The rumour mill is at work again with yet another Chinese name being added to the running for the next instalment of the Marvel Studios(read Disney)/DMG Entertainment co-production of Iron Man 3.
Earlier this year, Fan Bingbing (pictured) was touted as saying that she wanted to make the move towards Hollywood. This could be her opportunity as the list of Marvel Comics films are gaining strength with every release. With the draw that Downey Jr. and co brought in for Avengers, then you can expect that the third of the Iron Man films could easily do similar business. With this in mind, Bing Bing’s management would surely be champing at the bit to get her on board.
Nothing is written in stone as yet, but with other names such as Andy Lau, Yao Chen and Liu Ye in the mix, it looks like the producers have a keen eye for the talent that is to be involved.
News out of Hong Kong suggests that Andy Lau is possibly lining up to star alongside Robert Downey Jr in the next instalment of the Iron Man franchise.
The Disney production is being co-produced by DMG Entertainment, the Chinese based production company, and with at least some of the filming to take place on Chinese soil, it makes sense that Chinese talent be included.
The question looms as to whether Lau will be portraying a villain or not. With his diverse background it’s not that he’s unable to perform such a task and fanboys the world over will be longing to see Iron-Man’s arch nemesis, The Mandarin, make an appearance. However, this is not likely to be the case. With the amount of money involved from the Chinese side it would be a pretty ill conceived idea to make them out as the bad guys…
In any case, with Guy Pearce and Sir Ben Kingsley already confirmed, I think there is already a wealth of possible bad guy talent.
Iron Man 3 is due to start filming in in Shanghai and Hong Kong later this summer with a release date tentatively given as May 3, 2013.
Maybe it’s because I’m still suffering with Far East Jaunt withdrawal, but my geek radar seems to be a bit out of whack. Whilst perusing the British broadsheets online today, I came across this little article in the finance section that not only shocked me, but made me hit every comic book web site I could find to disprove it! But, alas, it was true. Disney has indeed bought out Marvel for $4 Billion …
Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, said Marvel had a “treasure trove” of intellectual property that “transcends gender, age, culture and geographical barriers”.
“There are so many opportunities to mine both characters that are known and characters that are not widely known,” Iger said.
Marvel’s chairman, Mort Handel, described Disney as a “perfect home” for his company’s library of characters. “Both companies have their roots in great storytelling and innovative artistry,” he said.
Update Sep 2nd ’09: The Guardian Online has another article: Why Disney’s Marvel Takeover May Save Superheroes
So, catching up on all things with comic-geeky-goodness and I come across this little article at Marvel.com:
Announced at the San Diego Comic Con, Marvel told an astonished crowd that it had gotten the rights to Marvelman. This title has been in limbo for almost an eternity with creators such as Dez Skinn, Alan Moore, Todd McFarlane, to name but a few, all boasting ownership of the franchise. As it turned out, the original creator Mick Anglo who first created the comic back in 1954 had the final say, and that, as they say, is that. Micky Moran is now part of the Marvel family!!
Let’s just pray that they don’t try and weave him into the time-line like they did with The Sentry … hated that…
That’s right, 9 picture deal!
So we all know that he’s going to pop up in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. I should imagine he will have his own Nick Fury pic too, add this to the sequels that are bound to happen and you have a mouth watering collection of Fan Boy fodder.
Oooooh, hope they do Secret Wars …..
[sourced from Twitch]
Since getting back from London, I haven’t exactly been full of the joys of Spring. Even though Spring usually brings at least a little joy, I’m far from feeling it. I suppose my lack of energy has a lot to do with boredom and repetitive acts that are my life. I’m sure it’s the same for everyone though, so why can’t I find the impetus to do something? Anything?
Because of these crappy feelings I thought I’d dump myself on Janne for the weekend. If he wasn’t able to make me feel any better, then at least he could share in my misery… Luckily, a movie arrived at the local cinema…
Awesome stuff. I’m not gonna write a review because plenty of other sites have, but I will say – go and see this film.
I got back from a great weekend late on Sunday night, I had an appointment with my specialist booked for first thing Monday morning but on arriving home I discover that my appointment had been changed to June. No reason given, just changed. Which kind of sucked because I could have stayed in Söderhamn for another day or so.
I crash with a handful of the usual and listen to the ball game on a low level. It’s like company, you know..?
With my appointment postponed I decided that Monday should be a day of work, getting things done, being busy … Yeah, right…
My alarm goes off at 7. I hit the snooze button every 8 minutes until nearly 8 o’clock. At that point I remember that I have to do quite a bit in the next 30-40 minutes so that when I get home this afternoon all I have to do is pick up my bag and exit stage right.
A quick coffee, breakfast and shower and I’m on the bus, wet hair and all, arriving at Jobbcentrum five minutes late. This works out in my favour though. The room that I usually have to sit in is full – no room at the inn for Lo. I’m ushered along the corridor to a large, spacious room with only 9 computer workstations and people with enough air for 10. w00t! Not only that, but it’s so widely spread out that no one can see what I’m doing, so instead of the usual plowing through Monster looking for work that just doesn’t exist, I’m able to catch up on a bit of blogging… which is nice.
I mentioned that I’m catching up on some reading in my last few posts. Last year, Marvel Comics had a major event called Civil War. Since becoming a single dude a good few years ago you’d have thought that most of my time would have been spent reading comics… nope. I bought loads of ‘em, just never got around to reading them. So this last weekend I decided that I would at last read the Civil War saga from start to finish. There are around 140 books in all and I get about 70 issues in when I hit a Daredevil book. DD hasn’t been too prominant in the sage up to now but there’s a few things mentioned in the issue that I’m surprised by. Of course, being 4 years behind on DD is the reason for this. So, I go to one of my many storage boxes and get out my Daredevil collection and start to read …
God I love the funny books…
You know, it never fails to make me wonder what goes through a Producers head when he decides to release a film that doesn’t meet with the Director’s artistic approval. Daredevil is a great example; the theatrical release and the ‘Director’s Cut DVD’ were so amazingly different it was like watching two separate films.
I’ve just finished watching the ‘Unrated Director’s Edition’ of Miami Vice and… oh my god… what gives? The blurb at the beginning lets us know that this version of the film is different from that of the theatrical release. The changes? Well, major story enhancements and plot points. Mood setters and character development… How did Mann let the version out that was seen at cinema’s – the dude produced the flick as well!?!
Anyway, I recommend that you see the Unrated version if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet – it will make much more sense. For those who have seen it and thought it was crap, give this version a try. It won’t change your mind completely, but I think it’ll lay to rest the beast that was given the marker of “Oh My God – A Miami Vice Film!!!” For those that saw it and thought it was cool… watch this, it’ll blow you away…
Marvel has announced today that the director of Transporter 2 and Unleashed, Louis Leterrier, will be directing The Incredible Hulk.
Marvel News: Louis Leterrier – Hulk
… not me, Daredevil.
For years I’ve been using a web site for research, general info and continuity of the Daredevil comics. I don’t know why I’ve never registered at the site, maybe my built in aversion to web communities has something to do with it. But Janos told me something a while back that’s kind of stuck with me, he said:
“Dude, you got no mates, making friends with someone on the internet is your last chance!”
Joke. What he actually said was,
“They don’t know you, they can’t see you, what have you got to be afraid of?”
“I’m not afraid, it just weirds me out!”
“I dunno, it just does …”
I think the thing that didn’t help me very much was taking the plunge and joining a community for Japanese culture. Being a massive fan of Manga, Anime and Japanese film for about twenty five years – I thought it might be cool to actually speak and get to know some Japanese people. This totally back fired when I started to get ‘Smiles’ sent from the community site I signed up to. On checking, I noticed that by signing up I’d also enrolled in some kind of internet meeting place that didn’t offer the services I was after. Not only that, none of the ‘smiles’ I was getting was from anyone remotely oriental! That freaked me out. What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t reply to theses women, not even to say -”Thanks, but no thanks”, which Janos didn’t understand either. So I ended up ignoring it. I don’t get as many smiles now, but hey, who needs ‘em right?
But now, I can see what he meant. So, I’ve carefully chosen a community that if they send me anything at all, it will be geek news on the latest comic I love.
I’d suggest that if you like comics and like Daredevil, like me, go check out Man Without Fear .com, and if you like it – sign up. Go on, what are you afraid of?
Biff (Ace Comics) is good enough to drop a copy of the latest Wizard magazine in with my monthly order. I go through phases with this mag, it’s written in a way that it takes the piss out of itself and everything else in the comics industry, but still manages to remain ‘Fanboy’ at heart. This can get a bit boring after a while, so I don’t subscribe to it. However, every few months I’ll get one to see what’s happening and this month is a good issue to catch up on all that’s Spider-Man 3. The teaser poster has been released and Spidey sits in the rain on a rooftop in … yep … a black costume (sneak peak at the official web site here)! Any Fanboy worth their salt will know what this could mean … Venom. Which is totally weird as the rumour mill has the hero facing The Hobgoblin and The Sandman in the 2007 flick. Although some interesting facts that have surfaced put Topher Grace of ‘That 70′s Show‘ fame in the frame for Eddie Brock – Sony won’t confirm this, but the rumour is strong enough for IMDB to put him in the part. Other rumours suggest that Raimi won’t be doing any further installments of the Spider-Man franchise, and because of this his last offering will be an all out slug fest with plenty of CGI effects … especially surrounding The Sandman, which I can’t wait for! But I suppose the biggest Fanboy revelation is that Gwen Stacey appears in the cast list! Raimis’ attempts at keeping to the continuity of the book have been pretty awesome, apart from the glaring omission of Gwen as Peter Parkers’ love interest from the start. How he plans to mix it up in this movie remains to be seen, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter and MJ’s relationship maybe heading for rough water …
Yeah, I know, I’m broke. But some things in life are more important than food. Like Director’s Cut DVD’s of Jennifer Garner (my mate) in Elektra. That’s way I’m writing this with a grin on my face, as in todays post my eagerly awaited DVD arrives!
So after my gym session and subsequent physio appointment, I’ll be closing the blinds and getting down to some serious Garner Gazing …
My hopes are that this flick will kick the theatrical releases arse, the same as the Daredevil Director’s Cut did. It wasn’t recieved that well on release, and to date it still only scores a meager 5.1 on IMDB. I actually thought that the film was okay. It had it’s bad points, but so do all films adapted from comic books (except the X-Men franchise, which totally rocks).
I’ll write more after I’ve seen it …
Humberto Ramos is set to take over the artists reigns on Woverine from issue 42. Now you either love or loathe this guy, personally I think he rocks as an artist. His style is sort of a cross between Manga and trad Super Hero stylings and the detail is awesome.
What sucks about this is that I ditched getting Wolvie about 6 issues ago, so I’ve got a big old gap in the collection … never mind, I’ll try and pick up some back issues …