10th Muse Heads to Television

by Silas Lesnick

Vanquish Motion Pictures has announced plans to develop the Bluewater Productions comic book series "The 10th Muse" for television.

The series, which launched in 2000, is based on the Greek myth of nine Godly muses and tells the story of Emma, a law student, who discovers that she is the long-lost tenth muse, the devine manifestation of justice.

"We’re going to sink our teeth into Darren’s treasure chest of storylines and spin them into a show that kicks ass with all the mystery and action the fans would expect," says VMP head and series producer Jay Douglas in the official announcement, which also offers a series description as follows: 

The series will revolve around a group of budding law students starting a prestigious internship at the San Francisco’s DA’s office. At the heart is Emma Sonnet, who recently disappeared for a month in Greece and returns with no memory of her missing days. What she does come back with is a strange new gift, which drives her to pursue justice even to the point of bending or breaking the laws she’s devoted to serving. As Emma discovers her connection to the nine Greek Muses of antiquity, the underlying mystery of her power unfolds. Emma is the Muse of Justice – the "10th Muse."

Screenwriter Jennifer Quintenez will handle drafting duties on the pilot. She has previously written for the television series "Wicked Wicked Games" and made the Black List for her screenplay, Thrall.

First Look at Hellfire Club in X-Men: First Class

by Edward Douglas

If there’s any doubt that Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class will have the same visual sense of style as Bryan Singer’s earlier "X-Men" films, then Empire‘s new picture of Hellfire Club leader Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and his colleague Emma Frost (January Jones) gives us a better idea of how the film’s main villains and their headquarters will fit into the way Cerebro was designed and used by Professor Xavier in the original trilogy. 

Click on the image below to see a larger version of the image at Empire:

UPDATE: Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer Description

by SuperHeroHype

Scooper ‘RealIrOnMaN’ got a chance to watch a trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger at the Russian Movie Expo and has reported back with a description. The first trailer (which may or may not be like the description) will hit theaters later this month, but not with Rango this weekend as some sites are reporting. If you’d like to know what was featured in the clip, read on…

UPDATE: Description removed by request of Marvel Entertainment.

Batman: Arkham City Community Launches

by Silas Lesnick
Batman: Arkham City has launched a new interactive community, featuring an extensive media gallery, interviews and a peek into the files of the game’s villain, Hugo Strange. 
 
A mad scientist who became obsessed with Batman, Strange is one of the earlier comic book Batman villains and, as you can see from the images below, he’s not only uncovered Batman’s identity: he even has the fingerprints of the hero and his rogues gallery. 
 
Click on the images below for lots more (some still yet to be unveiled) over at the official site and start getting excited for the game, which arrives on shelves this fall.
 

New Image of Conan the Barbarian

by Silas Lesnick
A new (albeit small) image of Jason Momoa in the title role of Conan the Barbarbian has debuted at Empire Online. The full-size image should be available on newsstands shortly, alongside an article on the Hyborian reboot.
 
"Conan needs to be the kind of guy that grabs a girl’s ass," says director Marcus Nispel in the accompanying text, "and he likely gets laid that night."
 
The film, slated for release on August 19th, also stars Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman, Said Tahmaoui and Rose McGowan.
 
 

Marvel Studios Hires Black Panther Writer

by SuperHeroHype

Marvel Studios has hired Mark Bailey to write the script for The Black Panther, reports Heat Vision.

Bailey hails from the documentary film world and his credits include HBO documentaries such as "Pandemic: Facing AIDS" and "Ghost of Abu Ghraib." The trade says his latest project is a feature adaptation of the non-fiction book "The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon," to which Doug Liman is attached to direct.

The Black Panther first appeared in the pages of the "Fantastic Four" comic in 1966. The character is the king of a resource-rich fictional African country who becomes a superhero.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is producing.

 

Captain America’s Cosmic Cube Revealed!

by Silas Lesnick

The first shot of the Cosmic Cube from this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger is now online, courtesy of SFX Magazine and our very own SHH Boards poster Dr. Lee, who scanned the image as it appears below.

The cube is a mystical device in the Marvel Universe, capable of ultimate power and transforming wishes into reality. While we’re guaranteed to see the cube appear on the big screen come the July 22nd release, there has been some speculation that the cube may make an appearance even earlier as one of the items in Odin’s vault in Thor.

The Cape Creator Tom Wheeler

by SuperHeroHype

"The Cape" creator Tom Wheeler pulls back the cloak on the secrets behind the first season of NBC’s new superhero drama, revealing himself to be well-schooled in the world of comic books and creating the kind of backstory and continuity that would impress any serious fanboy – or fangirl.

On creating the universe and mythology of "The Cape":
I’m a lifelong comic book fan. The idea of sort of writing my own comic was always really appealing, writing any comic. I just have always been sort of attracted to those stories. The opportunity when I thought about writing "The Cape" came sort of in stages. I knew I wanted to write a story about a father and son,  and a father who takes on the persona of his son’s favorite comic book hero. But then it took a while for me to settle on who that hero should be. And I also wanted it, if I was going to write it for TV, I really wanted to kind of wrap my arms around something that felt like its own comic book universe – still  emotionally grounded and sort of high-stakes but I sort of wanted to create my own kind of playground. So the idea of creating a fictional city seemed to fit in a kind of silver age fashion just sort of create a hero with some Silver Age sensibilities, even though it’s set in the 21st Century and just larger than life  characters. To see if we could maintain a really sort of strong emotional thread throughout and kind of what’s some of the great character-driven superhero stuff we’ve seen. I knew I wanted costumes. I knew that would be a challenge. But I also feel that that in a sense what embodies a superhero – or at least the  ones I grew up with. And I’ve been approaching it from a couple different places. I want it to have kind of a pulp sensibility. I wanted Palm City to feel like it had some timeless elements to it. The nightlife I wanted to feel sort of old Hollywood. I wanted to have a feel of different worlds with in it, and yet still be a  relatable world. So I think you’ll see kind of a mixture of both. That was the genesis of some of it and how they ended up combining a little bit.

On why actor David Lyons IS The Cape:
One of the real challenges we got into for this was that some actors come in and they play the superhero. You know, they’ve got the fists on the hips and they do the whole profile and you’re kind of going ‘Oh geez, what have I done?’ and ‘This is going to be lame.’ And we had seen some good actors and but we had  for certain not found Vince. And there was something about David who is not only really super, just compelling in his look, but beside that he was only one that convinced me. You know, he was the only one that his conviction and his sincerity immediately brought the scenes to a place where you can only sort of  hope they go. And he continues to do that. I mean the awesome thing about him is his total commitment. And through him we’re able to go through these crazy worlds and these experiences and meet these characters but he never as an actor ever loses sight of what it’s about, why he’s doing this. And so I really think  he’s – we just couldn’t have a better hero to put this on his shoulders. The first day he was running around with the gun and doing all this detective stuff. And you were also like, ‘Damn, he’s like a really good action hero guy!’ That stuff just comes so naturally to him. I think we’re slowly killing him with everything  we’re putting him through and having to fight Vinnie Jones on top of a train and everything else. I’m hoping he’s okay at the end of this. But he is just like 1000%. And really there’s a vulnerability and a conviction and a reality to him that there was no question in our mind.

On finding the right balance between superhero saving-the-day storylines and mainstream television storytelling:
One of the things that I wanted to establish was even though our guy would wear a mask and we were going to tackle this whole idea of costumed superheroes, I also didn’t necessarily want it to be super-powered. Now The Cape does some extraordinary things, and obviously we will push the envelope in science  and what is conceivable. But it’s also going to be limited in what characters can actually do. I prefer that, because I feel that will bring us deeper into our characters. And there’s a "Fugitive" aspect to this story about a guy trying to get home. But we tackle it in a pretty realistic way. It’s not just that we set up the  premise and then he just goes and sort of punches bad guys in the head. I kind of approach these things as a novelist. And the material that I’m most drawn to, growing up with "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings," I tend to tackle these things with a sort of lot of ambition and scope. But I think they have to start from a  very intimate emotional stakes place. So what launches The Cape into existence is this struggle to get back to his family and to send a message to his son. What will keep him as "The Cape" as we go along we’ll approach very realistically. His family is going through the loss of a father and husband. He’s going  through this struggle of this decision he’s made to protect his family to keep his identity a secret. And it’s brutal on them both. And we deal with that and at the same time things will change in the course of the series, and even though there is an adventure of the week aspect there are still, for those who will tune in  every week, undercurrents of change and developments that will sometimes subtly and then sometimes quite suddenly change and reverse course. So I have big plans for the character of The Cape, who The Cape is, the mythology of The Cape. And I also love to dig deeper into the history of Palm City. For  instance, the digital comic that we’re doing – which Michael Gaydos is doing the art for and is just doing this beautiful job – that comic book is not just drawing our characters like drawing our actors. That’s actually the comic book that Trip, the son, reads in the show. So it’s a second Cape mythology within the  show for those who want to get a better feel for this world and the rules. I really think this show in particular has a lot of opportunities in sort of the digital world in comic books. We’re actually putting up Orwell is watching as an actual blog. So you can follow Orwell’s blogs so, you know, there’s a connection to  what’s going on. In those blogs will be clues to, you know, new bad guys and new villains and storylines that we’re dealing with. One of the most fun and sort of challenging aspects is how can we tell these stories? And through which different venue just to give it that satisfying quality for the audience. We’re pursuing  all those different ways to make it feel Palm City is a living, breathing place and people can access it through different areas. I love that part of it. I’m totally into that and we’re actively dealing with it every day and how we can bring the audience further into the show.

On the comic book runs that influenced him the most:
I grew up reading mostly Marvel stuff. I would say Daredevil was my favorite character. I was into X-Men. The first X-Men I picked up was #136 where the whole Phoenix saga was underway. I was always really just drawn into the Marvel characters. But over time Green Arrow was a favorite of mine – the Mike  Grell Green Arrow was amazing. Then Daredevil though the Frank Miller electric Bullseye run, which was just I felt such a great a great kind of music between crime story and superhero. And it was all street level and it had a really sprawling mythology but also it was an adventure in a comic book. So I loved that  run. I loved Brubaker’s run on Captain America more recently. The whole Winter Soldier thing I just thought was great. I’ll read everything Grant Morrison writes. And I won’t always understand it, but I will read it! He’s just brilliant. His ideas just go by in a panel too. There will just be something that sort of flies by  and you’re just like ‘Wait what, what? Did he just say–?’ I envy his imagination. I think there’s a certain wish fulfillment aspect of the regular guy sort of thrown into a situation or having to take on a responsibility. I love the sort of larger than life or space epics, but I do kind of favor the more Green Arrow, Daredevil,  Batman. I just I sort of relate to them best and I feel they were the most influential. Although The Cape itself kind of has aspects of even going further back like The Spirit or The Shadow, something sort of torn out of that era. And the fact that The Cape itself is straightforward, there was something in its simplicity  that I kind of loved and felt like it could sort of straddle both those worlds, the kind of heroes I grew up, you know, reading and then something that sort of harked back to an earlier age kind of. Power Man Iron Fist, I was also way into. Iron Fist is a big favorite of mine. And that Matt Fraction run on Iron Fist  recently was just outstanding.

On inviting real-life comic book writers to work on scripts for "The Cape":
Oh I would love to, yes absolutely. And a lot of these guys that I mentioned are really damn busy, you know? I was throwing out some calls to some of these guys, and it was like they’re doing quite well writing their ten books. But yes, any time Ed Brubaker wants to give me a call or any of the others…There’s  some wonderful, wonderful writers and some of my favorite writers are writing comics right now. And I have a lot of respect for what they do, so yes, definitely.

On what non-comic book fans will find to love about "The Cape":
It has to deal with the regular guy in extraordinary circumstances aspect to the story and the wish fulfillment aspects of the story. But more specifically there’s a whole side of this story that, yes, we’ll have some larger than life villains and wonderful actors will play them, but there’s a Palm City, real people living their  lives part of this story. For instance Vince’s wife Dana, who is just played terrifically by Jennifer Ferrin, she’s a single mom now suddenly who has been forced to move to a scarier part of town who is now responsible, the sole breadwinner for her family who is kind of now plunging into Palm City as a public  defender and coming up face to face with sort of the corruption and the stuff that’s going on. There is a really sort of romantic angle to this woman who lost the love of her life, but The Cape is now in her life. And she’s wrestling with like how long do I mourn and what does that mean and when is it appropriate  to move on with my life? I think all of these sort of aspects to this story just ground us and ground it all the more, because you can tell a story that embraces 7-years-olds and 70-year-olds and people that are fans of comics and people that are not into comics through stakes that are real and emotions that are real.  And so I I’m sensitive to that. What I love about "The Cape" is we tell one story that deals with something that is the cutting edge, mostly sort of high tech dangers and things we fear in this world and feels like a story that’s tipping into science fiction. And then the story we’re telling now or shooting right now is a  really Gothic, creepy, wonderfully scary kind of story. And I’m just continuing to feel out like where we can go. And so I think there’s influences and story influences that are pretty embracing to all audiences.

On finding the right kind of appeal for female audiences:
I have a wife who is very vocal about how I approach my characters and how I deal with them and how I write my woman characters. We have some wonderful writers on staff, Toni Graphia, from Battlestar and Sarah Connor, and Christine Roum, and some really wonderful female voices and just some wonderful  writers in general. And we I think, I mean one of my favorite storylines really is this Dana storyline. And suffice to say we have huge plans for Summer Glau who plays Orwell. But Dana has really sort of taken hold as a real… just when you see her you root for her. Her story is very heroic without having all the sort of superhero trappings. Her story is just as heroic and her journey in some ways is just as dangerous and just as compelling. And I just look forward to really continuing to sort of complicate their lives in a very loving way. I think people will be surprised where it goes. And I think we have a really strong female villain. Mena Suvari comes in as this character Dice. So we’re reaching out to female audiences. And I think our characters’ stories will be really compelling.

On the long-term game plan:
I came in with a plan that has relatively held pretty well, I’ve got to say. Sometimes you end up getting to the same place through a totally different avenue which I kind of love. I love that discovery part. And obviously the writers on staff here have taken it on as their own, of course. And so we’ve all together come  up with some great stuff. But yes, I know where this season will end. Those scripts aren’t written yet. As for season two, I have some very strong ideas of the threads that would go through season two and a couple of options of how I want to end a season two. What you always wrestle with are these even longer  term plans where there’s a kind of ‘what if’ and you go well in three, four years. And inevitably that stuff tends to move up. But there’s some really exciting exciting stuff and places that I would like it to go,  and that give it a little bit more of an epic scope. We’ll see how this sort of initial run goes, but I would love for it to go on and on because there’s a groove and a rhythm I would love to find that I just think would be terrific. And what I really initially want to do is just create this very rich, rogue gallery with these really cool actors so that people can in a very fun way anticipate who’s coming back. I will look forward to revisiting  some of these characters that we’ve already established.

"The Cape" premieres Sunday on NBC at 9/8c.

The Green Hornet Spots, Clips and Behind-the-Scenes

by SuperHeroHype

Columbia Pictures is set to release The Green Hornet in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on January 14 and we’ve got TV spots, clips, a featurette and B-roll footage for you today.

Directed by Michel Gondry, the action adventure stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.

TV SPOTS

CLIPS

BLACK BEAUTY TOUR

B-ROLL FOOTAGE

Producer Charles Roven on Batman and Superman

by SuperHeroHype

SuperHeroHype brother site ShockTillYouDrop.com talked to Season of the Witch producer Charles Roven, who was asked about two of his upcoming projects, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Zack Snyder’s Superman:

Shock: Can you talk a little more about what’s next for you? You mentioned Superman and, of course, there’s The Dark Knight Rises. It seems like a big time for DC Comics on the big screen.

Roven: And they’ve got the Green Lantern coming out, too. But we’re really excited to be doing another film with Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas. We’ve had great experiences working together. I just really enjoy making those films and being there to help Chris try and realize this amazing vision that he’s had for his Batman series. I’m also really thrilled that I was invited into the Superman process as well. It’s going to be interesting. Those are two really big films and they both have an exciting and eager fanbase that’s waiting. I’ve been a huge fan of Zack Snyder’s since, really, Dawn of the Dead and had a great meeting with him that resulted in us working together. Chris and Emma are also producing that film with me as is Deborah Snyder. So we’re having a really great time working on both this films right now.

Shock: Is the thought that they might have a shared universe one day?

Roven: No. That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.

Shock: Christian Bale mentioned recently that he felt that the Batman films would wrap up with the third one.

Roven: Well, I think that Chris Nolan has said that he wanted to make a trilogy and this is a trilogy. As far as we all know, this is it. This is the trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises is the third part of what Chris created with Batman Begins and we’re not looking past that. I’ve said this about Chris before: I’ve never known Chris to do anything but focus on the movie he’s making. He gets completely immersed in the movie he’s doing and I know that all he’s thinking about right now when it comes to Batman, the Dark Knight Rises, is making it the best movie he can. He’s not thinking, "will there be another one?" And he’s already said, in his mind, it’s a trilogy. So I think he’s just focusing on making this the best he possibly can and that’s it.

Shock: Knowing that he’s sort of famous for that single-movie focus, how hard is it getting time balanced out for godfathering Superman as well?

Roven: It’s a huge workload, but there’s a way we’ve been talking about how to make it work. Hopefully, there will be a little bit of time in-between the start of production on both of them. Right now Dark Knight Rises is coming out in the summer of 2012 and Superman is coming out in the winter of 2012. So hopefully — and we’re just at the beginning phases of both of them. We haven’t even entered official pre-production on either one of them — there will be a little bit of room. They’re both going to be long shoots. I’m sure there’s going to be some overlap, but hopefully there’ll be as little overlap as possible.

Shock: One last Superman question: There are persistent rumors of a CGI Superman. Can you comment on that?

Roven: You know, one of the things that you probably know about me and us working on this movie is that the rumors are the rumors and when we have something to say, we’ll say it. Until we do, there’s nothing to say.

You can read the full interview here!

January Jones on Playing Emma Frost

by SuperHeroHype

The Los Angeles Times talked to January Jones ("Mad Men") about playing Emma Frost in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class, opening in theaters on June 3. She said she was surprised to hear that the movie takes place in the same time period as "Mad Men."

"When I heard that this installment of ‘X-Men’ was gonna take place in the ’60s I was like, ‘Oh my God, you must be kidding me!’" Jones said. "But I read the script and familiarized myself with the character of Emma Frost. She’s so, so far from Betty and from ‘Mad Men,’ and it takes place in that time but it doesn’t feel like a period movie."

"The costumes are insane," Jones added. "It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating."

Jones headed for the "First Class" set the day after "Mad Men" wrapped. "I’m thinking, ‘I’m supposed to be doing crunches on the plane," she said. "How am I gonna get buff in one day? I’m a petite person, so I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves."

She did have some advantages over the other actors when it came to costumes. "I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics… When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer."

Jones said that one of the first things she wanted to understand was the source of Emma’s anger.  "Emma was a bespectacled, mousy child who had this power when she was young that she couldn’t quite harness, the telepathy, the mind-twisting stuff," Jones said. "She had a falling out with her father and went her own direction."

Thor Trailer Screenshots

by SuperHeroHype

With the trailer for Thor now online, we’ve taken screenshots so that you can take a closer look at the various scenes in the trailer. You can check them out by clicking here!

In case you missed the trailer, we’ve included it below again as well.

 

New International Green Hornet Poster

by SuperHeroHype

A new international poster for Sony’s The Green Hornet has come online and can be viewed below. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on January 14, the Michel Gondry-directed adaptation stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.

Batman: Arkham City Trailer Reveals Villain

by Silas Lesnick

Debuting last night as part of Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, the trailer for "Batman: Arkham City" is now online!

The villain of the game, as revealed in the elaborate teaser below, is Hugo Strange. A mad scientist who became obsessed with Batman, Strange is one of the earlier comic book Batman villains and there has been much speculation that he could make a big-screen appearance in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Whether his cinematic appearance bears out remains to be seen, but the character will certainly be playing a large role on video game consoles in the fall of 2011. 

 

Thor: God of Thunder Video Game Trailer

by Silas Lesnick

The trailer for "Thor: God of Thunder" made it’s first appearance last night as part of Spike TV’s 10th Video Game Awards. The trailer is now online, courtesy of GameTrailers.com and is viewable below.

 

Arriving from Sega to coincide with the release of May’s Thor, the video game adaptation features the God of Thunder doing battle across the Nine Realms, based on look of the film and Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of Thor.

 

 

 

X-Men: Destiny Trailer Debuts

by Silas Lesnick

SuperHeroHype has your first look at the new trailer for next year’s "X-Men: Destiny."

 

Featuring a voiceover narration by Cyclops, the game teases a number of familiar mutant silhouettes and ends with the first shots of actual gameplay. No specific release date has been announced, but "X-Men: Destiny" is expected to hit shelves in the fall of 2011.

 

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on Upcoming Projects

by Silas Lesnick

Hot on the heel’s of the debut of the first official Thor trailer (as well as SHH’s coverage of visiting the set), Hero Complex is hosting a live-chat with Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige.

Check back for updates as we’ll be adding them as they come in:

Iron Man will have a new set of armor for his appearance in The Avengers.

  Feige writes:  "Joss would kill me if I gave anything away, but I will say that the evolution you saw his armor take in IM2 will continue in The Avengers."

There will be a reference to Thor‘s original alter-ego in the upcoming film.

   Feige writes: "[P]eople looking for a reference to Don Blake in the Thor film will find one."

With the rights to The Punisher regained, Marvel Studios is working on figuring out the property.

   Feige writes: "Punisher’s back in house, and various plans are in the works."

Plans are still underway for an Iron Fist film. A script is currently in development.

   Feige writes: "[A] very talented writer is currently working on a draft."

Feige would love to see more female characters on the big screen and opened up the floor to suggestions. Miss Marvel was the most popular reply, but Feige named one of his own favorites.

   Feige writes: "I love Jessica Jones. Good choice!"

Asking chat members for their advice on who should play Luke Cage, Feige was met with a several suggestions for Isaiah Mustafa, best known for acting in the Old Spice commercials.

   Feige writes: "Love the old spice guy!"

Marvel has no current plans to produce short films with any characters, though they are open to exploring the idea.

   Feige writes: "The shorts rumor was just a rumor, but we do like the idea."

The Iron Fist script is based, in part on the Brian Michael Bendis / Matt Fraction series.

   Feige writes: "[T]he movie is definitely inspired by that great run."

Ant-Man is still in development with Edgar Wright attached to the screenplay.

   Feige writes: "Edgar was here a few days ago. He’s already working on the next draft."

Moon Knight is one character for which a potential adaptation has been discussed at length.

   Feige writes: "Moonknight’s a challenging, but extremely interesting character. We’ve been discussing various versions of it for years."

  If you want to see the Thor trailer on the big screen, look for it in theaters beginning on December 17th.

   Feige writes: "It should be playing in front of Tron on may screens, but maybe not all of them."

  Black Panther is being worked on, but details are few.

   Feige writes: "Things are in the works."

Smallville Asks You to “Believe In Heroes”

by Silas Lesnick

Beginning today, "Smallville" and The CW are running an innovative contest that gives fans a chance to appear in an upcoming episode. Full details from the official press release are listed below, so work up something creative, grab a camera and submit your entry!

Do you believe in heroes? If so, The CW’s hit series “Smallville” (Fridays, 8:00–9:00 p.m. ET/PT) wants to hear from you. Fans of “Smallville,” from Warner Bros. Television, will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appear in an upcoming episode of the 10th and final season via the “Smallville:” Believe in Heroes Challenge, a 10-day promotion running from Friday, December 10—Monday, December 20, on CWTV.com.
 
•    In the episode “Beacon,” to be broadcast on Friday, February 4, Clark (series star Tom Welling) is at an emotional crossroads, with Metropolis divided by a clash between supporters of the government’s Vigilante Registration Act and opposing rallies to generate support for indispensable heroes like The Blur.
 
•    Clark’s friends assure him that he is, indeed, making a difference in his crime-fighting role as The Blur, and to prove their point, they show him videos from the Internet in which ordinary citizens express what The Blur means to them, what it means to be a hero – and what it means to have heroes and believe in them. One of these videos could be yours!
 
•    And this is where “Smallville” fans come in!
 
Here’s how it works:
 
•    Beginning Friday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and continuing through Monday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, “Smallville” fans can submit their own video testimonial as one of these hopeful citizens by uploading videos to The CW’s official website at http://www.cwtv.com/smallville
 
•    In these videos, viewers – speaking in character as impassioned citizens of Metropolis and around the world, fighting for the rights of their heroes – can express what The Blur means to them and talk about why they believe in these super heroes.
 
•    “Smallville” producers and the CWTV.com team will review the submissions and select a number of the user-submitted videos for broadcast as the testimonials that Clark watches during the “Beacon” episode airing Friday, February 4 (8:00–9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on The CW.
 
•    In addition to selecting the winning videos to be used in the episode, the “Smallville” producers and CWTV.com team will also select a number of additional favorite videos that will be posted to CWTV.com following the broadcast.
 
•    For information on how to submit videos and for rules of the promotion, please click here:  http://www.cwtv.com/smallville

 

Thor: The Set Visit

by SuperHeroHype

In the distance, there was a God.

That was the first sight to reveal itself, completely unexpected, as I walked the unassuming stretch between the parking garage and the main building of the Manhattan Beach-based Marvel Studios. Still a few hundred feet in the distance, the costume was unmistakable, not belonging to Thor himself, but to one of his Asgardian brothers. Armored, caped and massive despite the distance, the shape turned and began heading back inside. Seeing him move to the door, I fought the urge to break into a sprint for a closer look, as though the flash sight of an Asgardian warrior would mark a fleeting high point for the day. Instead, the gateway to the Marvel Universe was about to open in full.

Arriving at the front door, I joined a small band of journalists, soon greeted by Marvel Studios’ head of production, Kevin Feige and Thor co-producer Craig Kyle. They’re a funny pair, Feige having built up a coy showmanship atop his obvious pride for the production and Kyle holding nothing back, grinning ear to ear like the rest of us at the chance to be a part of every fanboy’s dream.

The first stop on our tour was a production office, the walls littered with sketches and design blueprints for every character, paired against large blown-up panels from classic Jack Kirby and Walt Simonson art. Loki was the first to catch my eye, the costume not at all a far cry from his classic look, right down to a long-horned helmet. Next to him is his brother (and, of course, the star of the film), Thor, clad in the familiar flowing red cape and clutching his hammer, Mjöllnir.

In the center of the office, the room expanded to include storyboards and tables covered in models and miniatures, including a two-up of a familiar villain, The Destroyer. In the comic, The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor that Loki takes charge of and uses to do battle with Thor. Though Feige is mum on its role in the film, images on the wall made it seem that The Destroyer will appear in the film’s New Mexico scenes and is prepped to do extensive damage to a Southwestern town, represented in full with a scale model in an adjacent room. In the center of the town, as we saw after the end credits of Iron Man 2, is Thor’s hammer, crashed within a large crater and surrounded by an army of miniature S.H.I.E.L.D. trucks. 

While there wasn’t enough time to soak in the room’s hundreds of drawings, fantastic teases of Asgard stood out, including frozen, starry-skyed planetscapes and, most incredibly, the Rainbow Bridge, slightly tipped towards verisimilitude as a prismatic road of energy rather than the opaque rainbow of the comics. Another wall showed off some action for Odin, depicting the All-father with incredibly large biceps as he rages against what looked to be a Frost Giant. It was unclear whether this would be a special effect in the film or if this image was just taking in some artistic license with Anthony Hopkin’s physique.

Exclusive: Son of Dr. Curt Connors Cast in Spider-Man

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Sources tells SuperHeroHype that young actor Miles Elliot (photo below) has been cast as Billy Connors in Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man movie, currently filming in Los Angeles. Newcomer Elliot had a small part in "Grey’s Anatomy" last month.

Billy is of course the son of Martha and Curt Connors (aka The Lizard), to be played by Rhys Ifans.

Also starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Julianne Nicholson, Irrfan Khan, Annie Parisse and Chris Zylka, the Marc Webb-directed action adventure will hit 3D and 2D theaters on July 3, 2012.

Conan is a Barbarian Again

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Lionsgate has changed "Conan 3D" back to its original title, Conan the Barbarian.

Directed by Marcus Nispel, the fantasy action adventure stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman, Said Taghmaoui and Rose McGowan.

Scheduled for a release on August 19, 2011, the film is based on Robert E. Howard’s mythical conqueror, who was previously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen.

 

Hugh Jackman on Wolverine Training

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Hugh Jackman chatted with Entertainment Weekly about what he went through to get in shape for The Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman tells EW that director Darren Aronofsky has already asked him to gain 25 lbs of muscle — “which is more than I ever have for the role” —  before filming begins next spring. “It’s not easy for me,” he says. “Because I’m actually quite long and lean.” For advice he turned to none other than The Rock! “I had a chat with Dwayne Johnson, who did 25 pounds for his movie,” Jackman says, referring to Johnson’s latest, Faster. “I rang him up and was like, Okay, tell me what’s going on.” The answer: Six months, a pound a week, 6,000 calories a day which, Jackman points out, is an awful lot of chicken, steak, and brown rice.

Jackman added that they’ve been trying to get Aronofsky since X-Men: The Last Stand. He said they "had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame – just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting."

Spider-Man Starts Shooting Using Epic Digital Cameras

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John Schwartzman, cinematographer of Sony’s upcoming untitled Spider-Man movie, revealed on the RedUser.net forums that shooting started on Monday for the film and that they are using Epic Digital Cameras, much like how The Hobbit will be shot in 3D:

Today was Epic, Monday December 6 marks the first day the Red Epic camera was used to shoot a major studio motion picture. I can say for certainty the camera does exist and boy is it ready for primetime, as a matter of fact it’s a true game changer. We shot in 3D with 4 Epics mounted on 2 3ality TS-5 rigs today, we did 22 set ups, including running high speed and the images look stunning! I do believe the sensor is iso 800 minus 1 stop for the mirror in daylight and iso 640 in tungsten light but that is really for every dp to determine for themselves, Brook Willard and I figured 640 tungsten but that’s just a number. For the first time in digital cinematography, small size doesn’t come with a resolution penalty, as a matter of fact there isn’t a higher resolution camera available other than IMAX, and this one weighs 5lbs with an ultra prime on it, suddenly 3D isn’t a 100lb beast! We had the cameras on dollies and a libra head today and we flew the 3D rig like it was an Arri 435. You guys told me you could do it in September and here we are today, Congratulations.

I am lighting by eye except that I’ve had to re-train myself to work at lower light levels because the camera is so sensitive. The images we made today were stunning, rich beautiful color and the resolution of a vistavision camera all in a package the size of a Hasselblad 501. We are shooting 2.40 at 5K, there wasn’t a hiccup from the cameras all day, the data was flawless, and there was a lot of it. I can tell you without these cameras it would be impossible to move a 3D rig in the ways that THIS story demands, if Jim and the crew hadn’t made these cameras available to us I don’t think we could have shot this movie the way our director envisioned it in 3D. Guys you’ve trusted me to take these out on their maiden voyage and I can tell you that after today I won’t let you down.

In related news, Irrfan Khan talked to The New York Times about being cast as Nels Van Adder, who in the comics becomes Proto-Goblin:

Q. In "Spider-Man" you’re playing a character not that many people have heard of. What can you tell us about Van Adder?
A. Is that his name? These science-fiction names don’t mean a lot to me. He’s a character who, I think, was not in the comics or perhaps a minor character. I’ve read some pages, but the whole script hasn’t been made available to me.

Q. How did you get the role?
A. My manager told me that the director Marc Webb was approaching us. I spoke with him, and he sounded very engrossed, and I was interested. I’m expectant and really looking forward to it.

Q. Have you had to do any training in preparation for the part? And what about being in 3-D?
A. You don’t do training for action. You’re waiting for action. You just strap yourself into a harness and go. Two dimensions, three dimensions — "Avatar" really made a difference in terms of 3-D, but beyond that I haven’t thought about it.

Directed by Marc Webb, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Julianne Nicholson,  Khan and Annie Parisse. It is scheduled for a release on July 3, 2012.

UPDATE: Hans Zimmer Will Not Score Superman

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Thompson on Hollywood got a chance to talk to composer Hans Zimmer last night at an Inception DVD/Blu-ray release party, where he said he will be doing the score for the Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie:

On Jan. 1 he starts scoring Chapter 4 in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which shot months ago in Hawaii.  He’ll follow that with the Sherlock Holmes sequel, a Kung Fu Panda follow-up; then he’ll work on Nolan’s new Superman chapter.

At the event, HitFix also talked to producer (and Christopher Nolan’s wife) Emma Thomas, who revealed that Nolan has handed off the Superman movie to Synder and won’t be involved much after putting together an "appropriate screenplay" now that he’ll concentrate on The Dark Knight Rises. We quote:

And she made it clear that in the case of "Superman," Nolan and David Goyer just had an idea they couldn’t believe wasn’t being explored by Warner Bros.  And with Zack Snyder now on board as director, Nolan will be busy making "The Dark Knight Rises" and "we are handing it off to him."  So, take note anyone out there thinking this will be a strange Nolan/Snyder partnership.  Thomas reiterated that they brought it to an appropriate screenplay and it’s now Snyder’s picture.

The Superman movie is targeted for a December 2012 release.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has debunked claims that Zimmer will be involved in the Zack Snyder film.

Claiming the rumor is "some dirty quote taken out of context," Zimmer affirms that he has no plans to score Superman, likening attempting to improve John Williams’ original theme to "rewriting Beethoven’s ninth."

"So that’s unequivocally a no," Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter, "I have never spoken with Zack Snyder."

Emma Stone Goes Blonde for Gwen Stacy!

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On Sunday night, Emma Stone debuted her new blonde hair for her role as Gwen Stacy in Sony’s upcoming untitled Spider-Man movie at the "Trevor Live" show, which benefits The Trevor Project, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Shooting for the film starts this month!

For two more photos, click here or on the picture below!

Source: Splash News

Nolan Turns in The Dark Knight Rises Script on Monday

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Although Michael Caine previously said that the actors would get the script for The Dark Knight Rises in January, Christopher Nolan is turning it into Warner Bros. Pictures today (Monday). Variety associate features editor and tech reporter David S. Cohen posted this funny Tweet:

Chris Nolan told me his The Dark Knight Rises script is due Monday or he’s in big trouble. Big trouble? What can they do? Fire him?

This should give the studio plenty of time to look it over and ask for any revisions. Caine had said that they would start shooting in May and finish in November. It seems likely that will still be the case.

The studio has set a July 20, 2012 release date for The Dark Knight Rises.

Update: More Superman Concept Art Revealed

by Silas Lesnick

Steve Johnson, the visual effects master behind countless cinematic projects, revealed today via his Facebook page concept art for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns and, potentially, for its unproduced sequel.

Johnson, who just recently unveiled behind the scenes photos from his Superman Lives work, is a bit vague on the details, specifying only that the below images were for a Bryan Singer film. Though the Superman designs may have been a pitch for the 2006 film, there is also speculation that the costume could actually be for either a revamped costume in the sequel or for a villain, the Eradicator. The final image is clearly a version of Doomsday, indicating either a direction for the sequel or a radically different plan for Superman Returns.

UPDATE: As some of you have pointed out in both e-mail and in the comments below, this is probably for the J.J. Abrams-scripted Superman Flyby instead – a project that was dropped before Superman Returns.


 

A Preview of Smallville’s “Icarus”

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The CW aired this promo for next week’s "Smallville" episode titled "Icarus." Also, Entertainment Weekly is featuring the below photo of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) proposing to Lois Lane (Erica Durance) in the December 10 episode.

 

Heath Ledger Not Appearing in The Dark Knight Rises

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In addition to the stories about how The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan’s last Batman film (seriously, how many times does Nolan need to say this before it becomes non-news?), a rumor is also making the rounds that Nolan will be using unused footage of Heath Ledger’s Joker in the new film. Nolan debunked that rumor while talking to Thompson on Hollywood, confirmed that Tom Hardy has a role and gave a bit of an update:

Nolan, bearded and affable, explained that he’s scrambling to finish the script for The Dark Knight Rises, his third Batman movie, which he’s writing in collaboration with his brother Jonathan, mostly from his oceanfront abode in the Paradise Cove trailer park in Malibu..The script is due in January for a July release. But he wouldn’t say what the story’s about or who the villain is, other than to confirm that Inception’s Tom Hardy will play “a key role, not saying good or bad,” and to shoot down reports that he’ll resurrect The Joker by including unused footage of Heath Ledger’s performance in the previous chapter.  “That’s all wrong,” said the writer-director, who’s also producing the next Superman movie, for Zack Snyder to direct.

Warner Bros. Pictures has scheduled a July 20, 2012 release for The Dark Knight Rises.

Captain America: Super Soldier Site Launched

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SEGA has launched the official site for video game Captain America: Super Soldier, scheduled for release in 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii and Nintendo DS.

In the game, players will become Captain America as he faces the Red Skull and his army in an epic third- person action adventure set in the darkest days of World War II. Wielding Captain America’s legendary shield, gamers will engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate Hydra’s mysterious castle and battle the infamous Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, and a host of nefarious enemies serving the Red Skull. As the First Avenger himself, players must defeat the evil scientist Arnim Zola and his wartime experiments, combining powerful melee combos and shield attacks to devastating effect.

You can check out the site, where you’ll find the trailer, screens and game info, here. The site also features music from the game.

In case you missed SEGA’s official site for Thor: The Video Game, you can check that out here.

The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty on Display at Petersen

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Petersen Automotive Museum announced today that The Green Hornet‘s Black Beauty is now on display as part of an exhibit open through February:

In anticipation of the January 14, 2011 release of the 3D action comedy The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, and Cameron Diaz, the vigilante hero’s automotive co-star Black Beauty is now taking on Los Angeles in a unique way, perched atop the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum’s elevated outdoor display.  The 58,000 daily commuters travelling through L.A.’s third-busiest intersection at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue will be greeted by the souped-up and armed-to-the-grill Chrysler Imperial.

The highly customized Black Beauty – complete with machine guns, rocket launchers, and every other weapon the Green Hornet needs to take on the bad guys – is only the third vehicle to grace the 30-foot-high platform in the Museum’s 16-year history. Its predecessors were the AM/PM Boss monster truck and followed by a 2000 NASCAR Dodge Intrepid which became the calling cards on the west side of the Petersen during their respective tenures.

Black Beauty will be displayed outdoors through the end of February and will tease the new The Green Hornet exhibit, which will fill the Hollywood Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum.  Visitors to the new exhibit can learn what it really takes for a car to be the star as it features six Black Beauties created to appear in the movie, from a beautifully polished stock Imperial to process bodies, stunt cars, a "hero car," movie props, and more. The rest of the exhibit will be dressed as Britt Reid’s (AKA The Green Hornet’s) garage, featuring classic and exotic automobiles as seen in the movie. Also on display will be one of the two Black Beauties from the 1960s television series. The Green Hornet exhibit will also be open through the end of February.

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles.  Admission prices are $10 for general admission adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $2 per half hour with an $8 maximum for Museum visitors. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at: www.petersen.org.

Photos From Smallville Episode “Patriot”

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The CW has released new photos from "Smallville" episode "Patriot," featuring Alan Richson as Arthur Curry (AKA Aquaman), Michael Hogan as Slade Wilson (AKA Deathstroke) and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen (AKA Green Arrow). You can check out the photos here or by clicking the image below the synopsis for the episode, airing on November 19.

DC COMICS CHARACTER AQUAMAN RETURNS WITH HIS WIFE MERA; TOM WELLING DIRECTS AND MICHAL HOGAN (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”) GUEST STARS AS COL SLADE. — In an effort to protect the rest of the team, Oliver (Justin Hartley) decides to register for the Vigilante Registration Act to see what the government plans to do with the new law. As he suspected, it was a trap to lure superheroes to an undisclosed location where he is confined to a jail and subjected to a battery of brutal tests under the supervision of Col. Slade (guest star Michael Hogan, “Battlestar Galactica”). Aquaman (guest star Alan Ritchson) and his new wife Mera (guest star Elena Satine) team up with Clark to free Oliver. Lois is frustrated when Clark continues to push aside her offers to help the team and sets out to prove she can play with the big boys. Tom Welling directed the episode written by John Chisolm.

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