Superhero Hype asked director Gavin Hood “why” direct the mutant minded movie, and he said, “What appeals to me about the Wolverine character of all the other characters is that my feeling that he’s the one that suffers from the most existential angst,” he said. “”Since I’m a guy who loves emotional complexity, it seemed to me that, when I was first approached to do it, my first thought was, ‘What? Me? Do this? What is that? I don’t know enough about comic book characters.’ And of course, I then did some further research and I realized that the character of Wolverine, I think his great appeal lies in the fact that he’s someone who in some ways, is filled with a great deal of self-loathing by his own nature and he’s constantly at war with his own nature. It seemed to me that really what it is, is that it’s a little like great Greek mythology, which is something I’ve always been in love with where the Greek Gods threw thunderbolts and Poseidon conjured up storms, but those mythological stories were designed to examine emotional truths. It seems to me that the character of Wolverine epitomizes in a modern context, a kind of great mythical tradition of using larger-than-life characters in order to play with and examine human emotion at a sort of operatic level.”
IGN has an interesting article claiming the George Miller-helmed team up film could be targeted by striking writers as a priority to hobble the studios.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly and UGO’s Movieblog both noted that actress Jessica Biel passed on the idea of wearing the star spangled panties as Wonder Woman and that actor Tyrese Gibson is being considered for the role of Green Lantern John Stewart.
Finally, Justice League On Film claims that the production is having a superlative problem casting the two biggest name characters. Their source said, “I’ve heard that they [Miller, WB] are having a hard time casting Batman. Actors that are considered a ‘name’ don’t want to step on their [Chris Nolan, Christian Bale] toes. That’s a big problem for [George] Miller and Warners because you have a character [Batman] with its own franchise and it’s successful — and everyone loves what Bale is doing as Batman. I mean, Bale IS Batman. Do you think someone like a Jake Gyllenhaal wants to try to compete with Bale?”
No news is good news right? When Comingsoon.net asked actor Mark Wahlberg about playing Duke in the toy adaptation, he said, “Oh, I have no idea. Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] was talking about it months back, when we were promoting ‘Shooter’ but I haven’t seen a script.”
The Pharyngula blog reports that Jim Kalakios, author of “The Physics of Superheroes,” is doing consulting work for the “Watchmen” movie. “All I know is that Jim promises that it is excellent and true to the graphic novel,” the blog wrote, “and as a fellow follower of the Code of the Thin Tweed Line, he cannot lie to a fellow academic. This will be something to look forward to.”
Superhero Hype has an interview with actress Malin Akerman talking about becoming the SIlk Spectre. “This is a really cool role. She’s sort of the psychology of the film because she’s the only woman in the ‘Watchmen’ aside from the previous “Watchmen.” She is a femme fatale, she is a kick ass fighter, and I think she sort of carries the emotion of the film because she is the only woman amongst all of these men. They’re going through sort of not being the Watchmen anymore and dealing with that as well as trying to figure out who is trying to kill them off. It’s a really, really, really well written script. [It’s a] really great role that I’m so excited to do because it’s so opposite from what I just did. It’s a wonderful novel and very true to the novel. If you’re familiar with the novel that’s it.”
Actor Emile Hirsch talked to Ain’t It Cool News about what to expect. “I’ll be the first to state it big on Ain’t It Cool News that SPEED RACER is totally out of the box, off the charts, absolutely not what anyone’s going to expect from them. I’m talking tonally, visually, aesthetically … the choices of the actors is very striking and surprising. You know, there’s John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, Kick Gurry, Richard Roundtree … Mathew Fox and a live chimpanzee in half of the scenes. It’s colorful. It’s comedic. It’s crazy and very, very close to the spirit of the cartoon, but people inevitably are going to expect something like THE MATRIX, because that’s really what they know the Wachowskis for, other than BOUND, but they’re going to be so shocked when they just see this totally, totally different world and the cars are dope, dude. I mean, the cars are crazy and they’re all different, like different designs and different art on them. There’s one car that’s got a Japanese, like, Yakuza tattoo across the car. It’s crazy.”
Across the digital aisle, Devoted to Smallville has an image gallery of screen captures from the season premiere, “Bizarro.
Finally, the network has remixed its video hub with completed cast interviews and more.
Keeping it coaxial for a moment, Herosite has screen captures for tonight’s episode, “Lizards.”
E! Online claims that it’s likely executive producer Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay will both return for another Cybertronian adventure, but cautions that all approvals aren’t finished yet.
Actress Eva Mendes was interviewed by IESB about working with Frank Miller. “Frank Miller gave me some of the old [‘Spirit’] comics. And I’m excited because I’ve never actually played, like, a real Femme Fatal [sic]. And this woman is just, you know, she is just, she would eat you for breakfast. So yeah, I know, it’s kinda fun! Right now we are thinking a very old-meets-new, Rita-Hayward-ish kinda hair. We have a forties feel to some of the outfits and stuff but obviously modernizing Frank Miller’s, you know, lovely insanity. So it will be a nice little mix. But you, that’s what we’re thinking now, and that can at least change once we’re there, it usually does.”
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN
You can get a first look at the new animated series at Toon Zone.
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