It’s a safe bet that Marvel will rule 2012 in theatres based on bulk a lone, with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-man and yes, even Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance hitting theatres in the next few months we’ve got a boatload of info about them in the Superhero line-up. Speaking of movies, Mark Millar still thinks Kick-Ass 2 will happen, he even gives us a deluded update and talks about the much more likely Hit-Girl comic. We then wrap it all up with a little love for Stan Lee.
Your superhero round-up starts after the jump.
GQ Magazine recently recently pelted Chris Evans with questions. In between all the talk about hair care and ab workouts (that what they talk about in GQ, right?) Evans briefly talked about his role as the star spangled man, that is the uncoolness that is Captain America.
“I don’t think he’s the coolest guy—he’s far from it. He’s a straight- shooter. He’s probably pretty boring as far as a character goes, but I feel like he grounds things. When you have these giant personalities and egos, there needs to be someone who brings them back down and reminds that this is a team, not the individual show.”
He did give us a little back story on stepping into the tights and his growing love for the character.
“The first time I read the script before I took the job, there was a little hesitation, because as an actor you want to sink your teeth into something raw and grittier. The truth is, I’ve grown to really fall in love with the character. I have a friend in Bosnia that I based the character off of, who is very down-the-middle, very straight-laced, but the best guy you’ll know. And when you really live in that headspace all day for months at a time, you can’t help but take some of that home with you. This sounds silly, but you like the way you feel about yourself. You like the way you look at things when you really are doing things for the right reasons. No ego, completely selfless. It’s a great way to be. I’ve really grown into the guy.”
Source: GQ Magazine
Apparently the French aren’t just good at kissing, toast, fries and surrendering. They also know their way around a Nicolas Cage movie poster. Oh sure, over here in the new world we go all fire and skull with ours, the French prefer to go all Nic Cagey for theirs.
Entertainment Weekly has posted up a new look at Andrew Garfield as the Amazing Spider-man.
Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held…a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins. And starring Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Denis Leary (George Stacy), Rhys Ifans (Curt Conners), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker), and Sally Field (May Parker), directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man movie is swinging into theaters in IMAX 3D!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
I know I have said this before, I just want to be clear. Yes, I would love to see a second Kick-Ass movie, I just really don’t think it’s very likely. Mark Millar on the other hand seems convinced it will. Comic Book Resources talked to Millar about his up coming Hit-Girl mini and he let it slip that this ethereal sequel would not only cover the comic book sequel but the Hit-Girl mini as well! Oh Mark…
On The Premise Of The Hit-Girl Solo Series: “How does Hit-Girl take center stage? It’s very, very simple actually. In the story, Kick-Ass breaks his hand on a mission, and Hit-Girl is out on her own. This story takes place between ‘Kick-Ass 1’ and ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ There were loads of ideas I had that didn’t fit in either book, so this was actually planned to come out last year because initially we were going to use a different artist for it and have this running at the same time.”
On The Decision To Bring Back John Romita Jr. To Provide The Art For The Series: “We got a great artist called Leandro Fernandez, who I’m a huge fan of. He drew one page, and when the page came in, it was so beautiful, but because it wasn’t drawn by Johnny Romita, I felt it was strange. It’s different if you’re drawing Spider-Man or Superman because those guys have been though so many writers and artists. But if something’s creator-owned and you see it drawn by someone else, it feels weird. And I said to Leandro, ‘Don’t be offended or anything, but how would you feel if we went back to Johnny?’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry. I feel as if I’d taken his gig off him anyway.’ And Johnny is a total gentleman because he said, ‘To be honest, I was disappointed I wasn’t doing it because I love these characters, but I didn’t want to say.’ So they were both absolutely brilliant and Johnny came back to the project, Leandro moving on with no hard feelings and totally understanding.”
On Also Exploring The Story Of Red Mist: “I thought Red Mist going out and doing the first super crime caught on tape would be quite interesting. That then inspires all his super-villain followers, but they’re all really rubbish at first and it’s almost more like pranks, everything just going wrong. [The] Hit-Girl mini is much lighter and all the stuff with Red Mist is still pretty funny at this stage before he’s spirited away from the United States. I like the idea of Red Mist going out and training with Mother Russia and this all leads into ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ but the main story revolves around Hit-Girl and her attempts to have a normal family life and a normal schooling after all these years in a bubble with her fanboy father and this odd, almost ’80s movie view of the world. It’s been an absolute blast to write and I’ve managed to get a flashback or two back to her Big Daddy days, which I absolutely love writing. Their relationship is such a lot of fun.”
On The Status Of The Kick-Ass 2 Movie Adaptation: “When we do the ‘Kick-Ass 2’ movie the plot will combine ‘Hit-Girl’ and the ‘Kick-Ass 2’ comic. That was always the plan. There wasn’t room to do the whole sequel in a single comic series because it would have been a weighty 12 or 13 issues or something. The first act was always going to be the Hit-Girl comic, which is five issues long and takes place between the two volumes of the book. This series is maybe the first 20-30 pages of the next movie and of course ‘Kick-Ass 2’ ends as a comic in February with a big surprise. We’re all really pleased with it. Matthew’s producing and overseeing the whole thing, doing what Lucas did on ‘Empire’ and bringing in a trusted writer and director. He knows what he’s doing and we’re excited about what’s being planned here. As to when we go public with what’s happening I have no idea. I know what the schedule is they’re talking about, but ultimately, it’s up to him and the studio.”
Source: Comic Book Movie
We close off the superhero round-up this time with some love for Stan Lee, and some news too. Have an iPad, want something awesome? The Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers are now available on the tablet in the form of story book apps for children and the nerds who raise them. Here’s the kicker, STAN LEE FREAK’N NARRATES THEM! Come on, that is cool. Now you can curl up in bed and have a comic book legend read to you, um, I mean your kids. The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story is already available for download (for $6.99), and Avengers Origins: Hulk, and Avengers Origins: Assemble! will both hit the iTunes store in April. Head over to EW.com for their exclusive interview with the man.
If you are lucky enough to catch the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 24th, you’ll be among the first to see With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story the feature length documentary on the life and creations of the 88 year old legend who walks among us. The above video (courtesy of Electric Playground) gives you a behind the scenes look. Now, there is a trailer, however it is currently unembedable (which is a real word, damn it), however, if you head back over to EW.com, yes they have it there. Go, watch the trailer now!
EXCELSIOR! (had to do it)