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Spider-Man Gets A Villain, The Flash Gets A Deadline And A Rumor

By TK Burton | Industry | October 12, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | October 12, 2010 |

We’re doubling up the comic book news, and doing it across publishers, no less. It’s like the Amalgam Universe of trade news up in this bitch today.

Those of you extra super nerdy folk will get that reference, and then be filled with regret at your wasted lives.

Anyway, the juicy, and confirmed, bit first. Marc Webb’s upcoming adaptation/reboot of Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and newly-announced Emma Stone, now has a villain. Or, more accurately, it has an actor who will portray the villain, since they’re being dinks and won’t tell us who the villain is. Regardless, that actor is…

Rhys Ifans!

Yeah, I’m a little stunned too. Nothing against Ifans — anything but, actually. I think he’s a wonderful, if kind of crazy, actor who I enjoy whenever I encounter him. He’s just a very unlikely choice for comic book villain. As for who he’ll play, your guess is as good as mine. I’m tempted to say the Green Goblin, given the whole Gwen Stacy storyline in the comics and his role in that. But that seems unlikely since we already had a Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) in the Sam Raimi film, and that would be a little weird. But then again, we are talking about a reboot of an eight-year old movie here, so who the fuck knows.

On the other side of the comic book universe, we now have both a rough timeline as well as the newest casting rumor for The Flash. The trio of Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim are already known to be working on it, fresh of their script for Green Lantern, and they’re also working on the Green Lantern sequel. They’ve finished their treatment, and the scripts for both films are due by Christmas, which puts filming likely some time mid-to-late next year. Of course, filming will be tricky considering there’s no cast or director at this point.

As for the cast, Ryan Reynolds was an early rumored contender, but given his role as Green Lantern, that’s clearly out (between GL and Deadpool, I think Reynolds is all superhero’d out). The newest rumor is Bradley Cooper, who I’m actually fine with. Cooper’s picked up a host of detractors of late, and I’m not really seeing why. I thought his bit in The Wedding Crashers was great, he was excellent in The Hangover, and I’ll always love him for his role in Wet Hot American Summer. Him an Michael Ian Black. Man, that’s a couple for the ages. Anyway, he’s a decent actor with good comedic timing, good looks and the right build. I got no real problems, I suppose.

Of course, it’s all very early rumor which means it’s likely all very much bullshit. But I figured I’d throw it at you folks anyway.

(source: Slashfilm)

TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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