FROM MTV MOVIES: Mark Ruffalo will soon join Edward Norton and Eric Bana as the third actor to portray Dr. Bruce Banner in as many big-screen adventures, but when the Incredible Hulk finally lines up next to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of Marvel's mightiest to take on evils no single one of them can handle on their own, it won't just be the good doctor you'll have trouble recognizing: It might be the jade giant himself.
"The Avengers" will diverge from previous versions of the character and feature its own re-designed rendering of the green behemoth to more accurately reflect the new actor playing him, Ruffalo revealed to MTV News on the red carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Ruffalo said the character's designers are working hard to make the Hulk look like him: "All the features are mine, just really big. I got to see the maquette of the Hulk yesterday in full scope, and it's awesome."
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The man most responsible for bringing Harry Potter to the big-screen (he wrote seven of the eight films, missing only “Order of the Phoenix”), writer Steve Kloves has been tapped to polish the script for the upcoming, live-action version of the sprawling manga-turned-anime epic "Akira."
The Oscar nominated writer will take over work on the script from Albert Torres (“Henrey Poole is Here”) and previous writers, “Iron Man” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, according to Variety.
Based on the report's choice of words, and the fact that Katsuhiro Otomo’s original graphic novel is known for its dense and sprawling storyline, it’s likely that Kloves isn’t doing a page-one rewrite, but tightening the script either for narrative or budgetary purposes. Read More...
Thanks to a recent string of interviews at this past weekend's WonderCon in San Francisco, Chris Evans suddenly finds himself at the center of something resembling a geek storm. In the comment section here on Splash Page and across the 'net, fans are lambasting the man who would be Steve Rogers for his unfamiliarity with the character, his history, and iconography.
And all I can think is: Why?
Why care if he couldn't tell Bucky Barnes from Bucky Dent, or Buck Rogers, or Steve Rogers, or Mr. Rogers? Why care if he knows the character at all?
It came out of nowhere to surprise us all, and led in no small part to making Robert Downey Jr. the actor MTV News was most thankful for this year. But now that “Iron Man 2” is already full-steam ahead, what can or should be improved from the first film?
“I’m sure Rob would have a million answers!” screenwriter Justin Theroux exclaimed when we brought the question to him (And Downey certainly did have some "Iron Man 2" answers for us.)
As for Theroux himself, however, the biggest difference, he says, won’t necessarily be an improvement, but a total paradigm shift in dealing with Tony Stark. Read More...
Not long after the first trailer for “Dragonball” underwhelmed the internet, our friends over at Cinematical discovered that Fox was scheduling reshoots for the big-screen adaptation of the wildly popular anime/manga, presumably to fix a bunch of scenes that looked awful in the teaser.
Half true, “Dragonball” actress Jamie Chung told MTV News. They are only re-shooting ONE scene. One very big, very important scene.
“I think it’s just one scene that they’re gonna have to reshoot and it’s the end fight,” Chung said of what they were re-tooling. “I fortunately will not have to go back. I think it’s the big fight between Justin Chatwin and James Marsters.” Read More...
If it wasn’t already, Robert Downey Jr’s recent comments to MTV News make one thing abundantly clear: As the flag bearers and gold standard for Marvel movies, the team behind “Iron Man” feels a great responsibility, not just to their own upcoming sequel, but to other Marvel properties as well.
So now that the “Narnia” duo of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been tapped to pen “Captain America,” it’s a sure bet Downey, Favreau, and screenwriter Justin Theroux are burning through phone cards trying to connect. Right?
Wrong, said Theroux, who told MTV News that there was absolutely no dialogue between other Marvel writers and himself. None.
“You know, there’s NO dialogue right now - in a great way,” the scripter confessed. “I think [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige just wants to make sure we can make the best movie that we can make.” Read More...
We may never know what ultimately led to the Don Cheadle/Terrence Howard switch on "Iron Man 2," and if Robert Downey Jr. knows, well, he isn't talking (at least to us).
But one reason it definitely did NOT happen is because the character of Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes was scaled back for the sequel, "Iron Man 2” screenwriter Justin Theroux told MTV News.
"I can't really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way," Theroux said of the man who would be War Machine. "He's COMPLETELY present." Read More...
He’s the fastest man on Earth, but you sure as heck wouldn’t know it based on how long it’s taken for “The Flash” to make it to the big-screen. The slow crawl of the project turned into a snail’s pace, that, in light of the “Justice League of America” movie, eventually turned into a complete stop.
The last official word we had on the project was way back in October of last year, when “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin revealed exclusively to MTV News that he was tapped to helm the upcoming "Flash" flick.
Back then, we wrote that he was taking over for Shawn Levy, who we said “left for undisclosed reasons.”
So what where those reasons? Read More...
There are a lot of dysfunctional relationships in "Watchmen": between Dr. Manhattan and his wife, between Ozymandias and his staff, between Rorschach and, well... everyone.
But the relationship that, for many, is the saddest in the entire graphic novel is between Sally Jupiter and Laurie Juspeczyk, both mother and daughter and the first and second Silk Spectres, respectively.
Just how much can a daughter hate her mother? Read More...
It’s been like an all you can eat smorgasbord at the Comic Book Buffet this summer, with fans gorging themselves on a heaping plateful of Batman, a giant helping of “Iron Man,” and a little taste of “Hellboy” and “Hulk.”
So indulgent was the feast, director "Hulk" Louis Leterrier told MTV News in June that we might be getting dangerously close to having our fill of the norm, and suggested Marvel mix it up with alternative superhero projects like “World War Hulk” or Neil Gaiman’s “1602.”
Gaiman, not surprisingly, recently said he thought it was a great idea.
Could a project like “1602” -- which envisions the Marvel Universe if it took place in the year 1602 -- ever actually get made, though?
Yes, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told MTV News. Just don’t hold your breath. Read More...