Comic Book Movie Updates

Posted on May 28, 2010 by

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Joss Whedon Tentatively Agrees To Direct The Avengers:

We all recognize the name Joss Whedon from his series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, as well as Firefly. But is he really signed up to direct The Avengers scheduled to release in 2012? While it hasn’t been confirmed by Whedon himself, we do have a few sources that lead us to believe in his involvement.

“Speaking of the [‘Doctor Horrible’] sequel, we are all anxious to work on it, but some of us — and I’m not pointing any fingers here — but some of us have tentatively agreed to helm an all-star mega-blockbuster summer tent-pole extravaganza movie to be released in 2012,” Zack Whedon told Comic Book Resources. “That could possibly, maybe, interfere with the production of our internet musical. Hopefully we will have time for all of us to do everything we want to do.”

“Those of us who aren’t helming ASMBSTPEMs are writing TV shows, so everyone is very happily busy at the moment,” added Whedon. “I’m hoping that when my TV duties are done for the season I can sit down with the gang and we can get this thing going. We want to do it badly.”

This is according to Zack Whedon, Joss Whedon’s brother and collaborator on “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, in a recent interview he did.

Felicia Day, who plays the female lead in Dr Horrible and creator of The Guild, has also offered her opinion on Joss working on The Avengers movie.

“Nobody else knows comics better than Joss,” Day told MTV News. “He loves them with a passion and to throw that many comic book characters in a movie? I don’t know who else could handle it.”

What would you think of Joss Whedon being the director of The Avengers movie?

Tommy Lee Jones To Co-Star In ‘Captain America’:

That’s right, we have reliable sources that say Tommy Lee Jones is starring… but we still don’t know who he’s playing!

“I’ve yet to meet Tommy Lee Jones, although I think I have a scene with him, which I’m really looking forward to doing,” revealed Hayley Atwell during an interview with Leicester Square TV.

Atwell is cast to play Peggy Carter, Cap’s first love, in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America movie. That doesn’t tell us which role he is cast for, but it does solidly confirm that he is in the movie.

There are several speculations and guesses for who fans would like to see him play, let’s take a look at those:

  • General Chester Phillips
  • Baron Zemo
  • Dum Dum Dugan
  • Joseph Rogers

Now, rumors and speculations are just that… but what role would you like to see Tommy Lee Jones tackle?

What’s In The Works For Movie Adaptation of The Boys?

Created by Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, The Boys follows a small, government-sponsored group of agents whose job it is to police the world’s population of superheroes.

“I did have one initial conversation with the writers and we seem to be on the same page, but since then I’ve not really been involved,” Ennis said when asked how much involvement he has had in the project. “Unless I’m in something from the beginning, as with ‘Crossed,’ I tend to just sit back and just let whatever’s going to happen, happen. It’s crazy to worry about something you have no control over.”

But we know the real question everyone is waiting to be answered is whether or not we will see Simon Pegg playing Wee Hughie. The character was created in the image of Pegg, however there may be one small hang up.

“You never know,” said Ennis. “That would be nice. The funny thing is, I met Simon Pegg, and he’s nearly as tall as me. He’s not a little guy. So, without allowing for the magic of the movies and so on, maybe they want someone shorter – or someone huge playing Butcher.”

Marvel Studios To Adapt Runaways:

Marvel Studios has set writer Drew Pearce to draft the script for Runaways, a sci-fi action film based on the cult favorite comic book by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan about the children of supervillains who try to use their evil powers for heroic purposes.

Pearce will co-write Runaways with Vaughan.

Runaways follows a group of teenagers who find that some family secrets are bigger than others when they discover their parents are actually super-villains. Running away from their homes, the teens band together and begin a journey of discovery, both of their parents’ origins and of their own inherited powers, while trying to make up for the evil done by their folks.

Runaways comes to theaters in 2011. The film is directed by Peter Sollett.

That wraps up our Comic Book Movie Updates for today. We hope you enjoyed them, and as always… Happy Geeking!

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