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Whedon to Assemble AVENGERS

Plus: SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN 2, LOBO and more!

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

The Avengers will assemble on May 1st, 2015.
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Joss Whedon to assemble Marvel's 'Avengers'. Plus: New 'Spider-Man' toon and film casting rumors. 'Iron Man 2' stuff. 'Lobo' development arrested and more! Eating a bucket of Mr. Clucks for breakfast, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.14!




KICK-ASS Movie Sells Books

Marvel has announced that sales on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s 'Kick-Ass' hardcover collection are high, thanks to this weekend's film. The print run is about to pass the 100,000 mark.

Millar, of course, has something to say about hitting the the landmark.

"The idea that a twenty-five dollar book has hit 100,000 sales in a little over a month is just insane. Especially when this doesn't count all the international orders or the trade paperback we have coming up," Millar said. "That's roughly ten times what Johnny and I were expecting and we would like to thank the comic-book retailers in America for their support of this book. This was not cheap and they took a gamble on us and I promise that Johnny will buy each and every one of them a drink at every convention he ever hits from now on."



LOBO Dead? HORNET Hated?

IESB.net is reporting that the 'Lobo' movie, trumpeted as being on the fast track late last year with Guy Ritchie directing, is nearly stalled. We already knew that Ritchie was pulled off task to work on a sequel to the highly successful (but not based on any graphic novel) 'Sherlock Holmes'.

The site reports that the real problem is that Warner Bros are running very cold on producer Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman has two comic-based movies coming out this summer: 'The Losers' and 'Jonah Hex'. The studio apparently isn't crazy about 'The Losers' even though audience reaction to the trailers seems to be very positive at the moment.

'Hex' underwent some eleventh-hour reshoots earlier this year with Goldsman collaborator Francis Lawrence sitting at the elbow of the film's director Jimmy Hayward. Reportedly they were there to film new script pages (rumored to be anywhere from 12 pages in the initial reports to 50 pages -- roughly half a movie, which seems highly unlikely -- in this new report).

According to IESB, all of this has the studio and DC Entertainment jerking the reigns on the 'Lobo' movie.

The same report indicates that Sony executives are not happy with Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's take on 'The Green Hornet'. IESB claims that the film takes a campy tone and Sony insiders are calling it "a disaster". The film is due out in December.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



New IRON MAN 2 Posters

Ecranlarge.com has posted a couple of new 'Iron Man 2' posters online. Click through for a look.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Routh Not in WALKING DEAD After All?

On Monday a report broke that actor Brandon Routh had taken some unspecified role in the AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead', based on Robert Kirkman's comics.

Now, the Unofficial Brandon Routh page is claiming that the story is untrue. The author of that site says Routh is not joining the cast of the show.

Perhaps the source of the original rumor confused things with Routh's upcoming movie 'Dead of Night'.



Rourke Conjures IRON MAN 2 Grief from Dead Dog

He may be a big brute, but everyone knows that actor Mickey Rourke has a soft spot for his pets. In a 2009 interview, the actor credited his dogs with getting him past some of the darkest moments of his life.

So it should come as no surprise that, when getting into the emotional space needed to play the embittered villain in 'Iron Man 2', Rourke used his memories of his recently parted pets to conjure up tears. At least that's what Robert Downey Jr. told the Daily Express.

"He would have someone holding pictures of recently deceased pets off camera to make him feel sad or whatever for a scene," Downey is quoted as saying. "It was all serious stuff. I’ve never seen anything like it."

Hey, we're big pet lovers at C2F too. We don't judge.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Another SPIDER-MAN Contender?

IESB.net has thrown another name into the casting hat for Marc Webb's 'Spider-Man' reboot. According to their unnamed sources, Josh Hutcherson is another name on the short list to play Peter Parker in the film.

You may have seen Hutcherson recently in movies like 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' or 'Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant'. He's also apparently gotten good notices for his turn in the upcoming Sundance darling 'The Kids Are All Right' and will appear with Thor in 'Red Dawn'.

Hutcherson's representatives had not responded to IESB's inquiries at the time of the report.

Thanks to CaptainSigma, AntoBlueberry for the submission.



IRON MAN 2 Post-Cred Scene Spoiled?

Among the coolness of the original 'Iron Man' and 'The Incredible Hulk' movies were the little endcaps that planted the seeds for the Marvel Universe on film and 'The Avengers' specially. The first movie saw Sam Jackson's Nick Fury approaching Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark about forming a team, whereas the second film saw Downey confronting William Hurt's General Ross.

Now fans are expecting such scenes and the Italian website BadTaste.it has confirmed that such a scene will run in 'Iron Man 2'. While they don't have explosive details about the scene they do report that it'll involve some expected characters from other Marvel movies. Click through for the spoiler or the English-language translation at SlashFilm.com.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Promo for the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN animated show arriving on Disney XD in 2011

Marvel has announced plans to develop yet another new animated show based on their flagship, web-slinging character. 'Ultimate Spider-Man' will be the third new cartoon featuring the adventures of Peter Parker since the feature film franchise exploded some nine years ago. The new series is set to debut on Disney XD in Fall 2011, which will put it closer to the release of the newly rebooted 'Spider-Man' movie franchise in 2012.

Marvel's press release states:

"Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth," said Eric S. Rollman, President of Marvel Animation.

Along with his new powers, the challenge for the young web-slinger in the new series is balancing his relationships with his friends and family and his super colleagues who can help him gain an understanding of his parent's legacy and his destiny.

Based on the title and artwork, we'd have to say that the show will draw from the alternate reality comics of the same name written by Brian Michael Bendis.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Joss Whedon To Assemble Marvel's AVENGERS

IESB.net broke the news at the top of the month that Joss Whedon was a contender to direct Marvel's mega-movie 'The Avengers'. Although the story ran amid a flurry of bogus April Fools postings, IESB assured it's readers that the story was not a hoax.

Yesterday confirmation of the news came from multiple sources, first and foremost the typically reliable Deadline.com. That site reports that Marvel Studios are in final negotiations with Whedon to direct the movie. 

Deadline lists Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson among the actors starring in the movie, playing Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Nick Fury respectively. We also understand that Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg will be on hand as War Machine, Black Widow, Loki and SHIELD Agent Coulson. Nobody is saying for sure if Edward Norton will come into the fold as Bruce Banner or if his CG counterpart the Hulk will appear as previously expected.

Variety also confirms the news and also adds info that Whedon is now doing his director's polish on Zak Penn's script for the film.

'The Avengers' will assemble on the big screen on May 4, 2012 with Paramount pictures distributing. Whedon will likely start rolling cameras on the film early next year.

What do you think, Maniacs? AVENGERS! Right? Post your comments below...

Thanks to CaptainSigma, gauleyboy420, DaForce1, PAGE, AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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DarthDuck 4/14/2010 7:38:46 AM

Green Hornet - No one cares.  Even the people who should...

Iron Man 2 - Is it wierd I'm still enjoying any and all news regarding Iron Man 2?

Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon - Follow Bendis' story to the letter!!!  Even if they don't this is fantastic news and this is what the Disney deal was all about.  I miss Spectacular Spider-Man already...

Joss Whedon - AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!  sweeeeet...

hertensteine 4/14/2010 7:40:40 AM

Tears of joy have crossed my face.  Thank you Joss Whedon!  I really hope everything goes well and he takes the job.  An Avengers movie with Whedon in control would be epic... and they should face off against Dr. Horrible... ok, maybe not so much but Whedon would be perfect for the job.

Wyldstaar 4/14/2010 8:03:11 AM

I wrote off the possiblity of Green Hornet being watchable as soon as they announced that Seth Rogan was to star in the title role.  I have nothing against Seth, but the era of campy superhero movies based on existing properties is over.  If the studios want to make a superhero comedy, fine.  Just do it with an original character, as in My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

I loves me some Ultimate Spider-Man!  Most of the series could be done as a direct translation without much difficulty.  The majority of the deaths occur off panel, and the few deaths that were shown would later be proven not to be deaths at all.  Uncle Ben and Captain Stacy stay dead, that's about all.

Wiseguy 4/14/2010 8:13:36 AM

I've nothing against Wheddon at all but the guy has yet to deliver on a feature film. Having said that I think an Avengers film would succed even if Uwe Boll directed it, at least financially. Anyway I dug Serenity so I'm fairly confident Wheddon can pull it off. The script is really going to be the deciding factor IMO.

Green Hornet looks to be heading for the disater I and quite a few others predicted according to this report.  Maybe the movie will turn out so bad that it'll be good in an unintended way

Keep the Marvel toons coming, I love them all from Iron Man to to the Superhero Squad

Well we already know not to walk out of any Marvel movie til the credits have finished rolling. I have always expected to see Thor or a hint of him during Iron Man. Cap IMO is a long shot. In 23 days we will all know for sure

Lobo dead? I wasn't too jazzed about this anyway. Let's get the A listers out there WB/DC

Good for Millar and JRJ that Kick Ass is selling so well. It is a good book afterall

I cried when my dog Rusty died so I can see Rourke using that

I think Hutcherson fits Spidey/Parker perfectly. I've liked a lot of the names being bandied about. I think we're in for a good reboot of the franchise


silversurfer 4/14/2010 8:22:37 AM

The Avengers will rule!!!

pilgram 4/14/2010 8:41:59 AM

Wiseguy: Serinity was great. Wheddon being able to direct it is another story. With the list of producers, and A list actors who know what they are doing I almost feel Uwe Boll could direct this and it might be good.... Well maybe thats to pushing it a little to far.

xenomorph 4/14/2010 8:51:41 AM

Whedon better not screw this up.

DaForce1 4/14/2010 9:09:12 AM

As soon as that fat, bloated pig of an actor Josh Brolin was announced as Jonah Hex (one of my favorite DC Characters), I knew this was going to suck. When I heard of the massive reshoots (something to do with a whole subplot of Jonah as a kid) I definitely knew this movie was going to suck major a$$. The people over at Warner Bros. in charge of the DC properties (live action, at least) need to be fired en masse. They don't know what they're doing, and they definitely don't know or even care about the comic characters in their stable. The fact that the WB execs aren't digging The Losers (which I saw parts of at Wondercon, and really liked), shows that they don't know the good from the bad.

As for the Green Hornet, it's got Seth "I'm Fat, Not Funny" Rogen writing, acting and directing. Of course it was going to be the biggest P.O.S. People have been saying that since day one. When you have an international film star/director walk away from a production a week before shooting, you know it's going to be bad.

Whedon will do fine as a director, and he's even re-writing Zak Penn's script (thank Galactus!). Serenity was the only movie he has directed, but it was well done. He's good at directing ensemble casts giving everyone the time and attention they deserve without making the running time ungodly, or making the movie boring due to lack of action (I'm looking at both of you, Peter Jackson and Bryan Singer).

Wiseguy 4/14/2010 9:19:32 AM

Can I start blaming Jonah Hex's possible and unfortunate failure on Megan Fox's talentless ass or is it premature? She's a harbinger of shit, an omen of failure, a sign of hollowness that needs to rely on looks to overcome its shortcomings, shallow and void of character storytelling

Just in case anyone missed it, I'm not too big on Megan Fox

gauleyboy420 4/14/2010 9:23:42 AM

Why is Marvel ditching sspectacular Spider-Man? It was the best parts of the Ultimate U and the 616????

I LOVE that show, they should have just focused on a season 3.

I'm sure Ultimate Spidey will be cool, but I REALLY REALLY enjoyed that Spectacular show. OH! And NO computer graphics in the new toon!!! Keep it old school animation, like Spectacular!


Whedon can do it! Just read his X-Men run, he knows great Team superhero dynamics


GO SEE KICK-ASS!!! Support the independants in the Industry (Like Kirkman says that is where the future of comics is) And see a Great movie at the same time!

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