This whole thing is a fascinating example of how "art" changes when global finance becomes the most important factor.
Thor’s Comic Column 6/10 | CHUD.com
Hurm...always liked Captain Cold. Hell, Flash has always had the best Rogues gallery...buncha ****ty second tier wannabe's that really represent what a supervillain would really be like. Some dumb joe in long underoos with delusions of grandeur. Mirror Master, Captain Cold, Digger/Cap'n Boomerang, reverse flash...nice stuff.
Mark Romanek Says He Won't Direct WOLVERINE
A few weeks ago, we reported on a shortlist of directors that Fox was considering to helm The Wolverine, the follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. One of the best directors on that list (and my personal favorite) was Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). Well today comes the unfortunate news that Romanek has passed on helming the flick. The director confirmed to Digital Spy (via The Playlist) that the material wasn’t quite up his alley, though he did give the Christopher McQuarrie script a semi-compliment:
“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing. That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”
While it’s disappointing that we won’t be seeing Romanek’s version of a superhero flick, I’m excited to see him do something he’s passionate about when he chooses his next project. Fox’s shortlist for Wolverine directors is rather low on depth, favoring more eye-candy friendly helmers (Fast Five‘s Justin Lin, Jumper‘s Doug Liman). After Romanek, my pick of the lot would be James Mangold. He’s proven himself dramatically (3:10 to Yuma) and he’s also shown he can stage fantastic action set-pieces (Knight and Day). The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, and is largely set in Japan.
My pull-list was not a good sight for the comic store worker on Saturday. More red ink than an "F" at school. Sure they had some old titles on there that I hacked-off but going from 40 something to less than 10 was jarring.
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Hero Complex 2011 Recap: Warren Beatty (DICK TRACY), Richard Donner (SUPERMAN)
among other things
And for those wondering what Downey Jr. said about The Avengers, he was asked how itís been going:
ďWell, I hate everybody. Iím not talking about the cast and Iím not talking about Joss. What I mean is and Jon you can probably attest to thisÖI tend to look at a scene and say ĎThis is absolutely impossible, we canít shoot this, itís horrible. I can tell you ten other movies its been in. I refuse.í I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what Iíve signed on to do. So I brought that attitude, happily. Anyway, I just thought how are you going to put all us clowns together? Heís wearing a suit. Heís all jacked up. Heís so and so. And poor Mark Ruffalo, what heís gonna out do us? And weíre about six weeks in and I have to say Joss Whedon is nailing it. Heís so smart and so good. Itís going to be great. I canít believe I just said it, I never couldíve believed it but itís gonna be great.Ē
Pretty comprehensive. That quote from RDJ has me a little worried about the state of his sobriety.
Promo Poster for THE AVENGERS Gives First Look at Costume for Hawkeye
And who HATES it???? THIS GUY! Look, all of the other Avengers look like the Avengers. Ultimates be damned all to hell. My opinion is that swapping the traditional purple costume and half mask for some skintight black leathers just makes Renner just looks rough trade at the Blue Oyster bar. He ain't that great looking that he can't put the damned mask on. Serious fail.
This is what Clint Barton looks ****ing like!!!!!! I guess Renner ain't man enough to make purple rock. (careful what you say KINGS fans...)