As adults with incomes and free will, some of us will eventually make it out West for Comic-Con International, which is commonly thought of as Nerd Mecca (that, and the place where they filmed the upside-down kiss in "Spider-Man.") For those of us who can’t, "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock is bringing us "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s A Hope," a documentary that will explore the event from the inside perspective of five fans, all of whom see different things in the multi-purpose convention.
In an expansive Los Angeles Times story about the film, Spurlock discussed a number of things, such as the difficulties of shooting and the process of figuring out what type of movie to make.
"This big challenge was figuring out how you cover something as massive and as crowded as Comic-Con and tell a coherent story," he said said. "And what is that story? We had a huge crew, 150 people and between 15 to 20 cameras that were rolling at any given moment. We shot about 650 hours in about six or seven days over the course of this … then when you’re done it’s all about trying to find the gold in there."
As has been the case for more than a decade, everything’s coming up Brian Michael Bendis.
The long-time Marvel Comics scribe just signed a deal to to write his first book, according to The Hollywood Reporter, due for release in 2013. "Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Graphic Novels," as it’s called, will give advice on how to break into the comic book industry, with a helping hand from some of Bendis’s successful colleagues.
Keep reading for more details on that, plus a quick "Powers" TV show update.
Guy Pearce gets good work with good reason. He brings a type of detached cool to every part he plays, along with immense emotional versatility -- like Jason Statham, but with more acting chops. For whatever reason, Pearce has never really broken out as a star in his own right, though not for lack of trying (remember "The Time Machine"?). That might have changed had he been cast in "Batman Begins" as the Caped Crusader’s first real nemesis: Ra’s al Ghul, a part that ended up going to Liam Neeson.
Speaking to ComicBookMovie.com at a press junket for "Lockout," Pearce didn’t mince words: talk of him being involved with Batman was "pretty much rumor." Still, he talked a little bit about the role with director Christopher Nolan, whom he’d worked with on 2000’s "Memento."
You know, it would be nice to find out who those aliens warriors backing up Loki’s destructive rampage in "The Avengers" are ahead of time, assuming there’s an honest answer. Not because it’s essential to know or anything, but simply so it can stop the endless speculation and methodical scouring of clues and screenshots to figure out what’s going on. If nothing else, an answer would enable comic fans to stop chewing their fingers off in anticipation.
But this may be a real tip, and one that makes sense: a commenter at Slash Film points out that the aliens resemble inhabitants of the world Korbin, which is where recurring "Thor" character Beta Ray Bill is from. Beta Ray Bill is an alien who ends up getting a Norse hammer crafted for him, much in the style of Thor’s Mjolnir, and becomes a hero to his people. Given the previously established "Thor" connection, it’s not too much of a stretch to think that some of those people could be brought over into the movieverse to wreak some havoc.
Over the years, just about every Marvel property has been optioned for a big screen adaptation. Of course, it’s not exactly likely that Power Pack will be rendered with a $200 million budget, but the promise of good intentions is still nice. Chief among those long-rumored projects is an "Ant-Man" movie, which has been discussed almost every year for the last several years without much public progress.
Now, speaking to Bleeding Cool in a video discussion, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made slight reference to his communications with director Edgar Wright over the movie’s development, and whether we’ll see it any time soon.
"It’s somewhere. I’ll just say it’s closer than it’s ever been in its long maybe eight year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years it’s got further away and closer… we are now closer than we’ve ever been," Feige said. "So I hope it will come together shortly."
Marvel Studios has never been shy about making an unconventional hiring choice for one of its movies. Who else would’ve recast the former Human Torch as Captain America, or asked a Shakespearean actor to direct a movie about Thor?
But this may be the most off-kilter choice to date: Vulture reports that Marvel is considering Anthony and Joseph Russo, best known for directing and producing episode of NBC’s "Community," to take over the Captain America movie sequel.
Brian K. Vaughan’s "Y: The Last Man," which wrapped a few years ago, is about as perfect of a self-contained original series as the mainstream comic world has seen in recent history. Spread out over 60 issues and six years of publication, it’s also not the easiest series to condense, which is why a rumored film adaptation has remained just a rumor over the last few years.
But there may be some slow progress moving on that front: The Hollywood Reporter reports that writing partners Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia are in final negotiations to pen the New Line Cinema adaptation. They’re both relatively new to the movie game, but they’ve both logged experience writing for TV shows like "Jericho," "Charlie’s Angels," "Warehouse 13," and another comic-inspired project, "Human Target."
You may not be able to understand the Japanese trailer for "The Avengers," unless you spent a semester abroad in Tokyo or happen to be Japanese. But action and adventure are universally translatable pleasures, which is why there are a few surprises to be picked up from the new trailer, newly released by Yahoo! Japan.
For starters, there’s a lot more of the mysterious alien antagonists that have been teased in the American trailers. They’re shown leaping out of a wormhole, fighting our heroes, and causing widespread havoc across New York City. There aren’t really any close-ups so it’s hard to say what they look like or who they might be, though it’s safe to say it’s probably not the Kree or the Skrulls (unless Joss Whedon is royally messing with us).
You wouldn’t expect "300" to lend itself easily to a sequel, since all of the relevant characters are pretty much dead by the end (spoilers!). But there were events happening before and during the Battle of Thermopylae, which is why the concept is being revisited in "300: Battle of Artemisia," a prequel/sequel/??? with a release date in the vague future. It’ll supposedly be about an Athenian hero taking on the Persian king Xerxes, sort of in the way that "300" was about a Spartan hero taking on the same guy.
There will be at least one constant between the two: actor Rodrigo Santoro, who played Xerxes in "300" and is in talks to reprise his role in "Battle of Artemisia." Speaking to Omelete, Santoro discussed his involvement with the movie and its premise.
"The movie is set at the same time," Santoro said. "The idea is to show another point of view. While that battle from the first ‘300’ is taking place, there were others going on. Actually, it’s all of this and then there is an intersection point with the first movie. It goes back and then goes beyond that. That was the initial concept."
What would "The Avengers" be without a big promotional push? There are less than two months left before the movie comes out, and yet, there still may be a handful of moviegoers unaware of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
In turn, Marvel released a handful of character-oriented promo posters highlighting all of the movie’s main heroes, which you can see over at Latino Review.