A simultaneous nerdgasm must have run through the crowds at CC when they met their Avengers for the first time. A pretty awesome collection of people all at once must have been quite a sight to behold. Damn it, what a year to miss.
At the end of the final day of CC, fans got to see Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor on the panel alongside Captain America director Joe Johnston. Not too much new footage was shown, but enough to keep fans happy. Then director of Thor, Kenneth Branagh, took the stage with his cast to premiere the first Thor trailer.
Now for most CC goers, all this Captain America and Thor talk would have been enough, but more was in store.
Sam The Man Jackson, Nick Fury himself, came on stage especially to introduce THE AVENGERS to the world. Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr all joined Jackson on stage with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, but that again was not all! Downey then when on to introduce THREE new members to The Avengers team. First up was Jeremy Renner who will play Hawkeye
After many whispers this week it was made official that the brilliantly beautiful Mark Ruffalo will step into Ed Norton’s shoes for the role of Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk.
And so, of course, brand spanking new director Joss Whedon came out to join the cast pretty much blowing everyone’s minds. What a group eh?
Every year around this time there’s only one place I want to be, and one place due to various reasons (MONEY), I never am: Comic Con, San Deigo.
This year more than ever it would have been superb. This week sees the release of the sixth and final Scott Pilgrim graphic novel, ‘Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour’, and with the Scott pilgrim film only weeks away this is one of the main attractions to CC. I’ve pretty much been waiting for this film for well over a year now and I could pop from anticipation much like anyone else who has read the series.
Anyway, there have been many interesting news bits and bobs already and I thought I’d do a little round up. From my room. In England. Blah.
Joss Whedon Confirms Avengers
Yeah, this isn’t surprising news but it’s pretty excellent to get it cemented in truth by the man himself. Joss Whedon has confirmed that he will direct The Avengers film. Speaking at a panel with JJ Abrams, Whedon said:
“I am still writing an outline. I’m still in that stage. I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn’t be in the same room - and that is the very definition of family.”
Unfortunately, this new project means that the next Dr Horrible Sing Along Blog instalment has been put on hold. Ach well, we can survive with this other news.
Guillermo del Toro Announces Remake
The most interesting film announcement so far came from Guillermo del Torro who will be remaking Haunted Mansion. Well, maybe not so much a remake but a different take on the story. I never saw the Eddie Murphy film which was inspired by the Disney Ride, but this one is apparently going to be scary. Not the Eddie Murphy kind of scary. An actual horror type affair. Del Torro said:
“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters - think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White…I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains, for me, the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”
The second trailer for Ryan Reynold’s new thriller “Buried” was premiered at CC today, I personally don’t know if I can handle the suspense of a claustrophobic thriller…but it sure looks like it could be awesome:
The Scott Pilgrim panel sounds like an absolute dream to me. Edgar Wright was joined by stars of the film Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Cera, Ellen Wong, Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and Kieran Culkin – plus, four of the seven evil exes, Satya Bhabha, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman. And of course Bryan Lee O’Malley who created the graphic novels. They all joined in with a Q&A session and were briefly joined by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost when Edgar Wright brought them on stage announcing they star in the film, only to correct that by saying that should actually be “do not star in the film”, to which Pegg and Frost instantly turn around and saunter off stage. Can’t wait to see footage of this.
Yeah, more stuff that looks awesome from CC10 I shall post another time, there’s just too much going on there! Oh, also…stuff like Robert Rodriguez handing out tacos for the launch of Machete, just brilliant.
Good question. It’s a line from Eddie Izzard’s Defnite Article stand up routine. No idea why, but the line often pops into my head so when thinking of a good twitter ID, that was the first thing I thought of, and it stuck. Heres a clip from the show if you haven’t seen it, the quote is at around 1.50:
This is a trailer for an upcoming horror documentary via @TeerenceKelsey, “The Splat Pack”. It documents the changes of the horror genre in the 21st century, looking closely at a team labelled ‘The Splat Pack’ who changed the face of horror after the wishy washy slasher flicks of the late 90s. I’m tres excited to see the whole thing from Wyrd Stuff. Only person missing from the trailer is Rob Zombie, however it looks right up my street. I’ll be looking on http://wyrdstuff.com/ for updates on this, so should you!