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Happy 86th birthday, Stan Lee!

28 December 2008 6:59 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Happy birthday to Stan the Man! (Geez, I'm not even half his age and I don't have half his energy. Let this be a lesson to you, kiddies-- when you're writing, stand up while you type. You'll be in much better shape when you get older.)

Excelsior from all of us true believers! May you keep making cameos in Marvel films for decades to come. And not frozen in ice next to Captain America either. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Tim Robbins may join Stark Enterprises

18 December 2008 4:19 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Iron Man 2 news continues to leak out with Latino Review reporting that Tim Robbins may be signing on to portray Howard Stark, father to Tony, a man whose legacy was extolled in the first film.  In other comments, producer Jon Favreau hinted that Howard Stark may have had something to do with the super soldier formula which would further link Iron Man to 2011’s First Avenger: Captain America.


“Jon [Favreau] wanted to get a good actor because he didn't think the guy who played Howard in the last film could carry such an important scene,” the site noted.

They also report that our speculation that casting notes meant Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. the Black Widow, was expected appear to be true.  Not only that, the site says Clint Barton, the carny turned criminal Hawkeye will also appear. Both were introduced in Iron Man’s Tales of Suspense days so »

- Robert Greenberger

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Avengers, Tim Robins Assemble -- Tim Robbins? Hawkeye? The Black Widow? Iron Man 2 may have those three things in common.

18 December 2008 | | See recent news »

El Mayimbe over at Latino Review has got one hell of scoop that, even if it doesn't pan out, warms my heart in the way only geeky internet news can. First up, a source has told them that Tim Robbins is slated to play Howard Stark -- Tony's pop -- in Iron Man 2. The role would feature the character in flashback and would set up elements from "The Avengers" and "Captain America". Howard Stark was featured briefly in the first "Iron Man", but the role (as played by Gerard Sanders) was so minor that I had trouble recalling it. The suspicion is that Robbins is probably going to be a major part of "Captain America" and more star-power was required. (Sorry, Mr. Sanders) But there's more! El Mayimbe also has it that both the Black Widow and Hawkeye are going to appear in the film as well. The Black Widow »

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New Iron Man II rumor

18 December 2008 4:07 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

I know that in the wake of the crazy Bats 3 rumors, that more rumors are hardly the way to go. But the peeps over at LatinoReview have a substantially better track record. Today they have something on Iron Man II. Keep in mind that this is still rumor, but at the very least you guys can engage in some intelligent debate on the following: Tim Robbins is going to be playing Howard Stark in an important flashback sequence that is going to set up the Avengers and Captain America films. Jon »

- James Thoo

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Robbins Rumored to Play Tony Stark's Old Man in Iron Man 2

18 December 2008 1:47 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The Latino Review is reporting that the role of Howard Stark, founder of Stark Industries and father of Tony (a.k.a. Iron Man), may be taken over by Shawshank actor Tim Robbins.

If this casting rumor is true, director Jon Favreau's decision to dump Gerard Sanders, who appeared in the part for the first movie, will be because of an enhanced role and important story arc which may introduce The Avengers and Captain America in particular.

This means that the elder Stark (and Robbins) will play a big part in Marvel's multiple comic book movies, and will probably involve Stark's company in the WWII Super Soldier experiment that created Captain America. Such set-up in Iron Man 2 will most certainly follow through in the two other Marvel movies -- already in pre-production.

Also mentioned as possible players in Iron Man 2 are two other Avengers: Black Widow and Hawkeye. »

- reelz reelz

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Tim Robbins to Play Howard Stark in Iron Man 2?

17 December 2008 10:25 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Well it looks like Terrance Howard isn’t that only Iron Man actor getting the shaft in the Marvel Studios sequel. Latino Review reports a rumor that Gerard Sanders, who played Tony Stark’s father Howard in a montage will not return for Iron Man 2. Instead, Howard Stark will be played by Tim Robbins. Apparently there is a pretty important flashback sequence that among other things, helps set up The Avengers and Captain America films, and director Jon Favreau needed an actor who could pull off the scene.

While not 100% confirmed, this makes perfect sense. Screenwriter Mark Fergus told MTV in September that Tony’s “relationship with his father and this person you only heard about in the first movie is going to be much more fully explored” in the sequel and “in other Marvel movies”. It certainly makes sense to involve Howard Stark in the Super Soldier program. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Review: 'Marvel Chronicle'

17 December 2008 1:37 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Marvel Comics kicks off their 70th Anniversary celebration with Marvel Chronicle, a wonderful hardcover book, published by Dk Publishing. The coffee table book comes in a hard box complete with color and black and white reproductions of Jim Cheung’s frenetic cover. (The diecut M for the front cover is a nice touch.) As is sadly too often the case these days Stan Lee’s introduction is full of bombast and enthusiasm but tells us nothing new.

The book is a year by year account of the company from its humble beginnings as an offshoot of Martin Goodman’s pulp magazine line to its place atop the comic book heap in 2008. The book nicely spans from 1939 through June 2008 (following cover date convention).  Each decade has been handled by one of four writers – Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson, Tom Brevoort, and Matthew K. Manning – and provides month by month highlights with copious illustrations. »

- Robert Greenberger

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'Ultimatum' #1 #1 in November

16 December 2008 1:35 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

The November numbers are in and ICv2 notes that sales of the top 300 titles fell 11% compared with a year ago.  They note that with DC Comics and Marvel Comics skipping issues of Secret Invasion, Final Crisis, New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, and Justice League of America, there’s little wonder.

Only two titles -- Marvel’s Ultimatum #1 and DC’s Batman #681 – cracked the 100,000 unit marks based on numbers provided by Diamond Comics Distributors, the fewest since March.

Marvel had 14 of the top 25 titles, DC 10, and Dark Horse one. 

Looking over the list, it’s interesting to note that beyond events and new titles, several mainline books continue to bring in readers because the content seems to be consistently entertaining month after month as exemplified by Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America being in the Top 10. The most popular creators do seem to translate to best sales making it all the »

- Robert Greenberger

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‘The Phantom Legacy’ Is Not A Sequel

16 December 2008 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

News started circulating yesterday that an $87 million sequel to the 1996, Billy Zane starring comic book adaptation of The Phantom was in the works (what a mouthful). However, as regular Screen Rant readers will know - we don’t like to jump on every story, especially if it doesn’t sound quite right. I mean - who would ever make an $87 million sequel to a Billy Zane movie (not counting Titanic)?

Well, it turns out that we were right to wait again! The Phantom Legacy will not be a sequel, but one of the never-ending “reboots” that Hollywood is so found of these days.


The Phantom was a comic strip created by Lee Falk in 1936, and it follows the adventures of …er… The Phantom, who is also known as The Ghost Who Walks, a jungle dwelling hero who inherited the legendary name from his father.

The 1996 film was directed by Simon Wincer »

- Niall Browne

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Kenneth Branagh Talks About Directing The Mighty Thor

14 December 2008 7:51 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Of the upcoming projects on the Marvel Studios slate, the adaptation of Thor seems to have come with the most speculation and cynicism. Unlike Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk or Captain America, Thor is more than just a man -- he's a god. That element of his character is looked »

- Neil Miller

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Sneak Peek: 'Incognito' #1

14 December 2008 11:39 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Marvel has provided us with preview pages to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ latest crime caper, Incognito.

The publisher describes the new series as a “twisted mash up of noir and super-heroics will leave your jaw on the floor! What if you were an ex-super villain hiding out in Witness Protection… but all you could think about were the days when the rules didn’t apply to you?  Could you stand the toil of an average life after years of leaving destruction in your wake? And what if you couldn’t stand it?  What would you do then?”

“Incognito is about a bad guy forced to pretend to be good, forced to take pills that make him feel normal, and to live in the world of the people who were like ants to him before,” Brubaker told Wired. “And while it begins very antihero, the arc of our main character is something very different. »

- Robert Greenberger

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'Atlantis Rising' Signs Writer

12 December 2008 8:07 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Joby Harold will write the screen adaptation of Platinum Studios’ Atlantis Rising for director Len Wiseman according to The Hollywood Reporter. The writer/director is also adapting Frank Miller’s Ronin for the screen.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be producing the project for DreamWorks.

"As a writer, Joby has an amazingly strong understanding of how to take genre seriously, which is prerequisite No. 1 for us when it comes to these kinds of movies," Kurtzman told the trade.

Scott O. Brown and Tim Irwin crafted the five-issue miniseries which concluded in the spring. The story tells of an underground civilization that begins to cause concern among the surface world’s governments.  A war between surface and sea is inevitable, it seems.

"In all the classic versions of this kind of movie, the threat is always from the stars," Orci said. "The idea that it's somehow our cousins who went »

- Robert Greenberger

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Universal Moves 'Wolfman' to November

10 December 2008 2:53 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

With The Wolfman needing extra time for its special effects, Universal has adjusted its 2009 genre schedule, moving the Joe Johnston-directed film from April to November 6. How this may effect Johnston’s role in prepping Marvel’s First Avenger: Captain America, which should be in re-production by that time remains uncertain.

Taking the April 3 slot will be Vin Diesel’s return in the fourth Fast and Furious film.

The Wolfman gains the slot Universal had reserved for Ridley Scott’s revisionist Robin Hood film, Nottingham, which will got to 2010.  The Russell Crowe feature may depict Hood as both the deposed noble and the wicked Sheriff who hunts the archer. Production will begin this spring.

Screen Gems also delayed it thriller Obsessed from February 27 to April 24 and Woody Harrelson’s Zombieland will be unearthed on October 9.


- Robert Greenberger

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The Wolfman Moves To November

9 December 2008 10:05 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Wolfman used to be scheduled for an April release, but it’s moved to November nooooooooooooooooooow.Yes, Universal has taken the bold step of moving the Joe Johnston-directed Benicio del Toro vehicle from its original April 3 date to November 6.There will, of course, be speculation that the movie may be in trouble, but Universal claims that the move will give Johnston more time to complete post-production and, according to the studio, help build a higher profile. The Gothic tale also feels like a November release, and not the sort of film that should be coming out in Spring, so it might end up being a great decision.But what does this mean for Johnston? After all, he recently signed on to direct The First Avenger: Captain America. Now, with an extra few months of post on The Wolfman, will he be forced to abandon the Marvel movie?The Wolfman »

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Nycc Names Living Legends Guests

7 December 2008 5:26 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

The New York Comic Con has announced that it will honor artist Al Plastino, inker Joe Sinnott, and writer Marv Wolfman as “Living Legends” at the 4th annual New York Comic Con, which will take place from February 6-8 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  All three Living Legends will participate in convention festivities and make limited appearances at select panel discussions and autograph sessions.


Al Plastino, who was born in New York City in 1921, began working in comics as an inker and penciller during the “Golden Age” of comics in the early 1940s.  In addition to inking Captain America and Sub-Mariner, he drew Green Lantern, Rocketman and Dynamic Man.  After WWII, Plastino joined DC Comics where he helped to develop Superman spin-offs such as Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes with writer Otto Binder.  In the late 1960s he began work on a succession of syndicated comic strips including Batman, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Thor Update

4 December 2008 2:32 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

With the upcoming Avengers movie arriving in 2011, the pressure is on both First Avenger: Captain America and Thor to excite audiences in preparation. Thor has a confirmed director in Kenneth Branagh, but nothing but rumors over who will play the thunder god. Recently, Daniel Craig reportedly turned down the role, but was in fact just "having a joke."

If not Craig, then who? How about Rome's Kevin McKidd? IGN recently spoke to McKidd, who confirmed that he is one of the front-runners for the role and would be "excited" to work with Branagh.

Should McKidd win the part, there seems little chance that the hammer-throwing Asgardian will team up with fellow Rome star Ray Stevenson's gun-toting Punisher, but, you never know, this is Hollywood.

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 12/4/2008 by reelz

Daniel Craig | Kevin McKidd | Ray Stevenson | Kenneth Branagh | Thor | Rome »

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Kevin McKidd is Still in the Running for Thor

2 December 2008 8:52 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The casting of both Captain America and Thor could be two of the most anticipated casting decisions in recent history, right up there with choosing Heath Ledger as The Joker. No doubt that Marvels decisions will be put under a microscope the minute the story breaks. But until then all »

- Neil Miller

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Robert Downey Jr. Warns 'The Avengers', Talks 'Iron Man 2'

26 November 2008 7:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Robert Downey Jr. is, quite simply, a god of geekdom. If there's a holy trinity, he shares it only with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman because it is so rare that actors just get it, and even rarer that they'll say it. Witness Downey's thoughts on The Avengers to MTV: "If we don't get it right it's really, really going to suck. It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel's best and brightest because it's the hardest thing to get right. It's tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters."

He also may have let slip who The Avengers might be battling in his concerns that Iron Man remain in a real-world setting: "The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is that Jon was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic way. Nothing that happened in Iron Man is »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Robert Downey Jr. Talks Avengers

25 November 2008 10:30 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Robert Downey Jr. – possibly the coolest man on the planet right now – spoke briefly to MTV about Marvel’s bold and ambitious plans for their Avengers movie, which will bring together Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Nick Fury and, of course, Iron Man in a mega-adventure due to hit cinemas in 2011. And by doing so, he seems to have dropped one hell of an interesting clue about one of the characters involved. “The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is [director] Jon [Favreau] was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic world,” said Downey, before adding, intriguingly, “Nothing that happened in Iron Man is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion.”Now, Downey’s mention of Valhalla is an obvious reference to Thor, the Norse God of Thunder »

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The Death Of Batman? Seriously?

25 November 2008 8:30 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

If you can believe it, there is currently an in-progress comic book story arc involving Batman which will end in the death of… Bruce Wayne.

Written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Tony Daniel and Alex Ross, the series is a cheap response to Marvel’s recent killing off of Captain America.

According to Grant Morrison, “the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman” is “a fate worse than death, things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.” It is rumored that Batman will emphatically die tomorrow, November 26, at comic book news stands everywhere.


Unknown though, is who is behind the character’s demise. Some say it will be at the hands of Robin (Tim Drake) when he makes a play for the dark side. Others insist it will be at the hands of the mysteriously unknown villain “The Black Glove.” Still others speculate that Wayne »

- Carl Lee

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