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Yes, it's DEADPOOL

Plus: KICK-ASS, IRON MAN 2, PUNISHER and more!

By Rob M. Worley     March 18, 2009
Source: Various

Deadpool smack-attacks Wolverine
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Ryan Reynolds confirms freakish character is Deadpool in 'Wolverine'. Plus: Mark Millar likes the 'Kick-Ass' movie. Rourke does time in a Russian gulag as prep for 'Iron Man 2'.  There's a 'Punisher War Zone' DVD clip online. 'Thor' and 'Transformers 3' release date shuffle. Buy yourself a gray guitar and play along with your Comics2Film 9.3.18!



Millar: KICK-ASS Will be the Biggest Comic Movie of 2009

Mark Millar has seen the movie version of his 'Kick-Ass' comic, and likes it! The bombastic comic creator posted remarks on his message boards back in February. He'd just returned from a trip to London where he screened 'Watchmen' and then saw a cut of his own movie at the production offices.

"I loved 'Watchmen'...but I'm absolutely convinced Kick-Ass is going to be the biggest comic-based movie this year," Millar, never one for understatement, said after leading off with the proclamation that 'Kick Ass' will make $400 million at the box office.

Here's the rest of his post:

The insane sales on the book suggest we've stumbled onto something here, tapped into an idea people wanted to see, and I think that same madness is going to carry over into the mainstream audience for the movie. Matthew sent me eight minutes of the picture last week and the energy in this thing, stuff I'd just never seen in cinema before, literally made me lose Tuesday and Wednesday at work. I just watched the clips over and over and this same feeling hit me like a juggernaut when I saw vast chunks of the picture in the editing suite. NOTHING can prepare you for Hit-Girl in particular. People are going to lose their shit when this comes out. I knew it was going to be good, but this is about four hundred times better than I even imagined and I can't wait until you guys see the first trailer in a short while.

What made it especially fun is that I watched a chunk of it with the marketing people drafted in later in the afternoon. These were three industry people who have worked on everything from Hulk and Wanted to romantic comedies for the various studios and their reaction was hilarious. Their eyes went wide, their jaws dropped and they kept looking at us, giggling and looking as excited as twelve year olds. I'm telling you, boys and girls, we are ONTO something here.

I. Cannot. Bloody. Wait.

Brad Pitt was over two weeks back and also lost his mind when he saw this. Buzz around the studios is great, Matthew releasing 40 mins to several if these guys in the last few weeks and studio heads losing their minds. After EVERYBODY turning it down (unless we heavily edited the scripts) we now have these suckas exactly where we want them. We've remained resolute, making exactly the kind of film we WANTED to make and I could not be more happy with the finished result. Big props to Matthew, Jane and Tarquin for making this all real and not buckling to the studio system.

Hey, you know if both Mark Millar and Brad Pitt liked it, it's gonna be a winner.

Director Matthew Vaughn may actually beat Millar to the punch in telling the story of 'Kick-Ass'. The movie is due out this year, while the comic seems to be on a "published whenever" schedule. Millar does add a note assuring readers that the hardcover edition of the book is coming in July so issues six seven and eight will be in stores by June.

This is our face, believing it when we see it.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



DRAGONBALL Debuts Weak in Japan. YATTAMAN Strong.

Anime fans seem to largely be writing the 'Dragonball Evolution' movie off, with early negative reactions to the liberties taken with the material, and more recent bad reviews circulating.

No surprise then that the movie debuted in Japan this weekend at #3, according to Box Office Mojo. The American-made movie took in about $2.6 million (USD) trailing behind two other features in their second week.

Topping the charts was another anime adaptation: Takashi Miike's 'Yattaman'. That one claims the #1 spot for the second week in a row, taking in $3.7 million (USD) for a total of $10.9 million (USD).

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Mickey Rourke in Prison! (as research for IRON MAN 2)

Mickey Rourke touring a Russian prison for IRON MAN 2

The Moscow Times reports that actor Mickey Rourke toured Moscow's Butyrka as part of his prep work for 'Iron Man 2'. He was also in town for the Russian premiere of 'The Wrester' and decided a little prison torture would be in order.

That's right, Rourke reportedly tried out an 18th-century torture device called the "slingshot", designed to prevent prisoners from sleeping. It was apparently used in the prison up unto the 1970s.

"If I ever did time, I would like to work in a bakery, because the smell of fresh bread reminds me of childhood," Rourke said, according to the prison's web site.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Halo-8 has announced details of the new 'Xombie' DVD release. The disc will collect the popular webisodes of the Devils Due comics character.

The DVD includes:

  • A newly edited feature-version of "XOMBIE: DEAD ON ARRIVAL" collecting the series into one self-contained movie remastered in high resolution with new music,
  • The original short-form edits of the "XOMBIE: DEAD ON ARRIVAL" webisodes,
  • "Bringing Xombie To Life" documentary featurette which details James Farr's creative process from his original inspiration through his technical process for creating the animations,
  • pisode-by-episode commentaries by writer/director James Farr,
  • exclusive, digital version of the rare, out-of-print XOMBIE illustrated novel in a high-resolution 161 page PDF.

Check out and the Halo-8 website for details



Yep! That's Deadpool in those WOLVERINE trailers

When the early trailers for  'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' were released fans wondered, "Why is Deadpool so pretty?" After all, it was just Ryan Reynolds in a red shirt.

Now that the extended trailers have been released, sharp-eyed fans spotted Logan doing battle with a scarred, deformed character that many presumed to be Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth (although, the character in a trailer actually has no mouth). So, is it him? MTV Splash Page put the question to Reynolds, who is out doing press for the new movie 'Adventureland'.

The answer: Oh, yes indeedily-doodily. That's Deadpool, neighbor.

"I’m not going to get into exactly what’s going on with his mouth, particularly because he is ‘the merc with the mouth,’" Reynolds says. "But it’s going to be pretty interesting when people see it. People are going to be blown away and have a deep appreciation for what it is and how that character fits into this universe."

Reynolds does not, however, explain why Deadpool is seen later in the trailer blasting away with lasers shooting from his eyes.

Here's hoping that if that Deadpool feature ever comes around we'll get the red/black costume from the comics.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Is Deadpool channeling Cyclops in this WOLVERINE trailer?

Deadpool and Logan duke it out in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE



Rodriguez vague on SIN CITY 2 future

It's well established that Robert Rodriquez is a rebel. As such, he's bucking trends once again by NOT making the instant sequel to the second most successful franchise starter of his career.

Cinemablend chatted up Robert Rodriguez at the recent SXSW festival and asked about the prospect of 'Sin City 2'. Unfortunately for fans awaiting that sequel there's no light at the end of the tunnel just yet.

"I always say Sin City 2 right around the corner, because that’s what everybody wants to hear and I like pleasing the audience," he said during an interview, but added, "It might be a long corner.”

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




The gritty, visceral and sometimes cheesy 'Punisher: War Zone' arrived on the home entertainment market this week. MTV Splash Page presents this clip from the DVD extras:

Speaking of...don't forget to enter and win a copy from's 'Punisher War Zone' DVD Giveaway. We're drawing winners tomorrow!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



WATCHMEN Screenwriters Podcast

Need more 'Watchmen' insights? Creative Screenwriting Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith interviews the film's co-writers David Hayter and Alex Tse in their latest podcast.

And, of course, your humble correspondent interviewed Eric Matthies and Hans Rodionoff, the director and writer of the 'Under the Hood' spin-off movie, that arrives on DVD next week.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



THOR Gets A New Release Date  (Again)

Just a week after Marvel pegged the 'Thor' movie with a June 16, 2011 release date (moved from its 2010 schedule), the comics studio has reportedly moved the film again. The new date is May 20, 2011, according to Variety.

Marvel apparently took some heat for putting the movie just a month apart from the 'Captain America' film (which is slated for July 22, 2011).

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMERS 3 Gets A New New Release Date

Director Michael Bay has called B.S. on Paramount Pictures for announcing that 'Transformers 3' would come out on July 4, 2011. Posting on his official message board:

I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 - they asked me on the phone - I said yes to July 4 - but for 2012 - whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.





Loeb and McGuinness Too Busy for SUPERMAN/BATMAN Toon

Comic Book Resources chatted up Jeph Loeb and quizzed him about the recently announced 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies' animated movie. The film is based on the first story arc from the comic that Loeb wrote with artist Ed McGuinness.

Loeb, no stranger to writing for film and TV, told CBR that he is not participating in the movie.

"They asked me to write the script and I really, really wanted to, but I was on 'Heroes' and my schedule was just too full. So, no, I haven’t had anything to do with it. But, I’m a huge Bruce Timm [Executive Producer] fan, as he knows since I dog him at conventions, and I’m sure he’s going to make it even better than the comic."

Likewise, McGuinness could not find the time for the movie.

"I spoke to Ed this morning and he told me they had approached him to do designs," Loeb said, " but his schedule was too full, as well. We both would’ve loved to be involved."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Rucka says WHITEOUT will finally drop in November

Greg Rucka talks with Comic Book Resources in a video interview. CBR asked Rucka about the 'Whiteout' movie, which was hyped at Comic-Con 2007 and expected out last Fall.

Rucka says the final cut of the movie has been screened for Warner Bros. and the suits have approved it. The movie is on schedule for November of this year. Rucka also revealed that leading lady Kate Beckinsale is beautful.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



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SaintDemon 3/18/2009 8:36:26 AM

I may be confused on what you were saying, but Ryan Reynolds is not shooting lasers out of his eyes its Tim Pocock who is listed by IMDB as Cyclops. I am curious to know however why Cyclops and even Emma Frost are in the film.

hanso 3/18/2009 9:02:49 AM

Saint - In the trailer it clearly shows an albino dude shooting stuff from his eyes ala Cyclops, that's what he means that Ryan Reynolds is shooting from his eyes cause the albino dude is Deadpool. 

Looks like that early review I read may actually turn out to be legit which then means ****spoilers up son!***** that Fox/Marvel are gonna have to figure out how to bring Deadpool back if they intend to do a solo flick cause he supposedly gets his head chopped off at the end.*****end spoilers********

robbo 3/18/2009 9:27:44 AM

Saint: I just updated the story with another frame grab from the trailer. It's a moment in the last fifth of the trailer. It's definitely Deadpool shooting eye-beams.

So, he's got Wolverine claws and Cyclops eyes. Does this mean he's the X-Movie equivalent of The Mimic?

DreamMephisto 3/18/2009 9:32:23 AM

My worst fears come true. I didn't like Fox's concept of Deadpool because frankly a Deadpool with attached Baraka-blades and shooting lasers from the eyes is not the Deadpool I have grown to love from reading the comicbooks. But after some angry shouting and outbursts/venting to my friends (who only made it worst by asking me "Who's Deadpool?"), some relaxed heavy breathing, and thinking, I come to the conclusion that there is still hope. My prediction for the end result of Deadpool is that he and Wolverine duke it out and during the fight all the powers that have been given to Deadpool will start to reject the body. One by one the the laser eyes, teleportation, and blades will drop from the body (of course leaving only the healing factor) and since they are fighting on top of a nuclear power plant will get massive radiation that gives him the cancer and blah blah blah end result is the Deadpool we all know and love! YAY!

As for mouth shown shut, I dig it. It's a whatchamacallit...irony...that the merc with a mouth has no mouth. Even in the Deadpool comicbooks, he's mentioned that during his stint as a guinea pig in Department H, they did a lot of (painful) experiments on/in his mouth.

almostunbiased 3/18/2009 10:23:08 AM

I'm ok with a little rewrite, but I don't like the lasers from the eyes.

As far as Kick ass being the biggest comic movie of 2009, I say BS.

xenomorph 3/18/2009 10:50:16 AM

Mark Miller has the biggest fucking ego I have ever seen.

Im going with DreamMepistos prediction for DeadPool. He'll probably end up losing all of those powers(except for the regeneration, which would grow back his mouth) and become the DeadPool we all know and love.

violator14 3/18/2009 11:10:00 AM

HAHA.. i called that shite!

Wiseguy 3/18/2009 3:05:01 PM


Maybe that report we heard earlier is true. Where  they're trying to make the ultimate bad ass by giving him all these mutant powers and that's why we see Deadpool with some extra powers ala beams from eyes from a young Cyclops perhaps. My guess is that by the end of the film he loses the extra powers and ends up as the Deadpool we all know and love. Maybe they kill him and even bring in Thanos to bring him back from the dead. Tyhen the Deadpool franchise can start. I don't mind some changes and the rumors I hear sound ok to me. We'll know in 44 days.

Kick Ass has been a fun read so far and I know I just ordered the final issue which is #8 slated for June. I like that they stuck to the book and didn't cave but the book is way too bloody to make huge bucks IMO. I can see  about 150mil if it's as good as they say but I know a lot of people get turned off by the violence and there's plenty here. Hopefully it'll be better than Wanted.

Thor's release is still too close to Spidey. I know Spidey isn't a Marvel studios project but they still get a percentage of what it makes so a little more distance between those would be better IMO.

Wiseguy 3/18/2009 3:06:15 PM

By the way WOLVERINE will be the biggest comic book film of the year, Millar

OmegaDean 3/18/2009 3:14:34 PM

Honestly the more I hear about this movie and the more I see...the more I know its gonna suck loads of jizz when it comes to being a real X-Men/Marvel/Wolverine story.  It may be remotely entertaining but as far as the source material is concerned, its gonna be all sorts of wrong.

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