Round up of Comic-Con 2010 movie news

Round up of Comic-Con 2010 news

The Avengers

May 4th, 2012, will see the big screen version of Marvel’s The Avengers.  This is not Steed and Peel, but one of the big superhero teams.  We knew about the movie before SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), but we did get confirmation of a few important players.

We already knew we were getting Robert Downey, Jr., as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris Evans as Captain America.   By the time it comes out, this group will have appeared in other movies in these characters (although Jackson hasn’t had his own movie).

One of the areas of hot speculation was who would play Bruce Banner (the Incredible Hulk).  We’ve had two recent movies with two different Banners (Eric Bana and Edward Norton).  Well, that was announced at SDCC: it’s Mark Ruffalo.  That’s an interesting choice: he’s really known as an actor, and more of an art house guy, although he’s been in some big movies lately (including Shutter Island).

Also announced was Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as Hawkeye. 

Expected, but confirmed, was Joss Whedon directing.  I’m not convinced this a compatability pairing, but Whedon is good.  For one thing, he’s known for strong female characters (Buffy, Echo), and the most likely female Avenger is Black Widow.  While Scarlett Johansson has the part, but will she be a front and center character?

With all these big characters on the screen, it’s going to be a bit like one of those old “All-Star Wrestling” battle royales.  It’s going to be a tremendous challenge to give all these stars and characters sufficient screen time…and still make the story important.  Not saying it can’t be done, but it will be like juggling chainsaws.

The Haunted Mansion

Disney got a huge franchise out of its Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  They’ve already tried The Haunted Mansion, back in 2003…with less impressive results (about 75 mill dogro…domestic gross).  So, I was surprised to hear they were going to try again…with Guillermo Del Toro writing.  Original announcements also had him directing, but that seems unconfirmed.  Del Toro loves the ride, and that’s a plus…it would be great if he could work the Paul Frees (one of my favorite voice artists) narration in there somewhere.  However, he does say the movie will be scary, so that might be hard to do.

Sucker Punch

There seemed to be a lot of buzz around the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, due March 25, 2011.  Snyder directed 300 and Watchmen, so you expect something visually interesting.  I don’t know if you would have figured on maybe the best dragon you’ve ever seen.  The story seems to be more than you might expect as well.  If you want to check out a trailer, there is one here:

Those were a few of the movie stories that caught my eye…how about you?

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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