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Wright say ANT-MAN is a Mash Up

Plus: COWBOYS & ALIENS, WALKING DEAD, SUPERMAN/BATMAN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     June 30, 2010
Source: Various

Wright say Ant-Man is a genre mash up. Plus: Cowboys & Aliens casting and chatter. Walking Dead cast expands. Superman/Batman details revealed and more! Making you feel fine like a Summer breeze, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.30!

 

 

 

COWBOYS & ALIENS Casting and Comic-Con

Twitter continues to be a treasure trove of info about the now-filming Cowboys & Aliens thanks to leading lady Olivia Wilde and director Jon Favreau.

This week Wilde revealed to her readers that there's a new cast member on the set.

"Abigail Spencer, welcome to the cast of Cowboys & Aliens!!! She is lovely, funny, gorgeous (duh), and talented. this cast ROCKS," wrote Wilde.

Spencer is currently appearing on HawthoRNe on TNT. She also guest-starred on the third season of AMC's Mad Men.

Favreau revealed that recent cast member Walton Goggins is playing "an outlaw" in the movie. The director also said he will be at San Diego Comic-Con this year to present the film to fans for the first time.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

New Cast Member for THE WALKING DEAD

TheWalkingDeadPodcast points out that actress Melissa Suzanne Mcbride is listed as appearing in episode 3 of AMC TV's The Walking Dead. She's slated to play Carol, one of the Atlanta survivors Rick encounters early on in the series.

Carol, mother to a young girl named Sophia, had a tendency to come unglued under the pressures of the zombie infested world. Her craziness comes to a rather shocking climax in issue #42 of the book.

Melissa Suzanne Mcbride appeared in Frank Darabont's The Mist.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • The countdown continues as we reveal numbers 21 through 30 of our "Top 50 Comic Book Movies" of all time!
     
  • The Hollywood Reporter tells us that actor Angela Bassett has wrapped her duties on Green Lantern. She plays Dr. Amanda Waller in the film.
     
  • The second episode of Marvel Knights Animation’s Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? is now available on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune and PlayStation Network. Visit Marvel's Black Panther portal for download options.
     
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Jeph Loeb Talks Marvel TV Plans

It was announced this week that comics writer and TV writer/producer Jeph Loeb has been placed in charge of Marvel's newly-formed TV development division. Newsarama sat down with Loeb to chat about the company's plans to extend the reach of their characters.

Loeb couldn't talk specifically about what projects might be in development but he did confirm that, in addition to strengthening Marvel's animated feature films and TV fare, there will be a push into live-action shows as well.

"Our hope is to bring Marvel Animation up to the quality and notoriety of the publishing and movie division. We're now part of the legacy of Disney, where animation is king, and it's our responsibility to up our game and create something that sets Marvel Animation apart from everything else that's out there. At least that's our challenge and our hope," Loeb said.

"And then there's a brand new division that we'll do with live action, where we're working in partnership with ABC and ABC Family to find the right properties, the right characters and develop them," he added. "To start, we will be exploring the one-hour drama field similar to the shows that I mentioned that I've worked on, like Smallvillle and Lost. "

Loeb said the key will be partnering with the right creative voices to realize the Marvel characters on the small screen.

"Television is primarily a writer's medium, and the shows that really stick in our minds — particularly genre shows — the best ones are particularly driven by someone who has a very clear vision," Loeb said. "Damon Lindelof on Lost, Al Gough and Miles Millar on Smallville, Joss Whedon on Buffy and Angel. These are the kinds of people and relationships that we want to look to as we develop our properties, so that the shows themselves have a very unique and distinct flavor and at the same time remain true the characters that Marvel fans love and still find a worldwide audience."

What do you think, Maniacs? What properties should Marvel target for live-action TV and who should develop them?

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE Announcement

Warner Home Video has released their official announcement for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Interesting details include the plot summary and news of the return of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy in the lead roles. Also on board is Andre Braugher as the voice of Darkseid and Ed Asner reprises his role as Granny Goodness.

Press Release

BURBANK, CA, (June 29, 2010) – To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again – this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid – in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming September 28, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD as well as single disc DVD. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (Up) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.

Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).

After a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor, Batman and Superman encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.

In addition to the feature film, the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD include the third DC Showcase animated short, Green Arrow. Screenwriter Greg Weisman’s story finds Oliver Queen at the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, only to be forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. The short features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage). Bruce Timm is executive producer.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

  • Feature film (est. 75 min)

  • DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)

  • Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)

  • Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton - A comprehensive look at The Maiden of Might from her introduction in the classic age of comics to her death in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event to her appearance on Smallville and beyond.

  • 2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Special Edition Blu-Ray™ will include more than 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

  • All-New Featurette: The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid’s story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. A primer on the wealth of material and stories contained in the New Gods series, along with a deeper understanding of why these characters – and especially Darkseid – are so memorable and important to the DC pantheon.

  • All-New Featurette Pods

  • Orion - The mightiest warrior on either New Genesis or Apokolips, Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.

  • Mister Miracle - This mini-featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known and how he was traded in a peace effort to be raised by Darkseid, the enemy of all New Genesis.

  • 2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm

  • Digital copy on disc of the feature film

“Great things happen when powerful entities come together, and the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation is proud to continue this popular film series by once again uniting the two most popular characters in the DC Universe in a story that truly tests their strength, trust, loyalty, ingenuity and heroism,” said Matt Bierman, Senior Vice President Production, Warner Premiere.

"It is a testament to the larger-than-life nature of Jeph Loeb’s blockbuster storylines that two of the first nine DC Universe movies are based on his work," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse lets us see Superman and Batman in action side-by-side again, but this time along with Supergirl and one of DC's greatest villains, Darkseid."

“Just as Superman and Batman stand atop the DC canon of characters, so do the respective seminal voices of Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy in the hearts and minds of fans. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will no doubt please comic-centric and mainstream audiences alike – particularly in the performances of Daly and Conroy opposite dynamic actors like Andre Braugher and Ed Asner, and fanboy favorite Summer Glau,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands.

 

 

Edgar Wright Talks ANT-MAN

BoxOffice.com had a sit down with director Edgar Wright who shared some insights about his long-planned Marvel movie Ant Man.

"I haven't actually started the second draft yet--I'm not going to be able to until [Scott Pilgrim vs The World] is out--but what we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that Iron Man has," Wright said.

He also spoke to what appeals to him about the concept.

"The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it's within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world," Wright explaind. "I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we've all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different. I'm not really a multi-tasker--I haven't done anything since Marvel liked our first draft."

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you eager to see ANT MAN unfold once SCOTT PILGRIM clears the stage? Post your comments below...

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. Pre-order issues #1 and #2 if you want to live!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 6/30/2010 8:03:54 AM

I definitely want to see Ant-Man come to fruition. I'm also a bit relieved that the level of comedy is akin to what we saw in Iron Man. I didn't want a straight up comedy, although that might work if they ever do an O'Grady Ant-Man.

Daredevil is one of my faves to get some sort of tv treatment. The way I understand it the licenses for live action don't conflict with animated fare so if that's correct then Marvel can at least try to do a Daredevil animated series unless Fox co-produces with them and lets them go for a live action series. Moon Knight is another I'd love to see.

I think the characters requiring the least cgi or with the least superpowers might be the ones that they'd attempt via live action.

Calibur454 6/30/2010 8:23:11 AM

Batman superman- I'd give it a rental just to see some of the bonus features on the disc. Plus it is pg 13 and thatis rare for a dc animated project,

I would love to see an R rated anime style punisher movie. that would be pretty sweet if ya asked me.

The walking dead continues to impress i cant wait for october. I'm also already salavating at the types of exstras we will get to see with the dvd that is released once the show airs.

I'm also with wise in wanting to see something happen with Daredevil. It would be good to see in either live action or animation. Just keep ben aflec away from the role of daredevil.

I'll look forward to seeing a trailer for Green arrow animated feature.

Glad to see that disney is taking a back seat when it comes to Jeph and Marvel tv. I was worried a little earlier that they might try to haggle about what they want to be shown on their own network.

 

 

 

fallensbane 6/30/2010 8:26:14 AM

I agree, Moon Knight could be great as a live action tv series.

CaptAmerica04 6/30/2010 8:37:50 AM

Has Wright said yet if he's doing "Hank Pym" Ant-man or one of the later incarnations?  As the consummate Avengers fan, I'm really looking forward to it, either way, but I do have a slight preference for Pym (plus that'd tie into the Avengers-series of films possibly).

Wiseguy, I was just going to say that Daredevil would be a great TV property.  They could do a half-legal/half-superhero show (which we know the networks would love).  I also think that Ghost Rider would be a good TV property for a couple reasons: a) they could do something akin to Supernatural, with some "monster of the week" episodes AND an over-arching plotline that runs through multiple seasons, b) the "endless wanderer" theme has always appealed to network tv ("Kung Fu," "A-Team," and the 70s "Incredible Hulk" to name a few), and c) with Supernatural likely ending after this next season, there is a dearth of good horror/genre TV right now.  It's too bad that the X-men properties are tied up in film... the young X-men could work that whole "teen angst" thing that seems to be running so well right now (hell, it works for Smallville, even to this day when the characters are near their 30s!)

I'm also really looking forward to Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, especially now that Daly and Conroy are back.  "Crisis on Two Earths" was a decent film, but it just seemed off to me without those two guys handling their usual acting duties.

 

Wiseguy 6/30/2010 8:59:30 AM

The endless wanderer theme I can definitely see working for Ghost Rider but since Sony holds the rights I don't think they can do a live action series without Sony's involvement and/or approval

Man-Thing can touch on supernatural and eco-friendly themes

Young Avengers could be the vehicle to attract the teen audience

Pet Avengers as a kiddie friendly toon

The Inhumans or The Kree to attract the sci/fi crowd

cellarboylives 6/30/2010 9:25:39 AM

I actually liked all the news today, and as it seems everyone here is, I'm very excited about the Marvel TV idea. A lot of you have mentioned Moon Knight and Powerman / Iron Fist (which I think would be AWESOME!). InhUmans could also be pretty spectacular as well. How about an Invaders series? It's already mentioned they will be in Captain America, so obviously Marvel wouldn't have problems with the rights. Could make for some very entertaining TV! Also would love to see  live action Spider Woman series.

monkeyfoot 6/30/2010 10:20:37 AM

If Wright is doing the Antman movie later, how will that character work in the Avengers movie? I'm assuming he (and the Wasp) will be in it. Which means before Wright gets to his film the Avengers will already be out. I would think he would have to co-ordinate with Avengers director/writer Joss Whedon on who is cast and how he is portrayed.

Also love all the Marvel TV news. Can't wait to see what develops.

krathwardroid 6/30/2010 10:20:42 AM

Skrulls. Let there be Skrulls. I want to see them in a Marvel movie.

reek 6/30/2010 10:52:48 AM

I have very little faith in The Mickey Marvel organization to venture into television.  It's possible to create something that won't suck.  Cellarboy suggested Moon Knight, which is a good idea but If I remeber correctly the rights to a Moon Knight TV show were picked up by the geniuses that did the Blade TV show already.  It doesn't really matter who they choose though, the Disney influence is likely to sanitize the content and drain the soul from any Marvel character that actually has a fan base.  I know people point to the Marvel studios movies and saw "Most of those don't suck" which is true, but believe me, TV is a whole different ball game.  It already suffers from insipid writing and questionable performing talent.  In short, I don't trust the Mouse's ability to please the fan boys.  Any Marvel TV project will likely go after the youth market and end up being dumber than a sack of hair.

Mayhem101878 6/30/2010 12:48:11 PM

Unlike what seems many people I'm willing to give this Disney/Marvel thing a chance after all for years Disney owned Dimension films, and durring that time the put out many unsanitized movies like the Scream Movies, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the first 3 Scary Movies, Sin City, 3 Dracula movies, and so on. As far as I'm concerned thoose movie are far from being sanitized. As for TV ABC has shows like Desprate housewives which granted I've nver watched but it doesn't sound too sanitary, They have a show called the Gates which is a supernaturla crime drama, All in all ABC isn't all that sanitary. So in my opinion I don't think that any of the stuff that Marvel puts out on TV will be sanitized.

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