Who Should Play the Ant-Whispering Founding Avenger?
Comic book movie fans were treated to some great news yesterday, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. In addition to announcing that Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be released in 3D, Marvel Studios' parent company finally put co-writer (with Joe Cornish) and director Edgar Wright's (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) Ant-Man adaptation on its slate of upcoming superhero movies, revealing the movie will be released on November 6, 2015, just six months after The Avengers 2 hits theaters.
Despite being a founding member of The Avengers in the Marvel comic books, Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man, has yet to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This could be due to Ant-Man's lack of popularity or because Marvel "reserved" the character for Wright, who has been working on his Ant-Man script for years, but the most likely reason is that Wright's Ant-Man won't be scientist-turned-superhero Hank Pym at all, but some other hero, a "bad-ass secret agent" with size-changing powers. Help us cast the Ant-Man movie by telling us who you think has what it takes to play a mini-James Bond with a kookie helmet.
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Posted 10.17.12 by BrentJS
Who Should Rule Atlantis?
First appearing way back in More Fun Comics #73 (Sept. 1941), Aquaman is one of the oldest comic book characters in existence. His longevity in popular culture, coupled with his incredible powers — super strength and durability, telepathy, ability to breathe underwater — and the fact that he is also the king of Atlantis on top of being a superhero should place Aquaman in the upper echelon of comic book characters, yet he has always been considered something of a laughing stock outside of the comic book community. A popular subject of derision on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, Aquaman's only live-action highlights have come from his appearances on Smallville, as played by Alan Ritchson, and in an Entourage sub-plot in which the too-lean and not-blonde Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) played the "King of the Seven Seas" in a faux James Cameron movie.
Apparently, there is some talk at Warner Bros. about bringing Aquaman to the big screen in a solo movie, but the studio is far more invested in developing Green Lantern 2, The Flash and Wonder Woman so Aquaman's big screen debut will likely be as part of the ensemble Justice League movie. Who do you think has what it takes to not only salvage Aquaman's reputation, but stand alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice Leaguers on the big screen?
Aquaman art by Jeff Chapman
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Posted 10.11.12 by BrentJS
Earlier this month, The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston said he had to cast the role of Captain America before "March 1," and that the director was "[screen] testing five or six" guys between the ages of 23 and 32. Several reports have surfaced with the names of the potential candidates and according to THR, Marvel is looking at the following six actors for the part this week: John Krasinki (NBC's The Office), Scott Porter (Dear John), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Patrick Flueger (Brothers), Michael Cassidy (CW's Privileged), and Wilson Bethel (CBS' The Young and the Restless).
Marvel is also in talks with Chace Crawford (CW's Gossip Girl) to screen test as well and wanted to test Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) but hasn't yet due to scheduling conflicts. Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3-D) is also having scheduling issues.
Johnston admitted he's looking to cast the role with "a complete unknown," which may or may not be a strike against a few of the candidates, namely Krasinski. However, the report cautions that it is likely that none of the potential candidates get cast in the role. Chris Hemsworth was cast as the lead role of Thor after several rounds of testing, but never tested for the part himself. Posted 02.26.10 by Ryan
Sony Screen Gems has announced that production has officially begun on Resident Evil: Afterlife in Toronto, Canada.
Some casting announcements for the fourth installment of the Resident Evil series were made as well. Boris Kodjoe already Tweeted his involvement in the movie, then revealed the casting of Prison Break's Wentworth Miller as well. Afterlife's press release reveals that Miller will be playing game character Chris Redfield, the brother of Ali Larter's Claire, who first arrived in Resident Evil: Extinction. Spencer Locke will return as Extinction's other survivor, K-Mart, and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) is cast in an unspecified role.
In a surprising re-casting, Shawn Roberts (Diary of the Dead) will take over for Jason O'Mara as the evil Dr. Albert Wexler. Also of note, IMDb's cast list includes some curious casting rumors with Jensen Ackles playing game character Leon S. Kennedy and Eva Mendes playing a character named Excella Gionne. IMDb still lists O'Mara in the cast, so perhaps those rumors are just that.
Afterlife sees the return of Paul W.S. Anderson to the director's chair, after only writing and producing the previous two sequels Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Extinction. In a statement, Anderson had this to say about Afterlife:
Alice's battle with The Umbrella Corporation isn't finished. Last time we saw Alice [Milla Jovovich], she let them know she was coming after them. It's time to settle the score.
Afterlife is being shot in 3-D and opens August 27, 2010. Posted 10.01.09 by Ryan