from the Comic Hero News staff
There’s a lot that happens in the world of superheroes everyday, and we at Comic Hero News don’t have the ability to write up a full story about everything, as much as we’d like to. So, we bring you Speeding Bullets – for all of those pieces of news that are fired our way that are worth noticing, but don’t merit a full story in their own right.
- Time for some more shakeups on DC’s New 52. Paul Cornell will be leaving Stormwatch as of Issue #6, and Paul Jenkins will be taking over a two-issue writing arc for issues #7 and #8.
- And speaking of shakeups, Newsarama has an interview with the new writing team of Joe Harris and Ethan Van Sciver about the new direction for The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, how Harris came onboard, the fact that there isn’t any bad blood between Gail Simone and Ethan and more.
- Fox executive Tom Rothman recently spoke to MTV’s Splashpage about the future of the Marvel film franchises that live at Fox (namely, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and the X-Men). Rothman assured fans that Fox has plans for all three franchises. Of course, this ignores the fact that, for the most part, this is not what hardcore Marvel fans are actually hoping for.
- Deadline has news on some The Lone Ranger casting. Apparently the studio is trying to lock down Tom Wilkinson as the lead villain. Deals have already been closed with leads Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, along with Ruth Wilson. The studio is still working to close deals with Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Dwight Yoakum. Hi-yo, Silver!
- Think that Christopher Nolan’s Batman story ends with The Dark Knight Rises? Perhaps not. Speaking to Crave Online, Gary Oldman said that there may be a fourth or even fifth film in the series, although not with the same cast, and not with Christopher Nolan directing – but possibly with him producing.
- Also speaking to Crave Online, Mark Strong discussed the fact that – while he doesn’t generally like to do franchises – he’s signed up for two at the moment. His involvement with Andrew Stanton’s John Carter is likely to lead to several films, and just as importantly, he plans to return to the role of Sinestro in a sequel to Green Lantern – if it gets made.
- Deadline tells us that screenwriter Dan Gilroy has come aboard to pen the Chinese superhero project The Annihilator (working title) for Magic Storm Entertainment. Gilroy would write the screenplay to introduce the Stan Lee superhero to global audiences including the Chinese market as the first film project of the global film-financing joint venture formed by Stan Lee POW! Entertainment and Ricco Capital-Fidelis Entertainment.
- Speaking to Extra, Robert Downey Jr. said that the script for Iron Man 3 is “is probably the best script I’ve read in five years.”
- Marvel has a teaser trailer for the video game tie-in to The Amazing Spider-Man.
- Deadline tells us that V For Vendetta co-creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd have joined the Occupy Comics push – a group of comic creators joining to support the Occupy protesters. Occupy Comics is creating new art and stories inspired by the protesters and has already raised $15,000 on crowd-funding site Kickstarter; the plan is to roll out a series of digital comics early next year, followed by limited-edition paper comics and then a hardbound collectable book. Moore will contribute a longform prose piece with illustrations, with Lloyd also offering up original art. All profits and payments will go to the Occupy movement, the group says.
- Collider got their hands on new theatre standees for three films, two of which will be of interest to comic fans. Namely, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black III, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Check out the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance standee below, and head over to Collider to see the others.