It’s that time again for the Superhero Roundup. It has all the news that was too small to have its own spotlight, but too juicy to pass up. Sneak peeks for today’s roundup include:  Guillermo Del Toro and Stan Lee talking about new Hulk TV series, Tom Hardy talks Bane, Marc Webb talking web shooters in Amazing Spiderman, Henry Cavill strutin’ his Superman curl, as well as more super man set photos.

By now you’ve probably heard that a new live-action ‘Hulk’ television series currently in development for Marvel and Disney’s ABC. If this is news to you, then… uh, SURPRISE. Guillermo del Toro is producing the series and it was briefly described as “a brand new take on the character” set in the early years of Bruce Banner. In other words, less hulk smashy smashy and more love story between Banner and Betty Ross.

Fear Net caught up with Del Toro and Stan Lee at SDCC and asked them about new Hulk production. Here’s what they had to say. *side note: I just realized that Del Toro looks like practically every Dungeons and Dragons geek I’ve ever played with.


Tom Hardy Talks Bane:

You’ve all seen the pics of Tom Hardy in full Bane costume by now, right? If not, go check em’ out and come back. I’ll wait. Back with us? Doesn’t the mother fucker look like the scariest rapist ever? And what’s up with that goatsie facial apparatus? That’s not the Bane I know. Regardless, I’m sure he’ll look terrifying on screen.

Anyway, the folks from Total Film recently caught up with Mr Hardy. To discuss playing the villain, donning his mask, among other things. Here’s what what he had to say:

Reminiscing Nolan calling him, he says…

‘Hang on a minute. You’re asking me to come round the world with you in a Batman movie, playing a villain, and the only downside to it is I have to wear a mask? Hmmm, let me think. I’ll get back to you… No, I’m fucking there, man! Anything you need.’”

When asked if Batman will suffer any Back injuries, he says…
“Mmmmm… Good lead-in, but all I can say is that Chris has a plan up his sleeve that’s not at all disappointing. And that is a definite choice that’s watertight in every respect.
On any pressure from the late Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’, Hardy says…

“No, none at all,” he insisted. “Brilliant actor, brilliant work – that’s it. I’ve got a job to do.It’s the same with Mad Max and Mel Gibson. I’m not here to engage in a competition with their talent. It’s to play the character that I’ve been given.”

On donning Bane’s mask, he says…
“Any time you put something over your face, you’re going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting. It allows a performance to be free.


Marc Webb Talks Web Shooters in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man

As most of you may recall, in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies the director chose to have Spider-Man’s web shooting to be organic (from his body) and not the result of a wrist contraption. Many wanted to punch Raimi in the nuts for those “organic” web shooters. The deal with web-shooters is that it gives you more story possibilities – Pete can run out, can have them damaged, can whip up new formula for specific bad guys, etc. It makes him into more of a science geek hero, which is what he’s supposed to be. Suffice to say, when word got out that Mechanical web shooters would be used in Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ fanboys were pleased.

In an interview with LA Times Marc Webb talks in detail about why the web-shooters will be used in the film, as well as dishing on the design of the costume and the extended legs on the spider symbol..

 On why they decided to go with web-shooters…

I had a meeting with Stan Lee and we talked about the web-shooters. I was curious about the incarnation of them [because] of course in the previous films [they went away from them] and we wanted to reestablish ourselves. That was one thing but the other thing was the fact that the web-shooters were able to dramatize Peter’s intellect and I thought that was really cool. … It was in the comics and we have a different design but it’s a cool element to have. It’s not something we over-use or over-exploit. To me, it’s something I remember from when I was a kid and thinking ‘It would be cool if I could build those.’

On the design of the costume…

We paid attention to the question of ‘How would a kid make it?’ And obviously we took some license with it. We also wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, more of an acrobat, someone incredibly agile, and the legs of the spider [symbol on the chest] were something we used to emphasize that. We made a bunch of different suits for different lighting conditions. I wanted something that worked in the night a little better. We paid attention to that and also made the webbing [on the costume] a little bit darker. With the costume and the web-shooters we wanted to emphasize that these are things that Peter Parker made and that he is special himself even if he feels like he’s an outsider.

Henry Cavill Strutin’ His Superman Curl:


At SDCC Henry Cavill was struttin’ around lookin’ like the worlds mightiest Jew. In actuality he was showing off the trademark Superman hair curl….’cause he’s Superman and all. His appearance at the SDCC does not fully represent his look for the film, just a tease.

Man of Steel Set Photos, Welcome to Smallville:


As preparation continues for Zack Snyder‘s  Man of Steel, new images of the Illinois set have emerged on Facebook via fan photographers Mike Scola, Bill Schofield and Joe Sperandeo. Below is the first look at the Kent family farm house and surrounding locations, including buses labeled “Smallville  School Dist.”

Category: Comics, Film

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,