Jesus Christ. It’s no wonder sites like Superherohype exist. You could turn news about superhero projects into a full-time goddamn job. Anyway, in the interest of getting all the geek news centralized a bit, I figured we’d just run through all the Marvel-based superhero news in one fell sweep. Ready, nerdlingers?
Starting with the good, because I am a kind and benevolent master:
Production on 2011’s Thor is rolling, and they are casting like a motherfucker. We already reported that Chris Hemsworth (Kirk Sr. in the JJ Abrams Star Trek was playing the God of Thunder, and that Natalie Portman had been cast as Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest. Also, Brian Blessed will play Odin (perfect casting, if you ask me), and relative newcomer Tom Hiddleston will play the evil trickster god Loki. Now, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jamie Alexander will play Sif, the Asgardian warrior who’s another love interest, as well as a serious ass kicker in the comics, and Colm Feore will play the villain. The Feore bit is particularly interesting — the man’s a great actor, but takes some shit roles (War Games: The Dead Code, anyone?). Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to say, “Please, for the love of all things holy, no Beta Ray Bill.”
Up next, Deadpool news. We talked a couple of days ago about how Fox had plans to
fuck up develop Deadpool, and they are moving on that, though it’ll likely be delayed by his role as DC’s The Green Lantern. But the good news is that, based on tweets (oh, fuck me. I can’t believe I’m reporting on announcements made on Twitter) by original creator Rob Liefeld, it’s moving in the right direction. After his meeting with super-producer Lauren Shuler Donner, he announced that yes, Deadpool will wear the costume, and yes, he will break the fourth wall as he does so brilliantly in the comics. This is good news. But don’t worry, it’s Fox. They’ll still ruin it.
Moving on: Columbia has its own hideously adapted franchises to inflict upon us. First, they are indeed going ahead with Ghost Rider 2, and it will unfortunately star Nicholas Cage again. For those who may have forgotten, Ghost Rider was a top contender for worst comic book movie imaginable, and would easily win the prize if not for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. David Goyer (all three Blade movies) is in talks to write the script. Secondly, they’re talking about another Daredevil movie, though it’s unclear if it’ll be a sequel to the weak Ben Affleck version, or a reboot. I’m hoping for a reboot. Let Affleck direct it or something, but keep him out of the suit. The Man Without Fear deserves better.
Finally, Columbia is also working on developing a Silver Surfer film.
I have no idea how to deal with that information. The Surfer is easily one of the most difficult characters to develop — most of his adventures take place in space, he has ridiculous powers, he works for a giant planet-eater who wears a weird purple hat, and he’s naked and silver all the time. Who the hell knows where they’ll take that one, although Fox (surprise) did a pretty bang-up job of fucking up that character in their atrocious Fantastic Four sequel.
Oh, and Entertainment Tonight, one of the most annoying shows in the history of everything, is premiering video of their set visit to Iron Man 2 tonight, at 7:30 EST. It will likely contain little of substance, too many unnecessary graphics, and reporters so irritating that I’ll wish for their larynx’s to explode live on television. Here’s the sneak preview: