Superhero Roundup: Branagh on Thor 2, Avengers News, Hulk on TV, Superman Actor Passes Away and Smallville Finale Details
We’ve got a lot of news to go through, so let’s great started with the biggest film to premiere so far this year, Marvel‘s Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder.
With all the good buzz that the movie has been getting (currently rated 84% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), expectations are high and it is not surprising that a sequel is already being discussed, and Branaugh seems open to the possibility of directing it himself! Which is great news, as he is a well-respected filmmaker, and seems to have really enjoyed the process of making the first one, so why not?
It would be a lovely challenge and problem to have should we do a second one…. When I first got involved with this, I was so thrilled. The first big, really exciting moment when I started really going through the comic books was all the descriptions of powers. loved it. Amazing. People’s body weights, how tall they were, what they could do. All of that kind of stuff. There’s a vast amount of that from the Thor universe that I’d like to see.
We went through so many possibilities for how the story might go, that of course the prospect of that is very tantalizing and fascinating.
I’m really excited for Thor, and already have my ticket for tomorrow in my hand. However, it has not been easy preventing spoilers from being revealed to me, but I have been vigilant!
That is why I have not watched the video below, where Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, discuss their roles in the upcoming Avengers movie. But, what we do know, is that all the Marvel superheroes that have been seen recently (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye) will unite to face Loki (played by Hiddleston) and a world-wide threat. It has been hinted that the threat may be the extraterrestrial shape-shifting race known as the Skrulls, but no one really knows.
Feel free to watch the video here, but I will refrain from doing so until after I see the movie!
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
In other Marvel news, it looks like Mark Ruffalo (who will play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Avengers) will be a throwback to the old Bill Bixby tv show, according to Kevin Feige, the co-president of Marvel films.
I think like James Bond changing actors many times or Batman changing actors many times, or Dr. Who changing actors, every actor brings something different to it and I think what we’re going to find [with Mark Ruffalo is] a pathos that I think we haven’t seen in Bruce Banner since Bill Bixby … Ruffalo is I think going to be matching that in terms of really sort of feeling for that character and caring for that character. I think one of the reasons Mark wanted to come on is that Banner becomes as interesting a character as the Hulk does. And all rooted in that pathos for this brilliant man who has this condition.
The Bixby show was always an interesting take on the character of Hulk, and I think Ruffalo will do quite well in the part.
Now, onto DC news, all about Superman!
First off, we were all sad to find out that the original Perry White in the 1978 Superman film, Jackie Cooper, passed away at the ripe old age of 88. He was a great actor, and will always be remembered for his iconic role.
Onto happier news, we have a preview for tomorrow night’s Smallville episode, which is promising to be action-packed leading up to next week’s two-hour series finale!
And last, but certainly not least,we have a bit more Smallville news for you from Tom Welling (aka Clark Kent/Superman) himself on shooting the finale and his time on the show.
ON SHOOTING THE LAST SCENE:
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” he says. “As we were shooting it, everyone’s senses were heightened. People were flying up from L.A. (to Vancouver, where the show has been made) to supervise and make sure everyone who had to make a decision was there. Everybody was just really excited, and the energy level went up. I would imagine it’s like the last mile of a marathon, where the adrenaline kicks in and really allows you to finish strong. At the same time, it was ‘Make sure the shot’s good.’ The last image, for me, sums up not only the end of Clark Kent but the birth of Superman. I hope that’s what people can take away … that Clark is still out there fighting the good fight, but we’re just not able to go with him.”
ON BEING IN THE COSTUME:
“To me, and to a lot of people connected to the show, that’s not what the show is about. Maybe we leaned that way sometimes because it was easier to go that way and it would be easier to write about, but to me, the integrity of the show was about Clark Kent in Smallville. Even when he made his move to Metropolis, the essence of the character before he became Superman was always important to me. That’s what I found interesting, that’s why I signed up 10 years ago, and I think it’s a big part of why people watched.”
ON THE SHOW ENDING:
“I think people will feel fulfilled, but it’s going to be bittersweet. If someone has been watching the show for 10 years, it’s coming to an end, and that’s never a fun thing. There have been shows where I’ve been like, ‘This finale had better be good, because I’ve spent a lot of time on this.’ I was a big fan of ’24,’ and the way they ended that was fantastic. They gave me what I needed, and it was like a happy breakup. You always want more, but the reality is that it can’t go on forever.”
And that’s all for now folks … phew!