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We’ve got a large amount of ground to cover on the Superhero Round-Up. Still wondering about the upcoming, poorly titled ‘The Wolverine’? You might be worrying in vain, it actually is starting to sound like it might be good. We hear from Micky Rouke about Marv and Whiplash. Iron Man 3 gets covered as does the 300 prequel. Plus, special Halloween greetings from M.O.D.O.K.

Here is your superhero round-up:

It looks like the new director for Hugh Jackman‘s The Wolverine, James Mangold,  had his sites set on filming to start early next year. The big screen adaptation of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont‘s epic Japan saga. The comic book mini-series from 1982 had Logan fighting ninja and falling in love, basically your average trip to the land of the rising sun.  Mangold recently dropped a whole lot of information about the movie:

You could actually just tell a story about this amazing character from the start, just the way they do when you really read a comic. You don’t have to spend the first hour saying how they were born; you can actually just find them in an emotional space, in the middle of action, and what happens is you’re not crowded with cutting to nine other action heroes. You can really make a movie about this dude.

On the feel an environment on the movie:

It’s a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment. I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that’s as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film.

On writing the script:

Mark Bomback and myself have done a tremendous amount of writing on the movie. There’s not a page that hasn’t been worked and reworked and rethought and story-boarded. So it just is what it is; I mean, kind of the part of connecting to the movie and developing the scenes and finding the locations and devising the action is all about not only making it good, but also in the process making it your own.

On why he is making the movie:

I think part of the reason I’m doing this picture has been because it isn’t to me a conventional superhero movie. It isn’t an origin story, so I’m freed from that burden, and it also isn’t a save-the-world movie, which most of them are. It’s actually a character piece; I actually think it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown what we’re doing, than the conventional, ‘will Wolverine and his compatriots save the world from this thermonuclear device’ question.

On why this movie will be unique:

I think that this movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that’s much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture. The fighting is going to be unique because it’s all influenced by Japanese martial arts.

On the character Wolverine:

I think more than anything, it’s a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you’ve ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What’s the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life? And there’s a lot of interesting dramatic questions we’re going to deliver on as well as some really inventive action.

I like to think that we’re out to make that Wolverine movie that people have been looking forward to seeing, which takes on some of the darker and more intense aspects of the character, and his own journey, that have not necessarily been possible in the origin story that they did or obviously when he’s sharing so much time as a character with so many others in X-Men.

Closing thoughts:

It really just was a simple choice. Do you want to jump on board and take this thing on, with such a cool environment and a world, and this moment when they might actually explore the character? [And] there was so much intriguing in there that I thought could be mined and something really interesting done with it.

This whole production has been dogged with delays and rewrites and changes, usually that means the final product will suck. After reading that, I am damn near hopeful for this movie now, could be actually finally get the Wolverine movie we’ve been waiting for?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Another comic book based movie that plans on starting in early 2012, the Sin City sequel, is apparently resurrecting Marv! Maybe. Mickey Rourke was asked if he would be in the movie, his response?It depends,” he smiled, “It depends on how bad they want me. You feel me?” Rourke also spoke about the heavy make up needed for the character, “I did [like the character], but I’m claustrophobic, so the the hours of makeup — You have to keep it on for about 13 or 14 hours a day. It’s latex and glue and that stuff that gets my eyes all red…” While normally I think stunt casting and changing the story to fit the star is never good, a second Sin City movie with Marv is good in my books. Oh, as for Rouke’s other comic book movie?

“I try to find the moments where [the villain is] not that cliched, evil bad guy and it’s a big fight,” he explained. “I had it on ‘Iron Man’ and they won. It was going to work for Marvel and them breaking [Jon] Favreau’s balls and wanting just a one-dimensional villain. The performance and all the things that I tried to bring to it end up on the f—ing floor. That can cause you not to care as much. To not to want to put that effort in to try and make it an intelligent bad guy or a bad guy who is justified in what his reasons are.”

Source: Coming Soon

Speaking of Iron Man,  Comic Book Resources, gave a detailed rundown of what director Shane Black had to say about helming 2013’s Iron Man 3.

Switching to “Iron Man 3,” Black admitted that ten years ago he would not have believed Marvel would ever make a movie about Iron Man, precisely because he was not that over-muscled stereotypical superhero. Outside of “Iron Man 3,” Black was also involved in the very first “Iron Man,” albeit in a very small way.

“Downey and Favreau came to my house and said, we need your help, and we talked for a few days. That was my participation on ‘Iron Man,’ we talked for a few days,” laughed Black. Uncertain why Favreau left the franchise, Black said that he felt it was most likely because Favreau just had other things he wanted to do. He also stated Downey Jr. was the one who called him to convince Black to jump on the film.

“Robert called me and said, ‘I have big plans for you!’” said Black as the audience laughed again. Though he at first planned to both write and direct the film, Black confessed he was surprised when he found out screenwriter Drew Pearce was going to write the script.

“All of a sudden I’m reading the paper and it’s like, Drew Pearce writing Iron Man! I went to work and said, ‘You guys, he’s British for Christ sakes!’” said Black, continuing, “But what happened was this great collaboration and friendship with this great, lovely British writer.”

“We decided that the villain was going to be the Melter – no, I’m kidding,” added Black as the audience laughed. The director continued, “That’s the problem, isn’t it? Iron Man never really had good villains.” When audience members suggested the Mandarin, Black dismissed it as a racist caricature. The director then said he was not going to divulge any detail about who the villain would be, stating that it was more satisfying to see the movie without knowing everything beforehand.

Touching on the second “Iron Man” movie, Black stated that while it was successful commercially, he believed it was critically ill received as the movie made a lot of “half choices” and that Stark was not a “proactive” hero in it.

“The middle of the movie is Tony Stark sitting around his house!” complained Black. Emphasizing high stakes as extremely important to a movie, Black said that in “Iron Man 3” he hoped to make bold choices and planned to set up multiple payoffs and reversals. He suddenly quizzed the audience on what a reversal was, and one audience member said it was an event or bit of information that shifted your perception.

“I love the tinker toy approach, I love having a set…really I’m just playing,” added Black.

The director then stated he loved “Thor,” to which the audience cheered and applauded. However, “I just keep going back to the Pixar things,” admitted Black with a laugh, citing “The Incredibles” as “Brilliant.”

Opening the floor to audience questions, the first audience member to the microphone jokingly asked if “Iron Man 3” takes place at Christmas, like so many of Black’s other films.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Black as the audience laughed.

The next audience member asked Black whether he preferred practical effects or digital ones and Black said that at this point CG often looks more real than the practical effects, explaining that Iron Man’s real armor looks faker onscreen than the CGI version. “These movies are so hard because you don’t know until two weeks before you come out what they are going to look like,” said Black.

Going back to “Iron Man 3” Black told the audience that he requested that director Jon Favreau return as Happy Hogan in the film. “I love him as an actor,” said Black as the audience cheered. He also revealed that outside of a few references, “Iron Man 3” would not involve the Avengers and would focus squarely on Tony Stark.

“We really want to make it Tony’s movie,” said Black. The director also confirmed that Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle would return as Pepper Potts and Rhoades, respectively. A female audience member asked if the rumor that Black Widow was returning to the film was true.

“I’ll check the script and see if that’s in there,” said Black as the audience laughed.

Turning to the next audience question, Black said he felt Downey Jr. was perfect to play Tony Stark. “Tony is so indelibly Robert,” said Black. “Robert and I share a voice…if I leave a line open, he’ll supply the ending because we both tend to go to the same place with our characters.”

The same audience member wanted to then know if there was a particular “Iron Man” run that will influence “Iron Man 3.”

“I like the storyline where he was rich and there was a villain and then he wins,” said Black as the audience laughed. He added that he went back and read a lot of Iron Man comics as research for the film but, “I cannot speak about the particulars of Iron Man,” said Black.

While poking fun at Marvel Studios for stretching their budgets to the limits, Black said that Marvel has been good to him, naming Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige as “terrific.”

“What’s not to like other than a paycheck?” joked Black and the audience laughed. The director added that there will be a Stan Lee cameo in the film, but he does not know what yet. “It will correspond to his schedule, but I don’t know,” said Black, adding that the “Easter egg stuff” was the last thing on his mind when making the film.

I’m not sold on this one, just yet. To echo Mickey Rouke from above the 2nd Iron Man movie was a let down for me and I am sure many of you. After reading all that, my hopes for this movie haven’t changed and yes, Paltrow, Cheadle and Favreau coming back doesn’t either. Calling out the Mandarin as a ‘racist caricature’ (which he is, and a very out dated yellow menace one at that) and staying tight lipped on who the villain in the 3rd Iron Man movie is the only thing that gives me hope. The Mandarin would be a poor choice for a villain in my opinion, but who else in the Iron Man mythos could it be, any guesses?

Source: Comic Book Movie

Originally titled Xerxes, the prequel to Zack Snyder’s superb 300 now renamed 300: Battle of Artemisia. Set some ten years before the events of 300, the film  is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming prequel comic to 300 telling the tale of the Persian King Xerxes, and the comic itself will be called Xerxes. Immortals & 300 producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari had this to say about the current state of the prequel:

“We have to say that Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, his writing partner, have killed it, they’ve done a tremendous job making a highly intelligent, epic story that will stand on its own. But it’s not a conventional sequel and, for what we do, that’s what you hope and pray for. That you can be original and authentic at the same time.”

 “It’s a work in progress… as opposed to a year ago where it was just something we wanted to do.”

 On A Possible Gerald Butler‘s Cameo:

 “It’s too early to say,” he smiled, “but we know the answer.”

Can we get excited about this now?  I know that having Butler in it is just another case of stunt casting, but come on. who doesn’t want to go back to the gory glory of 300? The story starts with the battle of Marathon apparently, and if you know your ancient history, you are now excited too.

Source: Comic Book Movie

And, last but not least. It is Halloween, the fine folks at Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! have released this years Halloween episode:

M.O.D.O.K. dressed up as Elvira. That’ll do What the–?!, that’ll do.

Source: Comic Alliance

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