA. The unjustified death of a loved one ? Yes, I know I answered my own question. Sheesh, give me a break its early.
AzuLTaLoN 3/7/2008 3:30:13 AM
if baroness goes black hair after the funeral and joins cobra there is no problem in my view. ponyboy76 a constantine sequel is more than welcome, in fact it is anticipated.
hanso 3/7/2008 4:04:56 AM
More Batman & Superman in JL is a good thing.
midas1108@gmail.com_home 3/7/2008 4:06:07 AM
The Baroness was known to often don a disguise as well. The above pic could be her attending a funeral with blonde hair to hide her identity...
larkcall_home 3/7/2008 4:46:10 AM
After watching JLA: The New Frontier I think it is a good thing for a JLA story to limit the amount of Supes and Bats. This was a good story and it focused well on the other characters to the betterment of the film. If they want to do a Supes/Bats movie they should. I hope this JLA thing will not be mostly a venue for a Supes/Bats team-up.
Dazzler 3/7/2008 4:56:54 AM
I agree the Baroness is in disguise. They would be stupid to mess with images at this point. But I wonder how Snake-eyes is going to look? That should probably be the poster shot.
scytheofluna 3/7/2008 5:28:54 AM
Baroness had better have black hair. Does anyone know if Christopher Eccleston has been confirmed as Destro? That would be frackin' awesome. I'd really like to see this spin-off into a Snake Eyes/Stormshadow film. Those two are way too cool to be confined to an ensemble film. The sequel or a spin-off should focus wholly on the ninjas.
ManofTheAtom 3/7/2008 5:33:28 AM
Dude, the Black Cat character is a woman. You're probably thinking of the Black Panther, who is a guy
rgtchtiger 3/7/2008 7:16:45 AM
I think Eccleston is a done deal as Destro, and I wouldn't mind it if Destro's face appears on the first teaser poster. I really look forward to seeing how they're going to do his mask for the film, but I hope it doesn't end up looking too hokey. I doubt we'll get a single character to appear on the poster because G.I. Joe has always been bigger than any one character or face. Plus I imagine Joe Moviegoer would be more confused than excited to see Snake Eyes or Destro on the poster, or even Cobra's logo for that matter. I expect to see a silhouette of a solider (maybe Duke) standing in front of an image of the American flag.
SONYMANswallows 3/7/2008 7:25:37 AM
Baroness in disguise is right just because I say it is and 2 other people agree. PIGFORMERS 2 in Philadelpia, so sad that city was doing great after ROCKY BALBOA. Will Denzel Washington help them in court by defending gay robots right to work after they are diagnosed as being sick from exchanging fluids from the AIDSSPARK. Anyone see Money For Nothing where John Cusack finds a a bin of money that fell off a armored car. There is a scene where a homeless kid is hunting rats with a bow and arrow. TRANSVESTITES will rip that off just liked it cut and pasted the Supermnan return to earth in SUPERMAN RETURNS because it was more interesting and had better action and acting then that 2 hour Ford commercial from last summer. JLA film no Common would be a great thing.
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