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Will Fassbender be the SPIDER-MAN Villain?

Plus: X-MEN, TRANSFORMERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA and more

By Rob M. Worley     June 08, 2010
Source: Various


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives May 2nd, 2014.
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Will Fassbender be the Spider-Man Villain? Plus: X-Men casting rumors and location! Transformers 3 photos. Captain America casting and more! It's the daily column that's intercontinental when it eats French toast. It's your Comics2Film 10.6.8!

 

 

 

Stanley Tucci cast in CAPTAIN AMERICA

In case you missed it: There was a breaking announcement yesterday afternoon from Marvel that Stanley Tucci has been cast in the role of Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger.

 

 

TRANSFORMERS 3 Photos - Autobots

As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 will employ the assets of the U.S. Military in its production. Case in point, Army Sky Warriors drone planes are standing by and ready for their aerial close-up. A member of the Sky Warriors support team snapped some photos of them, along with updated models of the auto versions of Ratchet, Ironhide and Optimus Prime, parked at an Army facility.

Found via Superherohype.

 

 

McDonough Confirms, Comments on CAPTAIN AMERICA Casting

Last week it was reported that actor Neal McDonough was in negotiations to play Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. MTV Splash Page caught up with McDonough at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday and confirmed the news, and also gave us a first look at the actor's manly Dum Dum mustache.

"I'm so excited — I'm playing Dum Dum Dugan. It's going to be a blast with Chris [Evans], Sam Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and everyone else. It's going to be fantastic," the actor enthused. "We're going to tear it up!"

The actor confirmed that the Nick Fury's squad's name is currently The Howling Commandos (as it was in the comics) and that he plans to wear Dugan's trademark bowler hat. He also said that Dum Dum isn't some boring character providing exposition.

"Oh, I'm going to see a lot of action. [I'm] the go-to guy, so I'm very happy with that," McDonough said.

Click through for more of the actor's comments, plus the video revealing his awesome 'stache.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

TRANSFORMERS 3 Photos - The Hot One

As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 will feature a hot chick as the improbable love interest for Shia LaBeouf. In this go round that part falls to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. As luck would have it, Paparazzi site Just Jared has posted the first photos of the Victoria's Secret model on the set of the movie.

 

 

BATMAN: YEAR ONE - The Animated Movie

Comics Continuum broke the news yesterday that Warner Premiere is planning an animated feature film based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchilli's lauded comic series Batman: Year One. The film is to be directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths).

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

DC Parks Says No Thanks to TRANSFORMERS

As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 hopes to feature lots of exotic locations, although one such location is being declared off limits to Michael Bay and company, and causing some conflict in Washington D.C., according to an article in the Washington Post.

Apparently Bay hoped to film a car chase scene on the National Mall, the public park that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House (with the Washington Memorial in between). While that actually sounds very cool to us, the National Parks Services is forbidding the stunt.

"The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot," says Bill Line, Park Service spokesman.

While the production still plans to film in Washington D.C., the filming schedule has been cropped from 14 days to less than a week, which is cause for some disappointment to local businesses and crew members who were hoping to score some of the film's $200 million budget.

Kathy Hollinger, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development says that the effect of the movie on tourism will still be considerable, regardless of the abbreviated shoot.  She expects that seeing the historic DC architecture on film will inspire more families to travel to the district to see it in real life.

 

 

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Scouting Michigan Locations

It looks like X-Men: First Class is looking to use C2F's home state of Michigan as a stand in for locations in North and South America. MLive reports that the West Michigan Film Office dispatched the following bulletin:

"A location scout is seeking out areas with a 1960's, South-American or Central American island feel for the next X-Men movie, 'X-Men: First Class.' In particular, he needs to find café and bar locations, evoking the Argentinian feel of Bariloche, and an Art Deco Cafe or restaurant overlooking a body of water. Additionally, the movie calls for a Miami styled harbor for yachts. If you know of any locations that seem to match a description, please contact our office."

So if you know of any such spots where mutants might fit in, contact Rick Hert at the WMFO: rick@wmta.org.
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The movie is filming in September at Pinewood studios in London, but will probably be looking for some exterior shots. In addition to generous showbiz tax incentives, Michigan has the second largest coastline of any of the United states, due to being nestled among the Great Lakes, hence the call for it to stand in for other coastal cities.

 

 

Fassbender up for X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN?

Actor Michael Fassbender, who you've seen recently in Inglorious Basterds and 300 and who appears as a villain in the upcoming Jonah Hex, is apparently up for roles in two competing Marvel movies.

Showbiz 411 reports that the actor is a contender for the role of Magneto (incorrectly identified in the original article) in director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class movie.

The column also reports that he is up for the villain role in director Marc Webb's Spider-Man movie. 411 does not identify which villain the movie might be making use of.

The two reboots will likely have conflicting shooting schedules, as both are expected to go before cameras this fall so Fassbender will have to make a choice.

What do you think, Maniacs? Would Fassbender make a good Magneto? And if he's in Spider-Man, what villain should he play? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

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AFWICK14 6/8/2010 6:16:44 AM

Help me out here, who is Tommy Lee Jones suppose to play?  I have been deployed and I must have missed that.  Other then that, no problems with the casting for Captain America.  At first I was not sure about Chris Evans, but I see they are surrounding him with a good group of actors

joeybaloney 6/8/2010 6:31:40 AM

Batman: Year One!!!! Woo Hooo!!!!

Calibur454 6/8/2010 6:34:47 AM

Transformers 3- BLAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Could care less about spiderman nowadays- i'll wait for a trailer Same for X-men First Class-

Stanley in Cap- I kept trying to remember where I saw him from and then I saw Hanso's Post about him in the Devil Wears Prada- Thanks for that Hanso- and your right he was the bomb in that movie

the only really big news in this section for me is the batman-year one animated movie- If they model it in Franks art style this will be a sure fire hit for DC. I'm actually psyched up about this one. With year one on its way It's a sure bet the The Dark Knight Returns isn't far away

 

Wiseguy 6/8/2010 6:43:25 AM

AFWICK, no one has said who TL Jones is playing yet. I'm of the mindset that he's playing a military man in the lines of a general or something and perhaps in charge of the super soldier program. It's all a guessing game right now.

Marvel did say a long time ago that they were shooting to cast a newcomer as Cap and then surround him with lots of talent. Evans may not be necessarily a newcomer but they are surrounding him with talent thus far.

I love to hear Neal McDonough so enthusiastic to be cast as DumDum Dugan and embracing it. I think he's a great addition

Well, at least X-Men won't be shot entirely in the UK. Now let's start the guessing game on which, if any, comic story narc they're planning on adapting

Fassbender doesn't look like the way I'd picture Magneto. But maybe with some silver white hair he can pull it off. In Spidey he could be Morbius, he can pull off a nice accent for the role
 

SONYMANswallows 6/8/2010 6:43:40 AM

Another Batman origin tale we do not need? Will they even do year 2 since PHANTASM  from mask of the Phantasm was the Reaper from Year 2?

 

Kinda getting tired of this DC, really, really tired. The masses are aware of other characters but I guess they are caterin to lovers of the Bat Pole.

Move on already.

I uess they are scarrred since Dr Strange was not popular so they don't want to chance Dr Fate or Aquamanor Blue Beetle or something we have not seen before but of course there is always a twist some hack comes up with that is more important than the rest of the DC Universe.

DC is beginnig to stand for Dumbed Children comic films or Dumb Chick flicks.

timesobserver 6/8/2010 6:54:26 AM

I am looking forward to the new Spidey movie. They have some big shoes to fill, but the problem is you don't want to reuse any bad guys yet for the first movie. And since we had the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus, it's going to be  hard to find a top villain that won't look silly.

As far as Batman: Year One, YES! It's just a shame that the only thing that DC can beat Marvel at is the animated movies lately.

Sure, the new Bat-movies are great and I'm pretty sure that Green Lantern will be good, but that's it. Marvel has three X-Men movies, Wolverine, two of the Fab Four, 2 Iron Man, 3 Spider-Man, and 2 of the Hulk. And next year? Two major Marvel icon movies.

You would think that DC/WB would get their act together and try to play catch up. Because it's time to do a Superman movie and a good one. Listen, I love Donner's Superman, I really do, but we needed a reboot for Superman Returns, not a movie that was riding Donner's coat tails.

And sure, I'm a writer but I've never written a movie or made one, but making a Superman movie can't be that hard. You stay true to the character, make Clark Kent a real person (and not clumsy as we've seen countless times on the big screen and he, as himself and as Superman, is not dark, despite what some in Hollywood want him to be) and you get a different bad guy besides Luthor and you got yourself a movie. Am I wrong in that? 

jfdavis 6/8/2010 6:55:14 AM

As much as I agree Year One being a good story, I also agree that Batman's origin has been done more often than even Superman's but whatever...

Tucci was good in the Devil Wears Prada and he, as the pedophile killer guy(?),  was the best part of The Lovely Bones... 

evilbeagle 6/8/2010 7:20:27 AM

You know, the Morbius idea would actually work really well--and it's timely.  Not only would you be riding the Spidey chuckwagon, but you would also be riding the wave of vampire love that has swept the country.  It would really make a lot of sense.  I think a really cool story could be crafted with Spidey and Morbius.  Good call Wise

redvector 6/8/2010 7:25:36 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if Tommy Lee Jones plays the General who's in charge of the Super Soldier Program. Maybe have Dr. Erskine and his character butting heads over the process's moral issues especally since the subjects before Steve Rodgers likely died horribly.

Rheul_home 6/8/2010 8:04:08 AM

Im really diggin the 'stach on Neil. Great to hear hes enthuseistic about the role. I'm betting he and Nick will receive some sort of Super Soldier Serum that causes them to not age. At least I hope thats what happens so we can see them both in Avengers.

Batman Year One. Awesome. I hope they try to keep the art in line with Mazzucchelli's work in the comic.

Im a little worried about Spidey. It seems that Rami and Toby left the production because the studio wanted a more kid friendly lighthearted film. I think that the new Spidey is going to be full of committee thinking and corporate BS. We can all hope they are going to go the Ultimate Spidey route but I just don't have that much faith in suits dictating what needs to be seen on screen in order to create "synergy" (I hate that word) sell more toys. We'll I guess we'll have a shot of seeing the Spider-mobile in the film. Oh and Spider Slayers! Robots always sell well...

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