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Is Wolverine in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?


By Rob M. Worley     November 02, 2010
Source: Various

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Is Wolverine in X-Men: First Class? Plus: First Wonder Woman casting rumor. Walking Dead a ratings champ! Some new Conan details and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.2!




WONDER WOMAN Casting Rumor

Now that we know that David E. Kelley is shepherding DC Entertainment's Wonder Woman to her own TV series, it's time for the rumor-mill to start offering up lists of casting candidates and contenders.

The first comes from who claims that actress Tanit Phoenix is a name that "keeps coming up" among the production team for the show.

The actress recently appeared in Warner Bros. direct-to-video release Lost Boys: The Thirst and she certainly looks the part.

WhatsPlaying's unnamed source claims that Phoenix has met with "key members of the production team" and there is mutual interest. The insider claims that the actress will "definitely get a screen test" when the casting process begins in earnest.

The show will supposedly debut next year. 



More CONAN 3D Details

French-language site provides a few new details about the upcoming Conan 3D movie. A translation of their report (sent in by an anonymous Maniac)  contains insights provided by Robert E. Howard expert Patrice Louinet during a recent Howard convention. It confirms yesterday's report that the film is slated for an August 19 release.

Among the details revealed:

  • The movie is meant to be R rated.
  • A full trailer is coming in April.
  • Conan was not filmed in 3D, but will be converted and screened in both formats.
  • The movie is slated for some additional photography this year.
  • A composer for the film will be named soon.

Conan 3D casts Stargate's Jason Momoa as the barbarian king. Other cast members include Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan and Saïd Taghmaoui. Marcus Nispel is directing.



WALKING DEAD Hits The Ground Running

AMC has announced that the Halloween night debut of The Walking Dead, based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard is a ratings winner. The premiere episode gathered the largest audience ever for an original series on the network. The show also hit better with the 18-49 demographic than any cable series premiere for the year so far.

AMC touts impressive numbers in various categories:

  • 10pm airing - 3.7 HH rating with 5.3 million total viewers;
  • 10 pm, 11:30 pm and 1am airings - Cumed to a 6.0 HH rating with 8.1 million viewers;
  • Adults 25-54 - 3.1 million viewers;
  • Adults 18-49 - 3.6 million viewers;
  • Adults 18-34 - 2.1 million viewers.

"It’s a good day to be dead. We are so proud of this series, its depth of storytelling and the remarkable talent attached," said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. "As the network dedicated to bringing viewers the best stories on television, we are so pleased to have the opportunity with The Walking Dead to raise the bar within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium television on basic cable."

"The Walking Dead is that rare piece of programming that works on so many levels. It is legitimately great storytelling that is not only highly entertaining, but incredibly thought provoking as well. People who are familiar with the comic books know what's coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride. Long live The Walking Dead," said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content.



Those CAPTAIN AMERICA Images Again

Paramount have released to websites everywhere high-res copies of the Captain America: The First Avenger images that debuted in EW last week. Some of them were cropped for the article and these uncropped versions reveal some new details. We've posted them here on Mania, but if you want to download  super-duper high-res copies (ladies, C2F knows what your new desktop wallpaper will be) you can also find them at and other sites as well.

Captain America: The First Avenger arrives in theaters July 22.


Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Is Wolverine in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?

There are no secrets with the social network in play. Case in point: news broke yesterday that actor Hugh Jackman had visited the Jekyll Island, Georgia set of X-Men: First Class when the dude who chauffeured him off the island mentioned it on his Facebook page.

One Mike Todd Sr. (whose profile reveals he's a Georgia native working in the health care industry) posted, "I drove Hugh Jackman from X-Men to the airport this morning. They are filming on Jekyll…Cool guy!"

The blurb was picked up and repeated on Twitter and is now in full swing on the rumor mill. But what does it mean?

Is Wolverine in X-Men: First Class? It's certainly possible although we'd assume it's some kind of continuity-enhancing cameo, rather than an expansive appearance. First Class is set in the 1960s and is a prequel of sorts to the X-Men franchise, dealing with the early days of Professor X and Magneto. X2 tells us that both men were familiar with Wolverine before he joined the team so perhaps this movie will reveal the earliest encounter between the three.

It's also possible that Jackman was there as a consultant, having been involved with every X-film to date, not to mention his own Wolverine 2 sequel filming next year. Another possibility is that he was simply there as a casual observer fulfilling a sense of personal curiosity about the latest installment of the franchise that made him a household name.

What do you think, Maniacs? Do you like the idea of WOLVERINE being in FIRST CLASS? If so, what's he doing there? Post your comments below...



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 for news and info!


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kinetoscope 11/2/2010 8:10:32 AM

It would make sense for Hugh to have some kind of cameo in the movie. Look what that did to Arnold in the latest T movie. It could be as simple as Xavier and Mags thinking about all the mutants that they have run across and that they should unite them.

Wonder Woman??? I did a quick search, there is no doubt that she is a pretty girl. I havne't watched LB3 so I don't know if she can act. But for now, she can have my vote.

July 22 seems like so long to wait for Captain America... looks amazing.


jfdavis 11/2/2010 8:19:52 AM

X-Men- If Logan does appear, I agree it'll just be a cameo and, as you mentioned, he'd met both before, I really can't say I have a problem wih it...

WW-I heard the casting rumor yesterday but I didn't see the Diana Prince-ish pic. Score!  I think it'd be cool to do the '40's again as we have the technology to pull it off right this time but somehow I doubt they will. 

EVOKnight 11/2/2010 8:21:26 AM

Holy Crap!!!!! Yeah Tanit Phoenix is a show in for WW in my book!!!! dubb her lines for all i care!!!

I cant shake the feeling that XMEN fist class will not do well...people will not get it. The comic die hards will but the general masses will pan it because it will come off like a serious version of " kick ass" which is the closest movie like it < teen heroes etc.>

EVOKnight 11/2/2010 8:28:10 AM

Holy Crap!!!!! Yeah Tanit Phoenix is a show in for WW in my book!!!! dubb her lines for all i care!!!

I cant shake the feeling that XMEN fist class will not do well...people will not get it. The comic die hards will but the general masses will pan it because it will come off like a serious version of " kick ass" which is the closest movie like it < teen heroes etc.>

monkeyfoot 11/2/2010 8:31:14 AM

WW: Just googled Tanit Phoenix and some of her images and lingerie ads on youtube. She is a truly stunning and hot woman. Know nothing about her acting ability but if a producer like David Kelly is looking into her (geez, no pun intended) she must have something. This role if done right requires a very good actress not just a pretty face. Wait and see.

Walking Dead: Thought the pilot was excellent even though I'm not a zombie film fan. Very much felt the emotions and fellings of the main character. Don't know if I want to feel the pain and despair of being in that kind of world on a weekly basis.

First Class Wolverine: Seems like an excellent idea for a cameo and appropriate going by the X-Men movieverse timeline. If people are upset that Logan didn't mention that he could have met Mag &Xavier it can easily be explained that his memory got zapped again. My fond wish would be for Jackman to do a cameo in Captain America in a WWII scene.

violator14 11/2/2010 8:55:59 AM

Dude, that scientist in the back creeps me out at the way it looks like he's checking out Captain America's ass... haha

millean 11/2/2010 8:57:57 AM

Captain America: Hugo Weaving can be one creepy looking dud when he wants to be... and I mean that as a compliment.

Wonder Woman: Tanit Phoenix does really look the part.  Never heard of her before, but hope she does well if she gets the part.  (Still bummed this isn't a movie anymore.)  Oh, and glad that was my dyslexia kicking in, because I thought it said her name was Taint.  Google actually corrected my mistake.  :)

X-Men: Hugh Jackman is a cool dude as far as I am concerned.  I'd be down with an X-Men cameo...

To all MANIA webmasters.... please get these posting issues fixed.  If it is not going to accept a post, at least print a message to the screen telling us why.  Very aggrivating to keep losing these posts I have typed out.

millean 11/2/2010 9:02:17 AM

WTF???  Damn you mania.  It seems that if I try formatting my posts (to actually make it a bit more readable) that is what is keeping my comments from going through.  I don't understand it, all I did was BOLD a few titles (just like Monkeyfoot), and then italicised and underlined 4 words.  (Yeah, using this as a test as well.)

Hire some webmasters who have a clue as to what they are doing.

Darkknight2280 11/2/2010 9:26:14 AM

Yeah violator...I think he wants a peice of Cap's A$$! I thought i was the only one to notice that

Calibur454 11/2/2010 9:43:12 AM

The Walking dead Kicked major butt..... I absolutely loved it- It is only scheduled for six episodes if I remember right but AMC will look pretty stupid if they dont pick this series up

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