Viggo Mortenson

Fans of Marvel Comics Ant-man character have been chomping at the bit after Edgar Wright showed some test footage from his work on the Marvel Comics movie Ant-Man at last years San Diego Comic Con. The news quickly tweeted out of Hall H that day, but no one else has gotten to see the footage. Fans have been clamoring to have the footage put onto the Internet so everyone could get a look with disappointing results.

Today’s good news comes from Marvel exec Victoria Alonso who says an online release is a distinct possibility. Alonso, Co-Producer and Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post-Production at Marvel Studios, (Say that without taking a breath) told Marcelo Forlani of Ommelte:

“What we showed at Comic-Con was a video still unfinished and we are working to finalize it. And I think you should see it, but do not know where yet. We always hear what the fans are saying and doing everything to meet what they ask. I do not know if we’ll publish it online , but I have no reason to imagine that is not a good way. If that’s what the fans want.”

Don’t go sit in front of your computer waiting though, it sounds like it might still be a while before we get to see it. As good as this news is to Ant-man fans, every coin has a flip side.

Dr. Strange fans get the bad news that Alonso also squashed the latest Internet rumor about Viggo Mortensen appearing in Thor: The Dark World as Dr. Strange.

“We would love to work with Viggo Mortensen. I’ve been trying that for years. But I don’t know if Viggo is even acting anymore. I thought he wasn’t acting anymore. It would be great to work with him in the future, but we don’t have him signed, no.”

Alonso may be a bit confused about the status of Mortensen’s acting career, he is not retired and is still quite active in his acting career, but it does throw some cold water on fans hopes of his playing Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Who else could fill those shoes?



Who do you think should snag the role of Dr. Strange?

The latest Marvel Movie rumor to hit the Internet is that Dr. Strange will be appearing in Thor: The Dark World and that none other than Viggo Mortensen is in talks for the role.

You might not recognize the twitter account pictured below that “leaked” this two little rumored tidbits, but according to many sources, Roger Wardell has been hitting the bullseye on any inside Marvel movie news worth watching for many months.

Viggo Mortensen  as Dr. Strange?

Hell yes!

I’ve always thought of Dr. Strange as a haunted character, haunted by his past misdeeds and personal short comings. Mortensen plays those kinds of characters wonderfully. A star of his caliber gets signed on to play Dr. Strange and the possibilities of a Dr. Strange movie suddenly look very bright.

What do you think, can Viggo pull it off? Who else might take up the role if the talks go south?

Via: /Film

(article by nerdbastards contributor Matthew Jackson)

Zack Snyder’s new flick Sucker Punch opens Friday, and in the course of promoting it he answered (or sort of answered) a few more questions about his upcoming Superman project.

The film might start shooting as early as late summer,
Snyder will NOT use CGI and motion capture to portray Superman (yay)
Viggo Mortensen is not on board in any capacity (was rumored for General Zod)

And…that’s really it as far as solid information goes. The rest is Snyder trying to sound as upbeat as possible about a project that’s generated its weight in nerd doubt since it was announced.

Snyder did comment on his conceptual and visual approach to the flick, noting that the story will be told as if “this is the first Superman movie and no other ones exist,” and claiming that, visually speaking, his Superman will be the most realistic film he’s made.


I think the visual style of “Superman,” though I can’t say for certain as it’s early, but I kind of feel like — and I did say to the studio – that what’s cool for me and interesting, and odd, is that “Superman” is probably going to be the most realistic movie I’ve ever made. It’s kind of fun that the most realistic movie I probably will make is a movie called “Superman.” Which shows how crazy my other movies are. Because I guess for him to be credible… He gets more credible by the reality that you can bring to him, you know emotionally, and visually, I think.

First of all, how exhausting is it reading that? Thank Jor-El this guy isn’t writing the movie. If he did we’d never get a complete sentence out of anyone.

Second of all, it’s about time Snyder attempts to ditch the gimmicks of his visual style. We’ve all been having nightmares about Superman punching people in ultra-slow motion, then screaming THIS…IS…KRYPTON! before kicking a dude into a pit. If he sticks to his pledge to keep it real, we might actually get to focus on the Man of Steel himself instead of the hyper-stylized lens we had to see Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach through the last time this guy tried to do a superhero movie.

But wait, Kryptonians, there’s one last bone to pick…This is what Snyder said when asked if he’d read Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman, the most recent seminal work in the life of The Man of Tomorrow.


I have not seen it, I’m happy to see it, I do want to see it, I just haven’t had time. Yeah, absolutely. And by the way, I’m a fan of Grant, of All-Star Superman, I think it’s cool, although I’d say… that’s the big version of Superman, you know that’s a stylized world. But awesome, and very sort of telling [about the character]. We’re treating the concept of Superman as if there’s been no Superman movies up till now, we’re trying to take that tack — that this is the first Superman movie and no other ones exist. Not to take anything away from those movies, because they’re great, but it’s sort of the way you have to do it, otherwise you’re really not starting over, you’re really just a slave to whatever’s happened in the past. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t respect the canon and we don’t understand the canon, that we know what the requirements of Superman are without it also being the same old Superman.

I haven’t read it, but I’m a fan of it, but I respect it, but I don’t want it to be the same old version of Superman.

All we can do is pray the final product isn’t this jumbled.

Diane Lane

The more and more I hear about Zach Snyder‘s Superman reboot, the more I rub my nipples in excitement. Actually it’s the casting announcements hat have pleased me the most. With Henry Cavill (The Tudors) cast Supes, Kevin Costner rumored for Jonathan Kent, Viggo Mortensen (LOTR) and Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs of New York) as persons of interest for the role of General Zod, I feel like I owe my soul to the devil. This is dream casting we got hear. Clearly, Zach Snyder is not messing around.

Well, adding to the proposed A-List cast is Diane Lane (Secretariat, Jumper). She has just been cast as the other half of the Kent family, she is officially on board the film as Martha “Ma” Kent.

I have no complaints. She’s a fine actress and if I may add a fine looking MILF. Lane and Costner would make a great Ma and Pa Kent. Nice casting indeed.

One thing that does concern me, this film is lining up to have some heavy hitters. Seasoned vets that are gonna cost some bank to secure. This takes away from the films budget. Money that could go to other needed areas like special effects. And knowing what a visual masturbator Snyder is, he needs all the dough he can spare.

Hit the Jump for the full press release (via Coming Soon):


So today in the news, we hear Viggo Mortenson is retiring from acting…WTF?! The King!? The naked fight in Eastern Promises? His cool and relaxed viciousness in Appaloosa? He’s not feeling it anymore, sources claim. Mortenson goes on to say that there aren’t any projects jumping out at him right now…Ummmm, Hobbit maybe? Thinking they can squeeze him in there somewhere….Anyway, as a gentlemanly nod and farewell to a fine actor, I am honoring him with one of the most original works a NB has unleashed upon my ipod….