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Comic News Roundup – December 2009 – Week 3

Comic News Roundup – December 2009 – Week 3

Ray Stevenson Prepares For Volstagg
The Punisher talks Thor
He’s got every bit of that Falstaffian verve and vigour, and a bit of a beergut to suggest that enormous appetite, but he’s not the sort of Weeble-shaped figure he is in the comics. He’s Falstaff with muscles. I’ve got this amazing foam-injected undersuit that flexes with me. I can’t wait!

Robert Downey Jr. On Keeping ‘Iron Man 2′ Grounded: ‘It Would Be So Easy To Go So Far Out’
“I think what worked for ‘Iron Man’ is that it almost seemed like something from the cover of ‘Popular Mechanics,’” said Downey. “These kinds of suits were starting to be made in the States and Japan, so people were responding to ‘Iron Man’ almost as though it was a more of a high-tech ‘James Bond.’ So how could we start to introduce elements of the storylines in the comics without becoming too outlandish, where it wasn’t rooted in some kind of reality? That’s my big thing, and the only thing that’s really been of been of any benefit with my – quote, unquote – successes recently, is that they have allowed people to trust my instincts more comfortably, and to give me a little more creative leverage. And that’s all that matters, because all the other stuff comes and goes.”

Katee Sackhoff To Pen Her Own Comic Book Called ‘Verses’!
“I’m launching my own comic book that we’re getting ready to launch at Comic-Con next year. It’s called Versus. I wrote it with my friend Sxv’Leithan Essex. We’re very excited and as soon as I have anything I’ll give you a scoop!”

Bryce Dallas Howard Uncertain If Gwen Stacy Will Return In ‘Spider-Man 4′
“It was really made clear to me when we all did ‘Spider-Man 3’ that it was entirely possible that a character could come back or a character could not,” she added, “and this could be just a specific plotline to that film because there’s so many stories in the comic book series and you want to pack as much in as possible — so it’s truly up to Sam, up to, you know, the writers and the people who have done such an amazing job protecting that franchise and choosing the best storylines for audiences and I’m a fan first.”

Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu on Co-Directing “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths”
Specifically, I think the spectacle of these evenly matched supers fighting was really cool. Superman versus Ultraman. Flash fighting someone equally as fast. Strengths against strengths. Jay Oliva boarded the last fight sequence and the Superwoman-Wonder Woman fight is great. They’re both strong, super powerful women and I think it was brutal enough as is, but the way Jay made Wonder Woman use the lasso to slam Superwoman to the ground is pretty amazing.

‘Jonah Hex’ Reshoots? Francis Lawrence Consulting?!
An insider is telling Bloody Disgusting that Warner Bros. Pictures is prepping a few new weeks of shooting for their comic book adaptation of Jonah Hex, which is slated for release on June 18, 2010. Jimmy Hayward , who directed the DC comics adaptation, is getting back behind the camera with Francis Lawrence – the man behind I Am Legend and Constantine – consulting. This has been CONFIRMED.

‘Chuck’ Star Zachary Levi Laments Losing ‘Thor’ Role, Hopes For ‘Captain America’ (Or Bucky!)
I am Chuck Bartowski in a lot of ways, so to be able to not only be up for a really big movie, but to be up for a really big movie that is a part of the Marvel Universe, that Kenneth Branagh is directing, that Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are in, you dream about stuff like that. It sucked having to let that go, but again, that stuff is out of your hands. I believe that, based on what’s happened, this is where God wants me so you let that go. I wish them nothing but the best. I’m sure Stuart Townsend will do a good job. Hopefully Marvel feels bad and are like. ‘You should be Captain America!’ or Bucky at the very least. It definitely was tough to let that go.

DreamWorks nabs ‘I Saw You’ pitch
Andrea McCloud’s project is based on a comics anthology
DreamWorks Studios has picked up a pitch from screenwriter Andrea McCloud titled “I Saw You.” Based on a comics anthology edited by Julia Wertz, the pitch revolves around four intersecting love stories derived from missed-connections ads. George Tillman Jr. is attached to direct and produce through his State Street Pictures with Robert Teitel. Wertz also will produce.

Disney-Marvel: Anatomy of a deal
A case study on how the pact came about
Disney’s stealth buy of comic powerhouse Marvel galvanized Wall Street when it was unveiled in late summer. The $4 billion deal, negotiated during a particularly sluggish period for mergers and acquisitions, immediately sparked speculation about future media consolidation and stepped up pacts in general. But more than anything it solidified Disney CEO Bob Iger’s status as a leading media dealmaker.

‘Paranormal Activity’ Fans Find Answers In ‘The Search For Katie’ Digital Comic
The story, available through iTunes for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, explores what happens after the film concludes and follows the mentioned, but never seen, demonologist Dr. Johann Averys on his search for the demon-plagued Katie.

Ryan Reynolds Talks ‘Deadpool’ Costume, Movie Trailer And ‘Green Lantern’ Questions
“You want to find the best version of what’s in the comic books, but like a lot of [characters], Deadpool has one of the more inconsistent narratives,” he said. “It’s tough, because the series has been dropped and reopened so many times. You really have to pick and choose so many of the best elements and cobble those together and create the movie of your dreams. Oddly enough, I think the suit is the easiest task, ” he added. “It’s such a cool-looking suit, too. It’s just deciding on the material and stuff, but that comes into play once you get a script.”

Warren Ellis Explains Changes In ‘Red’ Adaptation
“['Red'] the film is very different. Not least because it needed to generate more material than the book itself actually constituted,” said Ellis. “It is in fact best to consider ['Red'] as a short story being adapted into film. Now, while you can perfectly well make a film with only four characters in [it] — or even just one character — those films tend not to be massive commercial propositions. And Summit is in the business of making commercial films,” explained Ellis. “Also, they needed to expand ['Red'] from a half-hour to an hour-and-a-half. So, yes, there are a lot of new characters.”

Denzel Washington about to get ZAPT!?
actor/producer Denzel Washington is circling the TOKYOPOP title ‘Zapt!’. Comic scribes Keith Giffen and Shannon Eric Denton created and wrote the book with illustrated by Armand Villavert. ‘Zapt!’ tells the comedic adventures of an ordinary boy named Armand who gets drafted into an intergalactic police force. Now he has to deal with the the day-to-day hassles of school teachers, homework and bullies, knowing that at any moment he may get transported into space for duty. The Pangalactic Order of Police (that’s right: it spells P.O.O.P.) employs kids because their instinctive nature allows them to master the alien technology that makes them superheroes.

‘Thor’ writers board vampire film ‘Damn Nation’
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote “Thor” for Marvel, have come aboard to pen “Damn Nation,” a futuristic vampire project lurking at Paramount. Dark Horse Entertainment is producing the adaptation, which is based on a comic by Andrew Cosby and art by Jason Alexander (not the “Seinfeld” actor.) Set in a U.S. evacuated after an attack from “inhuman nocturnal predators,” the comic tells the tale of the survivors after the government has been forced to relocate to London while scientists search for a solution.

L&E, Liquid get graphic
Epic Cycle to hatch properties that can go multiplatform
L+E Prods. has partnered with Liquid Comics to launch Epic Cycle, a new graphic novel label to hatch properties that can be expanded into multiple platforms, including film and TV. L+E chief exec Eric Eisner said his company will identify concepts and hire writers, while Liquid Comics’ founders Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman will oversee the process of transforming them into graphic novels.

Meanwhile, Back at The Hall of Justice…

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This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive roundup of the entire weeks’ news. All stories are chosen by me for no other reason than that they got my attention and might capture yours. If something you think is more important chime in on the feedback; we’d love to hear comments and have a conversation about it.

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Scott is an art director, writer and comics creator living in Los Angeles. He has been a pop culture maven from a very young age. His very first job was as a manager of a comic book store. He spent several years working in a video store, and yes, we are talking VHS tapes. A student of literature and Writing, he brings his obsessive love of comic book trivia, movie history and science fiction/fantasy writing to bear on the work he does for CoolShite.

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