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.
- Can you smell what Roadblock is cooking? You may be able to soon. Deadline tells us that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to play Roadblock in G.I. Joe: COBRA Strikes. Furthermore, they confirm that Channing Tatum is likely to return as Duke.
- Jeff Lemire’s Essex County may be headed for a big screen adaptation. Comics Alliance.com brings us the word that John Dykstra is developing the “Tales from the Farm” chapter of the graphic novel series into a film titled Super Zero.
- Reboot Writer Revealed, Part 1: Brad Caleb Kane, a writer-producer on Fox’s Fringe, has been hired to relaunch Daredevil for Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kane will be adapting Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Again” storyline from the comics.
- Reboot Writers Revealed, Part 2: Paramount has snatched up the writing team of Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to revive the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to the latest news from Deadline.
- Sequel Writer Revealed: David DiGilio has been tapped to write the sequel to Tron Legacy. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Horowitz and Adam Kitsis had been slated to return, but were waylaid by other projects at ABD/Disney, allowing DiGilio to step in. It is unclear whether director Joseph Kosinski will return to direct the sequel. Of course, the final fate of the film will likely depend on the performance of Tron Uprising, which should arrive on Disney XD next year.
- A statue of Christopher Reeve as Superman will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Times’ upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. The lifelike statue was created by British artist Mike Hill, who says “This figure was sculpted in clay from various stills of Mr. Reeve. The sculpture was then reproduced in silicone rubber and fibreglass. The skin is painted in layers to reflect human skin tones. The acrylic eyes are custom made to match Reeve’s own. Each hair is punched (into place) one at a time. The costume is an exact replica of the original… I made this piece to remind me of my youth. As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me Superman still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly… and I still do.”
- Count Lynda Carter as one of the people disappointed that Wonder Woman was not picked up. Speaking to Zap2It.com, Carter said “I was really interested and I was really happy that they were going to redo it, because the (Wonder Woman) story is a great story and I think it needs to be retold. It needs to go to another generation of people. I was disappointed that it didn’t work out, and I don’t have a clue as to why it didn’t work out (or) what the problems were. But you never know, things can still get resurrected or retooled, so I haven’t given up (hope).” Carter also revealed that while scheduling issues kept her from filming anything for the pilot, she was expecting to do a cameo or small role in the series down the line.
- He may be the only superhero around in this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger, but Chris Evans told MTV’s Splashpage that he geeked out a little seeing his fellow superheroes on-set for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. “Yeah, we’ve had a couple [group] scenes,” Evans revealed. “I’ve obviously been excited about being Captain America, but . . . when we did Captain America, you’re the only superhero on set. [With] The Avengers there were a couple days where I came to set and you see Hemsworth — who is a superhero — and . . . you see Downey with the suit, and it’s the first time I geeked out a bit.”