This Week in Comic Book Movie News
I know, I know ... it's starting to feel like movie week around here, but I'm not gonna let that stop me from sharing a batch of particularly noteworthy comics-related movie news that's crossed the Comics Alliance desk over the past week:
- In an L.A. Times profile of Frank Miller which includes numerous quotes from the man himself, it is reported that Miller has been in L.A. for six weeks taking meetings, considering casting choices, and writing his screenplay for The Spirit, which he is set to begin filming later this year. Miller also provides a status report on his Batman: Holy Terror graphic novel, of which he says about two thirds is already drawn and inked ... nonetheless, the cynic in Miller hints that given its provocative subject matter, the future of the book could be uncertain.
- Iron Man director Jon Favreau posted several shiny new tidbits on his official Iron Man group message board. To wit:
The movie will contain both the gray suit and the gold and red. The light you see in the photo on Robert's chest in the USA Today article is the chest piece glowing through his shirt. He is in captivity and forging the mask of the Mark 1. Both suits have been built practically by Winston Studios and are busily at work as we speak. We are exploring ideas for teaser trailers, though no date has been decided. We are planning to attend San Diego Comicon. Bridges is bald and plays Stane. The movie is on schedule and could not be going better.
So there's the confirmation we all expected that the suit in the leaked photo is merely the first version of the suit, and that the classic red and gold armor will indeed be appearing in the movie as well.
- JoBlo.com reports that Shia LaBeouf, who's currently starring in Disturbia, has "expressed substantial interest" in playing the title role of Yorick Brown in Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man. Anything that helps get what could be a truly excellent film (based on one of my all-time favorite comics) made is tops in my book. Note to self: must redouble efforts to get my hands on a copy of BKV's screenplay.
- Variety reports that David Goyer will be directing the Magneto spinoff from X-Men ... which will not include Ian Mckellan (boo!)
- Neil Gaiman's collaborator on the original (and still definitive) presentation of Stardust, Charles Vess reviews the movie on his blog, having attended an intimate screening last week as part of the Tribeca Film Fest. You should read his entire review, but here's my favorite pull quote: "It will be, I think, a lovely antidote for all the bombastic summer movies that will surround its release."
- Our friends at Allied Advertising gave us the heads up that the new trailer for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer has been released and is currently exclusively available --in glorious high def-- at Apple.com. Why are you still here? Go watch it now and check out for yourself the cool new shots of the Surfer and the Fantasticar ... and, oh yeah, find out about a (silly) new plot point.
In closing, I must render unto Comics2Film the mad props which are their due for being the badass aggregator of comics-related movies they are.