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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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