For the un-nerd-affiliated, turn your eyes away â€” Comic-Con is over, you won’t be hearing more on the topic.
For the rest of you: dork on:
The big rumor on the web being ever-so-responsibly passed-off as fact by several news sources despite, as far as we can tell, remaining unconfirmed, is that Heath "If you can’t fix it, you gotta stand it" Ledger has been offered the role of the Joker in the next Batman film. Via Kellvin Chavez at LatinoReview.
Sheigh Crabtree at the Hollywood Reporter writes that Bryan Singer claimed that, despite "Superman Returns" being officially a box office disappointment (defeated by pirates â€” how embarrassing), he is in talks to make a sequel.
"I plan to get all ‘Wrath of Khan’ on it," Singer said — a reference
to 1982’s "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," which is generally considered
as having breathed life into the "Star Trek" franchise after 1979’s
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" suffered critical barbs. "We haven’t
concluded a deal. That’s always iffy," Singer added. "The intention is
to do it for 2009."
Crabtree and Anne Thompson have been doing some nice Con coverage at the Risky Biz blog: here they talk about "Pan’s Labyrinth" (and Guillermo Del Toro‘s admirable, if terrifying, openness to his fans); here Thompson reports on the panel in which Del Toro interviewed Alfonso CuarÃ³n after a screening of the trailer for and footage from "Children of Men" (We’re bringing things going on to the world of the 21st century, like immigration. I said, ‘Let’s do the Battle of Algiers for the 21st century.’"); here, a description of the Matthew Vaughn (of "Layer Cake")-directed Neil Gaiman adaptation "Stardust" (preview footage was shown); and here, Thompson muses that:
Not so hunky is Nic Cage, star of Ghost Rider, a cool-looking macho flick that has been in the works far too long to be good. He also turned up for a panel. I adore this gifted actor on-screen. But in person, he is way too weird. Note to studio flacks: like Tom Cruise, some movie stars are better left at home.
There are shots of love interests Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, as well as shots of both Peter Parker and Eddie Brock becoming overwhelmed at different points by the black symbiote suit. The trailer ends with the "money shot": the first look at the CG-animated Venom in all his vicious glory!
Fan reaction to this exclusive peek at Venom was through the roof. (Sadly, the panel only showed the new footage once.) Many of these wildly enthusiastic reactions were articulated during the Q&A session with Raimi and company that followed.
BBC has some choice quotes from the crowd ("He made the entire world happy by putting Venom in it").
And some Comic-Con love from the LA Times: Geoff Boucher describes Marvel Studios’ plans to adapt some of their lesser known characters for the screen. While Jon Favreau will be helming "Iron Man," Edgar Wright (of "Shaun of the Dead") will take on, er, "Ant-Man."
Kevin Feige, president of production for the Beverly Hills-based Marvel Studios, said that Marvel’s deep archive is teeming with those sorts of high-concept characters. By gaining creative control and some distance from major studio bureaucracies, Feige believes the comic book company can match unexpected projects with young filmmakers who grew up loving the Marvel universe and who may be more interested in exploring characters such as, say, Deathlok, Moon Knight or Hawkeye anyway.
That certainly applies to Wright, who, as a kid in the 1980s, came across an Ant-Man adventure drawn by John Bryne that captured his imagination with its shrunken-world exploits and insect sidekicks. The director now sees a film that could meld a spy story with computer-generated visuals that evoke the memorable juxtapositions of a film like "The Incredible Shrinking Man."
"The fact that this is not a hero that is defined in everyone’s mind is absolutely part of the appeal to me," Wright said. "You’re less handcuffed in what you do creatively with the character."
Tony Perry has a piece on the studios hoping to get in on the increasingly influential event:
For established studios and indies, Comic-Con has become a must. And the fans â€” those derided as nerds and geeks by the jocks and cheerleaders in school â€” are the sought-after buzz-makers and ticket buyers.
"Comic-Con is huge," said John Hegeman, chief operating officer of Fox Atomic. "It represents the core, the people who are just fanatic about this kind of entertainment. If you’re in the 17-to-24 age-group market, this is where you have to be."
+ Exclusive Scoop: We Know Who The Joker Is! HA HA (Latino Review)
+ Singer sees ‘Superman’ sequel for summer ’09 (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Tarantino hires Russell for slasher film (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Comic-Conning Pan’s Labyrinth (Risky Biz)
+ CuarÃ³n Unveils Children of Men (Risky Biz)
+ Sprinkling Fantasy Stardust on the Con (Risky Biz)
+ Speleers, Urban, Butler: Hunks of Comic-Con (Risky Biz)
+ Comic-Con 2006: Venom Revealed! (Film Force)
+ Spider-Man movies ‘may continue’ (BBC)
+ Ka-pow, Spidey! (LA Times)
+ Comic-Con, because the studios are listening (LA Times)