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By Rob M. Worley     November 22, 2010

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Will Superman Return to Smallville? Plus: Dredd revealed! Green Hornet trailer unconcealed! Wolverine movie not yet congealed! More for real! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.22!





Cartoon Network's spectacular CGI film version of Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn's Firebreather comic hits the airwaves Wednesday night. Here's a round up of links you need:

  • C2F had an exclusive chat with affable voice actor Josh Keaton who plays the bullyrific Troy in the movie. Check it out.
  • Comics Continuum has a video Q & A with director Peter Chung from the summer's Comic-Con International.
  • And we posted our review of the film last week.
  • There are clips, downloads and other cool stuff to be had at Cartoon Network's official site for the film.



C2F Quick Hits

  • We've got over a dozen photos for the "Luthor" episode of Smallville, airing December 3rd and featuring the return of a certain long-running villain...
  • Director Tony Scott fielded a few questions from Digital Spy about his adaptation of Mark Millar's Nemesis. He didn't reveal much but said there have been conversations with both big name actors and unknowns. His interest in comics was first piqued with the edgy European comic Ranxerox. One specific comment he made is, "There's a lot of CGI on Deja Vu, but Nemesis it's -- I began my life as a painter and I'll continue to paint in a digital format for Nemesis."
  • RED continues to do well at the box office. It only slipped one spot to #8 on the weekend chart, in spite of two new opening movies. The comic-based film took in another $2.5 million bringing the total domestic take to $84 million. Check out the complete box office report.
  • There are some very sketchy rumors flying around regarding the villains and storyline of The Dark Knight Rises. Frankly, we don't put much credence in these and Bleeding Cool has some very good analysis of why you shouldn't either.
  • Dredd concept artist (and comics superstar) Jock posted the first photo of actor Karl Urban in full costume as Judge Dredd from the now-filming movie. Lookin' good!
  • Thanks to TigerPrime and AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Aronofsky talks WOLVERINE

Director Darren Aronofsky told Superhero Hype that that he's looking forward to making a samurai movie in the form of The Wolverine.

"There's all the samurai elements that are really exciting," he told SHH. "I'm a big fan of Japanese movies, we're going to try to have a good time."

He declined to answer questrions about casting or characters (like the prospect of Liev Schreiber appearing in the movie) and said he's really fully immersed in his current movie, Black Swan until December. But he also praised screenwriter Chris McQuarries for writing a great screenplay, but admits they are in the process of tweaking it.

"We're trying to get it into a slightly better place but he's working on it, and I think it'll be easy to fix. Chris is an amazing writer and I'm very lucky to have him as a collaborator," Aronofsky said.



Diggle admits LOSERS Wasn't A Winner

When The Losers was in theaters and releasing on the home entertainment market, comics writer Andy Diggle was a team player for sure, talking up the positive aspects of the adaptation of his breakout comics.

However, Blogomatic3000 has posted comments the writer made publicly at this past weekend's Thought Bubble comic convention. Not surprisingly, with the publicity window closed, he's a bit more willing to talk about the less desirable aspects of the movie.

"Some of [The Losers] is identical to the comic, some of it is very different. What they changed was the connecting tissue in between the action sequences that I wrote. The same stuff happens but for different reasons, so to me it kind of feels like it makes less sense," Diggle is quoted as saying. "The dust still hasn’t settled on exactly how I feel about that, some stuff I love about it, and there’s some stuff that’s cringe-worthy...There’s stuff I love and there’s stuff I hate."

C2F lands more on the hate side. The movie was definitely dumbed down. Admittedly some portions work but overall it's the loser of this summer's "Elite Military Team" trifecta that also included The A-Team and The Expendables.



New GREEN HORNET Trailer Online

Here's the latest Green Hornet trailer. We gotta admit we're warming up to this one. It arrives in theaters January 14, 2011, in standard, 3-D and IMAX screenings.



Will SUPERMAN Find his Birthright in Smallville?

Movie casting site Feature Film Auditions has posted casting sides for the lead role in producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder's Superman movie. If you're an up-and-coming actor of the right type in the 28-32 year-old range, click through for info on who your agent should contact to put your head shot in from the the casting team for the film.

They're also running this synopsis for the movie:

Clark Kent is a freelance reporter in his early 20's, traveling all around the world covering various news stories. However, Kent is forced to fly back into action to attain a fleeing assassin instead of covering an ethnic conflict between the Ghuri and Turaaba clans in West Africa. Upon his return to form, Kent returns to Smallville to learn more about his origins and become the hero he was born to be.

Now, screenwriter David Goyer has received quite a bit of praise from Nolan and Snyder for finding a way in to the Superman mythology for 21st century audiences. However, if that synopsis is legitimate, then it's ripped directly from the 2003 comics series Superman: Birthright written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu.

Of course, casting sides notoriously contain mid-information, sometimes because it's so early in the development process, and often times because the studio knows they will leak. So is the new Superman movie based on the Birthright comic? Details will be coming in 2011 to be certain.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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Chris Beveridge 11/22/2010 8:06:32 AM

 After being mildly interested in the Green Hornet based off of what's come up here at C2F, this trailer made me cringe really, really, really badly and killed what interest I had. It made the whole thing look truly horrible.

jfdavis 11/22/2010 8:41:07 AM

Dark Knight Rises- Hugo Strange and Catwoman are fine choices for villains but Talia al-Ghul is a more interesting choice.  I think the best movie storyline would combine storylines.  Also, BC's story on Wonder Woman XXX was more interesting...

The Wolverine is interesting me more and more. If this isn't a sequel, I can't see Sabretooth returning. 

Superman- If Vixen makes an appearence, but not Bwanna Beast,  an African adventure has pontential but Gorilla Grodd isn't a Supes villain so who's the bad guy here?  

LocoLobo73 11/22/2010 8:44:56 AM

Firebreather: not really intrested in it i have the first issue of the comic and I still cant remember why i bought it.

Dredd: picture looks like its from the first Dredd , i hope we get something alittle better looking then that.

The Wolverine: jeez , not that I wont be surprised if this turn out to be a huge mistake, bringing Aronofsky in to direct this, but i was a little psyched with this being a self contained story.

Losers: i really didnt have a big problem with the movie, i felt that its lack of success was more due to when it was released and the fact that no one knew who this was about. Overall its a fun movie to watch, it s not an award winner but still a good popcorn flick.

Hornet, I ll see it

SUPERMAN:  hmmmm, I just cant understand why we always have to go back to smallville, why cant we treat the viewer with some respect and intelligence, First off Superman is one of the most recognizable charcters in the world. That being said the man needs NO introductions, which would mean no origin story, why must we rehash this over and over again. The Funny thing is if you ask any comic book writer to write the ultimate superman story , do you think anyone of them would write it as an origin , i dont think so..... yet we continue to have the same ol sh#t

lancedenier 11/22/2010 8:57:25 AM

I didn't care for Birthright... I hope they go in a different direction.


So it should be Kato and the Green Hornet.

Tevii 11/22/2010 9:04:20 AM

wow i just want the superman movie out already. Readin about it is like an emotional rollercoaster. Zach Snyder-Good, Zod-Bad, then No-Zod-Good, now going to Smallville -Bad.

We want a good Superman movie but they make it a lot more difficult than it is. They're trying to re-invent the wheel. STUPID

krathwardroid 11/22/2010 9:08:14 AM

Well, they certainly stayed true to the appearance from the Judge Dredd comics. But does it seem like Karl Urban's head is too small inside that helmet? 

Unless they have something new to say about the Superman movie, I am not bothering with that tidbit about him being a traveling freelance reporter. 

Miner49er 11/22/2010 9:10:06 AM

Green Hornet is looking as good as The Avengers with Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes.

Calibur454 11/22/2010 9:26:01 AM

Dark knight rises- yea i could care less about the rumor mill and just wait for the word to come down from nolan himself. If i were to guess i would say that Catwoman would be a lock and it would either be vicki vail or taliah. Using tahlia would be wicked fun against catwoman in a love triangle- remember in the comics Tahlia knows that bruce is bats and has fallen for him. (This story was done well in the Batman animated series from the 80s. And when they design the catwoman outfit they have to use the design JIM LEE did for the Batman- Hush story. That would rock.

The Losers was a failure- Thats a big DUHHHHH- I am glad i rented the worthless thing I watched only about 30 minutes of it before I turned it off.

Bryzarro 11/22/2010 9:26:14 AM

 I thought the same thing when I saw the pic of Urban too.  But i'm not going to let that change my opinion of Judge Dredd if they are going to be true to the comics.  

I'll just live with it.

kelso454 11/22/2010 10:04:01 AM

I'll not say anything about The Dark Knight Rises as rumors are rampant.

Did we really need to be told that The Losers was awful?

Judge Dredd-looking Dreddful but you never know

Green Hornet-I'm actually surprised it looks as good as it does, I just may see it in the theater

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