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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Details Revealed

Plus: GREEN LANTERN, FANTASTIC FOUR, DYLAN DOG and more!

By Rob M. Worley     August 23, 2010
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Comics2Film: Bryan Singer and X-MEN
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Singer reveals X-Men: First Class details. Plus: More alien Green Lantern characters revealed. Fantastic Four casting rumors. Munroe responds to unofficial Dylan Dog trailer and more!

 

 

 

Box Office: No Rebound for SCOTT PILGRIM

We're a bit disheartened to report that our favorite comic-based movie of 2010, Scott Pilgrim vs The World did not enjoy a second week rebound as we had hoped. In spite of generally positive reviews and good word-of-mouth from fans and bloggers, the movie dropped another five places in spite of a very weak showing from competing movies across the board.

Five new films opened with the best of them, Vampires Suck, logging only $12.2 million in ticket sales. The top draw was The Expendables which took in $16.5 million.

In spite of the weak competition Scott Pilgrim still only managed to scrounge Ramen Noodle money with its $5 million take boosting its two-week cum to around $21 million.

Details can be found at Mania's box office report.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

Hopefully everyone saw these news stories that were posted while C2F took Friday off:

  • Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been hired to pen the script for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie.
     
  • A list of actresses has been offered up as candidates for the female lead in Spider-Man. Interestingly, that role is not Mary Jane Watson.

And in other news...

  • Kurt Busiek talked with Comic Book Resources about the planned Astro City movie.
     
  • Actor Neal McDonough had nice things to say about Chris Evans to Contact Music. McDonough plays Howling Commando Dum Dum Dugan in the filmed adaptation of Captain America: The First Avenger, in which Evans stars.
     
  • Speaking of Captain America there are some cool new set pictures to be found at ACE Showbiz. They're nothing action or superhero oriented, but they show extras assembled for filming yesterday, dressed in period garb and celebrating the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany in 1945.
     
  • ScreenRant claims that Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Adrien Brody are favored by 20th Century Fox to take on the role of Mr. Fantastic in the new Fantastic Four movie. They also say that the blogger-favored rumored title of Fantastic Four Reborn is bogus. Fox hopes to get the movie out for summer of 2012 where it'll run along side Spider-Man and The Avengers.
     
  • New York Magazine's gossip column The Vulture claims that David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) and Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife, RED) are the two contenders to direct Wolverine 2 which should start filming by year's end. Vulture's own sources say that Slade is the favorite.
     
  • Bleeding Cool has a photo from the set of Capitán Trueno (or Captain Thunder in English-speaking markets). It features director Antonio Hernández and the stars Sergio Peris Mencheta and Natasha Yarovenko, as Cap and Viking Princess Sigrid respectively.
     
  • Heat Vision reports that Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and director Robert Schwentke are heading to Louisiana this weekend to shoot a scene for Red, Summit’s adaptation of the DC/Wildstorm comic. Reportedly the bit is just a post-credits tag and not any kind of reworking of the film. The movie is due in theaters on October 15th.
     
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Munroe Responds to Unfinished DYLAN DOG Footate

Last Tuesday, fans saw some extensive footage from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night in the form of an online "trailer". C2F cautioned readers that this had all the fingerprints of a sales reel and we can expect the film to look a lot more polished. Turns out we were right on the mark.

Posting on the film's official blog, Platinum Studios creative executive Dan Forcey expressed exasperation over the unfinished footage.  Then, via Facebook, director Kevin Munroe responded in even greater detail. The footage, it seems, is in fact a sales bit that was leaked from Russian markets where it was made available to theater owners. The director writes:

...cut to 3 days ago when a text at night saying "hey - cool DD trailer!" sent a similar shiver down my spine.

So I go to the internet to find that not only is it true that a "trailer" was released, but it was through yet another Russian site. I get it. I must have wronged some Russian dude in a past life and this is the payback.

But it gets worse, as I quickly discover that not only is the trailer not a trailer (it's an international sales piece for international buyers and theatre owners. Not exactly the same crowd we made the movie for.), but it's also UNFINISHED. It's not color timed, and it has NO VFX work... or worse yet, temp VFX work. One of the big monsters looks like a big blue satanic Smurf. And he ain't. And that voice over? It's like a bad Dan LaFontaine impression...

Just so you know, I'm not trying to defend it. I'm not apologizing for it. It just... sucks.

In addition to all the rough edges of the trailer, Munroe goes on to mention that the general tone that's portrayed is all wrong. Foreign markets tend to favor action movies from the U.S. so the sales piece is tailored to that.

But the difference between Expendables and Dylan Dog is that... well, Dylan Dog isn't that kind of movie. So when they try to sell it as that, it just looks so... cheap. (again, shitty presentation notwithstanding). And not true to the spirit of the movie.

So thanks for your patience and understanding. We're almost there.

Anyway, producers are doing everything they can to make sure the world sees a trailer for our movie the way it should be seen...

...not sucky.

And it's not representative of our movie. At all.

Click through for Munroe's complete remarks, which are humorous in spite of the difficult spot this puts the movie in. And expect a proper trailer to arrive sooner rather than later.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

X-MEN Details Revealed

Ain't it Cool got a chance to chat with filmmaker Bryan Singer, producer of the soon-to-film X-Men: First Class movie. Cameras roll on the film next week and Singer wanted to set the record straight on the numerous rumors floating around, and also give some new details.

  • The movie is set in the 1960s, and invokes John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
     
  • It will detail the first meeting between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender).
     
  • Xavier is not yet in a wheelchair (although we'll see how he gets there) and has a full head of hair.
     
  • The movie is not based at all on the X-Men: First Class comics. Jean Grey and Scott Summers are not in the movie.
     
  • Look for 1960s James Bond-inspired technology.
     
  • The Hellfire Club is definitely a part of the storyline. Kevin Bacon is, in fact, playing Sebastian Shaw and January Jones' Emma Frost is part of The Club. Singer thinks the trappings of the club are perfectly suited to the 1960s setting.
     
  • The cast list found on IMDB is correct with the exception of Rosamund Pike.
     
  • The movie will be set in numerous locations around the world, giving it a more international flavor.
     
  • Costumes will be more like the comics than previous X-Men movies were and fans will get a first look in a month or so.
     
  • There are additional characters in the movie that have yet to be leaked.

Click through for the complete report.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are we excited about X-MEN: FIRST CLASS? Post your comments below...

Thanks to markeetundra for the submission.

 

 

Trailer: ASHITA NO JOE

There's a trailer up for the Japanese-language movie based on the boxing-oriented manga and anime series Ashita No Joe. Enjoy!

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 which arrives in comic shops on September 1st! Ask your local comics shop about it today!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 8/23/2010 7:23:43 AM

Wow, I'm actually liking what I read about First Class. I'm putting aside my distaste for roster and make-up and all the shit Singer did and I'm a little pumped for this (I'm just too easy). Love Bacon as Sebastian. But Jones as Emma Frost doesn't square with Wolverine where they had a young Emma and I say so the eff what.

Green Lantern is looking super sweet. Love that they're embracing the comic book and hope the audience can too

I can totally see Brody as Reed Richards. Myers I think looks too young, unless they want to go the Ultimate route where Reed is a lot younger. Btw, Screen Rant also reported a while back that they intend on having the Thing be all cgi, to which I say hell yeah

Pity about Scott Pilgram, guess they'll need to rely on overseas market and home video to turn a profit

8man 8/23/2010 7:29:34 AM

Again, no surprise about Scott Pilgrim.  It'll probably do well on DVD though.  Speaking as someone who picked The Expendables over it.

And it shouldn't be Mary Jane Watson in the Spidey reboot.  It should be Gwen Stacey.

First Class in the 1960's?  Sounds a little bizarre.  I guess the actual first team forms at the very end of the movie or in the sequel.  Not sure I'm liking the sound of it, but will wait to actually see it before I say anymore.

So in 2011 we have the Green Hornet, Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class and Transformers 3 and in the summer of 2012 we will have The Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman 3 and a new Fantastic Four?  Good thing the world doesn't end until December of 2012.

 

 

 

Rheul_home 8/23/2010 8:30:29 AM

Although I don't have a lot of faith in GL I'm glad to see them really going all out with the aliens. I really hope they do the FF right this time. Its a shame this property will never be allowed to revert back to Marvel. Same goes for X-Men. Maybe First Class wont be as awful as I expect, but it certainly wont be the X-Men in my book. Fox has distorted the franchise so much that it might as well be Mutant X: The Movie

axia777 8/23/2010 8:56:59 AM

Fox is still in control and X-Men will still lick ballz.  Nuff said.  X-Men are dead to me.  This movie has NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to do with the origins of the X-Men at ALL.  NOTHING.  >:(  They can all bite my azz.  I will not pay for it.  That is the only way to get it out of Fox's hands and back over to Marvel.  Make them lose so much money that they have to give it back.  I can dream right?  :(

Green Lantern?  Looking forward to that on the other hand.  That looks to be in great hands.  Maybe someday we will get a real JLA movie.  :D

reek 8/23/2010 8:58:00 AM

Even the bit of slightly positive news on X-men isn't making me feel more comfortable about the movie.  No Cyclops or Marvel girl?  A flick about the original X-men that doesn't include the origianl X-men?  And hair for the professor!?  Oh wait, it must take place before Superboy caused that chemical accident that made the professor loose all his hair, causing him to swear vengance...right?

As for Scott Pilgrim's box office totals, it's too bad for Wright and Cera et. al. but it should be a financial lesson to studios that are buying up film rights to indy books before they even hit the shelf.  Regardless of the strength of the story, not every comic book should be made into a movie.  The audience for well established characters like Spider-Man, Batman etc. extends far into demographics that never touched comic books.  This is going to continue to happen pretty much regardless of movie quality.  Haven't seen Pilgrim yet but I'm sure it is at least good.

jfdavis 8/23/2010 9:06:19 AM

First Class- Now that some things have been revealed and sorted out, I think it could be an interesting movie. Having the Hellfire Club is a cool idea.

GL- I'm loving the background characters.

Spider-man- Judging by the actresses auditioning, it's Gwen Stacy though technically Betty Brant was the first girlfriend...

FF- Both actors would be fine as Reed is good though I still say the only 2 original actors I'd replace was Alba and especially McMahon...And yes, a CGI Thing would be good... 

urphatgod 8/23/2010 9:11:13 AM

Heck a Mutant X Movie would be awesome, meaning the Comics Mutant X not that Sh*terific TV Show.

I'm liking what I hear for First Class, aside from the inclusion of Havok. He's one of my favorites, but now it seems he'll be at least 20 years older than his older brother...Doesn't make sense. I hope they don't do anything to stupid with the poor guy. He always had it tough as Cyke's lil bro. No respect for the awesome power he wields.

I wasn't sure about Jones as the White Queen at first, but in light of the setting, and way they will be using her this is actually great casting.

jedibanner 8/23/2010 9:26:05 AM

So... :

- First class X-men without Jean Grey and Scott Summer???

- EWmma Frost...again but older even though she was young in Wolverine???

- There's more new X-men in this movie then what the actual first class of X-men was....is still still the X-men???

Way to go Fox....way to go.

 

aegrant 8/23/2010 9:33:57 AM

Scott Pilgrim - LIke I stated on this site a few weeks ag, I was sick of this movie before I even had a chance to see it, to me they went way overboard with the marketing. And that my friend is why I didn't even go see it, but I did go see Expendables.

Dylan Dog - when I saw the preview (or whatever it was) last week it piqued my interest in that fliping channels kind of way. But, I'd be willing to give it another chance if the "real" preview is much better.

GL- I like it. I like it a lot!

FF - who plays the Torch in the reboot?

X-Men - This is a reboot right? Since they had Emma Frost in the Wolverine movie and they killed Cyclops in the previous X series. Why not put Jean and Scott in this movie - SINCE THEY WERE IN THE FIRST CLASS - I do like the idea of it being in the 60's and the use of the Hellfire Club.

WTF is Ashita no Joe?

 

monkeyfoot 8/23/2010 10:02:33 AM

X-Men First Class: I'm absolutely loving what I'm reading here! This story idea is great. The sixties was full of equal rights moments and that makes the setting perfect for mutants trying to come into their own, with Xavier & Magneto's parallels to MLK and Malcolm X. Plus the psychedlic era makes the use of the comics costumes more appropriate. For those of you complaining about not being based on the First Class comic and no Cyke & Jean Grey, it looks like this movie isn't based on that but on the idea for the aborted X-Mens Origins: Magneto movie but now its name change makes it more marketable. 

Fantastic Four: Brody would be perfect as Mr. Fantastic. I've wanted him to be in a superhero movie for awhile. First, I wanted him for the Joker in The Dark Knight, then as Banner for the Hulk.

Scott Pilgriim: I've read an article online that analyzes its B.O. failure. They thought is should have been marketed more as a romance film and not a "too hip for the room" geek film. That audience is too narrow. Romance would have pulled in more women with their dates and created better word-of-mouth when they saw how good and original it was.

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