by Ryan Rigley
One week has passed since Michael Clarke Duncan died, and we're still mourning the astounding actor. Among the reasons we'll miss Duncan is the fact that he had a number of comic book movie roles on his plate at the time of his death that will now unfortunately never happen. Take for instance his reprisal of the character Manute in the highly anticipated "Sin City" sequel or Kilowog in any potential "Green Lantern" sequels/reboot.
But easily the most famous comic book character that Duncan helped bring to life up on the silver screen was Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, in 2003's "Daredevil." Although some were initially surprised by an African American actor playing a character that had always been portrayed as Caucasian in the comic books, Duncan truly owned the role. In fact, he was arguably the best part of the entire movie.
Read on for our thoughts on the late actor's take on Kingpin.
by Ryan J. Downey
News of Michael Clarke Duncan's passing sent shockwaves of sadness around Hollywood and the movie fan community earlier on Monday (September 3) that were larger than the extremely talented and warmly charming man's imposing physical stature. Most news outlets rightly singled out his star-making turn opposite Tom Hanks in the Stephen King adaptation "The Green Mile" as his signature role. But we in the comics community counted him as one of our own.
Michael Clarke Duncan is our Hero of the Week for the way his all-encompassing enthusiasm for his roles would overcome fan skepticism and sometimes even otherwise bad films. Last year's "Green Lantern" was a bit of a mess, but certainly the late actor's take on Kilowog was a true standout. And who can forget his turn as the one-eyed mercenary Manute in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's noir masterpiece, "Sin City"? This was one of those comic books thought by some to be un-filmable. But Rodriguez's genius idea to enlist Miller as co-director and faithful rendition offered a true showcase for actors like Duncan.
Michael Clarke Duncan left us far too soon, at only 54 years old and with bright things in his future. Not only was he engaged to be married, he had numerous upcoming projects in varying stages of production, including a few potential comic book movies.
In the paneled page department, it felt like a virtual certainty that Duncan would be back for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." His brutish bodyguard Manute plays a pivotal role in the original Frank Miller graphic novel that "Dame to Kill For" gets its name from, showing us how he first encountered Clive Owen's heroic photographer Dwight McCarthy.
Former Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan died on Monday (September 3) from complications following a heart attack he suffered in July. He was 54 years old.
Though best known for his Academy Award worthy work in Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Green Mile," Duncan will likely be best remembered by Splash Page readers for his contributions to the comic book movie scene. He starred in no few than three live-action comic book flicks — "Daredevil" as Kingpin, "Sin City" as Manute and "Green Lantern" as Kilowog — and also supplied his unmistakable growl to several animated properties, including a reprisal of the Kingpin role on the Neil Patrick Harris-led "Spider-Man" cartoon.
For more details on Duncan's passing, visit MTV News.
"Green Lantern" arrived on the big screen last weekend, but we still have some time before "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" brings its emerald glow to television. Don't worry, though, there's a new trailer for the series to help the time go by faster.
Debuting over at the show's official website, the new "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" trailer urges fans to "Go Green!" when the series debuts on Cartoon Network this year. It also offers an quick peek at familiar Green Lanterns like Kilowog and Salaak, as well as the Guardians of the Universe.
Oh, and you can download some great new wallpaper from the series over at the website, too. Read More...
Green Lantern, DC Comics’ intergalactic hero, soared into theaters this weekend, introducing many people to a character who made his debut more than 50 years ago.
DC scribe and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was heavily involved in the making of this film, so it should come as no surprise that the comic books themselves form the basic fabric of the movie’s story.
As we've done in the past for films like "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class," we’re taking a look at the various elements of the film and breaking down for you just where they come from in Green Lantern’s decades of comics history.
Oh, and if you haven't seen "Green Lantern" yet, consider this your SPOILER WARNING! Read More...
Now that "Green Lantern" is in theaters, more people know that the DC Comics universe is a big place, with the self-styled Guardians of the Universe watching over 3600 individual sectors, each assigned its own member of the Green Lantern Corps to patrol and protect it.
As you can probably imagine, one sector in particular — numbered 2814 — has proven extremely troublesome time and again. In fact, it’s one particular planet in that sector where most of the trouble comes from (or, in the case of the "Green Lantern" movie, ends up on): a little mudball called “Earth.”
Because of the constant problems stemming from this planet, the Guardians determined over time that more than one Green Lantern is warranted to watch over it. in the new film, we see Hal Jordan become the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 — but there have been others, past and present, who have come to Earth’s defense when needed.
For those who saw the film and want to catch up on the Corps, we've put together a quick primer on who's come before and after Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern comics universe. Read More...
Judging from what we've seen via the various trailers, TV spots and concept art, the special effects teams assembled for "Green Lantern" had their work cut out for them. Sure, they had the comics as reference material, but the act of constructing the more sci-fi elements of the character's storied history proved slightly more painstaking than all out, let-your-imagination-run-wild-type fun.
MTV News caught up with "Green Lantern" creature design guru Neville Page at the film's premiere to talk about the specific challenges his team faced. Unsurprisingly, the names Tomar-Re and Kilowog came up.
"As soon as I saw the character in the comic book, I thought, 'How can we get a chicken guy to work, realistically next to Ryan Reynolds, and not have people laugh?'" Page said of designing Tomar-Re. "That was a struggle. It was a team of us trying to refine it, we were all just chipping away at this huge challenge." Read More...
"Green Lantern" brings its emerald glow to theaters this weekend, and just like so many other projects making the leap from page to screen, it's packed with call-outs to its comic book source material.
As we've done in the past with "X-Men: First Class" and "Thor," here's a spoiler-free breakdown of five hidden (and not-so-hidden) things to look for when you check out "Green Lantern."
Just in case you aren't able to watch the video, here's a roundup of what you missed...
Hal Jordan, also known as the intergalactic peacekeeper Green Lantern, has his hands full patrolling the spaceways and keeping ne’er-do-wells from threatening the cosmos. As his patrol extends to the big screen this weekend, we decided to look at some of the biggest threats he’s been called on to combat in the line of duty.
What follows is a rundown of the greatest Green Lantern villains of all time from the character's comics history. Should you encounter any of these dangerous rogues, do not attempt to make contact; report the sighting to your local Green Lantern Corps representative immediately.